Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 27th - November 2nd, 2016

Here we are --officially counting down the nights on one hand until Halloween arrives. There is so much happening all during this week up to Monday night so you have a chance to fit your fair share of Halloween fun, Jack O' Lantern gawking, winning costume contests, and haunt-going into your free time. We don't envy you having to narrow down your agenda but we've whittled down some Top Picks for your Halloween week.

Rise of the Jack O Lanterns Boston _ Halloween New EnglandFour Nights Only - Boston's Rise of the Jack O 'Lanterns
The Boston premiere of Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns kicks off their 4-night run this Thursday, October 2th and runs through Sunday, October 30th. 
Being indoors, you can check it out during the day or night with a breathtaking exhibit of over 5,000 Jack O'Lanterns, carved giant pumpkins, pumpkin carving demos, full scale displays, and more Located inside the Boston Seaport World Trade Center--a truly enormous space--this will be an incredible, memorable event this Halloween season and we'll be there ourselves on Thursday night! Find more info (and a link to discount code).

Which Haunted Attractions are Open DURING this Week?
It's Halloween Week and there are four haunted attractions open Wednesday, October 26th including Fright Haven in CT and thirty-two open on Thursday, October 27th including Fear Town  and Haunted 20,000 Leagues in MA, Haunted Acres and Haunted Overload in NH, Fright Haven in CT, and House of the Dead in Maine. Click for a list of which haunts will be open weeknights.

Which 36 Haunted Attractions are Open this Sunday, October 30th?
Many haunts will be opening this Sunday, October 30th to help you make the most of your Halloween weekend. Visit Seven Cedars Haunted Hayride in RI, The Haunted Graveyard and Fright Haven in CT, Fright Fest at Six Flags New EnglandHaunted 20,000 Leagues, and Fear Town in MA, Haunted Overload and Haunted Acres in NH and House of the Dead in Maine.
Here is your complete guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open this Sunday, October 30th.

Which 26 Haunted Attractions are Open on Halloween Night?
It's not a given that New England haunted attractions will be open on Halloween, especial as the 31st lands on a Monday this year. There are twenty six that WILL be open including Ballroom of Horror at their new location and Fright Fest at Six Flags New England in MA, Haunted Overload features Fright Night Lite and Haunted Acres is holding a costume contest, and Seven Cedars Haunted Hayride in RI will be sending their hayrides deep into the pitch-black woods of Smithfield.

Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week

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This state will be very packed with Halloween events, costume parties, ghost tours, and more over the next few days. We'll be at Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns this week and you can check it out too Thursday through Sunday in Boston. It's Frightful Friday Ghost Stories at Gore Mansion in Waltham and the Haunted Attic tours continue Thursday and Friday at the Old Manse in Concord. Saturday through Monday you can support haunters giving back to their community at Nightmare Marlborough's home haunt and bring with you a can of food for admission. Also Thursday through Sunday will be the Haunted House at Naumkeag in Stockbridge.
Get into the Halloween spirit in Walpole which will be hosting Pumpkin Carving in the Park during the early afternoon.
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More family-friendly daytime fun includes Salem's Tricks, Treats, and Treasures on Monday and there is a Family Halloween Festival in Sandwich at the Heritage Museum and Gardens on Friday and Saturday.
In Somerville, the Ballroom of Horror opens on Thursday and runs trough Halloween and they'll host a Family Day on Sunday, Oct 30th.
Find TWO Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Cambridge at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology-- the adult celebration happens Saturday night and the family celebration will be held Sunday at noon.
In Newbury, MA on Sunday you might want to check out Cradle to Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House and First Parish Burying Ground which is a nighttime haunted history tour complete with beer tasting.

