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.
Canobie Lake Scream Fest
When: Weekends from September 21-October 27, 2019
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 nonhaunted kiddieland complete with a petting zoo.
Tickets: Prices vary from $24-$44.
More Info: Visit canobie.com/SCREEEMFEST for more information, times and tickets.
SpookyWorld presents Nightmare New England
When: Various dates starting September 13 – November 9, 2019
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 28 – November 2, 2019
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 $33, Ghoullog Plus admission is $45, Haunted Playground: $26 54”+ and $20 under 54”
More info: Visit theghoullog.com for more information.
When: Friday-Sunday in October 2019 as well as Wednesday, October 31 and Friday-Saturday, November 1-2
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 is $25 and the Fright Pass is $36.
More info: Visit frightkingdom.com/newengland for more information.
When: October 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 2019 and 31, plus November 1-2. October 17 and 31 are “Fright Night Lite” events, November 1 is glow stick night and November 2 is the black out night.
Where: DeMeritt Hill Farm at 66 Lee Road in Lee, NH
What: This is a multiyear, award-winning attraction. Parental discretion is advised. Thursday, October 17 and October 31 are “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 11-26, 2019
Where: Charmingfare Farm at 774 High Street in Candia, NH
What: Explore such haunts as The Wedding Barn, where Anna Bell’s terrifying tale unfolds, try your best to pass by The Witch in the Woods on the way to the sugar shack, where you’ll enjoy a breather (complete with s’mores) before embarking on your spooky journey once more.
Tickets: $29-$32. Recommended for ages 8 and older.
More info: Visit visitthefarm.com or call (603) 483-5623 x 100 for tickets and more information.
Fitzy’s Fright Fest – Haunt for a Cure
When: October 25-26, 2019
Where: 37 Maple Ave., Newton
What: We’ll let the folks at Fitzy’s explain: “All your life, you’ve heard the story of the yellow brick road. But it’s not the only paved path emanating from the middle of Munchkin Square. If follow, follow, following the yellow brick road lands you in the wonderful Land of Oz, where does the red one lead? Come visit us for the 19th edition of Fitzy’s Fright Fest, in the top five WMUR-TV viewer’s choice Best Haunted Houses for the past five years. Fitzy’s is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will benefit the American Cancer Society. I’ll get you my pretty! And your little dog too.”
Tickets: Free, with donations accepted for the American Cancer Society
More info: Facebook
The Salisbury Woods Haunted Barn and Trail
When: October 5, 12, 19 and 25-26, 2019
Where: 19 Franklin Rd., Salisbury
What: Come to the Haunted Barn and Trail and get scared for two great causes. Not recommended for small children. This spook-tacular event is a fundraiser for the MVMS & Salisbury Elementary parent teacher groups.
More info: Facebook
Other harvest, pumpkin and Halloween events
Return of the Pumpkin People
When: October 1-31, 2019
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 18-31) that includes the Return of the Pumpkin People, a pumpkin carving contest (October 18-19), magic shows, pumpkin tastings and more.
Tickets: This is a free event
More info: Visit www.JacksonNH.com for more information
28th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival
When: October 11-13, 2019
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 25, 2019
What: The downtown trick-or-treat will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 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. Participants are asked to gather in the Union Street parking lot at 4 p.m. to pick up treat bags and maps indicating participating businesses. Bags and maps will be available until 5 p.m. or until they are gone.
This year’s Zombie Walk for teens and adults features individuals and participants from Studio 109, Corinne’s School of Dance and Dance N Motion 2. Enjoy their choreographed performance as they tread from the Union Street parking lot to Rochester Common.
The teen and adult public is welcome to participate in the parade by dressing in zombie costumes and following the dancers. Participants are asked to gather at Rochester Common by 6:45pm for a 7:00pm police-escorted walk down South Main Street.
More info: Visit the rochestermainstreet.org for more information.
NH Pumpkin Festival
When: October 19-19, 2019
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
Halloween Masquerade Ball
When: October 26, 2019 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: $59 and for those 21 and older only.
More info: Visit cruisenh.com for tickets and more information.
Monadnock Pumpkin Festival
When: October 12, 2019 from 1-8 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
Ghosts on the Banke
When: October 25-26, 2019
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.
Portsmouth Halloween Parade
When: October 31, 2019
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, or check out our feature story on the 2018 parade.
Ghost Tours With New England Curiosities
When: Dates vary
Where: Portsmouth and surrounding area
What: Author and historian Roxie Zwicker will lead you on a journey that explores local folklore, ghost stories and mysterious history. Tours include the Wicked Haunted Waterfront, Spirits of the Past via a trolley, Legends, Ghosts and Graves, Haunted York Village and more. New England Curiosities also offers classes and workshops — if you’ve ever wanted to learn about tarot cards or “kitchen witchery,” this is your chance!
More info: Visit newenglandcuriosities.com for more information or to book a tour/class.
Non-Scary Halloween Events and Parties for Children
Children’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure
When: October 19-20 and 26-27, 2019
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 19, 2019; 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Route 113 in Holderness
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: $9 for members, $12 for nonmembers
More info: nhnature.org or call (603) 968-7194
Pumpkin Patch Express
When: Friday-Sunday, October 18-20 and October 25-27, 2019
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 19 and 26, 2019 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: $29 admission includes all rides and activities.
More info: Visit santasvillage.com for more information.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Where: Children’s Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover
What: Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume to explore exhibits like the Cave Explorers Bat Cave, Dino Detective and Green Screen Adventures in Travel. Meet the museum’s very own Wacky Scientist and check out his fantastical experiments, visit the Fairy Circle to make fairy doors and friendly spiders, create take-home crafts, face painting in the Muse Studio, and more.
Tickets: Admission included with Museum admission ($11 for ages 1 and older and $9 for seniors).
More info: Visit childrens-museum.org for more information.