Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Weekly Top Picks for October 23rd - 27th, 2019

The much-anticipated big weekend before Halloween is nearly here and as you'd expect there are countless incredible events taking place all weekend long and into the countdown bringing us to our favorite holiday.

You will have more than enough options to celebrate Halloween your way - whether it be taking jaw-dropping Jack O' Lanterns, entering costume contests, soaking up haunted history, reveling in Salem, or getting in your thrills at local haunts. 

Good luck narrowing down your agenda but the good news is we're offering up some great Top Picks for your Halloween weekend.

Spooky Zoo and The Jack O'Lantern Spectacular
Families will want to join the festivities at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI this Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th is the return of the beloved Spooky Zoo with daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family.
Trick-or-treat on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit inside the zoo beginning at 10:30am. All Spooky Zoo activities are free with Zoo admission and all children 12-and-under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.
It's also the final two weeks to catch the atmospheric and mesmerizing Jack O'Lantern Spectacular which is open every night through Sunday, November 3rd also at the Roger Williams Zoo.

Haunt on Eden Kids DayThe scares are non-existent during the day at Haunt On Eden to welcome children into their outdoor haunt in Plantsville for a special Tricks and Treats Family Event!
The scariest of monsters have been put away so the cutest of Trick or Treaters can come to play! Each child will be provided with a "no-fright light", guaranteed to keep any unwanted creatures at a safe distance, and treats to enjoy! Only $10 for each child and the parents come free. All children must be accompanied by an adult...and vice-versa!

Never too late to pick pumpkins at a local patch!
As you know by now, Halloween New England makes it so easy to find a local pumpkin patch for carving your jack-o-lanterns in time for Halloween! Add the various community pumpkin carving contests and pumpkin displays to the mix of your pumpkin-buying needs and you will certainly need to stock up on more than a few!

We have state-by-state guides and maps to all your local farms featuring pumpkin patches and PYO pumpkins.
Click on your state for Halloween New England's Pumpkin Patch Guides for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.

Still Time to Find a Costume for Halloween Events, Costume Parties, and Masquerades! 
We have two special New England costume and makeup supply stores we'd like to recommend for your last-minute costume needs and final details.
Not every New England state can boast that they have a year-round, brick-and-mortar costume store but New Hampshire can! Costumania in West Lebanon moved to a new, bigger store to offer even more to their customers. If you can't get there in person, they also feature an online store.

Massachusetts-based Vampfangs is strictly an online store and they should be your first stop to buy special FX teeth (vampires, zombies, hillbillies, etc), FX contact lenses (blackout, werewolf, zombie, you name it), 3-D prosthetic transfers, conventional prosthetics, quality FX makeup, and even fragrances!

We are always happy to tip people off to how easy Halloween New England makes it to find your state's Costume and Halloween stores. We have lists of locally-owned, year-round, as well as many seasonal pop-up stores to make it easy! 

Click to see Halloween New England's complete Costume and Halloween Store guides for Rhode Island, ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew Hampshire and Vermont.



Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
It's Halloween Week and it's your last, best chance to see as many haunts as you can pack in before your favorite season is over.

Wednesday, October 23rd has two haunted attractions open tonight including  The Dark Manor in Baltic, CT.

Thursday, October 24th offers up eleven local attractions to choose from including Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Fright Haven (Stratford, CT),  The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT) DementedFX's Blood Thirsty Thursday (Holyoke, MA) Fear Town (Seekonk, MA) and Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), and
Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.



October is going by quickly and if you are scrambling to pack in more haunt visits, you'll want to check out our Guide to Haunted Attractions Open on Sunday Nights.

It's the last big weekend for many haunts to be open - find out which TWENTY-SEVEN haunts will be open this Sunday, October 27th including Abandoned Nightmares (Plymouth, NH), The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT), Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), Legends of Fear trail-only (Shelton, CT),  Evidence of Evil (Southington, CT) Fright Haven (Stratford, CT), Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), 13th World (Cumberland, RI), Fear Town (Seekonk, MA),  Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), DementedFX (Holyoke, MA).
Instead of their nightly haunt scares, Haunt on Eden (Plantsville, CT) is opening their haunt during the daytime on Sunday for their annual Tricks or Treats Kids and Family event.



New England is packed with Halloween events on the biggest weekend of the season! It's a challenge to whittle down to our Top Picks when there are so many to choose from but we'll narrow it to our Top Picks below. You can find complete event listings for each New England state --plus CT, NH, RI, and MA have Family-Friendly Event Guides-- on our website Halloween New England.

Massachusetts Halloween Events (full guide)

Thursday the 24th offers up Zombie Science at the Mattapoisett Library as part of their STEAM program.  Look for Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks a free theatrical performance by the Delvena Theatre Company at the Morse Institute in Natick on Friday, October 25th; you'll have a second chance to catch a matinee of Lizzie Borden in Weymouth on Saturday afternoon. In Marlborough on Friday through Sunday, you can catch a performance of The Addams Family Musical presented by the Rivers Edge Arts Alliance.

