On The Job – Chris Cote

Exterior and garage door specialist

Chris Cote is the owner and operator of C & W Doors, an exterior and garage door repair, maintenance and installation service based in Warner.

Explain your job and what it entails.
I do installs in the morning and service later in the day, while also juggling sales. … For a typical install, first, I usually remove the old door and existing tracks and springs. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to remove the old door. Then I prep the new panels with the hinges and rollers, and then I set my tracks to about a half inch of spacing from the side of the end hinge to the side of the roller, so that when the door starts rolling with the electric operator, it stays in a nice straight line and there’s no bouncing or clunking. Once the tracks are set and the door is stacked off, I move to the torsion spring assembly, which is the assembly that lifts the door. The torsion spring is calibrated for the height and weight of the door. … Then I go back to hang the horizontal track with the half-inch spacing again so that no rollers can ever fall out onto you or your car.

How long have you had this job?
I’ve been installing garage doors for 13 years now, and I started my own business doing so in June 2022.

What led you to this career field and your current job?
I was working second shift at a building supplier, and my wife told me she was pregnant, so I had to find a regular day job.

What kind of education or training did you need?
I got onsite training for 30 days, then was thrown to the wolves.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?
Casual attire, with safety boots.

How has your job changed over the course of the pandemic?
The garage door business took a 300-percent increase in the first six months of the pandemic. Once the dust settled, companies saw how people were still able to afford new garage doors, so now a lot of companies [charge] a 100- to 200-percent increase just [because they can].

What do you wish other people knew about your job?
It’s physically demanding and [requires] long days. We door guys are always saying, ‘It should have been done last week.’

What was the first job you ever had?
I worked at a dairy farm as a farmhand. That’s where I learned my mechanical skills and how to use heavy equipment.

What is the best piece of work-related advice you have ever received?
Owning a small business is like a wheelbarrow — you get out of it what you put into it.

Five favorites

Favorite book:
White Fang by Jack London
Favorite movie: The Other Guys
Favorite music: ’90s rock
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite thing about NH: Fishing and hunting seasons

Featured photo: Chris Cote. Courtesy photo.

Treasure Hunt 22/10/20

Dear Donna,
Do you know anything about values on Beanie Babies? I have several older ones. My daughter informed me they could be valuable. Thanks for your help.

Dear Susan,
I get lots of inquiries on this subject. I don’t know much about Beanie Babies, other than that my girls had them as well. They really don’t go into the antiques market. They do, however, have quite a collectible market.
What I can say to you, Susan, is research them. I think online would be fastest, but be very careful. Even though ones like your bear can all look the same, they are not! Also it seems like the higher values are for the ones that are unplayed with, with original tags, or made with errors.
I was amazed at some of the values I found out there! Crazy money for something mass-produced. So as I said, Susan, take time and look at each one. You might have yourself a treasure!

Kiddie Pool 22/10/20

Family fun for the weekend

Bookstore craft
• Head to Bookery (844 Elm St., Manchester) for a fun and exciting story and craft time called Renaissance Kids on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. The story will teach kids about fun and interesting chemical reactions, and the craft will have kids seeing some of those reactions with their own eyes. While the event is free to attend, it does require registration. Visit bookerymht.com for more information and to register.

Cooking outside
• Parents and kids can learn all about the delicious herbal remedy called fire cider at the Kid’s Fire Cider Course on Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon at the Plaistow Town Forest (Main Street). In addition to learning about the nutritious tonic, kids will have the ability to control how spicy the fire cider gets and get to gather wild herbs for their concoctions. This event is recommended for kids ages 5 to 14. Parents will need to bring a knife and a cutting board, and everything else is provided. Tickets cost $35 and can be bought on the allevents website.

Museum fun
• Join the Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury) to experience how people lived in the village in the Let There Be Light: Natural Illumination event on Friday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is removing the special protective UV filters that cover the windows of the buildings so guests can experience the historic sights the same way that members of the Shakers did. Tickets for this event are $100 per person and can be bought at shakers.org.

• Travel down the rabbit hole with the students at the Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts in their performance of Wonderland running Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Majestic Theatre (880 Page St., Manchester). Shows begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The show is a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, where Alice meets old familiar characters and a host of new ones. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and above, and $10 for youth 17 and under. Tickets can be bought at the door or at majestictheatre.net.
• Epping Community Theatre is doing Shrek the Musical from Friday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30, with 7 p.m. shows and 2 p.m. matinees. The musical follows an ogre named Shrek and how he is hired to save a cursed princess with the help of his loyal steed, a donkey named Donkey. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $15 for children. More information is available at eppingtheater.org.

Garlic: a virtually work-free crop

Back in the 1980s the Dartmouth Film Department showed a film by Les Blank called Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers. It was shown in “Smell-o-Rama.” Cooking garlic smells were mysteriously introduced to the air system, filling the 900-seat auditorium with the delicious odor of roasted garlic. I attended, and loved it all. Just for the record, my one mother was better than garlic — but I love garlic, too, and plant plenty of it.
One of my favorite fall appetizers is to take whole heads of garlic and roast them in oven-safe ramekins or small dishes at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or so. I peel off the outer layers of the head of garlic, cut off the tips of the head and drizzle it with olive oil. When done the cloves of garlic are soft and easily squeezed out of their skins after cooling. I like to serve this on crackers or a baguette spread with goat cheese.
In order to have enough garlic for treats like the one described above I plant a lot of garlic each October. Usually I plant about 50 cloves, but I have planted up to 100 — always enough to eat daily and some to share. It really is a virtually work-free, pest-free crop. All you need is “seed” garlic sold for planting, or failing that, some organic garlic purchased at your local farmers market or food coop. Grocery store garlic is often treated with chemicals so it won’t sprout.
In addition to seed garlic you need a sunny place with decent soil, or even crummy soil you can improve with compost. To plant 50 cloves of garlic the space you need is minimal: a spot perhaps 4 feet long and about 3 feet wide. You could even find the space in a flower bed for a few, or on the front lawn around the light pole.
I plant garlic in a wide raised bed. I loosen the soil with a garden fork or my CobraHead weeder down to a depth of 6 inches. Then I add some good-quality compost, either homemade or purchased, and stir it in. I make furrows 8 inches apart and add some organic fertilizer like Pro-Gro into the furrow. I work it in with my single-tined CobraHead weeder. Or you can sneak cloves into a flower bed individually using a hand trowel.
Each clove needs to be planted the way it grew — the fat part down, the pointy end up. I plant cloves about 3 inches deep and a hand’s width apart in the row. After pushing the clove into the loose soil I pat it down and when all are planted I cover the bed with about a foot of loose hay or straw. This will keep the garlic warm longer in the fall, allowing it to establish a good root system before the ground freezes.
Next spring the shoots will push right through the hay, but most weeds will not. If we have a warm fall, you might even see green shoots pushing through the hay now. Don’t worry. That won’t be a problem, come spring.
There are two kinds of garlic; hard-neck and soft-neck. Here in New England we do best growing hard-neck garlic. It has a stiff stem in the middle of each head where the scape grew last summer, while soft neck garlic does not.
Just as there are sweet onions and pungent onions that make you cry when you chop them, not all garlic tastes the same. If you are ordering garlic from a seed company, read the descriptions carefully. Be sure you are ordering hard-neck garlic. They should tell you about the flavor of each, and I recommend getting three different kinds for your first trial. Since seed garlic is relatively expensive, you will want to save some garlic each year for planting the next year.
If you use a lot of garlic in your recipes, pay attention to how many cloves are in each head. It is less work to peel one big clove than three small ones. I grow mainly large heads, and I often have to cut one clove into two or three pieces to fit it into my garlic press. The product description should tell you not only the size of the bulb but also the number of cloves per head.
You can store garlic best in a cool, dry place. Ideally 50 degrees with moderate humidity. You can freeze it in a zipper bag or jar for a year or more. Don’t store garlic at room temperature in oil, as it can produce deadly botulism.
Garlic plants are handsome, especially in July, when they send up tall flower scapes that twist and turn in great shapes. Think creatively and you can find a space to plant some. I often cut the scapes and use them in flower arrangements, and they are also good sliced and sautéed in a stir-fry.
In a recent article about putting the garden to bed, I failed to mention that it is a good plan to leave some flowers standing. Why? Because some beneficial insects lay eggs in or on the stalks to overwinter. Birds will also eat the seeds of things like black-eyed susans and coneflowers. So you have an excuse now not to clean up the gardens completely. You can finish in the spring.

