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Boston's most frightful evening of fun this Halloween is aboard...

Old Town Trolley's Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

The “frightseeing” begins the moment you climb onto our ghoulish trolley where our gravediggers are waiting to take you on the 90-minute ride of your life. Be prepared to be scared as the Ghosts & Gravestones trolley winds its way through Boston’s most sordid past—through 400 year-old burial grounds where you’ll hear tales of grave-robbing, tortures, punishments, executions and even some of folks being buried alive! You’ll see Boston’s most haunted hotel, The Omni Parker House, and visit some of the sites of the most gruesome murders in Boston’s History.

Hear the terrifying tales of the Boston Strangler, Jolly Jane, and Cotton Mather and join us if you dare as we explore Boston’s most chilling murder sites and haunted places.

A night with the dead and the undead is in store for those who dare to board the Ghosts & Gravestones Halloween Tour. Tours are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. May not be suitable for children under 13. Children under 6 not permitted. Make your reservations well in advance for Boston Halloween. There is limited space available and Halloween is the most popular time to go frightseeing!

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October 23, 2021, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM EDT

2021 Hawthorne Hotel Ball: Don’t Look Back

A must on your Salem “to-do” list.  The event, hosted by the Hawthorne, features music, a costume contest, stationed hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. The Ward Eights and multiple DJs will lift “spirits” on three floors of the hotel, playing music across all genres. Dance, people-watch, take selfies in front of our photo backdrops and enjoy being part of the premier Halloween event in New England.

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October 29-31, 2021

Trick or Drink: Boston Halloween Bar Crawl

Barcrawlerz is taking over Boston this Halloween! Get ready to bar crawl through Beantown in this unforgettable three-day event. Trick or Drink features The Best Drink Specials and The Best Bars in Town.
Friday, October 29th: 6PM-2AM (Registration 6PM-11PM)
Saturday, October 30th: 4PM-2AM (Registration 4PM-10PM)
Sunday, October 31st: 4PM-2AM (Registration 4PM-10PM)

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October 30, 2021, 9PM – 2AM 

Haunted Hotel @ W Boston

The Annual Haunted Hotel Halloween Party is back, but don’t be scared, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Haunted Hotel is an eventful night of costumes and cocktails at the luxurious W Hotel Boston. This upscale social is for the classy and creative, so show us your best costumes and come celebrate the spookiest time of the year with us. We don’t bite!

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October 30, 2021, 8:00 PM – 11:59 PM EDT

Nightmare on Essex Street

Enjoy a night of terror, dancing & more at The Hotel Salem in The Cellar! Featuring a live DJ, photo-booth, light food stations, costume contest with cash prizes, and Spook-tacular Drink Specials

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Every Thursday – Sunday, Late-September – October

Witch’s Woods Haunted Hayride and Halloween Screampark

79 Powers Road, Westford, MA

Are you brave enough to take a ride into the Witch’s Woods? Witch sightings in the Nashoba Valley Ski Area are just the beginning. You may just encounter werewolves, zombies and other ghostly creatures. Once you’re immersed in the terror, continue your travels to Castle Morbid, Nightmare Mansion, The Keeper’s Crypt, Jack ‘O Lantern Jamboree, Horrorwood Chamber of Chills and Vampire Passage. Opening weekend tickets are Buy One Get One Free when purchased online. All other event night tickets are $39. Children under 6 and strollers are not allowed.

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Tickets Available Throughout October

Haunted Neighborhood at the Salem Wax Museum

288 Derby Street, Salem, MA

Home sweet home? Maybe not in this neighborhood. The Haunted Neighborhood at the Salem Wax Museum offers scares at every turn. See life-like wax creations of witches and seafarers at the museum. The Haunted Witch Village is Salem’s largest haunted attraction, while Frankenstein’s Castle was voted Salem’s best haunted house. You can even watch a live spell casting presentation by a practicing witch or take the graveyard walking tour. Multiple ticket options are available depending on how many of the attractions you want to visit.

