Special Feature: 2023 Halloween and Fall Events in Newburyport!
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Special Feature: 2023 Halloween and Fall Events in Newburyport!

Deirdre Girard
April 2, 2024
Special Feature:  2023 Halloween and Fall Events in Newburyport!
Maudslay is Haunted is BACK featuring Greater Newburyport Children's Chorus


October’s Best Halloween Destination: Newburyport!

Do you like to dress in Halloween costume, carve pumpkins, indulge in sweet treats, be scared a little bit, or just be outside in the crispy autumn weather? Newburyport Arts Collective creates a festival of Halloween and fall inspired events for the whole family all month long. 

Short horror plays that will make you scream!

Hot Ticket: Short & Scary II

The Actor's Studio of Newburyport

Coming in January!

What scares you the most?  That is the inspiration for a new collection of contemporary short horror plays that have won awards and accolades across the country.  From Psychics to Hauntings to Earthly Evil, these short plays will draw you in and make you jump.  Mini Halloween treat bags will be given out if you dare to stay till the end...but expect the unexpected. Recommended audience age: 12 + years old. At our new Salisbury location.


October 7

Special Jungle Book Halloween Performances

Acting Out, NBPT, at the Firehouse
For both our 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday performances of Jungle Book, dress as your favorite "Jungle Book" character and take a photo with the cast!  Prizes for best costume!  A special treat for everyone!


October 7

The 20th Annual Newburyport Chocolate Tour

Come to downtown Newburyport to indulge yourself in treats! Our traditional walking tour will offer ticket holders a chance to browse through 30 + stores, sampling a delicious free chocolate treat at each location. You'll get your goodie bag to fill up, and a map at the start of the tour to guide you to each location. The perfect way for families, couples and friends to kick off the Halloween season-- with treats!


October 7

Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas Dance & Concert!

Belleville Roots Music Series; Belleville Congregational Church, Newburyport
Don’t miss this opportunity to see 2023 Grammy nominee Nathan Williams, a zydeco legend and Southwest Louisiana’s most beloved Creole music pioneer. Put your dancing shoes on and join us on the Belleville Stage Room floor, because, as Nathan Williams himself says, “If you don’t get up and shake a leg, you better call an undertaker - because you’re dead.”- Living Blues, April 2019

Tickets: https://www.bellevilleroots.org/

October 7

Monster Month: Dracula

The Screening Room
To open the Screening Room's classic monster film festival, experience the original 1931 Dracula from the Universal Films Archive on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Bela Lugosi stars as the mysterious Count Dracula, who wreak havoc in London, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires.


October 10

Mysterious Massachusetts

Newburyport Public Library
Every state has its ghost stories, but no other state has the Dover Demon or the Salem Witch Trials. From sea-side ghosts, to UFOs over the Berkshires, Massachusetts has a rich history of paranormal legend, odd events, and strange denizens.
In this presentation, hosted by Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe of Panels by GeekGall, we have a look at some of the most famous of Massachusetts paranormal history.


October 13

Witches Night Out

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
Downtown shops stay open late (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and restaurants offer exclusive promotions. Enjoy themed drinks and savor light bites. While costumes are not required, embracing the spirit of the night by donning your best witchy attire or other fantastical garb is highly encouraged! Free entry. Let the magic begin!


October 13-14

Newburyport Fall Fest 2023

Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
Live local bands, food trucks, beer garden, artisans and crafters-- all on the beautiful Newburyport waterfront.


October 14

Monster Month: The Wolf Man

The Screening Room
The second in the Screening Room's classic monster film festival, this 1941 film features Lon Cheney as the man who unwittingly kills werewolf Bela Lugosi and is doomed to become a fearsome beast himself.


October 15, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


Theater in the Open
Your favorite fearful Poe poems and stories — including The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher — come to life at this all-ages show, performed at the Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel in Oak Hill Cemetery. Using music, movement, and macabre pageantry, this show explores the emotional tension and otherworldly atmosphere that underscores the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Space is limited! Please reserve your tickets in advance.

October 17

Things That Go Bump in the Night: the History and Impact of Horror Film (Interactive Zoom presentation)

Newburyport Public Library
If you dare, come see how onscreen horror began! In this virtual presentation, you will see how horror began and entertaining snippets of some brilliant films produced by American cinema shown on our big screen. This event is free and open to all.