Tyler Green Face Off Haunted Graveyard CTOn Friday you can find the Hallowed History Lantern Tour at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford and the Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Bash in Middletown. 
The Hale Homestead in Coventry will be treating you to an evening of spooky tales and refreshments at Things that Go Bump in the Night on Friday and in Norwalk on Friday through Sunday you can enjoy Ghostly Sightings at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.
If you're a fan of the SyFy Channel's special effect make-up challenge Face Off then you will want to make a beeline to The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol where on Saturday Face Off contestant Tyler Green will choose 3 lucky customers to do their Halloween makeup!
Antrim NH Cemetery _ Halloween New EnglandIn Bridgeport on Saturday, kids families may want to make a point to swing by Spooktacular! at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium and for adults on Saturday night the Connecticut Renaissance Faire transforms into Halloween Knights from 6:00pm onward in North Haven.
Halloween revelers might love to party at the Atomic Age Halloween a retro-themed event at the Lyric Hall in New Haven on Monday night. Your ticket gets you food, a DJ, live music, and many surprises.
Middlefield CT will also be home to this year's Vampire Ball which includes dinner, dancing, live music, and a cash bar. Naturally, you'll want to go all out with your costume if you want to compete for cash prize for best costume.

New Hampshire
On Halloween night at Haunted Acres in Candia you can enter their Annual Costume Contest to win cash prizes and you can even take $10 off general admission tickets when you wear a costume on that night!
Haunted Overload Lee NH Headless HorsemanAlso on Halloween, Haunted Overload in Lee will feature their special Fright Night Lite which is a variation of their "regular" event. On Lite Night you can experience the full show inside the attraction but without the scares.
Friday night in Concord is the Haunted Mansion Masquerade for dancing, games, food, a bar, palm reading, mediums, portraits and more. 
Friday and Saturday in Portsmouth is the annual Ghosts on the Banke which is a family-friendly evening of ghostly tales, safe trick or treating, a costume parade, a bonfire and more.
If you're in the Portsmouth area any day or night leading up to Halloween, take a driving or walking tour of the 65 scarecrows across Portsmouth and the Pease Tradeport during Scarecrows of the Port.

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It's the final week and a half of Roger Williams Park Zoo's Jack O'Lantern Spectacular in Providence which runs nightly through Nov. 6th. At this zoo this weekend you will also find the family-friendly Spooky Zoo on Saturday and Sunday which features trick or treating, animal encounters, costumed characters, music and zoo admission. Another family event worth checking out is the A-Mazing Halloween Party at Escobar Farm's Corn Maze in Portsmouth on Saturday.
Don your best costume on Friday and head out to Newport Vineyards' Halloween CarnEvil in Middletown for a special Halloween party complete with costume contest, creepy cocktail hour, circus performers, a sideshow, tarot reading and live music (21+ event).

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In Portland you will find many events happening this Halloween weekend. In York, Poe: Tales of Fear and Suspense is a theatrical dinner event on Monday October 31st (plus 4 nights in early November). Try Longfellow's "Haunted House" tour, reading, and adult beverages taking place nightly now through October 31st. At Port City Musical Hall, Prince lovers will celebrate his music at Purple Brainz: a Halloween Tribute to Prince on Saturday the 29th. Also on Saturday, if you are in Kennebunk, join in the All Souls Walk to partake in a cemetery tour and to soak up local haunted history. It will also be your last chance to catch the WICKED: Haunted Walk in Mexico, ME on Friday and Saturday.

Haunted Acres Candia NH_Halloween New EnglandVermont
On Saturday in South Burlington, the Dark Circus Masquerade Ball might catch your eye with a costume contest for a $200 first prize, live performances, roaming circus characters, a DJ and even a special discount with your Nightmare Vermont ticket stub. For non-scary Halloween family fun, consider VINS Nature Center's Hoots and Howls event in Quechee on Saturday where you'll find snakes, owls, bones, gooey science experiments, storytelling, games, and crafts.
If you're lucky you can snag a seat on the Halloween Express Train Ride (non-scary) leaving from Burlington to Shelburne which features costumed characters, Halloween storytime, treats, and more during the 60-minute trip. 

