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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Halloween events 2012: Round #2!

Ready, all my little Halloween hooligans? Here are some more Halloween 2012 events for you! If you missed Round #1, check it out here:
http://strangemaine.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-events-2012-round-1.html

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HAUNT ATTRACTIONS:

Destination Haunt
http://www.destinationhaunt.com/
249 Lord Rd, Lebanon, ME 04027 -- (207)351-5171 or destinationhaunt@gmail.com
(NOTE: Be sure to come from Long Swamp Rd, not Little River Road!)

See their website for directions, schedule, pricing, and discount coupons for admission. 4 ATTRACTIONS IN ONE!!! Do you dare to visit the TWILIGHT TRAIL, BURIED ALIVE CEMETERY, EXECUTION CENTER, and the LEBANON LABORATORY?


The Gauntlet
http://www.harvesthillfarms.com/Gauntlet.html
Harvest Hill Way, Rte 26, Mechanic Falls, ME -- (207)998-5485

A haunting night ride "through the deep woods on the acreage of Harvest Hill Farms" on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls, Maine will give you the thrill of a lifetime. Perhaps you too will see the Ghost of Route 26! Harvest Hill Farm also has lots of daytime events for families with their Corn Maze, Fall Harvest Tours, Pumpkin Land, and a harvest market on site.


The Haunting at ParSem!
http://www.parsonsfieldseminary.org/ -- (207)793-8825 or (603) 539-5233
Parsonsfield Seminary, 504 North Road (Rt. 160), North Parsonsfield, ME

Creeps and freaks at the Parsonsfield Seminary! Travel through the spooky maze of the 42-room seminary building and campus and relive your childhood fears. Frankie awaits you! Presented by the Friends of ParSem Benefit Restoration Fund. October 19, 20, 26, and 27 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. See website for prices, etc., or FMI call (207)793-8825 or (603) 539-5233.


Haunted Hill
http://www.themainehighlands.com/event/10100/haunted_hill -- (207) 794-3372
4 Pleasant Street Lincoln, ME 04457

The Town of Lincoln's Haunted House, Haunted Hill, promises to live up to its name. So much so that it is not recommended for children under 5 years of age. The Town of Lincoln tells visitors to "prepare for a scare"! Open every Saturday night the month of October from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and the last weekend of October (the 26th & 27th). Children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for children under 5. Admission is 12 & under $3, 13 & older $5.


Haunted Hayrides
http://www.hauntedhayridesmaine.com/ -- (207)885-5935
Located next to Scarborough Downs in Scarborough, Maine, off Route 1

Amongst acres of horrors, with ghouls and goblins in a haunted forest, the original Haunted Hayrides will frighten you out of your skin. If that doesn't get you, the free Spider Soda and Poisonous Popcorn will! These guys have been at it for 22 years now. Adults $13, children ages 6-12 $9


The Raitt Homestead Halloween Harvest
http://www.raittfarmmuseum.org/HalloweenHarvest.html -- (207)748-3303
2077 State Rd, Eliot, Maine 03903

The Raitt Farm Museum's Trail of Terror is open from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on October 19th, 20th, 26th & 27th (admission $6). Come on in and board the tractor-drawn wagon ride down to the Haunt Trail...enter if you dare! There are plenty of ghoulish treats, warm beverages and bloody fries which await you if you make it out and back on to the wagon.

There will also be a Halloween party for the kids on October 20th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (admission $3). With a Trick or Treat Walk, Costume Contests, a Carved Pumpkin Contest (bring your carved pumpkin with you and enter it in the contest), a Scarecrow Contest (there are a limited number of kits available for $10 -- get yours now and bring your finished scarecrow masterpiece with you to enter it in the contest). The party will also have a Pumpkin Toss, a Pumpkin Bowl, Mummy Wrap, Jack-O-Lantern & Potato race, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and of course yummy treats and good food. One free ride on the barrel tractor or tractor drawn hayride with paid admission ticket! The Raitt Farm thanks you for helping to support events such as this. The revenue raised goes to educating kids about farming history and restoring the 33-acre farm property.


