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?

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