Salem Haunted Happenings in Salem, MA, is the 800-pound gorilla of Halloween festivities, offering a boodle of entertainments, serious to silly, for all ages. Below are a few of our favorites among many options for the final weekend (many events repeat daily).
Halloween doesn’t belong only to the kids. Lots of Halloween parties for adults are coming this weekend. Gin up a costume and join the fun! If nothing more, a mask and feathers and a bed-sheet cape will get you into the costume contest. Some ideas:
All New England states host train rides with Santa Claus in November and December. Some are called Polar Express Trains, for the beloved children’s book; many others are Santa Trains, Elf Trains … you get the idea.
Old Sturbridge Village, a classy act in all seasons, presents "Haunted by History: A Phantasmagoria" October 25 through 29. Guests will meet Dr. Lantornia, a mysterious showman who promises them he can conjure spirits from New England's past. Within the darkened meeting house, the Doctor leads a séance, awakening ghosts of several New England figures from the 19th century: abolitionist writer Lydia Maria Child, millionaire industrialist Samuel Colt, Commodore Mathew Perry, and prison reformer Dorothea Dix. The séance goes awry when we find out not all is as it seems. Dr. Lantornia has hidden motives! This will be fun. Recommended for vistors above age 14. Map.
Take a fall drive through the storied towns of Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport, and York during this open house period – Art & Antiquefest – through October. Glorious views and interesting finds. Participants include:
We probed our regular Events pages and Halloween Events pages for the best stuff coming up this late-October weekend in New England. Fall is a treasure! (you can tell: it’s gold.) Get out and enjoy it with family and friends.
Dark of the Night in Pioneer Village, Forest River Park, Salem. October 21 and 28.
In candlelit cottages at the dark forest’s edge, ghostly stories are told… Pioneer Village is a living history museum on 3 acres in Forest River Park. It contains various examples of colonial architecture: dugouts, wigwams, thatched roof cottages, and the Governor's Faire House. Map.
Like other New England state’s Massachusetts does Halloween 2017 for people of all tastes.
It's a short work week and the warm weather is still beckoning us outdoors. Visit Cape Cod in the fall when it's cool and uncrowded for the Wellfleet OysterFest 2017, coming this weekend, October 14-15.
This two-day street party celebrates Wellfleet's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun. Highlights include local cuisine, arts and crafts, children's activities, educational exhibits, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off competition. There are a number of satellite events planned like beachcombing and bird walks. Map
Columbus Day holiday arrives early this year. Be prepared! Many places in New England host outdoor events celebrating foliage, food, music and the chance to get together in gorgeous weather. Here are some of our favorites: