Events INSIDER: Oct 28-Nov 5, 2013

Giveaways & Features
Win: Miss Saigon
Can romance thrive between an American and an Asian during the Vietnam War? I have two pairs of tickets to give away for the 11/6 show. Email to win! Win: Miss SaigonNorth Shore Music Theatre Beverly, MA, .
Win: Cirque of the Dead
This Boston Circus Guild Halloween spectacular is not for the kiddies, it’s a macabre and tasteless night of circus, music and gore. And I have a pair of tickets to give away for Halloween Night, 10/31! Email to win. Win: Cirque of the DeadOberon Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Win: Secrets and Motion
Secrets & Motion combines dance, light, and photography to create a performance riddled with contemplative thought, and a little humor. Email to win tickets! Win: Secrets and Motion Boston, MA, .
Win: Fright Kingdom
I’ve got 2 pairs of tickets to give away! Email to win. Win: Fright Kingdom Nashua, NH, .
Win: H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’ Live Radio Play
The Regent Theatre will commemorate the 75th anniversary with a live theatre event recreating one of the most famous radio plays ever produced, War of the Worlds. We have two pairs of tickets to give away! Contact Win: H.G. Wells' 'War of the Worlds' Live Radio PlayRegent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA, .
Win: ‘Vampyr’ & ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Silent Horror Films with Live Score
Silent films are rejuvenated with live music. Two of the greatest films – Vampyr and The Phantom of the Opera.The Andrew Alden ensemble brings together a fascinating collaboration of rock music and contemporary classical composition. We have two pairs of tickets to give away! Contact Win: 'Vampyr' & 'Phantom of the Opera' Silent Horror Films with Live ScoreRegent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA, .
Win: ‘Vampyr’ & ‘Nosferatu’ Silent Horror Films with Live Score
The Andrew Alden Ensemble are at it again! Can they bring these spooky silent films to life with intense music? You have to go to find out! We have two pairs of tickets to give away! Contact Win: 'Vampyr' & 'Nosferatu' Silent Horror Films with Live ScoreRegent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA, .
Win: Nightmare New England
Nightmare New England claims to be the biggest haunted attraction in New England, and I have two pairs of VIP tickets to give away! Email to win. Win: Nightmare New England Litchfield, NH, .
Win: Terror in Rhode Island
Terror in RI feat 3 different haunted attractions. Do you dare to enter them all? I have two pairs of VIP tickets to give away. Email to win! Win: Terror in Rhode Island Cranston, RI, .
Johnny’s Picks
Stargazing with Arunah Hill
A Starry Night! Escape the city lights and surround yourself with beauty of the Berkshire stars. Meet local astronomers at dusk tonight to do a little gazing. 6-11pm. Stargazing with Arunah HillNotchview Windsor, MA, .
IDEAS Festival
Led by moderator Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point, this conference will give you some idea about how regional thinkers are creating innovations. IDEAS Festival Boston, MA, .
Roslindale Open Studios
An open studios is a nice fall walk around a neighborhood, meeting artists in their homes and private studios. This one’s spread all across Roslindale, and they’ll have live music! 11am-5pm. Roslindale Open StudiosSee website for map Roslindale, MA, .
BU Pumpkin Drop
Look out below! And start Halloween off early (10/31 at 12:30) and watch real physicists (dressed as wizards) drop pumpkins off high buildings for for fun and knowledge. BU Pumpkin DropMetcalf Science Center (SCI) Plaza Boston, MA, .
South Boston Open Studios
This open studio is in an old rum distilery – how cool? Artists share an open space that allows visitors to view lots of art all at once. What a great opportunity to explore a new neighborhood with friends and check out awesome art while you’re there! 12-6pm. South Boston Open StudiosVarious locations Boston, MA, .
Day of the Dead Family Festival
The Day of the Dead is wonderful, and you’ll find dioramas and kids activities here. Lots of fun traditional activities including sugar skull decorating and mask making. Day of the Dead Family FestivalPeabody Museum Cambridge, MA, .
International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (World Championship Jamboree)
As if building robots weren’t enough, MIT now leads an international contest to build biological systems. (Are they going to fight to the death in a public arena?) Go and see what they’ve ‘cooked up’. International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (World Championship Jamboree)MIT Cambridge, MA, .
NOS Fall Juried Art Fest!
Newton artists also open their doors this weekend to potential buyers and the casually curious. Check out some mansions while you’re walking! 11am-5pm. NOS Fall Juried Art Fest!Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA, .
WMAA’s 37th Annual Open Studios
This open studios is also in a single location. With a wide range of mediums from glass sculpture to wood working along with more traditional paintings, there is something for everyone! Bring friends and explore something new. WMAA's 37th Annual Open Studios Waltham, MA, .
Model Rocket Launch at Amesbury
With members as young as 5, this really is an activity for all ages. You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy watching rockets soar into the air. Model Rocket Launch at AmesburyWoodsom Farm Park, Amesbury, MA Amesbury, MA, .
First Works Festival: CIRKOPOLIS
CIRKOPOLIS has an innovative stage design with 12 talented performers. With talents ranging from juggling to contortionists, there is something for everyone! First Works Festival: CIRKOPOLISProvidence Performing Arts Center Providence, RI, .
