WESTFORD -- Starting Friday, Oct. 3, Witch's Woods will open each Thursday through Sunday at Nashoba Valley Ski Area. Closing night is Nov. 1.
A cast of 170 characters comprised of local professionals, students, and contractors will transform into ghosts, ghouls, beasts and zombies every night. Attractions and exhibits include Nightmare Mansion, Castle Morbid, Keeper's Crypt 3D, the Haunted Hayride, Jack O'Lantern Jamboree, carnival rides and games, Killer Thriller Stage Show live performances, and fireworks. A Halloween Bash will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., in the Outlook Restaurant and Lounge.
The ticket window opens each evening at 6:30, with the last ticket being sold at 10:30 p.m. Parking is free. Tickets are $33. Visit witchswoods.com.
TEWKSBURY, N. CHELMSFORD -- Wind your way to a frightful Halloween by visiting Mahoney's "Haunted Forest" Halloween maze at two of its nearby locations. Not your typical corn maze -- it's made up of tall, spooky evergreens. The maze is free and opens Saturday, Oct. 4, running through Halloween.
Mahoney's is located at 1609 Main St. in Tewksbury, and 155 Princeton St. in North Chelmsford. For information, visit MahoneysGarden.com or call 781-729-5900.
TEWKSBURY -- Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler St., will hold a series of Scary Talk events each Tuesday in October. All events are free.
On Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., the library holds its first annual Merrimack Valley Horror Author Fair with 10 local horror authors, all members of the New England Horror Writers organization. Each author will be given five minutes to highlight their works. After all have spoken, each will return to their table, where they will chat with audience members and sell and sign copies of their books. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.
On Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., authors Mike Sullivan and Karen Mossey will discuss their book, "Spooky Creep New England." The authors are paranormal investigators based in New England who specialize in electronic voice phenomena and paranormal photography. Their book details some of their ghost investigations at some of the notoriously famous haunted locations in historic New England. Q&A and book signing after the talk.
And on Oct. 21, author Peter Muise will discuss his book, "Legends and Lore of the North Shore," examining some of the state's paranormal tales and legendary characters, from phantoms in Gloucester to witches in Salem to pirates in Newbury to werewolves in Dogtown. Q&A and book signing after the talk.
DUNSTABLE — The 5-acre Goss Farm Corn Maze at 446 Pleasant St. runs each Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including Columbus Day, Oct. 13.
A portion of the proceeds from this year's corn maze will benefit Lowell General Hospital's TeamWalk for CancerCare.
PELHAM, N.H. — Join a ghostly guided tour through Haunted Woods At Pelham Veterans Memorial Park, 11 Mammoth Road, and hear the long-buried story of 50 campers who mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago. A guide will retell the chilling story of loved ones lost and accompany you along the same doomed path those souls followed into the unknown.
The tour takes place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30, and Saturday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 at entrance. Recommended for 12 years old and over
Proceeds benefit Pelham Community Spirit, Pelham Community Coalition and Pelham High School Robotics.
For more information, call Pelham Parks & Recreation at 603-635-2721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTON — Join the Monster Bash on Friday, Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m., at the NARA Park Amphitheater, 25 Ledge Rock Way. Entertainment includes a black light DJ Party, and fun and games, all for $3 per person. All ages are invited to attend.
Visit acton-ma.gov/events for information.
TOWNSEND — Townsend Recreation Haunted Trail presents CarnEvil 2 “Midway to Madness” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. Recommended for ages 8 and up, the event takes place on the Townsend Common, at the junctions of Rte 119 and 13. Admission is $7, or $5 with a canned good donation.
WESTFORD -- On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Westford Food/Fashion Truck Festival arrives at the Abbot School from noon to 5 p.m. The event includes food trucks, fashion truck, music and kids' activities including a Halloween Parade at 1 p.m. Learn about Westford organizations at info tables and learn about the new Westford Business Association (WBA) info table.
Visit westford.com/funfest and click on the "Celebrate Westford!" page for a list of activities.
STONEHAM — The Stone Zoo's Boo at the Zoo, presented by the Empire Loan Charitable Foundation, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 149 Pond St.
Children can take the Trick-or-Treat Trail among the animals at Stone Zoo, with treats provided by companies including Whole Foods Melrose, Cascadian Farms, Honest Tea, Pretzel Crisps, Bare Snacks and Plum Organics. Other haunted happenings include crafts provided by Michaels of Stoneham, games, costume contests and a haunted maze. Throughout the day, visitors can watch as many of the animals receive pumpkins as enrichment items.
Admission to the zoo is $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors, and $10.95 for children ages 2-12). Children under 2 are free. For information, call 781-438-5100 or visit stonezoo.org.
TEWKSBURY -- The Tewksbury Rotary Club in partnership with the Tewksbury Events Committee presents the inaugural Zombie 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St. Runners are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Entry fee is $25. A pancake breakfast will be held after the race inside the cafeteria at THS.
Register at tewksburyzombierun.racewire.com.
N. CHELMSFORD — Visit the 4th annual Pumpkin Patch for Local Charities at West Chelmsford United Methodist Church, 242 Main St., through Oct. 30. Open Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m.-dusk, Saturday, 11 a.m.-dusk, and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., all proceeds go toward feeding the hungry at St. Paul's Soup Kitchen, the Lowell Transitional Living Center and Greater Lowell Open Food Pantry. Pumpkins of all sizes are available, and gourds too.
HARVARD -- Come to Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, on Friday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in your Halloween costume and start your trick or treating early at each building on the property. Stop at the Family Learning Center to decorate a spooky goodies bag before you traipse about town with friends, fiends and family.
SALEM, N.H. -- Screeemfest adds a healthy dose of fear to the fun after dark, haunting Canobie Lake Park each weekend through Nov. 1, with five haunted houses, roaming monsters and a monster parade, Halloween-themed games and more. The live and freaky "Side Show Variety Show" will make audience members gasp at strange feats of physical daring.
One low admission price for the Park's fall events includes haunted houses, rides, ROCKtoberfest and the Petting Zoo, live entertainment and more. For hours, schedules, directions and information, visit canobie.com.