If you’re still looking for things to do over Halloween weekend 2022, look no further. Here are a few Halloween-themed events happening in every New England state, ranging from mildly spooky and family friendly to genuinely frightening (or boozy/adults only). Some take place over the weekend; others take place on Halloween Monday. Find more things to do on our events calendar.
The Brick Store Museum’s All Souls Walk. Take a stroll through Hope Cemetery and learn about the ghosts of Kennebunk’s past. Hope Cemetery dates back to the late 18th century and is located in the heart of dozens of acres of picturesque woodland. During this half-mile-long guided tour, guests will learn about the history of the town and cemetery. Although some stories may be a bit spooky, the tour is appropriate for all ages, so bring the family along.
Portsmouth Halloween Parade. The creative and inclusive Portsmouth Halloween Parade started in 1995 and is held every year on October 31st at exactly 7 p.m. Dress up in a fun, themed costume to march along with the parade or cheer from the sidelines. There will be music, dancing, and fun for all ages.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) w/ Live Soundtrack by The Anvil Orchestra. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is an early German surrealist film, which later inspired the works of David Bowie, Viriginia Woolf, and Tim Burton. See it on the big screen accompanied by a live orchestra. An early, if not the first ever, horror film, it’s perfect for Halloween season.
Phantoms by Firelight at Old Sturbridge Village. After dark in Old Sturbridge Village, (historical) ghosts and ghouls come out to play. Explore the myths and folklore of Halloween at the museum. Evening guests will see the Village in a darker, more eerie light, as the night progresses and a mysterious troupe of traveling performers including gravity-defying acrobats, creepy conjurers, and fate-tempting fire jugglers appear from the shadows of firelight.
RWP Zoo’s Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular. Explore the Roger Williams Park Zoo as it is illuminated by 5,000 carved pumpkins, all themed after a beloved television program. From “I Love Lucy” to “The Walking Dead” and more, TV lovers of all tastes and ages are bound to spot one of their favorites. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Ball in Wethersfield. This fall ball pays homage to local author Elizabeth George Speare’s Newberry Award-winning novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Enjoy local refreshments, music, dancing, cocktails, potions, and other witchy wonders. Period dress (17th century, or era of your choice) encouraged. Tickets include two drinks per person.
Featured photo is courtesy of the Roger Williams Park Zoo.