Oct 14, 2020

Weekly Top Picks Oct 15th - 21st, 2020

We are throttling toward Halloween and this week has thrilled us with the addition of more events being added to our state calendars. This week really offers something for everyone who love Halloween - we have events to appeal to haunt-goers, scaredy-cats, ghostly tale lovers, Jack-o-Lantern fans. We've got events for folks who want to go out, for folks who prefer to stay home, and events for absolutely everyone in between. 

If you don't have your pumpkins, be sure to support a local pumpkin patch from one of the many scenic farms that dot the New England landscape. We love seeing pumpkins popping up on doorsteps everywhere during our travels!

We have dozens more wonderful events listed for this week on our website but our hand-picked state-by-state highlights are listed below.

Spooky-not-Scary Events at Area Haunts

There are two spooky-not-scary haunt walk-throughs happening this week which are ideal for Halloween fans who have the spirit of the season but are not interested in the startles or the scares.
The first one up takes place this Thursday, October 15th in Shelton, CT where you're invited to Spooky Nights Halloween Lights at Legends of Fear. This self-guided walk along their 1/2 mile-long wooded trail will feature their haunt house scenery and scenic lights without actors for an evening under the stars. Advance tickets required and family 4-pack discounts available too!

Also Thursday, October 15th will be Fright Night Lite at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH. This actor-free, scare-free wooded trail is lined with treetop-tall handmade creatures, vibrant colorful lighting, and fascinating scenery. Sound, lights, ad fog will be on. Advance tickets also required.  

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm is the Daytime Haunt self-guided walk at Haunted Overload. This daytime version is actor-free, scare-free, and sound-off. You'll be glad you made the trip to this event because there is no better way to appreciate the craftsmanship of the stunningly detailed and uber-creative scenery. As with everything, advance tickets are the way to go!   

Pick a perfect pumpkin at your local pumpkin 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 in 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.

Massachusetts Halloween Events (Full Guide)

Abandoned Villages and Ghost Towns of New England
 is a special virtual presentation by author Thomas D'Agostino this Thursday, October 15th via Zoom, hosted by the Southwick Public Library. This event is free but pre-registration required.

Foxborough's Boyden Library presents ghosthunter Dustin Pari's Halloween: A Haunted History Lecture also this Thursday, October 15th which will feature legends, superstitions, and Halloween traditions. You'll need to sign up in advance for this free zoom event - all are welcome.
Frightful Fridays Ghost Stories returns to the Gore Mansion in Waltham Friday, October 16th for their first of three consecutive Friday evenings of spooky tales shared under a tent outside this historic 1806 mansion. The festivities last 45-minutes and promise to be a fun alternative to the usual gruesome fair.

This Friday, October 16th is the don't-miss virtual Salem MA Ghost Stroll Tour with Seaside Shadows which will take you through the Salem graveyards, treat you to stories and legends of sea captains, ghost ships, and Witch City mysteries. You won't want to miss this unique virtual option from the renowned Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours whose home base is in Mystic, CT.

Welcome to the Graveyard: An Eye on Pembroke Cemeteries is another terrific Gravestone Girls virtual presentation taking place on Tuesday, October 20th - this one is hosted by the Pembroke Library via Zoom but open to all who pre-register.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is a theatrical reading well-known and lesser-known Poe as performed by literary historian Rob Velella. This special virtual event held Tuesday, October 20th is hosted by the Wilmington Public Library and requires advance registration.

The 2nd featured film covered by the weekly Worcester Public Library's Virtual Horrorfest Film Discussion series is "Nosferatu" (1922)  happening in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 21st. 

"Haunted Western Mass" is a free virtual presentation of ghost stories and local legends on Wednesday, October 21st hosted by the Southwick Public Library (register in advance for zoom link).
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)

The first one up takes place this Thursday, October 15th in Shelton, CT where you're invited to Spooky Nights Halloween Lights at Legends of Fear. This self-guided walk along their 1/2 mile-long wooded trail will feature their haunt house scenery and scenic lights without actors for an evening under the stars. Advance tickets required and family 4-pack discounts available too!

Drive-ins are a feature not a bug of life in 2020 and we love how many drive-in movie opportunities there are into October! Our highlight this week is the Stamford Museum's "Harry Potter" Film Screening on Friday, October 16th.

