Put together by Jennifer Leese
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Get in the "spirit" and come out for some interesting and true stories from our own backyard. Below are a few "Halloween Happenings" throughout the area.
On Thursday, October 27 at 7PM The Jonathan Hager House and Museum will be hosting their yearly lecture entitled "Witchcraft!" Learn the history of witchcraft in the Hagerstown area. The witchcraft hysteria was not just limited to Salem. Come find out how. Learn about witches in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. This event is free. The Jonathan Hager House and Museum is located in the City Park Hagerstown. For more information visit www.hagerhouse.org.
Friday, October 28 from 6-8PM, Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Rd, Hagerstown is holding a Trunk or Treat for the children of the church and the children of the neighborhood. The event will take place in the parking lot of the church. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy!
Be a part of the Charles Town Ghost Tours Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29. The tour features thirteen stops and the authentic, documented tales of more than a hundred lively spirits. Each tour lasts about two hours. Comfortable shoes and flashlights are recommended. Tour begins at 7:30PM in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse, located at 100 E. Washington Street in Charles Town. Tickets are $10; $5 for children under 12. Not recommended for small children. For reservations call 304-724-6741.
On Saturday, October 29 from 5 to midnight in Sharpsburg, MD join local enthusiasts for a night of celebration this Halloween - 1806's style. Dress in period attire, your Halloween costume, or come as you are. A Civil War re-enactment will take place at dusk and ensue across the field. Go back in time with a local storyteller who will recount area lore and hauntings by the bonfire. After dark, teams of Belgian draft horses will pull wagon tours through the south fields, guided by only lit torches. "The Whiskey Rebellion" will perform and there will be concession foods, beer and wine service, local artisans, live music and lots to see and do. Camping is welcome! Admission costs $10; kids under 10 are free. No outside alcohol permitted. No dogs allowed. Green Hill Farm is located at 5329 Mondell Road, Sharpsburg. For more information visit www.ghfarm.webs.com; call Erin at 304-279-0016, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests will be allowed to tour the Apollo Civic Theatre on Oct. 29 from 7-11PM. Children thirteen and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Food vendors and childcare is provided. Tickets are $10 and are sold at the door. Apollo Civic Theatre is located at 128 E. Martin Street in Martinsburg. For more information call 304-263-6766 or go to www.apolloween.com.
Also on Saturday, October 29, visit the Hagerstown City Farmer's Market for their Pumpkin Art Appreciation Day celebration. Free pumpkins are given to the first 150 children. There will also be Pumpkin and gourd art demonstrations from 8:30-11:30AM. Trick-or-Treat with participating vendors will take place between the hours of 9 and 11AM. The Hagerstown City Farmer's Market is located at 25 W. Church Street. Call 301-739-8393, ext. 190 for more information.
In the evening take the family and watch the Alsatia's Mummers Parade starting at 6PM from the 600 block of N. Potomac Street to the 600 block of S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown. This longtime fall traditional parade features local floats, bands and individual costumed mummers. Purchase tickets from The Maryland Theatre for $10, chairs along the parade route or get bleacher seats at Bester Elementary School for $5. Anyone may stand and watch the parade at no charge. Call 301-739-2044 for more information.
On Sunday, October 30 join the town of Williamsport for their annual Haunted Williamsport History Walk between 6 and 8:30PM. The tour takes you around the town. Call 301-223-7711 to participate and to receive more information.
Way Off Broadway, in association with Stocking Productions, will bring the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Show" to the stage Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8PM, and Monday, Oct. 31 at 9PM. "The Rocky Horror Show" was written by Richard O'Brien and first premiered in London in 1973 and went on to spin off a movie adaptation in 1975 starring Tim Curry as Frank N Furter, Susan Sarandon as Janet and Barry Bostwick as Brad. Since then, O'Brien's show has become a cult phenomenon spurring productions on Broadway and around the globe. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by visiting the theatre or calling the Box Office at 301-662-6600. For more information, visit www.wayoffbroadway.com.
Hear the "clank" of ringers and the "cackling" crowd as you participate in the Halloween Horseshoe Classic, Saturday, October 29, at Pangborn Park. Ghosts and Goblins will rack up points in this Halloween twist on the classic outdoor game. The double elimination style horseshoe tournament is open to singles and doubles, registration begins at 9AM, with the first shoe at 10AM. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams with games and awards following the tournament. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. Come on out and enjoy a day full of fall fun in beautiful Pangborn Park! Tournament registration is $5 for singles and $10 for teams. All proceeds benefit improvements and expansion of recreational opportunities. For more information or to register for the tournament please call 301-739-8577 ext.180 or e-mail email@example.com.
Join enthusiasts for this year's Haunted Hager House Tours Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31. Come and find out if the legends are true. Does the woman in Victorian dress still roam the upstairs hallways? Is Jonathan Hager still protecting his house and family inside? Stories come from previous staff and visitors to the Hager House. "All the stories are true things; nothing has been made up," said John Bryan historic sites facilitator. "There are stories for each room in the Hager House from the attic to the basement." Reservations are required for this tour. Tours are 7 & 8PM. The Jonathan Hager House and Museum is located in the City Park Hagerstown. Call 301-739-8393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
Get out there and Enjoy Halloween!