Harvest and Haunted Happenings in Massachusetts

Whether it is pumpkins and gourds, witches and ghouls, this time of year is boo-tiful and full of spooktacular places for families to visit.

haunted happenings in massachusetts for kids

If you want zombies and nightly creatures to scare your socks off, then a bone chilling visit to Witches Woods in Westford, the Factory of Terror in Fall River, the Lakeville Haunted House or the Fright Fest at Six Flags New England in Agawam, will do the trick.

For the younger kids, the events at Edaville Railroad may be less frightening. Whether it’s the National Cranberry Festival or the Pumpkin Festival, one of these events is sure to please your little pumpkin. Just an hour south of Boston, parking is free and plentiful. Just a mile from Edaville is the Little Red Smokehouse. Recharge with authentic southern barbeque. Very child friendly, but it is small so go early.

The most obvious place to visit is Salem, Massachusetts. Whether it is history or hysterics (and in some cases, both), there is a lot to do in this New England town known for its ghostly past. There are costume parades, haunted houses, and even haunted cruises since Salem is right on the waterfront. It is definitely worth buying a pass to the Salem Witch Museum or the House of Seven Gables. if you are a history buff or want an educational component to your trip. There are tombstone tours and ghost gatherings, festivals and crafts. Visit the website to see the full list of activities throughout the month of October. Salem is easily accessible by public transportation (bus, train, and ferry) and that may be the best way to get there. Salem is a very popular place to be and parking can be hard to find.

If you want history without the trip to Salem, then visit Gore Place’s Frightful Fridays in Waltham for a tour of this 1806 historic home and some ghostly stories, too. If you want more guts and gore, then definitely go to the Pumpkin Chucking Festival at the Amesbury Sports Park. Watch pumpkins be catapulted in the air and land with a splat.

To round out the spooks, there is a fun Halloween Party at the Ipswich Museum, the Harvest Festival at the Longhill Orchard in West Newbury, Halloween Party at Imajine That in Lawrence, or Haunted Higgins at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester.

Other tame tricks and sweet treats for children are the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. If you want to see how the animals celebrate Halloween, then visit the festivities at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, the Stone Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo in Stoneham, or Zoo Boo Days at the Southwick Zoo in Mendon.

For nature-inspired fall fun, look into Halloween on the Farm at the Newton Community Farm or the Halloween happenings at a variety of the Mass Audubon locations around Massachusetts.

So whether it’s picking a pumpkin or dressing up as a ghost, have a spooktacular time! 
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