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Barrett’s Haunted Mansion & Compound 2017 in Abington MA

The 26th season of the Barrett’s Haunted Mansion opens for the 2017 Halloween season on Friday September 22nd and runs thru November 4th.   Barrett's Haunted Mansion & Compound 2017 in Abington MA Halloween


Darkness Unleashed will not be using time slots this season. This will be based on our normal ticket system but with a limited number of tickets available. Coupon and other discounts are NOT valid for Darkness Unleashed event.
16 Years of age or older only.
This event is in the MANSION ONLY. The Compound will not be open on this night.

Tickets are on sale now. Limited tickets available, advanced tickets required. 2 nights only! October  17th and 24th


Get a behind the screams look at our attractions, makeup and costume trailers and more!
SATURDAY’S IN OCTOBER 2-4PM   Tickets  $10


Sunday and Thursday Nights in October eat the Abington Ale House  for $40 special Haunted Menu applies


If you have a VALID ACTIVE MILITARY ID, bring it to our ticket counter Sunday-Thursday and receive FREE admission! Valid for the person with the ID ONLY. Not valid for Darkness Unleashed events.


2017 Tickets are $30 each and cover all attractions.
Skip the ticket line and purchase your tickets online! Just print out your ticket or we can scan it from your smartphone!

We now accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card. Sorry, we DO NOT accept American Express at this time. An ATM is also available on site.


Standard tickets are available for purchase online or in our ticket building and cover both attractions.


Do long lines scare you away? Upgrade at anytime to our special “R.I.P. Ticket” and head to a much shorter line! Available anytime. Already purchase your standard ticket? See our ticket booth to upgrade!

$5 Off Coupon

Valid Sunday-Thursday in October. Not to be combined with any other offer and coupons are not accepted for our Darkness Unleashed events. Coupons currently not valid for online ticketing.

Have a smartphone? Simply bring up our coupon on your phone or tablet (below) and show it at the ticket counter! No need to print it. A printable version of the coupon will also be accepted if you do not have a smartphone.

Here is the Calendar


Here are the scarey reviews

Awesome!!!! Darkness Unleashed is unbelievably fantastic. This is our 2nd time experiencing it, and it was 10 times as good!!! There are a lot of haunted attractions out there, but this one truly takes the cake with its originality. You literally SEE NOTHING and in total darkness are led only by a soft glow of a red glow stick. You blindly make your way through with everyone around you touching, grabbing, yelling, pushing you through! It’s terrifying and hilarious all at the same time!!!! The staff were helpful and professional, and all around it was a great time!!! The quality is certainly there and worth the price and we will absolutely be back next year!!! Thanks for the scares!!!

For over 12yrs I have done my best to get here every year. Between the overwhelming attention to detail in the Haunts, as well as the costume design for the actors it makes you stay on edge. My wife and I did their Bite and Fright last night, awesome food and fun for Halloween enthusiasts. Thank you Barretts. No doubt we will be back again next year.

came out on a Sunday this year. They had a great new off call Fright and Bite forYou get a decent sized meal and two haunted attractions all for 30.00 it was the best offer ever. Only offered on Sunday’s  (offer this year on Thursdays and Sundays) . There is always a long wait when you go to this house. Going on a slower night was a better idea. My wait was shorter. They take pride in giving you the best scary experience that they can. The wait is the worst part but it is worth it once you get inside. The work and detail that goes into this house is amazing. There is a new theme every year I go. It has yet to let me down.

Me and my friend came here for the first time this year. We loved it so much, we went through 4 TIMES in a row. And each time it got better and better. We will be coming here year after year. Everyone is nice, and the actors are amazing. By far the most fun I’ve EVER had. Thank you for an amazing experience!!

This place just gets better every year. Both the house and the second attraction (this year “The Compound”) are very well thought out, with characters that are both fascinating and terrifying. I screamed and jumped and laughed all at the same time – I love it!

