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    Halloween happenings in spooky places south of Boston

    The entrance to the trail at the Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary.
    The entrance to the trail at the Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary.


    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 through Sunday and also Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online. 781-871-4573 or


    Hayrides: Braintree is holding its annual haunted hayrides on Friday from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the Braintree Municipal Golf Course. Rides are $10 for adults and $6 for children – cash only. Kids ages 3 and under are free. Children get free glow sticks during the rides, which are limited to the first 400 tickets sold. Get tickets at the Braintree Recreation Office at 85 Quincy Ave. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., 781-794-8901.

    Boo Bash: The South Shore Plaza is throwing its Boo Bash on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. There will be face painting, balloon animals, Halloween music, and more. Costumes are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.



    Haunted hotel: The Hidden Hotel, 95 Washington St., will take guests through a building that was once a hotel for high society and is now said to be haunted by past visitors. The hotel is open Friday through Sunday until the end of October from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person.


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    Haunted house: The Orpheum Theatre in Foxborough is offering spooky haunted house tours on weekends until the end of October. The main theater will show classic thriller movies while attendees wait for their tours. They are then taken through the haunted house, where the theater’s production team will offer scary surprises. There is a “Lights On” tour on Sundays for younger children and those who scare easily. Friday and Saturday tours run from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sunday tours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for Haunted House tours and $8 for the Lights On tours. Buy tickets at 800-838-6003 or


    Haunted house: The Marion Recreation Department is holding a haunted house tour called “Nightmare at 13 Atlantis Drive” on Saturday and Sunday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the former YSI/Marconi building on Atlantis Drive. The cost is $5 per person. 774-217-8355 or

    Parade: The Marion Art Center is holding its annual Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at the Music Hall at 4 p.m. Costumed residents of all ages are welcome to join. The Sippican Elementary School Drum Corps will lead. 508-748-1266 or


    Halloween paddle: The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is holding a Halloween paddle tour on the North River on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Marshfield Canoe Launch off Union Street. Paddlers will be able to take in fall foliage while gliding along the water. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Kayaks are available to rent from the Coastal Kayak Educators for $40. Registration is required at



    Scarecrow contest: The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library are holding their annual scarecrow contest on Saturday at 1 p.m. Children and families can enter the contest for free. Scarecrows can be assembled prior to or at the event. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. 508-758-4171.


    Haunting in the woods: The Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary is offering haunted trail tours on weekends through the end of October. There are two haunted 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 open Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the super-scary trail is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the animal sanctuary. 508-285-6451.


    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 only, with points awarded for originality, arrangement, and theme. The winner will receive a gift certificate, along with bragging rights. Committee judging will take place 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.


    Trick-or-Trot: Plymouth is holding its first Trick-or-Trot 5K race on Saturday. The course starts atop Burial Hill, the resting place of Mayflower passengers Governor William Bradford and Mary Allerton. There will be a children’s race at 8:45 a.m.; the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be awards for the overall top three male and female finishers and also some awards based on costumes. Cost to register is $25.


    Haunted Ship: For October, the ship that is usually the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum turns into the Haunted Ship. Tours are led by RTS Paranormal through the haunted areas of the ship. It is open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and also on Oct. 29, 30, and 31. There are earlier hours on certain days for kid-friendly, lights-on tours. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under as well as seniors. Ghost tours are an additional $15 each. A combination ticket for the haunted ship and the ghost tour is $25. Tours are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays. Advance reservations are recommended as space is limited. or 617-479-7900.



    Halloween prowl: Mass Audubon is holding its annual Moose Hill Halloween Prowl from Friday through Sunday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This event includes a jack-o-lantern-filled barn, nature skits, a candle-lit trail with guided tours, and folk music. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. Tickets are $9; free for children 3 and under. Preregistration is required. 781-784-5691.


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

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