Haunted fun parks offer different thrills and chills around every corner, just like being outdoors after 9 p.m. Have spooky good fun with this Groupon.
- $65.99 for VIP entry for two to Spookyworld's Nightmare New England, valid Sunday or Thursday (a $109.98 value)
VIP admission grants visitors access to all five haunted attractions with shorter lines. It also includes access to the Monster Midway, which includes unlimited go-kart rides, mini golf, and batting-cage use.
In 1954, the Bishop family built their plantation-style estate on the Merrimack River. They kept to themselves for the most part, avoiding town functions, coming out mostly at night. The local townsfolk largely left the Bishops alone, but around Halloween they would hear strange noises—high pitched squeals and muffled cries—and some of their neighbors would go missing. Finally, in 1972, two cars belonging to local teens were found burned and abandoned by the Bishop property, and the town's uproar caused the family to be arrested. But one summer day in 2013, Nightmare New England workers accidentally unearthed a mysterious box. Inside, they found evidence acquitting the Bishops of their murderous crimes. Now, the surviving Bishops have returned to Litchfield—and so have the disappearances.
Brave adventurers can tempt the Bishops and investigate their crimes in five bone-chilling attractions at Spookyworld. Brigham Manor: The Bishop Legacy opens up the desolate, graffiti-crusted halls and rooms of the Bishop family mansion, putting intruders face-to-face with Halloween artifacts and, perhaps, the Bishops themselves. Riverside Hospital, meanwhile, beckons guests into its darkened corridors where, using only a glow stick for light, they'll glimpse ghoulish mental patients and horrific tableaus. Other attractions include the dark woods of The Colony and a 3D Freak Show—a labyrinth of sewers and demented carnival attractions where evil clowns and zombies wait for new prey or long-belated birthday cards.
Mel's Funway Park
Visitors to Mel's Funway Park can try their hand at two 18-hole mini-golf courses before speeding and swinging their way through the go-kart track and batting cages, which feature a replica of Fenway's Green Monster and slow- and fast-pitch machines that can reach speeds of up to 85 mph. Inside, a laser plex hosts games of laser tag, while other visitors attempt the laser maze, a web of 36 lasers that participants must avoid to keep from triggering the alarm and receive their cat-burglar certification. Funway Park has also partnered with Naticook Fish & Grill to recharge empty body batteries.