Halloween In Vermont: A MapQuest Guide
From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Vermont that are sure to be a scream.
— Holly Quinn
The Haunted Forest
Every year, in Williston, Vermont, the forest by the Catamount Outdoor Family Center is transformed into the Haunted Forest for an experience that's part theater and part outdoor haunted house. As guests make their way along the dark paths -- lit by more than 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns -- they encounter a dozen eerie scenes fit for the holiday. The Haunted Forest is open for 10 shows in late October, including one daytime matinee for kids. Tickets are $12.50 for the evening shows and $8.50 for the matinee.
92 Governor Chittenden Road, Williston, VT 05495 | Get Directions
The Great Vermont Corn Maze is a "cornfusing" place to spend an autumn day with the family, but Dead North takes the cornfield to a spookier place. Dead North features haunted houses, wagon rides and, of course, a walk through the haunted cornfield. Some of the frights along the way can be disturbing to young children, so parental discretion is advised. Dead North runs for two weekends in early October. Admission is $25 per person.
1404 Wheelock Road, Danville, VT 05828 | Get Directions
Townshend Pumpkin Festival
The Pumpkin Festival in Townshend, Vermont, is just the ticket for families, craft lovers and anyone looking for an old-fashioned New England fall festival. Events include pumpkin- and scarecrow-decorating contests for children and adults, a Halloween-costume parade, live music and dozens of craft and food vendors. The Pumpkin Festival is held annually the Saturday after Columbus Day. Parking is free, and pets are allowed.
46 Common Road, Townshend, VT 05353 | Get Directions
A commercial for the Haunted Forest offers glimpses of the frights that await all who enter.
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