Halloween 2019 events in the Upper Valley

  • Dressed as the Evil Queen, Liz Burdette, of Lebanon, N.H., helps Francine Merrenn, of Hanover, N.H., dressed as the Red Hatter, carve her first jack-o'-lantern at a senior Halloween costume party at the R.W. Black Community Center in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. "Even though it's a kid's holiday...all people can be kids at heart," program coordinator Amelia Clause said. (Valley News - August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Bill Moore prepares decorations at his Wilder, Vt., home for Halloween Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. He said neighbors encouraged him to put up more decorations this year to attract more trick-or-treaters. Moore said he gave out candy to 150 individuals last year. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 10/11/2019 12:28:05 PM

Halloween season is here and the Upper Valley has plenty of family friendly (and adult only) events for people to attend. From movies, to crafts, to costume parties, there is something for everyone who wishes to celebrate. Note: Some events on Halloween night may rescheduled due to rainy weather. If in doubt, call to confirm.

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Sunday, Oct. 13

Film: “Cat and Canary” in Claremont

4 p.m., Union Church Parish Hall.

 

Silent film starlet Laura LaPlante stars as a young heiress who must spend the night in a creepy old mansion, which is filled with relatives who all have motives to frighten her out of her wits. Meanwhile, a dangerous escaped lunatic is loose on the grounds. Can she and the others make it through the night? This 1927 haunted house thriller from Hollywood’s silent era will be accompanied by live music by Jeff Rapsis. Free. 603-236-9237.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Teen art class: Pumpkins and Day of the Dead skulls in Newport

 

3-5 p.m., Library Arts Center Annex, 15 Main St.

Newport, NH

Price: $12.00

Create 3-D decorations using felt in this hand-stitching and embroidery workshop. For ages 12-16. $12. Call or visit libraryartscenter.org to register. 603-863-3040.

Kids: Pumpkin and gourd decorating contest in Hanover

 

3-6 p.m., Hanover Farmers Market, Dartmouth green, 1 E. Wheelock St.

 

Bring an already-decorated pumpkin or gourd to the farmers market before 5:30 p.m., or purchase one and decorate it there. A winner from each of three age group categories will receive two tickets to the Nugget Theater. Judging by the vendors takes place at 5:30. Entrants do not need to be present to win. Free. 603-643-3115.

“Scary Stories: The Documentary” in Randolph

6-8:30 p.m., Kimball Public Library, 67 N. Main St.

Cody Meirick’s documentary explores the history behind the popular children’s books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Q&A with the director to follow. Snacks will be served. Rated PG13. Free. 802-728-5073.

​​​​​​Friday, Oct. 18

"Area 52" haunted maze in Lebanon

6:30-10 p.m., Patch Orchards, 40 Patch Road

Tour a spooky "haunted" corn maze, Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Parental guidance advised for kids 12 and under. $5 per person. 603-448-4130.

Saturday, Oct. 19

 

Class: Needle-felted bats and black cats in Newport

 

9 a.m.-noon, Library Arts Center Annex, 58 N. Main St.

 

Create a bat or a black cat to add to your seasonal decorations. Students will learn techniques for making basic dimensional felted objects and will leave with a finished piece. Cost includes all materials. $30. Register by calling the Library Arts Center at 603-863-3040 or online at libraryartscenter.org

 

Halloween movie double feature in Claremont

 

5-7 p.m., Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South St.

 

Back-to-back screenings of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, along with snacks, drinks and Halloween-themed activities. Free. 603-542-2416.

Monday, Oct. 21

 

Halloween movie night in Orford

 

6:30-8 p.m., Orford Social Library, 573 Route 10.

 

Screening of Hocus Pocus, set in Salem, Mass., which stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and a young Sarah Jessica Parker. For all ages. Free. 603-353-9756.

Film: “Young Frankenstein” in Hanover

1-3 p.m., Nugget Theaters, 57 S. Main St.

An American grandson of the infamous scientist goes to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman star in the 1974 film. Free. Popcorn provided. 603-646-0154.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Kids: Halloween stories and art in Etna

 

10-11 a.m. (Oct. 22 and 25), Etna Library, 130 Etna Road.

 

Halloween stories, songs and a craft for young children. Free. 603-643-3116.

 

Kids: Spooky stop-motion animation workshop in Newport

 

3 p.m, Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main St.

