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Eastport Celebrates Halloween with the First Annual Witches of Eastport Festival

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The first annual Witches of Eastport Festival, a family celebrations of Halloween, will be held October 25th and 26th in downtown Eastport. The festivities kick off with a seated 4-course dinner on Friday night at the WaCo Diner. The Hallow’s Eve Harvest will feature ghost author Cathy Cook and ghost communicator Annette Parlin who will regale diners with true stories of ghostly experiences in Eastport. The menu will be entrees comprised of foodstuffs from local growers, showcasing the bounty available in Washington County.

Saturday brings a full day of activities under the tents downtown. Beginning at 11am, musicians will be playing all day through the evening hours. Washington County cooks and bakers will be selling pumpkin and Halloween inspired treats throughout the day. Residences and commercial window fronts will be decorated for the celebration.

Two pumpkin themed contests are hoping to attract participants of all ages. Entries in a pumpkin decorating contest will be on display for public voting. Trophies are awarded for best in show, scariest, most original and best glow in the dark. A pumpkin cook-off catering to home grown chefs is open to all. Bring any pumpkin dish to participate. Local restaurant chefs/owners will judge and trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Eastport authors of note will be signing books from 11am to noon. Mystery writer Sarah Graves, author of the HOME REPAIR IS HOMICIDE series, will be on hand to sign copies of her books available at Wadsworth’s. Cathy Cook, author of HAUNTINGS FROM WAYNE AND BEYOND will be joined by medium/clairvoyant Annette Parlin. Annette Parlin will be doing 15 minute readings for $15 at 76 Water Street from 10am to 12 noon, and 1pm to 3pm on Saturday. Please contact her directly at to schedule or stop by the book signing to sign up.

An area will be decicated to Halloween games for kids: apple bobbing, pumpkin bowling with ghost pins, build a scarecrow races, ghostly goo making, pass the pumpkin, pumpkin seed spitting, pie eating contests and wrap the mummy will run continuously throughout the afternoon. Everyone wins a prize! Franny Segien will be painting faces and giving temporary tattoos.

The Eastport Pumpkin Derby will race down Dana Street(3 pm). Racers will craft a pumpkin with 2 independent axels and 4 wheels….no motors. Pumpkins are powered by gravity and the fastest wins the first derby trophy. Stop by the EACC office in downtown Eastport to see a racer for inspiration and read the race rules. Derby winners will be awarded crazed pumpkin medallions. Start designing your racer now!

A costume parade (4pm) will start at the post office and finish up at the Tides Institue. Judges will vote for best in categories (Child, Teen, Adult, Couple and Pet) as participants pass by Overlook Park. Category 1st place winners take home a Witches of Eastport Trophy. 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive medallions.

A community trick or treat will take place on Water Street (4:40-5:30). Beginning at the South Street Greenhouse with Sally Erickson sharing healthy treats and wind up at 189 Water Street, the home of Leslie and David Aren’s. The Aren’s are known to Eastporters for their flaming pumpkins wall displayed annually. 5000 lbs of pumpkins will be delivered to their lawn the week of october 20th. They invite everyone to participate. Come to their home and take a pumpkin to carve for the display. Simply return it by Thursday the 24th and you’ll be a part of this honored tradition.

The Coast guard, under the command of Chief Austin Olmstead, is, once again sponsoring a haunted house experience, one for the younger kids and then a full blown scare fest for older kids and adults. It’s free of charge, but donations will be graciously accepted for PAWS in Calais.

Haunted walking tours will depart from downtown at 6 and 7pm. We’ll be sharing the stories gathered by CAthy Cook and Annette Parlin. If you have a ghost story you’d like to share, please contact Lisa at Sweeties Downeast, 853-3120, or email

The festivities wind down with a Monster Mash under the tents. come and learn the steps to Thriller with Brenda Moore Mitchell. Zombie attire is encouraged. Reagan Moore will be DJ with a Halloween themed playlist. The dance is free for all and runs until 9pm.

This event is being sponsored by the Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce. They would like to expand this event next year to include the communities of Lubec and Calais. Trophies and prizes have been donated by the Eastport Youth Center. Come to the inaugural festival so you can claim that you were there at the beginning of this, soon to be famous, Downeast event. More details are on display in the EACC office window located at 60 Water Street.