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Every Friday & Saturday In October

Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride

20 Nixon Rd, Framingham, MA

You’ll find more than corn mazes and vegetable harvests at Hanson’s Farm. For 17 years, the farm has gathered local volunteers to thrill and scare riders on the Haunted Hayride. Join in the Halloween fun of this local tradition.

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BOO on Beacon Hill

Halloween Night at 6pm.

90-minute walking tour of Beacon Hill with true haunted tales.

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Salem, Massachusetts

Experience the “Witch Capital” with a day trip.

Late October

Halloween Celebration on Castle Island

2010 William J Day Blvd., Boston, MA 02127

Look for storytelling, magicians, refreshments, and more at the star-shaped fort… supposedly the inspiration for ‘The Cask of Amontillado,’ Edgar Allan Poe’s famous chill-filled short story. The Castle Island events take place between 12 noon and 4pm on both days, weather permitting. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Late October

Official Boston HallowWeekend Pub Crawl

Imagine Boston’s best party crowd dressed in ridiculously wild costumes, getting together having amazing drinks, and roaming the streets of Beantown with excitement. For Halloween weekend, Faneuil Hall will be transformed into the center of nightmare nightlife for all those who seek fun and excitement this year.
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Spooky Spots in Boston To Visit This Halloween

Centuries of history marked by violence, tragedy and death make Boston one of the most haunted cities in America. On your trip to Boston this Halloween season, stop in at some of the places that are most famous for their supernatural experiences and discover for yourself if ghosts really do exist.

Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theater

Built in 1903 and located at 219 Tremont Street in Boston Common, the Cutler Majestic Theater has a varied past and has changed venues several times throughout its existence.

When it was purchased and restored in the 1980s, every theater major at the university was required to do some sort of work there. Many of those students reported ghostly experiences, including seeing the ghost of a former Boston Mayor still sitting in the seat he died in during a performance. Others, including theater patrons, told accounts of seeing the spirits of a couple and their young daughter floating about in the upper balcony.

Fort Warren

Built in the 1840s, this stark granite fort sits on George’s Island at the entrance to the Boston Harbor.

It’s here that Confederate soldiers and disloyal citizens were imprisoned during the Civil War. Their most famous inmate was Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America. The island and the fort were known for harsh conditions and Union soldiers reported seeing shadows and experiencing strange sensations of being watched while they patrolled the beaches. But Fort Warren’s most famous ghost is still the Lady In Black, Mrs. Lanier, who has been sighted many times as she wanders about the grounds. Her tragic death came when she traveled from Georgia to free her husband who was imprisoned at the fort. After an arduous journey, she got inside the prison and managed to be reunited with her husband. During their escape attempt, they were discovered by a guard who knocked the pistol from her hand, which fired, hit and killed her husband on the spot. Mrs. Lanier was subsequently hung and buried on George’s Island in the black robes she still wears today.

The Omni Parker House Hotel

Next stop, third floor (the floor once occupied by Charles Dickens.)

One of the most chilling tales about Boston’s Most Haunted Hotel is the fact that the elevator has been known to stop at the 3rd floor without anyone pushing the button. When the doors open, no one is there. The Omni Parker House Hotel exudes poltergeist-like personality. It’s here that the owner of the hotel, Harvey Parker, has been seen roaming the halls of the 10th floor. Reports from guests throughout the years describe Mr. Parker perfectly, and include sightings of him inside rooms, in the hallways and even sounds of someone rocking back and forth in a rocking chair — especially eerie since there are no rocking chairs in the hotel. The hotel’s history dates back to the middle 1800s and since then many who have stayed there have told of lights flickering on and off, hearing voices when no one else was in the room and apparitions of lost souls, dressed in attire that dates back to the 19th century.

Granary Park Burying Grounds

The third oldest burying ground in Boston, Granary Park was founded in 1660.

It is the final resting place of Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine, three of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Paul Revere is also here — and his spirit is said to be lingering as well, sometimes upon the horse that he made his famous midnight ride on. Spooky and somber, the graveyard is a sight to see with its winding narrow pathways, picturesque trees and imposing iron gates that mark the entrance. And for those hoping for a paranormal encounter, there have been many reported.