Halloween is Thursday, 10/31
By Beth David , Editor
Welcome to our 14th annual Halloween Trail.
We have a lot of our regulars this year, a couple that have returned and a couple of new ones, all just waiting to scare the whatses out of you. We have quite the mix of houses and other haunted happenings to share with you this year. In addition to this story, see page 16 for some Acushnet events, see page 3 for a few area events, and the happenings pages (5, 8, 9) for other events.
No doubt there are other haunted houses that will welcome you on Halloween, but we only include the ones we know for sure want to be included on the trial.
Still, if there is a house out there with great decorations, you know they are just waiting to scare the bejeebers out of you. So, don’t be shy. If you see a lot of decorations, get over there with your bag. If the yard is decorated, you know they want you to stop and gawk, so feel free to do so.
As usual, we’ve collected the list of addresses from a variety of sources, and, of course, we could not have done it without Manny of Ole Oxford Haunt. Our own hometown Halloween celebrities, Manny and family have gotten the old haunt back up to speed after a year or two of scaled down versions. I promised he will not disappoint you.
As always, we tried to make this a logical geographical trail. We begin in North Fairhaven and move south from there, but, of course, this is America, land of the free and home of the car lovers, so feel free to visit any which way you want to. Just…get there! Thanks to all who sent in yards and helped out with pictures.
Enjoy your tour of the real Halloweentown….. yahahahahahaha.
1: 70 Oliver Street Back for the fifth year and ready this weekend for your
viewing pleasure (“pleasure” being a relative term, of course). They are up and ready now, so feel free to go by anytime to look.
They will hold a bake sale again to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. BCH has proven to be important to their family as their young daughter was diagnosed with a thyroid disease. To learn more and to donate to the cause, you can visit http://fundraise. childrenshospital. org/site/TR?px= 1652189&fr_id=1660&pg=personal
HOURS: Lit up nightly now. Open for walk-through with bake sale on Sat. & Sun., 10/26 & 27; and Weds., Thurs., 10/30 & 31. There will be live ghoulies to scare you, so be prepared. Be sure to wait for dark before you go. Submitted photos.
2: 189 Alden Road. Halloween Horror, at Roxann’s Garden Center is better and better each year. This is really spooky stuff, so be careful if you’re a chicken at heart and just trying to show off. Features about a 20-minute walk-through, with tour guides, scary music, lots of moving monsters, goblins, creepy crawlers, and things that touch you.
Donations are accepted at the end but NOT required. Money goes to make it better and better each year. Every year they add something new, so if you think you know what’s happening here, think again.
OPEN: 6:30 to p.m. Thurs. through Sat., 10/24, 25, 26; and Tues. through Thurs. 10/29, 30, 31. Weather permitting, use your judgement. Neighb News file photo by Beth David.
3: 60 Oxford St., He’s BAAACKKKK! You’d never know that Manny had
scaled back the last couple of years. Bring your nerves of steel, if you dare to walk through this home that will set your spine to shivering. Every piece of his display is made, not bought. Manny and his creepy crew will gladly accept donations for the American Cancer Society. OPEN: Every night from 10/25 through Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. until… whenever. Submitted photos.
4: 127 Laurel Street. Head to the center of town, where we KNOW there are other places that are spooky. It’s a veritable Little Salem out there on Halloween night, with all kinds of ghouls and goblins running around. When you arrive at our spooky looking Town Hall area, be sure to find 127 Laurel Street, where the wolf man will try to find YOU! Even if you go on the weekend (they are up and running now), be sure to go by on Halloween night to see special things that are only put out then.
OPEN: Sat. & Sun. and on Halloween night. Submitted photos
5: 51 Green St. You’re just up the street now, still in the center of Fairhaven. What better place for a zombie filled yard, with its big old Victorians, and age-old trees? Dr. Brian Bowcock invites you all to check out the home-made displays in this yard that looks alive. There may be tricks, there may be treats. No set hours, just go when it’s dark. Ready for spooks on the weekend, ready for treats on Halloween Night. Expect something special on the Big Night! Neighb News file photo by Beth David
Now pop up Washington St. and head to Sconticut Neck Road to go to West Island. We have it on great authority that there are more than a few yards on the way that will welcome you, so keep your eyes peeled as you make your way to Spooky West Island.
6: 156 Balsam St. After the causeway, take your second left onto Balsam and
keep your eyes peeled. This a new stop on the trail inspired by the young’uns who live in the house. Don’t disappoint them. It’s small, but very, very spooky, and…you never know who…or what will jump out or when. OPEN: Decorated now. Treats on Halloween only. Submitted photo.
7: 166 Dogwood St. Now take a right onto Bluepoint (keep your eyes peeled, I KNOW there are some ghouls living there) and then a right onto Dogwood to my place on the right. I’m going to try like crazy to be set up for Saturday night, but it might not be completed. I’ll be up and running for the Big Night, though. I haven’t heard from the Screaming Banshees yet, but you never know. We can promise dead things, noises in the fog, and a cauldron full of boiling candy. Beth David photo.
