South Coast Halloween Happenings

Did you hear that? A creak in the floor, a wind through the trees, and an eerie whisper in the air are all signs that Halloween is right around corner! There is no need to wait until the 31st to get into the spooky spirit. Towns throughout the South Coast are celebrating Halloween all month long.

Residents and visitors of all ages and terror tolerances can find a way to savor the Halloween preliminaries. Here are just a few Halloween happenings on the South Coast in the coming weeks.

Contests: Loitering is allowed in Onset, Wareham and Fairhaven…that is if you’re made of straw. In fact, you can count on sharing the side walk with dozens of scarecrows this month as the their towns host their annual scarecrow contests. Entries for the 1st Annual Onset/Wareham Scarecrow Festival can be seen on Onset Avenue in the village of Onset and on Main Street in Wareham from October 11-31st. Fairhaven’s Scarecrow Contest entries can be admired on the Main Street sidewalk of Fairhaven High School until November 2nd.

Another outlet for those of us with a competitive streak is the Halloween Party and Pumpkin Contest at the Southworth Library in Dartmouth. Pumpkins were traditionally carved and lit from within to welcome deceased loved ones and ward off evil spirits. These are fine uses for Jack-O-Lanterns, as are toasting crispy pumpkin seeds and making pumpkin pies!

Finally, you can enter yourself in the competition by participating in the annual Fairhaven Halloween Horribles Parade. The parade runs from Benoit Square north to St. Mary’s Church and features residents and guests in their Halloween finest. Awards are given for scariest, cutest, and most original costume.

Walks and Rides: If you’re a nature lover, don’t miss the chance to experience some of our beautiful South Coast outdoor environments transformed to celebrate the holiday. Lace up and take a Hairy Scary Halloween Stroll at Peirson Woods off Point Road in Marion led by story teller Toby Dills. For a bewitching wander, attend the Gleason YMCA’s Spooktacular where they will light and decorate their outdoor walking trail as well as offer guided walks through their “Haunted Forest”. This evening event also features children’s activities and refreshments. And if that weren’t enough, “Thriller” dance-alongs will be dispersed throughout the evening. Forget the moves? No worries, the Gleason YMCA is offering a free “Thriller” Dance workshop on Friday October 18 from 4:00-5:00pm. While you’re on YMCA’s website, click “Halloween Happenings” for a full list of Halloween activities at all the South Coast YMCAs.

For a wild ride, head over to the Dartmouth YMCA for their Haunted Barn and Hayride event or enjoy a more subdued ride at Westport Rivers Hayrides. If you are in the New Bedford area, hop a scary train or bewitched carousel at Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event or trick or treat at the Downtown New Bedford’s Halloween Treats event.

Fundraisers and Benefits: If you want to make a difference this Halloween, check out some of the Halloween fundraisers and benefits.

Proceeds from the Goblet and Goblins Wine and Beer Tasting event at the Marion music hall will benefit the Gleason Family YMCA. In addition to beer and wine tasting, guests will enjoy food pairings, chef demonstrations, and tarot and tea leaf readings.

Home Haunt Halloween is a good old fashioned haunted house tour in Fairhaven whose proceeds support the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Weekends in October, this home is transformed to terrify with decorations, live actors, and plenty of scary surprises.

Happy Halloween!



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