A garlic bed ready for planting. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

The Art Roundup 22/10/13

The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities

• Craft fair season: Sure, we’re in the thick of Halloween, but craft fair season, that stretch of events featuring handmade artisan and craft items, many with a holiday theme, has already started. This weekend, head to First Congregational Church (508 Union St. in Manchester; 625-5093, fccmanchesternh.org) for their Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature hand-crafted gift items, jewelry, a silent auction table, attic treasures and baked goods as well as children’s games, crafts and a lunch counter, according to a press release.
St. Paul’s Epsicopal Church (21 Centre St. in Concord; stpaulsconcord.org) will hold a Harvest Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature knit and sew items, crafts, Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations, toys, garden items and plants, books, jewelry, Christmas wreaths, antiques and collectibles as well as baked goods, raffle baskets and more, according to the church’s website.
The Hudson Lions Club will sponsor a Psychic & Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hudson Community Center (12 Lions Ave. in Hudson), according to a post at the Hudson Chamber of Commerce website.
Liberty Hill Farm (49 Liberty Hill Road in Bedford) has a Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. The event will feature craft and food vendors and an alpaca meet and greet, according to the farm’s Facebook page.
The Somersworth Festival Association is holding a Harvest Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Somersworth High School (11 Memorial Drive). The day will feature 150 crafters as well as food, according to the group’s Facebook page.
Caya Reiki & Healing (33 N. Main St. in Concord; caya-healing.square.site, 401-4363) is holding a Psychic and Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weirs Beach Community Center (25 Lucerne Ave. in Laconia), according to their Facebook page. The event will feature more than 30 vendors, psychic readers, indoor and outdoor exhibits, door prizes and more, the post said.
Merrimack Senior Citizen Club is holding a Fall Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John O’Leary Adult Community Center (4 Church St. in Merrimack). The fair will feature craft items as well as a bake sale, raffles and more, according to merrimacknh.gov.
Have an upcoming craft, holiday or artisan fair? Let me know all the details, including special offerings or events, admission costs and any other important information, by emailing adiaz@hippopress.com.

• Art, naturally: LaBelle Winery’s Derry Location (14 Route 111) is exhibiting the works of three New Hampshire Art Association artists through Jan. 22 in their show “Naturally Curious,” according to a press release. The artists are Cheryl Frez Bencivenga, a painter from the Monadnock region who works with acrylic paints; Howard Muscott, a photographer focusing on nature, landscapes and wildlife, and Linn Stilwell, a painter from the Lakes Region, the release said. See the exhibit daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to labellewinery.com or call 672-9898.

• Symphony season: The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra opens its mainstage season with a performance on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. featuring pieces by Gustav Mahler and George Walker at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, according to a press release. The event includes a free pre-concert talk with Music Director John Page at 1:45 p.m. Tickets to the concert itself cost $35 to $25 for adults, $30 for seniors and $20 for students, the release said. See portsmouthsymphony.org.

More than crafts

Great New England Fine Craft and Artisan Show is back for the seventh year

By Katelyn Sahagian

For the seventh year, the Great New England Fall Fine Craft and Artisan Show will bring juried and expert artisans and crafters to sell their creations. The event returns to the Hampshire Dome in Milford over two days on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23.
While there are plenty of craft fairs to attend in New Hampshire, Jody Donohue, the creator and organizer, prefers to call what she does a show. She said that while craft and artisan fairs are a lot of fun, she tries to elevate what happens to a higher level.
“The booths are just beautiful to look at,” Donohue said. The sellers decorate them, and she’ll provide linen tablecloths and other presentation assistance. “We keep it professional because that’s more of a reflection of the products offered.”
When the event was started seven years ago, the Hampshire Dome had asked Donohue to run a small fair selling different products like Tupperware or Avon, and she reached out to a few crafters to see if there was any interest. Not long after, she was officially running events for the Hampshire Dome.
Donohue said that the running joke from everyone was that she would fill the 94,000-square-foot sports arena to the brim with crafters.
Though she doesn’t do that, Donohue said that between the 14 events she now runs, she’s received thousands of requests from crafters and artisans to be included in the show. The first year was a little different.
“I hit pavement and went to 16 craft fairs,” Donohue said. “I interviewed all the artisans and ran my first fair as this fall show. It’s been taking off since then.”
This year the fair will have 150 vendors spaced out across the Hampshire Dome. Within that selection of artisans will be a wide range of handmade goods. Some of the items are juried, meaning that they are submitted to see if they meet quality standards, while others are from longtime sellers at the show. In the past there have even been high school students selling things they excel at making.
Donohue said the main reason she likes to be selective about who sells at her show is that she doesn’t want to flood the market. While she’ll have eight or nine artisans selling similar products, everything will be unique.
Some of the wares being sold include handmade truffles, old-fashioned wooden toys carved from different wood, lanterns with stained glass panes, wines with edible shimmers, and nature-inspired watercolors.
While people shop, they’ll be treated to live music from the stage at the center of the dome. There will be craft cocktails and wine and beer at a bar for shoppers of age to sip on while they browse, and food trucks outside selling meals beyond the specialty foods at the different stalls.
Donohue said that, to her, the effort she puts into making this show is worth it when she sees people happy after selling out of their items.
“These people work so hard to create those products,” Donohue said. “I’m so proud of them and I just love doing what I love doing.”

