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Haunted Happenings | Best Halloween Events in New England

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Haunted Happenings | Best Halloween Events in New England
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New England sure knows Halloween, and each year events and festivals throughout the region draw crowds in search of all things spooky, ranging from tricks and treats to horror and gore. While Salem, Massachusetts takes top honors each year with its packed calendar of Haunted Happenings, below are a few additional top picks for Biggest and Best Halloween Events in New England. We’ve gone with chills and thrills over terror, so if your taste runs towards the macabre (think Spooky World in Litchfield, NH or Field of Screams in West Greenwich, RI), consider this a starting point! Know of another spook-tacular event? Be sure to share it with us in the comments! Happy Haunting!

new england halloweenThe Best Halloween Events in New England for 2015

Roger Williams Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular – Nightly, October 1 – November 1
Wander among nearly 10,000 carved and lighted pumpkins (some with spectacular designs) displayed on the quarter-mile Wetlands Trail at the Roger Williams Zoo. On Thursday through Saturday nights, performers add to the festive environment and entertain the kids. Costumes encouraged!

1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI. 401-785-3510;

Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard – Weekends throughout October
Closed for the season, the popular Connecticut amusement park turns spooky and colorful for Halloween, featuring nearly twenty adult amusement park rides, six haunted houses, and a haunted graveyard. Frights lean towards the horror and gore angle, so leave young children at home!

217 Enterprise Dr., Bristol, CT. 860-347-3829;

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England – September 26 – November 1
Enjoy thrills by day, and fright by night as the park offers over 20 shows, attractions, and haunted areas along with their world class rides. Special events include concerts, a trick-or-treat trail for kids, and an interactive comedy show.

1623 Main St., Agawam, MA. 413-786-9300;

ScrEEEmfest at Canobie Lake Park – Weekends September 26 – October 31
As night falls, the attractions turn spooky. Enjoy Canobie’s most popular rides plus live entertainment and five walk-through haunted attractions. Kid-friendly attractions include a Pumpkin Palace, petting zoo, and nightly Monster Parade.

85 N. Policy St., Salem, NH. 603-893-3506;

VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival – October 19-25th
This annual Rhode Island event is a spook-tacular salute to the horror genre, screening several world premieres (both shorts and features) of top horror flicks from all over the globe. Take the H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour, check out special free screenings, settle in for the Saturday night double bill, and more.

Statewide theater locations.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours – Ongoing
Enjoy a lantern-lit 90-minute walking tour of Boston’s most historically haunted places led by a costumed professional. Hear chilling tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts and spooky sites, while learning more about the city’s rich past. This family-friendly tour is both entertaining and just the right amount of spine-chilling.


The Haunted Forest – SUSPENDED FOR 2015
Vermont’s longest-running and largest outdoor event, The Haunted Forest blends “outdoor theater, special effects, the magic of the night forest, and the spirit of Halloween” for an experience like no other. Lit by more than 1,000 flickering pumpkins, each path holds spooky suspense, not terror and gore. Great for the whole family.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center, 592 Govenor Chittenden Rd., Williston, VT. 802-238-0923.

Feeling more like pumpkins? Check out our list of the 5 Best Pumpkin Festivals in New England!

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


Associate Editor Aimee Seavey is a staff writer for Yankee Magazine and assists in the development and promotion of content for through blogging and social media outlets.

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7 Responses to Haunted Happenings | Best Halloween Events in New England

  1. Sheila September 23, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I lived in Winooski Vermont for three years and I have to say that the states there far outshine doing Halloween than anywhere else I have ever lived, which is mostly in the northwest. I remember in 1995 seeing everyone in Burlington decorating for Halloween, the smells of apples in the air, the pumpkin patches, festivals and everyone’s enthusiasm. Though i moved from there over 20 years ago if hold a special place in my heart for autumn colors, friendly people and warm fresh apple cider. I miss you Yankee. Thanks for still being around.

  2. Daryle in VT October 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    One of the best Halloween adventures is in Pittsford, Vermont at the Pittsford Fire Department’s Haunted House.

    This year’s activities take place October 18, 19, 25, and 26. Pittsford is a little north of Rutland and a little south of Brandon on State Route 7.

    The house is located deep in the woods, down a dark roadway. You ride in on hay wagons … and … well … things happen all the way to the Haunted House. Then it gets really scary!

    It starts at dusk … you should go.

  3. Alexandra April 5, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    What a great list! I also really love the Roger Williams Zoo’s Jack-o-lantern Spectacular. The whole evening was truly magical! Thank you for the mention of the Horror Film Festival–that one must have slipped past me last year.

  4. Mike Mackin October 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Franklin County Pumpkinfest held in Turners Falls, MA, this Saturday October 18th. This is the 5th year of the Pumpkinfest, and every year surpasses the previous. Food, Music, Art, Fun and of course PUMPKINS. They offer free shuttling from 2-10pm from Turners High School, Sheffield Elementary School, AND new this year – you can also park in the Kuzmeskus/Travel Kuz lot on Main Road in Gill.
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  5. Lorrie Parker November 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Would like to know how and when to submit an entry for Halloween Events 2015. We have presented the Historic Ghost Tour of East Bridgewater Village for 6 years. My haunted antiques shop, Mrs. Swift’s & Moore Antiques, at 16 W. Union St. in East Bridgewater is located in an Old Masonic Hall, built in 1892. It was once a Funeral Parlor and is located in the Bridgewater Triangle. Our tour is a fully researched,2 1/2 walking tour through the streets and alleys of E. Bridgewater. There are 12 costumed characters and props including a viewing parlor and an embalming room used by David Ross Drake, who was an embalmer there years ago. The last half hour takes place in a cemetery where we tell the story of Francis Davis Millett, who went down on the Titanic, as well as the story of one of Lizzie Borden’s lawyers, who is buried there also. Our investigation team, M.A.P.S ( has once again completed an awesome season for 2014. Thank you.

  6. Chris Setsuko October 2, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    Thank you for this list! So much I did not know, like there’s a Six Flags in NE?!? Thanks :)

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