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15+ Can't-Miss Halloween Events Happening in the Boston Area

Halloween is two weeks away and there’s no shortage of spooky fun to be had.

Whether you’re looking for a great scare, or something not-so-scary, we’ve pulled together a list of more than a dozen can’t-miss Halloween happenings to help you make the most of this spooktacular season!

Barrett's Haunted Mansion

Barrett's Haunted Mansion has consistently been named one of the top haunted attractions in New England. This year's attractions include the Black Hinge Maximum Security Penitentiary and the Sanctuary, or experience the extreme with Darkness Unleashed for one night only. Open through Nov. 3. 1235 Bedford St. (Route 18), Abington.

Salem’s Haunted Happenings

Salem is all about Halloween throughout the month of October with its Haunted Happenings events happening daily throughout the month of October. There are a ton of them, with something fun and spooky happening each day of the week. Check them all out here >>>

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Trick or treat among the animals at the Stone Zoo. Other haunted happenings include: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, and a haunted maze. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Children's Halloween Costume Party at Winnekenni Castle

Gather the kiddos for a children’s Halloween Costume Party at Winnekenni’s Castle. Enjoy games and treats, a hayride by Kimball Farm and more. Sunday, Oct. 21, noon, Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill. 

Frightful Fridays: Spooky Tales in the Gore Mansion

Enjoy an evening of spooky tales and haunted activities inside the centuries-old Gore Mansion in Waltham. Adult tickets are $15. Members and children 12 and under are $10. Friday Oct. 19 and Friday Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Gore Mansion, 52 Gore Place, Waltham.

Jack O’Lantern Journey

Celebrate the season among thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes throughout the Franklin Park Zoo at this holiday event you don’t want to miss. While you’re there enjoy pumpkin carving demonstrations and more interactive experiences. Oct. 5 to Nov. 4, Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Woburn Host Lions Club's Annual Halloween Parade

If you’ve never been, you don’t want to Miss Woburn’s Annual Halloween Parade. More than 80,000 come out for this annual event in the true spirit of Halloween. Parade is rain or shine. 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, Main Street, Woburn.

Disney Store's Haunted Halloween Party

Disney fans will love heading to the Disney Store for their special Haunted Halloween Party happening every Saturday in Oct. Dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy the most magically spooky party around, full of tricks, treats and even a few surprises. Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required.

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail

Visit the Stevens-Coolidge Place for a Pumpkin Trail magical treat featuring more pumpkins on display than you can imagine! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Storytimes in the orchard will be held every 30 minutes. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 27 and 28 at 5 p.m., The Stevens Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover.

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo

Trick or treat among the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. While you’re there enjoy other haunted happenings including: creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Six Flags New England’s Fright Fest

Six Flags Fright Fest returns as zombies and ghouls take over the theme park and it all starts after the sun goes down. Get your scare on at a wide variety of locations throughout the park including several haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets start at $42.59. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. Rte. 159, 1623 Main St., Agawam.

Canobie Lake Park’s SCREEMFEST

Head up over the border to New Hampshire this month and check out Canobie Lake Park’s annual SCREEMFEST for Halloween themed live shows, games and rides. Tickets start at $35. Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. 85 N Policy St., Salem, NH.

End of Season Party: Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn on D

Head on over to The Lawn on D for its last special family event of the season – the annual Pumpkin Palooza. Enjoy Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, costume contest, pumpkin carvings, train rides and more. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon, The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farms

Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full fairy powers and solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure. Trick or Treat Hayrides at Smolak Farm depart from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Costumes are encouraged. Smolak Farms, 315 S. Bradford St., North Andover.

SoWa Spooktacular

The final SoWa Open Market of the season closes with Boston’s biggest Halloween Party on Sunday Oct. 28. Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, magic shows, spooky cupcake decorating and the SoWa costume contest (complete with prizes in several categories) and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 530 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween

Looking for something a little less spooky for the family? Check out Edaville Family Theme Park’s first-annual “Not So Spooky Halloween.” Wear your favorite costumes and trick-or-treat at every ride including Thomas Land and Dino Land. Tickets start at $34. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. 5 Pine St., Carver.

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

This 90-minute walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets of Boston by lantern light where you’ll hear all the tales of Boston’s most famous ghosts who are rumored to haunt the city. Tours run nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors over 62 and $13 for children under 16.

Spooky World Presents: Nightmare New England

Venture onto the twisted trails of terror for a night in New Hampshire you won’t forget as Spooky World presents: Nightmare New England. Enjoy five separate haunted attractions, along with the Monster Midway, zombie paintball, go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, tarot card readers and more. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. Tickets start at $34.99. 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH.

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