Demonstrating a love that is everlasting (and more than a little spooky) a skeleton groom gazes upon his bride’s faded bouquet on Joseph Way in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD

“Terror Trail” and trunk or treat among area Halloween events



ELLSWORTH — The Grand is presenting “Terror Trail” this Halloween season at the Woodlawn Museum’s Black House estate.

Dates are Thursday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

The circus was coming to town but had to travel through the forest. It went in but didn’t come out. Beware what lurks in the wild woods of Woodlawn — be it living or dead.

General admission is $8. This event is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. There is extensive use of fog, loud and ominous sounds and scenes of blood and gore. Parental discretion is advised. Parking is available at Woodlawn.

Visit www.grandonline.org to purchase tickets and reserve a time slot. Protective masks (and costumes) are encouraged, but not mandatory.

For more information, visit www.grandonline.org, or follow The Grand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheGrand1938/.

On the less spooky end of the spectrum for local Halloween activities, the Down East Family YMCA in Ellsworth is hosting a trunk or treat event on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the Y, located at 238 State St.

For more information, call 667-3086 or visit www.defymca.org/events.

Another Halloween-themed Ellsworth event this year is Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s third annual Pumpkin Hike at Jordan Homestead Preserve.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m., the 1-mile loop trail will be lit with jack o’lanterns. Put on your Halloween costume and come out to vote for your favorite pumpkin.

Due to limited parking, registration is required for this event. There will be time slots available at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, and on Friday, Oct. 29.

Visit https://frenchmanbay.org/event/?event_category=pumpkin-hike to sign up. One registration per car, please.

The following is a partial list of other Halloween activities taking place throughout the area this year:

Bar Harbor

On Friday, Oct. 29, from 5:30-7 p.m., the Mount Desert Island YMCA will be hosting its first Trunk or Treat event in its parking lot on Park Street in Bar Harbor.

There will be a costume contest, games and prizes. This is a free community event, however donations will be taken at the front of the parking lot and all proceeds will go to supporting the MDI YMCA child-care programs.

The MDI YMCA provided emergency child care and hosted remote learning during the pandemic in 2020. In the summers of 2020 and 2021, the YMCA was also able to safely host a full summer day camp.

Masks are highly recommended for this event.

If you would like to host a trunk, contact Taylor Walls at [email protected] to secure your spot.

For more information, call 288-3511.

Birch Bay Retirement Village and Mount Desert Island Hospital are hosting a Trail of Treats on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Birch Bay Retirement Village’s Inn, 25 Village Inn Road in Hulls Cove.

Well-spaced tables with pre-packaged treats will be situated outside, on a paved pathway around the Birch Bay Inn. Trick-or-treaters will travel in one direction with social distancing encouraged. Parking is available and all community members are welcome.

For more information, contact Susanne Hopkins at [email protected] or 288-8014, ext. 5211 or Kelli Casey at [email protected] or 288-8081, ext. 1137.

Blue Hill

The Blue Hill Public Library will be hosting Trick or Read outside on the lawn this year on Saturday, Oct. 30, anytime from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids in costume will be able to choose from a large selection of books and select a free book to keep. Books will be available for kids of all ages, from picture books to young adult.

For more information, contact Claire at [email protected] or call 374-5515.

The First Baptist Church of Blue Hill is hosting a Project 31 Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 2-4 p.m.

Trick-or-treaters are invited to this drive-through event where bags of candy, treats and small prizes will be given to participants as they drive through the First Baptist Church parking lot.

The Blue Hill YMCA is hosting a trunk or treat event on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 2-5 p.m. at the Y, located at 32 Mines Road.

For more information, call 374-5358.

Brooksville

A Halloween dance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7-11 p.m. at the Brooksville Community Center.

The band 3 Mile Line will be performing. The suggested donation is $10 per person.

This is a 21-plus event and IDs will be checked. The dance is BYOB. Light snacks will be provided.

All proceeds will go toward helping replace the front porch and back room.

Bucksport

The Bucksport YMCA is hosting a trunk or treat event on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the Bucksport town office, located at 50 Main St.

For more information, call 469-3518.

On Friday, Oct. 29, all are welcome to join people from Bucksport and beyond for a night of scary story sharing outdoors on the lawn of the historic Wilson Hall. Bring your scariest story about ghosts, spirits, extraterrestrials or whatever.

There will be several scheduled storytellers, but this is also an open mic event. There will even be prizes for the best stories, including a copy of Stephen King’s newest novel, provided by BookStacks. There will be free donuts from Sweet Cheeks Bakery, free popcorn from the Alamo Theatre and hot apple cider.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Buck Memorial Library. Masks are encouraged. Bring your own chair or blanket. Warm attire is suggested. Parking is at the REACH School and on the street. There will be limited parking available at Wilson Hall for those with limited mobility.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hauntedbucksport. The rain date is Oct. 30.

Franklin

The Franklin Library’s fall fundraiser is a Halloween raffle of three Stephen King novels: A signed first edition of “The Dead Zone” (1979) plus two bonus first editions (unsigned): “Fire Starter” (1980) and “Christine” (1983).

Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The drawing will be held Saturday, Oct. 30. To purchase tickets, stop by the library or mail a check noting how many tickets requested to: Franklin Library, P.O. Box 202, Franklin, ME 04634.

Northeast Harbor

The Mount Desert Nursery School is throwing a backyard Halloween party with Bee Parks and the Hornets on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m.

In its first public fundraiser since COVID began, the school is inviting everyone to do a little boogying before going out to trick or treat.

Ghouls and goblins are invited to 15 Tracy St. in Northeast Harbor. Partygoers are welcome to come experience the spooky section, if they are feeling brave, play some games and treat themselves to baked goods on sale.

Bee Parks and the Hornets will begin playing monster music at 2, weather permitting. Costumes are encouraged, but not required for entry. Admission is by donation. All proceeds go to benefit the school.

Masks are recommended when social distancing is not possible and are required for building entry.

Orland

The Orland Historical Society is sponsoring a Halloween dance on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7-11 p.m. at the Orland Community Center on School House Road.

The band Right Out Straight will be providing the music. The cost is $10 per person and costumes are welcome.

This event is for adults only and is BYOB.

Southwest Harbor

The Southwest Harbor Public Library is offering make and take pumpkin kits this Halloween season. Kits include supplies to paint a glow-in-the-dark pumpkin masterpiece (pumpkin included). Bring your finished pumpkin back to the library during one of its book trick or treat days so it can be displayed in front of the library for all to see on Halloween.

Kits will be available for pick-up in the library, or by curbside, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register at https://swhplibrary.org/childrens-room/ or call 244-7065.

The library is also hosting Halloween book trick or treat events for kids this Halloween season.

Costumes are encouraged, but not required. The event will be offered over three days: Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

These events are for ages 2 and older. Please wear a mask.

For more information and to register for one of the days, visit https://swhplibrary.org/childrens-room/ or call 244-7065.

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