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Posted: October 21, 2014

Tweed Ride, Haunted Seminary, Woods Walk & Pumpkin Fest: 7 things to do in Maine this weekend

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Go for a haunted walk in the woods or a haunted walk through the Parsonsfield Seminary. There’s a ton of Halloween events happening this weekend (check out the Halloween Guide for more) but it’s not all about costumes. There’s a John Gorka concert. And several performances of MacBeth. And the annual Tweed Ride (which, okay, does involve a little bit of costuming). We’d steer you toward all the food-related events of Harvest on the Harbor , but they’re all sold out. But you know what isn’t sold out? The Pumpkin Festival in Freeport. Also worth noting this weekend, horror movies at Saco Drive-In and plenty of haunted walking tours.

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Pictured: Lillian Meredith, Michael Dix Thomas, Marjolaine Whittlesey. Aaron Flacke photo


Thursday to Oct. 30 | Various venues and ticket prices |
Few things suggest Halloween more than witches stirring their pot and warriors parading the head of a vanquished enemy. The Theater at Monmouth continues its fall tour of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” with performances in school across the state through the end of October. The actors will bring an adaptation of the play to Erskine Academy in South China at 9:30 Thursday morning, before moving on to the Lakeside Theater Rangeley at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; the Vienna Union Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday; Bonny Eagle High School at 11:30 a.m. Monday; Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School at 10 a.m. Wednesday; and Musee Culturel du Mont-Carmel in Lille at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Jos van Vliet photo

John Gorka

8 p.m. Thursday | One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland | $25 |
He’s a singer-songwriter legend with a big, baritone voice and a penchant for thought provoking, heartfelt lyrics. John Gorka released his first record in 1987 and eleven have followed included “Bright Side of Dawn” released earlier this year.

Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday | $12 | Take Flight Aerial Adventures, Kittery |
There won’t be any expensive animatronic monsters at the Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk. The scary stuff – and boy, there will be scary stuff, is made from a simple concoction of lights, makeup, and enthusiastically scary volunteers. This annual event used to take place in Steve Workman’s yard, but now it’s moved to a bigger space where the woods have a naturally haunted feel and the overhead zip lines are perfect for aerial zombies.

 Saints and Souls Ball poster

Saints and Souls Ball poster

Saints And Souls Ball

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday | Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland | $35 |
You think you have your costume all figured out? No no no. The theme of this party is 1920s haunted New Orleans costume ball. There will be food, cash bar and live music.

Parsonsfield Seminary photo

A Haunted Seminary

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday | Parsonsfield Seminary, 504 North Road, Parsonsfield | $10 |
I’m not sure this is the scariest, but it is the biggest haunted house: 42 rooms full of evil dolls, skeletons and more. This year’s theme is The Munsters and the Addams Family.

More haunted happenings

Haunted woods, cemetery tours, and Halloween wine walks. There’s plenty of scary things
going on around Maine this weekend and on Halloween night.
17 Halloween events in Maine: Parties, haunted houses and scary movies at the drive-in


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OgunquitFest: high heel race, silent movies, wine, car show

Thursday through Sunday | Ogunquit | Free, but some events have fees (like the film festival)

The high heel race might be the highlight of this weekend-long festival. There will also be the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, an antique car show, an autumn bazaar with 75 vendors, wine tastings, ghost tours and more. The full schedule is here.

An old photo at Fort Knox. Think they're haunting it?

An old photo at Fort Knox. Think they’re haunting it?

Fright at the Fort: Bugs

$10 | 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 | Fort Knox, Bucksport |

Meander through the haunted halls of Fort Knox. It’s old, cold and this year it’s infested with mutant bigs. The scare factor here gets mixed reviews: Some say it’s terrifying, others say not-so-much (if you’ve been, feel free to leave your opinion in the comments).

Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Jill Brady/Press Herald file photo

Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday | Many activities free | L.L. Bean, Freeport |!ll-bean-pumpkin-festival/c1d56
It’s practically a pumpkin convention! I mean, when 10,000 jack-o-lanterns show up in one place, you almost have to wonder if there’s a world takeover in the works. But the pumpkins at Camp Sunshine’s Pumpkin festival come in peace. They’re helping to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, and you can too! There will be pumpkin carving, a cauldron cafe, BOO-tique, playland, costume parade, live music, a whoopie pie-eating contest and more.

Portland Comic Expo poster

Portland Comic Expo poster

Portland Comic Expo

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday | Portland Comic Expo, 239 Park Ave., Portland | $5 |
There’s a Cosplay competition for those who don’t need Halloween as a reason to get dressed up. Kids can learn the art of cartooning with Jay Piscopo and everyone can enjoy watching cartoonists try to outdo each other in the Iron Cartoonist event. Special guests include Declan Shalvey from Marvel’s “Moon Night,” Will Eisner winner Jordie Bellaire and several other notables.

Shannon Bryan photo

Shannon Bryan/ photo

Tweed Ride

Noon Sunday | Free | Meet in Monument Square, Portland |
Some cyclists commute. Some race. Some fly across the moon with an alien life form in their bike basket. But during the Portland Tweed Ride, it’s not about getting anywhere. It’s about riding a bike for the sake of riding a bike. And wearing tweed (think blazers, fancy dresses and skirts, wool and other old time-y clothes). If you have a vintage bike, bring that, too. Meet at Monument Square for a leisurely 6 to 8-mile ride around Portland, through Deering Oaks Park, and a final stop at Three Dollar Dewey’s
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