The Hippo


Jul 16, 2019








Walk like a zombie. Courtesy of Intown Manchester.

Not-so-scary fun
Halloween events for the whole family

By Matt Ingersoll

Whether you enjoy costume contests and costume parades or haunted hayrides and arts and crafts, there are plenty of family-friendly events going on across the Granite State to get you into the Halloween spirit this year.

The annual Haunted Hayride (Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 to 9 p.m., Hills House Grounds, 21 Derry Road, Hudson, $10 for adults, $8 for students, and free for kids ages 5 and under, 886-1260, features live characters, including storytellers, zombies and more – as it traverses in and out of the woods and through the Hills House grounds.

Canvas Roadshow Halloween Party (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 to 3:15 p.m., The Canvas Roadshow, 25 S. River Road, Bedford, $15 per person, 943-2103, features an opportunity to paint on an 8x10 canvas, in addition to snacks, karaoke, face-painting and more. Costumes are encouraged and a professional photographer will be on hand to take your photo in costume. All materials and aprons are included in the admission fee.
Brentwood Boo Bash (Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Road, Brentwood, free admission, 642-6400, features a book sale, pumpkin painting, cider donuts and refreshments, s'mores, a fire truck display, games, crafts, raffles, and a costume contest and parade at 3:15 p.m., with prizes awarded to kids and parents.
Ghost Encounters (Saturday, Oct. 22, 3 to 8 p.m., Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 17, free for kids under 5 years old, 783-9511, features a ghost tour through the Shaker Village with a group of professional actors who will bring old stories to life. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume and join in the costume pageant at 3:15 p.m., when prizes will be awarded. 
Downtown Manchester Zombie Walk (Saturday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m., Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Manchester, 645-6285, features a free downtown walk while participants of all ages dress up as zombies. Immediately preceding the walk will be a free limited zombie makeup application from 2 to 3:30 p.m. New this year will be a free movie screening of The Goonies at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Park. The screening is open to zombie participants and the general public alike and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets. The walk is about a mile long.
Pink and Blue Halloween Bash (Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. to midnight, McIntyre Ski Lodge, 50 Chalet Way, Manchester, $35 per person, features food, music, costumes, pumpkins, a bonfire and more to benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This year there will be a $50 raffle for a chance to win four VIP Patriots tickets.
Charmingfare Farm's Children's Trick-Or-Treat (Saturday, Oct. 22; Sunday, Oct. 23; Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 774 High St., Candia, $19 per person, 483-5623, features six Halloween-themed attractions with candy stops for trick-or-treating. Kids will receive a map indicating the order in which they must visit the attractions. 
Fall Fright Night Festival (Friday, Oct. 28, 4 to 8:30 p.m., Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, free admission, 589-3370, features a haunted hayride and maze, costume parade with prizes, bouncy houses, face-painting and more.
Merrimack Halloween Party (Friday, Oct. 28, 5 to 8 p.m., Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 882-1046, features a costume contest, goodie bags, games, face-painting, music, a pumpkin-carving demonstration and more. Prizes will be awarded in the costume contest for the Scariest, the Most Creative, the Most Original, and the Funniest Design.
Witch Way to the 5K (Saturday, Oct. 29, kids race at 9:30 a.m., adult race at 10 a.m., Lurgio Middle School, 47A Nashua Road, Bedford, $25 pre-race registration and $30 race-day registration, 674-9063, is a Halloween-themed 5K event with a costume parade and contest, a bouncy house, face-painting, pumpkin-decorating, raffles, snacks and much more.
Hopkinton Halloween Holler (Saturday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m., Harold Martin School, 271 Main St., Hopkinton, 746-2277, features a children's costume parade that will kick off in the school's parking lot, followed by games, prizes, crafts, s'mores, music, food for sale and much more.
The Haunting of Wilton (Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m., downtown Main Street, Wilton, $25 5K registration for adults, $10 for kids ages 12 and under, 654-3020, features a costumed 5K to benefit the Wilton Main Street Association and the Wilton Lyndeborough Coop Warriors Athletic Booster Club. Immediately following the race will be a full day of family-friendly spooky events beginning at noon, including trick-or-treating, pumpkin-carving, face-painting, a scavenger hunt, a movie screening at The Town Hall Theater and much more. Admission to most of these festivities is free.
“Not so Spooky” Storytime (Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m., Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, $5 for adults, $4 for veterans and seniors over 60 years old, $2.50 for youth ages 12 to 16, free for children under 12 and Museum members, 669-4820, features a selection of Halloween stories prepared by a special guest, followed by trick-or-treating throughout the Museum. Trick-or-treaters will be treated to not just candy but also aviation fun facts along their route.
Don’t miss the 22nd annual Portsmouth Halloween Parade on Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., which will kick off at Peirce Island by Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume as the parade walks, dances, trumpets and drums through downtown Portsmouth. The parade will march rain or shine, and no sign-up is required. Visit for more details. 

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