Great New England Fall Fine Craft and Artisan Show
Hampshire Dome, 34 Emerson Road, Milford
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: $5 for entry, children 14 and younger are free
Visit: gnecraftartisanshows.com

Scary Fun

Halloween events for everyone from the littlest trick-or-treaters to the oldest Rocky Horror fans

A tale of two haunts

To scare or to be scared — that is the question

By Katelyn Sahagian

Hippo reporter Katelyn Sahagian in a clown costume. Courtesy photo.

Nothing is more in line with spooky season fun than a haunted house.
That being said, I’m a huge chicken. I usually opt to read the synopsis of horror movies on websites, and my hands shake so badly playing the Resident Evil video games that I’m forced to take turns with someone else. I can’t even watch American Horror Story with the lights out.
While I’ve always known how much I hate getting scared, I recently learned how much I adore being the one that gets to do the scaring.

Earlier this year, I was invited to Spooky World presents Nightmare New England by the haunt’s owner, Michael Accomando, to get dressed up in costume and scare people. I decided to take him up on his offer. So, if anyone was at Spooky World on Monday, Oct. 10, and saw a clown with white hair roaming the midway, that was me.
There was something about getting into costume and scaring people that was extremely tempting. Accomando said that he himself doesn’t dress up that often — not unless his son wants to — but it doesn’t change the fact that he adores hearing the stories the actors tell about their recent “spook” victories.
“A look … is sometimes enough to freak people out,” Accomando said, adding that spooking people is therapeutic. “You take … all your aggression out on everyone else and they’re paying you to do that.”
Accomando said he knew he wanted to bring a haunted attraction to Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield as soon as he purchased it in 2007. He wanted something seasonal to keep people coming back for more fun, as opposed to just hosting a summertime crowd.
He said that something about the land and layout of Mel’s was begging for some scary fun times. The woods and land stretch on far enough that Accomando thought it made sense to have some indoors and outside scares. In 2008, he saved a well-loved Massachusetts haunt that was closing for good and moved it across the border to New Hampshire, turning it into what is now Spooky World.
At first, Accomando said, he thought it would be easy to do a haunt. He thought it was just throwing up a few buildings, putting together a light show and hiring some actors. Now he knows better.
Accomando said that he and Chase DeNamur, Spooky World’s director of operations, will spend all year long coming up with new ideas, visiting haunted attractions across the country and going to national trade expos, like TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions Show in St. Louis.
“The next [haunt] we go to will be the day after the show ends,” DeNamur said. “The planning never stops.”
While walking through haunts, Accomando said, the team will see what they might want to change or expand on.
Layering, or putting many elements in a scene, is something Accomando said he is always thinking about. Whether this means adding a new animatronic doing something an actor can’t — like bashing their head into a wall over and over again — or getting a new prop or adding a gross smell, Accomando said that new layers are implemented every year.
This year the hayride received a lot of attention, DeNamur said. He said that new lights and screens were added to parts of the haunt to further achieve a larger-than-life experience.
In addition to the layering and the props, there are professional makeup artists and costume designers making sure that everyone looks terrifying. The three artists dress people up for the hayride, getting about a dozen actors ready in an hour — they do everything from muscle structures to spider faces, creepy clowns and “cannibal” hunters.
After the attraction opened, it took no time at all for me to be taken over to the costume designers and put in a costume by one of the crew members. I was dressed up in a rainbow-striped onesie and matching ruff that I wore over my jeans and shirt.
Brittany Champagne, a longtime scarer at Spooky World, painted my face with a white base, red and orange diamonds over my eyes, a green nose and an eerie blue smile. The makeup went on cold and wet, but very quickly. When it dried it felt like regular face paint, slightly sticky and tight on my skin.
A white wig and small “blood”-covered horn completed my ensemble. While the wig itched and fell in my eyes and my fingers and toes burned due to the cold weather, the night was ripe for us to get scaring. Champagne told me performers end up walking so much that the night air soon no longer even feels cold to them anymore.
Champagne and Jillian Labonte, another long-time Spooky World scarer dressed as a bloodthirsty escaped prisoner, showed me around the midway, the area outside the haunts where experienced actors get to improvise and sneak up on customers when they think they are safe.
This whole feeling is a stark change from the Friday before, when I was a guest at Fright Kingdom in Nashua.
The anticipation walking up to Fright Kingdom was like nothing else. Whereas at Spooky World, it was still Mel’s Funway Park on the outside, Fright Kingdom was a short walk through an empty parking lot, where an 18-wheeler was parked at a loading dock. Once I rounded that corner, I saw a giant, shadowy clown towering over the rest of the guests.
Fright Kingdom owner and founder Tim Dunne greeted me outside by the loading truck bed, smiling widely as he watched people get scared by his creation.
“It’s about the art of horror, Halloween and all things creepy,” Dunne said. “It’s a celebration of all of that.”
Dunne, who grew up in Florida, was originally drawn to The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World whenever he would take trips there. To this day, after making many different haunts, he said his favorite is still Bloodmare Manor, the Victorian haunted house that this year is filled with “cannibals” looking for their next meal.
While Dunne had high hopes that I would walk through the whole interior, the second he said he was going to leave me to do the amusement alone — immediately after an actor scared me, I might add — I lost my cool. I promised that I would come back next year with my sister (who loves scary things) and maybe a group of people to push me through.
Being scared isn’t my thing, but scaring others seems to be right up my alley.

Haunted houses, outdoor trails and more:
The Dark Woods at Trombly Gardens
150 N. River Road, Milford, 465-DARK (3275), thedarkwoodsnh.com
Hours: Friday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30; the gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and the last ticket is sold at 10:30 p.m. A walkthrough without actors, called a “trauma-free experience,” is also available on Sunday, Oct. 23, with ticket times at 7 and 8 p.m.
Cost: $23 for the traditional scares, $13 for the trauma-free experience

Fright Kingdom
12 Simon St., Nashua, 809-1173, frightkingdom.com
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 7 to 10 p.m. or 7 to 10:30 p.m., depending on the day of the week; see website for details. Haunts are available through Saturday, Nov. 5.
Cost: $29 for a traditional haumt and in-the-dark haunt, $10 for hardly haunted

Haunted Overload
DeMerritt Hill Farm, 20 Orchard Way, Lee, 868-2111, hauntedoverload.com
Hours: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 30, as well as on Monday, Oct. 31; most haunts start at 6:30 or 7 p.m. and last through 8 or 9 p.m., depending on the day of the week.
Cost: Main event tickets are $31, “Fright Night Lite” tickets are $17.50, Blackout Night tickets on Halloween are $20, and tickets for a day walk are $11

The Salisbury Woods
19 Franklin Road, Salisbury, 496-2334, app.hauntpay.com/events/salisbury-woods
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays throughout October; opens at 7 p.m.
Cost: $15

85 N. Policy St., Salem, 893-3506, canobie.com/screeemfest
Hours: Fridays 9 to 11 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 11 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Date-specific tickets range from $32 to $59 for adults, and from $32 to $35 for visitors under 4 feet tall and for seniors ages 60 and over. There are also add-ons available to purchase, like a “screeem express haunt line cut pass” for $25 or a “Monster B’Gone” light-up necklace that tells actors to avoid the wearer.

Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England
454 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield, 424-7999, nightmarenewengland.com
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m., and Sundays, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $49.51 general admission and $74.53 VIP admission

Little spookies

Events for kids that are more treat than trick

Compiled by Angie Sykeny

A fun Broomstick Pilot License certificate

The next two weekends are packed with happenings particularly geared toward kids.

• Derry’s Downtown Trick or Treat event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning with a costume parade and contest at Hood Park (4 Rollins St.) at 11:30 a.m., followed by trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from noon to 3 p.m. Visit derrynh.org/parks-recreation or call 432-6136.

• Kids age 12 and under are invited to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry) on Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when they can meet the ghosts of aviation past, enjoy Halloween treats and receive their “Broomstick Pilot License.” The experience is free with admission to the museum; admission costs $10 for visitors age 13 and up. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org or call 669-4820.
Franklin’s Halloween Extravaganza is on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting with a party at Bessie Rowell Community Center (12 Rowell Drive) from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a costume parade heading into downtown at 3 p.m. and a trunk-or-treat at Marceau Park on Central Street from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Visit franklinnh.org.
• The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford) is having a family trick or treat on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Families are invited to wear their costumes and hunt for treats around the farm. The cost is $15 per family, and registration is required. Visit theeducationalfarm.org.
• Visit the Chester Public Library (3 Chester St.) on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. for a Halloween costume party with music, games and sugar cookie decorating. Visit chesterlibrary.com or call 887-3404.
• Island Pond Baptist Church (26 N. Salem Road, Hampstead) will host a Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. in its parking lot, where there will be candy, games, costumes, animal balloons, a bouncy house slide and food trucks. Admission is free. Visit islandpondbc.com or call 329-5959.
• Sanbornton will have a Halloween costume party for kids in grades 4 and under on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Sanbornton Central School gym (16 Hunkins Pond Road). There will be food, games, crafts and surprises. The town will also have a trunk or treat in the school’s parking lot on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Park at the Sanbornton Public Library (27 Meeting House Hill Road) and enjoy a spooky story walk and decorated path that leads to the event. Visit sanborntonnh.org.
• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) will offer its Children’s Trick-or-Treat experience on Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, and Sundays, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, with start times available on the hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (a 3 p.m. start time is also available on Saturday, Oct. 22 only). In addition to trick-or-treating, families can meet a friendly witch, see wildlife exhibits and barnyard animals, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, decorate pumpkins, ride a pony and watch a juggling show. Tickets cost $22 per person — admission is free for children under age 2 — and must be purchased online in advance. Visit visitthefarm.com.
• Children ages 3 through 6 are invited for some pumpkin fun in Merrimack, including a pumpkin science program on Monday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. and a pumpkin decorating and crafting program on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. Both events will take place at the Function Hall (116 Naticook Road) and each costs $15. Register online at merrimack.recdesk.com.
• The Brickyard Scare in Epping’s Brickyard Square takes place on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities for kids of all ages. Visit brickyardsquarenh.com.
Salem’s annual town Halloween event and costume contest is on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ingram Senior Center parking lot (1 Sally Sweet’s Way). Resident families with children ages 12 and under are invited to enjoy a trunk-or-treat, a haunted forest, pizza, games, music and dance performances, in addition to the costume contest. RSVP to dcole@salemnh.gov by Monday, Oct. 24.
• Join the Nesmith Library (8 Fellows Road, Windham) for a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Kids of all ages and their caregivers are invited for a morning of stories, singing and dancing, a costume parade and trick-or-treating around the library. Admission is free, and there’s no registration required. Visit nesmithlibrary.org or call 432-7154.
Milford’s Trick or Treat on the Oval returns to the Oval Gazebo area on Friday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Downtown businesses and nonprofits will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters as supplies last. Visit milfordrec.com.
• The Bookery (844 Elm St., Manchester) will host a kids’ Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 28, featuring a storytime and interactive sing-along with illustrator Julieann Hartley at 5:30 p.m., followed by a book signing, costume parade and prizes starting at 6:15 p.m. Visit bookerymht.com.
The Spooktacular Downtown Manchester Fall Festival takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Families can enjoy trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, a photo booth, games and activities, pumpkin carving, a coloring contest, a decoration station for a lighted display and more. Costumes are encouraged. Visit manchesternh.gov.
Hudson’s Best Trunk or Treat will take place Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hudson Mall (77 Derry Road in Hudson) with a costume contest, raffles, a haunted house and more, according to hudsonnhsbest.com, where you reserve a timeslot in advance.
• The New Hampshire Fisher Cats will host a Trick-or-Treat at the Ballpark event at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive, Manchester) on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. All festivities are free and include a kids’ dance party, a costume contest and more. Visit nhfishercats.com or call 641-2005.
Exeter’s annual Halloween parade and costume contest will take place at Swasey Parkway (316 Water St., Exeter) on Saturday, Oct. 29, with costume judging at 10:30 a.m. and the parade at 11 a.m., followed by trick-or-treating downtown. Visit exeternh.gov.
Raymond’s Trunk or Treat returns to the Raymond Shopping Center (15 Freetown Road) on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Vehicles will be adorned with Halloween decorations and stations filled with candy to trick-or-treat. Visit raymondareanews.com.
• Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) for its annual Not So Spooky Halloween Spectacular on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. The event features a costume parade, science experiments, take-home crafts, photos with props and a pumpkin scavenger hunt. All activities are included with the cost of admission to the museum, which is $12.50 for adults and children over age 1 and $10.50 for seniors age 65 and up. Register in advance online at childrens-museum.org.
• Bow will have a trunk or treat in the Bow High School parking lot (55 Falcon Way) on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Visit bownh.gov.
• Merrimack Public Library (470 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack) hosts a trunk or treat in the parking lot on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be decorated vehicles with candy, crafts, stickers and more for trick-or-treaters. Park at the Town Hall across the street. Visit merrimacklibrary.org.
• Local children’s musicians Mr. Aaron will host his annual Halloween Bash at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St., Concord) on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. The event features Halloween arts and crafts, a costume contest with prizes and a special spooky musical performance by the Mr. Aaron Band. General admission tickets cost $10 per person. Visit ccanh.com/show/mr-aarons-halloween-bash.
• The Palace Teen Apprentice Company presents Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester). Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for children. Visit palacetheatre.org.