Rhode Island ComicCon
Wow! A ton of the original Battlestar Galactica cast will attend, plus the guys who played Chewbacca (Star Wars) and Q (Star Trek). Sounds geek-tastic. Rhode Island ComicConRI Convention Center Providence, RI, .
Pumpkin Launch by Catapult
Halloween is over, and now we’re bored? What shall we do with these 5,000 pumpkins? And this catapult? Pumpkin Launch by Catapult Wakefield, RI, .
The Cornish Horrors — Annual Dinner Meeting
The Cornish Horrors is a Rhode Island-based Sherlockian society who are hosting their annual dinner tonight. No info on the actual proceedings, but the website lists a member you can contact for more info. It could be cool?? The Cornish Horrors -- Annual Dinner MeetingThe Hope Club Providence, RI, .
Sampe Fest at Plimoth Plantation
Don’t just sit around on Thanksgiving! New England owns Thanksgiving because the original feast was in Plymouth, MA. And now there’s a historical re-enactment museum with dozens of live actors — and it’s open on Thanksgiving Day. Sampe Fest at Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA, .
Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation
Also this week they’re doing a re-enactment of a 1621 harvest dinner. You’ll see all kinds of old-timey food preparation. And pilgrims. And native americans. 11/2, 11/16, 11/23, 11/24, 11/27, 11/29, and 11/30 at 5:30pm. Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA, .
Brockton Train Show
There aren’t very many events for model train enthusiasts near Boston. But here is one. Come see the trains and, um, more trains. Best of all, it’s held in a temple. How crazy is that? 10am-4pm. Brockton Train ShowTemple at Pearl & Torrey Sts Brockton, MA, .
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Solar eclipse: can it be seen from New England?
The Hybrid Solar Eclipse map might be confusing. A simple solution is to just go outside and see it for yourself! Solar eclipse: can it be seen from New England?All Over All Over, , .
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Halloween Fun For Kids at the BPL
DUPLICATE Most of the Boston Public Libraries are holding Halloween events. Check your favorite library to find out what they’re doing. Halloween Fun For Kids at the BPLBoston Public Library Boston, MA, .
‘Voices of the Night:’ Death and Mourning at Longfellow House
Do you believe that all houses could be haunted? Apparantley they do! Unless you’re frightened of tour guides, this doesn’t seem very scary. 'Voices of the Night:' Death and Mourning at Longfellow HouseLongfellow House Cambridge, MA, .
Happy Halloween Party and Parade
Come in your costume for a Halloween party at the library, with activities and treats. Then join in a parade around Hyde Square to local businesses. Happy Halloween Party and ParadeConnolly Branch of the Boston Public Library Jamaica Plain, MA, .
Rocky Horror Halloween Special – Boston
It’s a bad old movie that fans like to dress up and mock and re-enact live on stage while the film plays. 10/31 at 10pm and 11/1 & 11/2 at 11:30pm. Rocky Horror Halloween Special - BostonAMC Boston Common Boston, MA, .
GoreFest at ImprovBoston
GoreFest – ImprovBoston is visited by the ghosts of Gorefest past in this one night only musical cabaret spectacular. Celebrate Halloween with a laugh inducing, skin crawling, and stomach turning evening of musical mayhem. 730pm. GoreFest at ImprovBoston Cambridge, MA, .
Jolly Ol’ Jack-O-Lanterns
Let someone else clean up your kid’s mess as they carve pumpkins in a public park. 6-8pm. Jolly Ol' Jack-O-Lanterns Mattapan, MA, .
Fort Point Channel Pumpkin Pageant
What’s better than pumpkin carving? Free pumpkin carving and cider in front of the Children’s Museum along with some friendly competition 12-4pm. Fort Point Channel Pumpkin PageantBoston Children’s Museum HarborWalk Boston, MA, .
AntiMorris and Pumpkin Carols
You’ve heard of maypole dancing — a tradition that ‘brings’ the Spring. Well now it’s time to put the sun away for the winter with ‘pumpkin carols.’ 5-6:30pm. AntiMorris and Pumpkin CarolsSomerville Community Growing Center Somerville, MA, .
Beacon Hill With a BOO!
A tour that’s not just for kids!!! Hear stories of murders, hangings, and (hopefully) historically accurate stories. 6pm. Beacon Hill With a BOO!State House, front steps Boston, MA, .
Halloween Bike Ride
And this one’s a 14-mile route in costume in Jamaica Plain. Rain date: next day. Come in a costume that won’t snag in your bicycle! Meet at the Green Street subway station on the MBTA Orange Line. 7:30pm. Halloween Bike RideGreen Street T Station Boston, MA, .
NERF Night: Halloween Adventure
Best for kids 4 and up. They’ll work to solve a pumpkin patch mystery and fight zombies! Shoot nerf weapons at people pretending to be zombies so you are prepared when the real ones arrive. NERF Night: Halloween Adventure Burlington, MA, .
Boston Swing ‘Calling All Zombies’
Come take a Halloween swing lesson (that will include Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance turned into a line dance), and then dance! 7:30pm. Boston Swing 'Calling All Zombies'The Crosby Whistle Stop Charlestown, MA, .
Harvard Scare in Harvard Square
Although you’re encouraged to wear a costume to Harvard Square on Halloween, and several local businesses have Halloween themed events, not least the Brattle Theatre, it’s unclear whether there is an outdoor festival this year. Harvard Scare in Harvard SquareHarvard Square Cambridge, MA, .
Night of the Living Dead
