Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 25th - October 31st, 2017

The much-anticipated Halloween weekend is here at last! As you'd expect there are countless incredible events taking place all weekend long and into the final days leading to October 31st. You will have more than enough options to celebrate Halloween your way - whether it be Jack O' Lantern gawking, entering costume contests, soaking up your haunted history, reveling in Salem during Haunted Happenings, or getting in your thrills at local haunts. Good luck narrowing down your agenda but the good news is we're offering up some great Top Picks for your Halloween week.

Turning the Lights Out in New Hampshire
If you ever thought going through a haunted attraction was scary with the scene lights on, wait until you navigate the creatures and scares with the lights off!

This week, two New Hampshire haunts will be closing for the year with a big impression: On Sunday, October 29th Haunted Acres in Candia will host a special Lights Out Night (all the scares, none of the lights!) to wrap up their season. On Tuesday - Halloween night - Haunted Overload in Lee will feature its first ever Lights Out Night for closing night at their haunted trail. Advance online tickets highly recommended for both events.

Spooky Zoo and The Jack O'Lantern Spectacular
Families will want to join the festivities at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI this Saturday and Sunday because Spooky Zoo is back with daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family.
Come trick-or-treat on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit inside the zoo beginning at 10:30am. All Spooky Zoo activities are free with Zoo admission and all children 12-and-under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.
It's also the final two weeks to catch the atmospheric and mesmerizing Jack O'Lantern Spectacular which is open every night through Sunday, November 5th also at the Roger Williams Zoo.

Never too late to pick pumpkins at a local patch!
As you know by now, Halloween New England makes it so easy to find a local pumpkin patch for carving your jack-o-lanterns in time for Halloween! Add the various community pumpkin carving contests and pumpkin displays to the mix of your pumpkin-buying needs and you will certainly need to stock up on more than a few!

We have state-by-state guides and maps to all your local farms featuring pumpkin patches and PYO pumpkins.
Click on your state for Halloween New England's Pumpkin Patch Guides for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.

Still Time to Find a Costume for Halloween Events, Costume Parties, and Masquerades! 
We have two special New England costume and makeup supply stores we'd like to recommend for your last minute costume needs and final details.
Not every New England state can boast that they have a year-round, brick-and-mortar costume store but New Hampshire can! Costumania in West Lebanon moved to a new, bigger store to offer even more to their customers. If you can't get there in person, they also feature an online store.

Massachusetts-based Vampfangs is strictly an online store and they should be your first stop to buy special FX teeth (vampires, zombies, hillbillies, etc), FX contact lenses (blackout, werewolf, zombie, you name it), 3-D prosthetic transfers, conventional prosthetics, quality FX makeup, and even fragrances!

We are always happy to tip people off to how easy Halloween New England makes it to find your state's Costume and Halloween stores. We have lists of locally-owned, year-round, as well as many seasonal pop-up stores to make it easy! 
Click to see our complete Costume and Halloween Store guides for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.


Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
It's Halloween Week and it's your last, best chance to see as many haunts as you can pack in before your favorite season is over.
Wednesday, October 25th has three haunted attractions open tonight including  Barrett's Haunted Mansion in MA.
Thursday, October 26th offers up twelve local attractions to choose from including Haunted Acres (Date Night Special) and Haunted Overload (Fright Night Lite) in NH, Creeperum and Fright Haven in CT, Fear Town and Barrett's Haunted Mansion in MA and Field of Screams in RI.
Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.


Which 25 Haunted Attractions are Open this Sunday, October 29th?
Many haunts will be opening this Sunday, October 29th to help you make the most of your Halloween weekend. Visit  Fear Town and Barrett's Haunted Mansion in MA, Field of Screams and 13th World in RI, Trail of TerrorThe Haunted GraveyardFright Haven, and Creeperum in CT, plus Haunted Overload and Haunted Acres in NH. Find the complete guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open this Sunday, October 29th.


Which 18 Haunted Attractions are Open on Halloween Night?
It's not a given that New England haunted attractions will be open on Halloween, especially as the 31st lands on a Tuesday this year. There are eighteen attractions that WILL be open including Fright Haven and Creeperum in CT, and Field of Screams in RI. In NH,  Haunted Overload rings in Halloween with their first ever Lights Out Night!


