Haunted Happenings | Best Halloween Events in New England
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!
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; rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org
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; hauntedgraveyard.com
THRILLS AND CHILLS
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; frightfest.sixflags.com/newengland
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; canobie.com/screeemfest
FRIGHT NIGHT FILMS
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. film-festival.org/Horror_ri.php
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. thehauntedforest.org
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.