Barrett’s Haunted Mansion has now has 25 years of scary clowns in its arsenal, and has no plans to back off in spite of the nationwide hysteria surrounding the painted entertainers. Real haunted house fans who are 16 and older should seek tickets for Darkness Unleashed, where for a few nights only, Barrett lets the creatures that inhabit its mansion ignore the usual house rules and amp up the scares to their highest level.
- 1235 Bedford St., Route 18, Abington; Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. through November 5.; $25 GA, $45 VIP
One of New England’s oldest and most beloved amusement parks also has a scary side thanks to the pirate-themed Black Hollow Cove and the haunted Canobie Lake Hotel. Because Canobie is a family-friendly park, the younger and more easily scared will find plenty of activities, as well, including a pumpkin house, petting zoo, and Rocktoberfest, a rotating series of tribute bands playing covers of stars like Prince and Michael Jackson.
- 85 N. Policy St., Salem, New Hampshire; Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. through October 30; $34 GA, $23 for those under 48 inches or over 60 year old, free for kids 3 and under
With far too many frights for one location, the Factory of Terror has expanded in recent years to three spots (Worcester, Fall River and West Warwick, Rhode Island). With terrifying attractions like Clown College 4D, Zombie Alley, and Zella’s Hideaway, as well as a “hopper” ticket package that gives visitors admission to all three locations, the Factory of Terror should keep any haunted house superfan properly spooked.
- 201 Grafton St., Worcester; 33 Pearl St., Fall River; 3 Bridal Ave., West Warwick, Rhode Island; Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m through November 5; $18-22 GA, $35-40 VIP
Six Flags New England offers family-friendly Halloween thrills during the day, but after 6:00 p.m., the ghouls come out to play. The park transforms into a fright-filled environment with walk-through attractions, scary shows and thrill rides that make the most of the season. Fright Fest is the largest Halloween event in New England with over 20 different frightful things to experience, including themed rides, shows, and attractions!
- 1623 Main St., Agawam; Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. through October 31; tickets start at $46, checkout group rates, season passes, and package deals on its website
After running the Las Vegas-based Fright Dome for the last 14 years, “horror entrepreneur” Jason Egan opened Ghost Ship Harbor in 2016. Guests can choose between three different haunting experiences, and can even stick around after the frights for drinks and music while taking a chance to appreciate the historic setting without getting spooked at every turn.
- 739 Washington St., Quincy; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. through October 31; $30-35 GA, $45-50 VIP, $70-75 Paranormal VIP
Connors Farm already sees plenty of visitors in the daytime to its popular corn maze, but at night visitors get to navigate that same maze using a flashlight. The main after-dark attractions however, are Zombie Paintball and the Haunted Farm, a 30-minute walking tour around the farm grounds and through fright-filled woods.
- 30 Valley Rd., Danvers; Fridays and Saturdays from dusk until 11 p.m through October 31; $25 for the haunted farm or zombie paintball, $15 for the corn maze
With five separate attractions spread across 80 acres in Litchfield, New Hampshire, from the Haunted Hayride to the Festival of Fear, Spooky World is going to scare the living daylights out of you every weekend until November 5.
- 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, New Hampshire; Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 3 p.m .to 10 p.m. through November 5; $35-40 GA, $60-65 VIP, $75-80 Super VIP
The frightful theme park inside Nashoba Valley Ski Area has attractions like the Haunted Hayride, Castle Morbid, Nightmare Mansion, and Vampire Passage. If you have a family member less into haunted scare-fests, the park offers free admission to the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree, where you can play carnival games, enjoy rides, and check out hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns exquisitely designed by professional carvers.
- 79 Powers Rd., Westford; Thursdays through Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. through October 31; $37