There are so many great annual Halloween events in Newburyport that the city has become known as a destination for Halloween fun. Decorations go up each year at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. The 2019 festivities will be held October 13th and 14th 12-5 pm, hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and featuring live entertainment, food vendors and all sorts of shopping. The lampposts are decorated with very creative scarecrows that are sponsored by local small business owners. Vote for your favorite scarecrow at the Chamber table in Market Square by 2 pm on the 14th. If you are looking for more detailed information on any of the following events, check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.
Join Untapped History this October, for candlelight lead tours through Newburyport and share some of the strange, spooky, and historically accurate tales of the Port and New England! Beware Newburyport! Enjoy tales of shipwrecks, witches, unexplained hauntings, and vampire epidemics. These special tours will be held on October 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, and 31st. Book your candlelight tour today—if you dare!
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 18th from 6-9 pm, folks shop and show off their costumes along the main streets of downtown Newburyport as well as the Tannery Marketplace. The highlight for many is a visit to Partridge in a Bear Tree, famous for having the most unique Halloween decorations in area, and all other holidays too. Although you will spot a few very young witches early in the evening, this event is geared more towards the adults. As the shopping winds down, the Witches & Warlocks can participate in a fun Halloween Costume Contest at 9:15 pm. Location should be announced very soon.
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 19th and 20th from 1:30-4 pm. There is a rain date of October 27th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.
The Newburyport Downtown & Tannery Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 25th. Families with small children are encouraged to come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local retailers. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with very small children to ease their way into trick or treating while introducing them to Newburyport’s fun Halloween events!
Visit the Newburyport Public Library to hear spooky tales about Haunted Cemeteries of New England on October 29th at 7 pm. Paranormal researcher and Ghosts of Salem author Sam Baltrusis will share stories of hauntings in local cemeteries, including strange happenings at the Pierce Tomb in the Old Hill Burying Ground here in Newburyport.
Speaking of cemeteries—you can celebrate Halloween amongst gravestones at The Museum of Newbury’s Halloween Hauntings party on October 30th at 6 pm. Revelers will spend the evening at Oak Hill Cemetery enjoying spooky hayrides, live music, tarot card readings, and hauntingly delicious food and drink.
Anna Jaques Hospital features an annual Halloween Party (unfortunately this has been cancelled due to weather/safety concerns) on their front lawn at 25 Highland Avenue. The party runs from 4:30-7 pm on October 31st, giving folks enough time to stop at the Hospital before the official start of trick-or-treating. Other families just make it part of their trick-or-treating route. Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, candy, hot chocolate, apple cider, cotton candy, and a bouncy house!
The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport’s official Trick or Treating which happens on Thursday, 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!
If your trying to find information about the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll, this event is not on the calendar for 2019 but was extremely popular so we hear there is consideration to bring it back in future years. People from Newburyport and the surrounding area carved their pumpkins and brought them to Market Square to be proudly featured on hay bails in the center of the square. Spectators enjoyed Halloween music while viewing hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns. This showcase featured an extremely eclectic array of designs. Everything from ornate etched creepy carvings to superheroes to Scooby Doo to really cool ghosts, bats and more.