Halloween won’t be the same this year, with the Portsmouth Halloween Parade canceled due to the pandemic and trick-or-treating curtailed in several towns. But there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the city’s favorite holiday this weekend. Here are some of the highlights.
Center for Wildlife Trick or Treating
Though traditional trick-or-treating options are limited this year, the Center for Wildlife will offer a special trick-or-treating opportunity on its grounds at Mt. Agamenticus in Cape Neddick on Friday and Saturday. Guests are invited to wear their costumes as they meet wildlife ambassadors, collect treats, and compete in a spooky scavenger hunt. There are two sessions each day, from 4-4:45 p.m. and 5-5:45 p.m. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.
Freaky Friday with People Like You
Freewheeling, genre-bending, local psych-rock band People Like You will celebrate the eve of Halloween with an outdoor Freaky Friday concert at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Portland-based outfit Sal Johnson and The Crowded Table opens. Tickets are sold by the table ($30 for a table of four; $40 for a table of six) — and there are only a few tables remaining. For tickets and more information, click here.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” returns to the big screen at the Rochester Opera House for two nights — just in time for Halloween. Part of the Opera House’s fall film series, “Rocky Horror” will be screened on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. The movie follows sweethearts Brad and Janet and their musical adventures in the eerie mansion of transvestite scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.
SPC Halloween Costume Paddle
Though the parade is sadly canceled this year, you can still get in the Halloween spirit — and help raise money for next year’s parade — at the Seacoast Paddleboard Club’s fourth annual Halloween Costume Paddle & Contest. Any type of paddle craft is welcome to participate, departing from the Peirce Island boat ramp in Portsmouth at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Registration is $10. Learn more here.
Mad Haus: Halloween Homecoming
The heathens behind the Mad Haus series at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth invite guests to costume up and enjoy a hell of a show on Halloween night. The annual event normally follows the Portsmouth Halloween Parade but this year will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, both live in the theater and live-streaming from home. tickets are $12-$15 in the theater or $10 per viewer for the livestream. For more information, click here.
See the full calendar for more local events.