Neighborhood trick-or-treat times:

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Antrim: 6 to 7 p.m. (Trunk or Treat in the parking lot of the James A. Tuttle Library, 45 Main St.)
Friday, Oct. 28
Milford: 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Trick or Treat on the Milford Oval)
Saturday, Oct. 29
Brookline: 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Trunk or Treat in the parking lot of Richard Maghakian Middle School, 22 Milford St.)
Canterbury: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Trick or Treat in the town center, Hackleboro Road)
Greenland: 4 to 6 p.m.
Washington: noon to 3 p.m. (Trunk or Treat on town common, Halfmoon Pond Road)
Sunday, Oct. 30
Barrington: 5 to 7 p.m.
Boscawen: 5 to 8 p.m.
Bow: 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Bow Parks & Recreation Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot of Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way)
Dover: 5 to 8 p.m.
Durham: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Fremont: 5 to 8 p.m.
Hampton Falls: 5 to 7 p.m.
Kensington: 5 to 7 p.m.
Lee: 5 to 7 p.m.
New Castle: 5 to 7 p.m.
New London: 5 to 8 p.m.

Newmarket: 5 to 7 p.m.
Portsmouth: 4 to 7 p.m.
Rochester: 4 to 7 p.m.
Rollinsford: 5 to 7 p.m.
Rye: 5 to 7 p.m.
Seabrook: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Somersworth: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Strafford: 5 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 31
Amherst: 6 to 8 p.m.
Atkinson: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bedford: 6 to 8 p.m.
Belmont: 5 to 8 p.m.
Bennington: 5 to 7 p.m.
Brentwood: 6 to 8 p.m.
Candia: 5 to 8 p.m.
Chester: 6 to 8 p.m.
Concord: 5 to 8 p.m.
Danville: 6 to 8 p.m.
Deerfield: 4 to 7 p.m. (on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m., the town Parks & Rec department will host a tailgate trick-or-treat at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road)
Deering: 5 to 8 p.m.
Derry: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dunbarton: 4 to 7 p.m.
Epping: 5 to 7 p.m.
Epsom: 5 to 8 p.m.
Exeter: 4 to 7 p.m.
Franklin: 4 to 7 p.m.
Gilmanton: 5 to 8 p.m.
Goffstown: 6 to 8 p.m.
Hampstead: 6 to 8 p.m.

Henniker: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hill: 6 to 8 p.m.
Hillsborough: 5 to 8 p.m.
Hollis: 6 to 8 p.m.
Hooksett: 6 to 8 p.m.
Hopkinton: 5 to 7 p.m.
Jaffrey: 6 to 8 p.m.
Kingston: 5 to 8 p.m.
Litchfield: 6 to 8 p.m.
Londonderry: 6 to 8 p.m.
Manchester: 6 to 8 p.m.
Merrimack: 6 to 8 p.m.
Mont Vernon: 6 to 8 p.m.
Moultonborough: 5 to 8 p.m.
Nashua: 6 to 8 p.m.
Newport: 5 to 8 p.m.
Northwood: 5 to 7 p.m.
Nottingham: 5 to 7 p.m.
Pelham: 5 to 8 p.m.
Pembroke: 5 to 7 p.m.
Pittsfield: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Plaistow: 5 to 7 p.m.
Raymond: 5 to 7 p.m.
Rindge: 5 to 8 p.m.
Rumney: 5 to 7 p.m.
Salem: 6 to 8 p.m.
Salisbury: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Sandown: 6 to 8 p.m.
Stratham: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunapee: 5 to 7 p.m.
Warner: 5 to 8 p.m.
Weare: 6 to 8 p.m.
Wilton: 6 to 8 p.m.
Windham: 5 to 8 p.m.
Wolfeboro: 5 to 7 p.m.

Halloween treats for everyone

Events for the spooky-season fan in all of us

Compiled by Amy Diaz

Frankinferter looking fabulous

You don’t have to be a trick-or-treater to get excited about Halloween. Here are events for Halloween lovers of a variety of ages.

