Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween 2010 Events -- Round II!

Here are some more Halloween events that have emerged since we posted Round I last week. As in the first listing, earlier events are at the top, and events closer to Halloween are nearer the bottom of the list. Have fun!

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Ghost Hunting Talk with Maine Paranormal Society
October 16 @ 3:00pm

Feel like you're not alone in the fiction stacks? Come and find out what the Maine Paranormal Society has to say about ghostly activity in the Dyer Library! Members of the TAPS family will show their equipment, some past evidence collected, and answer questions.

This free presentation is open to the public and will be held in the Deering Room at Dyer Library at 371 Main Street in Saco, Maine, on Saturday, October 16, at 3 p.m.
FMI: (207) 283-3861 http://www.sacomuseum.org/lib_events.shtml

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Haunted Schoolhouse
weekends starting 10/15, running through Halloween
Fridays & Saturdays 6:00-9:00pm, Sundays 5:00-8:00pm

The Schoolhouse Arts Center on Route 114 in Sebago Lake Village has been spooked up for the season! Tours will run continuously each weekend evening between October 15th and Halloween. This is a scary haunted house, not recommended for very young children. A "safe" room for young children is available. $8 adults, $5 children 12 and under. 16 Richville Road (Route 114), Standish.

FMI: (207)642-3743 or http://schoolhousearts.org/

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The Haunted Library haunted house at Dyer Library
October 16, tours start @ 6:30pm

It's a SPOOKTACULAR annual tradition! Join us after Saco's Pumpkin Harvest Festival for a HAUNTED TOUR of the Dyer Library, and find out what ghosts lurk about in the library after dark! This event might be too scary for our younger patrons; the recommended age is ten and up.

This free event is open to the public and will be held at Dyer Library at 371 Main Street in Saco, Maine, on Saturday, October 16, starting at 6:30 p.m.
FMI: (207) 283-3861 http://www.sacomuseum.org/lib_events.shtml

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The Gauntlet haunted nightride

Open for the season, Maine's newest haunt ride is located in Mechanic Falls at Harvest Hill Farms, on Rte. 26 at 125 Pigeon Hill Rd. Please check website for schedule and ticket prices. Daytime hayrides for children are available, but the haunt is engineered for adult horror fans, and promises to be terrifying.

FMI: (207)998-3259 http://www.harvesthillfarms.com/Gauntlet.html


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Destination Haunt
October 14-17, 21-24, 27-31
open from 6:00-11:00pm (all nights except Sundays 6:30-10:00)

Another Maine haunt attraction which is new to me is Destination Haunt, at 249 Lord Rd in Lebanon, off of Long Swamp Road (how perfect is that?). Offering a "toned down version for kids" on Sunday 2:00-5:00pm, this is another adult-oriented haunt that sounds like it aims to scare you silly. Features four attractions: Buried Alive Cemetery, Lebanon Laboratory, Twilight Trail, and Execution Center.

$20 General Admission (Recommended Ages 13 and up). VIP pass: $35 (get to front of line). $3 discount on any ticket with Military ID or College ID. Tickets can only be purchased at the door, Cash Only please. $5 off coupon available on their Pricing page valid Sun-Thurs.

FMI: (207)351.5443 or http://www.destinationhaunt.com/ or email destinationhaunt@gmail.com

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New School haunted house
October 22nd
6:00-9:00

The New School is doing a haunted house! Get spooked for your $5 admission at this great school fundraiser. 38 York Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
FMI: (207)985-3745 http://www.tnsk.org/

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The Haunting: Nightmare at Par Sem
October 22, 23, 29 and 30th from 6:30-9:30pm

"Make our nightmares yours" as you tour through this ancient 42-room dormitory, built for students in 1832 but now housing a school of ghouls. Starting at the Buzzell Family Crypt, visitors will find themselves haunted by unimaginable horrors as they make their way through three floors of eerie antics and across the campus. "Not for the faint of heart."

Located at the Parsonsfield Seminary, Route 160, in North Parsonsfield. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and under. Funds raised will assist their Restoration Fund.

FMI: (603)539-7910, (603)539-5233, or (207)793-8825, or visit parsonsfieldseminary.org

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Sacred and Profane festival 2010!
October 23rd, leave Portland on 2:15 Peaks Island Ferry!

Every year Peaks Island hosts this festival around the time of a full moon during harvest season. Artists are gathered months ahead to prepare for a transformation of the abandoned Battery Steele, which sits at the center of the island.

On arrival at the island, visitors approach the event in a procession, encountering costumed performers and other unknowns along the way. No electricity is available, so participants wander through the different rooms of the complex by provided candlelight. Site specific works are many and varied, and the experience is apt to product a mystified, euphoric mood in participants as they wander through, never knowing what they'll encounter next. It's its own kind of spooky. :)

At the tail end of the festival, delicious hot food is provided to visitors before they depart back to the mainland.

Visitors are responsible for buying their ferry tickets at the Casco Bay Lines terminal. Festival tickets are sold separately and are $10 each. The number of tickets is limited due to capacity, so advance purchase is encouraged. Tickets are available at Strange Maine (the shop, at 578 Congress Street, Portland, ME 207-771-9997, http://www.kraag.org/strange/) and at the Green Hand Bookshop (661 Congress Street, Portland 207-450-6695 http://greenhandbooks.blogspot.com/)

1 comment:

Goodwill said...

There is also the Goodwill "Ghoulwill Ball: Horror over Hollywood" on Friday, October 22, from 7-11 pm at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland!

www.goodwillnne.org for tickets and more information!