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

Antrim NH Cemetery _ Halloween New England
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.
Haunted House Facade_Halloween New England
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.

Roger Williams Zoo Jack O Lantern Spectacular providence RIRhode Island
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).

Roger William Zoo Jack O Lantern Spectacular providence RI_Halloween New England
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. 

Haunted Overload Ghost Treetop Lee NH_Halloween New England
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

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