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Halloween Happenings in the Midcoast: Make Your Plans

Posted Friday, October 24, 2014

Looking for some fun this Halloween weekend? Check out our list of activities below, ranging from haunted attractions to graveyard tours and family Halloween events. 

Please make sure to call ahead and check on any event you plan on attending -- we try to keep this updated, but sometimes events will be canceled at the last minute, especially outdoor events that depend on good weather.

Halloween party at Rockland's Lincoln Street Center: October 29
6:30pm to 9:30pm Undead At Lincoln Street Open Mic! Check out this poster. Come in costume: road test your Halloween outfit, perform as whoever you always wanted to be, or dance and cut loose with a mask on. Halloween officially begins a week from Wednesday! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lincoln-Street-Center/713424478721334

Pumpkin Palooza: October 29
Pumpkin Palooza at the Camden Public Library! Drop off your pumpkin in the Children's Garden any time that day or bring it with you when you come, the display will be lighted at 7:00 pm. All ages and carving talents welcome and encouraged to participate! http://www.librarycamden.org

Halloween Spooktacular: October 30
Camden Public Library, 6:00-7:00 pm
Stories, games, crafts, and costumes! Spooky-snack volunteers, call Miss Amy at 236-3440. http://www.librarycamden.org

Live Performance: Enter Ghost: October 30
6:00 PM * Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.
Enter Ghost: Shakespeare's Preternatural Universe The performance created and performed by members of the Rockland Shakespeare Society, will be a collage of vignettes containing various supernatural elements, from nine different plays, contrasting some of the scariest and most dramatic scenes in all of Shakespeare. This performance is part of the year long celebration of the Rockland Shakespeare Society's 125th year of continuous existence. The members of the Almaine Recorders Group will provide incidental music.
Email: refdesk@ci.rockland.me.us

FILM ~ HALLOWEEN: October 30
7:30PM * Camden Opera House
What better venue to watch a scary film (Halloween) at this time of year than in the famously haunted Victorian Camden Opera House, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. Tickets are $8.50 and available at www.camdenoperahouse.com (207)470-7066 or at the Camden Town Office M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour: October 30
7pm in Camden
An evening lantern lit tour will explore Camden discovering ghosts & history, spirits & mystery. Buildings that once seemed ordinary will take on eerie new dimensions as The Lady in the Red Cloak relives their history & that of the ghostly entities that are said to reside there. Appropriate for all ages. $15 for adults, $7 children under 12, free under 5. Other towns/dates are also available. By reservation only. An hour tour of Mt. View Cemetery is available before the walking tour, & will focus on stories of early local inhabitants interred there & the symbolism of their tombstones. The Lady in the Red Cloak will personalize the local history with stories of people who played a role in making that history. During the walk, a general overview of cemeteries, graveyards, & funereal practices will be discussed, as well as the telling of a local ghost story! By reservation only - same prices as above walk, tours may be combined. A portion of the ticket price will benefit the Cemetery Assn.
http://www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com/schedule.php

'Enter Ghost,' Shakespeare's Preternatural Universe": October 30
6pm
The Shakespeare Society of Rockland, in partnership with the Rockland Public Library, will present "'Enter Ghost', Shakespeare's Preternatural Universe", on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Library's Community Room. The performance, created and performed by seven members of the Society, will be a collage of vignettes containing various supernatural elements, from nine different plays, contrasting some of the scariest and most dramatic scenes in all of Shakespeare. The ensemble has created this curious collage of ghostly and supernatural bits and pieces as a Halloween gift for the Midcoast. http://www.rocklandlibrary.org

SKELETON TWINS: October 31
When estranged twins Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. Directed by Craig Johnson. Starring Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson. R (USA / 2014)
FMI STRAND THEATRE 345 MAIN STREET ROCKLAND (207) 594-0070 www.RocklandStrand.com

Halloween Bash & Costume Contest: October 31
Trackside Station, 4 Union St
Celebrate Halloween with us Friday, Oct. 31 - drink specials, music by DJ VJ, and costume contest with a $100 cash prize for best costume! Ages 21 plus after 9 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/1488618288074850/

Rockport Public Library Halloween Party: October 31
On Oct. 31, The Rockport Public Library is starting a new tradition, the Library Halloween Party! There will be Halloween Happenings beginning at 4 p.m., and the library is staying open until 6:30 p.m. Join in an evening of thrills and chills at the Library. There will be refreshments, a haunted book-talk station and face-painting.Children will be making Spooktacular treat bags, Boooo-marks, and painting pumpkins. Come in costume, and have a scary good time. http://www.rockport.lib.me.us/rockport/