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Where has Halloween New England been lately?
We spent a wonderful Thursday night at Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA) and loved the addition of The Compound. Friday brought torrential rain but nothing held Haunted Overload (Lee, NH) back on that night because everyone put on an incredible show despite the weather challenges. We were thrilled to fit in a trip to Haunted Hill in Cumberland, RI to wrap up our weekend and especially loved meeting some crazy haunt-going fans there who spend their Halloween season much in the way we do!

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
We've got an ambitious Halloween week lined up and we hope to fit everything in! We've penciled in Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns (Boston, MA) for their opening night Thursday, Haunted Acres (Candia, NH), 20,000 Leagues at 5 Wits (Foxborough, MA), The 7-1-5 Haunted House (Canton, MA), Vengeance in the Valley (Guilford, VT), Mike's Haunted Maze (Sunderland, MA), and Seven Cedars Haunted Hayride (Smithfield, RI). Fingers crossed that we can get everywhere we want to go!

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Thursday, October 28th, 2016

Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns Boston (MA) - non-haunted Walk
Sandy River Farms (ME) – Haunted Corn Maze

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Saturday, October 30th, 2016

Ballroom of Horror (MA)
Coppal House Farm (NH) – Spooky Corn Maze

Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 20th - 26th, 2016

This is a HUGE weekend for Halloween thrill-seekers, haunt-goers, ghostly tale lovers, Halloween and costume partiers, adults, kids, and everyone in between. Whether you are looking for date-night ideas, a costume contest, or something your whole family can enjoy together, there are dozens of fantastic options coming up this weekend. Here are our state-by-state highlights from this week's events calendar:

Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week

Rhode Island
In Providence the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival is still going on nightly through this Sunday and the H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour is a great companion activity to the film fest.

On Fridays through Sundays during the next two weekends, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, CT offers their Ghostly Sightings event and in Hartford, CT the Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours is taking place Thursday through Saturday nights.Also in Norwalk is A Haunting at Mill Hill which is a lantern-lit graveyard ghost tour on Friday and Saturday.
Friday is opening night for the fun-yet-dark musical Little Shop of Horrors which is running multiple weekends through November 6th in Fairfield.
Witches & Tombstones tours return to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Weathersfield this Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy brew and ghost stories at the Tales and Ales Night at the historic Swett-Ilsley House and in Salem you shouldn't miss out on the Haunted Dinner Theatre. Also, Tornado of Terror kicks off this weekend in Grafton and in Dover, Powisset Farm has Pumpkins at Powisset - an after-school cooking class for kids who will learn to make pumpkin treats which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25th (required pre-registration).
An all-new seasonal event at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbrigde, MA is The Sleepy Hollow Experience which is an immersive, theatrical experience held on the grounds of this living history museum.

On Saturday October 22nd, Bucksport in central Maine offers up their annual Ghostport Festival and in the vibrant city of Portland you are invited to showcase your design skills at CARVE--the high-speed pumpkin carving challenge--and finished pumpkins are auctioned off at the end of judging for a fundraiser.

Also on Saturday in Portland is the costume contest fundraiser called the Ghoulwill Ball to benefit Goodwill Industries of New England. Catch the WICKED Haunted Walk in Mexico, ME which is offered for three special nights only over the next two weekends.

New Hampshire
Saturday is the annual Ghost Encounters and Halloween stroll at the historic Shaker Village in Canterbury and families should definitely stop in to support the Laura Foundation's yearly Halloween Town festival which includes a trick-or-treat trail, a Halloweenie Walk, rides, games, and  costume contest.
Thursday Night October 20th is a big night for NH haunted attractions as it's Date Night at Haunted Acres (2 general admission tickets for $42) and Thursday is also Haunted Overload's first of two Fright Night Lites where you can enjoy their full show inside their haunted trail but without the scares. (The last chance to catch their Fright Night Lite will be Halloween night).

