Halloween Events and Haunted Houses in New Hampshire
Whether you're looking to dance the night away in costume, want to find thrills and chills at a haunted house or need something a little less scary for children, we've got the Halloween event for you! This list includes everything from costume parties and spooky cemetery tours to movie screenings and haunted houses. Make sure to check back often as more events will be added as information becomes available.
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Canobie Lake Scream Fest
When: Weekends from September 23-October 29, 2017
Where: Canobie Lake Park at 85 North Policy Street in Salem, NH
What: A wide range of fun and scares await including live entertainment, rides, haunted houses and a special non-haunted kiddieland complete with a petting zoo.
Tickets: Prices vary from $23-$38.
More Info: Visit canobie.com/SCREEEMFEST for more information, times and tickets.
SpookyWorld presents Nightmare New England
When: Various dates starting September 22 - November 4, 2017
Where: Mel's Funway Park at 454 Route 3A in Litchfield, NH
What: Once again SpookyWorld and Nightmare New England dare you to walk through all of their five horrifying haunts, including a haunted hayride. The batting cages, go-karts and mini golf are also open.
Tickets: Prices vary.
More Info: Visit SpookyWorld.com for more information on events, times and tickets.
When: Fridays and Saturdays September 23-October 28 plus Sunday, October 8
Where: Cranmore Mountain, 1 Skimobile Rd., North Conway
What: Once again, the North Conway ski resort transforms its chairlift into a Halloween thrill ride. Take a ride to the summit of North Conway's Cranmore Mountain for a tour of The Ghoullog.
Tickets: Ghoullog general admission is $32, Ghoullog Plus admission is $44, Haunted Playground: $25 54”+ and $19 under 54”
More info: Visit theghoullog.com for more information.
When: Open the following dates - October 1, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 27-29, 31 and November 5 (special Lights Out night), 2016
Where: 446 Raymond Rd., Candia
What: "Area 52" combines five horrifying haunts and features the best of the best from the last 20 years. New this year are the nighttime zipline, ropes course and a combination ticket.
Tickets: $28 per person. Date night on Thursdays, two for $42. Free parking. New combination tickets (ropes course plus Haunted Acres admission) is $49. There are also zipline upgrades for $10 available at the gate.
More info: Visit hauntedacresnh.com for more information.
When: Friday-Sunday, September 30-October 30 plus Monday, October 31, 2016
Where: 12 Simon St., Nashua
What: Fright Kingdom is New England's largest indoor horror attraction featuring five huge haunted attractions of pure terrifying entertainment.
Tickets: General admission tickets on Friday and Saturday are $24 both online and at the box office; VIP admission is $34 in person or $29 online; Sunday general admission is $17 both online and at the box office; VIP is $27 or $22.
More info: Visit frightkingdom.com/newengland for more information.
When: October 13-15, 20-22 and 26-29, 2017. October 19 and 30 are "Fright Night Lite" events and October 31 is the "Lights Out" event.
Where: DeMeritt Hill Farm at 66 Lee Road in Lee, NH
What: This is a multi-year, Award-winning attraction. Parental discretion is advised. Thursday, October 19 and Monday, October 30 are the "Fright Night Lite" events for the younger crowd.
Tickets: This is a pre-ticket event. Reserve your time slot and buy tickets online.
More info: Visit hauntedoverload.com for more information.
Harvest of Haunts
When: Fridays and Saturdays October 13-28, 2017
Where: Charmingfare Farm at 774 High Street in Candia, NH
What: Explore four terrifying events in one place: Wagon of Fear, Barn of the Dead, a ride into the bog and a tour of the Infested Corn Field.
Tickets: $25. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
More info: Visit visitthefarm.com or call (603) 483-5623 x 100 for tickets and more information.
Other harvest, pumpkin and Halloween events
Return of the Pumpkin People
When: October 1-31, 2017
Where: Throughout the Jackson area
What: Return of the Pumpkin People is a self-guided tour where you use an official Return of Pumpkin People Map to find the properties who are official host properties. Time your visit to check out the All Things Pumpkin Festival (October 15-31) that includes the Return of the Pumpkin People, a pumpkin carving contest (October 20-22), magic shows, pumpkin tastings and more.
Tickets: This is a free event
More info: Visit www.JacksonNH.com for more information or see the calendar listing here.
