Three options: Family-Friendly • Kid at Heart • In Bed by 9 p.m.

Killer Road Trip: Outdoor Halloween haunts, walks & crawls around the state

Thu, 10/19/2023 - 12:00pm

    MAINE—Calling Midcoast people: there will be numerous Halloween-themed events around the Midcoast as we’ve compiled in our annual “Halloween Rundown” article. However, if you feel like packing up the costumes and the car, we’ve got the best outdoor events for every energy level around the state. Check it out:

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    (Energy level: Daytime; prefer to be home by dinnertime.)

    • Pumpkin Patches: Want to go on a road trip to a farm and search for The Great Pumpkin? Here are some of the best pumpkin patches around the state.
    • Frightful Scavenger Hunt at Fort Knox in Prospect: this event (Oct. 21 22, 28 & 29) is geared toward the younger monster hunters who search through historic Fort Knox’s dark passageways and creepy rooms to check off their list.  Goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: Details
    • Maine Witch Walk: This event at the Bangor Waterfront Walking Park on Saturday, Oct. 28 is calling for all witches. The walk goes from 12:30 p.m. and goes to 4 p.m. The Goblin Market opens at 12:30 p.m. Grab your brooms, hats and walking/dancing boots. FMI: Details
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    Kid At Heart

    (Energy level: Up for anything; party into the wee witching hours)

    • Portland Maine Offical Pub Crawl: This is a pub crawl that spans three days (Oct. 21, 27 & 28) in downtown Portland and includes “trick-or-treating from bar to bar, spooky decorations, and pumpkin carving. You'll be dancing the night away amidst the eerie atmosphere.” 21+ only and drinks are included with the ticket. TMI: Details and Tickets
    • Halloween After-Dark Party: The Children’s Museum in Portland is hosting a Halloween After-Dark that’s not for children but for kids at heart. This is a Halloween-themed evening of costumes, elixirs, adult trick or treating, activities, and more at the Museum & Theatre’s inaugural party on Friday Oct. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. FMI: Details
    • Hallowell Halloween Pub Crawl: On Saturday, October 28, while I’m told the official Hallowell pub crawl is off this year, it’s apparently not stopping anyone from strolling the streets in costume, popping into pubs for a drink, and then hitting Easy Street's Costume Party with the band Random Ideas at 9 p.m. and the Maine House with the band Stealing Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. FMI: Details
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    In Bed by 9 p.m.

    (Energy level: self-explanatory)

    • Farmington Fright Fest, an indoor/outdoor event in Farmington, “is an immersive journey through the darkest reaches of humanity.” Multiple attractions include multiple haunted houses, The Cabin, The Crematorium, and Mr. Marbles Maze of Mayhem. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28 with a special event on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. FMI: Details
    • Haunted Grandview Manor is an indoor/outdoor haunted attraction in Lebanon. “As you travel through the creepy dark woods of Lebanon Maine, you’ll pass through cemeteries, hillbilly shacks, the slaughterhouse, Grandview Funeral home, and more!” Open Thursday-Sundays in October. From 1 to 9 p.m. FMI: Details and Ticket Info
    • CarnEVIL of Souls & Trail of Terror Haunted Walk is a haunted woods walk in Saco each October weekend plus additional dates Oct. 29, 30 & 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per adult. FMI: Details
    • Costume cruise: Fogg’s Water Taxi in Portland will give us a killer tour of Casco Bay on Saturday, Oct. 28, with live dance tunes by Purpler. This event is 21+ and BYOB from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a couple of prizes for the best costumes. FMI: Details
    • Night Maze at Tweworgy Family Orchards: Nothing scary or haunted about this particular maze, but what maze at night isn’t scary? Children of the Corn anyone? Open from 6 to 9 p.m. FMI: Details


    If drinking, get a ride share. Happy Halloween!

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