Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weekly Top Picks for September 27th- October 3rd, 2018

With October arriving over the weekend, we are thrilled that our favorite month of the year has finally arrived! Bring on the scares, thrills, pumpkins, traditions, lights, decorated yards, haunted trails, costume contests, Halloween displays, and yes, bring on the candy too!

Halloween New England has the bases covered for you all season long with our Top Picks, highlights for the weekend, special events not to be missed, contests, and other essential info to keep you on top of everything this Halloween.

Haunt Seminars, Demos, Backstage Tours, Unlimited SpeedPass Haunt Admission, Food, and Rides at The Haunted Graveyard's Behind the Screams

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event coming up this Saturday, Sept 29th!! The Haunted Graveyard's "Behind the Screams Experience" is an incredible backstage tour and seminar opportunity for haunt fans, home/yard haunters, and every kind of Halloween enthusiast! Event Details
Tour behind the scenes, access to special FX makeup and airbrush demos, seminars for learning haunt construction, lighting and sound FX, animatronics, and more.

Behind the Screams ticket *includes* admission to The Haunted Graveyard (including unlimited walk-throughs with speed pass!), access to Lake Compounce rides, 1 free Sky Coaster ticket, food, drink, t-shirt, and entry to win a Haunted Graveyard prop!
Save $$ when you buy tickets online. Limited ticket availability.

Saturday is Kids Day at Costumania's Superstore in West Lebanon, NH

New Hampshire's own year-round costume store Costumania has their special Kids Day coming this weekend. 
Pop in at Costumania's West Lebanon, NH superstore for Kids Day this Saturday, September 29th! Open 10:00am-8:00pm, every child who walks through the door gets a goodie bag and a special discount towards merchandise! Between 11:00am-3:00pm Kids can enjoy complimentary face-painting and pizza!
Situated right off Rte 89 and very close to Rte 91, their huge new store in West Lebanon has everything from wigs, makeup, costume props, character supplies, and thousands of costumes for kids, adults, and any character you can dream up. Costumania is a small family owned business in West Lebanon, NH which operates as a year-round costume store since 1994. If you do decide to shop at Costumania this season you can use the Halloween New England exclusive in-store coupon for $10 off any $40 Costumania purchase! Click here for the $10 off coupon.



Connecticut Halloween Events (full guide)
We know haunt-fans, novice haunters, and home haunters wouldn't miss the Behind the Screams event at The Haunted Graveyard coming up this Saturday, September 29th. (See more details in the feature above).

Wednesday, October 3rd kicks off a new 8-week Sculpting for Beginners course taught by Tyler Green two-time finalist on SyFy's Face Off at his studio in Litchfield, CT. Students will get an introductory to character design in 3D form by using a non hardening clay to develop skills and techniques in creating a character in clay.

Also, check out our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in CT.

Massachusetts Halloween Events (full guide)
For the third year, Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA will host the immersive outdoor theatrical production of The Sleepy Hollow Experience which is back for a 6-week run on the grounds of this living history museum. Check them out Wednesday through Sunday nights and advance tickets are a must.

Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues is billed as a "one-hour, in depth retelling of the famous double homicide" by local history teacher Christopher Daley. Held at the Blackstone Library, this is a free event but it does require pre-registration.
Details and registration info.

Haverhill Library hosts free horror flicks during Terrifying Tuesday Nights and Classic Spooky Tuesday Matinees nearly every week in October starting Oct 2nd. Check out the 1932 "The Mummy" for the classic matinee and the 2017 Stephen King's "It" this Tuesday, October 2nd.
At Vampfangs' new Salem store this weekend you can book an appointment with Tyler Green of SyFy's FaceOff for Custom FX Teeth Consultations as he rolls out his new line of custom teeth products for zombies and monsters. You must pre-book a time by contacting Vampfangs directly and Tyler will be taking appointments on both days between noon and 6pm. Details.

Plus, check out our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in MA.

Rhode Island
In scenic Portsmouth, RI you'll find Escobar Farm hosting their annual Pumpkin Festival at Escobar Farm on Saturday, September 29th (rain date Sept 30).

