Sep 23, 2020

Weekly Top Picks Sept 24 - 30th, 2020

With October arriving after the weekend, we are thrilled that our favorite month of the year is knocking at the door! Bring on the thrills, pumpkins, traditions, lights, decorated yards, haunted trails, costume contests, Halloween displays, and yes, bring on the candy too. 

We're also thrilled to see a flood of Halloween events finally being confirmed all around the region. In fact, we've added hundreds to our Halloween Events calendars over the last week so now you'll have a taste of what is lined up during a most-unusual Halloween season.

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.

Massachusetts Halloween Events (
Full Guide)

We've added dozens of new events to the MA Events calendar but most won't kick in until October. Until then, our top picks would be the weekend creature-double-feature lineup at Barrett's Haunted Mansion with their new Screens and Screams drive-in horror movie experience. 

On Friday, September 25th you'll find "The Lost Boys" followed by "30 Days of Night" and Saturday, September 26th's slate is "Poltergeist" followed by "Silent Hill". Advance tickets required and options for ordering from the menu at Abington Ale House for food delivery right to your car!  

If you are looking for some spooky history presented virtually, the Attleboro Library welcomes you to reserve your spot to tune in for "A History of the Witch Persecutions" happening Wednesday, September 30th. Pre-registration required 48 hours in advance.

Plus, take a sneak peek at all-ages events coming up on the calendar on our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for MA.

Connecticut Halloween Events (Full Guide)

It's no secret here at Halloween New England, that we are big fans of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours. They offer twilight tours at two locations in Mystic, CT nearly every night of the week! This Saturday, September 26th, they have an additional special tour lined up at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Check out the twilight tours with Seasides Shadows as well - Downtown Mystic Ghost Stroll and the Moonlit Mystic Graveyard Tour and, as always, advance bookings required.

This Tuesday, September 29th the Meriden Public Library is Zoom hosting a is a virtual class--Monster Drawing for Kids as part of their Art at Home series. Geared toward grades K-5, kids can get in the spooky spirit by trying their hand at drawing monsters with guided instruction. Pre-registration is required.

Downtown New Haven's free Movies in the Plaza series is still going strong at Pitkin Plaza and next Wednesday, September 30th they've got "Edward Scissorhands" on tap for their outdoor film screening of the week.

Pumpkintown USA is a beloved attraction for the littlest goblins with a walk-through village of buildings made for the pumpkin "people". For this year, families will be thrilled to know this event has been adapted to a drive-through experience for 2020 rather than the interactive walk-through of prior years. Renamed "The Ride at Pumpkintown", reservations are required for this 20-minute event now offered 7-days a week.
Check out more upcoming Halloween events for kids at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in CT.

Rhode Island Halloween Events (Full Guide)

This Friday, September 25th, sign up for a special Paranormal Investigation at The Farm on Round Top (the Arnold Estate)--AKA The Conjuring House-- in Harrisville, RI and hosted by The 555 Para-Psychics.
"The Arnold Estate, located in Harrisville, R.I., is a rare and truly unique destination. An authentic Colonial home, circa 1736, its rich and mysterious history will entice those seeking some paranormal adventure. It provides an opportunity to revisit a bygone era, along with the spirits who once inhabited the home – and still do! This mystical, magical farmhouse offers all of its visitors a thoroughly transformational experience. Most famous for its association with “The Conjuring” (the infamous feature film released in 2013) a horror movie released a torrent of interest in this supernatural stronghold. It is likely the most haunted house in America, revealed in detail by the Perron family who once dwelled within its walls for a decade during the 1970s. Though the film was fictionalized, the truth is stranger than fiction." This is a special evening and requires advance tickets to reserve your spot. Details here.

Get your tickets in advance for next Wednesday's Haunted Boat Tour in Providence where you'll cruise along cobblestone walkways and moonlit bridges for a relaxing and spooky 1-hour tour.

In scenic Portsmouth, RI you'll find Escobar Farm hosting their annual Pumpkin Festival at Escobar Farm on Saturday, September 26th (rain date Sept 27). Look for pumpkin games, crafts, face painting and scarecrow making fun for everyone!  Environmental artists Michael Higgins will be there on Saturday to amaze you with his chainsaw skill.  Plus, who can resist getting "lost" in their expansive corn maze! This year's maze theme celebrates farmers and they've even added hayrides to their fall activities
Find more kids' activities on our Family-friendly Halloween Events Guide for all-ages fun in RI.

Vermont Halloween Events (Full Guide)

Our top recommendation in the Green Mountain state this week is to spend an non-scary (but very atmospheric) evening under the stars amidst the corn stalks as you wend your way through the corn maze during the Gaines Farm Twilight Maze night! Visit the maze this Saturday night, September 26th in Guilford which is 1 mile over the MA state line and easy to reach right off I-91.

New Hampshire Halloween Events (Full Guide)

It's a quiet week for NH Halloween events but we encourage you to take a look at our NH Events Guide to get a taste of what's coming down the pipeline for Halloween fun in the coming weeks  

Maine Halloween Events (Full Guide)

Maine is just getting started on lining up Halloween events so take a peek at our Maine Events Guide to circle some exciting events for the upcoming weeks.

Looking for info on which haunts are open on Sundays? Did you know that 
TWO haunted attractions are open this Sunday, September 27th including The Haunted Labyrinth in Cranston, RI, and Legends of Fear (Trail only) in Shelton, 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.

Opening Weekend Giveaways, Invite-Only Nights, and Tickets Galore!

We've got SEVEN contests live on Halloween New England right now plus more posted over the weekend! Find ALL the contests that you can enter HERE.

New Contests:
Enter to WIN a four-pack of tickets to 13th World Haunted Trail (Cumberland, RI) or enter our newest contest to win a Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tour (Mystic, CT). 
We've just debuted our one and only contest to win VIP Passes to the legendary Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT) and you can try your luck at winning a carload ticket to Barrett's Haunted Mansion's Screens and Screams SOLD-OUT showing of "The Devil's Rejects" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (Abington, MA).
After the weekend we'll draw one winner to win a carload ticket to the drive-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo (Providence, RI) so be sure to enter soon to have your chance!
Ending Soon:
 On Friday we're wrapping up our first contest to win admission to The Dark Manor Haunted House (Baltic, CT) and on Saturday we end the 2nd chance to win tickets to Haunted Overload's Invite-Only Night in October (Lee, NH). Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.

Congratulations to recent contest winners including Sarah Lemoine and Kasie Tresback who won tickets to Haunted Overload's VIP night, Ashlie Woods scored admission to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, Jess Swazey won tickets to Barrett's Hauned Mansion's Screens and Screams opening weekend and Lindsey Tierney won tickets to visit this weekend. Nick Pietrunti scored a 4-pack of tickets to check out 13th World this season and Tayla Oliveira was the lucky winner to take a Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tour!

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

Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Friday, September 25th

The Haunted Labyrinth (RI)
The Devil's Playground (NH)
SpookyWorld (NH)

Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Saturday, September 26th

Legends of Fear (CT) – Trail and Haunted Hayride

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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