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What To Do In NH Last October Weekend: Halloween Events & Activities, Scary-Fun For All!

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's the final weekend before Halloween. My kids ask every day now to try on their costumes! If your kids are looking for an early excuse to dress up, check out your nearest Simon Mall for the Boo Bash this Saturday, October 26th. The Pheasant Lane Mall, Mall of New Hampshire, Mall at Rockingham Park, and Fox Run Mall will all host trick-or-treating while supplies last, and some of the malls will have additional Halloween crafts for kids.

There are some great charity events this weekend, including the Fund Raiser Spaghetti Supper in Londonderry on Saturday, which benefits those in the Greater Manchester area who have survived disasters such as floods and fires. Also, sip wine, and dine on chocolate while benefiting the Manchester Animal Shelter at the 5th Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser in Manchester on Saturday.

Both the Concord Downtown trick-or-treating and Tilton's Main Street trick-or-treating are tonight, Friday, October 25th. Trick-or-treating will be just one of the fun kids' activities included in Intown Manchester's Halloween Festival and Zombie Walk on Sunday! Many towns have elected to hold town-wide trick-or-treating the Wednesday prior to Halloween next week. Check our NH Trick-Or-Treat Times List for your town!

If you're like me, and have young children, and would perhaps shy away from scary Haunted events even if you didn't have kids, then check out our Scary vs. Spooky-Fun feature. I've reviewed new Nashua, NH, haunted attraction Wicked, which boast a choice between scary and "PG" entertainment. Additionally, you will find a state-wide Halloween event selection, organized between terrifying and family-friendly!

Merrimack Region

All Weekend

Alice in Wonderland

Rickety Ranch Presents "Wicked," A Haunted Halloween Event
Nashua, NH
Fri-Sat, October 25-26

At the festival there will be animals, games, fun house, enchanted aviary, food, drinks, and a marshmallow pit for s'mores. The festival is 1/10 of a mile from the barn deep in the dark orchard. The only ways to get there is to go on the scary wicked walk through the orchard or take a PG rated hay ride to our enchanted festival. Lots of fun for the whole family. The hay ride is great for children and the faint-of-heart. For you hardy individuals looking for a Halloween adventure the wicked walk will test your courage. Also, our human and not-so-human cast of characters will be there to haunt and entertain you.

Intown Manchester "Run For Your Life," Zombie Walk & Halloween Festival
Manchester, NH
Sunday, October 27

The festival will begin at 3pm in Arms Park where many children's activities will take place and registration will open. The "Run For your Life," Zombie walk will begin at 4pm. At 4:30 will be the Kids Lil' Pumpkin runs and at 5:30 the Trick or Trot 3K will start.

Charmingfare Farm's Children's Trick or Treat

Candia, NH
Fri-Sun, October 25-27

Children's Trick or Treat is perfect for little ghouls and boils who don't wish to be frightened. The farm is a safe place to bring your kids for candy and Halloween fun. Wear your costume and bring your camera. Six Attractions - One Low Price!

Haunted Acres Halloween Attraction Candia, N.H.
Candia, NH
Thurs-Sun Through October 31

New England's scariest Halloween Haunted Attraction. Five Terrifying attractions, bon fires, food and beer.

N.H. Pyrotechnic Association's October Burst
Deerfield, NH
Saturday, October 26

The N. H. Pyrotechnic Association is proud to present a night of fireworks competition. We will have 3 great shows and a club finale. If you like fireworks, you'll love this. We need you to be the judge of who has the best fireworks. This is a no holds barred, all out, take no prisoners fireworks competition of class C and class B fireworks to fill the sky from the ground up.

Henniker Brewing Company Oktoberfest
Henniker, NH
Saturday, October 26

The first ever Henniker Brewing Company Oktoberfest Event! There will be beer samples, brewery tours, food, raffles, games and music all for free! It will be an all ages event so come on by and check it out.

Fund Raiser Spaghetti Supper
Londonderry, NH
Saturday, October 26

Beauty 4 Ashes, a non-profit organization established to aid those in the Greater Manchester area who have survived disasters such as floods and fires, is holding a spaghetti supper to raise such funds.