Which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights
Hardcore Halloween fans know it's not enough to squeeze in your haunt-going fun on Friday and Saturdays. To make the most from the short season, you'll be glad to know which haunted attractions are open on Monday through Thursdays with our Guide to Haunted Attractions are Open WEEKNIGHTS.

Our Guide to Which Haunted Attractions are Open Sundays
If you are looking ahead to plan your October weekends but want to check out haunted attractions on an off-peak night, we have your Guide to Haunted Attractions Open SUNDAY NIGHTS.

Contests Now Open 
We've got a NEW contest open on Halloween New England right now - WIN a pair of tickets to see Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA. Our contests are wrapping up to give you a chance to go so enter while you can! 

Recent Contest Winners
Congrats to Ann Blake who won tickets to Fright Haven,  Melissa Heaton won tickets to the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular, Paris Williams and Lisa Mota won tickets to Fright Fest at Six Flags New England, Sherry Miranda and Tim Perry their way into Fear Town, Chuck Case snagged tickets to Haunted Overload for Halloween weekend and Rachel Brennan and Tabitha Comptois are headed to see Haunted 20,000 Leagues at 5 Wits!

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
What a busy week of screams it was! We started our weekend early at Ghost Ship Harbor's Black Carpet event on Thursday, and Friday we had a thrilling double-header at Fear Town in Seekonk, MA and Almeida's The Bloodfields in Swansea, MA. Saturday brought us to the North Shore to check out the new layout at Hysteria in Danvers, MA. Sunday was another double-header in central MA where we checked out DementedFX's new digs in Holyoke, MA and Springfield MA's debut attraction New England Scare Fest. Thank you to all of the haunts for hosting Halloween New England!

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
We start up again on Thursday this week with a trip to celebrate 25 years of Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA and Friday takes us to Haunted Overload in Lee, NH with our friends from Seattle-based prop and effects design team  Ghost Ride Productions who'll be in town for a visit as well. 

For Saturday we're eyeing a trip to Lakeville Haunted House in Lakeville, MA and Sunday might take us to Haunted Hill in Cumberland, RI. We'll let you know where we end up!

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Nightmare Vermont (VT)

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Friday, October 21st, 2016

Fortress of Nightmares (RI)
Nightmare Corn Maze (CT)
Pittsford Haunted House (VT)
Spooky Acres Hayride and Trail of Terror (MA)

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Percy Farm Haunted Corn Maze (VT)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 13th - 19th, 2016

Halloween New England_Haunted Overload Pumpkin Scarecrow
Halloween New England is a busy "place" right now--okay, technically we are in a not-too-special office--but the website is humming with new events being added every day and thousands of New Englanders checking it all the time for guidance about what is happening in their area. It's is always gratifying to see the response of activity on the website, the Facebook responses, and the blog feedback because it is just a reminder that our fans and followers share our obsession with Halloween thrills. We know we are not the only ones plotting and scheduling our night tours and haunted attraction adventures each and every weekend (and during the week too). We'll keep you ahead of the game with our guides and event listings so you won't miss anything special!

Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week

This Saturday, October 15th is the Zombie Bike Ride in Nashua, NH complete with make-up artists on site to help turn you into the undead. Zombie Bike Ride details.

Halloween New England_Jack O'Lantern Spectacular
The Jack O'Lantern Spectacular in Providence is in full swing and they still have almost three more weeks to see their incredible display of Jack o'lanterns. Best of all, they are open 7 nights a week until Nov 6th so you really can find a date and time to fit in to go. Even better, this Saturday they offer their Intricate Pumpkin Carving Workshop
A ticket to this event will offer you 2 hours of instruction, allow you to try your new skills on your pumpkin, includes a buffet dinner, a ticket to the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular and the opportunity to skip right to the front of the line to enter! Details.

Friday in Worcester, MA offers a Halloween Hike at "Boo Meadowbrook" and also the weekend-long Rock and Shock.