• The Concord Public Library (45 Green St. in Concord; concordpubliclibrary.net) is holding a Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt throughout the month. Pick up a scorecard at the library and return the completed form for a sweet reward between Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, according to the website.
• J&F Farms (124 Chester Road in Derry; jandffarmsnh.com) has a Halloween-themed corn maze through October. The maze is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $8 per person.
• Allenstown is holding its Halloween Lighting Contest now. Go to.allenstownnh.gov for a list of participating homes. Between now and Thursday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. vote on the website for the best decorations. At the Halloween Lighting awards ceremony on the Town Hall lawn on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m., a first, second and third place winner will be announced, according to the website.
• Root Up & More (Concord, rootupconcord.com) is holding Ghost Tour Stories in downtown Concord on Friday, Oct. 21; Saturday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 29, with short tours at 6 p.m. (30 minutes) and hour-long tours at 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for the short tours, $20 for the long tours; see forms.gle/9SssGtuxdpAkCSpD7 to RSVP.
• Before there was Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera there was Lon Chaney’s take on the classic horror character. Chaney starred in the 1925 silent big screen adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, which will screen Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Derry Public Library (64 East Broadway in Derry; 432-6140) featuring live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. The event is free and open to the public.
• Chunky’s Cinema Pub (707 Huse Road, Manchester; 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua; 150 Bridge St., Pelham, chunkys.com) will hold a “props allowed” screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 1975) on Friday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. at Chunky’s in Manchester, Nashua and Pelham. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $10.
• As advertised, the Pumpkin Smash at the Portsmouth Farmers Market (City Hall, 1 Junkins Ave. in Portsmouth) will offer you the opportunity to smash a pumpkin from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, to raise money for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Pick your pumpkin to smash and use available mallets and other implements, according to portsmouthhalloweenparade.org.
• Get Halloween Photos with your dogs on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Trombly Gardens (150 N. River Road in Milford; tromblygardens.net). The event is held by Sato Heart Rescue of Milford, which is suggesting a minimum donation of $10, according to the rescue group’s Facebook page.
• The Harvest Festival at Applecrest Farm (133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls) is going on every Saturday and Sunday in October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with pick-your-own opportunities, a corn maze, live music, tractor rides, barnyard animals and more. Admission is free. On Sunday, Oct. 23, to see the Great Pumpkin Carve, where a master carver will take on an 800-pound jack-o’-lantern. The musical lineup for the upcoming weekends is Unsung Heroes on Saturday, Oct. 22; Bolt Hill Band on Sunday, Oct. 23, and Taylor River Band on Saturday, Oct. 29, according to applecrest.com.
• Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. is Flashlight Night Maze at the corn maze at Coppal House Farm (118 N. River Road in Lee; nhcornmaze.com). The cost is $12 for ages 5+ (buy tickets online). Daytime hours for the maze are Monday, Thursday and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for daytime costs $9 for 13+, $7 for kids ages 5 to 12 and seniors, military and college students (kids ages 4 and under get in for free).
• The Deerfield Police Department will hold its 6th Annual Haunted Stables event — “a night of terror and fright” according to the Department’s Facebook post — on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. Free to all town residents, the event takes place at the horse barns, Gate B at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, the post said. Food will be available for purchase at the event.
• Join To Share Brewing Co. (720 Union St., Manchester) for Pints and Pumpkins on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring pumpkin painting with all the necessary supplies (and a pint of beer) for $12 per person. Visit tosharebrewing.com.
• O’neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square (24 Calef Hwy. in Epping; 679-3529, oneilcinemas. com) has some spooky films on the schedule. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (R, 1992) will show on Sunday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 29, get a double feature with Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and Phantom of the Opera (1943), which starts at 1 p.m.
• Director Jordan Peele’s Get Out (R, 2017) will finish up Red River Theatres’ (11 S. Main St. in Concord; 224-4600, redrivertheatres.org) October Scary Film series on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the film.
The Cat and the Canary (1927), a silent horror film presented with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, will screen on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org). Tickets cost $10.
• Author Alice Hoffman will head to the Music Hall Lounge (131 Congress St. in Portsmouth; themusichall.org) on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. to discuss her work including The Book of Magic, which is now in paperback and is the final installment in the Practical Magic Series. Tickets cost $35 and include a book.
The Witch of Weston Tower will haunt McIntyre Ski Area (50 Chalet Court in Manchester; mcintyreskiarea.com, 622-6159) Thursday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 30, according to a press release. Take a scenic chairlift ride to the summit of McIntyre Ski Area and travel the treacherous trail to the Witch of Weston Tower to see “the most spooktacular views of Manchester,” the release said. On Saturday, the event will include a Trunk-Or-Treat, costume contest and more, the release said. The cost is $20 for ages 13 and up for lift ride and the witch ($10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under), the release said. Bring money for food trucks, face and pumpkin painting, live music and more.
• Manchester will hold its Spooktacular Downtown Manchester Fall Festival from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, with downtown trick-or-treating, a photo booth, kids’ games and activities, limited pumpkins available for carving and more. See manchesternh.gov.
• Intown Concord will cap off a month of Halloween-themed events with its Halloween Howl on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Concord. The evening will feature community trick-or-treating along Main Street with a “Not so Scary” dance party with Nazzy, costume contests, games and family activities as well as a Trunk or Treat on North Main Street, according to intownconcord.org. There will also be a carved pumpkin contest at the Concord Co-op (drop off pumpkins Oct. 24 through Oct. 28, when pumpkins will be on display and people can vote), the website said.
Park Theatre (19 Main St. in Jaffrey; theparktheatre.org) has some spooky films on the schedule. On Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. catch the 1959 film House on Haunted Hill, starring Vincent Price. On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., Jeff Rapsis will play the organ to accompany a screening of Nosferatu (1922), the silent horror film from director F.W. Murnau starring Max Schreck. At 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 29, catch the 1988 horror comedy from director Tim Burton Beetlejuice (PG), which starts Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and of course Michael Keaton. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead will screen at 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 29. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the theater will screen director Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) at 7 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 1975) will screen at the Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; 224-4600, redrivertheatres.org) on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged at this 18+ event but props will be provided by the theater only. Tickets cost $20.
• Goffstown Ace Hardware (5 Depot St. in Goffstown) will hold its Spooktacular Dog Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with treats, toys and photo ops for dogs, according to a post on the store’s Facebook page.
• Exeter will hold its Halloween Parade & Costume Contest followed by a downtown trick-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 29, according to exeternh.gov. The costume contest in Swasey Parkway will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m. Downtown trick-or-treating will run from noon to 3 p.m., the website said.
Hocus Pocus on Hanover will take place at the Spotlight Room (96 Hanover St. in Manchester) on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 online, $6 at the door. Described as a “spiritual fair featuring readers, healers, artists and metaphysical goods,” the event is presented by Soul and Shadow Emporium (22 Hanover St. in Manchester). See shadowandsoulemporium.com.
• The Wilton Main Street Association will hold its The Haunting of Wilton on Saturday, Oct. 29, with scary stories at the Wilton Library at 11 a.m., a costume parade down Main Street at noon, trick-or-treating with downtown merchants from 1 to 2 p.m., a murder mystery clue game with downtown merchants from 2 to 3 p.m. and a costume dance in Main Street park with a DJ, according to the schedule at visitwilton.com. Get the spooky weekend going with the haunted trail behind the Wilton police department, running Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission costs $5.
• The Bizarre Bazaar at Prayers of Nature Studio (33 Howard St. in Wilton) will run Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 7 p.m. and will feature a “bootique” filled with art, gemstones, decor, artisan jewelry and apparel, according to a press release. The day will also feature divination readers and Laurie from the Eclectic Green Witchery. See prayersofnature.com.
• Merrimack will hold its 30th annual Halloween Party in Wasserman Park on Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 3 p.m. The event will include games, crafts, face painting, food for sale, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest and more, according to merrimackparksandrec.org.
​• The Dover Zombie Walk & Evening Movie will be held Saturday, Oct. 29. The Zombie Walk will start at 2 p.m. and head down Central Avenue from the Dover Chamber of Commerce parking lot to the Rotary Arts Pavilion, according to Dover Main Street’s Facebook page. Wear zombie outfits or other Halloween costumes. Participants get a grab bag of goodies and the day will include games and a costume contest, the post said. The Woodman Institute Museum will also have a Victorian exhibit about mourning, according to the post.
At 7:30 p.m. at the pavilion stage, Ghostbusters (PG, 1984) will screen; bring lawn chairs and blankets, the post said.
• Beaver Brook Association (Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road in Hollis; beaverbrook.org) will hold its Enchanted Forest Family Halloween Event on Saturday, Oct. 29, with arrival times starting at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $12. The event will feature “stars, stories, songs and s’mores,” according to the website, which bills the event as “non-spooky fun” with a wildflower trail featuring pumpkins, learning about New England wildlife and more.
• Nashua will hold its Halloween Boo Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bandshell in Greeley Park. The evening will feature a haunted house, hay ride, bonfire and, at 6 p.m., a silly scary movie, according to the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department. See nashuanh.gov.
• The Concord Parks & Recreation Department will hold an adult Halloween Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Citywide Community Center. The cost to register is $50 per team of six players who must be dressed in themed or matching Halloween costumes, according to concordparksandrec.com where you can register.
• The Amherst Orthodontics Trick or Trot 3K will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30, in Arms Park in Manchester. A kids’ Halloween Festival starts at 9:30 a.m. and Stonyfield Lil’ Pumpkin Fun Runs start at 10:30 a.m. The 3K begins at 11 a.m. Registration costs $25 in advance, $30 on race day for adults; $20 in advance, $25 on race day for ages 12 to 20; $15 in advance and on race day for kids ages 9 to 11 and $10 for kids 8 and under in the Lil Pumpkin Runs, according to millenniumrunning.com.
• See Rocky Horror Show Live at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St. in Portsmouth; seacoastrep.org) on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 30 (the show begins at 11:59 p.m.) and at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, after the Halloween Parade. This is an encore performance of the theater’s summer production of Rocky Horror. Tickets cost $27 to $54. See the website for rules about what not to bring.
Portsmouth Halloween Parade steps off on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. with community members who want to march in costume gathering at Peirce Island by Prescott Park (no sign-up is required), according to portsmouthhalloweenparade.org, where you can find the rules of what to wear if you want to be in the parade and the route if you’d like to go watch.

