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Boo! Scary fun things to do this Halloween

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Halloween is nigh, and there are tons of themed events taking place all over that range from fun to hair-raising. So whether you're just looking to gorge on candy and dress in a sexy/hilarious costume or to have the crap scared out of you, there's something for you. Unless you're against Halloween and all it stands for. Then you're out of luck.

Downtown Bangor Trick or Treating

Saturday, Oct. 27, 3-5 p.m.

BANGOR - Ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards and more will be wandering the streets of Downtown Bangor at the third annual Downtown Bangor Halloween Trick or Treating event. This event, brought to the community by the Downtown Bangor Partnership, provides a safe environment for parents to bring children trick or treating during daylight hours. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3-5 p.m. Last year over 400 children participated in this great community event.

Participating businesses will be identified by a special poster that will be placed on their front door or window during the event. Currently, over 20 businesses ranging from retail and restaurants to service businesses and arts organizations are participating. To date, the following businesses have signed up:

  • Epic Sports
  • Penobscot Theatre Company
  • Mexicali Blues
  • Dunnett, Inc.
  • Maine Discovery Museum
  • Cornerstone Barber Shop
  • Bangor Public Library
  • Thomas School of Dance
  • Quality Jewelers
  • Paddy Murphy's
  • University of Maine Museum of Art
  • Antique Marketplace and Cafe
  • Hero's Sports Grill
  • Central Street Farm House
  • Maine Discovery Museum
  • PLISGA & DAY, Land Surveyors
  • Blue Heron
  • Metropolitan Soul
  • Main Street Music Studio
  • Bangor Museum and History Center
  • Giacomo's
  • Deja' vu Salon
  • The Henry's Bridal Boutique and Formal Wear

The Downtown Bangor Partnership promotes and markets activities that enhance the distinctive identity of Downtown Bangor which encourages retention and growth of commercial, residential and cultural life within the downtown district. For more information on the Downtown Bangor Partnership, visit www.downtownbangor.com.

Boo! Science - Challenger Learning Center's fifth annual spooky science treat

BANGOR Kids will be treated to some mad science at the Fifth Annual Boo! Science! event at the Challenger Learning Center on Oct. 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Kids can watch experiments that glow, explode and smoke and then even participate in the madness. Costumes are encouraged with a price for the most 'Sci-fi-tastic.'

Reserved tickets are $8 per child aged 3 and older (must be ordered by Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.) or $10 per child. There is a limited capacity so reservations are highly encouraged. There will be scary and creepy treats for all ages.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 990-2900 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Old-Time Radio Theatre returns with WHSN & Edgar Allan Poe

You can be part of a live 'studio audience' or simply dim your living room lights, light the Jack-o- Lantern and gather around the radio for WHSN's third annual Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

This old-time radio drama, featuring 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' will be performed on the stage of Husson University's Gracie Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and broadcast simultaneously on 89.3 FM WHSN. The annual radio production has been nationally recognized with awards in both 2011 and 2012 by the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts.

Students the New England School of Communications (NESCom), under the direction of Ken Stack, will perform in period costumes on stage and utilize sound effects that will set the spooky scene for radio listeners.

The production requires the team-work of NESCom students in the Live Sound Technology, Radio Broadcast, and Entertainment Production programs, under the direction of NESCom faculty and staff.

The New England School of Communications offers bachelor of science degrees in communications technology, media studies and entertainment production. To find out more, visit www.nescom.edu.

Trunk or Treat

BANGOR The Bangor Nazarene Church is holding its annual Trunk or Treat at the church on Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for best girl and best bots costume of the night, and there will be an award for the best decorated trunk.

Fright Night II featuring East Coast Ghost Trackers' and a special screening of Ghostbusters.'

On Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. the Penobscot Theatre Company is proud to present a special night of Halloween thrills and chills. The evening begins with two never-before-seen episodes of 'East Coast Ghost Trackers,' the first episode taking place in our very own Bangor Opera House and the second at a surprise Maine location. These spooky investigations will be followed by a rare Q&A with the ghost trackers themselves. Then, at 8 p.m., the evening continues with a special screening of the 1984 classic comedy 'Ghostbusters.' The entire night is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is encouraged.

Refreshments will be served and costumes are encouraged. For the best seats it is recommended that audiences arrive before 6. Come, dress up and have a frightfully good time at one of Maine's most historic theatres.

East Coast Ghost Trackers are a paranormal group based in Brewer, Maine. They have performed numerous paranormal investigations, in cemeteries, homes and businesses throughout the state.

