With Halloween creeping around the corner, the team from What’s New? assembled a motley crew of spooktacular events scattered throughout the Bay State. With our seven deadly picks for Halloween, we promise plenty of tricks and treats throughout October.
- MATV’s HAUNTED STUDIO: Coming in at No. 7 is Malden Media Center’s annual event the Haunted Studio. Kids and parents from the Malden Community trick or treat their way through MATV’s creepy maze of spooks held on Halloween weekend.
- OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW: At No. 6 is Old School Game Show’s Halloween edition in Cambridge. Michael D’Angelo, host of the devilishly camp Old School Game Show, serves up 1970s-era slasher-flick sensibility in this killer live theater/game show cacophony which includes Boston’s burlesque queen Ginny Nightshade. Based on D’Angelo and Nightshade’s previous Halloween creations, Old School Game Show deserves two Freddy Krueger-style thumbs up. 7 p.m. Saturday, October 15. Oberon, 2 Arrow St. Harvard Square in Cambridge, oldschoolgameshow.com.
- HAMMOND CASTLE: For 29 years, this Gloucester haunt transforms into one of the most spooktacular haunted houses in New England. Unfortunately, Hammond Castle announced that 2016 is the last year they will host their must-see haunted nights event. Inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. built this breathtaking medieval-style castle in the late 1920s. Marrying late in life, the eccentric gentleman used the mansion as a laboratory and private residence until his death in 1956. In fact, he’s buried in a crypt tucked away on the property and is rumored to be among the several wayward spirits who haunt the house. 7-11 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Oct. 14-Oct. 29. Hammond Castle, 80 Hespurus Ave. in Gloucester.
- ROCK AND SHOCK: Blood bros Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard celebrate the 20th anniversary of the seminal ghost-face slasher flick Scream at the three-day Rock and Shock convention at the haunted Palladium in Worcester. Courtney Gains and John Franklin, both Chidren of the Corn alums, round out this macabre music fest featuring monsters, music and mayhem. Who knew “the Woo” could be so cool? Friday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 16. Worcester Palladium, 261 Main St. in Worcester.
- HAUNTING AT WITCH HILL: This Victorian-themed ghost story event showcases Peirce Farm at Witch Hill, a historic property that earned its witchy moniker because of its ties to Salem Witch Trials victim Mary Eastey. In fact, Witch Hill is where Rebecca Nurse’s sister hid in fear before being carted off to the gallows in 1692. Victorian-era garb is encouraged and organizers at Essex Heritage are planning an exclusive Edgar Allan Poe-style bash in the property’s barn. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at Peirce Farm in Witch Hill.
- THE RISE OF THE JACK O’ LANTERNS: This fall, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns is debuting in Boston after sold-out events in New York and Los Angeles. With four dates to see this iconic fall event, RISE will bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages indoors at the Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center from October 27-30. “What’s New? Malden” co-hosts Sam Baltrusis and Sharon Fillyaw will be your ghostly tour guides with over 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns on display. Thursday, Oct. 27-Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in South Boston.
- GHOST SHIP HARBOR: Topping the list of our seven deadly picks is GHOST SHIP HARBOR in Quincy. A zombie outbreak has driven humanity to seek sanctuary on the USS Salem, and you can experience the fear firsthand at either Contagion, where the virus is trying to be contained, or The Plague, which reveals that even the open sea isn’t safe from the undead. At the third attraction, The Paranormal VIP tour, managed by author and paranormal researcher Sam Baltrusis, discusses the USS Salem’s ghostly denizens that continue to harry paranormal investigators. And of course, there are the real ghosts that roam the passageways of the vessel. Ghost Ship Harbor at the USS Salem, 739 Washington Street in Quincy.
Here’s a sneak peek of our spooktacular Halloween edition of “What’s New?” The Halloween-themed show will be available to public access stations across the state by DVD or digital download on October 1.