8: 161 Dogwood St. Now just cross the street and skip over one house to my neighbors who have changed things up a bit from last year. It’s not the biggest space, but they have definitely made good use of it. I have NOOOO idea what’s in store over there for the big night, so be prepared. They seem pretty darned enthusiastic, so, nothing would surprise me. OPEN: They are lit up now, but only taking visitors on Halloween night. Beth David photo.
We have three Acushnet stops this year and they are GREAT ones. Wow. But we’re still quite sure there are more places to be scaried by your northern neighbors.
9: 8 Beech St, Acushnet. Start out just over the town line from South Main, left on Lawson to Beech Street. You can’t miss it (although you might WANT to). This elaborate yard goes on forever and is best seen at night. You’ll want to visit it more than once because they add new stuff all the time. You just never know what you’ll find. OPEN: This yard has been ready for weeks, so you know these guys are serious! Beth David photo.
10: 17 Myrtle Ave., Acushnet. These guys have been at it for 18 years! It is a full walk-through haunt that is FREE. But they will take donations to help with medical bills for a family member this year. OPEN: The evening BEFORE Halloween, Weds., 10/30 ONLY, from 6–9:30 p.m. You can visit them on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/SeterasHauntedYard/ Submitted photo.
11: 11 Monmouth Ave., Acushnet. The Baldwins are BACK! You remember them from Main Street a couple of years ago. Now they are back and better than ever. Submitted photo.
Off the Trail, but worth the trip
Haunted Town Hall & Costume Swap
FREE Halloween spooky fun for all ages. On Thurs., 10/24, from 5–8 p.m., at Fairhaven Town Hall Auditorium.
Fairhaven TV presents its 2nd Annual Haunted Open House, a free, all ages Halloween event! On Thurs., 10/24, from 5–8 p.m., at Town Hall, 40 Center St., Fairhaven.
Attractions: spooky TV studio, big screen movies, live stage entertainment, all ages costume contest, trick-or-treating, photo booth, games, and more! 5:30, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Chalie Brown movie; 6 p.m. photography winners award ceremony; 6:30 p.m., Supreme Perfection dance performance; 6:45 p.m., Magician Todd Migliacci; 7 p.m. All ages costume contest, and costume swap (find and recycle costumes); 7:30 p.m., Toy Story of Terror movie.
MUCH more, visit fairhaventv.com/hauntedopenhouse for details.
Halloween Horribles Parade
Sun., 10/27, 5 p.m., starts at Benoit square, Main Street and Howland Road, and marches down Main Street to St. Mary’s Church. Sponsored by the North Fairhaven Improvement Association, this Halloween costume parade has been held every year since 1950. Children and adults in costume walk from Benoit Square north on Main Street to St. Mary’s Church. In the parking lot behind the church, costumes are judged in different categories and age groups with prizes award.
There are also bags of Halloween treats and hot chocolate. FREE.
Acushnet Halloween Parade
Trick or Treat Parade. Meet up at the Acushnet Fire Station, 24 Russell St./Parting Ways, for some treats and Halloween fun. Parade will go through the neighborhood where residents will also hand out candy to the children. Wear your best costume! On Halloween night, Thurs., 10/31, from 6:30 to approximately 8. FREE.
All Treats, No Tricks
Calling All Kids! Put on your costume, grab an adult & head to Downtown NB for some All Treats, No Tricks trick-or-treating fun. FREE. Sat., 10/26, from 2–5 p.m. (Rain date 10/27). 40 stops in and around Downtown NB to get free treats. For full list and map visit https://www.downtownnb.org/treats
Dartmouth Parks and Rec invites you to our Halloween Bash on Sat., 10/26, at District One Fire Station, 10 Bridge St., 5–7 p.m. Featuring trunk or treating, touch a truck, activities, refreshments, and more. Costumes encouraged!
Halloween Harvest Festival & Haunted Trails
Halloween Harvest Festival and Haunted Trails, hosted by Dartmouth YMCA and Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, 276 Gulf R., Dartmouth, Fri., 10/25, from 5–9 p.m. FREE.
Come out to the Dartmouth YMCA on to get into the Halloween spirit. This event is free for families to attend and pumpkins will be available for carving or painting for $5 each, donations for our annual campaign will also be accepted and greatly appreciated. Activities will include; hay rides, pumpkin carving, arts & crafts, rock wall, archery, and lawn games.
After dark, our older participants can walk the haunted trails and tell scary stories by the campfire while still having the option to craft or carve pumpkins in the pavilions. Middle or High School volunteers can sign up through the google form to help with any of the activities and gain valuable community service hours!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Y at 508.993.3361 for more information. •••
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