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Posted: October 28, 2013

Halloween, Maine beer & Carrie the Musical: 5 things to do in Maine this weekend

Written by: Shannon Bryan


Halloween seems like the big player this weekend. And yes, you’ll deck yourself out in some amazing creation that’ll blow everyone’s mind and maybe even win you some cash at one of the night’s Halloween parties. But what happens the rest of the weekend? Will you be left to deal with your Halloween hangover and the leftovers of your costume until Monday morning arrives again? Heck no! There’s plenty of joy to be had after Halloween. Portland Beer Week starts Friday and runs until Nov 10. Part of that “week” includes the Maine Brewers Festival this Saturday. There’s also a chance to do go on Saturday (after all the bad you’re going to do Thursday night) with the Cranksgiving bike race. And to keep things at least a little creepy, at least for a few extra days, “Carrie the Musical” performances happen all weekend.

For the weekend of Oct 31-Nov 3

1. Get your treats

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Trick-Or-Treat in the Old Port

5:30-8:30 pm Thursday | $55 | Starts at Old Port Candy Company, Portland | www.portlandoldport.com/portland-taste-tours
No costumes required for this trick-or-treating event with Portland Taste Tours (but seriously, it’d be so much better in a costume because EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN A COSTUME). But, you know, costumes not required. This walking tour makes stops a area sweet shops and eateries and finishes with a drink.


Halloween night


There are plenty of haunted, spooky, and costumed events this Halloween season. Check out the calendar to see them all. And yes, some of the haunted fun continues through the weekend.

// All the Halloween events


2. Celebrate beer

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Portland Beer Week 2013

Friday-Nov 10 | Prices range from free to $80 | Various locations, Portland | portlandbeerweek.org
Beer deserves its own week. Or 10 days, as the case may be. Wait, a case would be 12…Anyway, Beer Week events include Pumpkin-Palooza for you pumpkin-beer fans, the annual Maine Brewers Festival, Domestic Belgian Night, some arm wrestling, a beer run, and a beer scavenger hunt.


3. Celebrate beer some more

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Maine Brewers Festival

Two sessions: 1:30-5 pm and 6:30-10 pm Saturday | $41 | Portland Expo, Portland | mainebrewersfestival.com
Some of the best microbrew in the country (ie, Maine) will be pouring samples just for you during the Maine Brewers Festival. The ticket cost includes a fancy tasting glass (it’s real glass!) and tickets to enjoy 12, 4-oz pours of Maine craft beer. There will be food, vendors, music, and prizes. Prizes! The festival weekend continues to be a highlight to a beer lover’s winter with great food, interesting vendors, fantastic music and prizes to complement some of the best micro brews in the country!


4. Ride bike, do good

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Cranksgiving

9:30 am Saturday | Participants will spend $15-$20 | Meet at Woodfords Church, Portland | www.cranksgivingportland.blogspot.com
Ride bike, do good during Cranksgiving. Participants will get a grocery list at the starting line and will race store to store to pick up the items. Whoever returns first wins. There’s no entry fee for this face, but riders can expect to spend $15-$20. And all that food is then donation to Project F.E.E.D. Not a bad reason to ride on a Saturday morning.


5. Be kind to Carrie

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“Carrie the Musical”

8 pm Friday & Saturday, 2 pm Saturday and Sunday | $15, $10 seniors, alumni, and employees, $5 students | usm.maine.edu/music/carrie-musical
You know the movie. You know the blood bath. But this version of the tale set in present-day Maine. And while Halloween will be over, there’s no reason not to keep the ceepy going all through the weekend. And don’t worry, they’re not all going to laugh at you.

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