Friday and Saturday the 25th and 26th are your last two chances to show off your Charleston, conjure your fanciest flapper, or showcase your inner gangster at The Haunted Speakeasy's vintage Halloween Party at the Atrium in Worcester.
On Friday in Waltham, it's the last chance to soak up some spooky ghost stories inside the grand 1806 Gore Mansion during Frightful Friday Ghost Stories.

Saturday is also your final weekend opportunity to experience a guided Lights-On Tour of Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA for only $10.
Salem welcomes brisk Saturday morning with the Creepy Clown 3.33 Miler through the streets of the Witch City and it will be followed by the Devil's Chase 6.66 Miler which kicks off 30 minutes later. The thought of dozens of terrifying clowns and devils running through the streets sends us running to hide but it may very well be the perfect solution for you to bank some exercise points before your evening debauchery. 

If you're looking to stay local and have more intimate, home-grown haunt experience on Saturday and Sunday, consider visiting two local yard-haunts this weekend: check out "FEAR" presented by Nightmare Marlborough  (including early no-scare kids hour earlier on Sunday), and 3rd Degree of Terror in Ayer as well! Both these haunts are also open Thursday, on Halloween night.


Look for a weekend full of scary Stephen King horror double-features at the Salem Visitors Center on Saturday which serves up "Cujo" followed by "Carrie" in the late afternoon. On Sunday, the Visitors Center will screen "Misery" followed by "The Dead Zone".
Also in Salem at the historic Gedney House on Saturday night is Classic Poems for All Hallows Eve which sounds to us like a perfectly spooky way to enjoy an evening leading up to Halloween.

For the die-hard horror lovers with the endurance to match, the 12-hour Horror Movie Marathon at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline is for you! Starting with "The Amityville Horror" (1979) at midnight and followed by "Poltergeist" (1982), you'll have a special surprise lineup for five additional film screenings to anchor your weekend.

If you're near Walpole on Sunday early evening, you'll enjoy more family Halloween fun at Pumpkins in the Park: Nocturnal Tales and Treats at Francis William Bird Park on Saturday with their beloved annual pumpkin decorating & carving contest, a pumpkin-lit “nocturnal trail", Halloween-themed games & activities, parade, spooky music & more!

On Sunday late morning at Salem's Hawthorne Hotel is The Mourning Tea: Remembering the Dead high-tea Victorian-era inspired event. and on Sunday evening the Hawthorne will be the venue for The Dumb Supper: Dinner with the Dead which is an ancient tradition of honoring the dead at a memorial dinner observed in complete silence.

Connecticut Halloween Events (full guide)

On Thursday, October 24th you can find a pair of classic seasonal films on the big screen - check out "Halloween" (1978) in New Milford at the Bank Street Theatre, and the Avon Theatre in Stamford will be rollicking with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Friday, October 25th in Middletown is the Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Bash - a 21+ costume party fundraiser held at the Long Hill Estate in which this year's theme is "Strange Evening with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde".

On Saturday the 26th, the Storytellers Cottage in Simsbury is hosting Halloween Haunted Dinner Party and Seance where you are invited to "come in your creepiest costume and spend an eerie evening dining with the dead" which kicks off with a graveyard walk, blood-red smoking cocktails. and a seance with a professional medium.

Late on Saturday night, October 26th in Mystic, Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours is holding a very special Halloween Weekend Paranormal Investigation of the historic Whitehall Burial Ground. Haunted by specters from the 17th-19th centuries, guests will utilize real ghost hunting and paranormal equipment as they set forth on a quest to interact with those who walked Mystic's past. Investigation ticket includes the Seaside Shadows Cemetery Tour - limited tickets left!

It's also your final weekend to visit the Pumpkin Patch at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor open Friday through Sunday which includes trolley rides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin decorating, children's play area and more!
Stick around after the sun sets in East Windsor and you can take treat yourself to a very different kind of Halloween event at the Trolley Museum, - Rails to the Darkside haunted trail at night where you'll ride on the antique trolley to the front of the haunted attraction located on the ground.
On Sunday, October 27th at noon in Kent, you can burn off some candy calories at the Kent Pumpkin Run on Sunday--a costumed 5-mile walk/run!
Find a complete list at our Family-Friendly Halloween Event Guide.

New Hampshire Halloween Events (full guide)

In Portsmouth at the Music Hall on Thursday, October 24h is a Halloween Wildcard film screening of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" (1920) inside the restored, redesigned, and updated downtown theatre.
It's the final weekend to support the local fundraising haunted attraction The Salisbury Woods Haunted Barn and Trail in Salisbury, NH.

