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Scariest haunted houses near Boston

Looking to get your annual fill of Halloween screams? Here are the best haunted houses to check out in the area.

By Eric Grossman
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It’s the spookiest time of the year, and if you’re looking for more than just a basic “boo!” you’ll want to hit up one of these scream-inducing haunted houses near Boston. These experiences are no walk in the park—don’t say we didn’t warn you if you find yourself fully immersed in terrifying, blood-curdling situations that are sure to leave you thoroughly freaked out for a while. Round out your seasonal activities with the best Halloween events in Boston and other spooky options 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

Haunted Forest
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1. Haunted Overload

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!), and Glow Stick Night (navigate with nothing but a glow stick).

Haunted
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2. Fright Kingdom

Fright Kingdom in Nashua, NH, is New England's largest indoor horror attraction. It features five huge haunted attractions. Hide from the gruesome family at the Bloodmare Manor, avoid contamination in Apocolypse Z, survive the Labyrinth of Grim in total darkness, run from crazed clowns in the Psycho Circus, and more.

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Skull
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3. Gallows Hill: The Lost Museum

This Salem attraction takes you underground, where you'll wander through haunted rooms, past cursed artifacts, ghosts, monsters and more. It's part haunted house and part escape room, so bring your friends and solve the mystery to escape. The special effects will make this feel like much more than a game.

Creepy Hand
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4. Chambers of Terror

Salem is Halloween Central, and 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.

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Scary Clown
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5. 13th World

Is watching your favorite scary movie not enough for you? Head to Cumberland, RI, to 13th World. Each year offers a different experience, and this year's haunted happening features all your favorite characters from the scariest movies, plus some monsters you've never seen before.

Witch
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6. Witch’s Woods Haunted Hayride and Halloween Screampark

Enter the woods in Westford, MA, and hope that you make it out alive. Witch’s Woods features seven different attractions. A ticket is required for the main attractions—Haunted Hayride, Castle Morbid, Horrorwood Chamber of Chills, Jackolantern Jamboree and Vampire Passage.

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Haunted House
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7. Haunted Labyrinth

Cranston, RI, is home to the spookiest labyrinth around. Enter Space Station 13 and 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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