6 New England towns to visit in October

Get ready for pumpkins and cranberries and frightful fun in Salem.

23organic - Milestone Bog, Nantucket Cranberry Festival. (Michael Galvin)
Nantucket Cranberry Festival. –Michael Galvin

October in New England means apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and the busiest time of year for Salem, where Halloween is celebrated all month long. Ahead, discover six New England towns worth visiting this month.

Satisfy your cran craving at the Nantucket Cranberry Festival on Nantucket

We’re talking cranberry cookies, pie, granola, bread, and freshly-pressed cranberry juice. Yes, that’s a lot of cranberries. You can also watch harvesting demonstrations, view antique tractors, and learn the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket. It’s all taking place Oct. 6 at the Milestone Cranberry Bog.

Explore art at the Scituate Arts Festival in North Scituate, Rhode Island

You can get a jump on your holiday shopping at the 52nd Scituate Arts Festival, where you’ll spy everything from clothing to ceramics to paintings. The festival is happening Oct. 6-8 on the North Scituate village green. Hungry shoppers also can stop at the festival food court, full of hamburgers, barbecue ribs, chicken fajitas, and — upping the fall flavor — hot cider, apple dumplings, and pumpkin pie.

Drink beer and head up the mountain at Mount Snow Oktoberfest in West Dover, Vermont


Here come the schnitzel and yodeling contests, from Oct. 6-7 at Mount Snow. Choose beers from more than 25 different German and domestic breweries. (The under-21 crowd can indulge in pumpkin painting, doughnut eating on a string, and visiting a bounce house.) Inside the resort’s base lodge, check out the 45th Annual Harvest Arts & Crafts Show. Or take to the skies for a scenic ride on the mountain’s Bluebird Express.

The 34-foot tower of jack-o’-lanterns at the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival. —Lakes Region Chamber

Get pumped for pumpkins at the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, New Hampshire

Prepare your selfie arm: This Oct. 12-13 festival will feature a 34-foot jack-o’-lantern tower made of 1,000 pumpkins. Naturally, the pumpkin fun won’t stop there — it will continue with pumpkin carving, a pumpkin pancake breakfast, and pumpkin bowling.

Sway to the music at the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival in Glastonbury, Connecticut

Nearly 30 artists will perform on three stages throughout the Oct. 12-14 Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival weekend. When you’re not taking in the tunes, you can take on a carnival ride or the grub from more than 25 different food trucks. On the last day of the festival, you can lace up and run the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race. There will be a fun run for kids.

Scare yourself at the Witch City Horror Film Festival in Salem

If you love scary movies, you’ll likely relish watching local and regional independent horror films in Salem during the inaugural Witch City Horror Film Festival on Oct. 27. Featured films will include “Long Lost,” about a man who receives a mysterious letter inviting him to a secluded mansion in the country, and “Kill or Be Killed,” about a teenage girl who is abducted by a stranger. While in town, why not make a day of it by checking out a psychic fair, meditation concert, or costume ball? That’s just a sampling of the many Haunted Happenings events taking place that day in Witch City.