Halloween is Monday, Oct. 31. Here’s a list of some spooky and not-so-spooky events, parades and haunted happenings around the Seacoast. If you’d like to add an event, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Oct. 14
Costumes and Candy in Farmington
Join the Farmington Rec at the town Rec Center on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 pm, for grades 5 to 8.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Dover Dog Howloween Costume Contest and Parade
The 4th annual Dover Dog Howloween Costume Contest and Parade will take place Saturday, Oct.15 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park in Dover. This event, produced by Greg West Photography and Golden Dog Adventure Co., invites dogs and their people, dressed in family-friendly costumes, to parade and trick-or-treat on Central Avenue at local shops in Dover, and compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes. There’ll be more than a dozen pet-related vendor booths, food from The Local Lunchbox, demonstrations from the Rockingham Sheriff and Newington police dogs, and a beer pound sponsored by Chapel + Main brewpub. Tickets are $10 per dog or $5 per person with no dog. Learn more and pre-register online at DoverDogHowloween.com/tickets. Proceeds benefit Pope Memorial Humane Society in Dover.
Aurora Woods in Barrington
Come if you dare to Aurora Woods for a haunted walk, 6 Keefe Road, Barrington on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 pm Free entry but donations to keep the event growing are greatly appreciated.
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Costumes and Candy in Farmington
Join the Farmington Rec at the Rec Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 pm, for grades 1 to 4.
Thursday, Oct. 20
A Pumpkin Stroll in Madbury
A Pumpkin Stroll hosted by the Moharimet School PTO will be Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Moharimet Sugar Shack and Woods, 11 Lee Road, Madbury. This is a community event open to all. Come stroll behind the school’s very own sugar shack and admire the hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns carved by Moharimet children. Gather with family and friends around the bonfire and enjoy music and storytelling, popcorn, apple cider, and the largest bake sale of the year.
Friday, Oct. 21
Haunted Happenings in Eliot, Maine
There are Haunted Happenings at the Fogg House on the grounds of the William Fogg Library in Eliot, Maine this Halloween. There’ll be a night of spooky fun on Friday, Oct., 21, from 5:30 to 7 pm The Fogg House, a historic home adjacent to the library, will be transformed into a (mildly) scary abode with witches and spooks in attendance. Free cider and donuts will be served and a free coloring sheet for kids will be handed out. Everyone can also meet the library trustees — Ann Shisler, Sharon Kibat and Crystal Kent — as they hang out with the friendly ghosts at the Fogg House. Costumes are welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Aurora Woods in Barrington
Come if you dare to Aurora Woods for a haunted walk, 6 Keefe Road, Barrington on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 pm Free entry but donations to keep the event growing are greatly appreciated.
Halloween Mingle at Center for Wildlife
The Center for Wildlife will host its first adult-focused Halloween Mingle during its adult Halloween celebration on Oct. 22, from 4 to 6 pm at 375 Mountain Road, in the Cape Neddick section of York, Maine. Get your best costume (group costumes highly encouraged) together and join Center for Wildlife for a night of fun including meet and greets with Center for Wildlife ambassador animals, a group costume contest, fall harvest activities and tastings from some favorite local brewers available for purchase . Pre-registration is required. Tickets can be purchased at thecenterforwildlife.org/events.
Trunk or Treat at Mall at Fox Run
The fourth annual Trunk or Treat at the Mall at Fox Run, 50 Fox Run Road, Newington, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 7:30 pm
Pumpkin Smash at Portsmouth Farmers Market
Portsmouth Farmers Market will host Pumpkin Smash, Oct. 22, from 8 am to 12 pm, at 1 Junkins Ave., Portsmouth. Come pick a pumpkin from the pile, choose from an arsenal of mallets, two-by-fours, or the trusty old Louisville Slugger, and swing away to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. This Portsmouth tradition has become a catharsis of choice for young and old alike. Cost is $5 a pumpkin with smashing implements supplied. There will also be raffle baskets and goodies supplied by the vendors at the market. Rain date is Oct. 29.
Sunday, Oct. 23
Trunk or treat in Eliot, Maine
Trunk or treat hosted by Stepping Stones Learning Center will be held Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10 am, at Stepping Stones Learning Center, 230 Beech Road, Eliot, Maine. Get on your costumes and come trick or treating.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
Ridge Scare trick or treating
The Ridge Scare trick or treating hosted by The Ridge Marketplace will be Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 7 pm at the shopping plaza at 92 Farmington Road in Rochester. Wear your costumes, bring a goodie bag and get ready to trick or treat at the Ridge’s participating stores. Free admission. Sages Entertainment will be providing Halloween activities for kids.
Thursday, Oct. 27
Trunk or treat in Rochester
First City Cars and Trucks will host its third annual trunk or treat, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at its Flagg Road store in the Gonic area of Rochester. Friendly staff will be handing out candy at this not-so-spooky event for all ages. This is an indoor event, rain or shine. There will be a multi-category costume contest with gift card prizes. Information: facebook.com/events.
