Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Weekly Top Picks for September 26th- Oct 2nd, 2019

With October arriving after the weekend, we are thrilled that our favorite month of the year has finally arrived! Bring on the 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 season.

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

Don't miss buying advance tickets for a one-of-a-kind event coming up next Saturday, October  5th!! The Haunted Graveyard's "Behind the Screams Experience" return for 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.




Massachusetts Halloween Events (full guide)
On Saturday, September 28th, swing into Salem for Endless Night: Salem Vampire Salon at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. Complete with music, mystery, entertainment, performances, and ritual--including a midnight howl--revel in the elements of the Vampire Mythos in an intimate, dark salon setting.

Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA returns with their fourth season of an immersive outdoor theatrical production of The Sleepy Hollow Experience 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.

Also in Salem on Friday and Saturday nights--this time in the Hawthorne Library - is Clue Live! presented by Haunted Dinner Theatre billed as a family-friendly spooky evening complete with suspense, mystery, and dinner!

Haverhill Library hosts a series of weekly free horror flicks during Classic Spooky Tuesday Matinees throughout October starting Oct 1st Check out the 1963 "The Haunting" for their morning matinee.

Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th, join “Ghost Writers” author Sam Baltrusis for MASS ParaCon a two-day paranormal experience at the Berkshire’s Seven Hills Inn located in Lenox.
John Zaffis, armed with more than 40 years of studying and investigating the paranormal, will co-headline the MASS ParaCon along with John E.L Tenney from "Ghost Stalkers" who is also known for his signature "Weird Lectures."

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

Connecticut Halloween Events (full guide)
This Saturday, September 28th, Courtney Reardon of Seaside Shadows is sharing an afternoon of Tarot and Tea Leaf Readings in East Haddam.  Tarot and Tea Leaves provide us insight on who we are, what we are going through and what's to come. Tea Leaves are an ancient Celtic form of divination passed through generations. Your spirit guides and angels want the best for you -- so have a reading at a local coffee shop and find out what's in store.

It's also the 2nd weekend of festivities at Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton. This family-friendly, non-scary adventure takes you through a town with a saloon, jail, country store, post office, and a fire department--each a different scene throughout the "village". Take a hayride through Pumpkintown forest and catch a glimpse of more than 30 pumpkin-headed characters and their dwellings!

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

Rhode Island  (full guide)
In scenic Portsmouth, RI you'll find Escobar Farm hosting their annual Pumpkin Festival at Escobar Farm on Saturday, September 28th (rain date Sept 29). With pumpkin games, crafts, face painting and scarecrow making fun for everyone--plus, who can resist getting "lost" in their expansive corn maze! Michael Higgins may even be on-site to amaze you with his chainsaw skills!

Find more kids activities on our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in RI.
Maine  (full guide)
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.

Vermont  (full guide)
Sunday, September 29th is the annual Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival in Stowe where you can cheer on the thrilling display of engineering during the pumpkin trebuchet competition while noshing on entries to the chili cookoff in a scenic area. What better way to enjoy a fall day!

New Hampshire  (full guide)
While you're in NH leaf-peeping, haunt-going, or pumpkin picking, take the scenic route through Rte 120 and 12A in Plainfield where
the locals have set up a unique seasonal presentation of Plainfield Pumpkin People. In recent years the number of pumpkin people has grown to nearly 300 displays along the route! The displays are available to enjoy daily between September 28th and October 31st.

What has Halloween New England been up to? What's next?


Last week we took in a screening of Rob Zombie's latest flick 3 From Hell for some mid-week gore and wrapped up the weekend at the Harvard Square Ghost Tour in Cambridge, MA on what might have been the most perfect fall evening. Huge thanks to our very entertaining tour guide Stewart who wove tales of mystery and lore through scenic landmarks such as the gates to Harvard Yard and the Old Burial Ground. We popped into the Holliston, MA Historical Society for an hour-long retelling of the famous double homicide with Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues presented by local history teacher Christopher Daley. Held at the Holliston Library.

This Friday you'll find us screaming through Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA!


Looking for info on which haunts are open on Sundays? Did you know that SEVEN haunted attractions are open this Sunday, September 29th including Evidence of Evil (Southington, CT) and  The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT)? 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.


Ending Soon: We're closing out our first-ever Haunt on Eden ticket contest to visit their haunted house in Plantsville, CT so enter by 9/28 to give it a shot!.  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 2nd so enter ASAP!
It's your final week to enter as often as you like to win a pair of tickets to Haunted Overload's special Invite-Only night on Oct 10th--be sure to enter by 10/3.
Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.

New Contests:
Earlier this week we posted our first contest to win a four-pack of tickets to experience DementedFX Haunted House in Holyoke, MA and a brand new contest for a pair of tickets to see what Fear Town Haunted House has in store for you this season. The Haunted Graveyard has a contest running for combo tickets to see them during their 2nd weekend of haunting but you'll need to enter by 10/5. VIP Tickets will be a dream this October when you win them through the Ravenwood Haunted Farm (Haverhill, MA) contest. We've got a new round of four-pack tickets we're giving away through our contest for the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular (Providence, RI) and be sure to enter often to win a four-pack of tickets to The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT) haunted house.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA) and  13th World (Cumberland, RI) contests posted soon!
Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.


Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Friday, September 27th

Evidence of Evil (Southington, CT)
The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT)
Fear Town (Seekonk, MA)
DementedFX (Holyoke, MA)
Ravenwood Haunted Farm (Haverhill, MA)
Haunted Labyrinth (RI)
13 Nights at Jiminy (MA)
Witch's Woods (MA) - House and Haunted Hayride
Monster Mash Haunted Hayride (MA)
Marini Farm (non-haunted) Corn Maze (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)
Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT) Haunted Hayride and Trail
Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT)
Click for the complete Opening Night Guide

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