October 24, 2013

Halloween events in Maine always a treat

Move over, kids - Halloween is for adults too, whether your tastes run more to kicking up your heels on a wine and chocolate walk or to getting scared witless in the woods.

By Shannon Bryan sbryan@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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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

IF YOU’D RATHER HUNT GHOSTS THAN BE HUNTED BY THEM

Midnight Explore Ghost Hunt

9 p.m. to midnight Saturday

Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath

$35

www.mysteriousdestinations.com

Some people wait for ghosts to find them. But proactive ghost fans take matters in their own hands (with a little help from an EMF detector, audio recorder and infrared thermometer). During the Midnight Explore Ghost Hunt, you’ll have a chance to scout for specters inside the Gothic Revival-styled Winter Street Center. The building, which was formerly a church, boasts three floors of documented paranormal activity, including darting “orbs” that were caught on camera and reports of a “playful, child-like spirit” in the basement. Attendees will even learn how to use paranormal detection and equipment. Here’s hoping you find them before they find you. Advanced registration for this event is required.

IF ‘TRICK OR TREAT’ TRANSLATES TO ‘CHOCOLATE AND WINE’

A Halloween Wine Walk in The Old Port

6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31

Starting restaurant TBA

$45 in advance/$50 day of, if available

winewiseevents.com

On Halloween night, even we grownups still appreciate dressing up in costume and diving into a pile of chocolate. Except we’d also like to dive into some wine, too. The Halloween Wine Walk is a walking tour through Portland that will focus on wine and chocolate pairings at each restaurant stop.

IF YOU STILL WANT TO GO DOOR TO DOOR FOR YOUR TREATS

Old Port Halloween Pub Crawl

8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 31

Starting at Bucks Naked BBQ, 50 Wharf St., Portland

$5

portsportsmaine.com

Go door to door for treats, just like you did when you were a kid. But instead of hitting up the neighbors’ houses, hit up the neighborhood bars. The Halloween Pub Crawl, put on by the folks at PortSports, makes stops at four Old Port watering holes: Buck’s Naked BBQ, Rivalries, Brian Boru and Oasis. There will be prizes and surprises, too. And remember: Drink responsibly. Your mom never let you eat all your Halloween candy in one night, and she was a smart lady. Moderation!

IF YOU LOVE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Q97.9 Q-Ball Halloween Bash

9 p.m. Oct. 31

Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland

$9.79 in advance, $15 day of

www.wjbq.com

Halloween costumes are grand on their own (The creativity! The ingeniousness! The freakishly realistic blood spatter!) but a costume than can win you cash? That’s something special. More than $1,000 is available for the winning during Q97.9’s annual Q Ball. You’ll have to dress to impress, of course. And everyone who walks through the Asylum doors will be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Justin Timberlake at the TD Garden on Feb. 27. JT!

Shannon Bryan is a content producer for MaineToday.com. She can be contacted at:sbryan@mainetoday.com

 

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