Halloween Happenings at Historic New England

Sep 22, 2021

New England’s favorite season is officially here. Celebrate the turn of the weather with us at Halloween and fall-inspired events through November. See what’s happening in person, and check out our virtual event offerings. Please carefully check mask guidelines for each event.

Drawing of a raven


Gedney House, Salem, Mass.; select Thursdays and Saturday in September and October

Using music, movement, and macabre pageantry, Theater in the Open explores the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that underscore Edgar Allan Poe’s works in one of Salem’s oldest houses. Your favorite fearful Poe poems and stories—including The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado—come to life at Gedney House under lantern light at this all-ages show.

Children wear masks and make Halloween crafts at Wicked Wednesdays at Phillips House
(C) Beth Oram Photography 2018

Wicked Wednesdays

Phillips House, Salem, Mass.; select Wednesdays in October

Join us for family-friendly historic games and fall-inspired crafts in the backyard of Phillips House! Go on an optional short, socially distanced tour of the house. Costumes welcome.

Drawing of a headstone in Beverly Cemetery.

Etched in Stone: Historic Cemeteries of Beverly Walking Tours

Central Cemetery, Beverly, Mass.; Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31

Explore Beverly’s past on foot on this walking tour of the city’s historic Central Cemetery. Discover how perceptions of death have changed spiritually, culturally, and aesthetically in New England. Choose a tour with focus on either Revolutionary or Civil War burials.


Virtual Events

Sketch of man with bat wings.