 

Make a spooky monster to feature in a short stop-motion film on Richards Free Library’s Instagram. Free. 603-863-3430.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Halloween Spooktacular in Hanover

4:30-7 p.m., Tenney Park, 4 Thompson Terrace

Carved pumpkin contest (carve at home, then drop off pumpkin at 4:30 p.m.), followed by a s'mores party and storytelling by Simon Brooks. Costumes encouraged. Free pumpkins are available at the Richard W. Black Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (first come, first served). Visit hanoverrec.com for additional details. Free. 603-643-5315.

Friday, Oct. 25

 

Unspooky forest night hike in Hanover

6-8 p.m., Bernice A. Ray Elementary School, 26 Reservoir Road.

 

Join the Hanover Conservancy and the Ray School PTO for an easy hike along Camp Brook, ending with a campfire and treats. Find out which mushrooms glow in the dark, identify owl calls and participate in other non-scary activities. All ages and costumes welcome. Free. Note: Some activities take place on a trail unsuitable for wheelchairs or strollers. Call in advance with questions on accessibility and for possible accommodations. 603-643-3433.

Halloween party in West Hartford

6:15 p.m., West Hartford Library, 5133 Route 14.

A costume parade, trunk-or-treat and a haunted walk on the library grounds, as well as snacks and beverages inside. Trunk-or-treat hosts are welcome to take part. Free. 802-295-7992.

Saturday, Oct. 26

“Hoots and Howls” in Quechee

10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Nature’s Way.

 

 

Visits with owls, other raptors, snakes and other resident creatures; examination of bird skulls and bones; pumpkin-trail walks; crafts; face-painting; spooky storytelling. $8.50-$16.50. 802-359-5000.

 

Kids: Shadow puppet workshop in Thetford

1 p.m., Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Road.

 

Make a Halloween shadow puppet that moves. A shadow screen and lighting are available for practice. Led by The PuppeTree theater workshop company. For children of all ages. Free. 802-785-4361.

Lyme Pumpkin Festival

 

10 a.m., Lyme Common, Route 10.

 

A costume parade around the Lyme Common, led by the Lyme Fire Department’s fire truck, will be followed by a competition for the largest pumpkin in several categories. There is also a fall-themed dessert bakeoff and a pie-eating contest for kids and adults. There will be goodie bags for all children and prizes for any child who brings a pumpkin. Free. 603-795-4639.

Halloween party in Chelsea

3-5 p.m., Chelsea Town Hall, 296 Route 110

Food, games and crafts. Costumes encouraged. All ages are welcome. Sponsored by the Chelsea Public Library. Free. 802-685-2188.

Suzuki Pie Night in Lebanon

3 p.m., First Congregational Church, 10 S. Park St.

Music students ages 3-18 will perform on cello, flute, viola and violin, decked out in Halloween gear. Pie and raffle sales support the Suzuki program at the Upper Valley Music Center. Attendees are welcome to come in costume. Free. 603-448-1642.

Hartford Parks & Recreation trunk or treat in White River Junction

 

4-6 p.m., Lyman Point Park, 167 Main St.

 

Trick or treat from car to car, trunk to trunk. Costumes encouraged. Bring a trick or treat bag. Also features a bounce house and an “egg haunt” at 5 p.m. Free. Food available for purchase. To host a trunk or donate candy, call 802-295-5036. 802-295-5036.

Haunted Harbor in Sunapee

 

5-7:30 p.m., Sunapee Harbor, Main Street.

 

Costume parade starts at The Livery at 5:15 p.m., followed by photos, prizes, trunk-or-treating, games, pumpkin carving contest, fortune telling and more. Free. Sponsored by Project Sunapee. info@ProjectSunapee.org

White River Fall Festival in White River Junction

 

4-8 p.m., Riverbank Church, 259 Holiday Drive.

 

Trunk-or-treat, bounce houses, live entertainment, face painting, food trucks and more. Free. For details, visit riverbankchurch.com/fallfestival. 603-359-6063.

Halloween Extravaganza in White River Junction

6-9 p.m., The Junction Youth Center, 42 Maple Ave.

Youth-powered live music from the bands of Tuck's Rock Dojo, including Freshwater Tears, Cinco Dragones, Indulash, Anemone, Bowl of Picks and Parental Misguidance. Family friendly. Costumes encouraged. Free. 603-667-0691.

“Music, Magic & Madness” celebration in White River Junction

 

6-11 p.m., Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St.

 

Bonfire, psychic readings ($15), treats, Gory Daze parade through downtown, costume contest, Crystal Ball with dancing and live music ($5 admission) and more. Find Main Street Museum on Facebook to see a schedule of events. 802-356-2776.

