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4 By Megan Gorzkowski They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky: Here are 10 of our favorite Hal- loween haunts. 1. Davis Mega Maze, Ster- ling, Mass. Set in an 8-acre field, Davis claims to be the world’s most com - plex corn maze. This year, it fol lows an Egyptian “Lost Tomb” theme, complete with Indiana Jones- inspired activities. The maze changes daily, offering a new experience each time. Week- ends, Oct. 17-31, kids can wear costumes at daytime events. Saturday nights, adults can travel the maze in the dark, braving ghosts and goblins. 2. Eastern State Peniten- tiary’s “Terror Behind the Walls,” Philadelphia. This 180-year-old abandoned pris- on is one of America’s scariest Halloween adventures, featur- ing fi ve haunted attractions among its storied cellblocks. Not for the faint of heart or young children, “Terror” takes visitors on a goosebump- inducing trek. Keep your eye out for the supernatural; guests have reported dozens of ghost sightings through the years. 10 10 Tiks rip rip iks Over 10,000 jack-o-lanterns will light Roger Williams Zoo. 3. Ghosts & Gravestones Tour, Boston. The Hub – haunted? This half-trolley, half-walking tour takes you to chilling locations, including two 17th-century burial grounds. You’ll learn about famous frightening Bostonians like the “Strangler.”Warning: This scary tour is not suitable for children. 4. Haunted Happenings, Salem, Mass. Salem hosts a month of fun and frights. Learn about the 1692 witch trials on a historic walking tour or at the Salem Witch Museum. Visit the spooky attractions at the Salem Wax Museum and the House of the Seven Gables. Children’s offerings include parades, games and sweet treats. 5. Mystic Seaport’s “Nau- tical Nightmares,” Mystic, Conn. “Nautical Nightmares” is a terrifying tour along Mystic Seaport. Hear the tale of a deadly mutiny, then try to solve the mystery with the help of ghostly visitors. Be warned: This live, interactive produc- tion is not for children under 10. Nautical Nightmares takes place Oct. 16-18, 23-25 and 29-31. 6. “Nevermore 2009” Poe Bicentennial, Baltimore. Edgar Allan Poe spent much of his life in Baltimore, and the city is hosting a yearlong cel- ebration of his 200th birthday. Enjoy tributes to the master of macabre at the Baltimore Mu- seum of Art and the Towson University Center for the Arts. Participate in a candlelight vigil, public viewing and “funeral” for Poe and poetry readings. 7. Roger Williams Park 10 TRIPTIKS Halloween Haunts: From the Tame to the Terrifying Zoo’s “Jack-O-Lantern Spec- tacular,” Providence, R.I. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever! More than 10,000 hand-carved pumpkin masterpieces will illuminate the zoo’s wetlands trail nightly from Oct. 8-Nov. 1. These glowing gourds, which re- quired six weeks of painstak- ing creation, depict everything from wildlife to pop culture. 8. Sesame Place’s “Count’s Halloween Spooktacular,” Langhorne, Pa. Prefer cute, fuzzy monsters? On October weekends at Sesame Place, enjoy hayrides, story time and trick-or-treating with favorite characters. Check out the new “Elmo’s World Live!” musical Halloween show, in which guests help Elmo and friends pick the perfect costume. 9. Six Flags New England’s “Fright Fest,” Agawam, Mass. Trick-or-treat with Tweety, brave haunted houses and ride rollercoasters in the dark. Six Flags transforms into a Hallow- een playground like no other on weekends, Oct. 3-Nov. 1, including Fridays, Oct. 23 and 30. Enjoy kid-friendly shows and events by day, and stay after dark for frightening fun. 10. Stephen King’s “Tom- myknockers & More” Tour, Bangor, Maine. King has drawn upon his home state for many of his novels. Held several times a year, this bus tour stops at landmarks from “It,” “Pet Sematary” and more. If you can’t make the official tour, explore on your own, and local stores Betts Bookstore and Book Marc’s are eager to share insider knowledge. Spooky Savings! Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Show your AAA card at the ticket window to save $2 on adult tickets and $1 on senior and child tickets (up to four people per card). Good Monday-Sunday. Salem Witch Museum: Show your AAA card to save $1 on adult tickets and 50 cents on child tickets (up to six discounted admissions per family). Not valid on senior citizen prices. Sesame Place: Elmo’s Any 2-Day ticket gives you two days for the price of one and costs just $48.72 when you buy it at your local AAA office. Six Flags New England: Pay just $26 a person and $13 for parking when you buy tickets at your AAA offi ce or at AAA.com/ tickets. (Note: Separate fee for some attractions.) Treat your cravings with phones you really want. 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