New England is packed with Halloween events on the biggest weekend of the season! It's a challenge to whittle down to our Top Picks when there are so many to choose from but we'll narrow it to our Top Picks below. You can always find the complete event listings for each New England state (plus CT and MA have Family-Friendly Event Guides) on our website Halloween New England.

Massachusetts
The Bay State will be busy busy busy! On Thursday and Saturday in Salem many will enjoy Classic Poems for All Hallows Eve and in Walpole it will be the final night for Afterschool Pumpkin Carving in the ParkFriday is the first of three nights for Old Spooky Manse in Concord where you can enjoy this historical mansion by candlelight and nosh on a fireside S'More. For more Halloween treats in a historical building, don your costume and snack on cider and donuts at the Howling Halloween Harvest Bonfire at the Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton. For folks who take their Halloween costumes very seriously, in Northampton on Friday night is the black-tie, formal, masquerade event Western Mass Witches Ball held in the Union Station Grand Ballroom.


Saturday morning kicks off with the costumed Devil's Chase 6.66 Miler in Salem so you can bank some exercise points before your evening debauchery. 
At noon in Faneuil Hall in Boston is the Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest. In Walpole again on Saturday night is Pumpkins in the Park: Nocturnal Tales and Treats where you can enjoy a pumpkin-lit nocturnal trail, trick-or-treating, and Jack-o-lantern contests. The pumpkin decorating and games are free!

Be sure to bring a non-perishable food item with you for your admission on Saturday and Sunday (plus Halloween) to experience Dark Gardens a local home haunted house presented by Nightmare Marlborough.

Soak up the gorgeous fall weathers outdoors in Easthampton this Saturday night at the Acadia Wildlife Sanctuary where you can listen to Halloween stories and learn about nocturnal animals on their family-friendly Halloween Night Hike.
For an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a theatrical reading of classic horror, buy your tickets to visit the Crane Estate for Jekyll & Hyde: A Castle Hill Halloween Party.
Saturday night at midnight begins the Horror Double Feature of "Zombie" and "Night of the Living Dead" at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.
If you haven't made it to Old Sturbridge Village yet to see this year's run of The Sleepy Hollow Experience - the theatrical musical interpretation following the fate of dear Ichabod Crane, you're in your final week to see it before closing night on Sunday.

If you're still going strong on Sunday, the morning brings Costumes for Cancer 5K Run in Boston and also the Monster Dash 5K and Trick or Trot in Medfield. In Salem at the Hawthorne Hotel is The Mourning Tea: Remembering the Dead high-tea Victorian-era inspired event.
In Salem at the Hawthorne Hotel, Sunday evening is The Dumb Supper: Dinner with the Dead which is an ancient tradition of honoring the dead at a memorial dinner observed in complete silence.
Sunday night in Newbury is Cradle to Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House and First Parish Burying Ground for stories of murder, heroism, and heartbreak.
Monday night at Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theatre is a Stephen King Horror Double Feature "Carrie" and "Christine".

Connecticut
On Friday night in Franklin, there's a Public Ghost Hunt with TSPI where you'll want to pack your flashlight and buy your tickets in advance. The Hallowed History Lantern Tour at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford also meets Friday night.
For the more theatrically-inclined, check out "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Radio-Theatre Performance taking place Friday through Sunday in Hartford; In Brookfield you'll find a free Staged Reading of "The Crucible" on Friday and Saturday.
It's also your final weekend to catch Ghostly Sightings at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion where you can hear haunted history relayed by lantern-light in the otherwise dark mansion.
Runners (and the rest of us) might enjoy supporting Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue (ROAR) by participating in their Very Scary Furry Scurry 2-mile Run on Sunday which will feature a dog pumpkin "pie" eating contest, a costume contest, and an agility course. Kent CT is host to the Kent Pumpkin Run on Sunday--a costumed 5-mile walk/run.
Kids will enjoy Friday night's Trick or Treat at Roseland Cottage in Woodstock and Saturday's Spooktacular! at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport complete with exploding pumpkins, a pumpkin chuckin', and mad science. Also in Bridgeport, the family-friendly musical "Dracula Goes to High School" offers up its final two matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Find a complete list on our Family-Friendly Halloween Event Guide.