Aurora Woods in Barrington
Come if you dare to Aurora Woods for a haunted walk, 6 Keefe Road, Barrington on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 pm Free entry but donations to keep the event growing are greatly appreciated.
Trick or Treat at Center for Wildlife
The Center for Wildlife will be hosting its annual Trick or Treat on Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 pm at 375 Mountain Road, in Cape Neddick area of York, Maine. There’ll be a Trick or Treat trail set up throughout the Nature Center and newly built Outdoor Ambassador enclosures where kids can stop by candy stations while meeting CFW ambassador animals. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Kit Supply & Co. will be running a Craft Corner and also have plenty of Halloween crafts, books, clothing and more for sale in its pop-up shop. Tickets are required for both parents and children aged 12 months and up. This event sells out each year, be sure to get tickets early. Tickets can be purchased online at thecenterforwildlife.org/events.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Barrington Fall Fest
Barrington Fall Fest is Oct. 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Barrington Recreation Department field, 105 Ramsdell Lane in Barrington. This is a free celebration. There will be fun fall activities, trunk-or-treat, a spooky walk, an outdoor market and food trucks.
Trunk or treat in Berwick
Berwick Recreation will host a trunk or treat event on Oct. 29, from 5 to 7:30 pm, at 11 Sullivan St., Berwick, Maine. Come and check out all the trunks and get your share of Halloween treats.
Witches’ Market and Ball in Dover
The Groovy Witch, an eclectic fashion and metaphysical boutique in Dover, is hosting a Witches’ Market and Ball at Dover City Hall on Oct. 29, from 8 to 10 pm Doors open at 7:30 pm The ball is for ages 18-plus. Performances at the ball include sounds by DJ Victoria, dancing by Zabel and the ZaBellies, and an appearance by Bianca York. Tickets are $25/per person online at groovywitch.com or Eventbrite/DoverWitchBall2022 or at The Groovy Witch, 332 Central Avenue, Dover. Before the ball, there’ll be a Witch’s Market from 12:30 to 5 pm, featuring 30-plus artisan vendors specializing in metaphysical products and services. Vendors will include Tarot readers, astrologers, a local furniture upcycling business, Viking wares and more. There is no admission fee to shop.
Not-so-Spooky Spectacular Halloween in Dover
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover is hosting a Not-so-Spooky Spectacular Halloween event that focuses on fun – not fright! The celebration is Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 am to noon and from 1 to 4 pm with special activities, all free with regular museum admission. Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume to explore our exhibits and participate in a costume parade at 11 am or 2 pm Check out some fantastical science experiments, visit the STEAM Lab to create take-home crafts, pose for pictures with fun props in front of a full moon backdrop, and try out our pumpkin scavenger hunt to receive an extra special prize at the end of your visit. Please note no candy is handed out at this event. Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session on Saturday, Oct. 29 – it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for members. Reserve online at: www.childrens-museum.org.
Halloween parade and costume contest in Exeter
Exeter’s annual Halloween parade and costume contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 am downtown. Costume judging begins at 10:30 am and the parade starts at 11 am, followed by trick or treating downtown.
Family Fall Festival in Portsmouth
The Portsmouth Recreation Department is planning the second annual Family Fall Festival at the athletic field on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 am to 2 pm The free event includes family games, crafts, entertainment, food trucks and a Touch-a-Truck experience.
Zombie Bash and Trunk-Or-Treat in Rochester
Rochester Mainstreet Zombie Bash and Trunk-Or-Treat, will take place Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 5 pm, at Rochester Downtown River Walk. This year the event will start with the Zombie Walk. Dancers will leave the River Walk area and make the loop around Bridge Street, River Street and make their way back to River Walk. At the River Walk, downtown businesses will be set up for trunk-or-treat. In addition to candy, there will be pumpkin painting, vendors, games and more.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Trick or Treat Trot 5K in Exeter
Exeter Hospital’s 10th annual Trick or Treat Trot 5K will be held on Oct. 30, at 10 am Starting on the campus of Exeter Hospital, teams of walkers, joggers, runners, and hundreds of supporters of all ages, many in their Halloween costumes, will take part in the Jim Dill Memorial Trick or Treat Trot 5K and United In Wellness Cancer Walk. Now in its tenth year, this major event will support the goals of the hospital’s historic Together We Can fundraising campaign to expand cancer care and other vital health care services in the Seacoast region. People of all ages and all abilities can participate. Additionally, there is a Creepy Crawler Fun Run for kids. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for best costumes and fundraising achievements. For more information about participating and to register, visit unitedinwellness.org.
Monday, Oct. 31
Portsmouth Halloween Parade
The 27th Portsmouth Halloween Parade will be held, Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 pm Get ready to hoot, holler, slither, stomp, and roar through the streets of Portsmouth. The parade kicks off from Pierce Island. Details can be found at portsmouthhalloweenparade.org.
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Trick or Treat parade in Farmington
Farmington’s annual Trick or Treat parade will be held Monday, Oct. 31. Parade is at 4 pm and trick or treat is from 5 to 7 pm Kids doing the parade need to be at the Rec and lined up at 3:45 pm