Halloween 2017 -- Costume Parades, Pumpkin Carving, Jack O Lanterns

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Wicked Wednesday for Kids at Haunted Happenings - Salem, MA

Oct 4, 2017 - Oct 25, 2017 Many locations Salem, MA
Wicked Wednesdays that will be chock full of programming for kids age 12 and younger. Weekly events include make your own pastry monsters Make Your Own Pastry Monsters at Bit Bar; trick-or-treat tea at Jolie Tea Co.; historical daytime walking tours of Salem; family navigation game at the House of the Seven Gables; kids crafts at Waite and Pierce; sea creatures great and small with Sea Shuttle; making dolls and toys of the Puritan era at Cry Innocent. Other family discounts at attractions and restaurants.
Time: All day
Admission: some discounts for families at restaurants and attractions

Zoo Boo Days 2017 at Southwick’s Zoo - Mendon, MA

Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Southwick's Zoo, 2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA
Zoo Boo Days is Southwick's Zoo's annual week of family friendly Halloween fun! Children in costume receive free general admission, and kids can trick or treat in the zoo! Different animals will be given pumpkins and cornstalks as enrichment during Zoo Boo Days as well.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults age 13 to 61, $25; seniors age 62 and older and children age 3 to 12, $18

Trick-or-Treating Spooktacular 2017 at Patriot Place - Foxborough, MA

Oct 24, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017 Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place Foxborough, MA
Visit our check-in location adjacent to Godiva, grab your Halloween Goodie Bag and Trick-or-Treat throughout Patriot Place. Also enjoy live music outside Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Wear your best costume!
Time: Two sessions: 12:30-1:30 p.m. (following a Halloween themed storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux at 11 a.m.) and 5:30-7 p.m.

Spooky Night 2017 at Bass Pro Shops - Foxborough, MA

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Bass Pro shops at Patriot Place, 1 Bass Pro Drive Foxborough, MA
Join Patriot Place for some spooky fun behind Bass Pro Shops as we count down the days until Halloween. Activities include balloon artist, face painting, mini-golf. Special Screening of Toy Story of Terror at 6 p.m. Wear your costume, and bring lawn chairs/blankets! Event will take place on the back lawn behind Bass Pro Shops.
Time: 4-8 p.m.

Haunted Forest 2017 - South Wellfleet, MA

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 US-6 South Wellfleet, MA
Celebrate this holiday by exploring a haunted pine forest after dark. You'll be entertained and enlightened (but not scared) by the mysterious creatures along the way. Wear your costume. The festivities continue in the game room, with delicious prizes. For children age 3 to 12. Pre-registration is required.
Time: Walking tours begin every fifteen minutes between 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; children, $8

Spooktacular Halloween Party & Costume Contest
 2017 - Hull, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Paragon Carousel, 205 Nantasket Avenue Hull, MA
Arrive in costume and take a spin on the spookiest Halloween carousel ever. Enjoy a costume party, prizes, spooky Carousel rides!
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Admission: Rides are $3

Halloween Family Festival 2017 at Heritage Museums - Sandwich, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA
There will be lots of Halloween-themed activities throughout the evening, including a costume parade, dance party hosted by DJ Ooch, photo op in a 1913 Model T Ford, performances by a show choir, tractor-pulled hayride, exploration of Hidden Hollow, specially lit for Halloween, rides on a vintage carousel, carnival-style games and face painting; a cake walk.
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: $5; family maximum of $25; children 2 and under are admitted free
Telephone: 508-888-3300

Hillside Halloween 2017 - Harvard, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
This Halloween weekend, Fruitlands Museum will be alive with Halloween family fun. Bring a goodie bag and collect treats. Take a museum scavenger hunt and a Fall Hike-and-Seek on the trails. Play historic games at the Fruitlands Farmhouse, enjoy seasonal crafts, and throw the atlatl at the Native American Gallery. Enjoy stories in the longhouse.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $14; seniors and college students, $12; children age 5-13, $6
Telephone: 978-456-3924

Zoo Howl 2017 at Franklin Park Zoo - Boston, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road Boston, MA
Trick-or-treat among the animals and enjoy Halloween-themed crafts, games, and costume contests. There is also a scary maze – but not too scary. Hay rides will be offered at $2 per child.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $19.95; seniors, $16.95; children ages 2-12, $13.95


Mahi Mahi Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise - Salem, MA

Oct 5, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 23 Congress Street Salem, MA
Cruise alongside the coast near Salem and enjoy storytelling with Halloween best party songs, tarot card readings, face painting, views of Salem, Beverly, Marblehead and The Misery Islands, full bar and fresh grill, heated main cabin and open-air seating on the top deck.
Time: Thursday-Sunday, 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m.
Admission: $25 for adults and $19 for children ages 4-12

