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Newburyport Haunted House – Visit 13 Tilton Street if You Dare!

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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If you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween season, look no further than the home of local Newburyport residents, the Pages, at 13 Tilton Street. With hundreds of spooky characters, lights, props, and sounds, this Newburyport haunted house is a big time operation. But be warned, we’re told someone actually ran out of their shoes last year!

Lights turn on at dusk and stay on until 9 pm most nights for anyone that wants to drive or walk by, but the real screams and shrieks will happen on Halloween night when this Newburyport haunted house gets even more realistic with the addition of ten people in costume. While they promise to take it easy on any little monsters that dare to visit, 13 Tilton Street is not for the faint of heart and parents may want to visit without the kiddies. The Pages don’t keep track of foot traffic, but popularity has grown each year, and one neighbor says she gave out 800 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters last year.

Bruce Page, a family man and detective for the Exeter Police by day, is the mastermind of this spooktacular experience and has been adding to his collection for the past 17 years. The haunted house began with a single eerie butler in the window back in 2001 and has since grown to include over 100 characters, 40 skeletons and 86 light up pumpkins, among other things. A curator of all things spooky, Page tries to add to his collection each year  by shopping in Halloween stores, making his own homemade creations and has even taken on a friend’s inventory when he retired from the haunting business.

But while Page may head up the operation, he makes a big point in saying this is a huge effort with lots of friends and family helping out. Nick Dole, the Page’s tenant that they prefer to just call a friend, is right there on the frontline as Page’s biggest helper, setting up the lights, designing the skeleton tree, and daily tweaks. Daughters, Madeline, age 12, and Faith, age 8, may not partake in the set-up but are totally on onboard with their scary abode for the season and love showing it off to friends. And while wife Nicole is not into the elaborate decorations, she loves that the community enjoys it. 

The house at 13 Tilton Street is a family home owned by Bruce’s parents and grandparents before his own family, but that’s not where his passion for Halloween stems from. In fact, Page says his parents weren’t really into the holiday at all. However, just across the street, neighbor Richard Cook was stirring up scares and inspiring a young Bruce back in the day. Page says Cook use to dress up in costume and chase trick-or-treaters with a pretend chainsaw on Halloween.

This year, if you have the guts to visit this Newburyport haunted house, be on the lookout for Page’s newest addition, the blade wielding guy of nightmares, Freddy Krueger. And if you aren’t too scared, say a hello to Bruce who loves to hang out, he doesn’t dress up in  costume, and watch the fun unfold on Halloween night.

Whether you’re planning on driving by or visiting on the big night, make sure you get there before October ends, come November 1st, the lights are out!

Halloween Events in Newburyport

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There are so many great annual Halloween events in Newburyport that the city has become known as a destination for Halloween fun. Some of the most popular events are Halloween traditions that count on each year, like Witches Night Out and Downtown Trick or Treat. There are also a variety of additional events hosted by various local organizations both in Newburyport and surrounding towns. For a complete list of Halloween Events and more detailed information on the events featured in this article, check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.

Witches Night Out is one of the Halloween events that seems to grow in popularity each year.  More and more, people are coming to Newburyport dressed for the occasion and ready to enjoy a fun night of shopping, drinks, and snacks at many of the local Newburyport retailers.  On Friday night, October 22nd from 6-9 pm, folks shop and show off their costumes along the main streets of downtown Newburyport as well as the Tannery Marketplace. Although you will spot a few very young witches early in the evening, this event is geared more towards the adults. The highlight for many is a visit to Partridge in a Bear Tree, known for their cool Halloween decorations and a lively vibe.

Maudslay is Haunted is hosted by Theater in the Open, featuring a walking tour of short spooky skits.  From start to finish you should allow at least an hour and a half to take this haunted tour.  This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 23rd and 24th from 1:30-4 pm.  There is a rain date of October 30th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.

The Newburyport Downtown Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 29th.  Families with small children are encouraged to come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local Downtown and Tannery retailers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with small children to ease their way into trick or treating while introducing them to Newburyport’s fun Halloween events!