This is a spooky theatre event where they act out an old radio broadcast. I’ve been twice and, well, the acting is ‘local theatre’ but the concept is really unique and worth seeing. This year they are presenting ‘Nigh of the Living Dead’ and also a show with a DJ spending the night at a haunted house! Night of the Living DeadResponsible Grace Church Somerville, MA, .
Halloween Celebration
This Halloween celebration has cupcakes, a magic show, a tea party and a haunted house! The whole package! 3pm. Halloween Celebration Jamaica Plain, MA, .
Brattle Halloween Celebration
If you want to not give candy to trick-or-treaters you can go to the Brattle to watch The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Night of the Living Dead. Brattle Halloween CelebrationThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Voices of the Night: Death and Mourning
Park Rangers lead you on spirited house tours on the night before Halloween. To meet some really literate ghosts I imagine. 6-8pm. Voices of the Night: Death and MourningLongfellow House Cambridge, MA, .
Halloween Parade and Contest at Nantucket Island
On the island? There is a parade on Nantucket. 4:30pm costume prizes and parade 5pm on Main St. Halloween Parade and Contest at Nantucket IslandMethodist Church Nantucket, MA, .
Scarecrow Contest
Bring your friends and make a scarecrow during this 20-day contest. Are there any prizes? That’s for you to find out! Scarecrow Contest Onset, MA, .
Halloween Week
Halloween is a super fun season to visit P-town! They will have multiple dance parties, costume contests, Mystery Dinners and much more! 10 days of spooky fun. Halloween WeekAll over Provincetown, MA, .
Ghost Town
Not everything is dancing and partying in P-town. Here’s a haunted attraction you should check out. Ghost TownAquarium Mall Provincetown, MA, .
Cemeteries and Gravestones
Cemeteries and Gravestones, and the website promises, ‘historians and genealogists will find this fascinating’. What about the rest of us? Cemeteries and GravestonesMilford Public Library Milford, CT, .
UN-scary Halloween Celebration
Its a non-scary Halloween celebration with stories, rhymes and songs. C’,mon people! Where are the monsters? 10:30am. UN-scary Halloween CelebrationPollard Memorial Library Lowell, MA, .
Portsmouth Halloween Parade
Portsmouth NH really goes all out for Halloween. They’ve been doing stuff all week to lead up to the big day, and their celebration will culminate with a parade starting at 6pm and dance party. Portsmouth Halloween ParadeVarious Places Portsmouth, NH, .
Tricks, Treats, and Treasures at the Phillips House
I love this. Join in singing sea shanties at this park. 5:30-7:30pm. Tricks, Treats, and Treasures at the Phillips House Salem, MA, .
Salem Haunted Happenings
Salem is ready for Halloween. They probably have more ‘haunted happenings’ than any other town. Check their website for a full list of spooky stuff! Salem Haunted HappeningsAll over Salem, MA, .
Spirits of the Gables
Different Hawthorne’s characters will haunt the hallways of this mansion. Weekends in October, and 10/31. Shows every 5 minutes. Spirits of the GablesHouse of the Seven Gables Salem, MA, .
Legacy of the Hanging Judge
Be warned: If you come to this, you will be interrogated by magistrate John Hathorne, and might be found guilty! Weekends in October, and 10/31. Shows every 5 minutes. Legacy of the Hanging JudgeHouse of the Seven Gables Salem, MA, .
Halloween and Rag Shag Parade
4-6:30pm There’s a costume competition, carved pumpkins, a parade, and trick or treating in the ‘please come shop here’ district of town. Halloween and Rag Shag ParadeDowntown Greenfield, MA, .
Field of Screams
If their website is any indicator, this could be good! Good looking special effects and costumes, anyway. How can you go wrong with a Haunted Insane Asylum? Field of Screams West Greenwich, RI, .
Factory of Terror
There will never be enough factories of terror around. Here’s one in Worcester that will make you screeeeeeam! Factory of TerrorFactory of Terror Worcester, MA, .
Vampires documentary and Dacre Stoker
Historic Haunts presents ‘The Tillinghast Nightmare,’ a documentary chronicling Vampires transformation through the years. But I thought they were frozen in time? Vampires documentary and Dacre StokerThe Mark Twain House & Museum Hartford, CT, .
Also Fun
Williamstown Film Festival
My challenge to film fests is always, So what? You know I can sit in the dark, not interacting with my friends, seeing movies all year long, right? But this one has solid lectures and social mixers, with actors and directors. Williamstown Film FestivalVarious Places Williamstown, MA, .
Photographer on the MBTA: Opening Reception
Gretchen Ann Graham presents a new view of the MBTA with her photos. The opening reception is a great opportunity to sneak a peak while listening to sounds of The Hightone Ramblers. 11/1 7-10pm. Photographer on the MBTA: Opening ReceptionWashington Street Art Center, 321D Washington Street, Somerville, MA, .
Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk
After you support this great cause and walk along the water, enjoy refreshments and contribute to the In Honor wall. 11/2 at 10am. Breathe Deep Boston 5K WalkDCR Mother’s Rest Area at Carson Beach South Boston, MA, .
Boston Tea Party – Japanese Tea Ceremony
And you thought the British liked tea! Here’s a demonstration of what happens in a country that’s made up entire ceremonies based on caffeine, um, I mean tea. Register in advance. Boston Tea Party - Japanese Tea CeremonyShowa Boston Boston, MA, .
Celebrate Kambiri’s birthday
While this is not really an event — more like the zoo being open as usual — a baby gorilla is bound to be cute! 10:30am-2pm. Celebrate Kambiri's birthdayFranklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Stoneham, MA, .