October 19

Monster Month: Frankenstein

The Screening Room
The final feature in their trio of classic monster films, Boris Karloff stars as the creature assembled from body parts of the deceased. This showing is a benefit Theater in the Open, with $5 from each ticket purchased going directly to their organization. In anticipation of their annual fundraiser, Maudslay is Haunted, the character "Dracu" will join us live at the theater. Come on out for a show, a laugh, and maybe a bit of a scare...


October 20

Date Night: Kids Drop Off with Halloween Theme!

Newburyport Youth Services
Come drop off your kids for a fun Halloween themed night of activities while you go out and enjoy yourself or just relax for a bit at home! Children will enjoy some pizza, snacks, drinks, do art projects, play games and watch a movie (open to all families, with children grades 1-5.


October 22 and 28

Maudslay is Haunted!

Theater in the Open
Theater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay is back! Join us for a walk in the park like no other—if you dare! Spooky, silly, and all-ages vignettes are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit for the HAUNTED TRAIL!


October 21-22

Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Firehouse Center for the Arts
A theater presentation for the whole family, Spookley is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. Spookley helps early learners discover that the things that make us different are the things that make us special.


October 24, 5:35 p.m.

Peter Pan and the Magic Pumpkin

Joppa Dance Company
A fun Halloween dance production for the whole family right on Newburyport's waterfront behind the Maritime Museum.


October 24

Drawing Fall Landscapes (Interactive Zoom Presentation)

Newburyport Public Library
Come learn how to draw fall landscapes with us via Zoom! In this class you will use basic shapes, line techniques and shading to learn the process of developing realistic or imaginary Fall landscapes. No prior drawing experience needed. Attendees only need simple paper, pencil and eraser. Corinne Roberts is an illustrator working in comics and children's books (Bug Bites, Drawing Dragons and the Out and About series). This event is free and open to all.


October 27

Halloween Family Fun!

Custom House Maritime Museum
Come in costume to watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'' and “Casper the Friendly Ghost” in our museum gallery! Snacks and beverages will be served at intermission and a group photo will be taken to commemorate the night! A family ticket (3-5 people) is $10, Adults $5, children under 7 are $3. Drinks and food included in admission. Doors will open at 5 p.m.! Tickets can be purchased in advance at thechmm.org or at the door. 25 Water Street, Newburyport. 978-462-8681.

October 28

Among the Tombstones, a Halloween recital

Penny Lazarus Piano Studio
What could be more perfect for Halloween than performing at the graveyard Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel built in a Gothic style in 1900? We'll also be incorporating storytelling about some of the more famous Newburyport families from the 19th century.


October 28

Melody Angel

Presented by the Belleville Roots Music Series, Belleville Congregational Church, Newburyport
Think Big Mama Thornton-meets-Jimi Hendrix. From Chicago, Melody Angel (her real name) is the complete package: gifted guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, vocalist, arranger, and producer.  Her music encompasses many 20th century American genres, including Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Folk, and Funk, all layered on a strong bed of Chicago blues. Don’t miss the performer the Chicago Reader  called  “The Future of the Blues” in her only New England appearance.

Tickets:  https://www.bellevilleroots.org/

October 29

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating/Carving event

Bring the whole family for a magical day of pumpkin carving (bigger kids) or decorating (younger kids)!


October 29

DOC OF THE DEAD: The Definitive Zombie Culture Documentary

Firehouse Center for the Arts
Presented by the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, this documentary is a rich pop culture dialogue with zombie experts and celebrities that also investigates the possibility and ramifications of an actual zombie outbreak. Tickets $12/10 for students and seniors.

October 30

Tarot Talk Workshop

Newburyport Public Library
The workshop begins with a tarot-themed talk focused on the basics of a successful & safe reading, as well as holding space for any questions new readers might have. Then, any attendees who would like to, are invited to pull their own cards in a group reading. Bring your own deck or borrow one to explore. For teens and adults.


Want more thrills? Coming in January!

Short & Scary II, a theater event

Actors Studio of Newburyport
What scares you the most?  That the inspiration for a new collection of contemporary short horror plays that have won awards and accolades across the country.  From Psychics to Hauntings to Earthly Evil, these short plays will draw you in and make you jump.  Mini Halloween treat bags will be given out if you dare to stay till the end...but expect the unexpected. Recommended audience age: 12 + years old. At our new Salisbury location.


Plus look for CLASSIC HORROR MOVIES at the Newburyport Public Library (free) and The Screening Room in downtown Newburyport!

Newburyport is full of Halloween Events all over town!