New Hampshire
Friday welcomes the Rochester Horribles Parade and Trick or Treat followed by the Zombie Walk. Friday through Sunday Haunted Overload in Lee will open up for their Daytime Haunt where you can see their artistry up close and in the daylight (no actors or scares). On Monday Haunted Overload will offer their final Fright Night Lite of the season--a full light/sound/fog experience but without actors or scares.
On Saturday and Sunday in Portsmouth, you can find the family-friendly Ghosts on the Banke festivities held at the historic Strawberry Banke Museum.
It's a busy weekend for Haunted Acres in Candia - Saturday night October 28th is their annual Costume Contest complete with cash prizes! For another round of costumed revelry, on Halloween night in Portsmouth, you can celebrate the season at the decidedly adult-focused Halloween Parade. 

Rhode Island
Saturday and Sunday welcome the return of Spooky Zoo for family-friendly seasonal activities and zoo-wide trick or treating at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence.
Friday night at Newport Vineyards in Middletown is the annual Halloween CarnEvil Costume Party with circus performers, a fortune teller machine, and "Creepy Cocktails".
Terror on the Tracks in Portsmouth, RI puts their unique spin on their haunted experience by inviting you to pedal your way (gently) on low-riding tandem/quad bikes fitted to ride the rails of the railroad tracks--all while ghouls and monsters come out to scare you in the dark! You have your chance to try it every night this week from Thursday through Tuesday, October 31st.
Friday and Saturday are the final two nights to check out the Mills & Mysteries Paranormal Investigation at Slater Mill in Pawtucket.
Saturday at Bristol's Audobon Center is The Perfect Pumpkin Party featuring tons of kid-friendly games like pumpkin ring toss, sticker pumpkin patches, and a scavenger hunt for pumpkins hidden in the refuge.

Maine
In Bangor, on Saturday you're invited to don your graveyard attire and join the undead for the Bangor Zombie Walk. Portland you will find many events happening this Halloween weekend. In Kennebunk on Saturday is the All Souls Walk featuring midday narrated tours through Hope Cemetery.
Wednesday through Saturday, plus Monday, at the Wadsworth-Longfellow "Haunted House" in Portland you can check out tours of the historic home based on Longfellow's poem "Haunted Houses" - they'll be providing a family-friendly version of the tour and a separate adult tour.
On Saturday in South Berwick, you can listen to Victorian ghostly stories of tales of horror with portrayals of their authors at the hour-long performances of Victorian Frightful at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum.

Vermont
Saturday in Vermont invites you to TWO different Halloween Hustles - a 1-mile, 5k & 10K Halloween Hustle in Newport followed by the Newport Halloween Monster Bash and cold-water Vampire Swim.
In Essex Junction, VT is another Halloween Hustle 5K and Kids Race so don your costume and sneaks to burn off all that pre-Halloween candy snacking (yes, everybody does it...).
More family-focused events happening Sunday starting with the Shelburne Museum Trick or Treating Haunted Happenings in Shelburne and in Woodstock is the Family Halloween at Billings Farm and Museum
On Monday night at Maple Street Park in Essex Junction, you'll find the pathways lighted by carved Jack o' lanterns of all sizes and shapes at The Great Pumpkin Walk and all are invited to drop off their own pumpkin earlier in the day if they wish to participate.

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
We spent a wonderful Thursday night at Haunted Acres (Candia, NH) and Friday night brought us to Haunted Overload (Lee, NH). Saturday night we headed down to see the Haunted Hayride at the Century Sportsman Club (Auburn, MA) which was our first visit there. As always, we especially loved meeting some crazy haunt-going fans--including fans who remembered meeting us years ago!-- 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 Field of Screams (West Greenwich, RI), The 7-1-5 Haunted House (Canton, MA), a return to Haunted Overload with out-of-town friends, and maybe Seven Cedars Haunted Hayride (Smithfield, RI). Fingers crossed that the weather holds out!

