Halloween cruise should be a thriller



Bar Harbor Whale Watch crew members tried on their costumes this week as part of their preparation for their upcoming “Halloween Spooky Cruise” aboard Friendship V, set for Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH
Bar Harbor Whale Watch crew members tried on their costumes this week as part of their preparation for their upcoming “Halloween Spooky Cruise” aboard Friendship V, set for Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH

BAR HARBOR — Pirates, ghosts, cartoon characters and more are waiting for the adventurous to join them on the Bar Harbor Whale Watch’s “Halloween Spooky Cruise,” set for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m aboard Friendship V.

The whale watch boat will be decorated for the occasion, and a ghastly guide will tell spooky tales of shipwrecks, lighthouses and haunted coastal mansions.

“It turns out there are a lot of scary ghost stories that take place in the waters around Mount Desert Island,” trip organizer Karlee McDonough said. “There is a really fun book called Ghosts of Acadia by Marcus LiBrizzi that we will be using as a reference for many of the stories we will tell. Compass Harbor was an Indian burial ground and a woman is often seen rushing toward the ocean at dusk.”

Other stories are set in haunted homes along the Shore Path. “Mrs. Hawkes, one of the original owners of the High Seas Estate, apparently felt that it was haunted enough, especially in the fog, to put on a night watchman,” McDonough said. “We will have a good chance of seeing some ghosts along the shore as we cruise down the coastline.”

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 14 years or younger and may be purchased by calling Bar Harbor Whale Watch at 288-2386.

“Costumes are strongly encouraged. Anyone dressed in a costume will receive a candy bag,” said McDonough. Prizes will be awarded. The cruise will include haunted music and a Halloween bake sale featuring whoopee pies, decorated cupcakes and cookies, and cider.

“Money from the bake sale will go to the ocean conservation group Balloons Blow,” lead guide Zack Klyver said. “They are a great group that works to educate the public about the harmful and scary effects balloons can have on the ocean environment and wildlife.”

Dress for chilly night air. Boarding for the cruise begins at 4:30 p.m. at the dock at 1 Harbor Place.