ONE: Dance the night (and the fright!) away when Maria’s Family Restaurant holds a special Halloween Ball from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m on Friday night. Tickets are $45 at the door and include a costume contest, buffet and a live DJ. Net profits from the event will go to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
TWO: Join Mill No. 5 as they transform their space into a Halloween Wasteland at noon on Saturday. Look for a monster movie marathon at the Luna Theater, vintage Halloween decor, horror and monster movie memorabilia, art, horror/sci-fi VHS, vinyl and more!
THREE: This weekend is the penultimate for Nightmare New England, which will close for the season after Nov. 5. Enjoy a number of different haunted attractions, including the scare-filled Haunted Hayride and a tour through the cursed Brigham Manor.
FOUR: It was a graveyard smash! The City of Lowell will put on a seasonal celebration to remember with the Monster Bash & Halloween Stroll on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Downtown trick-or-treating, costume contests, kids games and a haunted house are all available to enjoy.
FIVE: Smolak Farms will be putting on an Alice in Wonderland Hayride on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to seeing all manner of strange and wacky characters from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice novels, kids will be treated to a sugar pumpkin, some Halloween candy and an apple cider donut.
SIX: Savor a little piece of history with your Halloween haunts by heading to the The Old Manse for a Haunted Attic Tour on Saturday or Sunday. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived in the home for a number of years, claimed to have heard the rustle of book pages being turned in empty rooms.
SEVEN: What better way to celebrate the holiday than with the classic film that takes its name? The Luna Theater will have three showings of John Carpenter’s “Halloween”on Sunday at 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
EIGHT: Got some kids who aren’t up for big scares? Take them to Fright Kingdom’s Hardly Haunted Halloween Party on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The spooky level is turned down for a kid-friendly haunted house tour, face painting, dancing, games and crafts will keep your young ones busy.