From sprawling screamparks to trails through ghoul-infested woods, New England is your destination for spine-tingling fun each Halloween season. Scare yourself silly in 2020 at one of these 11 popular New England haunted houses, haunted hayrides, or spooky attractions.
Voted one of the top haunted attractions in the country, Haunted Overload can't be overlooked on a Halloween jaunt up north. There are three levels of fear at DeMeritt Hill Farm: a Day Haunt for the oh-so-nervous, where you can explore haunted trails in the light of day and see all of the spooky creations without any surprises. A couple of nights each season, Fright Night Lite events feature lighting and sound effects after dark, but the creepy characters won't chase you. Most nights, though, Haunted Overload's an all-out frightening experience (not recommended for children), complete with award-winning sets, handmade props, and ghoulish actors in costume.
Exploring Barrett's Haunted Mansion and The Sanctuary in Abington, Massachusetts, is a chilling thrill. Be among the brave souls who survive dinner in the haunted house with their Bite and Fright experience. Or, stumble around in the gloom on Darkness Unleashed night. Devil's Night is the ultimate in interactive horror. For those who prefer a tamer adventure, go behind the scenes during Lights On Tour on October Saturday afternoons to see the scariness come together.
Head for West Greenwich, Rhode Island, and experience three scary attractions for the price of one at Field of Screams including a haunted hayride, the Dungeon of Doom and 4-D Cirque du Souls. You can get out if you're too scared to go on... but you can't get a refund. Plus, back for the seventh year in 2020: Zombie Paintball! Buy tickets to board a military transport vehicle, take command of a bolted-down paintball gun and work with your team to repel approaching zombies. No video game compares.
This giant Halloween theme park, the largest haunted attraction in New England, is situated on 80-plus acres on the banks of the Merrimack River in Litchfield, New Hampshire. General admission grants you access to five haunted attractions including 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, suitable for adults only. More grown-up enticements include everything from Tarot card readings to beer and wine gardens.
Watch your nightmares come to life as you stroll through Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard this Halloween season. The amusement park sure doesn't hold back when it comes to scaring visitors. Experience an array of haunted scenes, including a slaughterhouse and a zombie hospital. Trek outside to the ghastly graveyard and terrifying cornfield. If you'd like, you can buy a combination ticket and board roller coasters and other thrilling rides on chilly fall nights, too.
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 you don't get to see every day in New England. Check out the Vampire Passage—the lair of a legendary vampiress and her fanged minions. You don't need an admission ticket to enjoy carnival rides and games and free attractions like the walk-through Horrorwood Chamber of Chills and the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree.
Be prepared to be scared as you set out aboard the horse-drawn ride at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire, this Halloween season. It's just one of the four scary Harvest of Haunts attractions you'll enjoy for one price at this farm, which is also home to the Barn of the Dead, the Infested Corn Maze and the Tractor Bog Ride. Purchase your tickets online in advance to guarantee admission.
Head to Candia, New Hampshire, to tour this scary haunted ghost town deep in the woods. There are five terrifying attractions to explore at Haunted Acres including Area 52. A nighttime zipline and ropes course also thrills daring souls. Do you have the guts to visit during the annual Lights Out Night?
Visit Haunted Labyrinth, an elaborate haunted house in Cranston, Rhode Island, for a terrifying time. This is the longest-running Halloween attraction in New England. 2020 marks Haunted Labyrinth's 36th season of scaring the pants off visitors for a good cause: Rejoice in Hope Youth Center. Join the attraction's mailing list to receive a $1 off coupon.
West Warwick, Rhode Island, is home to a monster-sized scream park with five separate attractions including Dracula's Hideaway, Bloodworth Dungeon and the Asylum of Screaming Souls. The Factory of Terror may be the most terrifying place to be in America's tiniest state this Halloween season. You'll also find multifaceted Factory of Terror attractions in two other New England destinations: Fall River (home to the indoor swamp) and Worcester, Massachusetts.
This is scary stuff! Head to the Trail of Terror in Wallingford, Connecticut... if you dare! Proceeds from this outdoor haunted attraction benefit local charities. Buy your timed admission tickets online in advance, then get ready to hang out with psychedelic clowns, dastardly ghouls, and chainsaw-toting goblins.