October 27, 2011

Where to scare up some good Halloween fun

Original Haunted Hayrides, Scarborough Downs Road, Scarborough. $13; $9 ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and under (cash only). 885-5935; hauntedhayridesmaine.com 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and Sunday; until 9:30 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Walk Among the Shadows IV: Souls At Sea, hear tales of long-dead residents inside the oldest resting place in Portland, Eastern Cemetery, Congress Street, Portland. $10; $5 under age 12. spiritsalive.org. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; tours leave every 15 minutes.

Destination Haunt, explore the Twilight Trail, the Buried Alive Cemetery, the Execution Center and the Lebanon Laboratory during this creepy walking tour, 249 Lord Road, Lebanon. $15 (cash only); not recommended for children under 13. destinationhaunt.com. 7 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday; 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Wicked Walking Tours, learn about Portland's dark legends and ghostly tales during a twisted tour through the Old Port, meet at Bell Buoy Park near Casco Bay Lines, Portland. $15; reservations required. wickedwalkingtours.com. 8 p.m. today to Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Monday. "The Raven, Ghouls and Renewal: Pagan Poems and Stories for Halloween," join Poets Theater of Maine and channel the pagan spirit of Samhain for a night of Halloween stories and dramatic performances, Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $7; $4 students and seniors. 233-4965. 7:30 p.m. today.

Dark Follies presents "The Spirit of Vaudeville," troupe offers up a wild Halloween ride filled with dancing witches and sneaky black cats, Lucid Stage, Portland. $10 in advance; $12 at door. lucidstage.com. 8 p.m. today to Saturday.

Spine Tingling Tales, for grades three and up, Scarborough Public Library. Free. 883-4723. 6 p.m. today.

Halloween Party, best dog costume, trick or treat and spookiest howl contests, Planet Dog Company Store, Portland. Free. 347-8606. 6 to 7:30 p.m. today.

Halloween Party and Ghost Tour, watch the "Moon Witch" show, enjoy free food and tour the spooky gallery, Southworth Planetarium, USM Campus, Portland. $5; $1 for those in costume. usm.maine.edu/planet. 6:15, 6:45 and 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Third Annual Ghost Hour, ghost stories and tales of horror read by local actors in the darkened dome, USM Southworth Planetarium, Portland. $5. 780-4249. 8 p.m. Friday.

"Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror," 1922 silent film with live music, Community House, Kennebunkport. $5. rivertreearts.org. 7 p.m. Friday.

Halloween Dance Event, dance shows, social dancing and costume contest, Avant Dance & Event Center, Westbrook. $15 to $20. 899-4211. 8 p.m. Friday.

Fifth Annual Haunted House, benefit for Gorham-based youth groups; not recommended for children under 5; children under 10 require adult supervision; First Parish Congregational Church, Gorham. $4, $6. 450-1815. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Moonlight Corn Maze, tackle the labyrinth with only the light of the moon to guide you, Pumpkin Valley Farm, Dayton. $8. pumpkinvalleyfarm.com. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The Haunting, explore a 42-room seminary and encounter visitors from beyond, Parsonsfield Seminary, North Parsonsfield. $10; $5 ages 12 and under. 793-8825. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Gauntlet, take your chances on the Gauntlet Night Ride of Horror or opt for the Big Corn Maze Night Adventure, Harvest Hill Farms, Mechanic Falls. $15 for Night Ride of Horror (not recommend for ages 12 and under); $6 Big Corn Maze; $19 for both. harvesthillfarms.com/Gauntlet.html. Dark to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Halloween Ha Ha, with comedians George Hamm, Karen Morgan, Kate Ghiloni and Quinn Collins; benefits Cancer Community Center; USM Abromson Center, Portland. $25 and $35. cancercommunitycenter.org. 8 p.m. Friday.

"Phantom of the Opera" with the Kotzschmar, watch the classic 1925 silent film accompanied by organist Scott Foppaino; the Portland Ballet performs "Danse Macabre" before the film; Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $18. tickets.porttix.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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