Barrett’s Haunted House  1235 Bedford St., Abington, MA 02351 (781) 871-4573

King Richard’s Faire 2017 in Carver MA

King Richard’s Faire is back starting Labor day weekend in Carver MA. It is New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Festival, with full days of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. It opens its 2017 season during Labor Day weekend September 2nd  and runs weekends and Monday holidays from 10:30am-6pm through October 22nd.

King Richard’s Faire! Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound on the Faire’s enchanting 80 acre wooded site. You’ll be dazzled by acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers! Captivated with our minstrels, dancers and puppeteers and instantly enthralled by fire eaters, and exotic tigers. Hundreds of talented performers perform non-stop for you throughout the day when visiting any one of our eight vibrant stages.

The King’s handsome knights battle on horseback as bawdy beggars compete in mud. Wacky wenches will leave you in stitches while happy villagers engage you in the lanes. Frolicking faeries can be seen dancing through the forest, where you can try your skill in his majesty’s Gaming Glen.

Epicurean pleasures, suited for royalty, will tantalize your taste buds with the Faire’s unbelievable choices of truly scrumptious treats. Satiate your palate with giant spit-roasted turkey legs, ringlets of fryes, and boules of chowder or stew. Don’t forget to quench thy thirst with champagne, wine, and brew!

Many of the King’s talented artisans journey from around the globe and have much to offer all who enter the gates. You’ll discover beautiful handspun pottery, fabulous jewelry, and incredible face painting. Delight in period clothing, leather, armor, and moccasins. Be amazed with sword making, glass blowing and portrait painting. Revel in scented oils, perfumes and fantastic psychic readings as you make memories to last a lifetime!

Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 2 through October 22, 2017. Tickets are $32 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free.

Discounts given to groups of 25 adults or more and private parties can be accommodated (birthdays, bachelor/ette parties, anniversary celebrations, and weddings). Groups may make reservations by emailing


Weekend 1

Sunday, September 3rd

Monday, September 4th @ 11:00AM in the Joust Field
Sponsored by Mastermind Adventures

Part “capture the flag” and part role-playing game (RPG), Trollball is a team sport for all ages where players work together Mastermind Adventurewith teammates to get the ball (the “troll head”) across the opponents’ goal line and into a basket to score a point. Armed with foam swords and a good sense of imagination and humor, players battle while defending and advancing the head down the field to victory for their team. It’s imaginative play for all ages taking place in the joust field just after the gates open at 10:30 a.m., finishing in plenty of time just before King Richard’s first official jousting tournament of the day.

Weekend 2
Saturday, September 9th @ 4:00PM
Guys call your friends and get to the Faire! You won’t want to miss the opportunity to throw knives, eat a gigantic turkey leg, sip on a Coor’s Light, and watch one of our favorite contests!
Rain date, Sunday, September 10th  Must be 18 and over
The “Faire Ladies of the Realm” are invited to be daring without baring it all at the King Richard’s Faire Cleavage Contest.


Weekend 3
VOW RENEWAL Romance is in the “Faire”
Saturday, September 16th 4:00 PM
Grab your special someone, wear red clothing, and head to the Faire! This weekend will be packed with lovers of all ages! Share a romantic ride on the Swan Swing, a glass of Champagne together, and renew your commitment to one another during a beautiful ceremony on the King’s Stage!

Weekend 4
GAME of THRONES, Trivia & Costume Contest (18+)
Saturday, September 23rd 4:00 PM on the King’s Stage
Winter is coming…but first, let’s enjoy the fall! Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite Game of Thrones’ costume and celebrate with other fans in our gorgeous Kingdom of Cavershire. Those who want to test their G.O.T. knowledge won’t want to miss the trivia challenge and their chance to take home the Iron Throne!

