The moon is full and the end of October is near—time to get ready for spooky fun in the Lakes Region! The next two weeks are packed with events that celebrate the late harvest and Halloween, with creative activities for folks of all ages, from toddlers to elders, and everyone in between! Here is just a sampling of some of the haunted happenings…
Tonight is the Spooky Palooza at Crackleberries Garden & Gift Center in Meredith. From 6 –8pm, visit the ghoulish garden, where you will wander through 14 stations of knee-quivering, spine-tingling, toe-curling fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult, and parking is available across the street at the Meredith Police Department.
This weekend marks the end of the M/S Mount Washington’s Scenic and Fall Foliage Cruises. The boat cruises from Weirs Beach daily at 10am and 12:30pm and from Wolfeboro at 11:15am through Saturday, October 19th. This is your last chance to see the beautiful fall foliage from the expansive views of Lake Winnipesaukee! The schedule is subject to change depending on ticket sales, so please call ahead: 603-366-5531.
Don’t miss the 2nd annual Zombie Walk and Monster Mash DJ’d Dance on Saturday, October 19th from 4pm –10pm. This creepy showcase starts at Prescott Park, next to the Community Center on Daniel Webster Highway. Join hundreds of other zombies at 4:00 and get ready to walk, stumble, and shuffle! The parade leaves Prescott Park by 4:30 and invades the streets of Meredith as it makes its way up to Community Park on Main Street, where a panel of judges will decide the winning costumes. Then dance the night away with a dance party with DJ. For more information, please email Batgirlnh911@yahoo.com or email@example.com.
There’s a brand new event this year: The 1st annual Meredith Bay Trick or Trot 5K, taking place on Saturday, October 26th. The event starts at Hesky Park on Meredith Bay and includes a kids race and two adult challenges. The Spooky Sprint is a ¼-mile kids race starting at 9:00, and for the 5K race, walkers start at 9:15 and runners start at 9:30. There will be prizes for winners of the races as well as for costumes. Drop off a non-perishable item at Ben & Jerry’s and get a free scoop of ice cream! Registration begins at 8:15 the morning of the event. The participation fee is $25 and all proceeds go to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry. For more information and early registration, visit www.meredithbaytrickortrot.com.
The Fall Family Halloween Bash will also take place on Saturday, October 26th, from 5 –8pm at the Meredith Community Center. Bring the kids for some spooky fun, family costume contests, a climbing wall, piñata, creepy grab, and much more! Refreshments will be available to enjoy, as well. Admission is $5/person or $10/family. For more information, please call 279-8197.
The biggest costume ball in New Hampshire is the Halloween Masquerade Ball aboard the M/S Mount Washington. This 21+ party cruises from Weirs Beach on Saturday, October 26th from 7 – 10 pm. Enjoy a night of dining, dancing, and fun on Lake Winnipesaukee! There will be a costume competition with lots of prizes, including an overnight stay at Mill Falls at the Lake, Dinner Cruise tickets for the 2014 season, and Brunch Cruise tickets. Admission for the Ball includes live entertainment and a buffet dinner. Please visit www.cruisenh.com for more information or to buy tickets.
Swing by Mill Falls at the Lake to catch a glimpse of the Cool and Creepy Carved Creations, on display Tuesday–Thursday, October 29th – 31st. Wander through Church Landing on one of these chilly October evenings and view all the creepy, cool, and original carved creations by the Mill Falls staff. For details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These events just barely scratch the surface of all the fun that’s happening in Meredith this month! To see the full schedule, including a Great Pumpkin Drop, a Halloween Movie Marathon, and a Jack-O-Lantern BBQ, please check out The Greater Meredith Program at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.
The Mill Falls Blogging Team
photo courtesy of the M/S Mount Washington