Spooky season is here.
Whether your idea of Halloween fun is haunted houses and heart-pounding frights or corn mazes and pumpkin trails, there’s something for everyone in this neck of the woods who’s looking to celebrate the season.
Here’s a roundup of a few go-to Halloween destinations in Greater Fall River and beyond to check out with family and friends — if you dare. See what scary and silly things lurk at these local spots.
Fear Town Haunted House (Seekonk)
Where: 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk
When: Opening weekend Sept. 24 and 25; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 1
Its name speaks for itself. Located deep in the woods of Seekonk Speedway, Fear Town is among the must-see haunts in Massachusetts.
After closing last year amid COVID, Fear Town summoned its ghosts and ghouls as it returns to offer fans a whole new horrifying experience in 2021. They have undergone some major changes since they last welcomed willing victims into their haunt.
Among the most notable changes this year is the shift from one 45-minute-long experience to multiple attractions to explore. Guests will walk with bated breath through three haunted buildings, each with their own unique theme — from Mr. Snozzer’s Traveling Circus to The Prey to and Zombie Energy — and bone-chilling scares.
To make your night of fear complete, Fear Town also has a midway full of all-new games and entertainment to enjoy before, in-between and after the haunted houses. Ghoulish activities featured include 4D Asylum Experience; Axe Throwing; Lifesize Operation; Hangbar Challenge; Skeleton Basketball; Wax Hands; Victorian Eyeball Pong; Casket Ring Toss; and Break-a-Plate.
Fear Town’s season kicks off Sept. 24 and 25, and starting Oct. 1 they are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday through Halloween.
Fear Town uses a timed ticketing system to avoid wait times, so guests are free to roam the midway, take part in games and concessions, until it’s time to get in line.
Hours of operation and prices vary, so check the website at https://www.fear-town.com/about/hours/ for available dates and times.
For more information, call 508-296-0661 or visit https://www.fear-town.com/
Pumpkin Smash Spooktacular (Seekonk)
Where: Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk
When: Opening weekend Sept. 24 and 25; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 1
The action-packed thrill show will feature Spectator Drags, a Powder Puff Race, Car and Truck Enduros, costume contests for kids, adults and cars, and Figure 8 race where well over 10,000 pounds of pumpkins are smashed on the track.
Spectators young and old can also take part in the fan and car costume contests from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost to enter is $25 for adults, $12 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. for guests and the show starts at 2 p.m. Rain date for this event is Sunday, Oct. 10.
For more information, visit www.seekonkspeedway.com.
Fall Fun at Simcock Farm (Swansea)
Where: Simcock Farm, 293 Marvel St., Swansea
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Oct. 1
Looking for some not-so-spooky fun for the whole family? Head to Swansea’s Simcock Farm, 293 Marvel St., where fall festivities are slated to kick off Oct. 1.
Hitch a hayride to Simcock’s corn maze and pumpkin patch or grab yourself a Halloween-themed make-your-own sundae kit (or both) to celebrate the season.
Hayrides, corn maze and PYO pumpkins begin Saturday, Oct. 2, and will be held Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well as Monday, Columbus Day, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Spooky Sundae begins Friday, Oct. 1, and will run 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night (Sunday night as well on Columbus weekend). Tickets include a hayride, corn maze and make-your-own sundae kit.
Guests of all ages should bring a flashlight and their imagination as they embark on a dark hayride, walk the maze then pick up their “Trick or Treat” make-your-own sundae kit.
This year, tickets for Spooky Sundae will be available for purchase in advance, with designated day and time slots to avoid lines, at the ice cream stand during the month of September. In October, tickets will be sold outside at the daytime event ticket tent on a first come, first served basis.
Also, make your own sundaes will be taken to-go this year as opposed to an open buffet-style table, due to COVID precautions.
Can’t wait for October for a taste of autumn? Fall has already arrived at the ice cream stand, featuring flavors such as Apple Pie, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Praline and Pumpkin Oreo.
Lizzie Borden House (Fall River
Where: 230 Second St., Fall River
When: Ghost tours nightly from 7 to 9 p.m.; ghost hunt nightly from 10 p.m. to midnight
What would a list of spooky sights be without a mention of Fall River’s own Lizzie Borden House — where history meets, what some believe, the supernatural.
The Second Street home where Andrew and Abby Borden were found brutally murdered on Aug. 4, 1892, has been a key tourist attraction for fans of Lizzie lore, drawing history buffs, thrill-seekers and supernatural aficionados from all over. The property has operated as a museum and bed and breakfast for years, but this year US Ghost Adventures, the new owners of the 230 Second St. site, have something new in store for visitors.
When the sun goes down, the excitement goes up at the Borden House, offering historic house tours by day and ghost tours and ghost hunts by night.
