Thursday, September 20, 2018

Halloween New England Top Picks for September 20th- 26th, 2018

We wait all year for this moment - the start of our favorite season!

Though the calendar reads September, devoted Halloween New England fans know the spirit of the Halloween season kicks off with the change in the temp, the turning color of the leaves, and the arrival of pumpkins at every local farm stand. Salem's Haunted Happenings Grand Parade is two weeks from today and haunt-fans across New England are thrilled to welcome the first weekend of haunt openings this weekend!

Halloween New England always has your back all season long with hundreds of upcoming events listed to help you stay on top of new Halloween experiences and alerted to new attractions. Tune in each Thursday for our Top Picks, highlights for the weekend, special events not to be missed, incredible contests, and other essential info to keep you on top of everything this Halloween. Our event calendars grow every year and you'll never find more Halloween events in a single place than at Halloween New England.

Our Family-Friendly Halloween Event Guides in several states will help you spot wonderful all-ages Halloween and pumpkin events for making memories and starting new traditions this year.

Ghost Ride Productions - Alexa Prop Lifecasting - Seattle- Halloween New EnglandEarlier this month we posted on our blog about the one-of-a-kind experience we had during an off-season trip to the Pacific northwest to visit Ghost Ride Productions' horror prop shop.
We received a close-up look at the process of making the very Special FX horror props that we come across inside haunted houses all Halloween season long. In fact, it was such a close-up look that we participated in our first-ever lifecasting to become a full-size realistic horror prop! (Coming to a dark corner near you....)
We enjoyed touring their shop, getting to know their capable crew, seeing the jam-packed shelves holding dozens of molds responsible for making their incredible inventory--including our favorite Frank character!
If you haven't had a chance to read about Halloween New England's visit to Seattle to experience a lifecasting session for Ghost Ride Productions' new "Alexa" full size body prop, here's a quick link.

So many ways to celebrate Halloween, so little time to do it....that's why we start celebrating six weeks early--and so should you.


At this point in September, there is just a smattering of Halloween themed and seasonally inspired events. As we get closer to October 31st you'll see more highlighted events to consider across New England...and of course, we always have more listings--plus events in the future--listed on the website. To whet your appetite for the season, here are a few worthwhile events for this weekend.

Haunted Footsteps Tour - Salem Historical - Halloween New England
With so much going on in Salem, MA October, it couldn't be a better time to check out the many tours and attractions the city has to offer. Salem Historical Tours is currently serving up five different daily walking tours every afternoon plus they add their Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour nightly starting in October. Look for tours on Salem Haunted History, Cemetery Tours, Salem Movie Site tours, a midday Ghost Tour and a Witchcraft Walk.  It's always wise to book early and they offer discounts when you book multiple tours during your visit to the Witch City.

For the best of Salem planning, bookmark the website and social media pages for Haunted Happenings Magazine for the most updated special local Salem events and new attractions.
This Saturday, September 22nd is also the 11th annual Salem Wicked Half Marathon and walkers are welcome too!

Some special events worth highlighting for costume-lovers include the Wizards Costume Contest and a Harry Potter Cosplay Contest and Snitch Hunt at the CT RenFaire this weekend.

More Harry Potter fun this Saturday at Escobar Farm in Portsmouth, RI for their annual Harry Potter Day festivities.
Bangor Maine area folks with an interest in learning FX Makeup will want to know about a special 8-week course at Queen City Arts called SPFX Makeup Class which is open for anyone ages 15 and older.

Theatre-lovers might like to know that Jekyll and Hyde the musical opens their run on Wednesday at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA and will feature Constantine Maroulis in the title roles. You'll have until October 7th to check it out. 
The Portland Players in Portland, ME are opening their musical production of the always hilarious and fun Little Shop of Horrors which runs September 21st through October 7th.

Vermont is hosting the biggest of the big pumpkin events this weekend with a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in at Sam Mazza Farms.


Contests: Opening Weekend Giveaways, Ticket 4-packs,
 $25 towards Costume Merchandise, and Tickets Galore!

We've got nine contests live on Halloween New England by the end of today plus more coming on Monday! Find ALL the contests that you can enter here.

Haunted Overload Night Shack - Lee NH - Halloween New England
Enter to WIN a pair of tickets to Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA, win a four-pack of tickets to Barrrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA, win a four-pack of tickets to 13th World haunted trail in Cumberland, RI, and another chance to win entry to the special invite-only night at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH.

Opening Weekend welcomes more winners! Enter to win Opening Weekend tickets from Ghost Ship Harbor in Quincy, MA and combo tickets (haunts + rides) for The Haunted Graveyard in Bristol, CT.
If you're looking to pick up some new additions for your Halloween Costume this year you will find a chance to win $25 towards merchandise at Costumania in West Lebanon, NH!

We're also running ticket contests for Vengeance in the Valley haunted hayride and haunted maize in Guilford, VT and you won't want to miss out on the chance to win admission to The Haunted Speakeasy which is the costume party of the season at The Bull Mansion in Worcester, MA!
Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details and links for entering to win!

Recent Contest Winners:
Congrats to Jason Avery and Stephanie Brown who won her way into the special invite-only night at Haunted Overload!


 Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Friday, September 21st

Scary Acres (Hope, RI) - Maze and Hayride
Marini Farm Corn MAze (MA) - non -haunted Maze
SpookyWorld - Trails and Hayride
Click for the complete Opening Night Guide

Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Saturday, September 22nd

FrightFest at Six Flags New England (MA)
The Ghoullog (NH)
Screeemfest at Canobie Lake (NH)
Cucumber Hill Farm Flashlight Corn Maze (RI) - non-Haunted
Click for the complete Opening Night Guide

We're thrilled to have teamed up again with the 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 or Instagram or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?

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