With all due respect to Andy Williams, I’ll take October over Christmas seven days a week and twice on Sundays. It’s a time for bizarre costumes and, horror movie marathons on the boob tube and a cascade of Twix bars and Kit Kats and Saturday afternoons picking apples and pumpkins in an orchard with the crisp fall air blowing around my hoodie and cargo shorts. Lending to the appeal is the fact that in New England we actually have seasons. While it might be nice to roll out of bad to seventy five and sunny in San Diego year round, the fact that we live under soul crushing conditions for large chunks of the year gives a greater appreciation for fall weather before four months of scraping ice off frozen windshields while gales of wind tear tiny razor cuts into our faces and ears.
Of course, Halloween is the main attraction and there’s no shortage of festivities. The list below is just the tip of the iceberg. Bookmark this post as it will be consistently updated and added to throughout the month as new events get listed. If you have an event or activity you want posted, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first, nor the last time I mention our own SHUDDER FEST coming up October 14th and 15th at the Somerville Theater. Two night, four features and a dozen short films that represent the best new independent horror movies. Click our official page for more details/lineup/schedule & tickets
The Coolidge Corner Boston’s premier independent theater has a slug of horror themed programming culminating in a marathon orgy of horror. Here’s this year’s list of events:
Saturday October 1st J. Cannibal’s Feat of Fest XI:
Halloween season kicks off at the Coolidge Corner Theater (Brookline, MA) with a screening of Italian gorehouse spatter film DEMONS. There’s also a performance by the Black Cat Burlesque and live music from Acaro (official site)
Saturday October 7th Special screening of POPCORN. This cult classic from the early 90’s is getting a special screening on a 35mm print. This is a fundraiser for the special edition release of the film on DVD and blu ray.
Coolidge After Midnight Additional special events:
The Stephen King Series
The Dark Half October 7th & 8th (Midnight)
Creepshow October 14th & 15th (Midnight)
Pet Sematary (October 21st & 22nd)
Also of note:
The Dead Saturday October 15th (11:59 pm)
Zombie October 21st &22nd (11:59 pm)
An American Werewolf in London October 28th (11:59 pm)
The 11th Annual Horror Movie Marathon featuring Return of the Living Dead and Suspira (more announcements to follow soon)
Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence RI) the artistry and spectacle of 1000’s of carved pumpkins on display depicting iconic characters, people and scenes from our favorite movies. The detail and craftsmanship that goes into this attraction is outstanding. His year’s theme is “A Journey Around the World” with the seven wonders featured prominently.(official site)
Barrett’s Haunted Mansion(Abington MA) This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the South Shore’s premier haunted attraction. The brave of heart of welcome to navigate their way through multiple vignettes of terror. Part of the fun is the “ghouls” change every night, so if you go multiple times, you’ll get a different experience with each pass through. Even braving the at-tiles too long and slow moving lines are fun as they project iconic scenes from famous horror flicks while costumed weirdoes sneak up and spook patrons. This is a five minute drive from my house and I can’t wait to take friends this fall. (official site)
Spooky World/The Fear At Fenway (Boston, MA) The only thing scarier than The Sox September Swoon is the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park (who am I kidding, that place is an overpriced crap hole, build a new stadium all ready!) being transformed into Halloween Fright Fest. The main attractions include a 3D labyrinth, a haunted cemetery, a haunted mansion and Josh Beckett sitting on an aluminum chair drinking Coors and making his ever increasing paunch talk in funny voices while John Henry's calk white visiage looms disapprovingly in the background. The Spooky World showcase is always hotly anticipated in New England, and this year shouldn't prove to be any different. (official site)
|This tunnel makes for pants crapping time when it's pitch black|
Fort Adams Fortress of Nightmares (Newport RI) Considering how many soldiers must have died within this stone fortress, Fort Adams must be the ideal spot for paranormal activity. Every fall they put on a “two-fer” attraction. If you love the glamorous world of ghost hunting as seen on Paranormal State and, well, Ghost Hunting, then take a tour of the grounds with The Rhode Island Paranormal Research Group and find out if the dead still roam the earth. There’s also an elaborate haunted house set up within the fort, and I would challenge even the most jaded, unimaginative tough guy to not tinkle his undies a wee but when making his way down a 300 year old pitch black encampment when a stranger’s hot breath starts bearing down on the back of his neck. (official site)
Rock and Shock Festival (Worcester MA) Combining a love for heavy metal with a love for horror, Rock n Shock lines up a weekend of stars for their festivities. This year’s musical lineup includes-holy cow I’m out of touch with music. Horror special guests include Robert Englund, Lance Hendrickson, Bill Mosely and Roddy Piper among many many others. There’s also a film fest wedged in their as well. For a complete schedule check out the (official site)
Spooky World Theme Park & Movie Memorabilia Sale (Sudbury, MA)For the collectors out there, this is a unique opportunity to get your hands on rare movie props and costumes, vintage video games, framed lobby poster art, and a veritable treasure trove of monster and Halloween props used to scare the bejesus out of kids in various haunted attractions. This event takes place rain or shine over Columbus Day Weekend. (online press release)