Junkins Haunted Estate
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Junkins-Haunted-Estate/311374879698
87 Wilson Road, Kittery, ME 03904
FMI email hauntedestate@aol.com

This year visit the Estate from Friday, October 19, 2012 through Sunday, October 21, 2012 and Tuesday, October 23, 2012 through Wednesday, October 31, 2012. The largest non commercial, nonprofit FREE Halloween even in the northeast. Come and celebrate their 25th year! Over two acres of Halloween decorations await guests. Don't let the warm fuzzy decorations from the safety of your car fool you, if you want the candy, it's a quarter mile through the haunted swamp! As you follow the luminaries towards the woods and cross the bridge into the swamp, darkness will surround you and the cold swamp air will chill you to your bones, and YES, they will be waiting for you!!! All 18 or younger must be accompanied by a parent. Special time for the little ones, October 30th at 5:00PM. We are on Twitter too: @hauntedestate


WALKING TOURS:

Red Cloak Haunted History Tours
http://www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com/ -- (207)380-3806
Where: Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Damariscotta, Wiscasset

The Lady in the Red Cloak guides you on evening walking tours of one of Maine's Midcoast villages (Camden, Damariscotta, Bath, Wiscasset, or Boothbay Harbor). Tours last approximately 90 minutes, and wind through back streets by lantern light, searching for ghosts and history, spirits and mystery. Appropriate for all ages, by reservation only, $12 adults, $7 for children under 12, free for children under 5. Please check the website, or call for complete schedule. Also available for special tours or events.


Wicked Walking Tours
http://www.wickedwalkingtours.com/index.html -- (888)718-4253
Tours meet at Bell Buoy Park on Commercial St between Casco Bay Lines & Rira

The legends and history of haunted Portland, Maine come to life, with the comedy and tragedy filled tales that abound in this twisted tour. As a doomed guide leads you through Portland's old waterfront, you will be regaled with strange facts and interesting history. Learn the secret past of the shadowed Old Port streets! Reservations required (call M-F 9am-9pm, or visit website to make reservations). For private or group tours, call (207)730-0490 or email info@wickedwalkingtours.com


Ghostly Bangor
http://www.bangormuseum.com/html/toursandactivities.htm -- (207)942-1900
Tours meet at Thomas A. Hill House, 159 Union Street, Bangor, ME

Hosted by Bangor Museum and Center for History, tours take place on Thursdays and Saturday evenings in October. $10 per person non-member, $8 members, $5 children under 12. One tour per night leaves at 7:00pm. Please call (207)942-1900 for reservations. Prepare for the paranormal! Follow a winding path through haunted Bangor and stop at several sites to hear tales of reported ghostly activity. Don't be surprised if you hear tales of tragedy from the spirits themselves! Whether or not you believe in ghosts, one thing is for certain - some former residents of Bangor are still around attending to unfinished business. Trapped here either by their own will or circumstance, these spirits have something to say to the living. Bring a friend...if you dare!


EVERYTHING ELSE:

My Mommy's Mummy!
http://www.bangormuseum.com/html/calendar.htm -- (207)942-1900
Sponsored by Bangor Museum and Center for History
Before Stephen King made being scared part of popular culture, Bangor had its own fright night every Halloween at the Kellogg home on Kenduskeag Avenue. Thousands of children participated in one of Bangor's favorite Halloween traditions - seeing a real Egyptian Mummy head. Now housed at the Hudson Museum in Orono, this honored guest will make one final return to Bangor. Join Connor Millard and Gretchen Faulkner, Director of the Hudson Museum at the Univeristy of Maine, to learn about its history including scientific data from C-14 dating, xrays, hair analysis and other testing. $10 per person. Workshops at 6pm and 8pm on October 30th. Seating is limited for this ONE NIGHT ONLY event! Please call for reservations at 942-1900.


