It’s getting a little spooky here in the White Mountains! As fall continues, the ghosts and goblins begin to emerge and there are chills and thrills for kids, as well spine-tingling entertainment 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 3)
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 30)
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 20 and 27)
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!
The Gathering of the Jack o’ Lanterns -Littleton (October 26-28)
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.
Valley Halloween Celebration -Waterville Valley (October 26 & 27)
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 (October 27)
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. Head to Customer Service and the first 50 kids will receive a free mini pumpkin!
It’s murder, mayhem and merriment aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train! The Conway Scenic Railroad presents A Talent for Murder : 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.
Nocturnal Adventures -Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm (October 27)
Join us for a no candy, non-scary night at the museum—a new, family-friendly event to light up your night! Take part in a flashlight tour of the cattle barn and a scavenger hunt along the museum’s Binsack Trail. Play glow-in-the-dark games and use your “hands-on” knowledge to guess what’s in the mystery boxes. See floating pond pumpkins, listen to storytelling and savor s’mores around a glowing campfire, and more. Our museum educators will be in costume and we encourage you to be too. Join us for this night of Remick enchantment. Rain date: Sunday, October 28.
Halloween Hoot ’N Howl -Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (October 27)
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!
Boothlehem Halloween Bash -Bethlehem (October 25-27)
Things are getting spooky in Bethlehem! This 1 st annual weekend-long community event offers Halloween thrills and chills for the whole family. There will be pumpkin carving, the annual Harvest Festival, which includes a Trunk or Treat, bounce house, games, a BBQ, and so much more, Ghost Stories and Haunted Hayride by the gazebo, a self-guided scavenger hunt, and trick or treating at downtown businesses. Don’t forget to stop at the Colonial Theatre for their annual BooFest!, which features, a costume parade, scream contest, and a visit by Marko the Magician and Hypnotist.
Haunted Halloween -North Country Climbing Center (October 28)
Black light rock climbing, gymnastics, over the top decorations, fun house for the little ones, a much scarier haunted house for those up for the challenge, games, prizes, and more! A fun event for families, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Yes, the haunted house will even scare you, parents! Pre-register price: $20 or 2 for $30. At the door: $30