So, we all know about Salem’s famed “Haunted Happenings” – either you love it or you hate it. Too many events to mention, so please visit Haunted Happenings for details.
If you want to avoid the mayhem of Salem in October, may we suggest some other local fall favorites.
Like art, theatre and food?
Try the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at the Pingree School in South Hamilton. Fifty-five pieces of art created by established and emerging sculptors from New England and New York are displayed on the 100-acre campus. The exhibit, running through November 5th, is free and open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. Check it out at Pingree.org.
Catch the classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on October 20th, 7:30-9 pm, at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport. Presented by Acting Out Productions, it promises to be a fast-moving, funny and extremely suspenseful telling of this much beloved tale. Plus, there’ll be music, dancing and ghost stories told by a talent cast of 26 adult and student actors. Details at Firehouse.org.
On Saturday, October 21st from 11 to 4, enjoy the Essex ClamFest and Chowder Competition at Shepard Memorial Park in Essex. The annual event has everything the small town is known for including arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations, food vendors, Ipswich Ale Local Brews and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition. A short $5 gets you in to the chowder tasting area where you can sample entries from Ipswich Ale Brewers Table, Ipswich Clambake, J.T. Farnham’s, Lobsta Land, Mile Marker One, Relish Catering & Events, Salty Franks Hot Dogs, Shea’s Riverside Restaurant, The Farm Bar and Grille, The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing Co., Windward Grille Restaurant and Woodman’s of Essex.
Looking for a hayride, corn maze, late season apple picking, cider donuts or pumpkins galore? Check out www.newenglandfallevents.com – it’s a great resource for festivities near and far in Massachusetts, although we love the idea of supporting our local farms. Want something a little “creepier”? Go to their sister site halloweennewengland.com.