The Best Haunted Things to Do in New England

Scary Happenings Await!

Rich in history, New England towns—complete with their eighteenth-century buildings and graveyards—offer a prime encounter for those drawn to past spirits. Scream parks, haunted hayrides and spooky attractions are sure to raise hairs during the Halloween season. But trails through ghoul-infested woods and haunted mansions will give you an authentic scare any time of the year. Massachusetts (home of the Salem witch trials) and New Hampshire are especially spooky, should you choose a vacation centered around the adrenalin rush of experiencing other beings.

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Take Kids to Haunted Overload

Haunted Overload

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Address
20 Orchard Way, Lee, NH 03861, USA
Phone
+1 855-504-2868

Voted one of the top 13 haunted attractions in the country, Lee, New Hampshire's Haunted Overload can't be overlooked on a Halloween jaunt up north. This attraction, which takes place on DeMeritt Hill Farm, offers a Day Hunt (for the oh-so-nervous) where you can explore haunted trails in the light of day. Their Friday Night Lite event is perfect for those with children, featuring a light show void of the scary stuff. And for an all-out frightening experience, don't miss Haunted Overload's Horror Show (not recommended for children), complete with award-winning sets, handmade props, and spectacular costumes.

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Wander Through Barrett's Haunted Mansion

Explore Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, Massachusetts for a thrill of a lifetime. Be among the brave souls to survive dinner in the haunted house with their Bite and Fright experience. Or, stumble around in the gloom on a Darkness Unleashed night. For those that prefer a tamer adventure, go behind the scenes during a Lights-On Tour to see the scariness come together. You can also experience the Sanctuary, which represents the thin veil between life and death and provides a hallucinatory experience.

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Experience the Field of Screams

Address
179 Plain Meeting House Rd, West Greenwich, RI 02817-2049, USA
Phone
+1 401-397-2600

West Greenwich, Rhode Island offers up several scary attractions for the price of one. Their Field of Screams Halloween event includes a haunted hayride and the Dungeon of Doom, where unseen voices whisper from behind dead trees. Their 4D Cirque du Souls maze may have you itching to find a way out of the madness. And their newest attraction, Zombie Paintball, puts you aboard a five-ton military truck with a team of zombie hunters. However, this event is not recommended for children.

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Go All-Out at Nightmare New England

Address
454 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, NH 03052-1029, USA
Phone
+1 603-424-7999

This giant Halloween theme park is situated on the banks of the Merrimack River in Litchfield, New Hampshire. General admission grants you access to five haunted attractions which include a haunted hayride in the dark woods, Bingham Manor, a house said to be genuinely haunted by the Bishop family, the 3D Festival of Fear, complete with tormented carnival misfits, and Carnage and The Colony, suited for adults only. Grown-up enticements include everything from Tarot card readers to pop-up bars. Overnight packages are available, nightmares included.

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Stroll Through the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

Haunted Graveyard Lake Compounce
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Watch your nightmares come to life as you stroll through Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard this Halloween season. And the amusement park sure doesn't hold back when it comes to scaring you. Experience an array of haunted houses, including a slaughterhouse and a zombie hospital. Trek outside to the ghastly graveyard and terrifying corn maze. Their season-of-scare begins in September.

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Catch a Hayride at Witch's Woods

Witch's Woods Halloween Haunted Attraction
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Address
79 Powers Rd, Westford, MA 01886-4108, USA
Phone
+1 978-692-3033

Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, Massachusetts is home to Witch's Woods, a haunted hayride and Halloween scream park that brings you face-to-face with witches, werewolves, zombies, and other creatures. Check out the Vampire Passage—the lair of a legendary vampiress and her fanged minions. No tickets are needed to enjoy carnival rides, games, and free attractions like the walk-through Horrorwood Chamber of Chills and the Jack O’ Lantern Jamboree.

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Hop a Horse-Drawn Ride through Harvest of Haunts

Address
774 High St, Candia, NH 03034, USA
Phone
+1 603-483-5623

Be prepared for a frightening experience aboard a horse-drawn ride at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire. And this is just one of four scary Harvest of Haunts attractions you'll enjoy under one price tag. You can also visit the Barn of the Dead, tour the Infested Corn Maze, and hop aboard the Tractor Bog Ride. Purchase your tickets online and in advance to guarantee admission.

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Tour the Haunted Acres

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Address
446 Raymond Rd, Candia, NH 03034, USA
Phone
+1 978-228-6543

Candia, New Hampshire also boasts a haunted ghost town that lies deep in the backwoods. With five terrifying attractions to explore, including Area 52, Haunted Acres will deliver the scariest night you'll have this fall. Make sure to check out the nighttime zip line and ropes course, too—a great attraction for older kids and adrenalin-seeking adults.

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Get Lost in the Haunted Labyrinth

Address
804 Dyer Ave, Cranston, RI 02920-6714, USA
Phone
+1 401-943-8686

The longest-run Halloween attraction in New England, the Haunted Labyrinth features an elaborate haunted house in Cranston, Rhode Island. The building of the terrifying facilities is conducted by volunteers of the Rejoice in Hope Youth Center and starts, each year, in early summer. Join the attraction's mailing list to receive a one-dollar coupon to this terrifying experience. And go rain or shine, as indoor waiting is offered during inclement weather.

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Visit the Swamp at the Factory of Terror

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Address
3 Bridal Ave, West Warwick, RI 02893, USA
Phone
+1 774-415-0153

Fall River, Massachusetts is home to a monster-sized scream park with five separate attractions: Ghost Cemetery at Centerville Falls, Psycho Alley, Dracula's Hideaway, Black Out, and Asylum of Screaming Souls. The attraction's other locations include West Warwick, Rhode Island and Worcester, Massachusetts, each with different and unique attractions, including an indoor swamp. Buy tickets online for a thrill-seeker's place-to-be this Halloween season.

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Walk the Trail of Terror

Address
60 N Plains Hwy, Wallingford, CT 06492, USA

Head to the Trail of Terror in Wallingford, Connecticut ... if you dare! This outdoor haunted attraction is a show within itself. Purchase timed tickets for admission at a certain time, or grab general-admission tickets and show up to fill in available slots. Proceeds from this Halloween event—complete with a house filled with psychedelic clowns, dastardly ghouls, and chainsaw-toting goblins—benefits local charities. Buy your tickets online in advance after August 1. 

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