Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 15-21st, 2015

Top Event picks for the upcoming week:

We're officially at the mid-point of October and there are no shortage of ways to spend your nights and weekends celebrating Halloween and taking in the spirit of the season.
Without further delay, here are our Top Pick events for this weekend:

Connecticut is jam-packed with many wonderful Halloween and seasonal events Wallingford Scarecrow Festival or the Milford Pumpkins on the Pier event on Saturday and the Ballet Spooktacular performance with trick-or-treating is happening all weekend in Old Saybrook.. Nighttime activity picks include the "Things that Go Bump in the Night" candlelight tours at the Hale Homestead and the Spirits Alive Cemetery Tours in Cheshire.

Bucksport, Maine is hosting their day-and-nigh-long Ghostport event on Saturday which features pumpkin catapult, a little goblins parade, trunk-or-treating, a chili cook-off, giant carved pumpkins, jack-o-lantern contest, a fireworks display and the Werewolf Howl Dance. On Friday and Saturday night you'll find the Zombie Invasion Halloween Ride going on.

In Massachusetts it is Rock and Shock weekend in Worcester but if you find yourself mid-state, you'll want to catch a performance of Evil Dead: The Musical in Turners Falls. In the metro-Boston area you may want to check out Frightful Friday Ghost Stories at the Gore Mansion in Waltham.
If you're headed to Salem for Haunted Happening festivities, buy your tickets to see the Gallows Hill Witchcraft and Ghost Experience which always gets us jumping and screaming--it's family-friendly and a total blast.
New Hampshire folks (or road-trippers) will want to swing through Goffstown for the Goffstown Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta taking place Saturday and Sunday.

DeMerrit Hill Farm in Lee, NH is hosting their family-friendly Halloween Storybook Hayrides at their beautiful apple orchard.
While at DeMerrit Hill Farm, you can check out the daytime, no-scare walk-through of Haunted Overload for only $5 and if you stick around Lee a little later you can enjoy the full-scare night show of Haunted Overload (buy your timed tickets in advance!)

Horror and Halloween movie lovers in Rhode Island will enjoy Newport's Halloween Movie Night in Ballard Park which features a 5:30 Kids Costume Parade, a kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania movie at 6:00pm followed by the more adult Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein movie at 7:30pm.
The week-long Vortex: Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival kicks off Monday, October 19th in Providence and runs through the 25th.

We've got five contests right now on Halloween New England. Enter to WIN a pair of tickets to Haunted Acres in Candia, NH, Haunted Overload haunted trail in Lee, NH, Fright Kingdom in Nashua NH, Amity Road Horror haunted trail in Bethany, CT, and the Jack-o-lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI. Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.

Congratulations to Joseph Weber and Nadia Waters winners of the tickets to The Amity Road HorrorJeff Kallio and Keri Mitchell won the tickets to the Jack-o-lantern SpectacularLaurie Patti won a pair of tickets to Haunted Acres, David Toombs, Justin Woelfel, Colleen Lundergan, and Rachel Howard won tickets to Fright Kingdom!
The Haunted Overload ticket contest is live for one more day (through Friday) and we just posted two new contests you'll want to check out!

The new interactive haunt-scare app Dare to Scare
 is giving away a treat this Halloween where you can win a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

Haunted Acres is showcasing an incredible new virtual reality haunted walk-through experience using oculus rift V-R goggles--to celebrate, we're giving away a free ticket to the "Virtual Haunt" experience to use during your visit to Haunted Acres this season--we'll pick SIX winners on Oct 21st! Visit Halloween New England to enter these contests.

Who is open on weeknights? Who is open this Sunday? 
Halloween New England has you totally covered for your off-peak, less haunted attraction lineup!

Bookmark our Guide to Haunted Attractions Open on Weeknights for your Thursday scares this week (and planning ahead for later this month) and check out our Guide to Haunted Houses, Trails, Hayrides, and Corn Mazes Open on Sundays to extend your weekend fun.

Haunted houses, trails, haunted hayrides, and haunted corn mazes opening Friday, October 16th:

Haunted houses, trails, haunted hayrides, and night corn mazes opening this Saturday, October 17th:
Fright at the Fort (RI) - Trail and Haunted Hayride

*as always, if the weather is lousy it's wise to double check that the event is open as some may close for inclement weather

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