5th Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser to benefit the Manchester Animal Shelter
Manchester, NH
Saturday, October 26

Join us for the 5th Annual Wine & Chocolate Fundraiser at the Derryfield Country Club for a relaxing evening of silent and live auctions, wine, and chocolate all to benefit the animals! All proceeds from this event will be used to provide daily and medical care for the stray and abandoned animals of Manchester.

Pheasant Lane Mall Hosts Boo Bash!
Nashua, NH
Saturday, October 26

Trick-or-treating will kick off at 3:00pm and will be mall-wide. Trick-or-treating will only be available while supplies last, so be sure to pick up as much candy as you can! Afterwards, Kidgit Members are invited to come to the Boo Bash event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in North Court between Dick's and Macy's. Kidgit members can enjoy Halloween crafts and activities including a costume parade, costume contest and even strike a pose for a fun Halloween photo opportunity!

Halloween Boo-Bash and Trick-or-Treat Event at The Mall of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH
Saturday, October 26

Halloween is here and Simon Malls is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo'tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time at the Kidgits Halloween event. To add to the fun, Twentieth Century Fox is also celebrating the Blu-Ray and DVD release of The Croods, Monsters vs. Aliens: Cloning Around, Dragons Riders of Berk Part 1 and Part 2 and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. You won't want to miss all of the fun activities and giveaways!

Halloween Boo-Bash and Trick-or-Treat Event at Mall at Rockingham Park
Salem, NH
Saturday, October 26

Kids are invited to show off their costumes and enjoy this free event with crafts, games, fun Halloween giveaways and have a few pieces of candy, of course! Enjoy a safer, brighter alternative to traditional outdoor trick-or-treating with your family at The Mall of New Hampshire!

Merrimack VFW Ladies Auxiliary Annual Craft Fair
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, October 26

Annual Holiday Craft fair with all types of crafters! Raffle tables, raffle baskets. Bake sale tables. Offering food this year. Hot dogs, chili, chowder, baked beans, deserts.

American Legion Post 63 Halloween Psychic Fair
Salem, NH
Saturday, October 26

Help Support the American Legion Post 63 in Salem, NH and have some Halloween Fun!! Now in its 4th year this fun filled day is full of mystical messages from some of the best Psychic Readers in the area. The list of Psychics available include World-Renowned Psychic Ramona Garcia, Nationally known psychics including Marlene Mercedes, Angie D'Anjou, Susan Morgan, and more. There will also be a Marketplace, Bake Sale, Raffles, and even a Luncheon Concession! Support your local Veterans by joining us for a fun filled day!

BAM's Doctor Who Celebration!
Concord, NH
Sunday, October 27

BAM is hosting a free Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration. Bowties are COOL! So we're having a costume contest (2 groups, ages 15 and under, and 16+) Prizes will be awarded for each of the age groups. FANTASTIC! Games, crafts, and trivia! Join us in celebrating everyone's favorite alien with two hearts!

Family Day at Muse! We'll be painting 'Playful Turtle' today.
Manchester, NH
Sunday, October 27

Try out Muse Paintbar, a combination between a painting instruction studio that serves food and light fare in downtown Manchester. You'll leave with a painting that our instructor will walk you through step-by-step. And yes, we'll still serve wine/beer to the parents if they need it in our Family Day sessions.

Demonstration Day at East Colony Fine Art Gallery
Manchester, NH
Saturday, October 26

A day of demonstrations by several of East Colony Fine Art's artists, who will be stationed throughout the gallery. Drop in and join them for a fun, interesting and informative event. As always, Gallery events are free and open to the public, with ample on-site parking.

3rd Annual Made in His Image Art Show
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, October 26

Art show! Some artists' works will be available for purchase.

Seacoast Region

All Weekend

"It's Pastel!"- Pastel Society of New Hampshire's Fifth Annual National Show

Not-So-Spooky Spectacular
Dover, NH
Saturday, October 26

Families are invited to this annual fall event focused on more on fun than fright. Children can come in costume to enjoy a variety of activities including trick-or-treating for non-candy surprises throughout the museum from 10 am - 3 pm. There will also be tours of the museum's decorated Bat Cave, amazing science experiments led by the Wacky Scientist, face painting and fancy costumes to try on, donated by Ballet New England. All activities are included with paid admission and no reservations are required.