9th Annual Scarecrows of the Port
When: Date TBA
What: Unique scarecrows, created by a number of different participants, will be displayed around the city of Portsmouth. A prize will be awarded to the best scarecrow.
Tickets: This is a free event.
More info: Visit scarecrowsoftheport.com for more information.
28th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
When: October 6-8, 2017
Where: Downtown Milford
What: Signature events and activities include: a spectacular fireworks show Friday night (8:45 p.m.), two stages with live bands providing entertainment throughout the weekend, some of the best food and craft vendors from all over New England, a pumpkin catapult, face painting, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, a largest pumpkin weigh-in contest, a beer and wine tasting tent Friday night, exciting carnival rides and bouncy houses, a climbing wall, a haunted trail, the zombie walk and the Pumpkin Festival Talent Show on Saturday night, historical tours and much, much more!
Tickets: Free admission, some activities must be paid for at the festival.
More info: milfordpumpkinfestival.org
When: Friday, October 27, 2017
What: The Horribles Parade/Trick-or-Treat On The Town will take place from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the heart of downtown with costumed children 10 years old and under going door to door at the local businesses for treats. On hand will be strolling entertainment. Participants are asked to gather in the Union Street parking lot at 4:15 p.m. to pick up treat bags and maps indicating participating businesses. Bags and maps will be available at Central Square until 5:15 p.m. The Zombie Walk for teens and adults travels from Union Street parking lot to the Common. Participants are asked to gather at the Union Street parking lot no later than 6:45 p.m. to line up for a 7 p.m. police-escorted walk down Union, North Main and South Main Streets to the Common where they will be treated to cider and donuts and, of course, “brains” for the zombies.
More info: Visit the rochestermainstreet.org for more information.
Creature Features and Quote-a-Longs
When: October 16, 23 and 30, 2016
Where: Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord
What: Catch classic movies "Tarantula," "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein."
More info: Visit redrivertheatres.org for tickets and more information.
Riverfire and Zombie ATV Poker Run
When: October 15, 2016
Where: Northern Forest Heritage Park, 961 Main St., Berlin
What: Take part in hayrides, a duck race, a children’s costume parade and river walks during the day, and then wait for the main event at nightfall. Berlin’s Androscoggin River will be set ablaze, and during the day, join in on the ATV-friendly Zombie Poker Run.
More info: Visit riverfirenh.com for more information.
Intown Manchester Zombie Walk
When: October 22, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Where: Downtown Manchester. Meet at 1000 Elm Street on the Brady Sullivan Plaza.
What: Stumble, growl and groan your way through downtown! This event is FREE and open to groups. WARNING! This event is family-friendly and all ages, but little ones could get easily get scared by fellow zombies!
More info: intownmanchester.com
3rd Annual "Pink and Blue Halloween Bash"
When: October 22, 2016 from 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Ct., Manchester
What: The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, with the support of Chill Cares and McIntyre Ski Area, will host its third annual "Pink and Blue Halloween Bash" a Halloween party raising awareness for breast and prostate cancer while raising funds for patient services and cancer research at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The night will include food, music, costume prizes, bonfire, pumpkins and so much more. Drop off your carved pumpkins and compete in McIntyre’s Fall Festival pumpkin contest.
More info: Click here for tickets
NH Pumpkin Festival - Formerly the Keene Pumpkin Fest
When: October 22, 2016
Where: Downtown Laconia
What: Events include pumpkin bowling, haunted attractions, costume parade for kids, food, Pumpkin Express Train, vendors and, of course, the lighting of the spectacular pumpkin tower.
More info: nhpumpkinfestival.com
Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
When: October 15, 2016 from 12-8 p.m.
Where: Cheshire Fairgrounds, 247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey
What: The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival brings the magic and excitement of jack-o-lanterns to life! Celebrating time-honored traditions of community, family fun, and pumpkin abundance, the Festival features Atlas fireworks, non-profit food vendors, amusement rides, a haunted maze, a pumpkin catapult competition, displays from regional artisans, baking contests, hayrides, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and good old-fashioned fun, all nestled in the heart of New Hampshire’s scenic Monadnock Region.
More info: monadnockpumpkinfestival.org
Portsmouth Halloween Parade
When: October 31, 2016
What: This grassroots community event is held rain or (moon) shine. Come in costume or come to watch and share in the Halloween festivities. Parade begins at 7 p.m.
More info: Visit spookyportsmouth.com for more information.