Dinner Theater

Haunted Dinner Theater 2017 - Salem, MA

Oct 27, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017 Hawthorne Hotel or Finz Seafood & Grill Salem, MA
As the haunted dinner theater show returns by popular demand to Salem, and we invite you to join us for our newest show, “Bewitched,” playing at the Hawthorne Hotel or Finz Restaurant this fall! Tickets available for October 27, November 3 and 4.
Everyone knows that Salem is famous for its witches, but what happens when Samantha Stevenson of the TV show “Bewitched,” comes to town to host a party for her husband’s co-workers? Chaos ensues! Several audience members will be playing minor roles, giving clues to discovering who’s behind the mayhem. Before the evening gets underway, you’ll feast on a grand buffet. Work with your table mates to solve clues and interrogate suspects! Family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Tickets.
Time: Call event host for time
Admission: $40-$60
Telephone: 978-744-4080


Hanson’s Haunted Hayride - Framingham, MA

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Hanson’s Farm, 20 Nixon Rd Framingham, MA
Over 100 volunteers come out to thrill and scare you in an exciting hayride through our farm. We do group rates and discounts. Friday and Saturday nights in October
Time: 7-10 p.m.


Day of the Dead Museum Open House and Evening Celebration - Cambridge, MA

Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 1, 2017 Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue Cambridge, MA
Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy a presentation by Harvard Professor Davíd Carrasco as part of this festive evening of music and community. Come dressed as a catrina or a catrín. Reservations required.
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Admission: Free


Halloween Movie Spook-a-thon 2017 at the Zeiterion - New Bedford, MA

Oct 29, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA
It’s double the trouble when The Z presents a pair of spooky movies back-to-back to honor the frightful holiday. First, is “The Addams Family” (1991), followed by “Coraline” (2009), a visually stunning stop-motion animated feature from the director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Time: 11 a.m.
Admission: $10


The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA

Sep 27, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road Sturbridge, MA
Guests will be ghoulishly guided through Old Sturbridge Village’s countryside, where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and maybe the Headless Horseman. Each outdoor performance is 1.5 hours long, and requires walking. Performances are rain or shine. If the evening is a rainout, a modified version of the Experience will take place in the Brewer Theater. Schedule
Time: Wednesday - Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30-$35
Telephone: 800-733-1830

Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour - Salem, MA

Oct 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 [see event website] Salem, MA
This guided tour walks the streets of historic Salem, passing many haunted houses and locations. Guides discuss the history of the buildings as well as their accounts of spirit activity. You will be advised on the best methods of ghost photography as well as the different types of spectral evidence that appear on people's home photography. Some tour highlights are the Joshua Ward House, the Howard St. Cemetery and Old Salem Prison and the Lyceum.
Time: Nightly, 5-10 p.m.; tour starts every 30 minutes
Admission: Adults, $15; youth and seniors, $10

Ghost Tours at The Mount 2017 - Lenox, MA

Oct 5, 2017 - Nov 5, 2017 The Mount 2 Plunkett Street Lenox, MA
Creaking floors, slamming doors, ghostly footsteps… are these tricks of the imagination or something (or someone) else? When Ghost Hunters visited The Mount, Edith Wharton’s beloved country estate in Western Massachusetts in 2009, their findings were inconclusive. Join us on a ghost tour and decide for yourself.
Fright Night Fright happens all Fridays through October at 5:45 p.m. and 7p.m.; Saturday Night Spirits are October 14 and 28 at 5:45 p.m. and 7p.m.; Halloween Ghost Tours are October 31 at 8p.m. and 10 p.m.
Time: See description above
Admission: $20-$28
Telephone: 413-551-5100

Harvard Square Ghost Tours - Cambridge, MA

Oct 16, 2017 - Nov 5, 2017 Tours leave from the Harvard Coop at 1400 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA
Gruesome murders, untimely death, and bizarre occurrences are scattered through the history of Harvard Square. Come meet the ghosts that haunt the streets you walk through daily on the Harvard Square Ghost Tour. Use the code HARVARDSCARE for $5 off on your adult and student tickets.
Time: Thursday-Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $12 for kids 8-18.

Dark of the Night 2017 in Pioneer Village - Salem, MA

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Pioneer Village in Forest River Park, 78 West Street , Salem, MA
In candlelit cottages at the dark forest’s edge, ghostly stories are told… Pioneer Village is America's first living history museum. It sits on three acres and contains various examples of Colonial architecture: dugouts, wigwams, thatched roof cottages, and the Governor's Faire House. Email: info@pioneervillagesalem.org. Dates: October 21 and 28.
Time: Every half-hour from 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $13
Telephone: 978-744-8815

Myles Standish Burial Ground Cemetery Tour - Duxbury, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Myles Standish Burial Ground, Chestnut Street and Pilgrim Byway Duxbury, MA
Historian Carolyn Ravenscroft guides a tour of the resting place of many of the Mayflower's passengers: John Alden, Priscilla Alden and Myles Standish. Also in the same area are the sites of the First and Second Meeting Houses in Duxbury. Parking available along Pilgrim Byway, or in the Hall’s Corner parking lots,
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $15; children under age 12 admitted free. Admission collected at the start of tour (cash, please).


