Originally published in Seasonal Guide, September 27, 2013
Hocus focus on Halloween
by Jessica Brophy
Halloween: the season of ghouls, costumes, candy and jack-o-lanterns.
Many area children go trick-or-treating on Halloween in our communities. On Thursday, October 31, be sure to travel with care as there will be more stopped cars and foot traffic.
On Tuesday, October 29, at 4 p.m., Fairwinds Florist in Blue Hill will hold its ninth annual pumpkin carving event. Everyone is welcome to carve a pumpkin at no cost, and leave their art for exhibit in the store window; those who wish to bring their own pumpkins may join in the carving.
The Island Recreation Board usually holds a pumpkin-carving event the weekend before Halloween at the Island Community Center in Stonington. Board president Amanda Poyant said the group is still working out dates and times. Check the center’s website, islandcommunitycenter.net.
On Halloween, Witherle Memorial Library in Castine will host a Halloween “break station” from 3 to 7 p.m. The library will have comfy couches, water and sandwiches,and is a place to take a break while hitting the pavement in search of treats. This will coincide with the annual Halloween Hayride leaving every half hour or so from Town Hall, which will host its own Halloween party for kids.
Trick-or-treaters are welcome to stop by the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle from 2 to 4 p.m. on Halloween. Each resident that has candy to hand out will have a pumpkin sign on their door, so children will know where to stop.
A visit to Fort Knox in Prospect is a great way to learn about the historic fort—and get spooked! This year’s Fright at the Fort will take place October 18,19, 25 and 26 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event includes frightening walk-throughs of the historic grounds.