slides: Great Halloween Events in Central Mass. + Beyond
Monday, October 21, 2013
Zoo Boo Days
Southwick’s Zoo is already a New England classic and a hallmark of childhood. Every kid loves the zoo—and as October arrives, kids all over New England are also gearing up for Halloween. Why not blend two pastimes together for a fun-filled adventure? Southwick’s Zoo is doing just that with their Zoo Boo Days in October. There will be free admission for costumed kiddos aged 3-12; along with trick-or-treating and plenty of Halloween themed activities and events around the zoo! What’s more—zoo animals will receive their own pumpkins to play with!
October 19-27 10am-5pm
2 Southwick Street, Mendon. 1(800)258-9182. www.southwickszoo.com
Haunting of Barrett Park
This is a very scary self-guided attraction. Not recommended for children under the age of ten, the Haunting of Barrett Park is a terrifying walk through scare after scare. The haunts get very close to you and the screams of fear are loud, and only get louder as you continue. IF you are able to make it out alive, be sure to make it over to the concession stand to grub out on some diner-style food. According to their website, everything that the Haunting of Barrett Park serves up has a “4-skull” rating!
October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25; 7pm-11pm
40 Barrett Parkway, Leominster. (978)534-7529. www.hauntingofbarrettpark.com
Factory of Terror
Fall River, MA
If you crave fear and excite at all things scary, look no farther than Factory of Terror in Fall River. Set in an old factory, there is no shortage of terror within the building. There are three equally spooky attractions, each with their own terrifying story, to experience at the location: Bloodworth Dungeon, 4D Blackout, and Phobia Mania.
Open weekends and select weekdays until Halloween. See website for hours.
33 Pearl Street, Fall River. (508)324-1095. www.factoryofterror.com
With Halloween on its way, there is no better place to plan for the big day than Halloween Outlet in Worcester. This place is more than a store—it’s an experience. This year marks their 25th anniversary, and they’ve got plenty up their sleeves. When you enter, you have a choice to go through a scare-free or haunted entrance, and that’s just the beginning. There are frights and chills throughout the store…this is definitely not the place to go for the faint of heart. Not to fear, though. If the little ones are in need of a costume you can feel free to shop in the “scare-free kids’ boo-tique.” As a bonus, Halloween Outlet will be holding a trick-or-treating party and horror photo shoot on the big day, starting at 4:30pm!
Open year-round Monday-Saturday 9:30am-8pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm.
540 West Boylston Street, Worcester. (508)852-4500. www.halloweenoutlet.com
Hanson’s Haunted Farm
Perfect for people who love the suspense of horror movies is Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hay Ride in Framingham. From 7pm-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October, over 100 volunteers haunt the farm. A hayride takes those brave enough throughout the grounds for a good, fun scare!
Friday & Saturday nights in October; 7pm-10pm
20 Nixon Road, Framingham. (508)877-3058. www.hansonsfarm
Night Hike & Hayride
Take a hike this Halloween at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton. Perfect for families with children of any age, Wachusett Meadow is offering a great way to celebrate the season! You will have the opportunity to take a night hike through the sanctuary to become attuned with the sounds and sights of nature. Kids will also love the hayride and special Halloween craft that is planned for the evening. Once the night begins to wind down, join the rest of the Halloween revelers around a bon-fire with plenty of time left to enjoy some snacks!
Saturday, October 19, 2013. 6pm-8pm.
113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. www.massaudubon.org
Witch’s Woods is an attraction not to be missed this Halloween Season. Located in Westford, it is truly a one stop shop for terror. Admission will get you into several different attractions. You will have a chance to go through 3 haunted houses: Nightmare Mansion, Castle Morbid, and Keeper’s Crypt. Next, you can take a hayride through Nashoba Valley’s most haunted woods before you take a walk through another attraction; the Horrorwood Chamber of Chills. When you’ve had enough fear for one night, head over to the Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree to see the professionally carved pumpkins.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October 6:30pm-10:30pm
79 Power Road, Westford. (978)692-3033. witchswoods.com
Asylum of Horror
Fall River, MA
While Asylum of Horror has been exciting crowds for over a decade, this year is DEFINITELY a not to miss season. They are in their 13th season, and it is 2013. As you can imagine, they have a very spooky lineup. Different than most Halloween attractions, Asylum of Horror is free of glitz and overbearing effects… they strip their experience down to plain and simple terror.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; as well as October 30 & 31. 7pm-11pm.
