By Karissa Gaughan – 1851 Contributor
Six Flag Fright Fest – Friday, September 24 to Sunday, October 31 (1623 Main St., Agawam, Massachusetts)
A New England favorite, Fright Fest is back this year at Six Flags. Walk through the scary zones around the massive theme park while going on rides, seeing haunted attractions, and watching live entertainment and shows. A one-day ticket costs $34.99 or grab a season pass for the rest of 2021 and all of 2022 for as low as $49.99. Once a ticket holder, you can purchase the premium haunted house add-on for $24.99, allowing you access to all five of the haunted houses set up throughout the park. For tickets and more information visit, visit sixflags.com/newengland/events/fright-fest.
Witches Woods – Friday to Sunday (Select Thursdays) from October 1 to October 31 (79 Powers Rd., Westford)
In addition to all the carnival rides, Witches Woods is back for the 2021 season with past attraction favorites like 3-D Keeper’s Crypt and Castle Morbid. In addition, enjoy the thrills of the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree, the Chamber of Chills, Vampire Passage and the Haunted Hayride. All tickets must be purchased online at $42 a person on their website, wictheswoods.com. You’re sure to see Halloween sights you won’t witness anywhere else this season.
Salem Haunted Magic Show: “Hysteria” – October 1 to October 6 (50 Washington St., Salem)
Having had the privilege to attend a show, I’d recommend if you’re in the Salem area to check out the Haunted Happenings Magic Show. With a new theme every year, this year’s 10th-anniversary Hysteria show had scary ghost stories, illusions, and mind-reading performances all live on stage. General Admissions start at $18 per person, and with tons of audience participation, you feel like a part of the show! With the capacity not exceeding 100, a negative covid test is not required upon entry. Attending the show and walking around the streets of Salem make for the perfect spooky afternoon! For show postings or more information, go to TheSalemMagicShow.com.
Hawthorne Hotels’ 2021 Halloween Ball: “Don’t Look Back” – October 23 (18 Washington Square W, Salem)
Join the Hawthorne family in Salem for their annual costume party featuring The Ward Eights, and multiple DJs spread out across three dance floors; for ages 21 and up. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and don’t forget to enter the costume contest! “We chose ‘Don’t Look Back” as our theme, wanting to put a positive spin on what has been a difficult year and a half,” the Hawthorne Family said on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-hawthorne-hotel-halloween-ball-dont-look-back-tickets, which is the only place you can purchase tickets starting at $150 a person. You must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours before the event.
DRAGATHON: Halloween Night Spooptacular – October 31 (279 Tremont St., Boston)
Hosted by The Boulet Brothers, come stand stageside to watch the Halloween Spooktacular drag show starring Trixie Mattel, Katya, Kylie Sonique Love, and featuring so many more. Premium Stage Front Tickets are $99 per person, and General Admissions are $64. All ticket holders have access to the balcony, and those 21 and up will have entry to the Hot Mess After Party. The event is open to all ages and does not require proof of vaccination but requires masks to be worn per request of the city of Boston. Go to ticketweb.com/event/dragathon-halloween-night-spooptacular-all-royale-boston-tickets for tickets and more information.