Weekend 5
CLASH of the TARTANS! Highland Hunks, Men in Kilts Contest
Saturday, September 30th 4:00 PM
Must be 18 and over
Kilted Men 18 and over are asked to come to the King’s Stage at 4pm for this treat of testosterone! No Kilt?-No problem, we’ve got a category for you…

Weekend 6
Harry Potter 12+ Trivia & Costume Contest
Saturday, October 7th 4:00PM

Calling all wizards, witches and warlocks! Fans ages 12 and up are encouraged to dress in their favorite Harry Potter costume and celebrate with other fans in our gorgeous Kingdom of Cavershire. Those who want to test their Harry Potter knowledge won’t want to miss the trivia challenge and their chance to win prizes. There will also be a special prize for the ‘Best Costume’ given away at the conclusion of the trivia contest.

Weekend 7
Prince, Princesses, Pirates, and Fairies Parade
Saturday, October 14th 4:00PM

It’s great to be the King and to prove it…guests are encouraged to attend all weekend long in their favorite Royal attire! You’ll always be treated like royalty when you step through our gates or shop for wares from one of our many talented artisans. Even the youngest royals can get in on the action during this weekend’s family friendly event!

Hear ye, Hear ye!

All children 11 years and younger, are welcome to participate in this royal extravaganza! No pre-registration required, event is limited to the first 50 children in line. Eligible children can line up at the front of the stage just prior to the start of the event.

Each child will be majestically escorted onto the stage as they are presented to their most royal majesties and the crowd. Once presented, they will have the opportunity to take a photo with the King and Queen.

Weekend 8
Saturday, October 21st @ 4:00 PM on the King’s Stage
The final weekend is sure to be absolutely AMAZING! It’s also your last chance to visit the King and his Court before the Faire closes its gates until next year. Our final special event will not disappoint. Halloween, COS Play, and Fantasy enthusiasts… get ready to strut your stuff as you compete for best costume in front of an eager audience! As the 2017 Faire Season comes to an end, join us at the Front gate for a rhythmic finale!

King Richard’s Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330, phone: 508-866-5391,

NRT Sheep Pasture in Easton MA

The Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) is a member-supported, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate about significant natural and cultural resources and to acquire and preserve land of special character for the benefit of the public. The NRT promotes a land ethic in the community through educational programming. The NRT provides leadership, cooperation and networking to others with a similar mission.329851_360436687316448_442575066_o

The NRT Education Department at Sheep Pasture offers a variety of environmental programs for groups interested in learning more about local ecology. Our on-site and outreach programs are suited for:

Schools • Pre-school Groups • Scouts • Camps
Nursing Homes • Businesses • 4-H Groups • Families

All of our programs are adaptable to meet your needs, and can be applicable for all ages. You can either come to us, or we can come to you! Review this page to learn more about what option might be best for your needs. To personalize an educational program for your group, contact our education department today at:

Nature adventure birthday parties

Have your child’s next birthday party at the beautiful Sheep Pasture! Every party includes a fun, educational nature adventure program with an NRT naturalist followed by a Carriage House room rental. We offer several party options to give your child the most unique party experience they have ever had! Our professional naturalists will tailor each party to age, group size, and the specific interests of your child. Contact the education department today to design a party just for you!

Our birthday parties are only available to NRT members; a family membership may be added at the time of your booking. All of our parties start with a 45 minute educational program followed by a 45 minute room rental. The birthday child must be turning at least 2 years old.


Upcoming special  events

44th NRT Harvest Fair

Sunday, October 1, 2017

10 am – 4 pm
The NRT’s Harvest and Craft Fair is the NRT’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the fair are used to directly support the operation of Sheep Pasture’s animal areas, trails, and conservation property, as well as other activities that support the mission of the NRT.
$7 – Adults
$5 – Adult NRT Members (with coupon)
$5 – Seniors
$5 – Children (ages 5-18)
Free – ​Children under 5
The fair is rain or shine, so join us for great activities all day!

All admission funds directly support the operations of the NRT throughout the year.
Admission gates are cash only. ATM services are available outside
​of the fairgrounds at North Easton Savings Bank on Main Street.

