10 Spooky New England Towns To Visit This Halloween

For those who get a rush from the thought of the paranormal, New England is good place to be in October. Here are some towns to visit if you want to get seriously spooked out this fall!

Hartford, Connecticut

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The Mark Twain House in Hartford gleams in the sunset.

Mark Twain always appreciated a good ghost story, and at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, you can take a “graveyard shift ghost tour.” Also check out the Harriet Beecher Stowe house, which also runs an otherworldly tour. Not only did Stowe write about ghosts, her family participated in spiritual sessions where they tried to communicate with dead family members.

Salem, Massachusetts

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Frankenstein strolls the Essex Street pedestrian mall during the October long pre-Halloween Haunted Happenings celebration in Salem.

Though the Salem Witch Trials took place centuries ago, that dark period in Massachusetts history — more than 150 people were accused of witchcraft, and 27 were either executed or died in jail — is still very apparent in the coastal town. During the month of October, you will often see (scarily realistic) people in costumes, and you can take historical and ghost tours.

Wethersfield, Connecticut

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. 

Although Salem is more famous for its witch trials, the Wethersfield witch trials came first, between 1648 and 1668. A the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum you can take a Witches and Tombstones tour and learn the history of the trials and executions. During the tour, you’ll also stop at the Wethersfield Ancient Burying Ground, where you will hear about the 1782 mass murder that’s considered the first documented mass murder-suicide in North America. Scary.

Exeter, Rhode Island

 Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter.

After an illness (thought to be tuberculosis) plagued the Brown family in the 1800’s, the town accused one of the dead daughters, Mercy, of being a vampire after they examined her dead body and found it to be “suspiciously well-preserved.”  As the story goes, people in the town cut Mercy’s heart out,  burned it, and made her sick brother eat the ashes. Her grave still stands in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter.

Fall River, Massachusetts

The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum offers lodging and tours in the house where the infamous murders of Andrew and Abby Borden took place on Aug. 4, 1892.

Stay the night or stop by for a tour at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum, the former home of Lizzie Borden, who was tried for killing her father and stepmother in 1892 with an axe. Although she was acquitted, to this day many to considered her guilty. If you’re feeling audacious, you can sleep in her very bedroom.

North Adams, Massachusetts

The east portal of the Hoosac Tunnel. 

This western Massachusetts town has a few haunted locations, including the Hoosac Tunnel. The near-five-mile tunnel is often referred to as “The Bloody Pit,” because 200 people died over the course of its 24 years of construction.

Gilford, New Hampshire

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Kimball Castle was built in the late 1890s for Benjamin Ames Kimball, who was president of the Boston-Montreal Railroad.

Featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters television show, Kimball Castle was built in the 1890s for Benjamin Ames Kimball, the president of the Concord & Montreal Railroad. On the episode, the team said that some people have reported having spooky experiences at the castle, such as seeing doors close on their own and even some apparitions.

Newport, Vermont

A view of Lake Memphremagog. —Flickr Creative Commons / Aidan Wakely-Mulroney

Barbara Malloy, the head of the Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport, told the Huffington Post that some locals and visitors say this otherwise calm and peaceful lake is actually home to a 30-foot-long monster. Another rumor is that you can spot the ghost of Revolutionary War-era General “Mad” Anthony Wayne on the lake.

Waterbury, Vermont

Old Stagecoach Inn. —Flickr Creative Commons / Walknboston

This still-functioning inn ( which dates back to 1826) has had some eerie things happen there, such as a rocking chair moving on its own and bed linens being stripped without anyone doing it. There have also been some alleged ghost sightings in some of the rooms, though the website notes that they may just be practical jokes.

Prospect, Maine

A view of Fort Knox. —Flickr Creative Commons / Liz West

Fort Knox is a Civil War-era fort on the Penobscot River. It was featured on Ghost Hunters because of reports of the opening and closing of doors, a ghost soldier, and strange noises. Each year around Halloween, you can attend “Fright at the Fort” (which takes place this year on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.), a walking tour around the fort featuring actors in costumes and food for purchase.


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