The Seacoast offers no shortage of ways to celebrate Halloween, so narrowing the list to a manageable five took some work. Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments, including tips for events outside of the seacoast region! Without further ado, and in no particular order, the Top Five:

  • CORN MAZE: Coppal House Farm in Lee is your best bet for a fun corn maze in the seacoast. While the maze varies from year to year, it tends to be challenging without being frustrating. If your sense of direction isn't great, be sure to stock up on fresh cider doughnuts made onsite before venturing out... mmm. doughnuts. Bonus: this year there are two mazes to explore!
  • HAUNTED WALK: Haunted Overload at Demeritt Hill Farm in Lee has evolved from a front yard in Exeter to a fantastically intricate walk with unbelievable sets on a farm in Lee. Frankly, I'm not so much scared when wandering through-- although there is no shortage of frights to be had- as I am fascinated and amazed at the craft of this place. Be sure to check this out.
  • HAUNTED PUB TOUR: New England Curiosities, out of Portsmouth, provides you the opportunity to drink beer and hear ghost stories and local folklore. It's like the best part of camp stories combined with a pub crawl! If drinking isn't your deal, there are all sorts of haunted walking tours to choose from, including a lighthouse tour.
  • DOWNTOWN TRICK OR TREATING: Dover Main Street organizes this annual event in, as the name suggests, downtown Dover. This year's event runs from 11am-2pm on Saturday 10/25. Roughly 50 businesses are participating, so a great opportunity to get a head start on your candy fix. This is also fun to watch from a window seat at a restaurant because little kids in Halloween costumes!? Adorable.
  • HALLOWEEN PARADE: While there are a number of Halloween parades to choose from, I think most would agree that the premier event is The Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Now in its 20th year, this is an absolutely wild, crazy and fun all ages event that embodies everything awesome about Halloween. A must see! Rain or shine on Halloween night, the march steps off at 7pm from Pierce Island.