Spooky season has arrived! The Lakes Region has plenty of tricks and treats on deck this October – and we’re not just talking about festive foliage and apple cider donuts. We’ve gathered some of the best can’t-miss ghostly delights and chilling frights of the season from haunted hay rides to sweet treats and family-friendly festivals. Have some free space in your fall calendar? Take a peek at our events calendar for seasonal activities galore.
When: October 23 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Inn on Golden Pond
What: Halloween Harvest Festival at The Inn on Golden Pond
The whole community is invited to this year’s Halloween Harvest Festival at The Inn on Golden Pond! Join the party on October 23, 2022, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free and grants you access to family-friendly activities, including a bounce house, face painting, live music, games, and food trucks!
When: October 21 and 22 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 211 Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach, Laconia, NH
What: Halloween Masquerade Ball on the Mount Washington
The Mount Washington’s 21+ Halloween Masquerade Ball is the final cruise of the season. This three-hour-long cruise features an unlimited buffet-style dinner, live music, seasonal snacks and drinks, and one of the most thrilling Halloween costume contests in the Lakes Region!
When: Friday to Sunday through October 30
Where: Beans & Greens Farm
What: Beans and Screams Haunted Fear Farm
Come for a hair-raising night of eerie excitement at Beans and Screams Haunted Fear Farm. This “walking horror tour” is complete with special effects, scare actors and plenty of frightening surprises. Tickets are available from Friday through Sunday, 7 pm – 10 pm. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Photo: Shell Ette Photography
When: October 29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Laconia
What: Pumpkinfest in Laconia
Pumpkinfest is a full day of festive fall events in the heart of Laconia, offering entertainment for all ages. Admire the pumpkin displays on the Main Street Pumpkin Stroll, play a game of Pumpkin Bowling, browse the Great New England Craft and Artisan Show, nibble on goodies from local food vendors, and enjoy live music all day long! Get the complete list of events here.
When: October 29, all-day
Where: 603 Paws
What: Halloween Party at 603 Paws
Include your pet in the festivities at 603 Paws’ Halloween Party! Pop into the boutique to participate in a pet costume contest, win prizes, and enjoy snacks for you and your furry friend.
When: October 29, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Squam Lakes Science Center
What: Naturally Wild Halloween
The Squam Lakes Science Center presents Naturally Wild Halloween – featuring animal presentations at the amphitheater throughout the day. See the animals along the trail nibbling on pumpkin treats. Children will leave with a Halloween goodie bag at the end of their visit. The cost is included in the standard admission price.
When: October 30, 2022 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Twin Barns Brewing Co.
What: Ghouls & Drools
Visit Twin Barns Brewing Co. on October 30th to celebrate spooky season with a family and pet-friendly Halloween party in the Biergarten! Pets, kids, and adults are welcome to come dressed in their Halloween best to enter the costume contests. Paint pumpkins, sip and celebrate the Twin Barns x Burnt Timber collaboration Black IPA release, and sample silo food specials. They are also collecting donations for the NH Humane Society, so bring an item or two to show your support!