Some highlights of the fair in 2017 to include:
Chainsaw carving by Dave Conklin
Over 60 juried crafters and local artisans
Musical guests for NRT Celebrates Local Music!
Fabulous food from local restaurants and food providers
Family fun, including face painting, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating
Children’s play area, including free outdoor children’s games
New England Revolution Soccer’s travel team with games and prizes!
Meet the alpacas from Kave Rock Alpacas
Dance to the Rowdies of the Meadow, Barn Burners String Band, Rosin Belly and American Beauties all-American music
Meet volunteers from local non-profits to learn about the good work they are doing in the community
More fun for the whole family!

Volunteers, sponsors, and staff are essential in making the fair possible.
Thank you everyone for supporting the NRT!


Sheep Pasture

sponsored by North Easton Savings Bank

​Saturday, October 28, 2017*

​4:00 – 7:00 pm
* Rain date Sunday, October 29, 2017
​A great family-friendly event that will have special fall activities for visitors of all ages!
People of all ages are welcome to attend. Most activities are appropriate for toddlers to age 10, accompanied by a parent.
​Please look below for a summary of activities planned for the event. Costumes are great, but not required.
To make sure everyone has a good time, please no costume weapons or extremely frightening costumes at the event. Thank you!.
The 2016 Spooktacular was a huge success and sold out quickly! Additional event information, activities, and pricing will be posted in late summer/early fall 2017, so check back often. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Spooktacular in October!
$20/ family, up to 5 people
$5/ each for additional
Price includes all activities, hayrides, crafts, and events.
​Food items and pumpkins may be sold at the event for an additional fee.​

307 Main Street, North Easton, Massachusetts 02356


Dalby Farm in Scituate MA

Dalby Farm is an educational, interactive adventure, open every year from May 1 – October 31. It’s great for day trips, scouts, camps, church or any group that is interested in animals or history. Our material is tailored to fit any age group.

In addition, we have many fun- filled seasonal activities to offer you:

Spring Hatch Eggs-travaganza, offered only during May and part of June
Informational Guided General Animal Tours
2-day ‘Life Cycle Enrichment Program‘
Birthday Parties
The Dalby Farm Experience Summer Learning Program for children entering K-8th grade
Pre-K Encounter Summer Learning Program
Special Events
Spring Hatch Celebration and Mother’s Day Sale
Autumn Craft Adventure offered during September and October only.
Dalby Farm Country Store
Country Christmas Fair, usually the first Saturday in December and held at the farm in our Country Store.

Session 2: July 24-27, 2017


Dalby Farm Birthday Parties

Come relax and enjoy some old-fashioned fun! Book your birthday party today; dates fill up fast!  We organize, set-up, clean up, and orchestrate everything for your birthday party. Just use the invitations that we give to you to invite your guests, show up and have a good time!  Take advantage of a unique opportunity… learn about, meet and interact with farm animals.  Find out all the options here 

Pre-K Encounter

The Dalby Farm Pre-K Encounter summer learning program offers an educational and fun first chance for kids to meet and learn about the many animals on a fully functioning farm. Most children of three or four have very little experience interacting with animals – except for maybe the family pet! But for young kids, these kinds of interactions are what lay the foundations for them to be conscientious participants in our global ecosystem. Children that have positive experiences with animals early in life are more likely to develop respect and understanding for the many creatures that rely on human caretakers (and that people rely on themselves).


Through an age-tailored combination of stories, songs, crafts, hands-on activities, free play and interaction with animals, participants will learn about the different farm animals at Dalby Farm. Multi-sensory and engaging activities keep children entertained and reinforce learning! The Farm’s capable and experienced staff will work closely with your child to help them develop a better understanding of and appreciation for farm animals in a light and fun way. Our primary objective is to have every participant not only finish the program with a positive experience and a better understanding of farm animals but also for them to like animals and want to nurture them; not to fear them.

The Pre-K Encounter is open to all potty-trained three and four year olds and is the perfect stepping stone for the ‘Dalby Farm Experience’ summer learning program, which is geared for children entering grades K – 8.  Regster here 

The Experience Summer Learning Program

‘The Dalby Farm Experience’ is an interactive summer learning program for children entering K-8th grade. Our farm provides an ideal environment for children to ‘experience’ learning through hands-on farm and nature activities, games and crafts.

