Its the season to get scared, and get in touch with our pagan pasts. In Vermont, a top attraction is The Haunted Forest in Williston, where guides lead victims along paths lighted by 1,000-plus jack-o-lanterns. In New Hampshire, Thyme & Ewe Farm in Claremont hosts Haunted Hay Rides. No All Hallows Eve would be complete without a walk in a cemetery. One magnificent burial ground is Cambridges 175-acre, 175-year-old Mount Auburn Cemetery. Up in Maine, horror fans can bring Stephen Kings stories to life by visiting Bangor, stopping by Betts Bookstore for a map (and King collectors item), and walking around sites from the novels It and Pet Sematary. At Connecticuts Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, a Day of the Macabre includes a walk through the Old Wethersfield Burial Ground, a museum lantern tour, and a talk by a vampire expert who tells true tales of New England families who exhumed bodies and burned their hearts. Creepy!
The Haunted Forest, Catamount Outdoor Family Center, 592 Governor Chittenden Road, Williston, Vt., 802-879-9160, the hauntedforest.org. Oct 18-27, $8.50 and $12.50. Thyme & Ewe Farm, Claremont, N.H., 603-542-1746. Haunted hay rides October weekends and Halloween night, $5. Mount Auburn Cemetery, 508 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, 617-547-7105, mountauburn.org. Betts Bookstore, 584 Hammond St., Bangor, Maine, 207-947-7052, bettsbooks.com. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St., Wethersfield, Conn., 860-529-0612, webb-deane-stevens.org. Event: Oct 28, $10-15.