Thursday, October 13, 2016

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

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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.

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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)

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