The annual Things that Go Bump in the Night series returns for the next few weeks where you can take a candlelight tour of the exterior property and short peeks at inside rooms as you are treated to theatrical ghost stories at the historic Nathan Hale Homestead. Offered over six nights this month,  the first two nights are this Thursday and Friday, October 15th and16th - advance tickets are required. 

"Nightmare on Mainin Willimantic wraps up their season on Saturday, October 17th with a final night of small-group, guided tours through their "monstrous exhibits" gallery inside the American Thread building/Windham Mills.
Ghosthunter Barry Pirro is teaming up with the Seymour Public Library on Monday, October 19th to offer a virtual presentation "A Ghost Hunter's Favorite Cases" including a post-presentation Q&A. As with any zoom event, pre-registration required for this free event open to all.

Let's be honest, few things capture our Halloween heart more than seeing events like DIY Halloween Makeup for Kids: Fake Wounds (virtual) popping up on the Halloween calendar! Kids and Teens can learn how to make a gory wound this Wednesday, October 21st using everyday supplies you might have around the house. There is a "supply list" you'll need to gather for this online Zoom class so registering a few days in advance will be helpful. Shout out to the Wallingford Public Library for bringing creative programs like this to their calendar!

Another all-ages free event happening in downtown New Haven next Wednesday, October 21st is "The Addams Family" Outdoor Film Screening as part of the weekly Movies in Pitkin Plaza October series. No advance sign-up required because it is first-come-first serve.

Check out more upcoming Halloween events for kids at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in CT.

New Hampshire Halloween Events (Full Guide)

This weekend is a perfect time to head to Lee, NH where Halloween is in full swing!
On this Saturday, October 17th, Haunted Overload's daytime haunt is co-hosting Howl for the Animals fundraiser for the Pope Memorial Humane Society. Held at Demeritt Hill Farm in Lee, NH. Celebrating the Halloween Spirit there will be a special trick-or-treat through the haunt with non-scary characters passing out candy. Costumed are encouraged for the kiddos and the day haunt is also Fido-friendly during this event so be sure to bring your doggie along to enjoy the festivities! Admission is $5!

 You can visit Haunted Overload which is open for their Fright Night Lite on Thursday, October 15th, Daytime Haunt on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18th between  10-4pm for a no-actor, no-sound, no-scare walk-through. Their award-winning evening haunt is also open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18th complete with actors, scares, a haunted mansion, giant scenes, and their famous treetop tall characters built deep in the woods.

Check out more upcoming all-ages Halloween events at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for fun in NH.

Rhode Island Halloween Events (Full Guide)

In Central Falls this Thursday, through Monday, October 15th - 19th is your chance to embark on the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat for the Swamp Scare Riverboat Tour - a 20-minute journey aboard along a scary (and socially distanced) spooky experience on the water. Costumes highly encouraged - and masks are required. 

At One Providence Plaza, you can book your pod, family, or selective group of up to six people for one of the Haunted Gondola Rides lined up this Thursday, October 15th and Sunday, October 18th. You'll be treated to haunted tales told by a member of Providence Ghost Tours during a magical evening along the river - you're even invited to bring a bottle of wine or hot beverage for the festivities. All Haunted Gondola rides are sold by the private boat capacity of 6 to keep your group just amongst yourselves.

Roger Williams Park has two major Halloween events happening on the premises this week and weekend:
With advance tickets you can visit the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular's reimagined drive-through carved pumpkin and Halloween display which is open 7 nights a week at the Zoo.

Around the corner at the Museum of Natural History you can find a two-night-only Night at the Haunted Museum event where the most bizarre items from their collection will be on display "amongst spooky living art" for you to enjoy. Advance tickets for both events above are essential.

Looking for more kids activities? Check out our Family-friendly Halloween Events Guide for fun in RI.

Vermont Halloween Events (Full Guide)

On Friday, October 16th at the Hub Teen Center and Skate Park Pavilion in Bristol, pack a blanket and chair for their first of three weekly free Friday Night classic horror nights. This Friday, October 16th you'll find "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953) playing on the outdoor screen and all are welcome! 

Friday, October 16th the Public Investigation at Wilson Castle resumes for a special small-ground experience with the add-on option of staying overnight within the historic property!

