Salem Haunted Happenings welcomes monsters of all shapes and sizes to Salem, Massachusetts this October. Formally kicking off with the "movie monsters" themed Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 6, visitors can celebrate their little monsters during new "Wicked Wednesdays" family programs, visit Kirk Hammett's classic movie monster movie posters collection at the Peabody Essex Museum, and come face to face with little maritime "monsters" in Sea Shuttle's onboard aquarium. Dramatic favorites, including Spirits of the Gables, Tales & Tombstones Trolley Tours, and Cry Innocent, also return for another season. For complete information, visit the new HauntedHappenings.org.
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Hailed by USA Today as “extraordinary.” Experience the glow of 5,000 pumpkins carved into amazing works of art and set in a magical display during this night-time spectacular. A team of professional pumpkin carvers spends six weeks creating the trail, resulting in a truly breathtaking display. Feast your eyes on thousands of carved and illuminated pumpkins with hundreds of them depicting people, places, and scenes — all with painstaking detail and amazing intricacy!
The first day of this special weekend will open with an afternoon and early evening “Wine & Cheese Tasting” accompanied by music. Maine wine distributors will offer wines from around the world and Maine cheese makers will serve exciting pairings of specialty cheeses. ‘A BREWFEST TO REMEMBER’ will be held October 8. This event has been noted as “one of the spots not to miss” and one of the “top ten festivals in New England” by the national RV Magazine and New England brewery magazines, respectively.
Come to beautiful midcoast Maine for a celebration of all things pumpkin. This festival is a fun-packed week of events including a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta, pumpkin polo, and the Maine Pumpkin Growers Organization-sanctioned giant pumpkin weigh-off. There’s also pumpkin catapulting, a pumpkin drop, underwater pumpkin carving, a giant pumpkin parade, 60 giant pumpkins lining Damariscotta’s main street, and a pumpkin derby.
Fun for competitors and thousands of spectators alike, the Wife Carrying Championships receive international media attention each year. Teams from across the United States and Canada compete head-to-head for fame, fortune and a chance to compete at the World Championships in Finland. The origin of North American Wife Carrying Championship is based in Finnish history. The modernized wife carrying event is all in fun, and in reality, is a true test of physical strength, agility and teamwork between man and woman.
Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps at Loon Mountain during White Mountain Oktoberfest, presented by Harpoon Brewery! It’s an annual celebration of German food, drink, and culture. Timed to coincide with fall foliage season, enjoy beer, brats, and sauerkraut. With an Oompah-band providing the soundtrack to a stein-holding contest, keg toss, and kids’ activities, you’ll have an awesome time. Prost!