Weekend Spotlight: Peak foliage, spooky happenings, and interactive theater

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 12:00pm

Peak foliage hits the Midcoast this weekend, according to MaineFoliage.com, and that’s the best reason to do a leaf-peeping, apple-picking road trip, or a chairlift ride from The Camden Snow Bowl. And, as we’re leading up to Samhain, PenBay Pilot has three under-the-radar spooky family-friendly events and a fall festival killer road trip to make it the best weekend ever!

Halloween Trail of Terror

Friday, October 15 & Saturday, October 16—Union


Every fall, the Union Fairgrounds morph into the award-winning Trail of Terror, ideal for kids 12 and older as well as adults. Get ready to walk outdoors around barns and trails at the Fair, just off Route 17 as costumed volunteers make their presence known. (Pro-tip: for safety’s sake don’t touch or punch the volunteers! And do not dress up in costume yourself.) Each night starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are cash-only and $10 per person or can be purchased in advance by calling 207-470-7401.  The Trail of Terror continues October 22, 23, 29, and 30. FMI: Trail of Terror Facebook Page

Twilight Tours

Friday, October 15—Searsport

Poster courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum is offering a walking “ghost tour” for this family-friendly event. “Meet the spirits of those lost at sea – a ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter on Twilight Tours,” says the intriguing description. Volunteer actors stationed in entranceways and other locations throughout our three-acre campus will be the ghostly presence as they tell stories. Tickets are $20, which cover the whole family (up to 10 people) and are timed to start every 10 minutes. FMI and Tickets: Twilight Tours

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Saturday, October 16—Thomaston

Poster courtesy Watts Hall Community Players

If you’re a fan of Ray Bradbury’s novel of the same name, Something Wicked This Way Comes will be a literary and theater treat, an event hosted by the Watts Hall Community Players at the gazebo in Thomaston Green. There will be two shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. with spooky skits, singing, dancing, and tunes from a local band, Miners Creek. Bring your own seating or hang out on the provided haybales. If it rains, the show will take place on Sunday instead and if the weather is bad both nights, the performances will move inside to Watts Hall (proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required indoors). The Thomaston Green can be found on Main Street between the Prison Showroom and Doug’s Seafood. FMI: Watts Hall Community Players Facebook page

Killer Road Trip: Windswept Gardens Fall Festival

Saturday, October 16—Bangor

Photo courtesy Windswept Gardens
A garden nursery in Bangor is holding its first fall festival if you’d like to combine your leaf-peeping with a destination this Saturday. Admission is free and there will be pumpkin carving/painting, a craft fair, food trucks, and a free kids’ arts and crafts table. There are nominal fees for the pumpkin carving and the event goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FMI: Details and Directions, visit: Windswept Gardens

Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com