For those seeking a bloody good time this Halloween, there are few places as fun on October 31st as Cape Cod. After all, the Cape is no stranger to the paranormal. With so many historical homes, old graveyards, and ghostly sea captains haunting their former abodes, Cape Cod is a favorite spot for ghost hunters from around the country. The legendary Orleans Waterfront Inn, also known as the ‘Inn of the Dead’ was once the subject of an hour-long episode of the TV show “Ghost Hunters,” during which a number of ghosts were encountered.
5 Spook-tacular Events for Halloween on Cape Cod
We’ve selected five of the best events on the Cape to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve. From ghostly walks, costume balls, ghoulish hayrides, and more, there’s something for the scare-seekers, the kids, and the kids at heart.
1. Barnstable Village’s Ghost Hunter’s Tour
Accompany professional Ghost Hunters on this three-hour long walking tour around Barnstable Village’s most ghoulish spots such as the Crocker Tavern, Barnstable Court House, the Barnstable Cemetery, and the Barnstable House. The walk ends with a tour of a darkened old jail, which was built in the 1690s.
- Time: Mondays & Friday nights until November 15th. Tours begin at 7 PM.
- Location: 3353 Main Street (6A) in Barnstable at the US Coast Guard Heritage Museum/Old Jail.
- Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Kids under 8 get in for free.
- Additional Information: Visit their website or call 508.771.2725
2. The Harvest of Horrors
For the last 37 years, Tony Andrews’ Farm in East Falmouth has been transformed into a very popular spook festival every Halloween. Enjoy a goose bump inducing hayride around the extensive farm land. Be sure to expect lots of ghouls, ghosts, and gasps! Guests are let off the tram at one point during the ride, and led along a spooky trail through the darkened woods.
- Time: The hayride goes from 6:30 – 9:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays for the remainder of October.
- Location: Tony Andrews Farm, 394 Old Meeting House, East Falmouth, MA.
- Tickets: $12
- Additional Information: Visit their website or call 508-527-0189
3. The Haunted Forest
This October 30th, the exquisite Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a ghost-filled forest! A family-friendly outing without too many scares, the Audubon promises, “you’ll be entertained and enlightened (but not scared) by the strange and mysterious creatures you meet along the way. Wear your costume so you won’t be recognized by the things that go bump in the night! The festivities continue in our game room, where you can win delicious prizes and get your face painted.” This event is recommended for kids ages 3 through 12.
- Time: The Halloween-themed game room will be open from 5:30-8:30 pm and everyone is welcome to enjoy the activities before or after exploring the Haunted Forest.
- Location: Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet.
- Tickets: $11 for adults and $7 for kids. Space is limited to 20 participants per time slot, so be sure to reserve tickets in advance.
- Additional Information: Visit their website or call 508-349-2615
4. The Masquerade Ball at Provincetown Town Hall
Put on your Halloween best and your dancing shoes and head to Ptown’s Town Hall for a fantastic costume ball. There’s even a costume contest with the winner receiving $500 and the runner-up getting $250. That’ll buy a lot of Halloween candy!
A portion of the proceeds go to the Provincetown AIDS Memorial Fund & the Santa Shop at Seashore Point.
- Time: 7:00 – 11:00 PM on Saturday, October 31st.
- Location: 260 Commercial St, Provincetown.
- Tickets: $50 for regular tickets, $100 for VIP tickets, which include access to a private viewing area, tickets to the afterparty at Way Down Town, and an open bar. Tickets can be purchased here.
- Additional Information: Visit their website
5. The Halloween Family Festival at the Heritage Museums & Gardens
Take your costumed kids to the Heritage Museums & Gardens to enjoy family-friendly event and a boo-tastic dance party with zombies, witches, ghosts, and goblins. There will be tractor-pulled hayrides, rides on the vintage carousel in the Art & Carousel Gallery, and the Hidden Hollow™, a fun way to learn about nocturnal animals. The Museum writes, “get in the Halloween spirit and be inspired as you explore the new carved pumpkin display, featuring pumpkins by both professional and amateur carvers. Families can take a fall-themed family photo on the decorated Outdoor Concert Stage. The Hundred Acre School will also be open and children can create a special Halloween craft.”
- Time: Friday, October 23 from 5:30-8:30 PM & Saturday, October 24 from 1:30-8:30 PM.
- Location: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich.
- Tickets: $10 admission for members; $15 admission for non-members. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased here by calling (508) 888-3300.
- Additional Information: Visit their website
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