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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 trangler, 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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2023 Hawthorne Hotel Ball: Don’t Look Back

October 28, 2023, 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM EDT

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. Enjoy 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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Trick or Drink: Boston Halloween Bar Crawl

October 27 – 31, 2023, various start times

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year and we couldn’t be more excited. This year on Tuesday, October 31st, 2023 we are bringing back our official Boston Halloween bar crawl! Get those wild costumes ready to wear this Halloween as you will be pub crawling in them! This is one of the most unique and authentic Halloween bar crawl experience you could attend. There will be some of the top DJs in town, as well as spooky cheap drink and food offerings that you won’t be able to refuse! On one of the year’s largest party evenings, everyone will be dressed up in their Halloween costumes.

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Boston Halloween Black Pearl Party Cruise

October 28, 2023, 7PM – 11PM EDT

Halloween’s massive yacht party in full effect, Black Pearl, with 2 levels of music and top Boston DJs aboard the spirit of Boston yacht!

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Boston Zombie Crawl – Halloween Pub Crawl

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 6PM

Join 300+ guests on our annual zombie crawl! Come in costume and party it up in Boston Faneuil hall stopping in and out of over 8+ bars and nightclubs with one all-access pass!

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Salem Witch Halloween Ball 2023

October 27, 7:30 PM to October 28, 2023, 12:30 AM EDT

The Witches of Salem with guests dragon ritual drummers for a night of magic, music, and powerful rituals at Salem’s most magical Halloween party! Join us as in days of old when fires burned on every hilltop and witches gathered to feast, rejoice, and cast spells for the new year! The chill winds of autumn whisper to witches and welcome strangers alike who journey to Salem from around the globe to summon the spirits at Halloween. From time out of mind, witches have used this sacred holiday to honor the dead, divine hidden secrets, and celebrate magic!

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Witch’s Woods Haunted Hayride and Halloween Screampark

Every Friday thru Sunday, September 29 to October 31, 2023, 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM

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, 3D keeper’s crypt, Jack ‘O lantern jamboree, Horrorwood chamber of chills and Vampire Passage. Opening special weekend tickets for online purchase with $35 instead of $48.

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Haunted Neighborhood at the Salem Wax Museum

Tickets Available Throughout October 2023, 10 AM – 10 PM

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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Hanson’s Haunted Farm and Hayride

Every Friday & Saturday In October 2023, 7 PM – 10 PM

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

October 28-31, 2023, various start times

Step up with 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 throughout the Halloween month (October).

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Official Boston HallowWeekend Pub Crawl

October 27, 2023, 6 PM-2 AM & October 28, 2023, 3 PM-11 PM

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.

Granary Park Burying Grounds 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.