Gory Daze Halloween costume parade in White River Junction

6:30-8 p.m., Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge St.

A homemade costume parade through the village, led by the Celebration Brass Band. Parade starts at Hartford Town Hall and crosses the river, under the railroad, through the village and ends at Briggs Park in the center of town. Costumes are encouraged. Hand-pushed floats are also welcome. For all ages. Donations appreciated. Visit gorydaze.org to contribute. 802-356-1933.

 

American Legion Halloween party in Claremont

 

7-11 p.m., American Legion Post No. 29, 119 Broad St.

 

Music by Rusted Chrome. Costume contest, cash bar and light snacks. Tickets are $5 in advance (available at the American Legion), $7 at the door. 603-542-9222.

Halloween Zombie Outbreak party in Bradford, Vt.

 

8-11 p.m., The Space on Main, 174 Main St.

 

Beats by DJD Entertainment, costume contest and cash bar. Glow sticks provided. Age 21 and over only. $15. Tickets available at the door or at eventbrite.com. 802-449-6246.

Halloween Masquerade Dance in Newport

8 p.m.-midnight, Newport Opera House, 20 Main St.

Last Kid Picked returns to set spooky rhythm for dancing and costume contest. Ages 21 and older. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at door. 603-863-2412.

Sunday, Oct. 27

A Family Halloween in Woodstock

 

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road.

 

Storytelling, pumpkin carving, doughnuts-on-a-string, wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkins. $4-$16. 802-457-2355.

Halloween crafts party in Claremont

 

2:30-4 p.m., Claremont Makerspace, 46 Main St.

 

Create an authentic cultural mask suitable for trick or treating, or make a skeleton ornament or a Halloween treat bag. Families welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cider and healthy refreshments. $12. 603-504-3419.

Monday, Oct. 28

Spooky stories in Wells River

4 p.m., Baldwin Memorial Library, 33 Main St.

Scary stories with guest reader Melissa Mann, Halloween snacks and a design-your-own Halloween costume challenge. For all ages. Free. 802-757-2693.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Halloween party in South Pomfret

5-6:30 p.m., Abbott Memorial Library, 15 Library St.

Treats, craft activities (including pumpkin painting), games, psychic readings and spooky stories. For all ages. Free. 802-457-2236.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Halloween crafts in Sunapee

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Abbott Library, 11 Soonipi Circle

Drop in anytime during the day to create your own spooky Halloween cards and crafts. Story time at 10 a.m. and face painting at 10:30 a.m. Free. 603-763-5513.

Seniors: Halloween luncheon in Lebanon

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St.

Costume parade and best costume award, along with games, door prizes and lunch (goulash, cornbread, green beans, salad and cupcake). A $3 donation is requested for the meal ($5 for those under 60). 603-448-4213.

Trick or treat for books in Newport

Noon-8 p.m., Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main St.

 

Stop by the library in your costume and receive a free book, while supplies last. Free. 603-863-3430.

Hallowesta in Claremont

3:30 p.m., downtown Claremont.

Trick-or-treating on Pleasant Street and Opera House Square, followed by a 5 p.m. parade from Daddy's Pizza to Broad Street Park. Prizes for best costumes. For all ages. Free. 603-542-7019.

 

Halloween FunFest in Lebanon

 

4-6 p.m., downtown Lebanon.

 

An evening of Halloween activities around Colburn Park. Stories in the Great Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin painting, photos with favorite storybook characters, pumpkin bowling and more. Free. 603-448-5121.

 

Halloween party and trunk-or-treat in Canaan

 

4-7 p.m., Canaan Meetinghouse, Canaan Street.

 

Halloween story time, coloring activities, simple crafts, candy bingo, mad scientist drink lab and more. Trunk-or-treat across the street at the Canaan Street Lake parking lot, with a prize for the best decorated trunk. Hosted by Canaan Recreation. Free. 603-523-4501.

Halloween festivities in Norwich

3:30-7 p.m., Tracy Hall, 300 S. Main St.

Face painting, treats and games at Tracy Hall. Trunk-or-treat at Norwich Public Library on Hazen Street from 4-6 p.m. (may move indoors, depending on the weather). Treats and crafts at the Children’s Art Studio on Carpenter Street at 4:30 p.m. Haunted house at the Grange Hall on Main Street from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hot dogs and chips at the fire station on Firehouse Lane at 4:30 p.m. Soup, bread and cider at Norwich Congregational Church on Church Street from 5-7 p.m. Family meetup and rest area at Tracy Hall from 4:30-7 p.m. 802-649-1419 x5.