All weekend Newburyport, MA will host a pair of annual Halloween events: On Friday you'll find Witches Night Out and their Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll will be held on Saturday.

Halloween New England_Candlelight TourFor curious history-minded Halloween fans, the Hearthside House Museum in Lincoln, RI is hosting a fascinating annual exhibit called "Candlelight Tour: Gone but not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning Customs".
During the length of the exhibit, this historic home converts all ten of their preserved rooms into a representation of scenes from a 19th Century wake complete with Victorian funerary memorabilia on display, a wicker coffin, mourning clothing, jewelry crafted with pieces of the deceased's hair, and a selection of photographs of family members of the deceased who have posed for portraits with dead loved ones propped up.
Click here for details on the five dates you can catch the Gone but Not Forgotten exhibit throughout October.

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On Saturday night, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire will transform into Halloween Knights which is described as a haunted village filled with photo-happy zombies, costume contests for kids and adults, safe trick or treating, jack o’ lanterns, moonlight shopping, mulled cider, pumpkin pie, a zombie dance" and the evening culminates with a haunted joust to the death. Halloween Knights is held on 3 nights only in October so click here for details and future Halloween Knights dates.

During the next 3 weekends Mystic, CT is hosting "Nautical Nightmares" a theatrical walking tour which explores legends, ghost stories, and unsolved mysteries. Click for details on Nautical Nightmares.

Next Monday marks the return of the week-long  Vortex: Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival in Providence, RI which will run October 17th - 23rd and features a selection of films from across the globe. You can find a schedule of films and links for tickets at our Vortex Festival event listing.

If you think you're not afraid of the dark (or even if you are), you may want to pop by Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA this Tuesday, October 18th to experience one of their three Lights Out nights of the season.

A heads up: tickets are selling out fast for the new Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns in Boston later this month!

This breathtaking exhibit of Jack O'Lanterns will feature over 5,000 carved pumpkins, pumpkin carving demos, full scale displays, and more during their brief 4-night run (Thurs Oct 27-30th, 2016). Being held inside of the Boston World Trade Center at the Seaport--a truly gigantic space to fit this Rise's enormous event--you know this will be an incredible, memorable event this Halloween season.
Find more info (and a link to sign up for discount code) at our Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns Boston page.

Calling all Fans of The Walking Dead!
Halloween New England_Haunted Graveyard_Sonequa Martin-Green
This Saturday, October 15th CT's The Haunted Graveyard will be hosting Sonequa Martin-Green "Sasha" from The Walking Dead for a special Meet & Greet
Ms. Martin-Green will be at The Haunted Graveyard with multiple opportunities to meet and engage with her fans – and she'll even be going through the haunted house with "Ultimate Fan Experience" ticket holders. Starting at 7:45pm there will be autograph signings and photos with Sonequa for Haunted Graveyard customers held near the haunt entrance (nominal extra fee for selfies and autographs) but there's a limited supply of tickets left for the chance to participate in the Meet & Greet!
The Meet & Greet ticket ($50) includes One (1) Adult Combo admission (rides and haunt) with Fast Pass Access, participate in a 1-Hour Session with Sonequa from 6:30-7:30pm in the Starlight Ballroom, Appetizers, a Q&A Discussion and a chance to mingle with “Sasha.” Find tickets for the 6:30pm Meet & Greet here.

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Find Out Which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights!
The hardcore Halloween fans know that it's not enough to squeeze in your haunt-going fun on Friday and Saturdays. To really get the most from the short season, you'll be glad to know which haunted attractions are open on Monday through Thursdays and we have you covered with our Guide to Haunted Attractions are Open WEEKNIGHTS.

Our Guide to Which Haunted Attractions are Open Sundays
If you are looking ahead to plan your October weekends but want to check out haunted attractions on an off-peak night, we have your Guide to Haunted Attractions Open SUNDAY NIGHTS.

