Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Halloween 2010 events - round 1!

Listings below are chronologically arranged (i.e., earlier events at the top, later in the month further towards the bottom). This is the roster so far, folks! We'll do another post if anything else... SPOOKY... pops up.

Red Cloak Haunted History Tours of Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Camden, and Boothbay Harbor
Now through October 30, 2010

Come with The Lady in the Red Cloak as she tells local tales of ghosts and history, spirits and mystery. Appropriate for all ages. Occasional special tours, such as walks including the Maine Ghost Hunters Society. Location: downtown areas; see website for details. Time: 7:00 p.m. Cost: adults, $10; children 5 - 12, $7; under 5, free. Information: 207-380-3806 or visit www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com.


Ghost Lamp Tours
Tour Dates
Tuesday, October 5 @ 7:00pm
Thursday, October 14 @ 7:00pm
Thursday, October 28 @ 7:00pm

Are you a history buff? Or maybe someone looking for fun in the Bangor area? Look no further than Downtown Bangor. The Bangor Museum and Center for History is hosting Ghost Lamp Tours in October.

As you walk through Bangor, imagine yourself at the meeting of the Kenduskeag Stream and the Penobscot River in the 1800s—ships filling the river and the banks of the stream alive with activity. Taverns and brothels, shops, businesses, and warehouses vying for your business, and the nearby Bangor House hosting famous and infamous people of the time. Do you see presidents, gangsters, and ghosts as you tour historical Bangor?

The tour starts at the Waterfront Parking Lot, next to the Sea Dog Restaurant, and takes you on a journey through Bangor's history. $5 for non-members; Free to BMHC members and children under 12.

For more information visit Bangor Museum and Center for History's website.
Private Tours- We are happy to provide personal tours for your family, business or group. Minimum fee: $30. Please call (207)942-1900 to schedule a tour or for more information.

The United Volunteers of Maine haunted house
Friday, Oct. 8, opening @ 6:30 p.m.

The spook‐tacular event of the year is located within the Marketplace at Augusta in the former Circuit City building. The cost is $10 per person, with special pricing of $8 per person on opening night and both Thursday shows. The dates for the other haunted house shows are Oct. 9, 15, 17, 21, 24, 28 and 31. There will also be a matinee on the 31 from 1‐4 p.m.

The United Volunteers of Maine Haunted House is a tradition in the area, helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for area schools, non‐profits and community organizations. The kids who raise money by helping with the Haunted House are involved in the process from start to finish, including designing the skits, building props, helping assemble the structure, staffing the various rooms when we’re open, and even helping take everything down when we’re done.


Halloween Music with Dan Blakeslee, a.k.a. Doctor Gasp
October 13, 2010 @ 8:00pm

Doctor Gasp is paying a house visit at the Green Hand Bookshop! Doors open at 7:00, and Dan Blakeslee will tune up and be ready to shake his chains at you by 8:00! Who knows what disguise the doctor will be wearing this year?

This event is free, although donations will be appreciated. The Green Hand Bookshop is located at 661 Congress Street, near Longfellow Square in Portland, next to Joe's Smoke Shop.

Event page is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152106608150278&index=1


Haunted Woods Walk
October 15, 2010 to October 16, 2010

Walk through the woods at Aroostook State Park before Halloween. Beware the spooks and spirits that are celebrating the season. Make sure you take your flashlight and lots of courage. Enjoy snacks and hot refreshments provided by various service organizations. Location: Aroostook State Park, State Park Road, Presque Isle. Time: 6 - 9 p.m. Cost: $5. Information: 207-764-6561 or visit www.pichamber.com.

For the kids:
PIACC and Momentum Aroostook are co-hosting the Haunted Kinder Walk Saturday, October 16 at Aroostook State Park. This event starts at 10:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. There will be games and activities for children. Tickets for activities will be available, $5.00 for 12 tickets. Most games will require 1 ticket.


15th Annual Haunted Hayride at the Cathedral Pines Campground
October 16th

It is time again for the 15th Annual Stratton PTC Haunted Hayride at the Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, Maine on Saturday, October 16th. The evening begins with a Family Festival from 5:00-6:00 pm, including face painting, games and prizes for everyone who comes dressed in costume. The Haunted Hayride takes place from 6:00-9:00 pm and admission is $4 per person.

The Drop Dead CafĂ© will again brew up homemade soups, drinks and lots of “spooktacular” goodies starting at 5:00 pm. To donate food items, please contact Lynn Clark at 831-4662.

Spooksters are still needed, so please consider getting your family or friends together to join us and set up a site! There is no cost to set up a scary scene, though adult chaperones are required at all sites. Electricity and fireplaces are provided at each site. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Sarah Strunk at 246-2002.

The money raised from this event helps the PTC support the Stratton Elementary School’s steel drum band, college & athletic scholarships, support of school sports, yearly donations to teachers, and the Boston Museum of Science trip for the 4th, 5th & 6th graders taken once every three years!



Walk Among the Shadows is Back!
October 21-23 & 28-30 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
First-come, first-served

Please join us for Walk Among the Shadows III, 6 evenings of tours through the Eastern Cemetery in Portland, Maine. From October 21st to 23rd, we are pleased to welcome actors from Acorn Productions who will portray the interred. Hooded specters will lead groups from person to person, stopping to listen to the stories of the dead on the way.

From October 28th to 30th, we're excited that Portland Playback actors will bring the dead to life in the same spooky manner — with a mix of eeriness and fright for young and old.

Tours are first-come, first-served (so get there early as there are only 5 tour groups allowed through each night). Admission is $10 and $5 for children 12 and under.

