October is here, the leaves are changing colors, and clowns have begun to terrorize people across the country. With Halloween steadily approaching, it’s time to explore all the spooky fall activities this month has to offer around New England.
The best part about Fall is picking out and carving the perfect pumpkin. There is Carpenter’s Farm and Clark Farms right in Wakefield, but there are many other pumpkin patches across the state, with some located in Hope, Portsmouth, Johnston, Richmond, Cumberland, and more. There are four locations in Rhode Island for corn mazes, including Clark Farms in Wakefield and
Salisbury Farm in Johnston.
If you’re feeling risky, take a trip down a haunted trail or hop onto a ghost and paranormal tour. There are two in the state: Ghosts of Newport and Providence Ghost Walk. Two nearby haunted houses can be found at the Trails of Terror in Wakefield, or the Fortress of Nightmares in Newport. One of the more theatrical haunted houses and trails is the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn. The trail is run by Lake Compounce employees, dressed up to scare the public. On weekends, the haunted trail is open, and guests also have access to the amusement park rides.
Similar to Lake Compounce, Six Flags holds “Fright Fest” in Agawam, Mass. Throughout the day, the park holds different activities including a horror show called Mayhem Mission, a Spooktacular Street Party, a Trick or Treat Trail, and multiple “fright” rides. At night, Six Flags turns into a horror park with an event called “Creepshow Freakshow,” a magician performance, and spooky attractions including an abandoned warehouse, a graveyard, mansion, tombstones, zombie walk, forgotten laboratory, and a trip through the woods.
Another activity happening in Providence throughout this last weekend of October is the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo. At this event, there are 5,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns along a trail, with 100 pumpkins carved into art pieces.
To experience an ultimate horror celebration, for the real Halloween enthusiast, Salem, Mass. is the place to be. During October, Salem presents “Haunted Happenings,” a month long celebration of parades, costume balls, carnivals, and tours. On Oct. 31, the streets are filled with thousands of people dressed up in costumes, DJs throw parties in the streets, and a huge carnival takes place.
New England’s prime time is in the fall season, especially during October and November. Don’t miss out on these spooky events, before the cold hits. For more information about any of these events, visit http://halloweennewengland.com/.