Ghosts on the Banke
When: October 28-29, 2016
Where: Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth
What: The ghosts of sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers and pirates will haunt the streets as the living take part in trick-or-treating, a bonfire and more. 5:30-8 p.m.
More info: Visit strawberybanke.org for tickets and more information.
When: October 22, 2016 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury
What: Ghost Encounters is an opportunity to experience the other-worldly feel of the 200-year-old historic site on an October evening. Participants can take a ghost tour through the Village and hear about true ghost stories — several in the actual spaces where these events took place — during which a talented group of professional actors will bring to life the encounters that the Shakers recounted having at the Village.
Families of all ages can trick-or-treat-or-create with Halloween-themed activities throughout the Village. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume and join in the costume pageant at 3:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Casual light fare will be available in the Creamery for an additional charge.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, under 5 free
More info: Visit shakers.org for more information.
Halloween Masquerade Ball
When: October 22, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Departs from Weirs Beach, Laconia
What: Dinner and dancing aboard the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Tickets: $55 and for those 21 and older only.
More info: Visit cruisenh.com for tickets and more information.
Halloween for Children
Pumpkin Patch Express
When: Friday-Sunday, October 21-23 and October 28-30, 2016
Where: Conway Scenic Railroad, 38 Norcross Circle, North Conway
What: Special Halloween trains travel to the “Pumpkin Patch” (White Mountain Cider Company in nearby Glen), where everyone gets off the train and each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged.
Tickets: Call or visit the website for pricing. Registration is required.
More info: Visit conwayscenic.com for more information.
Silly Spooky Halloween Extravaganza
When: October 22 and 29, 2016 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Santa's Village, 528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson
What: The entire park is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure. Bring your children to celebrate this holiday in a safe and friendly atmosphere. There are "spooky" areas for the older children and some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. Costumes are encouraged. The rides and food shops will be open as well.
Tickets: $26 admission includes all rides and activities.
More info: Visit santasvillage.com for more information.
Children's Trick-or-Treat Adventure
When: October 15-16 and 23-30, 2016
Where: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia
What: Charmingfare Farm's Children's Trick-or-Treat is perfect for children who don't wish to be frightened but still want to wear their favorite costume and have a fun Halloween adventure.
More info: Call (603) 483-5623 or visit visitthefarm.com for tickets and more information.
Halloween Hoot 'N Howl
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Route 113 in Holderness
More info: nhnature.org or call (603) 968-7194
About: Enjoy an eerily entertaining 40-minute guided tour around the Science Center grounds. Trail walks feature live skits with a seasonal theme and depart every 10 minutes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children are invited to come in costume and are encourage to dress accordingly for outdoor weather. After the journey, warm up with Halloween games and tasty treats!
Admission: $8 or members, $11 for non-members and receive $1 off each reservation paid by Friday, October 6.
Shadows and Stones Tour
When: Sundays: September 25, October 9 and 23; Fridays October 7-28, 2016
Where: Tour begins on Mechanic Street, adjacent to Prescott Park, Portsmouth
What: A nighttime tour of the historic Point of Graves cemetery.
Tickets: $18 and $12 for children 12 and under. Reservations recommended.
More info: Visit newenglandcuriosities.com for more information, plus other spooky tours such as the Legends, Ghosts & Graves Tour (more information below), Haunted Pubs of Portsmouth Walk and more.
Ghost & Goblins Tour
Where: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Where: Inns in the White Mountains
What: The self-guided tour of participating inns, each with their own ghost stories, will offer ticket holders a sampling of seasonal treats prepared especially for the occasion. The Ghost & Goblin Trail stretches throughout the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Featured inns will open their doors to costumed characters, spirits in Halloween make-up and street-clothed participants alike. Those "dressed for the occasion" automatically receive their treats and clues. Those in street clothes must earn their treat at every stop by first performing a task drawn from a bag o' tricks. Revelers will also cast votes for their favorite treat and inn's event decorations.
More info: Visit bbinnsmwv.com to find a list of area inns and B&Bs.
Legends, Ghosts and Graves Tour
When: Saturdays, October 8-29, 2016
Where: Tours begin at North Church, 2 Congress Street, Portsmouth
What: This extended tour visits many historic locations in downtown Portsmouth.
Tickets: $20 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Reservations recommended.
More info: Visit newenglandcuriosities.com for more information.