"Safe and Seen Halloween" in Randolph

4-6 p.m., Main Street, downtown.

Children and their parents are invited to trick or treat at participating downtown merchants. Gazebo Park will be decorated for a photo opportunity. Main Street will be closed to traffic between the gazebo and One Main Tap and Grill from 3:30-6:30 p.m. 802-728-9027.

Halloween celebration in Strafford

 

4:30 p.m., Barrett Memorial Hall, 248 Route 132.

 

Trick-or-treating in upper and lower villages begins at 4:30 p.m. Jack-o-lantern contest on the steps of Barrett Hall at 5 p.m. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser (admission: $5) and haunted house created by Newton School eighth graders and parents from 6-7 p.m. Pumpkin contest winners will be announced after dinner. shannonmvarley77@gmail.com.

Halloween story time in Hartland

4:30-5 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5

These stories are more fun than scary, and are suitable for all ages. Treats for all participants. 802-436-2473.

Trick or treat in Woodstock

4:30-6:30 p.m., Norman Williams Public Library, 10 The Green

Treats on the library steps. Costumes encouraged. 802-457-2295.

Halloween coffee in Enfield

5-7 p.m., Community Lutheran Church, 96 Main St.

Parents and guardians of trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by on Halloween night and get a cup of coffee to go. Treats also available. Free. 603-632-5812.​​​​

Bradford Fair trunk or treat in Bradford, Vt.

5:30-8 p.m., Bradford Fairgrounds, 66 Carson Lane

Hot food and beverages available for purchase onsite. Rain or shine. Trunkers can sign up at bradfordfair.org. Free. 802-222-4053.

Haunted Gardens Halloween party in Thetford

5:30-8 p.m., Thetford Elementary School, 2689 Route 113

The Thetford Elementary School Community in Action parent-teacher organization sponsors this evening of games and treats. The sixth grade will sell concessions to raise funds for graduation. Free. 802-785-2426.

Halloween at Latham Library in Thetford

 

6-8 p.m., Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Road.

 

Trick or treat for a book, visit a kid-created haunted house in the library basement and listen to spooky stories by the fireplace. Free. 802-785-4361.

Halloween at Orford Social Library

6-8 p.m., Orford Social Library, 573 Route 10.

 

Stop in for snacks and treats with the witches of Orford. Free. 603-353-9756.

“Practical Magic” film and costume party in Woodstock

 

6-9 p.m., Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green.

 

Sally and Gillian Owens (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian’s boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in magic. $5. A pre-movie costume party, hosted by Pentangle Arts, includes treats for all. 802-457-3981.

Friday, Nov. 1

Halloween at Lyme Library

5:30-7 p.m., Converse Free Library, 38 Union St.

Trick-or-treat at the library. Rescheduled from Oct. 31 due to weather. Free. 603-795-4622.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Day of the Dead celebration in East Corinth

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road

This Mexican celebration is a way to remember loved ones who have passed on. Participants are asked to bring in a photo of a loved one who has died (can also be a pet and/or ancestor) to put on the “ofrenda,” or offering table. Everyone will be able to light a candle and share a little bit about their loved one, if they wish. Visit blakememorial.org for more information. Free. 802-439-5338.

Trunk or treat in Enfield

3-5 p.m., Community Lutheran Church, 96 Main St.

Community trunk-or-treating, along with games, Halloween crafts and dancing. Children must be accompanied by parents or guardians. In case of bad weather, activities move indoors. Visit clcenfield.org for more information. Free. 603-632-5812.

Halloween festivities in Enfield

4-6 p.m., Enfield Fire Station, 25 Union St.

Halloween treats (hot and cold cider, doughnuts, coffee and more), games and activities for the whole family. Note: Rescheduled from Oct. 31. Free. 603-632-5026.

Claremont Elks Halloween party

 

8 p.m.-12:45 a.m., Claremont Elks Lodge, 54 Summer St.

 

Music provided by a DJ, drinks and snacks. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Prizes for best costumes. $8. 603-542-9802.

Day of the Dead celebration in Claremont

9:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Amplified Arts, 31 Pleasant St.

An interactive screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," costume contest, photo booth, trivia games, popcorn bar and more. For ages 16 and over (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Costumes encouraged. Get tickets at amplifiedartsnh.com. $30. 603-856-5424.

 




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