Community Meeting: Joshua Greene
At first humans lived in tribes. Now we live globally. How does that work in the brain? This Harvard research tells all. Community Meeting: Joshua GreeneHarvard Hall 102, Queensberry St; Cambridge, MA, .
Fall Writer’s Conference
Are you a writer? This conference must unlock your writer’s block. Or it might be just an excuse to procrastinate from finishing your manuscript! 10am-5pm. Fall Writer's ConferenceBlacksmith House Cambridge, MA, .
JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later
Director Robert Kline will attend this sreening for a Q&A about the legacy of former president John Kennedy. JFK Remembered: 50 Years LaterBrattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Canstruction: Build Out Day
It’s a charity competition where people construct unique, colossal structures made entirely from canned goods. Not bad at all! Canstruction: Build Out DayBSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200 Boston, MA, .
Boston Film Festival
Although I’m no big fan of indoor events, the Boston Film Festival draws several celebrities and directors, and comes with afterparties. This year, Andy Garcia, Vinessa Shaw and Angela sun will attend. Boston Film FestivalRevere Hotel Boston, MA, .
An Evening with Seth Goldman
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) welcomes Seth Goldman, co-founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea and Harvard College alum, to discuss his new business book in comic format, Mission in a Bottle @ The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently @ and Succeeding,. An Evening with Seth GoldmanThe Loeb Drama Center Cambridge, MA, .
NESBA Marching Band Competition
The ultimate half-time show. All marching bands and no football. 1pm. NESBA Marching Band CompetitionLawrence Veterans Stadium Lawrence, MA, .
Fall Family Night Hikes
I bet nature walks at night must be really cool. I also bet that I would trip on something and fall flat on my face. If a night walk piques your sense of adventure, check this out! Fall Family Night HikesNRT’s Sheep Pasture, 307 Main Street, North Easton, MA, .
A Quilters’ Gathering
I know what you’re thinking, quilting shows are boring. But I’ve actually been to one and it was fun with the right attitude. The quilts are genuine works of art, not grids of plaid. Thu-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-3pm. A Quilters' GatheringRadisson Hotel Manchester, NH, .
Franklin County CiderDay
I’m usually skeptical of single food events. This one is occurring simultaneously at several farms in Western MA. You can get orchard tours and see apple butter being made, but the secret seems to be ‘tastings’, i.e. free booze samples. Aw, heck, it’s probably great (if brief) fun. Franklin County CiderDayFranklin County Greenfield, MA, .
Fall Restaurant Week
A real event or a marketing gimmick? Well, it’s a gimmick. But it means us bohemians can afford the finest eats. Fall Restaurant WeekVarious Places Salem, MA, .
Head of the Weir River Race
Well there isn’t too much information but if you’re in Hull, check out this great outdoor event. Nothing better than being by the water. Head of the Weir River Race Hull, MA, .
Folk Art and Artisans Show
Here’s an opportunity to find unique gifts and trinkets. These items are made by talented craftsmen so you know it’ll last for years. Folk Art and Artisans Show Rehoboth, MA, .
Cycle-Smart International Cyclo-Cross
Um, ‘cyclo-cross’?? It’s just a bicycle race. I guess these folks really like their bikes. Cycle-Smart International Cyclo-CrossPines Theater at Look Park, Florence, MA, .
Renaissance Harvest Banquet
Eat and be merry! Renaissance entertainment awaits at this expensive fundraiser. Renaissance Harvest BanquetThe Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, .
The Elizabethans
Come see a concert Renaissance style. The ElizabethansThe Renaissance Center, 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, .
Review: BREWED by Scott. T. Barsotti
Everyone has family drama. In this Scott Barsotti production, tempers flare between six sisters in charge of constantly stiring a pot. A play about gatherings, sacrifice and the dark art of obligation. Review: BREWED by Scott. T. BarsottiFactory Theater Boston, MA, .
John Hodgman Lives! Archives – The Wilbur
John Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ presents all new comedy and also apologizes for predicting that the world will end in 2012. 11/2 at 9:45pm. John Hodgman Lives! Archives - The WilburThe Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St, Boston, MA, .
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
The Stoneham Theater gives there twist on this eerie classic of Jekyll and Hyde. This production is described as ‘a smart, tense, and suspenseful new take.’. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. HydeStoneham Theatre Stoneham, MA, .
Waiting for Godot Plays at Emerson/Paramount Center
Emerson is known for putting on great productions. Waiting for Godot with Samuel Beckett shouldn’t be any different. Waiting for Godot Plays at Emerson/Paramount CenterEmerson/Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston, MA, .
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
Wait, isn’t Zelda a videogame? Go see classical music performers get jiggy with the midi. 8pm. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the GoddessesCiti Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Boston, MA, .
Someone to Watch Over Me
The director hopes to show that the ultimate triumph of the human spirit in face of the adversity is timeless. You’ll have to find out for yourself at the show! Someone to Watch Over MeStanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, .