We're thrilled to have teamed up again with New England's own uber-talented The Pixel Perfection: After Dark whose incredibly creepy and inspiring haunt photos populate the guides again this year. As always, we know you love their photos...just please don't steal their photos! Why not just follow them on Facebook instead or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 18th - 24th, 2017


This is one of the biggest weekends of the season for Halloween thrill-seekers, haunt-goers, ghostly tale lovers, Halloween and costume partiers, adults, kids, and absolutely everyone in between. We have dozens of wonderful events listed for this week on our website but our hand-picked state-by-state highlights are listed below.


Darkness Unleashed at Barrett's Haunted Mansion Returns!

Turn out the lights, pack a house with monsters, and head inside --designed for the bravest of thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies!
If you didn't have to nerve to go last week, you still have one final chance to check out 
Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA next Tuesday, October 24th to experience their high-intensity Lights Out night. 

Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week

Massachusetts 
Much is brewing in Mass this weekend! Thursday starts you off with Gedney Glows where you'll be treated to a lantern-lit historical home tour of the Gedney House in Salem. While in the Witch City, book your tour with Salem's Haunted Footsteps offered nightly at 8pm Monday through Friday. On Tuesday night in Salem you can buy tickets to a Graveyard Conjure with hoodoo worker Sen Moise.
On Friday, witches, warlocks, ghosts, and vampires will roam the streets of Newburyport for the annual adult-friendly Witches Night Out. For more ghostly fun and libation, this Friday and Saturday is the 21+  Tales and Ales social event at the Swett-Isley House in Newbury. Running every Friday through the end of October is Frightful Friday Ghost Stories in the Gore Mansion in Waltham.

On Friday night in Worcester you can enjoy the outdoors at the Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook. Saturday in Haverhill is the all-day Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival where artists, filmmakers, and writers gather annually to celebrate spooky fiction. This is a free event but you will need to reserve a spot in advance. On Tuesday afternoon in Cohasset you can find a daytime performance of Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks by the Delvena Theatre Company.
Lots of family-friendly events lined up this week too! Saturday brings you Halloween at Hutch in Milton, MA and on Sunday in New Bedford you can find Ghosts in the Garden - a children's scavenger hunt for little ghosts hiding in the garden and featuring plenty of Halloween games and pumpkin decorating and more--costumes welcome!
Bird Park in Walpole welcomes kids for an After-school Pumpkin Carving Party in the Park on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In Dorchester, there's a Kids' Halloween Hunt at the Adams Street branch of the Boston Public Library.

Connecticut
This state is positively bustling with wonderful events this week--here's a number of our favorites: If you love ghost tales and walks, consider Halloween: Ghostly Sightings at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk and candlelight ghost stories at Things that Go Bump in the Night at Hale Homestead in Coventry. You can get Up Close and Creepy: Witches and Tombstones at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield on Saturday and Sunday, and bring your flashlight to A Haunting at Mill Hill in Norwalk on Friday and Saturday. In New London on Saturday, the Hempstead Houses are hosting Hempstead Halloween ghost tales and treating you to S'Mores.
For family-friendly fun, it's the ninth year for Farmington, CT's annual Haunted Miniature Golf kicking off this weekend and held Thursdays through Sundays through the end of the month. Kiddos will love the self-guided Spooky Nature Trail held Friday and Saturday in Mystic. Friday is the Daddy-Daughter Costume Dance fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club in Bristol. Opening this Friday and running the next two weekends is the family musical "How to Be a Good Witch" at the Milford Center for the Arts.  On Saturday, October 21st it's Scarecrows and Cocoa to accompany the garden scavenger hunt in Norwich.

Rhode Island
In Pawtucket on Thursday and Friday is the Mills & Mysteries event where you can visit three historically landmarked buildings led by a paranormal investigator. It's also the last few days to catch Vortex --the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Fest in Providence. On Saturday and Sunday, Providence is also host to the annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour
On Saturday is the Ground-Penetrating Radar Demonstration & Gravestone Iconography event at Tower Hill Cemetery in Saunderstown which is associated with the South County History Center's series "Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning, and Memorials." In Kingston on Tuesday, October 24th is What Lies Beneath: A Look Below Rhode Island's Historical Burial Ground where an archaeologist will discuss nineteenth-century burial practices show familiar istoric artifacts recovered from graves in that time.
For a special splurge on Saturday is the annual Boo at the Zoo Family Overnight at the Roger Williams Zoo where you can pack your sleeping bag and have access to VIP Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, ice cream, a movie with popcorn, and a private zoo tour in the morning.

