Spooky Fun in Massachusetts – Part 1: This OctoberBy Carma Spence
I know its kind of late notice, but if you’re going to be in Massachusetts this month, you might want to check out some of the following fun events being promoted by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT).
|Factory of Terror, Fall River
Voted the #1 Haunted House in New England, the Factory of Terror has three combined haunts. There are more than 35 rooms with spirit filled walls, underground tunnels and more than 30 professional horror film actors.
|Bog Fright Night Weekend, Wareham
From October 21 to 23, enjoy scary wagon rides run through the wooded bogs! Wagon ride tickets are $5 with pre-paid reservations and $7 at the event. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid long lines and secure a ride on the desired night. For advance tickets, stop in or call between 2-6 p.m.
|Creepy Carousel, Fall River
On October 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. come to the special children’s Halloween Party at the Fall River Carousel geared for younger children, ages 12 and under. Costume contests, candy hunts, ghost stories, crafts, face painting, and cupcake decorating. $10 pp. Call for reservations, for space limited: 508-678-1100 x101.
|Spirits of the Gable, The House of the Seven Gables
Guilt! Greed! Revenge! Witness two families entangled by a curse in this presentation of The House of the Seven Gables acted in the mansion that inspired the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Travel through this house at your own risk, for as long as there is a Pyncheon descendant inside, only darkness and death will fill its walls. Performances begin every five minutes and last approximately 35 minutes. Reservations highly recommended. 978.744.0991 ext. 104.
|The Salem Night Tour
Stroll through Salem’s haunted history with the guides at the Salem Night Tour. Affiliated with the Histrionic Academy, which runs tours at Boston’s Freedom Trail and in Plymouth, this tour can interpret the historic gravestones, spooky sites and colorful characters from Salem’s past.
|Frightfest at Six Flags New England
During the month of October, check out all Six Flags New England in Agawam has to offer for your Halloween celebrations. Thrills and frills you can’t get enough of. Takes place weekends and holidays in October. Call (413) 786-9300 ext 3241 for more information and times.
|The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens
One of the great writers of her time, Edith Wharton wrote a number of ghost stories and gave us a number of haunting characters as well. It’s said that the spirit of Wharton lingers on at The Mount, the author’s Lenox estate that was built in 1902. Visitors report hearing Wharton laugh. Shakespeare & Company called The Mount home for many years. They reported strange occurrences – footsteps, laughter, and sounds – almost from the start. Some claim that fellow author Henry James joins his friend Wharton in haunting the site. When Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, and the rest of the Ghost Hunters team came to investigate The Mount they found very significant indications of paranormal activity. Footsteps, voices, even a head peeping around a corner … just to prove what so many before them have claimed. The Mount is indeed a center of ghostly activity! Ghost tours through Oct. 29.
These are just highlights, so for more information visit www.massvacation.com.