Second Annual Bangor Zombie Walk

Shuffling hordes of undead will begin their search for the flesh of the living at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 at 1 Railroad St. in Bangor. Those who wish to participate need to BYOB (Bring your own blood).

The walk starts at 1 Railroad Street, circles the downtown and ends at Sea Dog. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/158327514296165/

Fright at the Fort

PROSPECT - Fright at the Fort, the annual Halloween scarefest, returns for its 13th year at the Fort Knox State historic site in Prospect. Last year, over 9,000 brave visitors traveled the dark, twisting turns of the granite fortification, where they were met by sights and sounds that might have been taken right from the scariest movie or horror book. This year's Fright at the Fort theme is zombie apocalypse.

Oct. 26 - Pirate Night at Fright. The Pirates of the Dark Rose will be making a cameo appearance at this evening's Fright at the Fort. Arrr!

Oct. 27 - Come in costume and get a jump on Halloween. 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' 9:30 p.m., Northeast Historic Film/Alamo Theatre.

Tickets for Fright at the Fort are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under (Fright is not recommended for young children). For people who wish to avoid waiting in line for Fright, express tickets are $12 per person and may be obtained by calling (207) 469-6553. For more information on Fright and the Friends of Fort Knox, visit their web site at fortknox.maineguide.com. Proceeds from Fright are used for Fort Knox improvements.

Kenduskeag Haunted House

KENDUSKEAG The notorious Kenduskeag Haunted House is being held Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight at Cole Memorial Ball Field on the Kenduskeag Levant Rd. $5 admission. Rain or Shine.

This event is not intended for people under 12. For more information or to volunteer, call 991-3233 or 884-7140.

Goal of 10K lit jack-o-lanterns for 10th annual Pumpkin Festival at Camp Sunshine

FREEPORT Organizers of the 10th annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival have set a goal of displaying 10,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns at the day-long, family-friendly charity event next weekend in Freeport, Maine.

Proceeds from the Saturday, Oct. 27 event, presented by Hancock Lumber and TD Bank, will benefit Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The pumpkin festival is set for noon to 8 p.m. at L.L. Bean's flagship store in downtown Freeport.

Each pumpkin is sponsored with a $10 donation and only pumpkins that get sponsored will be carved and displayed. Camp Sunshine has set a goal to raise $100,000, enough to cover the cost of an entire week at camp for more than 50 families.

To sponsor a pumpkin, visit www.campsunshine.org/pumpkinfestival or text CAMP to 20222. Festival participants also can help by sponsoring pumpkins at the event. As of Oct. 17, 6,067 pumpkins have been sponsored, more than halfway to the 2012 goal.

'We're hoping to double our efforts over 2011, when 5,200 pumpkins were illuminated, and create an even more spectacular display this year to cap a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family,' said Matthew M. Hoidal, Esq., executive director at Camp Sunshine.

The Pumpkin Festival will feature kid's activities, entertainment, food, costume parade, corporate carving challenge, pumpkin whoopie pie eating contest and a full schedule of bands rotating on stage throughout the day.

To encourage pumpkin sponsorships, Camp Sunshine has expanded the drawing giveaways to lucky sponsors. Ten round-trip JetBlue tickets and 10 $100 L.L. Bean gift cards are being awarded one set of each after each increment of 1,000 sponsored pumpkins is reached.

Also, several new teams have signed up to take part in the Corporate Carving Challenge and vie for the title won by Downeast Energy last year. Teams of up to 10 people are given 10 minutes to carve as many pumpkins as possible. Any corporate team that wishes to join should call Camp Sunshine at (207) 655-3800 or visit the festival website for more info. 

Bangor Parks & Recreation Halloween Party

BANGOR The Bangor Parks and Recreation is holding its annual Halloween Party on Oct. 26. There will be games, activities, prizes and of course the Haunted Chamber.

The party will take place on Friday, October 26 at the Parks and Recreation Center at 647 Main St. For kids ages 2-5, the party is 5:00-6:00 and from 6:00-7:30 pm for children ages 6-12. There is no fee for the party.

Go to www.BangorParksandRec.com or call 992-4490 for more information.

Avoid zombie mouth

ORONO College Avenue Dental Associates is holding an open house/costume party, Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 379 College Avenue. The American Dental Association is promoiting good oral hygene for Halloween, and staff will be distributing 'Stop Zombie Mouth' trading cards, as well as toothbrushes to all kids who come into the office.

For more information call 866-5591.

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