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Halloween is Monday, 10/31
By Beth David, Editor
Welcome to our 11th annual Halloween Trail.
Manny Souza, of “The American Scream” fame has scaled back this year. Instead of a walk-through haunt, he’ll have a spooky yard out front (#3). You will still be encouraged to donate to the American Cancer Society. You may remember that he said 2015 would be his last year, but…ah…he’s back, although in a limited way. But, don’t feel too disappointed, many of Manny’s special, hand-made pieces have been donated to the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. See Haunted Academy (#5)
We have 11 houses on our trail this year. And although that’s a healthy number, we also know there are lots of other houses out there with great decorations 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 used Manny’s Halloween map. Visit www.communitywalk.com/ Hauntedfairhaven to check it out. Email him at oleoxfordhaunt@ gmail.com to add your yard to his path.
Manny’s numbers on his map and ours do not necessarily match. We’re not sure how Mr. Halloween came up with his numbers. 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 or a neighbor’s yard.
Enjoy your tour of the real Halloweentown….. yahahahahahaha.
1: 70 Oliver Street Back for the second year and ready now for your viewing pleasure (“pleasure” being a relative term, of course). This yard has a spooky pumpkin patch and be warned: Look out for moving things in the yard! Be sure to wait for dark before you go. (Not on the map). Submitted photos.
2: 189 Alden Road. Halloween Horror, at Roxann’s Garden Center. 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.
This year they promise some new features, so if you think you know what’s happening at this haunt… think again.
OPEN: Thursday through Monday, 10/27 to 10/31, from 6:30 p.m. to ????, usually around 10 p.m., but if there’s a line, they’ll stay open until you get through. (#2 on the map) Neighb News file photos by Beth David.
3: 60 Oxford St., Although scaled down this year, Manny’s handiwork will still 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: Now through Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. (later on Halloween night). (#1 on map, it IS his map, after all). Neighb News file photo by Beth David.
4: NEW THIS YEAR! Haunted Academy, 141 Main St., Fairhaven Visitors Center. Come see where Mr. Halloween’s hand-made masterpieces landed. The Haunted Academy moves the haunt inside, but don’t think that makes it less spooky. No, Dear Reader, it might even make it spookier. Free frights and treats for all who dare to visit.
OPEN: Fri., Sat., Sun., 10/28, 29, 30, from 6–9 p.m.
5: 51 Green St. What better place for a zombie filled yard than the center of Fairhaven, 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. (#3 on map). Neighb News file photo by Beth David.
6: 96 Farmfield St. This yard will positively send your hairs straight up like an old movie. Don’t look up (NO, LOOK UP!). Ahhhh… (Not on the map.) Submitted photo.
7: 196 Washington St. This is what you’ll see as you approach 196 Washington, if you dare. As you should have learned from every horror movie: ALWAYS LOOK UP! (#7 on the map.) Submitted photo.
8: 20 Elizabeth Street. Watch your back on this street. Not only are you likely to run into this guy, but we’re pretty sure there’s more than one place ready to chill your blood. Just head east on Washington and turn right onto Elizabeth just before Route 6…and eerily close to 196. (Not on the map.) Submitted photo, 2014.
9: 20 Hiller Ave. Next, you’re heading onto Sconticut Neck Road to Hiller Ave. Partly decorated now, so feel free to go by anytime after dusk. But to get the full treatment, you’ll have to go by on the big night.They have tricks and many treats of all kinds, including special treats for those who suffer from allergies. Submitted photos.
10: 166 Dogwood St. Now continue down Sconticut Neck Road and take a left onto Goulart Memorial Drive and head for my place on West Island. I can’t say for sure which day I’ll be set up, but we’ll be ready for you on Halloween. I haven’t heard from the Screaming Banshees yet, but they usually do make an appearance, if only for a little while.
We can promise dead things, noises in the fog, and a cauldron full of boiling candy. Yahahahah ahah (#5 on the map). Beth David photo.
11: 8 Beech St, Acushnet. This one is lit up every night until 10 p.m. Every night something new is added, so be sure to go often. Sorry, I never got there to take a picture. I’ll be sure to get there, though, for next year’s Halloween Trail!
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