If you are in the mood for a good scare this weekend, we've got just the thing for you. From zombies to paranormal activity, these haunted happenings will have you howling! Check out these thrill and fright-filled attractions in preparation for Halloween. But be warned--lack of sleep may be one major side effect!
Ghost Ship Harbor
Step aboard the USS Salem for a unique haunted experience on water rather than land. This museum turned fright fest immerses visitors in a chilling story of contagion and plague, where those fleeing the mainland undergo extensive examinations before they enter the ship and experience chaos once the disease spreads through the passengers. There's also the Ouija attraction, which involves a guided ghost hunt through the bowels of the ship for select visitors. Choose your scare, or enjoy all three!
$30, select nights through Halloween, evening hours vary, Unites States Naval Ship Building Museum, 739 Washington St., Quincy
Barrett’s Haunted Mansion
You've probably heard commercials for this one on the radio (and even those scare us a little). In addition to Barrett’s regularly scary programming, visitors can also opt for Darkness Unleashed, a new amped-up version, not for the faint of heart. Plus, there's also a lights-on tour and guide through all the attractions and backstage, giving you a "behind the scenes" look into the life of scaring.
$25, open daily September 23-November 3, 7-10:30PM, 1235 Bedford St., Route 18, Abington
Hysteria at Connors Farm
Hysteria offers three different attractions, but of course the most popular is Zombie Paintball, which is exactly as fun as it sounds, especially for those preparing for the apocalypse! Get your Walking Dead on at Connors Farm!
$25 for Haunted Farm, $25 for Zombie Paintball, Fridays and Saturdays through October 31, dusk-11PM, 30 Valley Road, Danvers
13 Nights at Jiminy
Those who are brave enough will find themselves surrounded by the creatures of the night that emerge from the darkness surrounding Jericho Valley’s Jiminy Peak. Visitors stop at the resort’s haunted prison, and then make their way to the mountain’s summit, where absolutely nothing good awaits. Seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? The Haunted Soaring Eagle Zipline and the Haunted Giant Swing offer additional fun, especially for those of us that may want to skip being scared to death!
$25, October 1-31, days and times vary, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock
Ghost Tours at the Mount
This attraction is right up our alley! The Mount is a century-old residence in the hills of the Berkshires that has the Ghost Hunters seal of approval. So if its been on TV it must be haunted, right? The house, previously the residence of Edith Wharton, an author famous for her ghost stories, has its own fair share of hauntings. Sounds, shadows, and odd sensations follow visitors as they tour the servants’ quarters, stables, and formal rooms—all supposed breeding grounds for paranormal activity. We cringe just reading about it. Come visit this haunted mansion with us for a good scare!
$24, Fridays through October 31, The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox
We feel haunted just writing about these eerie events! If you're crazy enough to devour the details of all five haunted happenings, we wish you the best of luck. Happy Halloween!