Halloween 2022 Arts and Cultural Events
Special Event

Halloween 2022 Arts and Cultural Events

Deirdre Girard
September 27, 2022
6 min.
Halloween 2022 Arts and Cultural Events


Newburyport is the perfect place for both kids and adults to celebrate the spooky Halloween season—so many fun things to do in one beautiful, safe, walkable little city. Here is your overview of Newburyport's 2022 Haunted Happenings!

Hot Ticket: Maudslay is Haunted

October 22-23

Bring the family for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes at this all time favorite Halloween event held outdoors in Newburyport's beautiful Maudslay State park.  Collaborating on this event is another NAC member, The Greater Newburyport Children's Chorus, who will be performing both days. Don’t worry about the little ones being too frightened—they’ll be given a magic acorn to hold tight if they are scared.




Theater in the Open and Firehouse Center for the Arts

September 29-Oct 2

Experience Miller’s creepy, spooky and tragic exploration of what happens when neighbors turn on neighbors, and communities tear themselves apart. This site specific production will be one you won’t want to miss! Performances take place at the historic Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury, MA .


The 19th Annual Newburyport Chocolate Tour

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry

October 1

The perfect way to kick off the Halloween season for families, girl's day out or a fun couples afternoon. Grab your chocolate tour map and goodie bag, then fill it up with chocolate treats from over 25 stores in downtown Newburyport. Best of all, there are no guilty feelings because all the proceeds go to local charities, and you'll be "walking it off" around beautiful downtown Newburyport while you indulge.


Pumpkin Palooza

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry

October 15-16

From 11:00AM – 3:00PM each day, Inn Street will be filled with kid friendly activities, performances and a costume parade at the same time their parents can enjoy the Octoberfest going on along the waterfront with artisans, music and adult beverages.


Halloween Crafts


October 15-30

Check out the Tinkerhaus maker's space calendar for Halloween craft making events for the kids, always fun and always a sell-out.


The Haunting of the Count

The Dance Place

October 18

This original dance theater piece, written by Fontaine Dubus and choreographed by Erin Staffiere, features Joppa Dance Troupe Junior and actor Charlie Van Eman. The Haunting of the Count is a tale about a wealthy man’s greedy intensions to tear down La Place de Danse in order to expand his sprawling estate. The dancers and their teachers come up with a plan to save their beloved dance studio-- which involves fancy footwork, a graceful chant, and ingenuity!


EVIL DEAD the Musical

Firehouse Center for the Arts

October 21-31

Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time.


Witches' Night Out

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry

October 22

From 6:00PM – 9:00PM, the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery will be filled with witches, ghosts, vampires and other Halloween characters for Witches' Night Out! This adult-friendly event is a Halloween invitation night coupled with merchant hospitality, seasonal Halloween treats, shopping, and more! Attendees are urged to come in costume.


A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience

The Newburyport Public Library

October 24

In 1692 more than 150 people would be accused of witchcraft, and 25 would die in the Salem witch trials. This talk with award winning author, professor and documentary consultant on witchcraft Emerson Baker will explore the “perfect storm” of factors ranging religious discord to political factionalism and the worst weather of the century to create the greatest witch hunt in American history. The trials cast a long shadow over Salem, a legacy that remains with us today. Free, all are welcome.


Movie: The Shining

The Newburyport Public Library

October 26

In one of the most terrifying horror films of all time, a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both the past and future. Come and enjoy the theater-like screen and sound system with fellow film buffs. Free, all are welcome.


Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Firehouse Center for the Arts

October 28

A family-friendly spooky musical gives the kids a fun way to start getting excited for the big night.


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Firehouse Center for the Arts

October 28

In this cult classic movie, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Prop bags are included with your ticket!


Witch Play, Is It?  

The Actor's Studio of Newburyport

October 28, 29

A spooky scary hair raising evening of Witches and Ghouls told through original scenes and monologues. Written and performed by Anna Smulowitz and local young actors. Appropriate for children over the age of 10 years old, performed at the new Amesbury location of the Actor's Studio of Newburyport.


Jasper in Deadland

Firehouse Center for the Arts

October 29

The acclaimed 2014 Off-Broadway musical hit Jasper in Deadland tells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who journeys into the Afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes.  But in this version of the hereafter the dead forget Life…  and so, too, will Jasper, if he can’t get past the seven circles of Deadland.


Appleton is Haunted

Theater in the Open

October 30

Theater in the Open’s notorious haunting is coming to Appleton Farms in Ipswich! Join our cast of the undead for a walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all surrounded by the changing colors and autumn grandeur of the farm. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats- this event is intended for all ages.


The History of Halloween (VIRTUAL)

The Newburyport Public Library

October 31

Join Jo Ann Tufo, Historian and American History teacher for this “History of Halloween” virtual program. Jo Ann (aka “The Duchess of Doom”) specializes in American cultural practices and celebrations.  She will explore the cross cultural origins of the holiday and how it has translated into the month long extravaganza which features haunted houses, hayrides and so much more. Jo Ann was also the director of a large “Haunted Mansion” Halloween event in Philadelphia for almost a decade. She will share a few inside tricks of the trade. Free, all are welcome.


Susan MacPhee