Halloween Events in Newburyport

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With so many creative annual Halloween events in Newburyport the city has become known as a destination for Halloween fun. Some of the most popular events are Halloween traditions, like Witches Night Out and Downtown Trick and Treat. Newburyport and the surrounding towns and cities are also host to a variety of additional spooktacular events hosted by various local organizations. For a complete list of Halloween Events and more detailed information on the events featured in this article, check the Events Calendar. Download the FREE Newburyport App for a direct link to easily view events.

Halloween Events – Annual Newburyport Traditions

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 13th from 6-9 pm, folks will 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 21st and 22nd from 1:30-4 pm.  There is a rain date of October 28th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event. We also recommend a visit to the Chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery for POE in Newburyport on Sunday, October 15th at 6:30 pm or 8 pm.

Newburyport Downtown Trick or Treat will be hosted from 4 – 5 pm on Friday, October 27th. One of Newburyport’s most cherished Halloween Events and family traditions, parents are encouraged to bring their witches, ghosts, pirates, dinosaurs, super-heroes and all creative characters to come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local Downtown restaurants and retailers.

Halloween Events – Popular Adult Costume Events

If you’re in search of Halloween costume parties geared for adults  Saturday, October 28th, Newburyport Brewing Company is featuring their annual Costume Party featuring The Rolling Who from 6-9  pm and My Salisbury Beach is hosting their annual Rockin’ Halloween Costume Ball starting at 8 pm at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, featuring entertainment by WildFire.

Halloween Events & Fun for Dogs & Dog Lovers

Although most of the Halloween events are either designed for adults or for kids, the Beach Dog Daycare runs an annual Top Dog Halloween Costume Contest that we high recommend checking out.

Halloween Haunted Houses – Spookiest Newburyport Destinations 

Before all of the fun ends we highly recommend a drive around town to check out some of the exceptionally spooky homes, especially Newburyport’s Haunted House, 13 Tilton Street!

Halloween Events General List – Visit – More Details on the Newburyport Events Calendar 

Trick or Treat – Local Cities & Towns
Amesbury – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Newburyport – 5:30 – 7:30 pm receives inquiries during the Halloween season asking about a couple of very popular prior year events: the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting & the Scarecrow Contest. We can’t tell you whether these events will be brought back to life, but you can still enjoy some prior year videos. Why can’t we answer this question? does not involved in the planning of any events, but we are the Greater Newburyport source for information about local events. If you really enjoy the creative scarecrows we highly recommend visiting Amesbury and Salisbury to check out their Scarecrow Contests.

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser Supporting the Fireworks

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Brewfest is a rain or shine event and is happening as scheduled. Get ready for the 2023 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser on Saturday, July 29th from 5 – 9 pm. Brewfest is hosted at Cashman Park providing picturesque shoreline views of the Merrimack River. In addition to being one of Newburyport’s top social events of the summer, Brewfest ticket sales are the primary source of revenue used to pay for our Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. Purchase Brewfest tickets and know that your contribution is helping support our cherished fireworks, hosted by Yankee Homecoming, a local nonprofit organization.

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest is the ideal opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about local craft beers, discover some new breweries or revisit some of your favorite brews! The event is host to an impressive list of local and regional breweries featuring an amazing selection of local craft beers and ciders. Come sample some new styles and varieties of craft beers and view the list of participating breweries below.

The following is the list of 2023 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest participants.  Allagash, Athletic Brewing Company LLC, Cisco Brewers,  Downeast Cider, Finest Kind Brewing LLC/Smuttynose Brewing & Island District Craft Cocktails, Jack’s Abby, Kona Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Night Shift, Nutrl, Sloop Brewing Co., Stella Artois, Three Floyds Brewing Co. LLC,  Trapp, Trogegs Independent Brewing, True North Ale Company, Von Trapp Brewing, and Wormtown Brewery. Check back as the list of confirmed participants may still increase.

In addition to an excellent selection of beers, Brewfest offer tasty food options as well: Fat Belly BBQ, OTTO Pizza, Pete’s Pushcart Catering, Rico’s Burrito Food Truck, North Shore Beefie Boys, and Super Star Ice Cream. The Yankee Homecoming Brewfest volunteers have also organized fun activities like cornhole and giant jenga as well as live music from, Party On!

While Yankee Homecoming features many events for families and people of all ages, Brewfest is a really fun occasion exclusively for adults! Only folks aged 21+ with a valid form of identification will be admitted.  No children or pets are permitted. Make sure to purchase tickets for Yankee Homecoming Brewfest as soon as possible because this popular event sells out every year. Note, that Brewfest will happen rain or shine. We like to assume that the weather will be perfect “glass half full”…. but check the forecast and be prepared to keep the party going…even if your umbrella becomes necessary.

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 130 local restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

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Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, Newburyport

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