What Makes It Great? The Songs of Harold Arlen
When you really think about it… what makes a hit a hit? A special tune, or hook? Rob Kapilow explores why tunes like Over the Rainbow are as popular. What Makes It Great? The Songs of Harold ArlenNEC’s Jordan Hall Boston, MA, .
Review: The Hobbit at Wheelock Family Theatre
We can all learn something from Bilbo Baggins sense of adventure. Fall in love with this classic story all over again at the Wheelock Family Theater. 10/25 to 11/24. Review: The Hobbit at Wheelock Family TheatreWheelock College; Boston Campus, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA, .
‘The Normal Heart’ by Larry Kramer
This political thriller occurs during the AIDS crisis in NY. Sounds interesting but potentially sad. 'The Normal Heart' by Larry KramerThe Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theater Boston, MA, .
Edward Everett Re-enactment
See the former Massachusetts governor and Harvard president re-enacted! And they’re doing it Nov 17 in a cemetery, too. Edward Everett Re-enactmentFirst Parish Church Benefit Dorchester, MA, .
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Club Caf
A modern Romeo & Juliet, a political drama told alongside contemporary pop music. This 90-minute version cuts the script down while leaving the remaining words unaltered, and sets the show to pop music. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Club CafClub Cafe Boston, MA, .
Review: The Power of Duff
When burnt-out local TV newscaster Charlie Duff suddenly begins offering a prayer at the end of his nightly broadcasts, he instantly becomes a popular and controversial figure to an expanding audience. Click for our review! Review: The Power of DuffHuntington Theatre Boston, MA, .
Mrs. Mannerly
Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 35th season continues with Mrs. Mannerly by Jeffrey Hatcher, a tart and charming comedy that runs October 24 – November 17. Mrs. MannerlyNancy L. Donahue Theatre Lowell, MA, .
Scary Story Slam
You think it’s spooky when your dumb buddies tell ghost stories? Hear them from the pros at MassMouth! And amateurs from the audience can tell their spooky stories too. 8-10pm. Scary Story SlamPuppet Showplace Theatre 32 Station Street Brookline, MA, .
New England Jazz Banjofest
I don’t normally list concerts, but who doesn’t love old time jazz and dixieland banjo music! If you play, come along and jam with them. Unfortunately, they haven’t posted their schedule yet. Hmm. New England Jazz BanjofestDoubletree Hotel Bedford, MA, .
Halloween Trick or Treat
This is just an excuse to go store to store and buy stuff, but hey — free candy. 4-6pm. Halloween Trick or Treat Mystic, CT, .
Astronomy Night at the Shore Line Trolley
Astronomers will teach you about the stars at this event that… There are also trolley tours out to the salt marsh. One-hour briefing on telescopes and stars, and get to see real meteors. Astronomy Night at the Shore Line Trolley East Haven, CT, .
This is what, exactly? It’s a Japanese anime fesival with an emphasis on steampunk culture. Because they LOVE Thanksgiving in Japan. 2012. Gobble-ConSheraton Hotel Stamford, CT, .
Mystic Restaurant Week
A real event or a marketing gimmick? Well, it’s a gimmick. But it means us bohemians can afford the finest eats. Mystic Restaurant WeekGreater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Mystic, CT, .
Apple Harvest Festival
Apples! Apples! Come get your fresh apples! Pick your own to bring home. 9am-5:30pm. Apple Harvest FestivalEllsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm Sharon, CT, .
Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Come get your pumpkins, you’re going to need them for Halloween! 9am-5:30pm. Pumpkin Harvest FestivalEllsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm Sharon, CT, .
Whoa! It’s 100 different walking tours for you to choose. That’s a lot of walking! WalktoberConnecticut All Over, , .
Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Picture Making
Is this a walking tour? Is this a fairy tale? It’s BOTH! 2013:. Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Picture MakingFlorence Griswold Museum Old Lyme, CT, .
Black Rock Halloween Parade
Gather at 4:30pm at Ellsworth Field and then parade to the library for treats and storytelling ‘for all ages’, which I have learned means ‘for kids ages only’… *pout*. Black Rock Halloween ParadeBridgeport Public Library-Black Rock Branch Bridgeport, CT, .
Halloween at Willowbrook
Details TBA So there will be a ‘safe’ Halloween event at Willowbrook Village, but they don’t give any details about what will be happening. Sounds like a trap to me. Halloween at Willowbrook Newfield, ME, .
Halloween Organ Concert
Favorite spooky pieces for organ accompanied by Lighting Artist Rachael Bischoff and singers from the University Concert Choir and Catamount Singers. Costumes encouraged but not necessary. 7:30-9pm. Free. Halloween Organ ConcertUniversity of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel Burlington, VT, .
Bakuretsu Con
Do I have any readers in Vermont? Does anybody read down this far in the blog? Because I could save a lot of time if I just kept it to MA. Somebody email me at Thanks. Bakuretsu ConHampton Inn Colchester, VT, .
Pinhole Camera Workshop
Build your own pinhole camera and learn how to develop your images in the two day workshop over two weekends. 10am-12pm. Pinhole Camera WorkshopArtistree Center Woodstock, VT, .
Halloween Attractions
 Halloween Attractions – click map above to set region Mon 10/28 Tue 10/29 Wed 10/30 Thu 10/31 Fri 11/1 Sat 11/2 Sun 11/3 Mon 11/4
The Haunted Ship aboard the USS SalemQuincy, MA