New Hampshire
Saturday is the annual Halloween Town event in Madison to benefit the Laura Foundation - a kids-focused festival with Halloween-themed spooky cabins, games, trick-or-treat trail, and more.

The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival also returns on Saturday to Swanzey which delivers fireworks along with pumpkin catapults, a spooky maze, jack-o-lanterns, and amusement rides. If you are in the Lake Winnipesaukee area Saturday night seeking some adult-only reveling, spend the evening on the water at the Halloween Masquerade Ball which leaves from Weirs Beach in Laconia.  


Maine
Grab your flashlight and head to Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant on Friday to get lost in their night maze! This Saturday and Sunday are the first of two weekends you can take a ride on the Pumpkin Train at the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Portland. Also in Portland on Saturday is the annual Ghoulwill Ball which is a lively costumed fundraiser (lots of prizes!) to support Goodwill of Northern New England. Saturday, October 21st is the only chance to catch the annual celebration Ghostport which is a lively costumed fundraiser (lots of prizes!) to support Goodwill of Northern New England. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are the days to take the Ghostly Bangor Walking Tour filled with tales of murders, mysteries, and history.
For a little vintage enjoyment, Tuesday, October 24th is the screening of the silent film version of "The Phantom of the Opera" in Portland.

Vermont
Our highlight in Vermont this week is a mid-week event on Wednesday, October 25th: stop by the Essex Junction Halloween Celebration for some costumed fun, kids spooky maze, trick or treating and games.

Weeknights are the rare chance to see a haunted attraction in a more personal setting and with fewer crowds. Get the most from October by making your way to a haunt on a weeknight. The closer we get to October, the more options you have! 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.


Veteran haunt-goers know to get the most out of the season by visiting haunted attractions on as many off-peak nights as possible. You're in luck--we have your Guide to Haunted Attractions Open SUNDAY NIGHTS.


It's unfortunate that Halloween falls on a Tuesday because not every haunted attraction will be open. However, we've got your list of NINETEEN New England haunted attractions who will be OPEN Halloween night and waiting celebrate with you with screams and scares! Here's our  Guide to Haunted Attractions Open HALLOWEEN Night!



We've got a NEW contest for a four-pack of tickets to Fright Haven (CT) and a chance to win a  four-pack of Zombie Paintball tickets at Field of Screams (RI) open on Halloween New England right now. Stay tuned for our final contest to win a pair of tickets to see Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA. Our ticket contests are wrapping up soon to give you a chance to go so enter while you can! 

Recent Contest Winners
Congrats to Crystal Murray and Sherry Miranda who each won a pair of combo tickets to see The Haunted GraveyardTiffany Preedom and Jessie Lyon were winners for the Vengeance in the Valley (VT) tickets and Megan Reed's name was drawn in the Costumania (NH) $20 gift voucher contest. Deltra Kroener won the Creeperum tickets and the four-pack of Jack o"Lantern Spectacular tickets went to Lawrence Silver, Justin Woelfel, and Courtney Frost. Ashley Bonneau won a pair of tickets to Haunted Acres and Diane Fontes and Sonath La won the 13th World four-pack!

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
What a busy week of screams it has been! Last week we swung through Witch's Woods in Westford, MA, spent Friday the 13th with a scream-filled double-header at 13th World in Cumberland, RI and Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA and wrapped up our weekend at Nightmare Acres in South Windsor, CT to check out their new trail and location. The weather was perfect and it was good to bring out the scarves and gloves for a night or two that finally felt like fall!

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
We start up again on Thursday this week with our New Hampshire road trip where we plan to visit Haunted Overload in Lee and Haunted Acres in Candia. We hope to fit in a 3rd adventure at The Dark Crop Haunted Corn Maze or possibly Fright Kingdom--we'll let you know where we end up!

