It’s getting spooky here in the White Mountains! There is a chill in the air and the ghosts and goblins of the season have begun to emerge. There will be chills and thrills for kids, as well as spine-tingling haunted happenings for those looking for a hair-raising experience. Trust us…this Halloween season is going to be a scream!
The Ghoullog-Cranmore Mountain (Weekends through November 2)
Beware, you’re in for a scare at the spookiest destination in North Conway! Navigate through over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor terror: dark rooms, scary mazes, and haunts around every corner. For families, or those not looking for the scare of a lifetime, Cranmore Mountain will also be featuring a family-friendly playground, and Cranmore’s Giant Swing, Mountain Coaster and Soaring Eagle Zipline will be open.
Return of the Pumpkin People-Jackson and surrounding communities (Through October 31)
Come see for yourself what Pumpkin People look like! Over 80 businesses and community members have Pumpkin People scenes on display and it’s your job is to find them all! Maps can be found at participating businesses as well as at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
Silly, Spooky Halloween-Santa’s Village (October 19 and October 26)
Santa’s Village gets a spooky makeover as it is transformed into a fun, Halloween Adventure! Children are invited to wear costumes for the “spookier” events for older kids and “fun” events for younger ghouls. Come celebrate Halloween in this welcoming and safe atmosphere. Rides will be open and Santa may even make an appearance!
RiverFire Festival-Town of Berlin (October 19)
As the nights get colder, things will be heating up in Berlin during the RiverFire Festival. This annual events features the lighting of the boom piers and the pumpkins on the bridge. Other activities during this day-long festival including hayrides, helicopter rides, a Zombie ATV Poker Run, Children’s Halloween Parade, a Not-So Scary Halloween Party, live music, and more.
Halloween Hoot ’N Howl-Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (October 19)
Enjoy an eerily entertaining 40-minute guided tour around the Science Center grounds. Trail walks feature live skits with a seasonal theme and depart every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Come in costume and dress suitably for outdoor weather. After your journey, warm up with Halloween games and tasty treats!
Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween themed stroll through the woods on the Shannon Pond Trail. This self-guided hike will be lit by jack o-lanterns and be sure to look for some not-so-scary Halloween surprises along the way! It is recommended that you bring headlamps or flashlights to help you find your way and costumes are encouraged! Stay for hot cocoa
Ghost Stories of the AMC Huts-AMC Highland Center (Oct. 19)
The White Mountains region is full of history, and that is also true for the AMC Hut system. Gather around to hear spooky tales that have collected over the years about the AMC Huts.
The Gathering of the Jack o’ Lanterns-Town of Littleton (October 26)
Littleton’s Main Street will be transformed into Halloween Headquarters during this annual festival. Events will be happening all day and include the Littleton Police Department’s Annual Halloween Festival, downtown trick or treating, a Zombie Walk, kid’s activities, a haunted house, and the Gathering of the Jack O’Lanterns where hundreds of Jack O’Lanterns will light up the Ammonoosuc River.
All aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express! Ride the vintage train from North Conway to the “Pumpkin Patch”, where kids can pick out the perfect pumpkin. Adults and children are encouraged to get festive and wear a costume.
There will be murder, mayhem and merriment aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train! The Conway Scenic Railroad presents Rock, Roll & Rigor Mortis: a first class evening of fabulous food, superior service and entertaining Dinner Theater aboard the elegant dining car Chocorua or Hattie Evans. Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like in the tongue in cheek humor and zany antics that will keep everyone on their toes as they work the clues to determine the killer on board.
This is one for the kids! Enter the Blood Curdling Scream Contest, Costume Parade of Princesses & Ghouls, free popcorn, candy and prizes! Also, check out the Real McCoy, a comedic, circus, stunt performance sure to wow the family.
Paranormal Night at the Littleton Opera House-Littleton (October 25)
Featuring Psychic Medium, Josh Simonds, and paranormal investigator, Tony Ardolina. Attend a gallery psychic reading for 90 minutes, then split into groups that will rotate through the building to sites for table tilting, glass swirling, and other activities. Bring a recording device and flashlight. While we can’t guarantee a paranormal or psychic experience, we can guarantee a fun evening!
Valley Halloween Celebration -Waterville Valley (October 26)
Waterville Valley’s Town Square will be buzzing with Halloween activities. Town Square shops will be hosting trick or treating and there will also be spooky food, drinks, a haunted house, costume contest, and fun, family-friendly Halloween games and activities. In the evening, head to the courtyard for Trunk or Treat. Cars will be decorated for Halloween and kids can go from car to car to trick or treat.
Haunted Happenings at Settler’s Green-North Conway (Oct. 26)
Settler’s Green Outlet Village will be hosting trick or treating in many of its shops. Children 12 and under are welcome to come with an adult. Look for the orange pumpkin sign in store windows to find participating stores.
Boothlehem Halloween Bash-Town of Bethlehem (October 26)
Pumpkin carving, haunted hayrides, ghost stories, oh my! Bethlehem turns into the Halloween capital, Boothlehem, during the town’s annual event to celebrate all things Halloween. Get dressed in costume and enjoy trunk or treating or take part in the Haunted Hustle Race or the adults only Masquerade Ball at the Maplewood Golf Club.