Halloween is upon us and haunted homes, ghostly forests and threatening mazes await the adventurous.
Among the suppliers of chills is the Quaglietta family of Bradford, who will bring back their Spooky House display and Haunted Woods guided tour this Saturday.
Even those who have visited the woods in the past will want to make a return visit as Jeff Quaglietta, the master of horrific ceremonies at Spooky House, promises he has some new ways to make your hair stand on end.
"We're always trying to change it up here and there," he said. "There are a lot of things I have in my head."
The Lost Souls covered bridge, the centerpiece of the woods, will also make a return this year. Those crossing might be grabbed by the "rotting'' hands of Jeff's son Kane Quaglietta, 13, and his friends.
"He's going to take it over someday when I'm done," Jeff said of Kane.
Kane and his eight friends took an active role in helping to build the woods this year by assisting in painting, construction and even acting.
"So many people who come down to our neighborhood stop to look at everything," he said. "No one else does this. It's all hand-built."
As always, Jeff said he's focused on making sure those who walk through the forest are safe and will provide glow sticks to those afraid of the dark.
Taking the tour won't cost your sanity, but a small donation to the Bradford Feline Rescue organization is encouraged.
The Quaglietta family raised about $700 last year for the shelter and aims to top the number this year.
"We're really grateful for everyone who has donated," Jeff said.
Bradford isn't the only section of Haverhill with a haunted dwelling. Haverhill Community Television invites Haverhill's trick-or-treaters into "A Nightmare on Elm Street.''
The city's public access station, through the help of volunteers Bob McConihe and George Wheelock, will convert their studios and offices at 60 Elm St. into a sprawling maze of fear.
"We just want to bring people in," said Chris Bowden, training coordinator for HCTV. "We got so much space in the building."
If HCTV's maze isn't sprawling enough, a field of screams awaits at Kimball Farm's Haunted Corn Maze off East Broadway. Each weekend throughout October, the farm's maze becomes the home of ghouls and ghosts. Fortunately, the light from jack-o'-lanterns, your flashlight and the moonlight will illuminate your path.
Unless you're lost until daybreak, that is.
Finally, Winnekenni Castle will transform into the "Cataclysmic Castle of Fear" for one last weekend this October with attractions such as the "Forbidden Forest of Fright" and "Calamity Camp Winnekenni." None of Winnekenni's haunts will require you to explore them in the spooky silence, however, as more than a half-dozen live bands, all from the DeAngelis School of Rock, will perform.
IF YOU GO:
Spooky House and The Dead Woods
Where: 17 Lyons Farm Road, Bradford
When: Oct. 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 30.
Cost: Free, but $1 donation to Bradford Feline Rescue organization is suggested
Haverhill Community Television's "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Where: 60 Elm St., Haverhill
When: Oct. 29, 5 to 7 p.m.
Kimball Farm's Corn Maze
Where: 780 East Broadway, Haverhill
When: Corn maze open daily at 10 a.m. through October. Haunted maze this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 children and senior citizens for corn maze; $12 adults, $10 children for haunted maze
More information and tickets: kimballfarmcornmaze.com
Winnekenni Foundation's Cataclysmic Castle of Fear
Where: Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave.
When: Oct. 28, 29, 30 starting at 7 p.m. to The last tickets will be sold at about 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 or $10 for children 12 and under. Discounts and group packages are available online at winnekenni.com/schedule.html.