Thursday, December 5, 2013
By Shannon Bryan email@example.com
From candy to cocktails, M&Ms to Malbec, Halloween is different as an adult. The importance of wearing a costume-to-beat-all-costumes hasn’t faded over the years, except as an adult you have more freedom to incorporate things like pyrotechnics, realistically oozing flesh wounds, satanic references and/or cleavage – depending on your creative vision. And instead of cowering under the covers at the slightest late-night creak, you’ll fearlessly hunt down the local ghosts (in forts, in fields, in historic churches) and you’ll only scream a little.
Ghouls come out of the dark to scare riders on the Haunted Hayride in Scarborough in 2011.
File photo by Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer
And sure, you’ll still seek out the treats, except instead of binging on a discount bag of hardened Tootsie Rolls like you did when you were a kid, you’ll get your sweets from the fancy places (and yeah, OK, still probably eat the Tootsie Rolls, too). And you’ll pair those sweets with wine, dagnabbit, because you’re a grownup and ain’t nobody the boss of you!
IF YOU PREFER YOUR ZOMBIES OVERHEAD
• Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk And Zip Lining Zombies
6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1
Take Flight Aerial Adventures, 506 Route 1, Kittery
There won’t be any expensive animatronic monsters at the Night Terrors Haunted Woods Walk. The scary stuff – and boy, there will be scary stuff – is made from a simple concoction of lights, makeup and enthusiastically scary volunteers. This annual event used to take place in Steve Workman’s yard, but now it’s moved to a bigger space where the woods have a naturally haunted feel and the overhead zip lines are perfect for aerial zombies.
IF YOU THINK A FORT WILL PROTECT YOU (IT WON’T)
• Fright at the Fort
5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Fort Knox, 740 Fort Knox Road, Prospect
$10/$5 for 12 and under; express tickets $12/$7 for 12 and under
Who knows what’s happened inside Fort Knox since it was established in 1844. There’s bound to be a whole host of specters hanging out there. And you’ll likely run into most of them during Fright at the Fort. Add that to the fact that Fort Knox, with its dark recesses and old archways, is inherently eerie anyway, never mind the hungry undead who’ll certainly be happy to see you there.
IF YOU PREFER TO SCREAM IN THE OPEN (OR IF YOU’RE NATURALLY TERRIFIED BY TEAM SPORTS)
• Field of Screams Haunted Hayride
Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday
Old Orchard Beach Ballpark, Emerson Cummings Blvd., Old Orchard Beach
$13, $18 to jump to the front of the line
Let me set it up for you: A girl went missing from a baseball game. You’re going to help find her on this haunted hayride séance with the help of a medium guide who will talk to the local spirits in an effort to locate the missing kid. And there’s no telling who or what else you might find along the way. Probably scary stuff. This isn’t your typical trip to the baseball field.
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL GHOSTS (YOU COULD BE BESTIES!)
• Spirits Alive “Walk Among the Shadows”
6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday
Eastern Cemetery, Congress Street, Portland
$10, $5 for 12 and under
It’s hard to get to know a ghost. Most are rather quiet types, only revealing themselves sporadically. They’d rather spend an evening knocking over kitchen chairs and slamming attic doors than talking to you about life...or the afterlife. But during Walk Among the Shadows, cemetery residents come to life to tell you their strange tales. And against the cemetery setting, it can be an eerie, yet altogether enlightening, experience.
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