18 Pocasset Street, Fall River. (508)324-7709. www.asylumofhorror.com
For two weekends every October, darkness hangs over Millbury and those long past arise from the dead to shake the souls of all who travel alongside them. Take a hayride through the spirits and get a good scare this October. Don’t let your guard down because you never know who—or what—could be lurking around the next bend.
October 18, 19, 25, 26. 7pm-10pm.
23 Herrick’s Lane, Millbury. www.spookyacres
Do clowns freak you out? What about zombies? No matter what your biggest phobia is, Unpleasant Acres has got it. Haunted hayrides take you on a tour of the grounds and bring you into contact with some of the spookiest ghouls in Massachusetts. After the ride is over, take a walk through a terrifying maze…if you can make it.
Fridays & Saturdays through Halloween 7pm-10pm.
187 Pleasant Street, Rehoboth. (508)252-6206. unpleasant.acres
Lakeville Haunted House
Evil energies abound in Lakeville, MA this Halloween season. Your senses will be overwhelmed as you deal with the sounds of horror and the sight of darkness in the haunted house. As you wind through the terrifying maze, you might find yourself wondering what you got yourself into. As an added bonus, you can sleep easy(er) knowing that your terror is going to a good cause—100% of proceeds are donated to local organizations.
Fridays& Saturdays through October 26. 6:30pm-10pm.
28 Precinct Street, Lakeville. (508)923-0053. lakevillehauntedhouse.com
Hick’s Corn Maze
Hick’s Family Farm invites all families to visit their farm and enjoy the season. On certain nights, however, the farm becomes overcome with fright. Choose from 2 levels of fear; the Spooky Maze for younger children and the faint of heart, or the Haunted Maze for those brave enough to handle it. The maze is 5 acres of twists, turns, dead ends, and pure adrenaline.
Fridays & Saturdays beginning October 11 7pm-10pm.
1255 Rte. 2 E, Charlemont. (413)625-2623. www.hickscornmaze
Two separate corn mazes are offered at Wojcik’s Farm in Blackstone, but only one will give you the scare of a lifetime! This maze is so scary that it is absolutely not recommended for young children. Around every corner of this web of corn lined passes, you are warned to be on the lookout for ghosts, zombies and ghouls galore.
Fridays & Saturdays in October 7pm-10pm.
65 Milk Street, Blackstone. (508)883-9220. www.wojcikfarm.com
13 Nights at Jiminy Peak
Take a trip to the Berkshires to experience the haunting history of the mountains. 13 Nights will bring you into the past, where the villagers lived among disease, terrifying creatures and looming doom. The attraction covers the entire mountain, so be assured that there is nowhere to hide.
Select days in October. See Website for details.
37 Corey Road, Hancock. (413)738-5500. www.jiminypeak.com
Set inside Goulet Manor, nicknamed “Ghoulie” Manor, this haunted house is guaranteed to shake even the most rock-solid of composures. Legend has it that secrets are hidden inside the house—secrets so powerful that residents of the house come back to protect them. High quality sets and equipment bring the level of scary over the top.
Weekends & select weekdays in October. See Calendar for more details.
2 Galleria Mall Drive, Taunton. www.ghouliemanor.com
Haunted Hayride/Corn Maze
Beware; for ghosts and ghouls alike are roaming Kimball farm this fall. In a completely separate field than their “regular” corn maze, Kimball Farm has designed a maze and hayride that will both scare and excite those who dare to embark on them. Kimball warns that parents use discretion when thinking of bringing their kids along for the journey—it is sometimes too scary for grown adults!
