Halloween events and Halloween parties in NH
Halloween doesn't have to be scary -- it can just be fun and silly. Grab your costume and check out these not-so-scary Halloween events perfect for younger kids.
Note: events are listed in order by date.
Legends, Ghosts and Graves Tour
When: Saturdays, August 26, September 9, 16 and 30, October 7, 14, and 21, 2017
Where: Tours begin at North Church, 2 Congress Street, Portsmouth.
What: This extended tour visits many historic locations in downtown Portsmouth.
Tickets: $24 for adults and $16 for children under 16. Reservations recommended.
More info: Visit newenglandcuriosities.com for more information.
Halloween Hoot 'N Howl
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Route 113 in Holderness, NH
More info: nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194
About: Enjoy an eerily entertaining 40-minute guided tour around the Science Center grounds. Trail walks feature live skits with a seasonal theme and depart every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Children are invited to come in costume and are encourage to dress accordingly for outdoor weather. After the journey, warm up with Halloween games and tasty treats!
Admission: $8/members; $11/non-members. Advanced registration is required for this event.
RiverFire and Horror Fest
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Where: Northern Forest Heritage Park, 961 Main St., Berlin
What: Take part in hayrides, a duck race, a children’s costume parade and river walks during the day, and then wait for the main event at nightfall. Berlin’s Androscoggin River will be set ablaze, and Theatre North will create a bone-chilling haunted village.
More info: Visit riverfirenh.com for more information.
Pumpkin Patch Express
Date: Friday-Sunday, October 20-22 and October 27-29, 2017
Where: Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle in North Conway, NH
More info: conwayscenic.com or call 603-356-5251
About: All departures are from the North Conway Station for a leisurely roundtrip train ride aboard vintage coaches to the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, where each child can visit the “Pumpkin Patch” and select their own pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged. Reservations also strongly encouraged.
Admission: Call or visit online for pricing.
Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza
Date: October 21 and 28, 2017, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH
More info: santasvillage.com
About: The entire Santa's Village park is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure. Children are invited to come in costume and celebrate this holiday in a safe and friendly atmosphere. There are "spooky" areas for the older children; some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. Rides will be open.
Admission: $27 per person (includes full access to the park)
Children’s Trick or Treat
Date: October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2017; check-in times are 10 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.
Where: Charmingfare Farm
Route 27 in Candia, NH
More info: visitthefarm.com or call 603-483-5623
About: Charmingfare Farm's Children's Trick or Treat is perfect for little ghouls and boils who don’t wish to be frightened, but still want the excitement of wearing their favorite costume and having a fun-filled Halloween adventure. This trick-or-treat event is merry-not-scary! Five special attractions featuring candy stops for trick or treating.
Admission: $19 per person; children 23 months and younger are free.
25th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party
When: Friday, October 27, 2017; 5-8 p.m.
Where: Wasserman Park in Merrimack, NH
What: Wear your Halloween costumes and head to Wasserman park for an evening of fun and games including: pumpkin decorating and carving, hot apple cider, free glow sticks, face painting, music and arts and crafts.
More info: Visit merrimackparksandrec.org for more information
Trick-or-Treat on the Town and Zombie Walk
When: Friday, October 27, 2017; trick-or-treat is from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and the Zombie Walk starts at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Union Street parking lot in Rochester, NH
What: This trick or treat event is for costumed children 10-years-old and younger. The children are invited to go door-to-door at the local businesses to get treats and goodies. This year's Zombie Walk for teens and adults features individuals and participants from Corinne's School of Dance and Studio 109. Enjoy their choreographed performance as they tread from the Union Street parking lot to the Commons. Participants are asked to gather in the Union Street parking lot by 6:45pm for a 7:00pm police-escorted walk down Union, North Main, and South Main Streets to the Commons where they will be treated to cider, donuts, and "brains" for the zombies!
More info: Visit rochestermainstreet.org for more information
Exeter Halloween Parade
When: Friday, October 27, 2017; costume judging starts at 3:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Swasey Parkway in Exeter, NH
About: This annual event is family-friendly and prizes will be awarded to many children in different age groups for the best costumes. Children will also be able to go trick-or-treating in the stores before or after the parade.
More info: exeternh.gov
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington Street in Dover, NH
About: Don't miss this Halloween event that focuses on fun – not fright! The Children's Museum will be celebrating throughout the day with all kinds of special activities. Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume to explore new exhibits like the Cave Explorers Bat Cave, Dino Detective and Green Screen Adventures in Travel. Kids can meet the museum’s very own Wacky Scientist and check out his fantastical experiments, visit the Fairy Circle to make fairy doors and friendly spiders, create take-home crafts, get their faces painted in the Muse Studio, and more.
More info: childrens-museum.org or call 603-742-2002
Admission: All activities are free with regular Museum admission ($9, adults and children; $8, seniors; free for children younger than 1 and museum members).
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road in Canterbury
About: Take a ghost tour through Canterbury Village and hear about true stories -- several in the actual spaces where these events took place. A talented group of professional actors will bring to life encounters the Shakers reported having at the Village.
More info: www.shakers.org
Admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, under 5 free. Members pay half price.
Harvest Festival and Gathering of the Jack O Lanterns
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Main Street in Littleton, NH
About: Head to Littleton for a weekend of downtown trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving and displays and a full day festival at the high school on Saturday.
More info: Visit littletonareachambernh.com for more information
23rd Annual Family Halloween
Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Billings Farm & Museum
Route 12 in Woodstock, VT
More info: www.billingsfarm.org or call 1-802-457-2355
About: Horse-drawn wagon rides and cranking pumpkin ice cream, plus pumpkin carving, doughnuts-on-a-string, not-so-scary Halloween stories, pumpkin games and animal programs. Costume parades at noon and 2 p.m. will be led by one of the Billings Farm's friendly steers-in-training, George & Marsh, and all children receive a ribbon.
Admission: Adults, $14; age 5-15, $8; age 3-4, $4; age 2 and younger: free. Children in costume admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street and surrounding areas in downtown Concord, NH
More info: intownconcord.org
About: This fun event is perfect for the kiddos and the parents. Families are invited to walk around downtown Concord and trick-or-treat at local businesses. Don't miss hayrides, a costume parade, live music and more.
Admission: Free to attend. (Some activities cost money.)
Ghosts on the Banke
Date: October 27-28, 2017
Where: Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, NH
More info: strawberybanke.org or call 603-433-1107
About: Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke’s famous Halloween celebration from 6-8 p.m. Long-dead sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets and houses of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick-or-treat safely from house to historic house.
Admission: $8; children 1 and younger free.
Portsmouth Halloween Parade
When: October 31, 2017
What: This grassroots community event is held rain or (moon) shine. Come in costume or come to watch and share in the Halloween festivities. Parade begins at 7 p.m.
More info: Visit portsmouthhalloweenparade.org for more information.