Fright on! A guide to area Halloween parties and attractions

In just a few short weeks, ghouls and goblins, zombies and vampires (and maybe even a few Miley Cyrus clones) will invade the streets of our towns and cities.

But don’t go running for the hills just yet — these creatures are only here to party.

The year’s most fun and frightful holiday — Halloween, of course — will be celebrated again this year with spooktacular events at historic sites, theme parks, museums, nature centers, arts organization and libraries throughout the region.

From haunted hay rides and horror stories to pumpkin patches and costume contests, the festivities range from the bone-chilling to the heart-warming. Fright on!

Scott Gargan