Classic Poems for All Hallows’ Eve 2017 - Salem, MA

Oct 26, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 Gedney House, 21 High Street Salem, MA
Hear readings of classic poems about ghosts, goblins, spirits, and Halloween, dramatically presented in a 17th-century shipbuilder’s house by lantern light.
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Gothic Victorian Tales By Candlelight at The Whittier Home - Amesbury, MA

Oct 26, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 John Greenleaf Whittier House, 86 Friend Street Amesbury, MA
Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will present "Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight." This theatrical presentation will feature stories about curses, death and immortality from the 19th century New England writer, Sarah Orne Jewett. Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years in the New England area.
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Telephone: 978-388-1337


Music at the Fountain Stage 2017 - Salem, MA

Oct 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 161 Essex Street Salem, MA
Enjoy live outdoor music every weekend in October. In front of the Peabody Essex Museum.
October 14 – Sinners and Strings (Acoustic Weekend)
The Boondock Sinners, 1-3 p.m.; Glenn French & Lisa Haley, 3 p.m.; Molly Pinto Madigan. 4 p.m.; Familiar Strangers, 5 p.m.; The Taylor Twins, 6 p.m.; Bon Saints, 7 p.m.
October 15 – Sinners and Strings (Acoustic Weekend)
The Boondock Sinners, 1 p.m.; Dave Simmons, 2 p.m.; Ted Solovicos and Rosemarie Rose, 3 p.m.; Jame Redd, 4 p.m.; The Strungout Playboys, 5 p.m.; Joe Savia, 6 p.m.; Gary Brewer & Dawn Frost, 7 p.m.; Boondock Sinners Acoustic Friends, 8 p.m.
October 21-22 – A3D World (African Development through Drum and Dance) Music Fest
October 27-29 – The Electric Ghost (Electronica Festival)
October 31 – Halloween Day!
Time: See description above
Admission: Free

Older Teens & Adults

Witch’s Woods 2017 at Nashoba Valley Ski Area - Westford, MA

Sep 29, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Power Road Westford, MA
A cast of actors will transform into ghosts, ghouls, beasts and zombies every night. Killer Thriller Stage Show live performances are presented every hour. Climb aboard the Haunted Hayride, and visit the Keeper’s Crypt, Castle Morbid and Nightmare Mansion.
Time: Thursday-Sundays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Admission: $37

Hammond Castle Halls of Darkness 2017 - Gloucester, MA

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Fort Stage Park, 24 Hough Avenue Gloucester, MA
Tour the castle but be aware of those spirits lurking inside and out. For this event please park at Stage Fort Park and ride the free shuttle bus to the castle. Dates: October 13- 14, 20-21, 27-28.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 978- 283-2080

Parties, Dances, Balls

Gabriel’s Rainbow Coffeehouse Halloween Music and Dance Costume Ball - Newburyport, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 People’s Café at United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase Street Newburyport, MA
Refreshments, prizes for costumes, dancing, and Halloween garb! Featuring The SpaceHeaters, an eclectic group of musicians who blend rock, R&B, soul, funk and folk rock. New Orleans style pianist and guitarist Malcolm Carnwath aka Dr. Feelgood and British singer-songwriter, Lucian Parkin aka Lucky Leroux.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 suggested donation at the door.


Halloween Pet Parade 2017 at Faneuil Hall - Boston, MA

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Square Boston, MA
Dress up your pet and parade around Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Prizes for Best of Show, Best Owner & Pet Combo, Best Local Representation and Most Creative. Registration for the costume contest is required ahead of time. The parade starts promptly at noon.
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.


“Lizzie of Fall River” - The Company Theatre • 30 Accord Park Dr., Norwell, MA, MA

Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Drive The Company Theatre • 30 Accord Park Dr., Norwell, MA, MA
A demure spinster accused of murdering her father and stepmother in cold blood remains one of New England’s most shocking mysteries. Steve Dooner wrote this drama to reveal one possible truth behind the gruesome crime in Fall River. This psychological thriller is based on meticulous research on what was once declared “The Trial of the Century.”
Time: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.
Admission: Thursdays, $27; Fridays-Sundays, $29
Telephone: 781-871-2787

WholeTone Opera’s “The Werewolf” - Somerville, MA

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street Somerville, MA
A cursed loup-garou is terrorizing a quiet village full of secrets and seducing young brides. Will the secret witch, Alice’s heart be stolen by the werewolf, or will Vincent, a sassy young nobleman, be the one to find true love at last? The Werewolf is based on the opera "Le Loup-garou" by Louise Bertin. Surprise opener by the Parlor Opera Players!
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $18 – $45
Telephone: 617-684-5335

“Curse of the Gay Bride” - Rochester, MA

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street Rochester, MA
“Curse of the Gay Bride” combines a rock show, theater, and comic book art to a cartoon-ish musical. "Curse of the Gay Bride" is a story of unrequited love with animation, and a twist that will have you laughing all night long. It's a a must see this Halloween! Dates: October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 31.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $18-$22