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)

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