Halloween falls on a Thursday this month, which sort of splits the difference between both weekends in terms of where the best Halloween party is happening. We have combed through every cool event going on to bring you a comprehensive rundown of Halloween-themed events. From parties to art, from poetry to theater, and to haunted houses, we've color-coded these events for Adults and Parents and Kids to make finding them easier. Don’t forget that there is also a Candy Drive for the Camden and Belfast neighborhoods.
Thursday, October 24
· Adults: Author Greg Latimer hosts a free talk “Discovering the Paranormal” at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library.on his recent expedition to 108 spooky spots in 12 states and 21 cities for MysteriousDestinationsMagazine.com. His talk is free.
Parents and Kids: Camden Public Library is hosting a Halooween Spooktacular for all ages from 6 to 7 p.m. Come in costumes and attend the free family-friendly event with stories, crafts and games.
Friday, Oct. 25
· Adults and Parents and Kids: Fright at the Fort’s theme this year is “20 Years of Fright” and this is the last weekend for it. Experience the most terrifying frights and scariest sights from the past 20 years. Goes 5:30 - 9:00 pm and repeats on October 26. Arrive no later than 8:30 pm to experience the full 20+ minute tour. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids under 12. Pro-tip: it’s absolutely worth it to beat the lines and get advance express tickets at FrightXTix.com. Additional information on Fright at the Fort may be found on the fortknox.maineguide.com
Parents and Kids: Camden Public Library presents “Pumpkin Palooza.” Come to the Amphitheatre between 12 to 6 p.m. with a carved pumpkin or carve one between 4 and 5 p.m. There will be family, teen and adult contests.and all pumpkins will be lit at 7 p.m., after which, they can be taken home.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Parents and Kids: Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockland is hosting its free annual children’s community Halloween event from 5 to 7 pm. Following a party with games, crafts and refreshments, little people will go from trunk to trunk “Trick or Treating.”
· Adults: Old Alewives in Warren is hosting a Halloween Barnyard bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Live musical performance from 'Memento Morier: Songs From Old, Weird America' featuring murder ballads and spooky country songs. Costume prizes and a fire pit.
· Adults: Fog Bar and Cafe in Rockland is hosting a Monster Mash Halloween with live music from The Mullet Makers from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
· Adults: No Guts No Glory at Trackside Station in Rockland is holding a $100 cash prize for best costume. Ages 21 plus. $5 cover. Goes from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
· Adults: Shiny Objects is playing at the Rockland American Legion from 7 to 11 p.m. Costume contest, live music, great food and drinks, fun and games. $10 for non-members.
· Adults: Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport is hosting “Boos and Brews,” a free literary event from 5 to 7 p.m. with scary stories read by Maine authors, beer from local breweries and wine from Cellardoor Winery. There will be door prizes as well.
· Adults: Neighborhood in Belfast is throwing a Halloween Hoedown with DJ Luke McDuke from 9 p.m. on. No cover; costumes encouraged.
· Adults: Front Street Pub in Belfast is having its annual Halloween Party: two rooms with two DJs. Costumes; photobooth. No cover. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday Oct. 28
· Adults: Dave Keller Band, playing the annual Halloween dance night in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Doors open 6 p.m., and admission is $15 at the door.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Parents and Kids: The Vose Library is holding its annual Trunk or Treat event in the library parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy Halloween-themed displays, candy and festive costumes. Parking is available curbside on Common Road and the library parking lot will be closed to traffic. Those who wish to decorate their vehicles for this event contact: 785-4733 or voselibrary.org
Adults and Parents and Kids: Rockland Shakespeare Society presents “Enter Ghost” in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library at 2:00 p.m. Be afraid. Be very afraid-- "Enter Ghost" is a collage of ghost-scenes from Shakespeare's plays, ranging from spine-tingling to hair-raising to downright creepy,
· Adults and Parents and Kids: The Lincolnville General Store is hosting a community Halloween party at the General Store, where there will be a photo booth. Come dressed up and participate in our annual costume contest, which includes three categories: best individual, best group and best baby (which can include one adult). Then the Mallet Brothers Band will play live. Starts at 7 p.m.
· Adults and Parents and Kids: Bring the kids and join us for Threshers Brewing Co.’s first annual trunk or treat at 5 p.m. They still need volunteers to hand out candy and decorate the trunks of cars in a spooky and creative way. The best trunk will win a prize! Open Mic stars shortly after, so stick around for some great tunes.
· Adults: and Parents and Kids: Thriller Flash Mob. Each year Kinetic Energy Alive teaches the community how to do Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance in six weeks and takes to the streets on Halloween night to dance right in the middle of Pearl Street, a well known trick-or-treating community gathering area starting at 7 p.m. To learn more about how to join visit: Thriller Dance
· Adults: The Thomaston Flagship Cinemas is hosting a free screening of Halloween; first come-first serve from 9 to 11 p.m.
· Adults: This Halloween, celebrate the macabre, the morbid, and the melancholy at The Pour Farm Brewery in Union with the 2nd annual Edgar Allen Poe-try Slam. Read a spooky poem you wrote, bring a classic, or just come out and drink a few beers with the ghosts. Goes from 6 to 9 p.m.
· Adults: Ghosts of Fort Knox Tour. On the scariest night of the year, join professional ghost hunters Halloween night on an after-hours guided tour as they investigate the rooms and dark passages of Fort Knox. More than just a tour with tales, the 207 Paranormal Ghost Trackers use state of the art technology and techniques in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. Limited capacity of 30 persons (minimum age18 or 12 if accompanied by an adult). Bring a flashlight! Starts at 8 p.m.
· Adults: “What Really Scares You?” Former Army officer, educator, and writer P.G. Smith will offer a lighthearted, interactive discussion at Camden Public Library at 7 p.m. on how and why horror literature thrills, provokes, and entertains us. Using short readings from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and his own work, Smith will explore the dynamics of mood, suspense, and mystery.
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