Spooky guide to New England Halloween happenings


Halloween scene with pumpkins

Get your fright on! Between now and early November, there’s no shortage of spooky, haunted happenings to scare and delight you. Whatever your age – young, old or in-between, there is something for you in our guide. We’ve selected a few  highlights and included some general guides with even more ideas. But if spooky things are not your cup of tea, be sure to see our other ideas for how to enjoy the fall season in New England.

Providence, RI
Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Jack O’Lantern Spectacular – “More than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairytales, and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes, and historical figures who changed our world. Revel in the sights and sounds of the season, and celebrate this otherworldly experience. NEW THIS YEAR – join us for special event themed nights.”

Sturbridge MA
Sturbridge Village, The Legend of Sleep Hollow – “Recognized as one of the country’s top five Halloween plays by American Theatre Magazine, The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience that reimagines Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s tale. At The Sleepy Hollow Experience, guests will be ghoulishly guided through the Village’s countryside where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and quite possibly the Headless Horseman.”

Bristol CT
The Haunted Graveyard – At dusk, take a terrifying 1 mile journey through darkly glittering catacombs to an eerie graveyard, to a vampire’s haunt, to a witch’s lair, then onto a misty lake and an ancient temple.

Salem MA
Haunted Happenings – What better place to experience Halloween than the city of the witch trials? There are a variety of events to choose from – this site says: “A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England. We invite you to experience a unique one of a kind Halloween experience. From the Grand Parade and Family Film Nights on Salem Common, to ghost tours, haunted houses and so much more.” Get an event calendar, a free guide & more.

Boston MA
Haunted Boston Ghost Tours – The best way to see Historic Boston is by foot. Our 90-minute long walking tour takes you through the historic and haunted streets in search of the countless ghosts rumored to haunt the city.

Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour – Guided by a ghoulish band of the undead and a roguish gravedigger, the Trolley of Terror will go back in time as you relive grisly murders, heinous torcherings and cold-blooded executions like the ones that took place on the Boston Commons.

Litchfield NH
Spooky World – Spooky World presents Nightmare New England and the Haunted Hayride. It is New England’s largest haunted attraction.

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Two dozen ideas for how to enjoy the fall season in New England


brilliant fall foliage from a dock in a lake

For many in New England, this the autumn is the favorite season of the year … crisp days and nights, beautiful scenery and the whiff of cider in the air … people from all over the world travel here, but we’re just a short car ride in any direction to see the full glory of the season.

Start your explorations with a Live New England foliage map to track the peak regional  foliage spots. And get free guides to the Best of New England Fall Travel, which includes best places to see foliage, best fall drives, things to do, places to stay, and more.

The foliage network offers local foliage reports with maps showing peak color locations, scenic drives and places to stay – and if you can’t find the time to drive to peak foliage locations or want to check out current conditions, check out the webcams.

Here’s a few dozen articles and guides for places to go and things to see and do:

These suggestions should give you some good options. One more thing: When you’re on the road, it’s always a good idea to have your local insurance agent’s name and number with you in case any mishaps occur on the road. Make sure you have your agent’s info in your phone contacts listing!

New England Labor Day Activities


Happy Labor Day 2018 banner

 

Are you approaching Labor Day weekend without any scheduled plans? Don’t worry,  there’s still plenty of time to find things in driving distance right here in New England … from country fairs and music festivals to coastal beaches and inland parks. We’re expecting relief from the extreme heat over the holiday weekend. There should be quite a cool off, but the heat may return early next week. And if you are taking to the road, be aware that gas prices are on the high side: Labor Day gas prices hit 4-year high — and probably won’t drop much after the holiday.

Remember, Labor Day is only the symbolic end of summer – we don’t officially move into the autumn until September 22! If you can’t fit all these ideas and activities in this weekend, you have a few more weeks to try before leaf-peeping season starts.

