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Halloween fun from scary to tame in Mt Washington Valley, NH

Hauntingly Good News from Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Contact:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,


Ghosts, pumpkin people and trick or treat trails – oh my!

North Conway, NH – From scare-your-pants-off frights to sweet and toddler-friendly, visitors to Mt Washington Valley, NH will find something for everyone looking for Halloween haunts and hilarity. While ghostly shadows and things that go bump in the night are certainly part of the Halloween scene here, there’s certainly plenty of tamer Halloween fun throughout October in Mt Washington Valley.  The calendar is packed with fun for the whole family, so get into the spirit this Halloween with everything from giant swings to ghosts and ghouls.  Add in a leaf-peeping scenic drive or one of these ideas for fun once the kids tire of foliage, and it’s no wonder that Mt Washington Valley is one of New England’s top fall destinations.

It all starts with The Ghoullog and Haunted Playground at Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, Weekends, September 28-November 2, 2019: Celebrating its 13th year of fear, Cranmore Mountain Resort is once again transformed into a fabulous haunted set, offering something for every taste in spooky. The Ghoullog is a 50- minute haunt featuring over 15,000 square feet of indoor space through a series of dark rooms, scary mazes and unknown places, plus an outdoor element which leads the unsuspecting through the dark woods with all of  sudden frights and jumps you can imagine in one haunted attraction. This haunted experience is not for the faint of heart, and is best suited for the older kids, 10 and up.  For those that need something a little tamer, the Haunted Playground (Cranmore Adventure Center transformed into a Halloween theme) offers plenty of less frightening Halloween family fun on a transformed Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip line. All the Haunted Playground rides offer a unique night-time experience with special lighting, effects and the occasional ghost or ghoul when you least expect it. Age, height and weight restrictions still apply. End the night in the Broken Skull Pub and stop by the Rotting Corpse Gift Shop for some ghostly Ghoullog goodies. Info, schedules, rates:

Book the Haunted Castle at Adventure Suites, open year-round (particularly popular at Halloween-time): Here’s one place you can be guaranteed to sleep with a ghost.  Billed as the first haunted house suite at any hotel in America, no expense has been spared to create a Disney-like spooky experience here.  Ghostly apparitions appear around every corner when it’s least expected.  Features of the Haunted Castle include a gangway bar overlooking the living area, five-person second story outdoor (covered) hot tub, the Kings "bone throne", two fireplaces, three bathrooms, sound-proof walls, a draw bridge leading to the 3 bedrooms (including the 3 tier Dormatorium), a full kitchen with a Kings' table, and unbelievable castle of course guaranteed eerie hilarity.  A sophisticated computerized system involving motion sensors, time delays. video, projection, pneumatics, lights, audio, and more will be sure that you’ll jump and howl, even in the bathrooms! Effects can be programed for preferences from family-friendly to scare-your-pants off.  Be prepared to sign a waiver before entering, and yes, there is a way out if it’s too much!  The Haunted Castle can be rented for overnight stays for up to 18 guests, offering the ultimate spot for your Halloween haunted experience.  Info:

Solve the Murder Mystery on the Dinner Train aboard Conway Scenic RR, October 25 & 26, Nov 1& 2: What do washed up musicians do when they’ve lost all their money, fame and fortune, not to mention their looks and talent? Get the band back together, of course, for one last hurrah! But not everyone lives to rock another day!   Join the fun, and dress as your favorite 80s rock star or come as groupie and shower the band with love. The Conway Scenic Railroad is the place on the last two weekends in October for an evening of fabulous food, superior service and entertaining Dinner Theater. Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like in the tongue in cheek humor and zany antics that will keep everyone on their toes as they work the clues to determine the killer on board. The train departs promptly at 6:00pm. Plan to board early and enjoy a cocktail in one of the dining cars prior to departure. Reservations are required. All the meals are prepared to order on-board. Info and reservations:

Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza for the whole family at Santa’s Village, Jefferson, NH, Saturdays, October 19 & 26, 2019: Celebrating its 10th Halloween season, Santa’s Village is open from 11am to 5pm on the last two Saturdays in October with plenty of family-friendly Halloween haunts.  Santa will be on hand for the costume parade but his home will be taken over by the  Silly Nilly Witch of the North stirring her own spooky brew. Santa’s Village Park will be transformed into a magical Halloween adventure with  "spooky" areas for the older children and some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. Shops cater to the Trick or Treaters, especially those in costume. Even the Silly Helpers are dressed for Halloween. Admission for the entire day is $29.00 per person, and children three and under are free. Tickets include all the rides and festivities for the day. Info:

Halloween Town at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH – fun for the whole family, October 26, 2019: On Saturday, October 26th, the rustic cabins at the Purity Spring Resort’s Camp Tohkomeupog will be theatrically transformed, each with its own theme, ranging from kid friendly to downright spooky. The cabins make up the Trick or Treat Trail, with more than a half-mile of lighted pathways winding throughout the camp. Bring the kids to Halloween Town to stop at each cabin and grab a Halloween surprise (candy and small trinkets). In addition to the Trick or Treat Trail, the event also features a bouncy house, face painting, carnival games, story telling and a food court. The Trick or Treat Trail is designed to be appropriate for kids of all ages; little ones are welcome.  Some parts of the trail are dark and forested; flashlights & appropriate footwear are recommended. This free event is made possible by the generous sponsors throughout the area and dedicated volunteers. Halloween Town is being hosted by Purity Spring Resort. This special event benefits The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy. Free admission, donation opportunities and food for sale throughout the way.  Info:

Trick or Treat & Haunted Happenings at Settlers Green, North Conway, NH, October 26, 2019: Be sure to arrive in costume as the stores and restaurants at Settlers Green will be encouraging trick or treating a little ahead of Halloween. Kids age 12 and under are welcome to participate, accompanied by an adult. Consult the list of participating stores in late October before the event. Info:

Mouth off for Halloween at Abenaki Trail, October 30, 2019:  Mouth Off MWV 2, an Epic Lip Sync Battle presented by Valley Promotions,  will  be held on Wednesday, October 30 at Abenaki Trail in North  Conway.   The 6:00-9:00pm event will be Halloween themed and feature a maximum of 15 acts lip synching it out for cash prizes, each representing a Valley Promotions member non-profit organization. Following the lip sync battle, guests are invited to stay for a Halloween bash, until midnight. Cover charge: $10. Info: Click here.

Halloween Costume Party at Red Parka Pub, October 31:  Bring your ghostly boyfriend or “ghoulfriend” to the Red Parka Pub for some special potions, "spooktacular" music & mayhem with the band Rek'Lis starting 9:00pm.  Be sure to wear your best Halloween costume; judging at 11:00pm. Info:

Click here for a full run down on all the Fall Family Festivals taking place in the Valley this fall, like the annual Pumpkin People, Corn Maizes, Oktoberfests and more.   

To plan your Halloween getaway, visit  Here you’ll find a master calendar of events, plus accommodations, dining, shopping, entertainment info and much more.  To talk to a vacation concierge, simply call 1-800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH).  For more information on planning a trip to New Hampshire go to

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Photos available upon request from Marti Mayne,  Pictured above: Halloween Town at Purity Spring Resort's Camp Tohkomeupog.

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