Fall is here, Halloween is coming, and spooky fun is in the works.
From pumpkin-picking to a glass pumpkin patch, and haunted trails to haunted hayrides, not to mention the festivals that autumn brings, October is packed with seasonal events. Some of these are free; most have some cost.
At The Theater
Even regional theater stages have jumped on the bandwagon. “Young Frankenstein” runs through November 16 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans, and those who want to join the fun that “The Rocky Horror Show” brings, can get tickets to a performance of Richard O’Brien’s classic at Buzzards Bay Productions in Wareham, starting on October 24 and running through November 1.
For Children (Of All Ages)
Along with myriad offerings by local libraries and more, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum will hold its annual Halloween Costume Party, including some “amazing science” and Bwana Iguana’s Exotic Reptile Show, on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 8 PM at 577 Great Neck Road South in Mashpee.
Mass Audubon Society’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid will turn its woodlands into The Enchanted Forest. A lantern-lit trail will be enhanced with costumed creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to come in costume on Friday, October 25, from 6 to 8:30 PM. Tours leave every 15 minutes; register early for a time slot at massaudubon.org/longpasture.
Tony Andrews Farm in East Falmouth will hold its Halloween Kids Fest on Saturdays and Sundays this month, beginning tomorrow. Pumpkin-picking, tractor rides, and more will be offered from 11 AM to 3 PM, weather permitting. The event is online at www.halloweenkidsfest.com.
Several regional zoos join the fun, as well. The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford will be holding a “Boo at the Zoo” on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6 to 9 PM today through October 27. These evenings offer a night of spooky fun complete with a haunted trail, witches’ lair, hay maze, train and carousel and more, animals included. More details are online at www.bpzoo.org.
Operation Military Kids and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are sponsoring a “Haunted Barn Event” on Saturday, October 26, from noon to 4 PM at Smithfield Farms, 809 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth. Grooming, tacking and riding horses, creating gingerbread houses, haunted hayrides and refreshments will all be a part of the program, which includes a short support meeting for the adults during the course of the event, which is free and open to any military family. To register, contact Kerry Bickford, OMK coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-375-6695.
Edaville USA’s family-friendly Halloween event, Pumpkins Aglow, opened Wednesday. Children of all ages can take an enchanted stroll through a garden of carved pumpkins, go on an authentic train ride through cranberry country, and enjoy unlimited use of 13 amusement rides. Kids in costume can trick-or-treat throughout the park. The trains operate Wednesday through Sunday nights through October 27.
Reservations can be made at www.edaville.com or by calling 508-866-8190.
Adults Halloween Fun
Along with its Kid’s Fest, Tony Andrews Farm is holding a “Harvest of Horrors” for those age 12 and older, featuring a haunted hayride and walk through the Haunted Forest, weekends through October 26. Gates open at 6:30 PM, with the last ticket sold at 9 PM. The 394 Meetinghouse Road, East Falmouth, farm event is online at www.harvestofhorrors.com, 508-527-0189.
Find A Perfect Pumpkin
It is not hard to find a pumpkin this month.
Aside from picking your own at venues such as the Tony Andrews Farm, organizations are offering pumpkins and other fall fare for sale. The Bourne and the Cataumet United Methodist churches are holding their joint annual pumpkin patch at the Sandwich Road, Bourne Village, church.
The Sandwich Glass Museum will hold its 2nd Annual Pumpkinfest on Saturday, October 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM, rain or shine. Visitors to the museum will enjoy a “pumpkin patch” filled with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all sizes. Those pumpkins, crafted by prominent glass artisans, and will be displayed on bales of hay on the grounds of the museum.
All the pumpkins will be available for purchase during the event.
That event will also include pumpkin bowling and a beanbag toss for children and adults.
Children will be admitted free to the museum with a paid adult admission on that day.
A special twist on the traditional pumpkin-carving contest is being offered by the Buzzards Bay Dive Center. It is sponsoring its annual Underwater Pumpkin-Carving Contest beginning at 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 26.
The rules of the contest state that all carving must be done below the surface of the water. Participants need to bring their own pumpkin and carving tool to a dive site suit up at Shell Point, Onset. The contest entrance fee is $10, and should be pre-paid at the Buzzards Bay Dive Center, 2R East Boulevard in Onset.
As if that is not enough, Cape Cod abounds with festivals, including the annual Buzzards Bay scarecrow contest, that brings decorated figures to that village’s Main Street.
This month also brings the 35th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival and its 125 crafters, parade, music, kayak and canoe races, fireworks, and more to various locations this weekend. It is online at yarmouthseasidefestival.com.
The 13th Annual Wellfleet OysterFest will be next weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, bringing artisans, food vendors, oyster shucking, a dance party, and more to Wellfleet beaches and venues. A full schedule is at wellfleetoysterfest.org.
Mashpee’s 27th Annual Oktoberfest is tomorrow from 10 AM to 4 PM, with a rain date of Sunday, on the Mashpee Commons green across from the library.
There is no excuse for not having some fall fun this month.