The Hippo


Apr 18, 2019








Halloween at the mall

Join the Mall at Rockingham Park (99 Rockingham Park Blvd., Salem) on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for the annual Boo Bash. Come in costume at the court area near Lord & Taylor for pumpkin painting, a photo booth, retailer activations, crafts and coloring sheets, candy giveaways, games and more. Visit or call the mall at 894-5526.
Visit the Tanger Outlets (120 Laconia Road, Tilton) on Friday, Oct. 27, to receive special treats at any participating stores beginning at 5:30 p.m. Each store participating will have decal on their doors. Visit or call 286-7880.
Join the Merrimack Premium Outlets (80 Premium Outlets Blvd.) for its Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 28. Master sculptor Greg Grady will be sculpting pumpkins live, and costumed children under the age of 12 can also enjoy trick-or-treating at any participating stores. A Halloween-themed photo booth and complimentary Halloween-themed crafts are some of the other features of the event. Visit or call 424-0050.
Celebrate Halloween at the Pheasant Lane Mall (310 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua) during the Halloween Boo Bash on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., which is being held on the Level 1 court area between Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Come in costume and enjoy candy, coloring, crafts, raffles and more. Visit or call the mall at 888-0005.
Come to the Mall of New Hampshire (1500 S. Willow St., Manchester) in costume on Monday, Oct. 30, for the Halloween Boo Bash for candy, games and more. Visit or call the mall at 669-0434.

Scares keep out
Halloween fun for the whole family

By Ethan Hogan

 This month you’ll have the chance to walk with zombies and listen to stories told by witches at events held in the spirit of Halloween. The not-so-scary events are a great chance to get the whole family ready for the sweetest holiday.

Join the Brentwood Boo Bash! (Friday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., Mary E. Bartlett Library, 22 Dalton Road, Brentwood, for Halloween games and activities. At 5:45 p.m. there will be a costume parade contest. Enjoy refreshments, a fire truck display, games, crafts and s’mores. Admission is free.
The Concord Haunted Hunt (Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon to 3:30 p.m., 107 N. Main St.,
Concord, is an urban scavenger hunt through downtown Concord. Participants compete around the city in a timed hunt featuring clue-solving, selfie-taking and costumes. Advance registration tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per child, and children under 5 get in free. Check-in is at noon and the hunt starts at 1 p.m. Prizes for the highest scorers are given at 3 p.m. The hunt starts and ends at the Statehouse lawn.
The Storybook Halloween Hayride (Saturday, Oct., 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 20 Orchard Way, Lee, 868-2111, at DeMeritt Hill Farm is designed for children to enjoy enchanted stories while on a hayride. The ride goes through the nature trails and orchards of the farm and lasts 30 to 40 minutes. After the hayride, each child will receive Halloween goodies and a pumpkin followed by face painting and a story read by Mother Goose. Admission is $13.50 per child, $5 per adult. 
Go to the Charmingfare Farm’s Children’s Trick-or-Treat (Saturday, Oct. 21, Sunday, Oct. 22, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 774 High St., Candia, 483-5623, and take part in a Halloween experience for young ghouls who are not looking to get scared but still want a fun-filled adventure. There are six merry, not scary attractions including a horse-drawn hayride, a barnyard village stroll with trick-or-treating and a scarecrow corn maze. Tickets are $19.
The Haunted House Paint Night (Sunday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., 92 Cluff Crossing Road, No. 4, Salem, at the Coffee Factory is for all ages and features a night of spooky haunted house painting. Participants will each paint their own version of a spooky haunted house. Tickets are $25.
The 25th Annual Merrimack Halloween Party (Friday, Oct., 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., 116 Naticook Road, Merrimack, 882-1046, will be at Wasserman Park and will feature an evening of Halloween-themed food, carnival games, face painting, pumpkin carving demonstrations, crafts and more entertainment including a screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and a not-so-scary storytelling.
The annual Canvas Roadshow Halloween Party (Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., 25 S. River Road, Bedford, will be held at the art studio’s new location in Bedford. The not so spooky Halloween art party will have painting activities for families, and painters are encouraged to paint in their costumes if they want. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $22.
Take a walk with the Canterbury Shaker Village Ghost Encounters (Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 8 p.m., 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511, and experience a tour of the 200-year-old village while a guide tells you about the ground’s experience with spiritualism. Trick-or-treat or play Halloween-themed activities throughout the village. Bring your costume and enter the costume pageant, where prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 to 17.
Take part in the Hopkinton Halloween Holler (Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m., 41 Houston Drive, Hopkinton, 746-8263, for a day of costumes and dogs at the Hopkinton Recreation Department. There will be a kids’ costume parade at 10:30 a.m. starting at the Hopkinton Middle School and heading down Main Street. After the race, there will be games, crafts, s’mores over the fire and food. Registration for the dog costume parade is at 10:15 a.m.  
Hayward’s Ice Cream (Sunday, Oct. 29, from noon to 4 p.m., 7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4663, will be giving a free scoop of ice cream to kids in costume as part of their last day of the season. 
The Portsmouth Parade (Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., Peirce Island by Prescott Park, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth, has hundreds of costumed participants marching through downtown Portsmouth. The grassroots event has been organized by the community and features hundreds of costumed characters marching together in themed groups or alone in unique outfits. Everyone in a costume is encouraged to participate but the parade is also enjoyable from the sidelines. 

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