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Haunted happenings thrill visitors

Hanson’s Haunted Hayride at dusk turns even scarier after dark for Joel and 5-year-old Grady Idelson.

Photos by Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Hanson’s Haunted Hayride at dusk turns even scarier after dark for Joel and 5-year-old Grady Idelson.

From haunted hayrides to spooky storytelling, there’s something for every thrill-seeker this Halloween season. Local farms, historic houses, and community centers have been transformed into ghoulish haunts — with an occasional candy reward for the bravest visitors.

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Ever wonder what would happen if Halloween took over Tinsel Town? Walk down a daunting red carpet, bump into scary movie stars, and tour a tormented film studio at the Congregational Church of Needham’s “Haunted Hollywood.” Or explore the shockingly unbucolic scenery on a hayride through the fields at Hanson’s Farm in Framingham.

Check out our list of area chilling events, and prepare to be spooked!

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