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    Halloween happenings this weekend

    Some of the scary inhabitants lurking at Foxborough’s Orpheum Theatre.
    Orpheum Theatre Foxborough
    Some of the scary inhabitants lurking at Foxborough’s Orpheum Theatre.


    Haunted mansion: Barrett’s Haunted Mansion is open until Oct. 30. Those who dare to enter will face ghouls, zombies, and monsters. The mansion is open Thursday- Sunday and Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online. 781-871-4573 or

    Not so scary: Abington Lions Club hosts a “Not So Scary Night” for younger Halloween celebrators Saturday 3 to 8 p.m. at Island Grove Park. Marshmallow-roasting, stories, face-painting, hay rides, and more. AMP 103.3 Radio will be there with music and gifts. Costumes are encouraged. Free. Rain date Oct. 21. 617-967-0944 or


    Haunted hotel: The Hidden Hotel, 95 Washington St., will hold tours of a building that was once a hotel for high society and is said to be haunted by past visitors. Friday-Sunday 6 to 10 p.m. in October. $18 per person.



    Halloween Romp: The Children’s Museum in Easton’s Halloween Romp is Saturday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween-themed crafts, games, science experiments, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers. 508-230-3789.


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    Haunted house: The Orpheum Theatre is offering haunted house tours on weekends in October. The main theater will show classic thriller movies during waits for tours. Visitors are taken through the haunted house, where the theater’s production team will offer scary surprises. There is a “Lights On” tour Sundays for those who scare easily. Friday-Saturday tours are 7 to 10 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. $18 for Haunted House tours and $8 for the Lights On tours. Tickets at 800-838-6003 or


    Haunting in the Woods: Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary is offering haunted trail tours weekends through October. There are two trails, one for families and children and the other for those ready to get really scared, called the “R-rated” trail. The family trail is $10 for adults and $5 for children, and the “R-rated” trail is $13. The family trail is Friday-Saturday 6 to 8 p.m., and the super-scary trail is Fridays and Saturdays 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the sanctuary. 508-285-6451.


    Pumpkins & scarecrows: Norwood is holding a fall festival on the Common where families can face off to design creative pumpkins and scarecrows. A wood post will be provided for scarecrow entries, but families must bring their own decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the most uniquely carved pumpkins and creatively styled scarecrows. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 per pumpkin entry; $10 per scarecrow.

    House decorating contest: Norwood’s spooky house decorating contest is an opportunity for families to scare their neighbors with sinister decorations. The scariest-looking house will be judged on the home’s exterior, with points for originality, arrangement, and theme. The winner will receive a gift certificate, along with bragging rights. Committee judging will be on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 30. Those interested can fill out an entry form at the Civic Center. Each house entry is $5. This event is open to Norwood residents only.



    Haunted Ship: For October, the USS Salem, the ship that is usually the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum, turns into the Haunted Ship. Tours are led by RTS Paranormal from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays and on Oct. 29, 30, and 31. There are earlier hours on certain days for kid-friendly tours. $15 for adults and $10 for children age 11 and under and seniors. Ghosts tours are an additional $15. A ticket for the ship and the ghost tour is $25. Tours are Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are recommended; space is limited. or 617-479-7900.


    Bog Fright Night: A.D. Makepeace is holding its Bog Fright Night on Oct. 19, 20, and 21 in Tihoney Village Marketplace. The scary wagon rides through woods and bogs are 6- 8:30 p.m. Rides are $9, $7 per person for prepaid reservations. Make reservations to avoid lines and secure a ride at a desired time. Makepeace Farms will be open during rides, serving cider, hot chocolate, candy, apples, and more. Reservations: or 508-295-5437.


    Bring your pumpkins: The New England Wildlife Center’s “Night of a Thousand Faces” is Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. Traverse the center’s nature trail, which will be lit with hundreds of carved pumpkins. The center is looking for people to donate carved pumpkins for the trail. Pumpkins may be brought to the center, 500 Columbian St., from Oct. 22 on. There will be a contest for pumpkins carved with the most effort and creativity. This event will have animal presentations and refreshments.

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