This is the largest annual fundraiser Spirits Alive (http://www.spiritsalive.org/) has to help keep the cemetery active and open all year long, please bring your friends and family for a spooky night of history.


The Junkins Haunted Estate
October 21, 2010 to October 31, 2010

October 21-24 and 28-31. Experience the largest non-commercial Halloween event in New England; take a stroll on the old family estate, get scared, have fun. Location: 87 Wilson Road, Kittery. Time: October 21 - 24, and 28 - 31, 6 - 9 p.m. Cost: free. Information: email hauntedestate@aol.com.


Fright at The Fort -- Prospect, ME
October 22, 2010 to October 30, 2010

Visitors are led through the dark passageways of Fort Knox where indescribable things lurk in the shadows, creating screams of fright. Location: 711 Fort Knox Road, Prospect, ME just outside of Bucksport. Time: Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Cost: $5. Information: 207-469-6553 or for directions, etc go to www.fortknox.maineguide.com. Check out Fright at the Fort's own website at http://fortknox.maineguide.com/fright/!


October 22, 2010 to October 24, 2010

Join the fun at the 7th annual OgunquitFest, a fun-filled weekend of fall-themed events. Activities include pumpkin and cookie decorating, costume parade, classic car show, craft bazaar, haunted house, high heel race, bed race, ghost tours, wagon rides, storytelling, and a scarecrow contest. Location: Main Street, Ogunquit. See website for schedule and various event fees at www.ogunquit.org.


Tommyknockers and More Bus Tour
October 24, 2010 @ 2:00pm - meet beforehand at 40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

Join the tour guide as he takes you through the sites and sounds of Stephen King's Bangor. Visit the places that inspired King's books and movies. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Location: tour begins at 40 Harlow Street. Time: tour leaves at 2 p.m. Cost: $20. Information: 207-947-5205.


Embalming and Edgar Allen Poe for Halloween
October 29 and 30 @ 7:30pm

Come learn about Victorian funeral practices and enjoy a spooky reading at the Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, on October 29 and 30.

The evening program will begin with an exhibit of antique funeral objects loaned by Brookings Smith Funeral Home and a presentation about Victorian funeral practices and early embalming techniques. Next, Ben Layman, Penobscot Theatre Company, will present a dramatic reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s short horror story, “The Premature Burial.”

Many believe that Samuel H. Dale, former owner, haunts the Thomas A. Hill house. Dale died in his home in late 1871 under a cloud of suspicion about missing funds that were intended for the victims of Chicago’s Great fire. His death was thought to be a suicide.

The Bangor Museum and History Center is hosting this program in collaboration with Bangor Arts. Doors open at 6:30 with the program scheduled to begin around 7:30. Admission is $10.00. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 942-1900 or email curator@bangormuseum.org with your name, number attending and phone/cell number.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ballet
October 29, 2010 to October 30, 2010

Portland Ballet presents the premiere production of this famous Washington Irving tale, with choreography by Nell Shipman and newly commissioned music by Kirt Mosier. Location: John Ford Theater at Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Avenue. Time: Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Cost: adults; $30 in advance, $35 at the door; students, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: 800-838-3006 or visit www.portlandballet.org.


Gleefully Grim Ghost Stories at the Green Hand Bookshop
October 30, 2010 @ 7:00pm

Join storyteller Lynne Cullen amid the shelves of old books as she shares her darkest folktales in the shadow of the Crookston Bigfoot, at the Halloween Eve event "Stories from the Dark."

For details, contact proprietor Michelle Souliere at michelle.souliere@gmail.com or visit greenhandbooks.blogspot.com

This event is free, although donations will be appreciated. The Green Hand Bookshop is located at 661 Congress Street, near Longfellow Square in Portland, next to Joe's Smoke Shop.


All Souls' Walk and Dinner
October 30, 2010
All Souls' Walk - continuous tours offered beginning at 1:00PM, with the last tour departing at 4:00PM
All Souls' Dinner at 7:00pm

Begin at the Museum (117 Main Street, Kennebunk) for a narrated walk with costumed interpreters through Hope Cemetery to visit the graves and hear the fascinating and sometimes tragic tales of Kennebunk residents from the past three centuries. Featured stories include ones about ill-fated sea captains, a Kennebunk Civil War soldier, a spinster and her namesake ship, and a tragedy in the White Mountains. The tours conclude back at the Museum for light refreshments and for viewing the portraits in the galleries of many featured on the walk. Not too spooky, it's perfect for the whole family!

Cost is $5/person (cash/check/Visa, MC, Discover); no advance reservations are required unless for large groups. This event occurs rain or shine, as we do have the capability to run an "indoor version" as an illustrated talk.

Consider extending your All Souls' experience by attending our all-new All Souls' Dinner that evening (see below).

Keep the All Souls' experience alive just a little longer by attending the All Souls' Dinner at the Nonantum Resort (95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunk), rumored to have a friendly ghost all its own! The Nonantum's ballroom will be decorated in its Halloween finest and will feature a hearty harvest buffet dinner. In the ancient All Souls' tradition, an empty seat will be left at each of the banquet tables in honor of the dearly departed, and the historical figures from the Museum's All Souls' Walk (see above) will make guest appearances to mingle with the diners.

This event is great both for those who want to spend more time with our costumed characters and those who may not have otherwise been able to attend the All Souls' Walk.

The cost is $25/person with proceeds to benefit the Museum; advance reservations are required by calling Tim Ames at the Nonantum Resort at 207.967.4050, ext. 651.
FMI: http://www.brickstoremuseum.org/

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