Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Weekly Top Picks for October 10th - 16th, 2018

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!

Thursday and Sunday, Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington features their incredible $40 Bite and Fright Deal which includes a meal and admission to the Mansion and The Sanctuary.

Friday and Saturday are the first two vintage Halloween parties of The Haunted Speakeasy's five-event season where you can sport your ghastly or Gatsby-inspired costume in the historic Bull Mansion in Worcester where you will be treated to Prohibition-era cocktails, live entertainment, a burlesque show, and dancing! Advance tickets are a must for The Haunted Speakeasy (Oct 12th, 13th, 19th, 26th, and 27th).

On Friday, the 12th it's a community affair at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro which will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving in advance of the Halloween Spooktacular at Attleboro Springs on Saturday the 13th.
Also on Saturday, you can enjoy lantern-lit stories at Longmeadow Cemetery during Ghosts in the Graveyard and check out An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge on Saturday night.

Massachusetts is hosting some pretty excellent horror film screenings and horror film-related events this week.
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem has two interesting presentations lined up--"It Takes Many Forms: Horror as Resistance" on Sunday at noon and you can find "Abandon All Hope: Cinematic Descriptions of Hell in Horror" at 4pm.

Our top screening picks of the bunch include "Rosemary's Baby" on Sunday in Salem, "Shaun of the Dead" on Monday at The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and "The Wolf Man" (1941) in Haverhill on Tuesday. Those are just a few of the many horror film screenings happening in Mass during this week. Click for the full list of horror film screenings.

Connecticut Thursday kicks us off with spooky candle-lit stories at Things that Go Bump in the Night at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry. and starting Saturday you will find the return of the annual Ballet Spooktacular in Old Saybrook. 

All weekend long you families will enjoy pumpkin fun at the CT Trolley Museum's Pumpkin Patch and on Sunday in Lebanon, the CT Renaissance Faire invites you to their Kids Costume Contest in Lebanon. For spookier fare,  Saturday and Sunday brings lantern-lit graveyard walks with A Haunting at Mill Hill in Norwalk.

New Hampshire 
This weekend is a perfect time to head to Lee, NH where Halloween is in full swing! You can visit Haunted Overload which opens their evening haunted trail for the season on Friday, October 12th complete with actors, scares, haunted mansion, giant scenes, and their famous treetop tall characters built deep in the woods.
In addition to their nightly show, during the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can also see what their artistry looks like in the daylight. Visit the Haunted Overload Daytime Haunt between 10:00am-2:00pm!

On this Saturday, October 13th, Haunted Overload's daytime haunt is hosting Howl for the Animals fundraiser for the Cocheco Valley Humane Society. Featuring a bouncy house, crafts, raffles and special trick-or-treat through the (non-scary) haunt, this special event is also fido- friendly so be sure to bring your doggie along to enjoy the festivities!
While you are there for the Daytime Haunt / Howl for the Animals, you can enjoy the Halloween Storybook Hayrides at DeMeritt Hill Farm (where Haunted Overload is located) -- a family-friendly 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!

Rhode Island
It's Children's Fairy Tale Night  on Thursday, October 11th at the Roger Williams Zoo where kids can take pictures with Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, Robin Hood and favorite Dr. Seuss characters such as the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes for this special night and tickets include admission to the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular.

For a historical twist, on Sunday in Kingstown at the South County Historical Center you might check out Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning Customs which is offered as part of the Center's series "Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning and Memorials." 

If you happen to be leaf-peeping in southern Vermont this weekend, swing through the Townshend Pumpkin Festival coming up this Saturday, October 13th featuring a costume parade, live entertainment, games, rides, pumpkin pies, and more!

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

Over Columbus Day Weekend ventured to CT for the first of our annual haunt trips where you might have run into us at Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), Fright Haven (Stratford, CT), and Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT). On our way back to MA we stopped in at DementedFX (Holyoke, MA) and Monster Mash Haunted Hayride (South Hadley, MA). What an incredible weekend it was!

It's another busy weekend for us as we are headed to Field of Screams (East Greenwich, RI), and more CT haunt trips with a stop in at The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), Rails to the Darkside (East Windsor, CT), Evidence of Evil (Southington, CT) and  Nightmare Acres (Windsor, CT). 

If you are looking make the most of your October weekends and you love to plan ahead, check out which haunted attractions will be open on an off-peak night. Find out who'll be waiting in the dark for you in our Guide to Haunted Attractions Open Sunday Nights.

There are TWENTY-THREE haunts open this Sunday, October 14th including Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Ghost Ship Harbor (Quincy, MA), Fear Town (MA), DementedFX (Holyoke, MA), Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), Fright Haven (Stratford,CT), The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), 13thWorld (Cumberland, RI), Scary Acres (Hope, RI), and Field of Screams (East Greenwich, RI).

Ending Soon: We're closing out our 3rd Jack O'Lantern Spectacular 4-pack of tickets contest this Friday along with our 3rd Barrett's Haunted Mansion contest to win a 4-pack of tickets to their haunt in Abington, MA.
If you haven't yet entered, our one and only contest to win tickets to see DementedFX in Holyoke, MA is open now. There's still time to win tickets to see what Fear Town Haunted House has up their scaring sleeves this season so enter soon!

Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.
New Contests:  You'll also be able to enter contests for a 4-pack of tickets to 13th World Haunted Trail in Cumberland, RI, a $25 certificate in merchandise from Costumania in West Lebanon, NH, and we'll be wrapping up the 2nd contest for Ghost Ship Harbor in Quincy, MA.

Try your luck at winning a pair of tickets to our final Vengeance in the Valley contest to see their Haunted Hayride and Maze in Guilford, VT and it's your final chance to win combo tickets to The Haunted Graveyard in Bristol, CT.

Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.

Congrats to Rebecca Rudgers and Wesley Demelo who each won a 4-pack of tickets to the Jack O' Lantern SpectacularJenna Awley and Sara Johnstone won a pair of tickets to The Haunted Speakeasy, Ryan Lee and Amy Bettencourt won tickets to the invite-only night at Haunted Overload Yahaira Cruz and Rick Cyr won a 4-pack of tickets to Barrett's Haunted Mansion!

Haunted Houses and Haunted Trails Opening Friday, October 12th, 2018

Haunted Overload (Lee, NH)
Harrybrooke Haunted Trail (CT)
Fortress of Nightmares (RI)
Hammond Castle (MA)
Lakeville Haunted House (MA)
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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