• Haunted Houses: The best haunted attractions in New England

    By: Olivia O'Brien


    BOSTON - Looking for a scare as you get in the spirit of Halloween? Here is a list of haunted places to visit this month.

    Barrett’s Haunted Mansion
    Abington, MA

    Barrett's Haunted House (Source: Facebook)

    Open varying days from September-November, the mansion hosts haunted house tours along with special events including “Darkness Unleashed” on October 23, and “Devil’s Night” on October 30. 

    On Saturday’s in October, Barrett’s hosts a “lights-on tour” of the mansion from 2-4PM for $10. On Sunday’s and Thursday’s tickets are offered for both attractions at the mansion, and dinner at the Abington Ale House for $40. General admission for tours is $30.

    Yelp Review: “Been to Barrett's multiple times over the years, both to their normal nights and blackout style Darkness Unleashed nights, and I have absolutely loved it every time. Staff and haunters are great, both haunts are very detailed and well done. Best smaller scale haunt in New England for sure.” 


    Hysteria at Connors Farm
    Danvers, MA

    Open every Friday and Saturday night in October, Sunday October 7 and the day of Halloween.

    Come check out a haunted corn maze and 17th Century Burial Grounds, and find out why the farm was voted one of the Top 13 Scream Parks in the country. Tickets are on sale for $30.

    Yelp Review: “I'm a huge fan of scary houses so a haunted corn maze was practically screaming my name. Hands down the best haunted experience I've had in the greater Boston area and I've been to quite a few. Because you're in the woods with no lighting except from the moon, the actors can easily creep up on you. You won't know what's coming next, I guarantee it.”


    Witch’s Woods
    Westford, MA

    Open Thursday-Sunday nights in October, this haunted hayride and Halloween ScreamPark has a total of 7 haunted attractions.

    Tickets are on sale from 6:30-10:30 pm at the venue or online for $38 per person. 

    Facebook Review: “I and 3 other haunt workers /enthusiasts drove an hour and a half to come here. We all had a great time; the actors all put in their best, and even got a few spooks out of us hard to scarers! Witches woods had some excellent props and makeup. I would say the vampire walk was my favorite!”


    Factory of Terror
    Locations in Fall River, MA, Worcester, MA, and West Warwick, Rhode Island 

    Open Friday and Saturday nights in October, Sunday night’s October 7, 21, and 28, and Halloween night.

    Each location offers 5 different haunted attractions at a general admission price of $19.99.

    Facebook Review: “The actors and actresses did a fantastic job with the jump scares and the props were great mixed with the strobe effects and lighting to enhance the overall energy.”


    Lakeville Haunted House 
    Lakeville, MA

    Opens October 12 and hosts walking tours starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month. Tickets go on sale from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM on nights of tours.

    Admission is $15 per person. 

    Yelp Review: “The sets were incredibly well done and very creepy. The actors did a fantastic job - creepy characters and plenty of startled, scream-worthy moments.”


    Canobie Lake Park Screeemfest 
    Salem, New Hampshire 

    Open Friday‘s 6-11:00 pm, Saturday’s 1-11:00 pm, Sunday’s 1-9:00 pm throughout October. 

    Bring the whole family for a fun day complete with scary characters walking around, 5 haunted houses, rides, and a petting zoo.

    General admission varies by day costing $35 on Friday’s, $42 on Saturday’s, and $34 on Sunday’s. Under 48” or over age 60 is $24. Ages 3 and under is free. 

    Ghost Ship Harbor
    Quincy, MA

    Open October 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28, Halloween, and November 2-3, hop aboard the USS Salem battleship for haunted attractions followed by a special treat at The Walking Dead Augmented Reality Wine Bar.

    General admission starts at $34.99 and a special Paranormal VIP Experience is offered on select nights where guests can contact ghosts with paranormal equipment!


    Fear Town Haunted House
    Seekonk, MA 

    Open Friday’s-Sunday’s through October 28, October 30, and November 2-3.

    Head deep into the woods at Seekonk Speedway if you dare and experience the outdoor haunted attraction at Fear Town Haunted House. Guides will take you on a trail through run-down buildings and monsters. 

    Tickets range from $17-$23. 

    Yelp Review: “I love that you get to experience a haunted house and a haunted walk through the woods. The decor and actors were on point and a lot of fun. I don't get scared easily but I did scream quite a few times! There are a lot of jump scares which are great.”


    Demented FX
    Holyoke, MA

    Open 6-11:00 PM Friday’s-Sunday’s throughout October and Thursday’s October 18 and 25.

    Check out the monsters, interactive videos, and Hollywood quality sets that make guests feel like they are on the set of a real horror movie.  

    General admission is $25.

    Facebook Review: “Great theme I felt like I was in a horror movie myself and the ending... well you just have to see for yourself.”

    Witch Mansion
    Salem, MA

    Located in Salem, the spookiest place to be during Halloween time, Witch Mansion uses special effects and scary live actors to offer an interactive haunted ghost tour. 

    The price of admission for adults is $9, while for children is $7. 

    Yelp Review: “A terrific feast for the eyes and ears... super scary (if you want it to be) and absolutely worth the time.”

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