Open Fridays, Saturdays & Select Sundays through October. Click here for details.
780 East Broadway, Haverhill. 1(866)96L-LAMA. www.kimballfarmcornmaze.com
With three separate haunted attractions, Connors Farm has got you covered this Halloween. The Haunted Cornfield takes you through a field with a scary past. You get introduced you to a 1940’s farmer that began sowing a brand new crop—a crop of dead people. If that isn’t scary enough, head over to the Asylum Burial Ground to be haunted by lobotomy botched mental patients. Also be sure to check out Zombie Safari Paintball, where the apocalypse is in full swing.
Open Weekends & Select weekdays in October & November. Click here for details.
30 Valley Road, Danvers. (978)777-1245. www.connorsfarm.com
Although it is north of the border, Fright Kingdom in Nashua, NH is well worth the trip. Five separate attractions frighten patrons and make their hearts race. Choose from Apocalypse Z, Carnival of Corpses 3D, Grim, and any or all of the other great attractions. Each haunt plays upon human fear to scare those who enter out of their wits. Don’t think you can escape by simply leaving an attraction, either. Ghouls and ghosts haunt every square inch of the grounds.
Open Fridays & Saturdays through November 2 and Halloween night 7pm-Midnight; Sundays until October 27 7pm-10pm.
12 Simon Street, Nashua, NH. www.frightkingdom.com
Haunted Ship, USS Salem
Ready for the scariest thrill of your life? Take a trip to Quincy and hop aboard the USS Salem at the former Fore River Shipyard, the most haunted vessel around. The ship is 716 feet long, filled with lost souls. Ghosts are to be found around every corner. This is a must-go for history and maritime buffs, but perfect for anyone who loves a good scare.
Open select days with special kid-friendly days. Click here for details.
739 Washington Street, Quincy. www.hauntedship.com
Fright Fest at Six Flags
Six Flags is a New England favorite all year round, and with good reason, considering the bounty of thrills that they offer. If you are a Six Flags fan; imagine all of your favorite attractions with a scary twist. On the weekend late September through early November, this becomes a reality. The park is shrouded with an eerie vibe and no one is safe—anywhere. All of your favorite rides become haunted and even Main Street is populated by ghosts, monsters and ghouls.
Select Days. See website for details.
1623 Main St, Agawam. (413) 786-9300. frightfest.sixflags.com
Haunt For Hunger
Get your scare on and help support a great local cause. Haunt for Hunger is a great event suitable for all ages of Halloween-lovers and supports the Blackstone-Millville Food Pantry, The Milk Fund of Woonsocket, and the No Kid Hungry Campaign. There will be a kid’s trick or treat trail set up for candy scavenging little ones from noon-6pm; a haunted walking tour dubbed “The Haunting at Stone Hill Farm” from 7pm-11pm; a bake sale; great live entertainment and more. Check out their website for details!
October 26, 2013. Noon-11pm
181 Elm Street, Blackstone. (508)498- 5427. www.hauntforhunger.com
The frights of Salem are innumerable, as Salem is steeped in a history that is among the creepiest in the world. Between the years of 1692 and 1693, 24 people perished after hysteria broke out regarding witchcraft within the community. All of this makes Salem the perfect place to spend All Hallows Eve.
If you have little kids, though, the crowds that flock to Salem can sometimes be overwhelming. Why not visit a little earlier in the month and beat the Halloween rush? On October 13, head out to Salem to see the Harley Davidson Halloween Witch Ride as they end their motorcycle run to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Many of the riders are costumed, making for a spectacle! While you’re in town on the 13th, also be sure to check out House of the Seven Gables for their haunted house, “The Spirits of the Gables,” as well as the Salem Common Family Fun Day, with plenty to do for the little ones!
House of the Seven Gables: 115 Derby Street, Salem. (978)744-0991. http://www.7gables.org