This is Halloween! 'Tis the season when happy haunts begin to materialize and grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize. Of course there's plenty to do in Salem, the Halloween Capital of the World, but there's plenty of local events happening, too.
Here's a roundup of local Halloween and autumnal events taking place in and around Reading and North Reading this Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14.
Haunted Harbor Cruise: Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 90-minute cruise aboard the historic (and heated) Hannah Glover. Passengers will enjoy a fun-filled, informative trip filled with spooky stories of ruthless local pirates, haunted lighthouses and living monsters who wreak havoc on local ships to this day. Full bar and grill on every cruise—hot beverages available. Cruises are daily. Departure times at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Price: Adults $25, Kids $20.
: A Halloween Party Fundraiser to benefit PALS Animal Life Savers of Salem. Entertainment by Beau Paris and Steve Sarmanian, additional entertainment by Pat Shea. Party hosted by Salem's "Gigi." Costumes are optional, but be sure to wear your dancing shoes. Prizes for the best costumes. Food and Cash Bar. Join in for some Halloween spirit and to help homeless pets. Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $25 per person.
Scarecrow for Solutions: Build your very own scarecrow—all proceeds to go to the North Suburban YMCA's Outreach Program. Saturday, Oct. 13 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. $15.
Pumpkin Day: Pick up a pumpkin, get your face-painted and more. Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Free.
Horace Mann Pumpkin Festival: A PTO sponosred family event including pumpkin sales, a haunted house, pony rides, crafts and games. Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.
'The Wrathskellar' Burlesque: Something wicked comes to Davis Square, when The Wrathskellar opens for business this October. A staple of the Halloween season, the Boston Babydolls' annual dark burlesque is an immersive blend of cabaret and haunted house. A departure from The Boston Babydolls usual mix of bubbly fun and retro glamour, The Wrathskellar is a moody whirlpool of sinister dirges, predatory laments, and torch songs in a minor key. Instead of big band and swing, the soundtrack for The Wrathskellar features atmospheric and evocative works from Lotte Lenya, Dead Can Dance, Leonard Cohen, and Gogol Bordello. Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. $25.
Watertown Mall 21st Annual Scarecrow Contest: Any individual, family, group, school, class, business, or organization is invited to enter the 21st Annual Scarecrow Contest at the Watertown Mall. Scarecrows will be displayed in the Watertown Mall from Oct. 15-31 and shoppers vote for their favorite display. There is no entry fee. Third Place will receive a $50 mall gift certificate, Runner Up will receive a $100 mall gift certificate, and Grand Prize Winner will receive a $200 Watertown Mall gift certificate.
Frightful Fridays at Gore Mansion: Hear traditional ghosts stories told in several rooms of the 1806 Gore mansion. A great way to celebrate the Halloween season and enjoy this beautiful historic house. Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. $15, $10 children ages 5-12 and members.
Big Joe The Storyteller Presents: SPOOKY-OOKY at Barefoot Books: It's creepy, it's kooky, it's Big Joe the Storyteller's "SPOOKY-OOKY"—an all-new Halloween show guaranteed to give you a frightfully good time. Filled with spooky tales of ghosts, goblins, ghouls and things that go bump in the night, Big Joe will have you shaking and shivering (but mostly from laughing). There will be creepy puppets, strange and weird props but most of all there will be spooky fun for everyone. Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. $7 per child, $15 max per family. Ages 3 and up. Registration recommended.
The Ellie Fund's Superheroes Party: Fly, zip and zoom over for an action-packed afternoon of fun: visits and photos with your favorite superheroes; meet and greet with local heroes from the Wellesley Police and Fire Departments. Temporary airbrush tattoos, superhero and Halloween crafts, super treats from Roche Bros and Qdoba, and fun gift bags (one per pre-registered child). All funds raised by the event will benefit the Ellie Fund and be used to provide critical support services to local women and families fighting breast cancer. Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. $10.
Ghost Encounters Brings True Ghostly Tales to Life at Canterbury Shaker Village: Canterbury Shaker Village debuts Ghost Encounters, a performance tour stocked with seven true tales of ghostly encounters at the Village. Visitors will hear six characters—the Guide, the Sous Chef, the Intern, the Textiles Expert, the Historian and Eldress Elizabeth Stirling—tell their tales of Village encounters with other-worldly spirits. Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Admission: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17. Not recommended for younger children.