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“Fright Kingdom.” Courtesy photo.




Haunted house horrors


10/22/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 If you visit a haunted attraction this Halloween, you’ll most likely encounter all manner of ghoulish and ghastly characters. Michael Accomando, co-owner of Spooky World presents Nightmare New England (454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, nightmarenewengland.com), said this year’s new attraction is a much-anticipated mile-long haunted hayride complete with a laser show and explosive pyrotechnics. 

“We want to always make people feel like they're not spending the same amount of money [on the same attractions] every single time,” he said. 
That’s why Spooky World added new attractions and changed up the returners like Brigham Manor, which is lights out this year — all you get is a glow stick before you enter. 
“We’re scary, we’re fun. There’s fire pits, there’s rides, there's the carnival food,” Accomando said, adding that the goal isn’t to scare people the whole time. “I need you to have down time … grab some fried dough and feel relaxed again so I can get you later when you go back out.”
Visit this year’s five attractions — Brigham Manor, The Darkness; 3D Festival of Fear; Carnage; The Colony, A New Breed; and The Haunted Hayride —  Thursday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $39. “Lights On” Family Fun Days happen Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25 ($19). Lights Out (closing day) is Nov. 7.
Haunted Acres (446 Raymond Road, Candia, hauntedacresnh.com) has five terrifying attractions: the Quarter Mile Nightmare Walk, Graveyard of the Damned, Maze from Hell, 3-D Nuclear Accident House and Area 52. Visit Thursday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, Thursday, Oct. 29, Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 11 p.m. or Sunday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 at the gate, $23 online. Wear a costume on Halloween for a $10 discount and experience Lights Out Night on Nov. 1 ($25 tickets at the gate). For an extra fright, experience the Oculus extreme virtual reality haunted house.
Fright Kingdom (12 Simon St., Nashua, frightkingdom.com) features a host of indoor attractions including Apocalypse Z, Bloodmare Manor, Psycho Circus, Grim, Castle of Corpses and Monster Midway. Visit Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 11 p.m. or Sunday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $24 on Friday and Saturday, $17 on Sunday. Box office is cash only. Kid-friendly “Hardly Haunted” is Oct. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. ($8). Head back on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, for The Fright Before Christmas from 7 to 10 p.m. ($12). 
Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park, (85 N. Policy St., Salem, 893-3506, canobie.com) features Canobie Lake Hotel, The Village, Black Hollow Cove, Merriment Incorporated, Virus and haunted laser tag. Visit Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 24, Sunday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. Haunts are open 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $32 on Friday and Sunday, $36 on Saturday. Purchase a “Monster B’Gone Necklace” if you don’t want the monsters in the park to haunt you.
Harvest of Haunts (Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia, visitthefarm.com) includes four spine-tingling experiences:  a horse-drawn ride, barn of the dead, tractor bog ride and infested corn maze. Visit Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 30, Saturday, Oct. 31. Check-in times are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25. 
Haunted Overload (Demeritt Hill Farm, 66 Lee Road, Lee, hauntedoverload.com), the winner of ABC’s The Great Halloween Fright Fight last year, has twisted creatures around every turn on the haunted forest trail. Visit Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, Sunday, Oct. 25, Thursday, Oct. 29, Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. Time slots range from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $24. Fright Night Lite is Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ($12.50).
Visit the haunted Graveside Manor (13 Foxboro St., Nashua, gravesidemanor.net) on Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. Daytime haunt Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations benefit Make a Wish of New Hampshire. 
 





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