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Bangor’s boo-tiful Halloween happenings

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Bangor’s boo-tiful Halloween happenings (edge photo by Kevin Bennett)

Bangor region offers plenty of spooktacular events 

BANGOR – The only month where it’s acceptable to drink copious amounts of pumpkin spice lattes and voluntarily enter haunted houses might be coming to an end, but there is still a silver lining because the end of October brings the most fang-tastic holiday of the year. Whether you are a little zombie or goblin eager to fill your treat bag with goodies or a grownup dressed up in a risqué professional costume or a humorous salt and pepper couple outfit, you’re having fun on Halloween.

Being home to lots of history, some phenomenal fall scenery and a certain internationally beloved horror author, the Greater Bangor area has plenty going on that suits the season. There’s haunted houses big and small, trick or treating, scary movies and magicians … there’s something for everybody.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best Halloween events in the Bangor region for all ages. Here are 13 ways to enjoy the spookiest time of the year.

Trick or Treat!

There are plenty of trick-or-treating options at Halloween. One of the most popular has been Downtown Bangor.

Each year, downtown businesses and organizations open their doors to little ghouls for a safe, family-friendly trick or treating experience. Parents can bring their princesses, wizards and little Wonder Women and Yodas to pop in to more than 20 locations from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kids get to show their swanky costumes around town and fill their treat bags all during the safe daylight hours - sounds like a win-win! 

Of course, that does not take into account the holiday itself. There are a couple of Bangor neighborhoods that have golden Halloween reputations. Little City is one such location - the fusion of bordering houses and loads of children ensures full treat sacks.

Another trick or treat location is the Tree Streets. While every corner of the neighborhood is happy to give out candy, the highlight is Maple Street - specifically the stretch between State and Mt. Hope. Billions of kids make their way up and down the street on Halloween night and many of the residents go all out in an attempt to make the experience as full of eerie fun as possible.

(Editor’s note: As someone who lives in the Tree Streets, I can confirm – Maple Street gets NUTS.)

In whatever place, you decide to go hunting for candy bounty be sure to not let the candies go to WAIST.

Ghostly Bangor Tours

Every city has its skeletons and Bangor is no exception. The Bangor Historical Society aims to give voices to the former residents that are rumored to remain long after their demises with their Ghostly Bangor Tours. The walking tours travel through downtown Bangor as a Bangor Historical Society guide provides tales of ghosts, unsolved mysteries and murder. The tours depart from Thomas A. Hill House at 7 p.m. on October 26, 28 and 30. The tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Tours are $10 per person and tickets are available online at bangorhistoricalsociety.org.

Fright at the Fort

This renowned Halloween tradition is back again promising to give hair-raising experiences at Fort Knox in Prospect. This year’s event – the 18th - has the theme “Fright at the Fort Goes Nuclear.” Visitors are guided through the fort’s dark, fog-filled hallways and shadowy rooms while their senses are blasted by sounds, strobe lights and a multitude of volunteers in horrifying costumes. It’s recommended for fearless older children, teenagers and adults.

Your final two opportunities to enjoy this nuclear experience are October 27 and 28. The Fright is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults or $5 for kids 12 and under, or $13 for express tickets. More information about Fright at the Fort can be found via their Facebook page.

Bangor Zombie Walk

Another yearly Halloween favorite is the Bangor Zombie Walk. This event lets lovers of the undead shuffle and lurch their way through downtown Bangor. Each year, oodles of people gather together covered in made up gore and creative zombie costumes to shamble around downtown for free. This year’s 7th event is set to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 28 on the Waterfront; there will also be vendors and other activities.

Bangor Drive-In Stephen King Weekend

Bundle up and spend time at the Bangor Drive-In, located on Outer Hammond Street, for offerings of classic Stephen King films during its last open weekend. On Oct. 27 and 28 the 6:30 p.m. features will be “Carrie” followed by “Misery” - all for the cost of $10. Also, a costume contest will take place over the holiday weekend; winners will be walking home with a season pass to the Bangor Drive-In for their 2018 season.

Bangor Parks and Recreation Halloween Carnival and Haunted Chamber

All ages are invited to the annual Bangor Parks and Recreation Halloween soirée, set for Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Parks and Rec center located at 647 Main St. There will be carnival games, activities, prizes and a “haunted chamber” for older kids. The party is from 6 – 8 p.m. The shindig is free. Visit BangorParksandRec.com for more information.  

Halloween at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

Looking for a Halloween event that concerns the environment? Look no further, meet the souls at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, for nature-based crafts including building and raising a share crow with Sally Jones. There is a suggested donation of $5 for every carload. To learn more, visit hirundomaine.org.

