From sprawling scream parks 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 10 popular New England haunted houses, ghostly hayrides, or spooky attractions found from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Note many of these events have been canceled or altered for 2020. Check the details below or event websites for updates.
Choose Your Fear Level at Haunted Overload
Voted one of the top haunted attractions in the country, Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire, can't be overlooked. The fun usually takes place in October. There are three levels of fear at DeMeritt Hill Farm: a Day Walk for the oh-so-nervous, where on Fridays through Sundays you can explore haunted trails in the light of day and see all of the spooky creations without any surprises. The main event, The Ultimate Halloween Experience, is all-out frightening (not recommended for children), complete with special effects, handmade props, and ghoulish actors in costume on select Thursdays through Sundays. A couple of Thursday nights each season, Fright Night Lite events feature lighting and sound effects after dark, but the creepy characters won't chase you.
In 2020, a few additional one-time events will occur: Glow Stick Night on October 30, and Black Out Night on October 31.
Enjoy Horror Movies at Barrett's Haunted Mansion
For 2020, Barrett's Haunted Mansion's normal attractions will be closed and there will be a drive-in double feature horror movie experience on weekends from September 18 through October 31. Exploring Screens and Screams in Abington, Massachusetts, is a chilling thrill. Be among the brave souls who watch two horror movies from their vehicles while scary creatures move about the grounds, ready to startle guests at any moment. Abington Ale House will have a special menu with everything from wings to veggie burgers and Greek salad. Food is delivered to guests' cars.
Tickets are limited this year and must be bought online in advance; as of early October 2020, most events were sold out. Six people are allowed per car.
Get Spooked at Nightmare New England
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. Happenings take place on weekends from late September through mid-November 2020. Enjoy the Haunted Hayride in the dark woods; Brigham Manor, a house said to be genuinely haunted by the Bishop family; the 3D Dreamscape, complete with a terrorizing jungle landscape; and The Colony, a labyrinth in the backwoods.
General admission grants you access to the four attractions. Additional enticements include batting cages, miniature golf, and a beer garden. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and no refunds are given.
Scream Your Head Off at Witch's Woods
Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, Massachusetts, is home to Witch's Woods Haunted Hayride that brings you face-to-face with witches, werewolves, zombies, and other creatures you don't get to see every day in New England. In addition to the hayride, check out the Horrorwood Chamber of Chills, Castle Morbid, the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree, and the Vampire Passage—the lair of a legendary vampiress and her fanged minions. In 2020, the attraction is open Fridays through Sundays from October 2-31, along with certain Thursday nights.
Your admission ticket (bought online in advance) gets you access to any of the five haunted attractions.
For 2020, the Harvest of Haunts attraction is being offered in a limited capacity on October 17, 24, and 31. Be prepared to be scared as you set out aboard the horse-drawn ride through dark old logging trails at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire, this Halloween season. Once the carriage ride arrives in the woods, families with children can enjoy Halloween ghost stories and hot cocoa.
Purchase your tickets online in advance to guarantee admission.
Get Lost in the Haunted Labyrinth
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. The fun takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday nights from late September through the end of October in 2020.
Join the attraction's mailing list to receive a $1 off coupon. The event is for a good cause: Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, which serves numerous parishes and church groups across the state.
Scare Yourself Senseless at the Factory of Terror
Check the official Factory of Terror website and social media pages for updates on 2020 opening dates and events. Fall River, Massachusetts, about a 50-minute drive to Boston, is home to an indoor haunted house with scary rooms, special effects, and horror actors dressed in prosthetics sure to frighten you.
When you buy tickets, you will be given a specific date and time for visiting the haunted house.
Walk the Trail of Terror
If you dare, head to the Trail of Terror in Wallingford, Connecticut. Get spooked on weekends from early October through early November of 2020 when the attraction celebrates its 26th season with the Fear Is Art themed event. You will get to hang out with psychedelic clowns, dastardly ghouls, and chainsaw-toting goblins.
Buy your timed admission tickets online in advance for groups of six (or VIP premium passes for individuals). Proceeds from this outdoor haunted attraction benefit local nonprofit organizations.
Survive the Field of Screams
Field of Screams is canceled for 2020. Head for West Greenwich, Rhode Island, and experience three scary attractions for the price of one at Field of Screams, including DeathCon Haunted Ride, in which guests board a military truck to battle the apocalypse, encountering zombies, aliens, and other creatures.
The other spooky options are to check out the animatronics and scary actors of Dungeon of Doom, or wear some 3D glasses as you venture through the 4D Cirque du Souls haunted maze. You can get out if you're too scared to go on, but there are no refunds.
Stroll Through the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
This event is canceled for 2020. Watch your nightmares come to life as you stroll through Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard in Bristol, Connecticut, this Halloween season. The amusement park sure doesn't hold back when it comes to scaring visitors. Experience an array of spooky scenes, including a misty lake, a zombie hospital, and an ancient temple. Trek outside to the ghastly graveyard and terrifying cornfield.
If you'd like, you can buy a season pass and board roller coasters and other thrilling rides on chilly fall nights, too.