Ghost tours allow guests to tour the Borden property in a way they never have before. The one-hour walk-throughs take place nightly from 7 to 9 p.m. for $25, with add-ons such as electromagnetic field meters — which people who believe in spirits claim can detect anomalies when ghost activities take place — or take home your own stuffed Georgie the friendly ghost.
Looking to turn up the spook factor? You can also embark on a ghost hunt of the first floor and of the basement to see where the axe was found, which the Lizzie Borden House website calls “the most haunted place of the house.” The hunts are offered nightly from 10 p.m. to midnight for $35, and admission includes your own ghost hunting equipment.
For more information or to book your visit, go to https://lizzie-borden.com/
Battleship Boo Bash (Fall River)
Where: Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River
When: Friday, Oct. 22 and 29, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
If Halloween hijinks — hold the goosebumps — are on your to-do list, Battleship Cove has you covered.
Throw on your favorite costume and head to the Cove with the kiddos for a night of trick-or-treating aboard the historic naval vessels at the Battleship Boo Bash. Meet friendly costumed sailors as you fill up on goodies around the ships, participate in fun activities and tour the museum. A raffle will be held at the end of the night for a chance to win cool prizes.
The event is slated for Friday, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The last entry for Boo Bash is 6 p.m.
The cost is $10 per person (under age 1 is free), and includes candy, activities and admission to the museum. Registration is required.
To learn more about the event or to make a reservation, visit https://www.battleshipcove.org/
Factory of Terror (Fall River)
Where: 120 Pearl St., Fall River
When: Fridays from 7 to 11 p.m.; Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m.; Sundays 6 to 10 p.m., with extended hours the week before and of Halloween
This house of horror has been a go-to for adrenaline junkies across New England for 25 years.
There’s no better place for fear seekers to get the blood pumping than at Fall River’s own Factory of Terror. And no better time to visit than now.
The Pearl Street haunt underwent the largest renovation in its history over the past year, since being acquired by the owners of the popular Fear Town in Seekonk, which means exciting things for factory fans.
From a whole new cast of ghoulish characters, to a first-ever storyline, to crazy new sets and painstaking attention to every fright-inducing detail, it will be a much different experience for returning visitors.
Other changes at the factory include timed ticketing — to skip the long lines and wait times — and an extended season. This year, they will be open more nights than ever, as the season kicked off Sept. 11 to a sold-out crowd.
To check out available dates and times, grab your tickets, or for more information, visit https://www.factoryofterror.com/
Myth Busters: lore and magic in Copicut Woods (Fall River)
Where: Copicut Woods, Indian Town Road, Fall River
When: Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Are you a fan of local lore? Learn what superstitions have long surrounded Fall River’s Copicut Woods on a guided hike through the property.
On Halloween weekend — Friday, Oct. 29 — join the Trustees of Reservations and explore the history of Copicut’s local lore, as well as rumors that swirl to this day of witchcraft and other paranormal activity.
Participants will journey through an abandoned farm settlement and the 150-year-old stone-wall-lined Miller Lane.
According to the Trustees, hikers can expect to hear spooky stories, learn about local wildlife, and decide for themselves if Copicut Woods is, indeed, haunted.
To register for this event, visit https://tickets.thetrustees.org/calendar/61324e38bf4aec4ef5db56c4?view=list
Pumpkin Carving Contest (Fall River)
Where: Fall River Public Library, 104 N. Main St., Fall River
When: Monday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. (rain date Oct. 19)
Bring your gourds and your creativity to Fall River Public Library on Monday, Oct. 18, for a Pumpkin Carving Contest.
Carve your own pumpkin and compete for the best designs at this Halloween-themed program open to adults and teens age 12 and up. Participants will receive a pumpkin — one per family — and everything you need to carve and decorate it.
Space is limited, and registration opens Oct. 1. For more information, call the Circulation Department at 508-324-2700, ext. 2, or visit https://fallriverlibrary.org/
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (Providence)
Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence
When: Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, 6 to 10:30 p.m., rain or shine
No Halloween season would be complete without a stop at Roger Williams Park Zoo, which draws families from across the region come October for an event that needs little introduction.
Thousands of intricately carved pumpkins will be all aglow and waiting for you at the Roger Williams Park Zoo starting Sept. 30, for the kickoff of their popular Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
Oh my gourd, indeed.
The fun theme of this year’s event will be music to the ears of many: “From Joplin to Jay-Z, Experience 150 Years of Music.”
“This year’s spectacular takes visitors on a journey from the days of ragtime and swing to rock and roll and hip hop as we celebrate the greatest music from the last 150 years,” a release from Roger Williams states.
So come on and take another little stroll through R.I.’s concrete jungle, and dance your way through their impressive display of pumpkins while enjoying soundtracks from the 1860s through today.
Timed tickets are available online only and must be purchased in advance by visiting https://www.rwpzoo.org/jols.
