WESTFORD -- Beginning Friday, Oct. 2, Witch's Woods Screampark at Nashoba Valley Ski Area will open every Thursday through Sunday night through October, finishing on Halloween night.
A cast of almost 200 character actors comprised of local professionals, students and contractors will transform into ghosts, ghouls, beasts and zombies every night. Spook-tacular attractions and exhibits include the Haunted Hayride, Nightmare Mansion, Castle Morbid, Keeper's Crypt 3D Doll Factory, giant animatronics, Jack O'Lantern Jamboree, Horrorwood Chamber of Chills, carnival rides and games, as well as Killer Thriller stage shows, The Time Warp...Dance Off, Monster Mystery Dating Game and a Gore-ified Air Guitar Contest.
A Halloween Bash will be held at The Outlook Restaurant and Lounge on Saturday, Oct. 24. The band starts at 8 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m.
The ticket window at Witch's Woods opens at 6:30 p.m., with the last ticket being sold at 10:30 p.m. Parking is always free. Tickets are $34. Visit www.witchswoods.com.
DRACUT -- The Dracut Public Library, 28 Arlington St., will hold a Spooky Halloween Photo Contest for kids in grades 6-12, Oct. 1-31.
Creepy photos can be submitted at the reference desk and teens will have the chance to decide the winner by voting on their favorites. The winner gets a gift card for camera equipment and supplies from Cardinal Camera of Salem, N.H.
ANDOVER -- Throughout the month of October, visit Bewitched in Andover: Passages, a juried art show, being held in cooperation with West Parish Garden Cemetery and the Andover Historical Society. Two-dimensional work will be displayed at the historical society while the cemetery will host the 3-dimensional art installations.
An opening reception will be held at Andover Historical Society on Friday, Oct. 2, 5:30-7 p.m., while West Parish Garden Cemetery, located at 129 Reservation Road, hosts an outdoor open house on Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-noon.
In conjunction with the exhibits, the Andover Historical Society and six community partners will present A Series of Eerie Events, running through Oct. 31. For information, visit www.andoverhistorical.org/passages or visit both sites during public hours.
SALEM -- The Salem Witch Trials happened more than 300 years ago and has been dramatized in books, movies, documentaries and on TV. The Myths & Misconceptions Walking Tour at The Essex Heritage Desk, seeks to uncover the myths and debunk any misconceptions about the Salem Witch Trials.
This walking tour lasts 45 minutes, and includes stops at the Old Burying Point Cemetery, Witch Trials Memorial, and the site of the original 17th century jail. Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St., each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.
For information, visit: www.essexheritage.org/salemwitchhunt.
LITCHFIELD, N.H. -- With new experiences like the Haunted Hayride and Festival of Fear, Spooky World presents Nightmare New England kicks off its season on Friday, Oct. 2. Five haunted attractions cover 86 acres along with carnival rides, food carts, beer tent, a full-service restaurant, fire pit and all the attractions at Mel's Funway Park, located at 454 Charles Bancroft Highway.
The park is open Friday and Saturday nights, 6-11 p.m., and select Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, 6-10 p.m. Admission starts at $39.99.