How do you and your family want to spend the days leading up to Halloween? Afraid of haunted houses? Learn about ghosts, spooky characters from history, holiday traditions?
How about taking a ride with members of the spooky Addams Family? Trick or treatment? Or take part in a zombie-like group dance to Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller”?
All of these choices are available this weekend with 10 events to get people in the Halloween mood a little earlier. See what matches your level of curiosity and fear:
Learn more about Halloween through the centuries
Bostonian author and historian Anthony Sammarco will give a talk on “Halloween Traditions in Boston” at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Osterville Village Library, 43 Wianno Ave. known facts about the holidays, ghost stories and more. Those interested can attend in person or via Zoom, and registration is suggested for both; 508-428-5757, https://www.ostervillefreelibrary.org/.
Tim Weisberg, host and executive producer of the paranormal radio show Spooky Southcoast and writer/researcher/producer for the TV shows ‘Ghost Stalkers’, ‘Ghost Asylum’ and ‘Haunted Towns’ will contribute his knowledge during a talk at the Cotuit Library. Discussion of ‘Ghosts of the Southcoast’ will include the spirits of British Loyalists at the Fearing Tavern in Wareham, the ‘horrendous events’ at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River and what is believed to be the paranormal vortex of the Bridgewater Triangle . The event, recommended for adults and teens, will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Library, 871 Main Street; $10; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-of-the-southcoast-tickets-434020977427.
It’s more than just a haunted house
A collaboration between The Friends of Crosby Mansion, the Brewster Recreation Department and the Nauset High Players will create the first-ever Crosby Haunted Mansion in the historic home built in 1888. “Thrills” are promised for ages 7 to 107 aged 5 and up. : 30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays October 21-22 and October 28-29 as well as Thursday October 27 at the mansion, 163 Crosby Lane, Brewster. Tickets: $12. To make reservations: www.brewstercreation.com. Information: 508-896-1744. Groups will also be hosting a Halloween craft and games day at the mansion from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. A separate online reservation is required.
A haunted house or haunted room
The Academy of Performing Arts will continue its haunted house from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, October 21, 22, 28, and 30, as well as from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 29 at the Academy Playhouse, 120 , Main Street, Orleans. Groups must pass every 10-15 minutes and reservations must be made for particular time slots. The scary factor is expected to be high, so the event is not recommended for small children. The path to the haunted house passes through the set of the play “Le Vourdalak”, about a man trapped by blood drinkers, which will be on stage on October 23 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 27 Admission for all: $15; reservations and information: https://theacademyofperformingarts.thundertix.com/.
Join or watch a Halloween “Thriller” flash mob dance
Main Street in Buzzards Bay will be the setting from 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 for the city’s first-ever “Thriller Flash Mob” recreating Michael Jackson’s famous group video dance, followed by a magic trick of Halloween in the village. Organized by Lauren DeGregorio, a volunteer events coordinator for Bourne, Julia Sykes of Studio 721 taught her students as the main dance leaders, alongside students from the Center Stage Dance Academy. Sykes has created a video tutorial available at https://vimeo.com/750457201 or to help rehearse anyone who wants to show up and dance as part of the flash mob. DeGregorio points out that all abilities are welcome at the dance and costume parade around Buzzards Bay Park, then kids are invited to trick or treat at Main Street businesses, with a police officer on hand to help with crossings of street. Information: https://www.facebook.com/thestudio721.
Make other kids Halloween happy
If your kids have outgrown some of their Halloween costumes and are looking for something new, Wellfleet Public Library is hosting a Halloween Costume Swap at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the library at 55 W. Main St. Costume donations are accepted during library hours until the event, and face masks must be worn during the swap. Information: 508-349-0310, https://www.wellfleetlibrary.org/.
A tour and a story with the Addams Family
Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater is already celebrating the Halloween season with its show pick of “The Addams Family Musical,” but on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, the characters will be on hand for another event. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce (at 1 School House Road, Harwich Port) offers a ‘mysterious and spooky’ trolley which leaves every 30 minutes from 12pm to 4pm on Saturdays and 10am to 2pm on Sundays for a ride around the outside the theater company for a story with members of the Addams Family. Goodie bags will be provided to all participating children, and all are invited to dress up as your favorite “Addams Family” characters. There will also be costumed characters on the vehicle. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at https://harwichcc.com/cape-cod-vacation/ or 508-430-1165.
What spooky events happened in Falmouth?
Falmouth Museums on the Green (55 Palmer Ave.) will present the interactive tour titled “Sins, Sips and Secrets” from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 to uncover what organizers describe as stories from Falmouth’s “nefarious and supernatural past.” . which include tales of “fears of the night, wayward travelers and spirits of old”. The tour, based on first-person accounts, diaries and journal recordings, will take place in the complex’s 1790 home of Dr. Francis Wicks, with new tours departing every half hour. A cash bar will be available during the event and the grounds will be open for a candlelight stroll. Cost: $20, $10 for members. Reservations and information: https://museumsonthegreen.org/
Learn about two evil valets
Victorian terror is the theme of a landmark lecture on the gruesome past by retired judge Gregory Williams at 6pm on Tuesday October 25 at the Sturgis Library, 3090 Main St., Barnstable. The “Pair O’ Jacks” lecture focuses on the real Jack the Ripper, as well as a character from 19th century England named Spring-Heeled Jack. This second Jack was known for his jumping prowess and appeared in many mostly diabolical guises, and Williams describes him as an “urban legend, folktale, media sensation” which may have been real or may have been a hoax. . To register: email [email protected] Information: https://www.sturgislibrary.org/.
Listen to scary stories
Eastham Library (190 Samoset Road) will be hosting a Spooky Story Slam at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, featuring pre-submitted stories under 500 words from local residents that are either real-life tales or the imagination of the writer. All 15 Scary Stories have been judged by librarians and are appropriate for PG-13. Information: https://easthamlibrary.org/.