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
Fright Haven CT_Facade_Halloween New EnglandWe had an absolute blast on our haunted attraction tour through Connecticut last weekend. a HUGE thanks to The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), Fright Haven (Stratford, CT), Creeperum (Hamden, CT), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT),  and Dark Manor (Baltic, CT) for showing us a tremendous time, filling our weekend with screams and chainsaws, and for graciously hosting us at their haunts.

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
Our weekend kicks off on Thursday at Ghost Ship Harbor in Quincy, MA for their Black Carpet event followed by a trip to Swansea, MA to see Almeida's The Bloodfields on Friday night. Saturday we'll be headed up to Hysteria in Danvers, MA, and on Sunday we will be in central MA at DementedFX at their new Holyoke location and possibly we'll squeeze in New England Scare Fest in Springfield too!

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Contests Now Open 
We've got six NEW contests open on Halloween New England and we round past the mid-point of October, the contests will start winding down (to give you a chance to use the winning tickets).

Right now you will find ticket contests for Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA, Fright Fest at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA, Haunted Overload in Lee, NH, Fright Haven in Stratford, CT, Haunted 20,000 Leagues in Foxborough, MA, and the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI.

Recent Contest Winners
Congrats to Marha Houle who won a pair of Speed Pass tickets to Haunted Acres, Jean Waugespack won tickets to the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular, Kelly Lopez won tickets to Fright Fest at Six Flags New England, Tristan Gioia, Courtney McQuaid, Ryan Lee, Justin Woelfel, Nicole Eng, Crysania Bezio,m and Matt Kozak won their way into the special invite-only night at Haunted Overload, and Craig Miranda won a four pack of tickets to The Haunted Graveyard!

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Thursday, October 13th, 2016

New England Scare Fest (MA)

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Friday, October 14th, 2016

Haunted Houses & Trails Opening Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Fright at the Fort (ME)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 6th - 12th, 2016

Halloween Alley Salem Haunted Happenings - Halloween New EnglandHappy October everyone! We couldn't be more thrilled that our favorite month is here and from the sight of the turning leaves, it both looks and feels like October ought to. With the long weekend upon us, there is plenty of night activities, attractions and events that are open for you to take full advantage of the season.

Top Event picks for the upcoming week:

We're sure you already have it circled on your calendar but Salem's Haunted Happenings kicks off this Thursday, October 6th with the Salem Grand Parade--an annual tradition that begins at Shetland Park and ends at Salem Common. Bring your favorite costume and enjoy the revelry! Parade details.

Fright Fest Six Flags New England - Cockroach Eating Contest - Halloween New England
We can't resist mentioning that this weekend is also the annual Cockroach Eating Contest during Fright Fest at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA. We desperately wish we weren't too chicken ourselves to participate (or frankly too chicken to even watch) but don't let us stand in your way of snacking your way through some hissing, crunchy Halloween treats! Even better you have three days to start a new tradition as it will be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday--lucky you!
Details on the Cockroach Eating Contest at Fright Fest.

The Haunted Graveyard is host to a Magic: The Gathering tournament on Saturday, Oct 8th but be sure to pre-register by Thurs Oct 6th if you plan to enter. Details and tourney rules here.

The Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours begin this weekend in Hartford, CT and you've got 10 nights this month to check them out for some creepy tales and haunted stories at the Mark Twain House. Details.

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Jack O' Lantern Spectacular Providence, RI - carved jack o lanterns - Halloween New EnglandBy this point in October, pumpkins are front and center with dozens of pumpkin festivals large and small. Here are a new notable events among many pumpkin fests across New England.

Tonight (Thursday, Oct 6th) is the Opening Night for the annual Jack O' Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence, RI! This pumpkin festival features a jaw-dropping number of jack o' lanterns on display fitting a different arching theme every year. It is 7 nights a week from October 6th through Nov. 6th. You'll be treated to a breathtaking display of carved pumpkins and pumpkin displays, It's a perfect way to spend a crisp fall evening and you still have time to try your luck at winning a pair of tickets on the Halloween New England website. Details here.