Haunted Houses and Trails Opening Friday, October 20th:

Haunted Somerville (MA)
Nightmare Vermont (VT)

Pittsford Haunted House (VT)
*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
In case you missed it... Haunted Houses, Trails, Haunted Hayrides, and Night Corn Mazes already open:
Creeperum (CT)
Legends of Fear (CT) – Trail and Haunted Hayride
The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce (CT)
Trail of Terror (CT)
Fright Haven (CT) 
Haunted Overload (NH)
Haunted Acres (NH)

Fear Town (MA)
Barrett's Haunted Mansion (MA)
13th World (RI) 
Field of Screams Haunted House and Hayride (RI)
Vengeance in the Valley (VT) Haunted Hayride and Haunted Corn Maze 

The 7-1-5 Haunted House (MA)
DementedFX (MA)
Haunted Halloween Havoc (MA)
The Monster Mash Haunted Hayride (MA) - Haunted Hayride 
Marini Farm Corn Maze (MA) – non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze
FrightFest at Six Flags New England (MA)
Factory of Terror Worcester (MA)
Factory of Terror Fall River (MA) 
Witch's Woods (MA) - House and Haunted Hayride
Ghost Ship Harbor (MA) 
13 Nights at Jiminy (MA)
Century Hayride and Spooky Walk (MA) 
Lakeville Haunted House (MA)
Hysteria at Connors Farm (MA) – Trail and non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze

Hammond Castle (MA)
Harvest of Horrors (MA) - Trail and Haunted Hayride
Fortress of Nightmares (RI)
Harvest of Haunts (NH)
Fright Kingdom (NH)
The Dark Crop (NH) - Haunted Corn Maze
The Ghoullog (NH)
Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park (NH)
Harvest of Haunts (NH)
Fright Kingdom (NH)
Nightmare New England / SpookyWorld (NH)
Beans and Greens Farm Haunted Corn Maze (NH)
Coppal House Farm (NH) – non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze
Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park (RI)
Haunted Labyrinth (RI)
Seven Cedars Haunted Hayride (RI)
Fortress of Nightmares (RI)
Factory of Terror West Warwick (RI) 
Dead North (VT) - Haunted Corn Maze
Nightmare Acres (CT)
The Haunted Isle (CT)
Dark Manor (CT)
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm (CT) – non-haunted Flashlight Maze
Fright at the Fort (ME)
We're thrilled to have teamed up again with New England's own uber-talented The Pixel Perfection: After Dark whose incredibly creepy and inspiring haunt photos populate the guides again this year. As always, we know you love their photos...just please don't steal their photos! Why not just follow them on Facebook instead or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Halloween New England Top Picks for October 12th - 18th, 2017


Halloween New England is absolutely LOVING this Halloween season so far! Our website is humming with new events being added every day and thousands of New Englanders checking it constantly for guidance about what incredible events and attractions are serving up thrills in their area.

It's is always gratifying to see the response of activity on the website, the Facebook responses, and blog feedback because it is just a reminder that tens of thousands of New Englanders share our obsession with Halloween. 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). Stay informed with all the details through our guides and event listings so you won't miss a thing!


Friday the 13th - Donate Blood for Free Admission to Fright Haven!

'Tis the season to starve a vampire by giving blood directly to the American Red Cross! Join Fright Haven in Stratford, CT this Friday the 13th between 11:00am and 4:00pm for their special Blood Drive and help others this Halloween season.
Make an appointment by signing up HERE and in return for your time and blood, you will receive a FREE ticket to Fright Haven - a $25 value! Your ticket is good for you to use any night they are open in October!
Event details. (sponsor code FRIGHTHAVEN).  Find out more about Fright Haven. 

Friday the 13th - Prize Giveaway Night at The Haunted Graveyard

The Haunted Graveyard in Bristol, CT is flipping things on its head by making their customers feel very LUCKY  this Friday, the 13th!
Every hour, 13 Haunted Graveyard customers will be randomly chosen to receive a combo admission ticket for only $13!
And, to take things up a notch, hockey mask-wearing ghouls will be roaming the midway all night but don't run away--if you spot one, run towards them to win big prizes because they'll be giving away 13 prizes worth up to $500 every hour between 5:00pm and 11:00pm. Event details.
Find out more about The Haunted Graveyard.


Turn out the Lights for Darkness Unleashed!