Pumpkin Hayrides
http://www.wolfesneckfarm.org/pumpkin-hayrides -- (207)865-4469
Wolfe's Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Rd, Freeport, ME

Come on out to the Farm for a family outing to remember during October on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy the Maine fall foliage and take a hayride out to the pumpkin field. While you are here, visit the animals in the barnyard or go for a walk through the woods. Pumpkin hayrides cost $6/person or $20/family (including pumpkins) and benefit the Wolfe's Neck Farm Education Program. Set on the shores of Casco Bay, Wolfe's Neck Farm is a 626-acre nonprofit demonstration farm just a short, scenic drive from downtown Freeport and adjacent to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park.


Halloweenfest Maine Wildlife Park
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark/index.htm -- (207)657-4977
56 Game Farm Road, Gray, ME 04039

On Friday, October 19, 2012 and Saturday, October 20, 2012, celebrate Halloween with the Park's native wildlife! Get into the spooky spirit with special Halloween displays, haunted hayrides, games and door prizes! Wear your costumes! Regular admission fees apply. For rainy day cancellation info, call the office at (207)657-4977. The Nature Store and Snack Shack will be open for spooky snacks & souvenirs!


9th Annual OgunquitFest
http://www.visitogunquit.org/event.php?id=6
36 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907

Taking place Friday, October 19, 2012 - Sunday, October 21, 2012. This annual Ogunquit, Maine fall event has activities for the whole family, including 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. For schedule of event times, see website above.


Bucksport Ghostport Festival
http://www.bucksportchamber.org/ghostport.html
Saturday, October 20, 2012. Timed to coincide with Fright at the Fort (see listing above), which is held across the Bay, the Ghostport Festival in Bucksport is a family event with a definite Halloween theme. From a children's costume parade (The Little Goblin Parade) on Main Street, to Jonathon Buck's Race to the Grave coffin race, and The Night of the Living Dead, everyone is sure to be in a haunted spirit. Show off your creative skills in the carved pumpkin contest or skip the carving altogether and launch your pumpkin into the Penobscot using our trebuchet. After the sun sets, scare yourself silly at Fort Knox and then take our shuttle back to the waterfront to enjoy music, food and fireworks. See website for up-to-date schedule.


Midnight Explore Ghost Hunt
http://www.mysteriousdestinations.com/ -- (207)380-4677

Friday, October 26, 2012. Join the Mysterious Destinations team for a Midnight Explore at the haunted Winter Street Center in Bath. Three floors of documented paranormal activity will offer plenty of chances for new evidence to be found by YOU, after a brief training about paranormal detection equipment, how to use it, and the history of the building. Mysterious Destinations will provide a variety of paranormal detection equipment for guests, though participants are also encouraged to bring their own gear, with cameras and flashlights recommended. The price for the Midnight Explore is only $35 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Winter Street Center. Hot coffee, bottled water and light refreshments will be provided. By reservation only, (207)380-4677.


Halloween Haunted House
http://www.skowhegan.org/calendar/ -- (207)474-6901
225 Water Street Skowhegan, ME 04976

Friday, October 26, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm (admission $3). Skowhegan Parks and Recreation Department hosts an annual Halloween Haunted House at the Skowhegan Municipal Building. Beware, the house is full of fright and not recommended for small children! But Casper's House, also in the Skowhegan Municipal Building, is suited for kids. FMI call (207)474-6901 or email skowrec1@skowhegan.org


Overnight with Myrtle
http://www.mysteriousdestinations.com/ -- (207)380-4677

Saturday, October 27, 2012. How often do you get to spend the night at a haunted house with a history of paranormal activity? Or spend the night in the same bedroom where the source of that activity passed from her mortal life? How often would you be able to do this at Halloween? And, how often would you be able to join the adventure and use specialized equipment to document any paranormal activity? Join Mysterious Destinations at the Tipsy Butler B&B and the Newcastle Publick House, both haunted by Myrtle! This adventure includes dinner at the Newcastle Publick House. By reservation only, 207-380-4677.

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So in other news, there's a lot of fun stuff going on. The bad news? You missed the Giant Pumpkinboat Regatta, a.k.a. the Damariscotta 2012 Pumpkinfest! http://damariscottapumpkinfest.com/

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