On Saturday, October 23rd from 2-5 pm the Newburyport Parks Department and Mom Comm will host Pumpkin Palozza, a new family Halloween event on Bartlet Mall. Planned activities include: Pumpkin Carving Contest & Decorating, Hay Rides, Trick or Treating, Vendor Booths, Costume Parade, Kids Yoga, Graveyard Tours & Music and even a Beer Garden for the adults. Make sure to visit the Newburyport.com Events calendar for a complete list as there are quite a few fun Halloween events happening in the surroundings towns as well.

The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport’s official Trick or Treating which happens on Sunday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Before all of the fun ends we highly recommend a drive around town to check out some of the exceptionally spooky homes, especially 13 Tilton Street!

There are a few Halloween Events that were popular in past years and may return in the future but are not happening in 2021 including: the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting and the Scarecrow Contest. Newburyport.com receives inquiries about these events so we we have kept prior year videos of these events on our site for Halloween fans to view. If you really enjoy the creative scarecrows, visit Amesbury and Salisbury to check out their 2021 Scarecrow contests.

Witches’ Night Out Newburyport – Dress to Impress!

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Who says Halloween is just for the little ones? Grab your broomsticks and pointy hats and fly on over to the annual Witches’ Night Out on Friday, October 22nd from 6 pm to 9 pm, where “big kids” are invited to haunt the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery in their best Halloween getups. Plan a wicked girls or guys night out or have a scary fun date night and paint the town orange for this Halloween celebration. Couples and group costumes are always a hit!

During Witches’ Night Out, costumed revelers are invited to stroll through town and pop into participating shops that will stay open late for tricks and treats. Many stores get creative with eerie decorations and offer up spooktacular snacks and drinks. And while all of town will be frighteningly exciting, there are a few shops that always outdo themselves. Kevin Riley, owner of Partridge in a Bear Tree, is known for his over the top decorations for just about every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. This shop is a must visit for all witches in the know! You may even find some great decorations and ideas to make your own house the spookiest on the block. There are so many local Newburyport shop owners who enjoy this fun Newburyport tradition. Make sure to visit as many as you can!

Although the event does not include a costume contest at one of our local restaurants this year, all witches, warlocks and anything else that goes bump in the night, are encouraged to attend Witches Night Out in their best Halloween attire!

To find even more fun events happening this Halloween season, visit our Newburyport EVENTS CALENDAR.

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Hosted by Newburyport Rotary & Chamber

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

The annual Newburyport Rotary & Chamber Santa Parade & Tree Lighting scheduled for Sunday, November 28th, offers all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration – but there’s a twist. In this most nautical of cities, Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive by boat. Honoring the Clipper City’s heritage as the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa and Mrs. Clause make their first local appearance waving from a Coast Guard boat on the Merrimack River before docking at the boardwalk for a joyful procession through the downtown area to the traditional tree lighting in Market Square.

Kids and families gather on the boardwalk to await the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 3:30 pm. Santa then leads a short parade from the boardwalk to Market Square for the tree lighting at 4 pm. The event features a spirited round of caroling from residents capped with Santa hats as they usher in the holiday season. Note that these times are approximate. We recommend arriving early in case Santa is running early!

Traditionally held on the Sunday afternoon immediately after Thanksgiving, the Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is the much-anticipated kickoff of the area’s official holiday season. The nearby town of Salisbury typically hosts its own Christmas tree lighting later on the same day.

Over the next few weeks Santa will pop up at a host of public events in the area, including Amesbury’s annual holiday parade, a series of tours by firetruck (in Byfield, Newburyport, and Salisbury), a very popular Jingle Bell Walk through Ipswich, and a wide variety of storytimes and parties at local libraries and recreational farms.

In early December in Newburyport, Santa takes up residence at Santa’s Workshop which is festively decorated by the Newburyport Horticultural Society, offering visits and photos with the kids on Saturdays and Sundays in December. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for the specific days and times.

The Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is presented by the Newburyport Rotary Club.

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