Let's face it. These days reality can be a lot scarier than a bad zombie costume. It is officially October, and what better way to distract ourselves from a lousy September than with a little Halloween fun?
Maybe that's why spending on the holiday is expected to increase by 9 percent to $6.86 billion, making Halloween decor spending second only to Christmas decorations. So jump on the bandwagon - or the hayride - and see why New England is a great place to be in the fall.
· 'Spooky' is a year-round pastime in Salem, MA, and this town knows how to throw a Halloween party.
· If you're looking for something more local, go check out Wilson's Farm for the cider apples, pumpkins and haunted hayrides.
· And don't miss the Keene Pumpkin Festival! Carve a pumpkin and bring your creation to downtown Keene, NH on Saturday, October 22. Join thousands of others to create a pumpkin tower, support the festival, and try to break a world record!
Intimidated by all those intricate carvings? We're here to squash your fears! Check out this video from Real Living with 'Halloween Pumpkin Carving Techniques' - you'll be a pro in no time.