Leaves are turning and a chill is in the air. Fall is here, and that means All Hallow's Eve is upon us. Halloween, like Christmas, has evolved from a one-night holiday to an entire month-long season.
Whether your flat is right in your mid-Atlantic hometown or you’ve just moved to a new rental along the I-95 corridor, resist the urge to curl up on your apartment couch with a horror movie-thon. Get out and experience Halloween in the Northeast for yourself.
From long-standing colonial traditions to massive urban carnivals, nowhere celebrates the 31 Days of Halloween like the Northeast U.S. all throughout the month of October. No matter where your apartment is on the map, an awesome and scary Halloween celebration is a short drive or train ride away.
Here are eight of the best Halloween events in the Northeast.
1. Haunted Happenings – Salem, MA
Infamous as the site of the ill-fated 17th-century witch trials, Salem may be the best historic site in all of America at which to spend Halloween. The city holds a full month-long Halloween festival called Haunted Happenings, which features spooky plays, carnival games and rides, psychics and mediums, museums, ghost tours, haunted houses and more than a dozen costume contests.
You will also find many witch and Halloween-themed stores and shops throughout downtown Salem such as Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery and Crow Haven Witch Shop.
For an authentic Salem Witch experience, be sure to hit up historic attractions including the Witch House on Essex Street (former home to one of the primary judges responsible for sentencing witches to death), the Salem Witch Trial Memorial at Burying Point Cemetery, Proctor’s Ledge where 19 convicted witches were hanged and the historic home that inspired the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic gothic novel The House of the Seven Gables.
2. Night Of Terror at Creamy Acres Farm – Mullica Hill, NJ
With a name as quaint and pleasant as Creamy Acres Farm in Mullica Hill, you wouldn’t expect one of the Northeast’s scariest destinations. But that’s where you’ll find Night of Terror, a complex of a half-dozen frightening attractions and named one of HGTV’s Scariest Haunted Houses.
The massive 100-acre park, the largest Halloween park in New Jersey, is inhabited by zombies, attack dogs, chainsaw-wielding maniacs and killer clowns.
But the most unique attraction at Creamy Acres is the Haunted Paintball Hayride, which is exactly what it sounds like. Visitors climb aboard a wagon and use man-mounted paintball guns to defend the crew against live actors dressed as zombies and intricate moving props in a host of scenes over a 15-minute ride.
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