Ready for some thrills and chills this Halloween season in Brighton, Brookline and the Greater Boston Area? If you’re a haunted house aficionado, then you know you can’t cough up the admission to walk around just any roadside operation if you want a real fright night.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take your chances…any of the options below are guaranteed to scare the ever-loving daylights out of you, your date, and anyone else you plan to take along.
Barrett’s has been a Boston-area fixture for 25 years, and they just keep stepping up their game. This year they’re offering several distinct experiences. In the “Possession Begins” one of the guests could end up one of the ghouls. Meanwhile, “The Compound” allows you to visit a dystopian future where you have to fight to survive. “Bite and Fright” offers dinner at the Abington Ale House as well as admission to attractions.
Finally, there’s the exclusive “Darkness Unleashed” event, which is only offered for three nights of the year. There’s but a single light source during this no-holds barred event which is said to be one of the scariest in the whole city. Just plan ahead if you want to go…advance ticket purchase is required.
Just leave the kids at home for this one.
Freaked out by the creepy clown craze that’s sweeping the nation? You don’t have to wait for a chance encounter to be chased around by a psycho in white paint. You can just head to Worchester and enter the Factory of Terror. There, you’ll experience the Clown College, Zella’s Hideaway, Zombie Alley, a 3D Nightmare and the 13th Haunt.
It’s worth noting that Factory of Terror is one of the more affordable haunted mansions in the metro area. As for bringing your kids, their stance is “bring your child at your own risk.” Bring them if they’re mature enough, don’t if they aren’t.
If you’re looking for a haunted house that’s both free and family-friendly, then head to Jones Ct. in Newton. This lesser-known haunted house has 5-star reviews on Yelp and only takes donations to keep the tradition alive year after year.
They usually only run the haunted house on Halloween night. It makes for a nice stop on your way to take the kids out for their normal trick-or-treat runs.
Boston Magazine called Ghost Ship Harbor “the stuff of nightmares.” If you’re bored with haunted mansions, then then this attraction will give you an entirely different experience. This year, the story centers around a global plague outbreak. The scary ship is your last hope for survival.
Once on board, you’ll wander through 60,000 square feet (or “scare feet”) of frightening sights. A ship is already a big enclosed tin can, and the creators have done a great job of making you feel like you have nowhere else to go. Probably not the best attraction for kids.
None of these sound like your scene?
There are dozens of other haunted attractions that are either a short drive away, or accessible by commuter trains. In addition, Boston comes alive at Halloween. If you’re just looking for something fun to do, and don’t care about being scared, then you’ll be able to find a vast number of bar parties, tours, masquerades, and other events to keep you entertained. Click here to discover some additional options.
No matter what you choose to do this Halloween I hope you have a safe, happy, and fun holiday!