Eddington Fire Department Halloween Celebration

The Eddington Fire Department will hold its fourteenth annual trunk or treat from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the fire department, located at 906 Main Road. This family-oriented event, configured for children, will feature a Halloween movie and popcorn, trunk-to-trunk trick or treating, face painting and a coloring contest. This is a rain or shine event. Admission is free, but donations are highly appreciated.

Kenduskeag Haunted House

If Fright at the Fort sounded tame, you need to visit Kenduskeag Haunted House. The haunted house at the Cole Memorial Ball Field on the Kenduskeag Levant Road has been giving people the heebie-jeebies for years. This homegrown horror happens 7 – midnight on Oct. 27 and 28 and admission is only $5. All money raised from the event will go to the Kenduskeag Rec Department. Be warned: this haunted house is unlike Fright at the Fort where volunteers are not allowed to touch visitors instead expect to be touched and grabbed by zombies, clowns and monsters. 

Magic and mystery

If scares do not entice you, why not celebrate Halloween time with magic? The Gracie Theatre and the Collins Center for the Arts are both featuring magicians during the Halloween weekend.

Illusionist Ted Outerbridge, and his wife Marion will perform “OUTERBRIDGE: Clockwork Mysteries” on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. The high-energy magical experience is recommended for both adult and family audiences. Ted and Marion Outerbridge combine revolutionary illusions with split second artistry to create an unforgettable visual experience. Part of show will feature Marion Outerbridge being sawed in half and levitating in midair. In another part, Ted Outerbridge will vanish right before the audience’s eyes.

Tickets are $26 - $36 and are available by calling the Gracie Theatre box office at 941-7888 or going online to ticketmaster.com or gracietheatre.com.

(Note: Mike Dow’s interview with Ted Outerbridge appears elsewhere on our website.)

Meanwhile, the Collins Center for the Arts presents the “Jason Bishop Show” on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Jason Bishop is known as America’s Hottest Illusionist; he has earned these credentials by entertaining celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Bam Margera. The “Jason Bishop Show” will showcase his array of talents by featuring award-winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and close-up magic projected onto a huge movie screen. This show will not only amaze you, but also make you laugh; in fact, some pieces of the show feature more laughs than typical for an illusionist.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for students K- 12 and are available by going online to collinscenterforthearts.com.

“Misery”

In what’s starting to become tradition, Penobscot Theatre Company is offering up a seasonally-appropriate show for the Halloween season. The 2018 production is ‘Misery’ a faithful adaptation of a Stephen King classic.

Romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car accident by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes. When he wakes up after the accident, he finds himself captive in Annie’s remote home. While Paul is recuperating, Annie reads the manuscript of his newest novel and one plot twist leads to another, as Annie has Paul writing for his life.

‘Misery’ is intricate and suspenseful. The show runs through Nov. 5 at the Bangor Opera House. Tickets are $32 - $38. For tickets or more information, contact the PTC box office at 942-3333 or visit their website at penobscottheatre.org.

(Note: You can find Allen Adams’s review of this production on our website.)

“Frankenstein”

For the first time in years the Crosby Center in Belfast will open its doors for a live theater experience, when Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents “Frankenstein.” The director, Erik Perkins, has spent the last year adapting the Mary Shelley’s Halloween classic.

The novel “Frankenstein” was written by Mary Shelley in 1818. Shelley’s writing tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who created a monstrous creature in an eccentric scientific experiment. Shelley’s book is unlike the imagery of the Universal movies made in the 1930s with Boris Karloff as the green groaning monster with neck bolts.

“Frankenstein” is a thrilling show with a highly compelling theme. The production runs Oct. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for students; seating is general admission. For more information about the event, visit midcoastactors.org or Facebook or call the MAS box office at 370-7592.

(Note: A full review of the production – written by the author of this piece - can be found on our website.)

“Carrie the Musical”

It’s Halloween night and trick or treating does not appeal to you, go watch the special showing of “Carrie the Musical” at 8 p.m. at the Keith Anderson Community House. The musical version of “Carrie” - based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name – was considered to be one of musical theater’s most notorious flops following its 1988 Broadway production, but it has since developed a strong cult following.

Carrie White is an outsider. At school, she’s a misfit who’s bullied by the popular crowd. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But everything changes once Carrie discovers she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

“Carrie the Musical” promises to be a theatrical production you’ll never forget. Tickets for reserved seating are $20/$15 and student rush at the door is $10. Tickets are available online at sometheatrecompany.org or through cash at the door. 

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