7-10pm. After 10pm, only with reservation. Haunted house on a submarine! Also less scary “Family Days” on 10/19, 10/20, 10/16, 10/27. Inexpensive and great location, but the actors aren’t trying that hard, and the décor is only OK.
739 Washington Street, 617-479-7900. more
Haunted Hayride at Wilson FarmLexington, MA

It’s a spooky but never scary daytime Halloween hay ride for kids. Weekends: 10:30AM to 4:30PM, Mondays & Fridays: 3PM to 4:45PM, Thursdays: 12:30PM to 4:45PM.
10 Pleasant St., 781-862-3900. more
The 7-1-5 Haunted HouseCanton, MA

hours not specified.
The Village shoppes Canton, 95 Washington Street more
Cirque of the DeadCambridge, MA

A circus performances with a Halloween twist. 2013:Doors are at 7:30, Show at 8:00.
Oberon, Two Arrow Street more
Witch Mansion Haunted HouseSalem, MA

Open daily at 11am. Extended hours during October.
Museum Place Mall, 2 East India Square, 978-825-1300. more
Count Orlok’s Nightmare GallerySalem, MA

Daily 10am-6pm. Special happenings from 10/11 to 10/13.
285 Derby Street, 978-740-0500. more
Monster Mini-GolfDanvers, MA

Tue-Thur 12pm-9pm , Friday: 12pm-10pm Saturday: 12pm-10pm, Sunday: 12pm-8pm.
10 Newbury St, 978-762-4800. more
Haunted Harbor CruiseSalem, MA

90 minute cruise with spooky stories. 1pm, 3pm, 5pm.
Pickering Wharf, 978-825-0001. more
Connors Farm Haunted CornfieldDanvers, MA

Dark to 11pm.
30 Valley Road, 978-777-1245. more
Terror at the VillageSalem, MA

Fridays and Saturdays 8-Midnight, Sundays and Halloween Night 6:30-10pm.
Forest River Park more
Cry Innocent!Salem, MA

Performance. Loved it. Shows mostly Mon-Sun 1:30pm and 2:30pm.
Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, 978-867-4767. more
Legacy of the Hanging Judge & Spirit of the Gables (re-enactment)Salem, MA

7:30-9:30 thru Oct 11, then 7:15-11pm, except to 10pm on 10/31. Salem Witch Trials re-enactment/performance. Buy tix in advance.
7 Derby St., 978-744-0991 x104. more
Carnival on Derby StreetSalem, MA

Step right up to Fiesta Shows while visiting Salem and act your age somewhere else! Games, rides and all the fun rolled up in one! Mon-Fri 2-9pm, Weekends 12pm-10pm.
Derby Street, 978.741.3252. more
Haunting of Hammond CastleGloucester, MA

Huge lines, arrive early! Park free at Stage Fort Park, not the castle. Haunted House. I want to recommend this badly because I know it will be awesome, but the huge lines will be even worse this year, when they have dropped dates. Fri & Sat 7-11pm.
80 Hesperus Ave, 978-283-2080. more
Salem Halloween Happenings & Year-Round AttractionsSalem, MA

Haunted houses. Frankenstein’s Laboratory, The Haunted Witch Village (Salem Witch Village).
Witch’s WoodsWestford, MA

Haunted house. 6:30-10:30pm. Hayrides at 7:00pm.
Nashoba Ski, 978-692-3033. more
Barrett’s Haunted MansionAbington, MA

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 pm. Monday-Thursday 6:30 pm Blackout events on 10/16 and 10/22.
1235 Bedford St, 781-871-4573. more
Zombie ApocalypseAbington, MA

A 25,000 square foot city infested with zombies. 7-11:30pm.
1437 Bedford Street, 781-878-1093. more
Factory of TerrorFall River, MA

Haunted house. Rt 195E to exit 5. Left off exit. Behind Dunkin Donuts. See website coupon. Mostly Fri-Sat 6:30-11pm. Flashlight nights scarier with much lower lighting!
18 Pocasset Street more
Asylum of HorrorFall River, MA

Haunted house. See website for coupons. 7-10pm but to 11pm most nights.
Anawan St., 508-324-7709. more
Ghoulie ManorTaunton, MA

Haunted house in a mall.
Silver City Galleria Mall, 2 Galleria Mall Drive, 508-591-3327. more
Spooky Acres Haunted HayrideMillbury, MA

7-10pm. Haunted Hayride.
23 Herricks Lane, 774-276-2241 or 508-865-5061. more
Factory of TerrorWorcester, MA

Fri & Sat 6:30-11pm, Thur & Sun 6:30-9:30pm.
344 Franklin Street more
Fright Fest at Six Flags New EnglandAgawam, MA

Haunted house as part of largest amusement park in New England. Sat-Sun 12-10pm, Sun 12-9pm, Fri 6-11pm.
1623 Main Street, 413-786-9300. more
13 Nights at JiminyHancock, MA

At a ski resort. Is a ski lift ride included? 6:30-10:30pm.
Jiminy Peak, 37 Corey Rd, 413-738-5500. more
Village Mire Yard HauntSouth Yarmouth, MA

This is just a private yard display, not a real haunted house, but they have actors on 10/31.
43 Captain Daniel Rd more
Ghost TownProvincetown, MA

A haunted attraction with a selection of horror topics. 7-11pm.
Aquarium Mall, 207 Commercial Street, 508-487-9601. more
Haunted LabyrinthCranston, RI

Open 7:00pm until the last person screams. Admission: $10.00.
Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, 804 Dyer Avenue, 401-942-6571 or 401-943-8686. more
Field of ScreamsWest Greenwich, RI

