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Scariest haunted houses near Boston

These hair-raising haunted houses aren’t for amateurs—here’s where to get your Halloween thrills and chills.

Jillian Dara
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Jillian Dara
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Eric Grossman
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Whether you’re a year-round phobophilia or just wanting to get into the Halloween spirit, there are a multitude of haunted venues to get your fix of fright this time of year. Be warned, though; These houses, estates and terror factories aren’t for the faint of heart, as they fully embrace everything petrifying and go all out on special effects—from elaborate costumes and gory makeup to eerie fog and spine-chilling sound sequences. Round out these fall festivities with the best Halloween events in Boston and other spooky activities taking place during Halloween in Boston. Remember to find a perfect pumpkin for your jack-o’lantern at these places to go pumpkin picking near Boston.

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Scariest haunted houses near Boston

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Located in Fall River, this spot cranks out fear with a bone-chilling story. Before entering the now deserted building, guests are briefed on the fictional tale of a former factory, where 113 workers were murdered. We don’t want to spoil any of the frightening fun, but expect a blackout and a thrillingly bloody scene.

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With two locations—one in Seekonk, the other down in Rhode Island—these haunted happenings are never too far away. This spot comprises a whole series of haunted houses that add up to a full 45 minutes of spookiness, giving Fear Town the well-deserved recognition for being one of New England’s longest haunted houses. Expect skeletons, monsters and the feeling of entrapment as you attempt to navigate through heavy woods and sheer hysteria.

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Fright Kingdom in Nashua, NH, is New England's largest indoor horror attraction. It features five, huge haunted experiences. Amongst the hair-raising scenarios you’ll encounter here: Hiding from the gruesome family at the Bloodmare Manor; avoiding contamination in Apocalypse Z; finding your way out the old farmhouse that is The Abandoned; running away from crazed clowns in the Psycho Circus; and more.

This Salem attraction takes you underground, where you'll wander through haunted rooms and past cursed artifacts, ghosts, monsters and more. It's part haunted house and part escape room, so expect it to be interactive. Bring your friends and figure out all of the clues to free yourself—all while battling blood-curdling special effects in one of Massachusetts' most notoriously haunted towns.

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Short but sweet (or should we say scary), this attraction is labeled as the “scariest seven minutes in Salem.” This haunted house comes from real experts in the field of frights. Salem's Nightmares LLC presents movie-quality nightmare scares. Walk past demons, ghouls, psychos and creatures of the dark, and try not to scream in sheer terror.

This award-winning horror show in Lee, NH, pulls out all the stops. The fright-filled, immersive trail features stunningly terrifying sets and costumes. Check out the Main Event (sound and lighting intensify the experience), Blackout Night (no lights at all!) and Glow Stick Night (you navigate it with nothing but a glow stick). If an evening of screams sounds too intense, Haunted Overload also offers a Day Haunt and a toned-down version of the show at Friday Night Lite, which allows patrons to experience all the sound and lighting effects without all the monster madness.

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Is watching your favorite horror flick just not enough fear for you? Head to Cumberland, RI, to 13th World to feel like you’re a character in said movie. Each year, 13th World brings terrifying characters from the most frightening films to life. It’s always sure to offer a different experience, so if you’ve been before, you can come back and still be just as scared as the first time.

Enter the woods of the Nashoba Valley Ski Area and hope that you make it out alive. Starting October 1 and lasting until Halloween on October 31, Witch’s Woods is open every day, featuring several different attractions. A ticket is required for the main events—Castle Morbid, Horrorwood Chamber of Chills, Jack O'Lantern Jamboree and Vampire Passage.

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Cranston, RI, is home to one of the spookiest paths filled with twists and turns around—which also happens to be the longest running haunted house in New England. Try to find your way through the labyrinth, past frightful monsters and more surprises. Non-scary bonus: This haunted house is run by and benefits a non-profit youth organization

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