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Haunted Happenings | Best Halloween Events in New England

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 Best Halloween Events in New England. We’ve gone with chills and thrills over terror, so if your taste runs towards the macabre, consider this a starting point! Happy Haunting!

Please note dates below have been updated for the 2013 Halloween season.

Sights & Frights Mystic Seaport

Photo/Art by Mystic SeaportSights & Frights at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.

PUMPKIN PIZZAZZ
Roger Williams Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular – Nightly, October 3 – November 3
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

GRAVEYARD GHOULS
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

SEA-FARING SPOOKY
Mystic Seaport Sights & Frights - October 18-19, 25-26
This family-friendly haunted Halloween event at the museums 19th century seafaring village features fortunetelling, storytelling, face painting, nightly costume parade, horse and wagon rides, crafts, and much more. Bring a flashlight and keep your eyes peeled for spooky sailor ghosts while you’re on the haunted walk!
75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT. 860.572.5302; mysticseaport.org

FRIGHT NIGHT FILMS
Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival – October 17-20th
This annual 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 WANDERING
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.
617-605-3635; hauntedboston.com

FOREST FRIGHTS
The Haunted Forest – Oct 24-26
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 Road, Williston, VT. 802-238-0923. thehauntedforest.org

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3 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.

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