Thursday & Sunday: 6:30PM – 9:00PM Friday & Saturday: 6:30PM – 10:00PM. 3 attractions. Website coupon. Outdoors, call if bad weather.
179 Plain Meeting House Road, 401-884-7369. more
Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular at Roger Wiliams Park ZooProvidence, RI

5,000 pumpkins, kid stuff. Kids in costume get in 1/2 price. Ticket sales 6-10pm. Closes 11pm. They stay open for 1 extra hour on Saturdays.
1000 Elmwood Avenue, 401-785-3510. more
Terror in Rhode IslandCranston, RI

It’s a Halloween party on 10/4 Then, Fri & Sat 6-11 pm , Sun 6-10pm, Kids events on 10/20 & 10/27. LIGHTS OUT on 11/2.
Mulligan’s Island, 1000 New London Avenue more
Fright KingdomNashua, NH

Haunted woods walk. Fri-Sat 7pm-midnight. Sun 7-10pm.
12 Simon Street more
Haunted OverloadLee, NH

Haunted house. Empty house day haunts. Must buy tix in advance. 12-5pm. Then 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9pm.
DeMeritt Hill Farm, 66 Lee Road, 603-868-2111. more
Spooky World / Nightmare New EnglandLitchfield, NH

Ticket sales 6-10pm, but 11pm Fri-Sat. Four attractions. Looks great, but I’m told the lines are impossibly long, so arrive early.
454 Charles Bancroft Highway (RT 3A), 603-424-2292. more
Haunted AcresCandia, NH

Rt 93N to ex 7, Rt 101E, ex 8, left off exit. Dragway straight ahead.Three attractions & forest walk. Rain or shine. 9/28 – 10/12 6-11pm, Then 6/10pm.
Liquid Planet, 446 Raymond Road, 603-483-2200. more
Ghoullog Halloween Haunted Chairlift RideNorth Conway, NH

Board the ski lift for a Halloween experience on the ride up and on the peak! 6:30-11pm.
1 Skimobile Rd, 603-356-5544. more
Haunted WoodsNew London, NH

7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m. Ages 12 and up.
Old Kearsage Middle School, 603-526-4821. more
Pumpkintown USAEast Hampton, CT

Hayride through “town” of pumpkin dioramas, Daily,10am-5pm. Looks small but adorable.
93 East High Street, 860-267-0143. more
Stew Leonard’s Halloween HayrideDanbury, CT

M-F 3pm-dusk, SS 10:30am-dusk. Not-so-scary, for kids.
Stew Leonard’s Danbury Store, 99 Federal Road, 203.790.8030. more
Witches Dungeon Classic Movie MuseumBristol, CT

It’s not a haunted house, but it’s seasonsal – a wax museum of horror movie icons! 7-10pm.
90 Battle St, 860-583-8306. more
Dark ManorBaltic, CT

Thu-Sat 6:30pm-12am, Sun 6:30pm-11pm. Matinees 10/14, 10/19, 10/25.
25 Main St, 860-822-TOMB. more
Haunted Zipline ToursMiddletown, CT

Zipline through the trees at dark with spooky sound & light effects. Reserve in advance. 6:30pm.
2011 South Main St, 860-638-4754. more
Spooky KingdomPlantsville, CT

7-9pm. Free. Benefits Alzheimer’s Association.
14 Lovley Drive more
Nightmare on Wolcott StreetWaterbury, CT

Haunted House wit 55 rooms of terror. Fri 6pm-1am, Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-12am.
1058 Wolcott St, 203-754-5000. more
Children’s Halloween VillageNaugatuck, CT

This one’s just for kids, so it probably isn’t very high production. Admission is free but bring a non-perishable food item as a donation. 5:30-7:30pm.
Naugatuck Park Department, 203-720-7071. more
Destination HauntLebanon, ME

Cemetery, trail, and two buildings. Time varies. Check their calendar.
249 Lord Rd, 207-351-5443. more
Night Terrors Haunted Woods WalkKittery, ME

Haunted trail with featured themes ever weekend. 6:30-10pm.
506 Blue Start Memorial Highwa, 207-451-9279. more
The Junkins Haunted EstateKittery, ME

6:30-9pm. Private home, not an “attraction”, but they claim it’s the largest on the east coast. Adult must be present for kids to attend. Free.
87 Wilson Road more more
Historical Haunted Halloween at WillowbrookNewfield, ME

Planned celebration for kids, Oct. 31, 4:30-6:30PM. More details to come. This is a 19th century re-enactment village with live actors! Hear stories of the past. Just one day.
70 Elm St, 207-793-2784. more
United Volunteers of Maine Haunted HouseAugusta, ME

Haunted house. 6:30-8:30pm or later.
The Augusta Marketplace Mall, 781-749-7800. more more
Ghosts of Freeport’s PastFreeport, ME

Walking tours with ghost stories! 6-8pm.
Cemetery at West Street, 207-627-4471. more
Nightmare VermontSouth Burlington, VT

Haunted house. 10/24 7:00pm-10:30pm, 10/25 7:00pm-10:30pm, 10/26 5:30pm-10:30pm, 10/27 5:30pm-9:30pm, 10/30 7:00pm-10:30pm.
22 Picard Circle more
Headless HorsemanUlster Park, NY

