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October 27, 2011

Get your fright on: Places to scare yourself (silly?)


There are few times and places where one seeks out thrills and chills.

But with Halloween weekend upon us, the time is now and the place is pretty close by, in most cases.

Here are a few of the larger Halloween attractions that you might want to explore to get in the spirit of the season.

For those who love fun with their fear:

Name: Screemfest at Canobie Lake Park

Address: 85 North Policy St., Salem, N.H.

Phone: 603-893-3506

Website: Canobie.com/SCREEEMFEST/index.php

Prices: $23.99 (with coupon, check website), $27.99 (general admission) and $16.99 (under 48-inches tall or over 60 years old).

Hours: Friday, 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m.

Family-friendly: Absolutely! Their motto is: Where fear meets fun. Site includes intense haunted houses and thrill rides, "trick or treating" throughout the park and our Kiddieland ride area for kids.

How to raise the white flag: Monster B'Gone! For those too scared, purchase a special necklace actors will shy away from. It works like crosses on vampires.

Scare Factor: Scream and run. While each haunt is different for each person, expect to be in the dark and have monsters jump out.

Ick-Factor: High alert. In the "Dead Shed" actors are famous for eating the blood and guts from their victims throughout the house.

Do things pop out at you? Absolutely.

Do things chase you? Wear sneakers.

When you aren't being stalked: Check out the park's 43 operating rides, 20 festive food locations, live entertainment (Mini-Kiss and a Tribute to Madonna), fireworks on Saturday evenings, Kiddie rides and trick-or-treating and simulated coffin ride to the grave.

For the traditionalist, who loves an eerie stone castle in the woods:

Name: Castle of Fear

Address: 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill

Phone: 978-521-1686

Website: Winnekenni.com

Prices: $18 (general admission) $10 (kids 12 and under)

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