On Friday and Saturday, October 25th and 26th in Portsmouth, you can find the family-friendly Ghosts on the Banke festivities held at the historic Strawberry Banke Museum.

Saturday from late afternoon onward, families will want to swing over to Madison, NH to celebrate the season at Halloweentown to benefit the Laura Foundation complete with a trick-or-treating trail, bouncy house, storytelling, face-painting, and a trail through spooky-decorated little cabins.
Canterbury NH's Shaker Village will treat you to ghost stories and tales of otherworldly encounters at Spirit Encounters on Friday and Sunday night, October 25th and 27th.

Rhode Island Halloween Events (full guide)

Wednesday and Thursday, October 23rd and 24th are Super Hero Nights at the Roger Williams Zoo where you might meet Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man!

Saturday and Sunday welcome the return of Spooky Zoo for family-friendly seasonal activities and zoo-wide trick or treating at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence.

Also on Wednesday, October 23rd is Behind the Paranormal Lecture with Paul and Ben Eno at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol.
Wednesday and Thursday, October 23rd and 24th, also in Bristol is the annual Hauntings of Linden Place where you'll be regaled with ghost stories and spooky amusements of the 19th century during a candlelit docent-led tour.

Thursday night in Pawtucket is Dead and Dashing: A Horror-themed Variety Show at the Revel Factory for a 21+ event taking inspiration from classic and retro icons/films.

Friday night at Newport Vineyards in Middletown is the annual Halloween CarnEvil Costume Party with circus performers, a fortune teller machine, and "Creepy Cocktails".

On Saturday, in Providence, you can attend a Historical Ghost Walk at North Burial Ground for theatrical storytelling of ghostly tales. The event is free but pre-registration is a must.

Join Ascension Nxt on Saturday night in West Warwick for their very first Honorary Samhain Feast with Our Ancestors which features a joyful celebration, full buffet dinner, raffles, and options for one-on-one readings.

Sunday afternoon in East Greenwich is Hallowee'en at East Greenwich's Old Jail for "chills, thrills, fun, games and a little bit of history" as you tour the historic jail's rarely seen spooky cells.

Sunday night at the Revival Brewing Company in Cranston treat yourself to a special film screening of the 1988 horror classic "Night Of The Demons."

Maine Halloween Events (full guide)
On Friday night, the Maine Academy of Modern Music is throwing Ghoul of Rock: MAMM Halloween Bash for a rock music-filled, all-ages Halloween costume party in Portland.

Grab your flashlight and head to Levant's Treworgy Family Orchards on Friday or Saturday night to get lost in their night maze but note that pre-registration is required. This Saturday and Sunday are the last days catch a ride on the Pumpkin Train at the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Portland.

In Bangor, on Saturday you're invited to don your graveyard attire and join the undead for the Bangor Zombie Walk.

Thursday through Saturday, October 24th - 26th at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, take in some some ghostly entertainment during Tales of the Supernatural where you can "gather in the shadow of the Longfellow House to toast marshmallows and hear tell of all things spooktacular and supernatural" as a storyteller relays family-friendly spooky stories and historic yarns beside musical accompaniment on the concertina.

Vermont Halloween Events (full guide)
Friday, October 25th in Essex Junction offers some outdoor, sloppy Halloween fun with Pumpkin Lobotomy event at Maple Street Park where families can gather in the spirit of Halloween for this spooktacularly messy community pumpkin carving event.
Saturday in Vermont will deliver plenty of Halloween fun all afternoon at the Newport Halloween Monster Bash where you'll find a Ghost Walk Parade and costume contest, trick-or-treating, wagon rides, a Halloween carnival, a Halloween mask-making workshop, Haunted Halls (for younger kids), and a haunted house (for braver kids).

On Saturday night in Bradford, "Party like its the apocalypse" is the motto for the adults-only Halloween Apocalyptic Afterparty and costume contest.
More family-focused events happening Sunday starting with the Shelburne Museum Trick or Treating Haunted Happenings in Shelburne. Donuts-on-a-string, pumpkin-carving, Halloween tales, wagon rides, and a costume parade are on the lineup in Woodstock during the Family Halloween at Billings Farm and Museum.

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
We spent a wonderful Friday night doubleheader in Massachusetts by starting our evening in Concord at Ghosts in the Gloaming haunted history tour with the Concord Tour Company. We followed it up later in the evening at Gore Place in Waltham for an hour of spooky tales and ghost stories at our first-ever Frightful Friday. Saturday we worked our way up the coast into Haverhill, MA to visit Ravenwood Haunted Farm for a scream-filled stroll of their haunted trail and haunted corn maze during their inaugural season.
Sunday brought us north to Goffstown, NH during the afternoon for the Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Goffstown Pumpkin Regatta. We wrapped up our evening at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH for a twilight walkthrough with our pals from Ghost Ride Productions.

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