Trunk or Treat at the Vose Library: October 31
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Recognizing that Union is a rural town with limited options for children to enjoy "Trick or Treat" in a safe and fun arena, this year the Vose Library will be using its parking lot for "Trunk or Treat". Simply stated, this is a trick or treat event in one location. Treats are handed out from decorated vehicles. If you have ever wished that you got a few trick or treaters and/or miss seeing children enjoying the holiday, this is the event for you. Vose will be giving a People's Choice award to the vehicle with the most votes.The parking lot has 24 parking places available, so sign up your vehicle no later than Monday, Oct. 27 by calling the library (785-4733) or Joyce Grotton (785-2651).
To make this a success, vehicles are necessary, so spread the word to your friends and family. Decorating a car could make a great family or group project! Cider and snacks will be served at the Library during the event.
For more information, call Vose Library at 785-4733. http://www.voselibrary.org

Peril on Pearl Street! Haunted house in Camden: October 31
The Five Town Communities That Care Coalition will be hosting a Halloween night haunted house at the American Legion hall, 91 Pearl Street in Camden. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is open to the public. There is a $2 entrance fee, with all proceeds to benefit the prevention activities of Five Town Communities That Care. Event partners include: Boy Scouts Troop 200, Graffam Bros., Mid-Coast Martial Arts, P.A.W.S., and Planet Toys. The Five Town Communities That Care Coalition works to promote healthy youth development and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide. The Coalition is comprised of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting the well-being of Five Town children.
For more information about Peril on Pearl Street, call 236-9800 or email info@fivetownctc.org.

Gawler Family at Sail, Power and Steam Museum: October 31
7:30 p.m. the Sail, Power and Steam Museum
One show, five Gawlers, five instruments with five hundred songs. The Gawler Family is a fun-loving folk singing banjo playing contra calling family of five. They're known for their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship. This special concert will include some scary Halloween offerings.
Concert is $15.
For more information on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum and its programs, 207-701-7627 or 207-596-0200, email sailpowersteammuseum@gmail.com or visit the website at www.sharpspointsouth.com

Halloween Jamboree: Oct 31
Costumes, games for all ages, spooky treats and live music by Georgina Butler and the Misfits at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St., Rockland. Free/tips for musicians. FMI: 594-4123.

DAMNATIONLAND 2014: November 1
A horror screening for Halloween weekend! The fifth annual showcase of Maine-made scary films from DAMNATIONLAND includes seven shorts. The program presents genre-defying original works that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories, leaning toward visions that are surreal, comedic, and artful, while still providing scares, shocks, and surprises. Films are not rated, but may not be appropriate for younger children or sensitive viewers. FMI STRAND THEATRE 345 MAIN STREET ROCKLAND (207) 594-0070 www.RocklandStrand.com

2nd Annual CMCA Halloween Bash - "Afterlife": November 1
8pm at Pascal Hall in Rockport
Music by Owen Cartwright. Bar by 40 Paper. Costumes required
Tickets: $20 members // $25 future members. Limited number available; reserve early!
https://www.facebook.com/events/347742958725516/
Purchase online or by phone: 207 236 2875

Annual Great Gatsby Party: November 1
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
If you missed the 1st one...be sure to get your tickets now! $10 cover charge covers your entry and your first glass of champagne punch! Prizes for best zoot suit and flapper costume as well as the best Bonnie and Clyde couple. Celebrate The Speakeasy's one year anniversary! Music supplied by 3 Button Deluxe!
The Speakeasy, under the Chowder House, 2 Park Drive, Rockland, marks one-year anniversary in period style with Three Button Deluxe and costume contests. Cost: $10. https://www.facebook.com/events/475207892621569/

OHTM Great Fall Auction and Flea Market: Nov. 1 and Nov. 2
On November 1 and November 2 The Owls Head Transportation Museum will host the annual Great Fall Auction and Flea Market. Admission is free throughout the weekend, bidders may also register free of charge. 

This event has been referred to as a “one-stop-holiday-shop,” and is among the Museum’s most successful and lively fundraisers. There is a little bit of everything for sale at this fun two-day event, which includes an indoor flea market on Saturday and a live auction on Sunday. A silent auction begins on Saturday morning and bidding closes at 11 a.m. on Sunday. 

The Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. for the flea market on Saturday, Nov. 1 and doors open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. Sunday’s live auction will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

Completely supported by donations from individuals and businesses, Saturday's flea market will consist of hundreds of miscellaneous items not included in the auction.  The silent auction portion of the event features an assortment of exciting items and gift certificates galore.

A sampling of the items to be offered for sale can be viewed at owlshead.org. The website will be updated with new listings daily.