The Hippo


Jul 15, 2019








Treats for your eyes & ears
Halloween at the theater, cinema and art center

By Kelly Sennott

 Ghosts, vampires and haunted houses have been inspiring art for centuries. You can get a taste of this at a variety of New Hampshire events, from haunted ghost stories and performances to screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Scary stories
Author Roxie Zwicker is extremely busy during the Halloween season, with a number of spooky tours planned in Portsmouth. One is her Legends, Ghosts and Graves Tour, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. The tour begins at North Church, 2 Congress St., Portsmouth, and visitors will hear spirited tales and visit haunted historic locations. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for kids younger than 12. If you can’t make this one, she also hosts the Historic Portsmouth Legends and Ghost Walk Friday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.; the Shadows and Stones Cemetery Tour Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.; and The Wicked Haunted Waterfront Tour Thursday, Oct. 20, and Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended for all events; visit
A family-friendly Halloween event, Ghosts on the Banke, is Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Strawbery Banke (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, 433-1100, Community members will bring long-dead sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers and wayward pirates back to life with spooky plays, skits and interactive improvisation throughout the evening. Tickets are $8. 
On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., Linda Kepner visits the Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, to talk about her latest vampire tale, Vampires and Magicians, the fourth in a series. Visit or call 924-3543.
Spooky shows
Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600, hosts its annual “movie magic event,” as described on its website, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets include prop bags,  pre-screening events and a costume contest. Screenings are Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. The Hooksett and Merrimack Cinemagic locations (1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett; 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack) also host a screening on Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 p.m.; tickets are $7.60 to $15.50 depending on ticket type and time. Visit
It’s not exactly scary, but there’s some magical stuff that happens in Willy Wonka, performed by the Peacock Players this October at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua. This weekend, showtimes are Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets, $10 to $17, at or call 886-7000.
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, presents Stranger Than Fiction: Masters of Horror Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. The improv group will present two original shows based on works by horror fiction writers Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. Tickets are $12, $10 for students. Visit A few days later, the Rep hosts a Scare-i-oke! Throwdown! Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10. Visit or call 433-4472.
Cinemagic (11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, and 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth) will be screening Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 film The Shining on Wed., Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The film is based on the critically acclaimed Stephen King novel and starrs Jack Nicholson as an alcoholic and struggling writer who serves as the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel.
All three locations will also be screening a Rifftrax version of the 1962 film Carnival of Souls, Thurs., Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. The Portsmouth location will be screening the 1992 fantasy film Army of Darkness, also on Thurs., Oct. 27, 8 p.m. 
The Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester, 335-1992, hosts the multimedia rock musical The Rocky Horror Show on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. The production features shadow acting with the original film combined with live music and a 15-person cast, according to the website. Tickets $16 to $20.
The Kimball Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St., Concord,, 225-3932) hosts a Haunted Mansion Masquerade on Friday, Oct. 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Take mansion tours and costumed photos and enjoy DJ entertainment, a cash bar and door prizes. Tickets are $25 for this 21-plus event. Visit 


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