Boo! These northeast Halloween attractions are sure to satisfy your spooky scary needs, whether you’re looking for a trick or a treat.
AAA has rounded up haunted houses, ghost tours, frightening theme parks and other creepy (and not-so-creepy) activities happening around the region this October. Happy Halloween!
Jack-O’-Lanterns and Pumpkins
Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Gaze at more than 7,000 individually carved pumpkins at 18th century Van Cortlandt Manor. Set ups include dinosaurs, sea serpents, a planetarium and the “Pumpkin Zee Bridge.” Open through November 26. Advanced tickets are required. This event sells out fast, so buy your tickets now.
Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. This show of hand carved pumpkins is back and bigger than ever, with more than 5,000 pumpkins made into life-sized pieces of art by master carvers, as well as new structures from a galaxy far, far away. The Rise is returning to its old haunt in Old Westbury, NY, and debuting in Boston, MA and Secaucus, NJ. Open all October weekends in Old Westbury and October 27-30 in New Jersey and Boston. Advanced tickets are required. There are no tickets sold at the door.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Providence, RI. Take a nighttime stroll through thousands of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, including 100 pumpkins carved into works of art. New this is year is “American Treasures,” a celebration of commemorative postage stamps transformed into intricate pumpkin carvings. Open every night through November 6. Tickets for Fridays and weekends are sold online only.
The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience, Oceanport, NJ. Walk through a pumpkin wonderland at Monmouth Park. More than 5,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns display a ghostly pirate ship, a prehistoric park and famous New Jersey stars and landmarks. Select nights have a Sip & Carve class where attendees can enjoy wine while learning how to carve an intricate pumpkin design. Open Fridays and weekends through October 30. Advanced tickets are required.
Haunted Houses and Scary Trails
Haunted Overload, Lee, NH. This haunted trail winds through a creepy forest with monsters at every turn. For the easily frightened, there’s an option to see the handmade props and sets in the daylight, sans monsters. Buy tickets in advance for the main event or pay a $5 surcharge. Open Fridays and weekends through November 1.
Horseman’s Hollow, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Historic Philipsburg Manor is transformed into a haunted house of horrors inspired by the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Open Fridays and weekends through October 31. Advanced tickets are required. Be warned, this sells out fast.
Field of Screams, West Greenwich, RI. This tree farm-turned-horrorfest bills itself as three haunts for the price of one: the Haunted Insane Asylum, Dead River Haunted Hayride and New England’s only 4D haunted maze, Cirque du Souls. There’s also Zombie Paintball, a quest to hunt live zombies from a five-ton military truck. Open Fridays and weekends through October 31.
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, Ulster Park, NY. One of the top-rated Halloween attractions in the country, this frightfest is back and better than ever with a mile-long hayride, a labyrinth-style corn maze, and seven haunted houses, as well as side show and line actor performers, four eateries and four gift shops. Open Fridays and weekends through November 5.
Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, Boston, MA. This 90-minute nighttime tour of Boston’s creepy history includes haunted hotel the Omni Parker House, the tale of the Boston Strangler and the oldest graveyards in the city. Open until November 13. Reservations are required, so buy tickets now.
New England Curiosities, Portsmouth, NH. Historian Roxie Zwicker leads tours of Portsmouth’s most spooky locations with tales of folklore, ghosts and mysterious happenings. Stops include pubs, lighthouses, the waterfront and — of course — graveyards.
Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, Mystic and New London, CT. See the spooky side of Mystic, including the historic Whitehall Burial Ground and the ghostly apparitions that appear in downtown establishments. In New London, visit Ye Antientist Burial Ground, one of the nation’s oldest graveyards and resting place of important Connecticut historical figures.
Ghosts of Newport, Newport, RI. Take a lantern-led stroll to find the ghosts and ghouls waiting on this haunted excursion. The main attraction is the Olde Town Ghost Walk, a guided walk through spooky historic Newport, the haunted city by the sea. Offered only in October is the Carved in Stone Tour, a visit of the Common Burying Ground and Cemetery, a colonial graveyard dating back to the 17th century and one of the oldest in Rhode Island.
Theme Park Thrills
Six Flags Fright Fest. Six Flags parks across the country are hosting scary shows, haunted houses and thrill rides all October. Come to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, Six Flags New England in Springfield, MA or Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY to get in on the fun. Get discounted tickets with your AAA membership.
Haunted Graveyard, Bristol, CT. Now in its 16th year, Lake Compounce hosts more than 200 ghosts, goblins and witches in 14 different haunted houses — all while raising money for juvenile diabetes research. Open Fridays and weekends through October 30. Get discounted tickets with your AAA membership.
Unique Halloween Attractions
Boo at the Zoo, Bronx, NY. This Bronx Zoo Halloween tradition is back for another year. Come for the costume parade, stay for the hay maze, Jack O’Lantern creatures, pumpkin carving, trick or treating and more. Plus all of the animals. Open all weekends in October. Get discounted tickets with your AAA membership.
Pumpkintown USA, East Hampton, CT. This painted pumpkin village at Paul & Sandy’s Too Hardware and Garden Center welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Stroll through the pumpkinheads’ charming little town, or take a hayride through their woodland dwellings. It’s not scary at all, making it great for young children. Open through October 31.
Haunted Happenings, Salem, MA. The Halloween capital of the world packs its calendar with hundreds of events, tours, haunted houses and many more attractions all October. Take a tour of the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin at the Salem Witch House — the only remaining structure in town with direct ties to the 1692 Witch Trials. Sign up for a walking tour, take the trolley around town, get a palm reading from a psychic and so much more. Salem also has a non-spooky side as a cultural and historical center, making it a destination all year long.
iPlay America’s Spooky Spooktacular Halloween, Freehold, NJ. New Jersey’s largest indoor boardwalk, iPlay America, is transformed into a family friendly Halloween event, with a free magic show, pumpkin decorating, photo stations and special giveaways. Dance to the live DJ on Friday nights, or walk the trick-or-treat trail on Sunday afternoons. Open Fridays and weekends through October 31.
Horror October, Mendon, MA. Catch a scary movie under the stars at the Mendon Twin Drive-In. This drive-in movie theater is hosting Halloween happenings all month long with first-run and classic horror movies. There’s also spooky entertainment, pumpkins galore and delicious seasonal treats. Admission is $27 per car for a double feature.
What are your favorite Halloween attractions in the Northeast? Is there a spooky spot we missed? Let us know in the comments below!