The Best Halloween Haunts This Year

Looking for a good scare this Halloween? New Hampshire has no shortage of haunted houses, but we think October evenings are best spent outside. Grab some friends and get ready for a spooky season because there’s plenty to scream about. We’ve rounded up the best after-dark outdoor events—from family-friendly to seriously scary—so you can make the most of Halloween.  If you're looking for even bigger thrills, checked out this list of Haunted Adventures.

Spirits of the Past Trolley Tour
New England Curiosities, Portsmouth
Dates: September through November
Get in the Halloween spirit with a haunted tour that’s actually scary. Spirits of the Past Trolley Tour is the longest running ghost tour in New Hampshire and has been featured in The New York Times and on the Travel Channel, so you know it’s good. Author and historian Roxie Zwicker leads the tour on a Victorian trolley that stops at haunts like Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium, the South Cemetery and a hotel haunted by past servants and guests. You’ll hear about mysterious murders, haunted histories and scary stories that just might keep you up at night.

Ghosts on the Banke
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth
Dates: October 25 and 26
Looking for a family-friendly scare? Historic Strawbery Banke has a Halloween event for the young and the young at heart. First, spend the day exploring the 10-acre museum with stunning gardens, educational exhibits and historic houses on their original foundations, the oldest from 1695. Watch authentically costumed actors and traditional craftspeople recreate everyday life from days gone by. Then get ready to trick-or-treat around the old neighborhood as ghosts come back to life. Kids will also enjoy the wacky witch, gypsy fortune teller, spooky stories, bonfire and more.
Photo courtesy of Strawbery Banke Museum/David J. Murray

Spirit Encounters Tour
Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury
Dates: October 18, 19, 25 and 27
If séances and spirits are your thing, the Spirit Encounter Tour at Canterbury Shaker Village is not to be missed. The Shakers called the spiritual world the “Summerland,” and it played an important part in their lives. This intimate, interactive tour takes you through the 200-year-old Shaker Village and stages dramatizations of “true” ghost stories as you go. It’s up to you to believe or not, but this is one terrifying tour you don’t want to miss.

Harvest of Haunts
Charmingfare Farm, Candia
Dates: October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26

Harvest of Haunts focus is specifially on families and children (8 years and older) looking for spooky Halloween adventure. If you are looking for a terrifying Halloween experience, Charmingfare Farm’s Harvest of Haunts would NOT be a wise choice! Take a horse-drawn wagons or a tactor train ride out onto the trails for a series of not-so-spooky adventures.  There will be s’mores kits for purchase, hot cocoa, a fire and a festive atmosphere to enjoy.   Just step aboard, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Nighttime Corn Mazes
Nothing says fall in New Hampshire like hitting up your favorite farm for fresh apple cider, hayrides and the corn mazes. In October, nighttime corn mazes are particularly fun — and scary. Pretend you’re in a horror movie as you run between towering walls of corn or take your time and try to get lost. Either way, it’s a scream. We’ve found some of the best, so you don’t have to: