Spooky fun for the whole family abounds this weekend in Maine

Posted Oct. 28, 2009, at 5:23 p.m.

Lucky for little monsters and big monsters alike, Halloween this year falls on a Saturday — meaning that most everyone’s got the day off, meaning that everyone gets to celebrate. Here’s a by-no-means complete list of some Halloween activities for this weekend, both traditional and unusual.

It’s just a jump to the left: A contemporary Halloween tradition is to show “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on or around the big day. Three theaters in eastern Maine will show the fabulously campy classic, complete with costumes and props. The Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft will host four showings, at 8 p.m. and midnight Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. Admission is $8, $6 if you come in costume. The Alamo Theatre in Bucksport will also show the movie (for those 18 and older) at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; admission is $10. Finally, the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor will do the time warp again, with a party starting at 9 p.m. and the movie at 10 on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for costumes; admission is $10, $7 with costume.

It was a graveyard smash: You’re all done up in your costume; what are you going to do next? If dancing is more your style, there are several options for groovy ghoulies. The Eastport Arts Center will host a Halloween Contra Dance, starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Costumes are encouraged, and music will be provided by the group Keltic Schmeltic, with caller Alan Furth. Admission is $6. If you’re more into ballroom dancing, Downeast Dancers will host a Halloween Dance, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Trenton Grange Hall. Jazz group the Delta Knights Band will perform, and many kinds of dance are encouraged.

Babes in the woods: For something that’s both spooky and educational, check out the collaboration between the Fields Pond Audubon Center and the Curran Homestead Living History Farm. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the two centers, located across the road from one another on Fields Pond Road on the Holden-Orrington town line, will host an educational Halloween party. A presentation on bats and bat lore and a costume contest will be offered at Fields Pond, while live owls from Birdsacre, apple cider, an outdoor maze and games are on the schedule at the Curran Homestead. Admission is $10 per child or $20 for a family.

That same day, the Merryspring Nature Center in Camden will host its eighth annual All Hallow’s Eve Walk, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the center on Conway Road. Visitors can wind their ways quietly through the candlelit gardens and trails to catch glimpses of princesses, gnomes, knights, dragons and other enchanted characters. The walk is free, and intended for children under 9.

Thriller tonight: What Halloween would be complete without a haunted house? Except this year, there aren’t just houses, but hayrides, barns and whole state parks filled to the brim with ghosts, zombies and vampires. There’s the spectacular, regionally renowned Fright at the Fort, set for 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Fort Knox State Park. For its 10th anniversary, Friends of Fort Knox have outdone themselves — it’s not to be missed. Admission is $5, and is intended for older children. Also this weekend, and just as beloved as the Fright at the Fort, is the annual Kenduskeag Haunted House set for 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and 8 until midnight Saturday at Galen Cole Memorial Field on 536 Kenduskeag Levant Road. Admission is $5, also not intended for young children. Which one takes the cake for scariest haunting around? You be the judge.

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