If you think you're not afraid of the dark (or even if you are), you might dare to brave Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA this Tuesday, October 17th (and next Tuesday, October 24th) to experience one of their two high-intensity Lights Out nights of the season.



Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week


Rhode Island
If you are in Pawtucket on Thursday and Friday stop by the Mills and Mysteries Paranormal Investigation held at the old Slater Mill. Also in Pawtucket, you can check out the new event Night at the Haunted Museum held over the next two weekends on Friday and Saturday nights.  Every night of the week you can find the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular in Providence serving up thousands of jaw-dropping carved, illuminated pumpkins to put you in the spirit of Halloween.
Monday, October 16th is the opening night for the week-long Vortex: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival which runs nightly screenings and events through Sunday, October 22nd.


Connecticut
This Friday and Saturday, the Cheshire, CT Historical Society presents their annual lantern-led Spirits Alive Cemetery Tours, and Friday also brings you the (adults only) Spooktacular Halloween Dinner Dance fundraiser for the United Way being held in Wallingford where costumes are welcome! If you're near Essex on Saturday swing through the Essex Scarecrow Festival where there will be displays being judged for Most Creative, Scariest, Most Beautiful, and other prize categories. Saturday brings you more lantern-lit graveyard walks with A Haunting at Mill Hill in Norwalk. On Tuesday in Stamford, you'll definitely want to partake in a little classic horror with The Night of the Living Dead screening at the Avon Theatre.

Massachusetts 
On Friday, the 13th we can't think of a better way to honor this special date than with a screening of "Friday the 13th Parts II and VII" for an outdoor double-feature at Rocky Woods in Medfield. If you really want to take it to the next level, you can even reserve a camp-site on the property if you dare (but you'll have to pre-register...details here).
If it's Freddy who is your guy (he's our guy) then you can check out the screening of "Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" in Salem, also on Friday and those are just a few of the TEN horror film screenings happening in Mass during this week. Click for the full list of horror film screenings.

Friday is also the first night of the weekend-long Rock and Shock festival in Worcester and also the first of two nights for the family-friendly Naumkeag Pumpkin Trail in Sturbridge, MA.
If your in Salem's neck of the woods, get into the spirit of the season by listening to "Edgar Allen Poe Readings" happening twice on Saturday.
On Sunday, grab your bike to ride for a cause with the MDA Halloween Witch Ride going from Harley-Davidson in Revere and ending in Salem.
For some worthwhile weeknight events the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library is hosting the 1933 murder-mystery film "The Secrets of the Blue Room" on Tuesday; Wednesday kicks off a new round of performances of The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA is which is an immersive, theatrical, musical experience.

New Hampshire
This weekend is a perfect time to visit Haunted Overload in Lee, NH--in addition to their regular nightly show with actors and scares, during this day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can see what their artistry looks like in the daylight. Visit the Haunted Overload Daytime Haunt between 11:00am-3:00pm for only $5!
While you are at the Daytime Haunt, it's a perfect time to enjoy the Halloween Storybook Hayrides at DeMeritt Hill Farm (where Haunted Overload is located) which is a perfect event for younger children to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend is also the annual Goffstown Pumpkin Weigh-off (Saturday) and Pumpkin Regatta (Sunday) where everyone will find something they love including a doggie costume contest, hayrides, pumpkin slingshots, pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin seed spitting contest, and culminating with the regatta where race their giant pumpkin boats down the river!

Maine
Ring in Friday the 13th in Portland with a book talk featuring Portland's Historic Eastern Cemetery "illuminating centuries of Portland’s history through the stories of those laid to rest" and hosted by the Maine Historical Society.

Vermont
If you're leaf-peeping in southern Vermont this weekend, swing through the Townshend Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 14th which will feature a costume parade, live entertainment, games, rides, pumpkin pies, and more.


Hardcore Halloween fans know that you can't make the most of the season without squeezing in your haunt-going fun outside of the ever popular Friday and Saturdays. To help you get the most out of October, we've compiled a list of haunted attractions open Monday through Thursdays with more options the closer you get to the end of the month - but there are EIGHT weeknight haunt opportunities this week! Check out our Guide to Haunted Attractions are Open WEEKNIGHTS.