‘Family Picnic Day’ is on the last day of each session. The participant’s families are invited to pack a picnic lunch and visit the farm. Each child is encouraged to show their family around the farm and to introduce everyone to their new animal friends as well! You will be amazed at how willing they are to share all of the new information that they have learned! Certificates of Achievement are awarded to each participant at the end of the picnic.
‘The Dalby Farm Experience’ offers a different theme every day. The presentation, activities, and crafts are designed to reinforce and coincide with the presented subject matter so that the child has fun while learning. Each day of the program covers different material so that the participant can partake in both sessions without repetition.

By attending ‘The Experience’, summer learning program, children will enter a world of discovery and through this, will learn to appreciate the value of conservation and preservation of nature’s wonders. It is Dalby Farm’s hope that each program participant will leave with an increased knowledge and understanding of nature, plants and animals. Our role is not necessarily growing crops and animals but rather raising awareness of the critical role that nature plays in our world.

The Experience is offered to children entering grades K-8 . The program is divided into 3 groups, by grade levels, and is offered, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Extended day programs are available. Ask us for our rates if you need additional coverage. Pre-registration is required.

Register for ‘The Experience’ Summer Learning Program Today!

2018 Program Dates!

Session 1: July 16-19, 2018
Session 2: July 23-26, 2018

 2018 Program Dates!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
June 18th, 20th, 22nd

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Upcoming Special Events at Dalby Farm

Dalby Farm Open Farm Days:

Are you hoping to spend some relaxing, quality time with your children and family this Summer? Take advantage of ‘Open Farm’ Days at Dalby Farm!

The first Sunday of every month from either 10:00am-11:30am or 1:30-3:00pm (the time varies month to month to accommodate all ages and schedules), you can drop by the farm at any point in that time and visit with the animals! For just $5.00/person, you can casually browse the farm at your own pace and get to know the animals. A Farm-based educator will be available to answer any questions you may have!




Dalby Farm

59 Grove Street
Scituate, Massachusetts

Pumpkin picking South of Boston

Pumpkin picking season is here! Here are local farms South of Boston   that offer pick your own pumpkins! Hayrides may cost extra and many of these places are cash only!   Create family memories picking  Looking for a corn maze  or apple picking   pumpkinpicking

here are the places on the South Shore that offer pumpkin picking in 2017

Sauchuk Farm:

 200 Center Street in Plympton, Massachusetts.

  On Saturdays and Sundays  through from September 16th to the end of October  from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, In addition to the popular hayrides, pick your own  pumpkins, cow train, corn cannons, and corn maze , we’ve added a giant jumping pillow, duck races, and a spider web to climb on. Corn maze and pumpkin picking will open on Sept 16th


CN  Smith:

325 South Street in East Bridgewater, (508)378-2270.

Take a hayride to the pumpkin field and pick your own on Saturdays and Sundays in October  from 11:00am–4:00pm.Pick your own is available on weekends only in October.

Nihtila Farm:

12 Nihtila Lane in Holbrook, (781)767-0213.

Nihtila Farm will be opening on Friday September 22, 2017. We will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 until dark and Monday Columbus Day. We are currently booking field trips please call Helen at 781-767-0213 for more information

Ward’s Berry Farm:

614 South Main Street in Sharon, (781) 784-3600.


Walk-in to the pumpkin patch daily from 9 AM – 4 PM

Public hayrides to pumpkin patch on weekends only
Please pay for your pumpkins when you
come back from the patch

September 16 thru October 29
and Columbus Day, Monday, October 9th

Every 15 minutes from 9 AM until 4 PM
$3.00 per person (ages 3+)
No reservations required

Beaver Brook Farm

(645 Summer St., East Bridgewater,

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday) Pumpkin picking starts Columbus Day weekend