Haunted house. Outside New England but a “Top Ten in USA” haunted house according to the industry magazine.
778 Broadway, Route 9W more
Cornfield Mazes
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Fort Hill Farms Corn Maze AdventureThompson, CT

8/9-10/31 11am-9pm daily. Last ticket sold 7:30pm, BYO flashlights for night time hunts!
260 Quaddick Road, 860-923-3439. more
Preston Farm Corn MazePreston, CT

Mon-Fri 3pm-Dusk, Sat-Sun 10am-Dusk. Night MAze in OCtober til 9pm.
92 Route 2, 860-886-MAZE. more
Plasko’s Farm Corn MazeTrumbull, CT

Daily 9am-6pm, Reservations by school groups during weekdays. Last ticket sold one hour before close.
670 Daniels Farm Rd, 203-268-2716. more
Foster Family Farm Corn MazeSouth Windsor, CT

9/14-10/31 Sep weekends, then weekdays during October.10am-6pm Night begins 9/20 Fri-Sat 10am-9:30pm. Last ticket 9pm. Bring a flashlight.
90 Foster Street, 860-648-9366. more
Castle Hill Farm Corn MazeFairfield, CT

Corn Maze: 9/21, 9/22, 9/28 & 9/29. Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze: October 4th to 31st, Weekends: 10am to 6pm, Week Days: 1pm to 5pm.
Castle Hill, 25 Sugar Lane, 203-426-5487. more
Jones Family Farm Corn MazeShelton, CT

Open for pumpkin picking daily. No mention of the maze on their site yet. They confirmed they will have it ready before the pumpkin season, though. Daily 10:00am – 5:30pm.
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, 203-929-8425. more
Kimball Farm Haunted MazeHaverhill, MA

Daily 10am-7pm. Moon Nights 7-10pm. Haunted Maze (10/4-11/2) 7-10pm.
780 East Broadway, 978-521-3990. more
Pumpkin Valley Farm Corn MazeDayton, ME

9/21-11/2 Sat-Sun, plus Columbus Day (10/14) 10am-6pm. Last ticket sold 5pm.
Union Falls Rd, 207-929-4545. more
Corn Maze at Hanson’s FarmFramingham, MA

Open 9:00am- 6:00pm 7 Days a week from July to November.
20 Nixon Rd, 508.877.3058. more
Beans & Greens Farm Corn MazeGilford, NH

9am-6pm They stay open until the end of the year! Night mazes are not confirmed yet.
245 Intervale Road, 603-293-2853. more
Moulton Farm Corn MazeMeredith, NH

Daily 8am-6pm. No nights. $6. Trivia questions in the maze.
18 Quarry Road, 603-279-3915. more
Trombley Gardens Corn MazeMilford, NH

2013: Open daily 9am 6pm. Night mazes during all of October. 9:30pm.
150 North River Road, 603-620-5785. more
Beech Hill Farm & Ice Cream StandHopkinton, NH

Daily 11am-dusk. 8/1-10/31. No nights.
107 Beech Hill Road, 603-223-0828. more
Coppal House Farm Night MazeLee, NH

8/24 & 25: 10 am to 5 pm. 8/31 9/1: 10 am to 5 pm. 9/2 10 am to 5pm. September: Wed-Fr 12pm to 5pm. Sat-Sun 10 am to 5pm. October: All week. Mo-Fr 12 pm to 5 pm. Sat-Sun 10 am to 5 pm. 9/21 , 10/12 & 10/25 6pm to 8 pm.
118 North River Road (Route 155), 603.659.3572. more
Marini Farm Corn Maze Flashlight NightsIpswich, MA

9/7-11/2 Mon, Thu, Fri 3-6pm, Sat-Sun, holidays 10am-6pm. Fri, sat starting 9/20 bring a flashlight, 6-10pm.
259 Linebrook Rd, 978 471-9203. more
Connors Farm MazeDanvers, MA

Daily 9/7 – 11/3.
30 Valley Road (Rt. 35), 978-777-1245. more
Haunted Cornfield at Connors Farm Corn MazeDanvers, MA

10/4-11/2 Fri, Sat plus Sun 10/13, Thurs 10/31. Dark-11pm.
30 Valley Road (Rt. 35), 978-777-1245. more
Escobar’s Highland Farm Corn MazePortsmouth, RI

8/23-9/2 Everyday, Fri 3:30pm-dusk,Sat 10am-dusk, sun 11am-dusk until 11/3.
251 Middle Road, 401-683-1444 or manager @401-864-1064. more more
Mike’s Maze at Warner FarmSunderland, MA

10am-5pm. Last ticket sold at 5pm.
South Main Street, 413-665-8331. more
Hathaway Farm Corn MazeRutland, VT

Largest in VT. 2013: Sun, Mon, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-9pm. Nights aren’t “haunted”. Last ticket sold one hour before close.
741 Prospect Hill Road, 802.775.2624. more
Sam Mazza’s Corn MazeColchester, VT

9/2-10/31, Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5pm.
277 Lavigne Road, 802-655-3440. more
Davis MegaMazeSterling, MA

8/8-11/10 (weather permitting) Thurs-Sun. My favorite corn field maze is across the street from a big petting zoo with hayrides, go carts, and apple picking. It’s the best!! They have night mazes with telescopes and Halloween nights with monsters! Flashlight Maze Fridays and Sat starting 9/13.
145 Redstone Hill, 978-422-8888. more