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From pumpkins to spooks, Halloween fun for all ages in Mt Washington Valley, NH

News from Mt Washington Valley, NH – September 15, 2016

Contact:  Marti Mayne,, 207-846-6331

From Scare-Your-Pants-Off Spooky to Family Friendly Haunts, Mt Washington Valley offers up Halloween Haunts for all ages

North Conway, NH – When it comes to Halloween hilarity, Mt Washington Valley, NH is filled with options from the scary and hairy to the tame and candy-filled.  And when it comes to pumpkins, Mt Washington Valley is ground zero from the tour of the Pumpkin people to pumpkin festivals too. 

Throughout October: Return of the Pumpkin People:  Now in its 32nd  year, this self-guided tour follows the official Return of Pumpkin People Map to find the properties offering creative displays, each of which involves at least one “pumpkin person”. Be sure to look for the official logo identifying each host property. Vote for the People’s Choice Display, and use the map to take your own pumpkin filled foliage tour of Mt Washington Valley.  You’ll find more than a dozen pumpkin people displays at Settlers Green Outlets, with judging for their 3rd Annual Pumpkin People Challenge taking place on October 1. Maps and "People's Choice" ballots will be available at all participating properties. Maps can be printed off the front page of this website by September 10th. Info:

October 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, November 4, 5: The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain Resort: The approximate 50-minute haunt leads the unsuspecting through dark twists and turns, plus an outdoor element leading through the scariest of dark woods. Now in its 10th season of the Ghoullog at Cranmore is one of New England’s scariest and most popular Halloween haunts.  Add in the Haunted Playground featuring the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zipline offering a unique night-time experience with special lighting, effects and the occasional ghost or ghoul when you least expect it and you’ve got a nighttime of Halloween fun. Age, height and weight restrictions apply – view them here. Haunted playground closes a half hour after the Ghoullog. For complete information and pricing, visit

October 16-31:  All Things Pumpkin Festival in Jackson: For nearly two weeks, businesses throughout Jackson will host open houses, pumpkin tasting tours, carriage rides and more.  The Return of the Pumpkin People displays will be throughout the town and the all new "New England & Jackson Invitational Pumpkin Carving Competition Oct 21-22 will be highlights.  
Be sure to check out the "Hunt for a Cure" Pumpkin People Selfie contest and the Pumpkin Tour through town.  Then, October 23rd, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce host a Silent Auction, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Tastings, Magic Shows, Sweet Street trick or treating, and more. For a brochure call 603-383-9356 or visit

October 21-22: Murder Mystery Dinner Train aboard Conway Scenic RR: It’s murder, mayhem and merriment aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train as riders participate in solving the mystery steeped in Presidential campaigns. The train departs promptly at 6:00pm.  Plan to board early and enjoy a cocktail. The $125.00 fare includes First Class seating for the 3-hour train excursion, a 4-course dinner, live theatrical performance, taxes and gratuities. Beverage service is additional.  Reservations are strongly recommended. Lodging packages available with participating B&Bs. Info:

October 22: 8th Annual Halloween Town: Sponsored by Purity Spring Resort, Camp Tohkomeupog is transformed into an old fashioned Halloween Town with more than a half-mile of lighted pathways winding throughout camp. The camp’s rustic cabins are theatrically transformed in preparation for this truly unique event. Halloween Town features a Kid Carnival, Petting Farm, Food Court, Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides, Entertainment, Amusement Rides… and the incredible, “Trick-or-Treat Trail!” A variety of finger foods will be for sale. All proceeds will go to The Laura Foundation. The Trick or Treat Trail is designed to be appropriate for kids of all ages. Some parts of the trail are rumored to be haunted and may be scary for some kids.  Some parts of the trail are dark and forested; flashlights & appropriate footwear are recommended. For complete information go to   

October 29: A Haunting Night at Admiral Peary Inn, Fryeburg, ME: The fun starts at 6:00 pm with a pizza and salad supper.  Hear from Ghost Hunters of Maine who'll share their findings from past investigations of the Admiral Peary Inn. Afterward, take part in a real paranormal investigation at the Inn. Open to the public and guests of the inn (who just might get to sleep with a ghost!) $30 admission. Guests of the Inn will receive 10% off their room. Info and reservations: 207-935-1269,

October 29: Truck or Treat Family Halloween Celebration & Costume party at Bretton Woods: Get in the spooky spirit in the Wicked Woods of the Great North at Bretton Woods enjoying  festive wagon rides, carnival games, a bouncy house, face painting, balloon twisting, music, food, trick or treating and more. Local families will pile into the main lot at the Bretton Woods Base Lodge in their decorated vehicles and “pop their trunk” so that all of the children can trick-or-treat from car to car in a safe and central location. Dressing up is the best part of the Halloween fun so be sure to come in costume. Info:

October 29:  Haunted Happenings at Settlers Green: Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult are invited to go trick-or-treating in stores indicated by the pumpkin sign throughout Settlers Green Outlet Village.  Info:

To plan your Halloween escape to Mt Washington Valley visit for complete lodging, dining, events and attractions information.  If you’d like to talk to a vacation planner, call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364), and to plan your New Hampshire getaway, go to

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Photos available.  Contact Marti Mayne at or call 207-846-6331.