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Halloween happenings 2019!

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Autumn is most definitely upon us. The leaves have undergone their chromatic transformation and largely fallen from the trees. The warm winds of summer have given way to the chilly breezes of fall; even days with above-average temperatures have a bite in the air.

And of course, as October comes to an end, we come to Halloween.

While the celebration of the holiday has certainly expanded well beyond the day itself, with events taking place throughout much of October, these last few days will see a particular flurry of fantastic and frightening events leading up to the 31st.

Bangor has plenty going on in this lead-up to Halloween. There are interesting events taking place a bit farther afield as well. Here are just a few of those happenings from both near and far.

Trick or treat!

You have to start with the candy, right?

There are plenty of trick-or-treating options in Bangor, starting with Downtown Bangor’s traditional trick or treat event. Every year, on the Saturday before (or of) Halloween, downtown businesses get into the spirit and hand out candy to the little ghouls and goblins. This year is no exception – on the afternoon of Oct. 26, get ready for some downtown fun!

There are some great trick-or-treating Bangor neighborhoods as well that have golden, glowing Halloween reputations. Little City is one such location - the fusion of bordering houses and loads of children ensures full treat sacks.

Another classic spot is the Tree Streets. While every corner of the neighborhood is happy to give out candy, the highlight is undoubtedly 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.)

Another option for tricks and treats (well … mostly treats) is the Trunk or Treat event at Eastern Maine Community College. The event takes place on Halloween, from 4-8 p.m. on the EMCC campus. This is the first year of the community trunk or treat, hosted by the EMCC Student Senate. Along with candy galore, there will be other activities such as apple pressing and a touch-a-truck.

Wherever you go, may your bounty be plentiful and your candy bars be full-sized.

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Frightening forts and haunted houses and mysterious mazes

These sorts of events happen all over the region, but there are two in the area that warrant particular note.

There’s the classic Fright at the Fort, an event that has been going on for two decades. That’s 20 years of terror at Fort Knox in Prospect. This year’s theme is, aptly enough, “20 Years of Fright.” Basically, it’s going to be a sort of greatest hits breakdown, with favorite scares from previous incarnations brought together to present a terrifying walk down memory lane. They’ve been going at it for a couple of weeks now – your last chances to check it out are Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets (including express tickets) can be purchased at www.fortknoxmaine.org. You can also buy tickets at the door.

Another long-standing scarefest is the haunted house in Kenduskeag. Located at the Galen Cole Memorial Ballfield, it has built a reputation over the years as one of the scariest haunted houses in the area. Make sure you’re comfortable with some interactivity; things are going to get ACTIVE. And this one operates right up until midnight, so whether you’re looking to kick off your night or bring it to a close, this one will work for you. Think you’ve got what it takes? Find out for yourself on Oct. 25-26 for just $5.

Out in the same neck of the woods, you’ll find Treworgy Orchards, host to one of the most celebrated corn mazes in the country. But did you know that they offer nighttime trips through their maze of maize? That’s how it went down last weekend and will continue this weekend – Oct. 25-26. Bring your own flashlight and find your way. The evening will also feature night hayrides, hot cider and more. Tickets are $12; you can register at www.treworgyorchards.com/night-maze.

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Theatrical thrills and chills

Penobscot Theatre Company is getting to the spirit of Halloween with their now-traditional spooky offering in this slot of the season. This year’s entry is “Gaslight,” running though Nov. 3 at the Bangor Opera House. This classic melodrama – perhaps better known here in the U.S. as “Angel Street” – tells a tale of a young woman who begins to suspect that the strangeness that surrounds her might not all be in her head after all … and that someone close to her might be the one responsible. Stylish spookiness of the first order.

(See our full-length review of “Gaslight” elsewhere in this week’s edition of The Maine Edge.)

On the flip side of that, you’ve got the garish and gory “Evil Dead: The Musical,” presented by Some Theatre Company at the Keith Anderson House in Orono; the show opens on Halloween and runs through Nov. 9. It is precisely what it sounds like – a musical adaptation of the beloved Sam Raimi-helmed, Bruce Campbell-starring cult classic film series of the same name. It’s the story of a group of young people looking to spend a weekend at an isolated cabin in the woods, only to discover that they are not alone.

In addition, Husson University’s New England School of Communications will be continuing their annual tradition of presenting a live radio play on the college’s campus. This year’s installment of “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” is a retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story “MS in a Bottle.” The event will take place on the stage at Husson’s Gracie Theatre on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Audiences will watch actors performing, but will also be able to see the various sound effects being produced live. There will also be a simulcast of the show on Husson’s WHSN 89.3 FM.

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Other spooky stuff

Queen City Cinema Club

QCCC will be offering up their second annual HollaScream Halloween event at their location at 128B Main St. Starting at 9 p.m., there will be live hip-hop performances - Dilyrium and Brodie James (with Special Guests); Brandon Ross; FreshJones; SheisCadence – into the night. There will also be multiple prizes for best costumes. In addition, the evening will kick off with an improv comedy performance from Queen City Improv; that show starts at 7 p.m.

QCCC is also co-hosting – along with the Maine Discovery Museum – a waterfront screening of a pair of Halloween movies. At 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, they’ll be screening “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure” followed by the beloved classic “Hocus Pocus.”

Bangor Historical Society

You can always count on the Historical Society to offer up some Halloween fun. There’s the Ghostly Bangor Walking Tour, which has long been a favorite for local lovers of the supernatural. The tour departs from the Thomas A. Hill House and offers participants a look at the more shadowy side of the Queen City. Tickets are $10.

You’ve also got one more chance to enjoy the BHS Darker Mt. Hope walking tour. While the Society offers daytime tours of the landmark cemetery, it’s a whole different tour when the sun is going down. The tour will share stories of the famous (and infamous) denizens of Mt. Hope – and the circumstances which led them to their current resting place. Tickets are $10.

Tickets for both tours can be purchased at www.bangorhistoricalsociety.org.

Bangor Parks and Recreation Halloween Carnival

Bangor’s Parks and Recreation Department will be presenting their annual Halloween Carnival on Oct. 24 at the Parks and Recreation Center, located on 647 Main St., from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, activities and prizes, as well as the Haunted Chamber, which will open at 6:30 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome; admission is free. You can find out more at www.bangorparksandrec.com.

Bangor Zombie Walk

Ever wanted to be a zombie? Well, on Oct. 26, you’ll get your chance to do it without having to deal with an insatiable hunger for brains or the downfall of civilization. Each year, people slather themselves in gore and meet up at the Bangor Waterfront before shuffling and lurching their way through the downtown area. The event also serves as a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors of Maine. Participants should plan to meet at the waterfront at 3 p.m. The walk (or shamble, I suppose) kicks off at 3 p.m.

Monster Ball Costume Party

The folks at Top of the Nine at 82 Central St. are hosting a costume bash of their own. The Monster Ball Costume Party is set to take place on Oct. 26 starting at 8 p.m. There will be dancing, games and all manner of spooky surprises. Plus, prizes for the best costumes and much more. Please note that there will be no tickets sold at the door; tickets are $14 and can be purchased at www.topofthenine.com.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:19

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