Also included with the price of admission are Family Fun Nights, where families can meet and greet some of their favorite costumed characters before hopping on the pumpkin trail.
Don’t want to wait until dusk to have your Halloween fun? There’s also Spooky Zoo. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween best costumes and head to the Big Backyard on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for trick-or-treating and other autumn activities, free with zoo admission.
For more information , visit https://www.rwpzoo.org/
A Night at the Haunted Museum (Providence)
Where: Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence
When: Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.
While most flock to Roger Williams Park this time of year to gaze at their marvelous collection of illuminated pumpkins, visitors can also find a different kind of Halloween fun.
Experience a haunted night at the Museum of Natural History, featuring bizarre collections from the vaults and TEN31 spooky living art.
The event, which is geared for all ages but not recommended for the very young due to its creepy presentation, will take place Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.
All tickets must be purchased online in advance at www.providenceri.gov/museum/haunted. Timed-entry ticket requirements and COVID capacity limits remain in effect.
Halloween Party Drive-In (Fall River)
Where: Durfee High School, 360 Elsbree St., Fall River
When: Sunday, Oct. 31, starting at 3:30 p.m.
It’s all a bunch of hocus pocus come Oct. 31 at Durfee High School, as Greater Fall River Re-Creation hosts a spooky night at the drive-in.
In lieu of its annual Halloween party, the nonprofit that brought city residents free movie nights at Durfee throughout the summer is moving the event outdoors this year.
The party kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in the Durfee parking lot with a number of Halloween-themed activities, leading up to a screening of “Hocus Pocus” starting at 5:30 p.m.
Visit https://gfrrec.org/ for updated information on this event.
Halloween Happening (Westport)
Where: Westport Woods, 573 Adamsville Road, Westport
When: Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon
Have a “spooktacular” time at Westport Recreation’s Halloween Happening event on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Dress up in a costume and enjoy walking our trick-or-treat trail where people in family friendly costumes will hand out candy and treats. There will also be some outdoor games, a craft table and fun music for kids to dance to.
The event will take place at Westport Woods, 573 Adamsville Road, Westport. Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 30. It is sponsored by Westport Recreation Department and Westport Land Conservation Trust.
The cost is $5 per child. Parents/adults are free.
Guests must comply with all current COVID guidelines. Pre-registration is required. To do so, visit https://westportma.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29871.
Harvest Festival (Lakeville)
Where: Elliot Farm, 202 Main St., Lakeville
When: Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Mum’s the word at Elliot Farm in Lakeville, which is celebrating the season with its first-ever Harvest Festival.
The event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. to mark the grand opening of their brand-new farm stand.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, 100% of event proceeds will be donated to charity to provide local families in need with essential groceries and farm fresh produce in 2022.
The festival will feature food, local brews, hot apple cider, live music by Hayley Sabella, face painting, balloons, a bouncy house and petting zoo for the kids, live wood sculpture by The Chainsaw Carving Man, selfie-station, raffles and more.
While you’re there, you can stop by their pumpkin patch. You’ll also find cornstalks and gourds and mums (oh my!), as well as many other fall staples.
The farm stand will remain open for shopping throughout the festival. Elliot Farm’s parking lot will be closed for festival activities. There is limited on-street parking, so additional parking will be available at the Lakeville Lion’s Club, 170 Main St., and the Lakeville Church of Nazarene, 180 Main St. A free shuttle service will be provided.
Phantoms & Fire (Sturbridge)
Where: Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Road, Sturbridge
When: Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 13-31, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
A fan-favorite Halloween program returns to Old Sturbridge Village on Oct. 13. Now in its second year, Phantoms & Fire is back to offer guests a haunting and theatrical outdoor experience for family members young and old.
Activities at Phantoms & Fire include Clues and Candy for the little ones — an outdoor twist on Trick-or-Treat at the Village — live music, and ghoulishly themed food and drink.
And what would a spooky event be without a nod to the master of macabre Edgar Allan Poe?
With “Nevermore” — a series of outdoor performances play out simultaneously in six different locations around the Village — a professional cast brings to life the stories of the famous author, “told from the perspective of characters who have just witnessed these terrors occur,” according to OSV.
“Performances will be repeated throughout the night in pulsating rhythm — just like Poe’s tell-tale, beating heart — ensuring that visitors can see and experience them all,” OSV notes.
Visitors can also chat with Thomas D’Agostino, a paranormal investigator and author of “A Guide to Haunted New England,” who will be on hand on select dates signing copies of his work.
The event will take place Wednesdays through Saturdays, Oct. 13-31, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.osv.org/event/phantoms-and-fire-2021/.
Phantoms & Fire fun can also be found at Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, R.I., Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 20-31. For more information on the Coggeshall event, visit https://www.coggeshallfarm.org/event/phantoms-and-fire-2021/.