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Get ready for a spooktacular season of scares. Now that it’s October, there’s no better way to prepare for All Hallow’s Eve than to meet some ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. If you’re a thrill seeker, look no further than these 18 haunted houses within two hours of Boston. Scaredy cats, beware— these eerie experiences aren’t for the faint of heart.
Haunted houses listed by our ranking, starting with our favorites.
Where: Nashua, NH | 42.9 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 29; Fri-Sun, 7-10:30pm (and Halloween)
Info: Fright Kingdom is guaranteed to chill your bones. With five haunted attractions to choose from, you’ll be running away in terror by the end of the night. Explore the haunted Bloodmare Manor, survive the Psycho Circus, escape the pitch-black darkness of Grim, avoid the contamination of Apocalypse Z, and make it out alive from The Abandoned farmhouse.
2) Haunted Overload (pictured)
Where: Lee, NH | 68.3 miles from Boston
When: Starting Oct. 5; Main Event: Fri-Sun, times vary (and Halloween)
Info: This freaky horror show has won awards for a reason. Embark on a journey through an eerie New Hampshire forest, and walk the cursed trail, leading into the depths of the night. Bizarre jack-o-lantern creatures await you at every turn. Check out their no-scare day walk and enjoy the infamous Haunted Overload's exhibit.
Where: Cranston, RI | 54.3 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 29; Fri-Sun, 7-10pm
Info: Prepare to get spooked… for a good cause. That’s right, the Haunted Labyrinth supports the Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, and it’s run entirely by volunteers. It’s scary how wonderful this non-profit is in enriching the lives of young people.
Where: Salem, MA | 15.3 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 30; Open in Oct. Mon-Sun, 10am-5:45pm
Info: Heading to Salem is scary enough. But entering The Lost Museum is downright horrifying. At this old abandoned museum, ghosts and monsters are hiding in the shadows. This experience is part haunted house… and part escape room. Good luck.
Where: Salem, MA | 15.2 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 21; Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm, Fri-Sun in Nov and Dec
Info: At Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery, prepare to see the spookiest of the spookiest up close and personal. At this museum experience, you can roam gallery halls of over 60 Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Demons, and more.
Where: Salem, NH | 34 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 23; Fri-Sun, Hours vary
Info: Prepare to howl and screech at Screeemfest this year. With 5 haunted houses, spooky games, live shows, and more, you’re guaranteed to shriek in fear.
Where: Cumberland, RI | 39.2 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 30; Fri-Sun, 6:30-10pm
Info: Some of the most blood-curdling screams are heard from the outdoor grounds of 13th World Haunted House. Arrive at dusk for a truly terrifying time.
Where: Palmer, MA | 75.2 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 30; Fri-Sun, Hours vary
Info: 13TH World Fright Park brings a brand new haunted event experience to Massachusetts! Featuring three terrifying haunted attractions, a killer midway, and more!
Where: Abington, MA | 18.4 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 22; Fri-Sun, 7-10:30/11pm; Open select Wed, Thu, and Mon
Info: After 31 years of fear, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion is back and scarier than ever. Here, you can run from the Coulrosapiens, terrifying creatures that survived a Nitrogen Oxide leak. After all that racing away, you’ll work up an appetite to enjoy their Bite and Fright dinner.
10) Fear Town
Where: Seekonk, MA | 56.4 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 22; Fri-Sat, 7-11pm; Sun, Hours vary, Thurs Oct. 26
Info: Take a trip to Fear Town– only the brave can make it through. You can enjoy over 45 minutes of pure fear and three haunted houses on the property.
Where: Westford, MA | 28.6 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 29; Fri-Sun, 6:30-10:30pm
Info: The Blair Witch project is a fairytale in comparison to Witch’s Woods. There are 6 haunted attractions on the property, including a spine-tingling haunted hayride. Also, don’t miss out on the sinister Vampire Passage or the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree.
12) Spooky World
Where: Litchfield, NH | 50.8 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 22, Fri-Sat, 7-11pm; Select Sun, 6:30-10:00pm, Select Mon, Tue & Thu
Info: Step into a whole new world of Spooky. This haunted realm covers over 80 acres. You’ll have a ghoulish good time exploring 5 haunted attractions, including the Haunted Hayride and Asylum; zombie paintball; a beer and wine garden; and fire pits to warm up after the chill.
13) The Dark Manor
Where: Baltic, CT | 93.9 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 29; Fri-Sun, 6:30-11pm, Open select Wed & Thu
Info: Enter at your own risk. The Dark Manor houses tormented beasts, ghastly entities, and terrifying creatures from the depths of your nightmares. If you aren’t driven mad within The Manor, then you’ll go crazy in the Graveyard and labyrinth of The Catacombs.
Where: Salem, MA | 16.5 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 14, Mon-Sun, 11:30am-10:00pm
Info: In the Chambers of Terror, it’s Halloween all year long. Enter the darkness and walk through a world of nightmare— filled with demons, ghouls, psychos, and creatures of the night.
Where: Fall River, MA | 51.5 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 22, Fri-Sun, hours vary; Open select Wed, Thu, and Mon
Info: A new entity has taken over the Factory of Terror. In this indoor factory setting, you’ll be petrified. But you’ve got to fight the fright… otherwise you may never make it out.
Where: Agawam, MA | 96 miles from Boston
When: Starting Sep. 23; Fri-Sun, Hours vary
Info: This year, you’ll scream louder than ever before at Six Flag’s Fright Fest. Enjoy a supernatural world of scare zones, night coasters, haunted houses, and more.
Where: Salem, MA | 16.6 miles from Boston
When: Starting Oct.1; Mon-Sun, 12pm-9pm
Info: Prepare to be bewitched at Witch Mansion Salem. In this mystical mansion, you might just get hexed before escaping. Bring on the banshees! Open everyday in October.
Where: Salem, MA | 18.3 miles from Boston
When: Starting Oct.1; Mon-Sun, 10am-10pm
Info: Step back in time at The Salem Wax Museum’s Haunted Neighborhood. Revisit gothic horror at Dr. Frankenstein’s castle and dungeon, or wander through the Haunted Witch Village to see ghouls and goblins.
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Where: East Longmeadow, MA | 87.9 miles from Boston
When: Oct.7 and Oct.21, 6-8pm
Info: All you’ll have is a flashlight and the glow of the moon to navigate your way out of this winding corn maze. Make sure to bring your own flashlight and enjoy an eerie October night under the stars.
Where: Charlemont, MA | 139.2 miles from Boston
When: Starting Oct. 14; Fri-Sat, 7-9pm
Info: Do you do well under pressure? Test your escape skills by trying to navigate the Hicks Family Farm Corn Maze– with terrors at every turn. Starting on Oct. 9, you can check out these Haunted Nights– and meet the creatures that lurk within the cornfields