Eat, drink and be scary

Costume parties, drink specials and more grown-up Halloween fun

By Matt Ingersoll

A group of diverse, young party goer's celebrating Halloween in a bar.

No kids? No problem — local restaurants, bars, breweries and other venues have you covered this Halloween season with costume contests, dance parties, comedy shows and other 21+ events. Know of a party not listed here? Let us know at music@hippopress.com.

• The fifth annual Boos and Booze event will kick off at Bonfire Country Bar (950 Elm St., Manchester) on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5:45 p.m. Costumes are encouraged during this run or walk cemetery tour from Bonfire to Valley Street Cemetery. The cost is $10 per person, and attendees 21 and up will receive a ticket for one complimentary brew. Visit bonfiremanch.com.
• From Thursday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 30, To Share Brewing Co. (720 Union St., Manchester) will host beer and Halloween candy pairings while supplies last. Visit tosharebrewing.com.
• Enjoy an Undead Beat Night at Portsmouth Book & Bar (40 Pleasant St.) on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. In addition to an open mic of “poetic ramblings,” according to the Portsmouth Halloween Parade’s website, there will be raffle prizes, beverages, special costumes and more. Visit portsmouthhalloweenparade.org.
• Join LaBelle Winery Derry (14 Route 111) for an adults-only Spooktacular Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 28 — the festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. and go until 11 p.m. inside the Vineyard Ballroom, featuring a local DJ, appetizers, snacks and desserts included for late-night munching. Costumes are encouraged (although not required), with prizes being awarded for the best Halloween costume. The bar will also be open all night, featuring themed cocktails available for purchase, as well as wine, beer and mixed drinks. Tickets are $35 per person (18+ attendees only). Visit labellewinery.com.
• Eleganza Dance Co. will hold the second annual Halloween Spooktacular at XO Bistro (827 Elm St., Manchester) on Friday, Oct. 28, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Drinks and food will be available for purchase, and there will be a photo booth set up for pictures. Costumes are encouraged, with a contest and the chance to win prizes. Salsa lessons, dancing and music will be featured, courtesy of DJ Jersey. The cover charge is $15. Visit eleganzadance.com.
• Diz’s Cafe (860 Elm St., Manchester) will host its annual Nightmare on Elm Street crawl on Friday, Oct. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. with food and drink specials, prizes, a zombie parade downtown and more. Visit dizscafe.com.
• Join Angel City Music Hall (179 Elm St., Manchester) for a Halloween show with Cat 5 on Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m., followed by its second annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., featuring a performance by DJ Sam Smoove. Visit angelcitymusichall.com.
• Greg & The Morning Buzz presents a Brews & Boos Halloween party at The Hill Bar & Grille (50 Chalet Way, Manchester) on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 to 11 p.m. Costumes are encouraged at this 21+ event, which will also feature specialty appetizers and brews. Tickets are $25 per person, granting you entry into a costume contest. Visit mcintyreskiarea.com.
• An Interactive Nightlife Halloween Party will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St., Concord), from 8 p.m. to midnight. The night will include a costume contest, aerialist, drag performers, karaoke with DJ George Cox, burlesque performances and more, according to the website. Tickets are $39.75 general admission, $68.75 for VIP in advance; $50 general admission and $90 VIP at the door, plus fees. Visit ccanh.com.
• The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant (909 Elm St., Manchester) holds its 16th annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring a night of costumes, drinks, dancing and live music from DJ Myth. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Visit theshaskeenpub.com.
• Join The Farm Bar & Grille (1181 Elm St., Manchester) for its annual Get Haunted Costume Party on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m., featuring costume contests, giveaways, live entertainment and half price drink specials. Visit farmbargrille.com.
• Join Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Manchester (707 Huse Road) for its annual live “Ghouling” Pianos event on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m. A special Halloween edition of Dueling Pianos, the event features the professional piano players positioned on stage in front of the theater and decked out in costume. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit chunkys.com.
• See a live witches dance on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. outside The Hop Knot (1000 Elm St., Manchester) which will also offer drink specials. Visit hocuspocusonhanover.com.
• Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry) will hold a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring a live performance from DJ Ache, as well as a full food menu and more than 28 taps of beer available. Costumes are encouraged. Visit pipedreambrewingnh.com.
• Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline) is hosting a Spooktacular Halloween Comedy Show on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., to be held outside, with headliner comedian Bill Simas and a few other guest comedians. The wine bar will be open with more than 15 wines to choose from, and charcuterie boards and wine cream ice cream will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5 per person (event will be held rain or shine). Visit averillhousevineyard.com.
• Join The Chop Shop Pub (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook) for a Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., featuring costumed contests, cash prizes, spooky drink specials and a live performance by Casual Gravity. Tickets are $25. Visit chopshoppub.com.
• Fody’s Tavern in Derry (187½ Rockingham Road) has a Halloween party on the schedule for Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., featuring music by Brian House. Visit fodystavern.com.
• Saddle Up Saloon (92 Route 125, Kingston) will hold a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., featuring costume contests, spooky drink specials, giveaways and a live performance from Bite the Bullet. Visit saddleupsaloonnh.com.
• Enjoy a Halloween party and costume fest at Area 23 (254 N. State St., Concord) on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 to 11 p.m., with music from the Dalton Gang. Visit thearea23.com.
• Tandy’s Pub & Grille (1 Eagle Square, Concord) will hold its 13th annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m., with cash prizes awarded to the three best costumes, along with Jack Daniel’s and Deep Eddy drink specials, and music from DJ Lance. Visit tandyspub.com.
• Makris Lobster & Steak House (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord) is planning a Lobster Mash Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 11 p.m., featuring a costume contest with first, second and third place winners, a 50/50 raffle benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a Sam Adams Oktoberfest stein hoisting competition, giveaways, food and drink specials, live music and more. Visit eatalobster.com.
• Red’s Kitchen + Tavern (530 Lafayette Road, Seabrook) will hold a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, featuring a spooky night of live music, food and drink specials, dancing and prizes awarded for the best costumes. Visit redskitchenandtavern.com.
• Join The Wild Rover Pub (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester) for its annual Halloween costume party on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Visit wildroverpub.com.
• Don’t miss the annual Halloween Monster Bash happening at Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester) on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, and there will also be live performances from Mugsy and D-Comp. Tickets are $25 per person. See “2022 Halloween Monster Bash” on Eventbrite to purchase them.
• Block Party Social (51 Zapora Drive, Hooksett) is holding a Sam Adams Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., featuring an adult costume contest with prizes awarded for the best costumes, along with sampling, drink specials, prizes and giveaways. Visit blockpartysocial.com.
• Wally’s (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton) hosts its 13th annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., featuring national recording and touring act Prospect Hill. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit wallysnh.com.
• Join Feathered Friend Brewing Co. (231 S. Main St., Concord) for a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, which will include live music with Andrew North & The Rangers from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit featheredfriendbrewing.com.
• It will be time for Halloween Scaryoke at AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (11 Tracy Lane, Hudson) on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best and scariest costumes, and there will be Ice Pik vodka and Rocky Peak whiskey tastings. Visit ajs-sportsbar.com.
• Join 603 Bar & Grill (1087 Elm St., Manchester) for a Hip-Hop Halloween Bash on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m., which will include a full lineup of live local hip-hop performances, along with prizes awarded for the best costumes. Tickets are $10 in advance online and $15 at the door. See “Hip Hop Halloween Bash” on Eventbrite or visit 603barandgrill.com.
• Catch a special Halloween drag brunch and costume contest at The Big House Nightclub (322 Lakeside Ave., Laconia) on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 a.m. Tickets start at $40 general admission and are available at the door or via Eventbrite. Visit bighousenightclub.com.
• There will be a Halloween brewery crawl in Derry on Sunday, Oct. 30, kicking off at Daydreaming Brewing Co. (1½ E. Broadway) at noon before going to Kelsen Brewing Co., From the Barrel Brewing Co. and Rockingham Brewing Co. Costumes are encouraged. Visit daydreaming.beer.

