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Family-friendly frights


10/22/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



If you’re looking to get in the Halloween spirit, New Hampshire has events for all ages, from the terrifying to the tame. There will be plenty of costume contests, games, crafts and spooky activities, and you may even see some zombies.

“It’s really just fun and hilarious to see two to three hundred zombies walking down Elm Street past unsuspecting passerbies,” Sara Beaudry, Intown Manchester executive director, said about Intown’s upcoming Zombie Walk. 
The free event, happening Saturday, Oct. 24, invites walkers of all ages to dress up like zombies and play the part as they make their way downtown together. “Zombie-friendly” businesses along the route will be handing out treats, and prizes will be awarded for the best zombie costumes. 
There will be pre-walk activities at the Brady Sullivan Plaza beginning at 11 a.m., including free zombie makeup applications. The walk will launch from there at 2 p.m. and will end at Milly’s Tavern. 
Beaudry said she’s impressed every year with the creativity of the walkers. 
“The people are amazing,” she said. “[Their zombie costumes] run the gamut, from Walking Dead style to the classic zombie movies.” 
 
Halloween events 
Downtown Manchester Zombie Walk (Saturday, Oct. 24, activities at 11 a.m., walk at 2 p.m., Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Manchester, intownmanchester.com) 
Hopkintown Halloween Holler (Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Harold Martin School, 271 Main St., Hopkinton, hopkintonrec.com) Features games, crafts, s’mores, music and more for all ages. 
Bedford Halloween Spook-Tacular (Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Village Common Park, Bell Hill Road, bedfordreconline.com) Features activities, refreshments, a children’s concert and a flashlight candy hunt. Open to kids ages 8 and under. Costumes encouraged. Bring a flashlight and one bag of wrapped candy to participate. 
Charmingfare Farm’s Children’s Trick-or-Treat (Saturday, Oct. 24, Sunday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m., 774 High St., Candia, $19 per person, visitthefarm.com) Non-scary trick-or-treat event for kids. Costumes encouraged. Includes a hay bale maze, pony rides and more. 
Family Fun Day - Lights On (Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spooky World, 454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield, $19.99 per person, nightmarenewengland.com) Families are invited to explore the park in daylight with less-scary attractions. Costumes encouraged. 
Halloween Storybook Walk (Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Hill Waldorf School, 77 Pine Hill Drive, Wilton, $4 per child, free for accompanying adults, pinehill.org) Non-scary Halloween walk with friendly characters. 
Nashua Fright Night (Friday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, free for residents, gonashua.com) Features haunted hayrides, scary mazes, a bounce house, caricaturist and balloon animals. Recommended for children ages 5 to 12. 
Ghost Encounters (Saturday, Oct 24, 3 to 8 p.m., Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6 to 17, free for kids under 5, buy tickets online, shakers.org) Features trick-or-treating, fun activities, a costume parade and true stories of ghostly encounters at the Village. 
Witch Way to the 5K (Saturday, Oct 31, kids race at 9:30 a.m., adult race at 10 a.m., Lurgio Middle School, 47A Nashua Road, Bedford, $1 donation to register, 674-9063) Halloween-themed 5K event with a costume parade and contest, bounce house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, raffles, snacks and more. 
Pink and Blue Halloween Bash (Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. to midnight, McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Way, Manchester, $35 per person, chillcares.org) A night of food, music, costumes, pumpkins, a bonfire and more to benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center. 
Merrimack Halloween Party (Friday, Oct. 23, 5 to 8 p.m., Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road, Merrimack, merrimackparksandrec.org) Features a costume contest, goodie bags, games, face-painting, music, a pumpkin-carving demonstration and more.
Halloween Spook-tacular on the Farm (Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., Educational Farm at Joppa Hill, 174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford, $5 for children over 3, free for adults and children under 3, theeducationalfarm.org) Features trick-or-treating, games, snacks, prizes and a mini zombie hunt. Costumes encouraged. 





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