Haunted Overload (Full Show)
Lee, NH
Thurs-Sun Through November 2

The World Famous Haunted Overload opens a new season at DeMeritt Hill Farm with its outrageous and over the top haunted event. Consistently ranked among the best Haunted Attractions in the country, there is so much to see. We look forward to scaring you soon!

Fox Run Mall Kidgit's Boo Bash
Newington, NH
Saturday, October 26

Fox Run Mall presents the Kidgits Boo Bash! Celebrate Halloween with spooky crafts, Halloween Photos, costumes and of course candy!

Fall Food Drive to benefit local New Hampshire Food Pantries
Manchester, Nashua, Plaistow, Somersworth, NH
Daily Through November 27

Each of The Mortgage Specialists, Inc. four locations will participate. Food donations will go to local food pantries within the vicinity of each location.

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region
Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk and Zip Lining Zombies
Adventures just over the border in Kittery, Maine.
Fri-Sat Through October 31

Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk And Zip Lining Zombies is the perfect balance between Fun and Fear! Seven attractions along a 1/4 mile woods walk. A zip line zombie tour through the canopy of trees highlighted by a light show! A HUGE bonfire, spiritual readings by Duchess. Hot Food. Hot Cider! And more!

Lakes Region


Noises Off

Pumpkin Festival
Meredith, NH
Saturday, October 26

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be just part of the fun and food at our Pumpkin Festival from 10 am to 3 pm includes family fun activities including tractor rides, GPS (Great Pumpkin Searching), an odd shaped pumpkin display, visits with farm animals, pumpkin bowling, a bounce house for children and more. Plus the corn maze will be open as will Cider Bellies. You can even buy lunch at the farm. At noon on both Saturday and Sunday we'll be having a special reading of "Spookley the Square Pumpkin". The festival and most activities are free of charge, although there will be a charge for entry to the farm's corn maze.

Fall Art Festival
Laconia, NH
Saturday, October 26

Come join Art Escape at our fall festival. Activities for all ages including clay sculpture, spin art, sweet treats and more.

5th Annual Halloween Town
Madison, NH
Saturday, October 26

"It's better than Halloween night itself!" This fall, enjoy a truly family-friendly Halloween experience at Purity Spring Resort! We're offering you a completely free unique holiday package that is ideal for all the folks this Halloween! We invite you and your family to dress up in your weirdest, wackiest, and scariest costumes and walk up the hill to the "Trick-or-Treat Trail" at Halloween Town on the grounds of Camp Tohkomeupog. Halloween Town is a good, old-fashioned way to have Halloween fun-something to be enjoyed by kids and parents alike! Aside from the "Trick-or-Treat Trail" there's a Halloweenie Walk for younger trick-or-treaters, a petting zoo, game area, hot air balloon rides and a headless horseman (on his horse!). Halloween Town is a FREE event that gives both kids and parents the chance to show off their costumes and take part in the activities! All proceeds go to The Laura Foundation for autism and epilepsy.

Wolfeboro, NH
Saturday, October 26

Join us for an outdoor Oktoberfest celebration! Live music, games, prizes, authentic German food.

The Haunting @ Backwoods-Haunted Hayrides
Rumney, NH
Fri-Sun Through October 31

Looking for some bone chilling fun? Well, Join Backwoods farm for a thrill of a lifetime. Our beautiful groomed farm becomes scattered with wicked monsters and screaming lost souls by night! The taunting old farmer is back with his twisted family for thirteen nights of horror to reclaim what is "THEIRS!" They haunt the ravines, orchards, and lonely winding roads searching for others, (YOU) to entertain them. While waiting for your ride, sip on a cup of coffee or hot cider and warm yourself by our fire. It may be the last bit of comfort you will ever get!

White Mountains Region

Haunted Happenings
North Conway, NH
Saturday, October 26

Halloween treats for all costumed characters free to children ages 11 and under while supplies last. A great safe place to take your children trick-or-treating, and you can shop.

36th Annual Carrol County Fall Auction
North Conway, NH
Sunday, October 26

Over 300 items donated-Dining in the Valley's finest restaurants and inns, spa treatments, overnight stays, household items, something for everyone.

36th annual Ammonoosuc Valley Railway Association Model Railroad Show
Bethlehem, NH
Saturday, October 26

Annual Fall AVRA Show featuring operating modular railroad layouts, model railroad accessories, books, photographs, and other memorabilia.


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