Visit New England Events Calendar

Connecticut Labor Day Weekend

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism – Labor Day

Rhode Island Rhythm & Roots Fest is one of southern New England’s biggest Labor Day parties

How To Do Labor Day Weekend In Newport

New Hampshire: Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Brings Roots Music to the Fore

Portsmouth NH Calendar of Events

Connecticut Labor Day Weekend at the Fair & the Farm

Maine Calendar of Events

Vermont Calendar of Events

Boston Magazine: 52 Best Weekend Trips and Getaways from Boston

Boston Labor Day Events Guide 2018 – Top Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in Boston

10+ Things to Do in Boston Labor Day 2018 Weekend & September

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2018 Boston Marathon: Everything you need to know


Boston marathon runners

Marathon Monday is a big day in New England, but particularly in Massachusetts. First, it coincides with Patriots Day, which is a legal holiday in Massachusetts – one of only two states to commemorate the day as a holiday. As if all that weren’t enough, it’s also opening day for the Boston Red Sox. Whether you’re planning to be on scene for the action or you’d like to follow from the comfort of your TV or smartphone, we’ve gathered links to help you enjoy the day.

Boston Athletic Association’s official Marathon site offers complete event information, including spectator rules. Here’s a deep dive of some of the things you can find:

Weather is looking a little iffy. Here are a few forecasts for Boston Marathon weekend
from Dave Epstein and from AccuWeather

Here are the road closures for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

The Boston Marathon has 34 official charity teams. Here’s how you can donate to them.

The Boston Discovery Guide has great info on the Marathon as well as other Monday events.

 

Your Super Bowl pre-game tool kit


Super Bowl party ingredients: snacks, beer, a football and a remote

Another Super Bowl Sunday for the Patriots! Go New England! We’ve gathered a grab bag of fun and interesting related items from around the web to get you in the spirit.

The Philadelphia police are hard at work greasing the street poles to prevent Eagles fans from any wild post-game pole-climbing activities. Sports Illustrated says they started with Crisco but are now using gear oil. But their precautions are likely in vain if we can believe the apes. In an annual tradition, Utah’s Hogle Zoo primates Tuah and Arcara made their Super Bowl LII predictions for the winning team … and they chose the Patriots. But let’s check in with other experts in the animal kingdom. Teddy the Porcupine has a 5-1 record for being right in his prognostications. Check out who he favors this year.

This year, the Globe and Philly.com are partnering to bring you a series of Facebook Live reports from the Super Bowl. The schedule started yesterday and will continue through the weekend – you can watch them all on the Globe’s Facebook page. And if Twitter is your thing, here’s what’s happening on Twitter for Super Bowl 52.

To get you in the spirit, Masslive has a Belichick feature: “Whether it be his references to SnapFace, his dry humor or his less-than-enthusiastic responses to numerous questions from the media, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is often good for a number of memorable moments at the podium every season.” They offer a choice selection of Belichick’s best quotes, jokes and press conferences from this season.

How are you at Super Bowl trivia? take the test to find out. You might want to brush up on these 23 pieces of fascinating Super Bowl trivia before the game so that you can amaze your companions.

If you look forward to the Super Bowl ads but don’t like sacrificing your time to replenish snacks or drinks, you’re in luck – AdAge brings you All the 2018 Super Bowl Ads Released So Far.

Many people think that the Super Bowl is really for the dogs, and they’ll prove it by tuning in to Puppy Bowl XIII on Sunday. Not to be outdone by the canine, kittens are taking to the field in Kitten Bowl 5.

Plan your day – here’s the lineup:

  • Kitten Bowl at noon, ET
  • Puppy Bowl 3 PM, ET
  • Super Bowl 6 PM, ET

Super Bowl parties

Planning a Super Bowl party but haven’t set the menu yet? Here’s a how-to on building a Super Bowl snack stadium, and here are 126 Amazing Super Bowl Party Foods That Are Guaranteed To Score.

But if you are hosting a party, we issue a reminder to look after guest safety to avoid any host liability. The Insurance Information Institute explains:

Social host liability, also known as “Dram Shop Liability” laws vary widely from state to state, but 43 states have them on the books. Most of these laws also offer an injured person, such as the victim of a drunk driver, a method to sue the person who served the alcohol. There are circumstances under these laws where criminal charges may also apply.

It’s a little late for this Super Bowl, but if you are a homeowner who likes to host parties, you might want to talk to your independent insurance agent about umbrella liability insurance, which increases your protection.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, and offering sensible tips for party-goers and hosts.