Also, on Saturday, Sept 29th (rain date Sept 30) Frerich's Farm in Warren will host their Halloween Party for Individuals with Autism and their families with a pirate ship, scavenger hunt, western town, bubble table, and food (advance registration required).

Find more kids activities on our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in RI.

Maine
Bangor is the place to be this week where you can find two very special events lined up!
Queen City Arts kicks off a new Special FX Makeup Class for ages 15 and up. Held on Monday nights over a series of 6 weeks, this teen and adult course includes weekly instruction by a makeup professional and a makeup kit for easy home practice.

Haunted History is the name of the game at the "Darker Side of Mt. Hope Cemetery" in Bangor this Tuesday, October 2nd. This cemetery tour explores local history and is the first of three dates for this tour this October.

New Hampshire
Saturday, September 29th is the perfect day to go searching and shopping for your Halloween costume and decor needs--and the timing couldn't be better than during Kids Day at Costumania in West Lebanon, NH. Every child gets a goodie bag and a special discount towards merchandise and there's complimentary face-painting and pizza between 11:00am-3:00pm.

Vermont
Sunday, September 30th is the annual Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival in Stowe where you can cheer on the pumpkin trebuchet competition while noshing on entries to the chili cookoff!

What have we been up to? Where are we headed?

While it's early in the New England haunting season, Halloween New England packed in two trips to Salem on Saturday alone--first we dropped into Salem, Massachusetts for a few hours to check out Vampfangs new brick and mortar store, eat a slice from Flying Saucer Pizza, and visit HausWitch. Then we hit the road headed to our second Salem of the day - this time to Salem, New Hampshire-- to celebrate opening night of Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park!

This weekend we've got plans to swing through Barrett's Haunted Mansion this week and we'll be heading to Scary Acres in Hope, RI. We just can't wait!


Looking for info on which haunts are open on Sundays? Did you know that SEVEN haunted attractions are open this Sunday, September 30th including The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT) and Scary Acres Haunted House and Hayride (Hope, RI). If you love to plan your October weekends ahead like we do and want to check out haunted attractions on an off-peak night, we've compiled our essential Guide to Haunted Attractions Open on Sunday Nights.
We've got seven contests right now on Halloween New England.


Ending Soon: If you haven't yet entered, The Haunted Speakeasy is delivering the costume party of the year in Worcester, MA and we're wrapping up their ticket contest on Oct 1st so enter ASAP!
Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.


New Contests: Since last week we've added a 2nd chance to win a $25 in merchandise from
Costumania in West Lebanon, NH and a contest for a pair of tickets to Vengeance in the Valley Haunted Hayride and Maze in Guilford, VT. Ghost Ship Harbor in Quincy, MA kicked off their 2nd contest this week and look for the 2nd round to win Jack-o-lantern Spectacular tickets in Providence, RI.
The Haunted Graveyard has a contest running for combo tickets to see them during their 2nd weekend of haunting and there's still time to enter for tickets to see what Fear Town Haunted House has in store for you this season.
Barrett's Haunted Mansion is giving away a four-pack of tickets to see them in Abington, MA and another 13th World Haunted Trail ticket contest are now up for your visit to Cumberland, RI!
Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.

Congrats to Deltra Kroemer who won a pair of Opening Weekend tickets to The Haunted Graveyard, to Christen Clery who won Opening Weekend tickets to Ghost Ship Harbor, Ryan Lee, Sabrina Desy, and Shane Bergevin won a four-pack of tickets to Barrett's Haunted MansionCraig Miranda won a four pack of tickets to 13th World and Sean Burke and Ian Dincuff each won tickets to Fear Town!


Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Friday, September 28th

The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT)
Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT) Haunted Hayride and Trail
Fear Town (Seekonk, MA)
DementedFX (Holyoke, MA)
Ghost Ship Harbor (Quincy, MA)
Haunted Labyrinth (RI)
The 7-1-5 Haunted House (MA)
13 Nights at Jiminy (MA)
Witch's Woods (MA) - House and Haunted Hayride
Monster Mash Haunted Hayride (MA)
Haunted Hale Corn Maze (CT)
The Haunted Isle (CT)
Fright Kingdom (NH)
Click for the complete Opening Night Guide

Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Friday, September 28th

13th World (Cumberland, RI)
Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT)
Click for the complete Opening Night Guide



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