There are so many great annual Halloween events in Newburyport that the city has become know as destination for Halloween fun. Decorations go up each year at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. The 2018 festivities will be held October 7th and 8th, 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. 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! Tales of shipwrecks, witches, unexplained hauntings and vampire epidemics. These special tours will be held October, 13th, 20th and 27th. 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 19th 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 folks 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 head to the 2nd floor of The Grog at 9 pm for a fun Halloween Costume Contest at 9:15 pm.
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 take this haunted tour. This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st 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 26th. Families with small children are encouraged 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!
Start your Halloween with Maritime Trick-or-Treat at the Custom House Maritime Museum from 10 am – 4 pm on October 31st. Mom’s, Dads and Grandparents are encourage to bring kids in costume for a free visit to the museum. Ring the giant ship’s bell and scare the ghosts and goblins! Find a treasure chest treat! Plus Halloween coloring, jokes and riddles!
Anna Jaques Hospital features an annual Halloween Party 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 the bouncy house!
The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport official Trick or Treating which happens on Tuesday, 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!
If your trying to find information about the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll, this event is not on the calendar for 2018, 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 form ornate etched creepy carvings to super hero’s, Scooby Doo and really cool ghosts, bats and more.