10/13/2011 05:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2011

Halloween In Massachusetts: 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 Massachusetts that are sure to be a scream.
— Sara Faith Alterman

Downtown Salem

The site of the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692, Salem has long been a magnet for the weird and wicked. Though witches and wicca-philes flock here year-round, Halloween is an especially magical time to visit this picturesque Massachusetts town. During the month of October, Salem kicks into full ghoulish gear, with a jam-packed roster of Haunted Happenings that include outdoor carnivals, seances, ghost tours, haunted ships and mansions, and the official Salem Witches' Halloween Ball. Don't miss historic Derby Square, which bustles with witchy activity.

289 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970 | Get Directions

Echo Hill Orchards And Winery

Spending a crisp autumn day picking pumpkins and apples is a classic New England pastime. Cap it off with a spooky haunted hayride and kick off the Halloween season with flair. At Echo Hill Orchards and Winery, kids' cheeks will get rosy from the October air, while their parents' will be tinted pink from sipping local wine. Haunted hayrides suitable for the family are on Friday and Saturday nights in October, while fruit picking is every weekend from 10 am to 5 pm during the fall season.

101 Wilbraham Rd., Monson, MA 01057 | Get Directions

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast And Museum

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her parents 40 whacks... and courageous vacationers can spend a night in the house where the grisly murders allegedly occurred. Built in 1845, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and Museum is a twisted tribute to one of the country's most notorious female murder suspects, who was ultimately acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother in cold blood. Crime-scene photos and staged mannequins add a creepy twist to the B&B's otherwise charming decor.

92 Second St., Fall River, MA 02721 | Get Directions

Reporter Tim Estiloz visits the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and Museum and chats with the proprietors.

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