We have two virtual events we recommend for some Halloween enjoyment right from home. On Saturday, October 17th kids may enjoy the "Villains Halloween Tea for Kids" where performers dressed in character will portray the Horned Sorceress, Fur Fashionista, Vain Queen, Queen of Cards and the Stepsisters for a Halloween tea party featuring tea party etiquette and Halloween fashion advice for a fright-free half hour. This is a free event but pre-registration is required. 

For some spooky history brought to us from across the pond, this Monday afternoon, October 19th at 1:00pm learn more about your favorite holiday with "Halloween: History, Traditions, and Superstitions" with a presentation by Dr. Louise Fenton covering "the ancient Celtic traditions and how, over centuries, they evolved into the Halloween we know today. The lecture will also look at how Halloween made it to America with the influx of Europeans and the early celebrations of ‘Play Parties’. The tradition of ‘trick or treat’ will be discussed along with some of the superstitions around black cats and ghosts." This is a free event but pre-registration is required.

Maine Halloween Events (Full Guide)

Our top picks for this weekend in Maine is the Night Maze at Treworgy Family Orchards. Grab your flashlight and head bravely into the cornstalks to navigate your way through under the light of the moon. Held Friday and Saturday nights, October 16th and 17th at their property in Levant, this is a non-scary Halloween attraction suitable for all who don't mind being a little lost in the maze! Advance tickets suggested.

For an incredibly unique annual event, check out "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) screening accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ at the Saco Drive-In taking place this Saturday, October 17th.
"Join Organist James Kennerley as he brings life, intrigue and, most importantly, brilliant musical accompaniment to Wallace Worsley’s American classic starring Lon Chaney. The film is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel set in Paris in 1482, and is filled with intrigue, love-lost, betrayal, murder and every other plot twist a spectacular horror movie should offer up to its audience. This silent movie classic will be silent no more when Kennerley adds his magnificent playing to the film!
Come see this classic from 1923 on the big screen and hear the improvised score" (pre-recorded) for this special night. Limited capacity so advance tickets (only $15!) highly recommended. 

Snake River Scary Stories this Saturday, October 17th is a virtual Halloween storytelling event hosted by Snake River Storytelling with two programs "Twilight Tales" (age 10+) and "Stories After Dark" (adults) presented by six nationally-acclaimed storytellers. Just $15 for the whole evening - pre-registration required. 

Plan ahead for your October weekends by checking out haunted attractions on a Sunday night! This weekend there are FOURTEEN haunted attractions open this Sunday, October 18th.

Be sure to check out Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), 13th World (Cumberland, RI), Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Factory of Terror (Fall River, MA), The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT),   and DementedFX (Holyoke, MA).
Sundays often offer shorter lines and a more personal experience-- so what are you waiting for?

Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
If you are like us, you'll want to pack in as many haunts as you can during October to take full advantage of the Halloween season and our Weeknight Guide was created with you in mind!

Thursday, October 15th has 3 haunted attractions open including Haunted Overload (NH) - Fright Night Lite (full show, no scares) and  Legends of Fear (CT) offers up their final Spooky Night Halloween Lights  (Lights On, No Actors, No scares) 

Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.

CONTESTS: Ticket Giveaways Galore!

We've got five contests wrapping up this week on Halloween New England and two more that just debuted.  Find ALL the contests that you can enter HERE and we encourage you to enter ASAP!

Ending Soon: 
Two contest will end on Thursday the 15th so depending on when you read this blog, they might already have ended: win a pair of VIP passes to Trail of Terror in Wallingford, CT and it's our final Jack-O'-'Lantern Spectacular contest to win vehicle admission to their carved pumpkin drive-through experience in Providence, RI. 
It's the last few days to enter to WIN a pair of tickets to 13th World Haunted Trail in Cumberland, RI and enter to win admission to The Dark Manor Haunted House in Baltic, CT. The final chance to win tickets to select shows at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH also ends soon -all three above contents conclude this Saturday.

Just added: Look for two incredible mid-season ticket contests which went live this week - enter to win a pair of tickets to Factory of Terror in Fall River, MA and a group admission (up to 4 people) to DementedFX in Holyoke, MA. Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.

Congrats to our recent contest winners! Celia Cataldo won admission to a sold-out horror double-header at Barrett's Haunted Mansion's Screens & Screams  and the winner of the final pair of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tour tickets is Deirdre Rouse!

No new attractions are opening this weekend but you can find a complete list of which haunts have already kicked off their season at our 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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