Milford CT Pumpkins on the Pier Festival - carved jack o lanterns - Halloween New England
One of our favorite family-friendly pumpkin events is the Pumpkins on the Pier festival in Milford, CT which has everything from pumpkin games, pumpkin crafts, giant pumpkin auctions, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, an a wonderfully entertaining contest for best jack o'lantern displays which are lined up and down along the pier. It's a free event but anything "extra" you buy serves as a fundraiser for the Milford CT Boys and Girls Club so it's worth every penny.

We wrote an article on our sister website New England Fall Events which is worth a read if you are thinking of heading down to Pumpkins on the Pier.

Damariscotta Maine Pumpkin Regatta - Halloween New England
In Maine you'll find the multi-day Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta which culminates with a competition involving giant pumpkins converted into boats (motorized and paddle categories) racing one another. we love the craziness and absurdity of it all and we're pretty sure you won't be disappointed!
Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta details.

Other fests to consider include PumpkinFest at DeMeritt Hill Farm in Lee, NH and Edaville USA in Carver, MA will keep young kids entertained with their Pumpkins Aglow October event which is back again this year. Details.

Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns Boston - Halloween New England
While we're talking pumpkins, this Halloween season marks the debut of a huge new Jack O'Lantern event in Boston called Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns. This much-anticipated event will feature thousands of carved jack o'lanterns on display and four carving stations to observe the skills from these master pumpkin carvers. You'll find combination displays, giant pumpkins, 3D scuplted pumpkins, and a mini carving factory. Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns will only be open for FOUR nights over the weekend leading to Halloween (Thurs Oct 27th - Sunday 30th) so we recommend buying tickets early as this will most certainly sell out.
You can find links to sign up for discount ticket codes on our Rise event page.

Looking for a Guide to Which Haunted Attractions are Open Sundays?
If you are looking ahead to plan your October weekends but want to check out haunted attractions on an off-peak night, we have your Guide to Haunted Attractions Open on Sunday Nights.

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
We've got an ambitious weekend lined up as we swing through Connecticut and have plans to see Fright Haven (Stratford, CT), Creeperum (Hamden, CT), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), Dark Manor (Baltic, CT), The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), and Night Fall (Hartford, CT). We also hope to pop in at Ghost Ship Harbor in Quincy, MA if we can!

We've got five NEW contests right now on Halloween New England. We've got a new contest up to win tickets to experience Fright Fest at Six Flags New England and you can enter to WIN a pair of tickets to the Sun Oct 23rd show at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH. Last chance to win a pair of Speed Passes to Haunted Acres in Candia, NH! Enter to win a pair of tickets to check out Haunted 20,000 Leagues at 5 Wits in Foxborough, MA, and we're giving away tickets to the Jack-o-lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI. Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.

Congrats to Ryan Churilo who won a pair of Speed Pass tickets to Haunted AcresEric Smith and won a four-pack of tickets to the Jack-o-lantern Spectacular, Jaime Ferrer is headed to check out Haunted 20,000 Leagues at 5 Wits, Nicole Pesino and Rob Rogers both won a four pack of ticket to The Haunted Graveyard,  Sabrina Desy, Nicole Eng, Rob Matthews, Matt Kozak, and Scott Santos won their way into the special invite-only night at Haunted Overload!

Haunted houses and trails opening Thursday, October 6th:

Haunted houses, haunted hayrides, and haunted corn mazes opening Friday, October 7th:

Vengeance in the Valley (VT) Haunted Hayride and Haunted Corn Maze 
Harvest of Haunts (NH) – Haunted Hayride and Haunted Corn Maze 
Davis Farmland MegaMaze (MA) – Haunted Corn Maze

Find a complete guide to which haunted attractions are open and which will be opening soon by checking out our Opening Night Guide to Haunted Attractions, Haunted Mazes, and Hayrides.