Plan ahead for your October weekends by checking out haunted attractions on a Sunday night! This weekend there are TWENTY haunted attractions open this Sunday, October 15th. Sundays often offer shorter lines and a more personal experience so what are you waiting for?
Here's our 
Guide to Haunted Attractions Open SUNDAY NIGHTS.


Where has Halloween New England been lately?
We 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) and Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT) and Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT) for showing us a tremendous time, filling our weekend with screams and chainsaws, and for graciously hosting us at their haunts. We couldn't have asked for a better time!

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
We've got our eye on a few places for this weekend including Fear Town Haunted House, Field of Screams, 13th World, Witch's Woods and Nightmare Acres


We've got five NEW contests open on Halloween New England and we'll add two more by the weekend! As we round past the mid-point of October, the contests will start winding down (to give you a chance to use the winning tickets) so give it all you got this week - you have to be in it to win it!

Right now you will find ticket contests for Creeperum in Hamden, CT, 13th World in Cumberland, RI, Vengeance in the Valley in Guilford, VT, and Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA, and Fright Haven in Stratford, CT. By the time the weekend arrives we'll have added our final contests for Haunted Overload in Lee, NH, and the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI.

Congrats to Stephen Buckler who will be enjoying his "Be a Monster for a Night" VIP experience at Creeperum this Thursday, Britney Defazzio, Cynthia Nizzari, Lauren Phillips, and Lisa Prola who all won tickets to the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular, Billy Velez won tickets to Vengeance in the Valley, Greg McCann and Priska Radja Haba won their way into the special invite-only night at Haunted Overload!


Haunted Houses, Trails, Haunted Hayrides, and  Mazes opening Friday, October 13th:

Haunted Overload (NH)
Lakeville Haunted House (MA)
Hysteria at Connors Farm (MA) – Trail and non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze

Fortress of Nightmares (RI)
Harvest of Haunts (NH)
Harrybrooke Haunted Trail (CT)
Haunting at the Hollow (CT)


Haunted Houses, Haunted Hayrides, and Mazes opening Saturday, October 14th:
Fright at the Fort (ME)

*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
In case you missed it... Haunted Houses, Trails, Haunted Hayrides, and Night Corn Mazes already open:
Fright Haven (CT) 
Trail of Terror (CT)
The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce (CT)
Creeperum (CT)
Legends of Fear (CT) – Trail and Haunted Hayride
Barrett's Haunted Mansion (MA)
Fear Town (MA)
Field of Screams Haunted House and Hayride (RI)
13th World (RI) 
Vengeance in the Valley (VT) Haunted Hayride and Haunted Corn Maze 

Haunted Labyrinth (RI)
Haunted Tunnel at Slater Park (RI)
Seven Cedars Haunted Hayride (RI)
Factory of Terror West Warwick (RI) Dead North (VT) - Haunted Corn Maze
DementedFX (MA)
Haunted Halloween Havoc (MA)
The Monster Mash Haunted Hayride (MA) - Haunted Hayride 
Witch's Woods (MA) - House and Haunted Hayride
Ghost Ship Harbor (MA) 
13 Nights at Jiminy (MA)
Century Hayride and Spooky Walk (MA) 
The 7-1-5 Haunted House (MA)
Hammond Castle (MA)
Harvest of Horrors (MA) Trail and Haunted Hayride

Marini Farm Corn Maze (MA) – non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze
FrightFest at Six Flags New England (MA)
Factory of Terror Worcester (MA)
Factory of Terror Fall River (MA) 
The Ghoullog (NH)
The Dark Crop (NH) - Haunted Corn Maze
Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park (NH)
Beans and Greens Farm Haunted Corn Maze (NH)
Nightmare New England / SpookyWorld (NH)
Fright Kingdom (NH)
Coppal House Farm (NH) – non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze
Nightmare Acres (CT)

The Haunted Isle (CT)
Dark Manor (CT)
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm (CT) – non-haunted Flashlight Maze
We're thrilled to have teamed up again with New England's own uber-talented The Pixel Perfection: After Dark whose incredibly creepy and inspiring haunt photos populate the guides again this year. As always, we know you love their photos...just please don't steal their photos! Why not just follow them on Facebook instead or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?