Haunted happenings coming to a town near you
Four-year-old Eli Paddleford waits his turn during trick-or-treating at the annual Downtown Halloween Howl on Main Street in Concord on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
By SARAH KINNEY
Thursday, October 29, 2015
(Published in print: Thursday, October 29, 2015)
Halloween weekend has finally arrived. If you don’t yet have plans to show off your costume here are some events to check out.
Howling good time
Intown Concord will host Halloween Howl on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Downtown businesses will be open for trick-or-treating. DJ Nazzy and Mya will play music for a dance party at City Plaza and there will be a costume parade at 6 p.m.
Double Midnight Comics will bring free comic books and costumed superheroes to the plaza.
At Bicentennial Square, Brad Schneider and True Brew Barista will host an open mic from 5:30 to 8 p.m. if the weather is fair. No sign up required.
A scary haunted bus and playground will be put on at Warren and North State Street from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is not recommended for children younger than 6.
From 4 to 8:30 p.m., North Main Street will be closed to vehicles from Centre Street to Pleasant Street.
Several recreation, fire and police departments will host activities for Halloween.
??The Allenstown police department will have an open house Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
??To celebrate Gate Night, the Boscawen police and Penacook rescue will have music, popcorn, hot dogs, hot chocolate and vehicles for children to try Friday at 5 p.m. at the town municipal offices.
??Bristol police will escort a children’s parade down Main Street on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
??Bow will hold its town Halloween party Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m at the high school. There will be trick-or-treating, a haunted house, games, a costume parade and a magic show. For more information, call 228-2222 or visit bow-nh.gov.
??Canterbury residents can gather at the town center on Halloween for its annual celebration Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
??A trick or treating event will be held at the Webster Public Safety Building from 6 to 7 p.m. on Halloween.
Tricked out trunks
For all the candy and not all the legwork, try trunk-or-treating. Families decorate the back of their vehicle and drive to a communal location for trick-or-treating.
??West Congregational Church in Concord will hold a trunk-or-treat on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.
??Loudon will hold a trunk or treat at the fire station from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Email [email protected] to sign up your vehicle to participate.
??The Pittsfield Elementary School PTO is sponsoring trunk-or-treat on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the PMHS student parking lot. Games will start at 6 p.m. and trunk-or-treat will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best decorated trunk.
??Merrimack Valley High School will host a haunted house Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for children older than 10. Cost is $4. For younger kids, there will be games and activities in the gym by donation.
??Dunbarton Congregational Church will have a trick-or-treat open house Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Join its congregation for candy, cider, coffee and Dracula on the organ in the church. After, children ages 11 to 14 can spend the night at the Spooky Sleepover from Saturday at 8 p.m. to Sunday morning. For more information, email [email protected]
??Epsom Central School will haunt its hallways Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a haunted walk, trunk or treat, a costume dance and games. Cost is $5 per person with a $20 per family maximum.
??Saturday will be the last day Beech Hill Farm has its three corn mazes open. They are open from 11 a.m. to dusk and for $6 you can wander through all three mazes. For more information, visit beechhillfarm.com.
??Beans and Greens Farm’s corn maze will be open for its last maze Friday night from 7 to 10. The Contoocook farm’s night maze costs $9 for adults and $7 for children; reservations must be made by calling 293-2853.
??You can share your favorite Ghostbusters quotes tonight at Red River Theatres’ quote-along at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers, $13 for Red River members and $12 for children 12 and younger.
??Emulate your favorite comic book character and wear your costume to Books-A-Million’s Halloween Comicfest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If food, music and wearing a costume sound like a good mix to you, Makris Lobster House in Concord will hold a Halloween party Friday from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Scott “Snake” Miller & The Hell Jacks will be playing all night long. At 11 p.m., there will be judging for the costume contest. The top three go home with prizes. For more information, visit eatalobster.com.
The Kimball-Jenkins Estate will have a 21-plus Haunted Mansion Masquerade on Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $25, but you can take $5 off if you wear a mask. There will be a cash bar, a prize for best dressed, door prizes and music by DJ Nazzy. For more information, visit kimballjenkins.com/halloween.
True Brew Barista in Concord’s Bicentennial Square will have a Masquerade Ball on Saturday at 8 p.m. with spooky music and Halloween trivia with guest DJ DMac.
After all the late-night snacking on Halloween, the East Andover Village Preschool has just the thing to burn off all that sugar. The annual Creepy Crawl will be Sunday with a kids fun run at 9 a.m. and a 5K walk and run at 9:30 a.m. The race starts at the East Andover Fire Department on Channel Road. Registration is $5 for kids and $20 for the 5k in advance or $25 on race day. Proceeds from the race go to the nonprofit preschool. For more information, call Amy at 735-5105 or visit opensignups.com/signup/51500.
Families in Transition – New Horizons will host its fourth annual Wicked FIT 5K on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Rollins Park. See how well you can run in a costume. There also will be a kids fun run at 9 a.m.