This Week 22/10/20

Big Events October 20, 2022 and beyond

Saturday, Oct. 22
Manchester native and Central High School graduate Adam Sandler returns to the Queen City for a show tonght at the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester; 644-5000, www.snhuarena.com) at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sandler’s Manchester appearance is part of a fall tour, according to the arena website where, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, available tickets started at $75 plus fees.

Thursday, Oct. 20
Gather at the Concord High School auditorium (170 Warren St.) to hear the Marine Band National Concert Tour, a free concert being offered tonight at 7:30 p.m. The band, which according to its website is America’s oldest continually active professional musical organization, will play traditional band repertoire and marches as well as instrumental solos. Up to four tickets for this event can be reserved at marineband.ticketleap.com/concordnh22.

Thursday, Oct. 20
The Dropkick Murphys are playing the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com) tonight at 7:15 p.m. Tickets begin at $39.50 plus fees.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Join Woodman Museum for voices from the cemetery today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery (131 Central Ave., Dover). The event is a guided tour of the cemetery that will introduce local historical figures, like the first Dover woman to climb Mt. Washington. The event costs $20 for adults and $10 for children. Purchase tickets at woodmanmuseum.org.

Saturday, Oct. 22 Learn about the Celtic holiday that came before Halloween at Celebrate Samhain today at Doubletree Hilton in Nashua (2 Somerset Parkway) beginning at 10 a.m. The festival will ha ve authors of popular wicca and pagan books speaking, divination readings, live music, vendors selling witchy goods, and more. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at celebratesamhain.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
The lecture “Turkey, the Cradle of Civilization” is happening today at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St.) at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Marlin Darrah, who is known as the world’s most traveled filmmaker, and show the 8,000 years of Turkish history, art, architecture and archeology. Darrah will be taking questions after the lecture. This event is free to attend.

Save the date! Saturday, Oct. 29
The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival is back in Laconia to spread fall festivities beginning at 9 a.m. with the 5K/10K at Opechee Park. The day will feature events ranging from a craft and artisan show, Hanover Street happenings with axe throwing, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more, as well as historic train rides and showings of Halloween movies. The jack-o’-lantern lighting starts at 4:45 p.m. Visit nhpumpkinfestival.com for a full list and itinerary of events.

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The sports week that was

Do Pats Have A QB Controversy?
The results have been happily surprising for the Patriots after rookie Bailey Zappe stepped into what looked like a dire situation after their first- and second-string quarterbacks went down in consecutive quarters. Now that they are back to .500 from a 1-3 start, things are looking brighter.
Now the question is, have they played so well with Zappe because he’s played better than Mac Jones did in his three starts, or because the offense finally worked out the kinks that drew dire warnings from early in the pre-season?
By way of comparison: In Mac’s first three games as a rookie, the Pats were 1-2 as he threw two TD passes and three interceptions and averaged 243 passing yards as the Pats scored 57 points; Zappe has two wins and a loss in OT to Green Bay when he’s thrown four TD passes and one pick and averaged 199 yards per game as they scored 90 points, with the D chipping in 14 of them. Mac’s first 300-yard passing game came in Week 7; Zappe got his Sunday. All of which Coach B will have to mull in the immediate future. The one thing that is certain is that after what he’s seen of his rookie so far there is no need to rush Mac back until he’s fully healthy.

Roberts Leads Dodgers Off Early Post-Season Cliff, Again
Our day was made Saturday when foolish decisions made by the biggest robot manager of them all, Dave Roberts, brought down the Dodgers again in the postseason, this time by yanking starter Tyler Anderson with a 3-0 lead in their win-or-go-home Game 4 vs. San Diego, even though he’d only thrown 86 pitches and was cruising along with a two-hit shutout after five innings. In comes their bullpen and, as John Madden would say, BOOM, an immediate five-run explosion as Roberts once again let down his team with robot managing to turn an in-control 3-0 lead into a 5-3 loss, removing L.A. from the playoffs early for the ninth time in 10 years. Moral of the story: Managers need to act in the moment and not let stat geek law of averages dictate every move because they’re just averages.

How You’ll Know If Celtics Are In Trouble Without Ime
The Celtics opened their season on Tuesday as one of the favorites to go to the NBA Finals. But I’m not sure. First there is the obvious issue of Robert Williams being out until perhaps sometime in December. You may recall after he had surgery last March I said in no way should they rush him back before he’s fully healthy for short-term gain, because his game is his legs and they were risking that. Now after missing several playoff games due to knee soreness he’s had a second operation. So I’ll need to assess whether he’ll be the same destructive defensive force again before I’ll join the crowd.
Second is how the team adjusts to untested 34-year-old head coach Joe Mazzulla in the wake of the Ime Udoka mess. You may recall that before they became spring darlings last year they were an incredibly frustrating bunch until Udoka finally got through in early January. That led to getting Marcus Smart to play like a real point guard instead of chucking up every three in sight. Ditto for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who helped turn the season around by making them harder to defend by taking to the basket as the first option. The question is, was that a learned behavior or did it happen because a forceful coach stayed on their backs to make them change?
The first sign will be their shot selection. If it was learned, good things will happen. If not it likely means the stars aren’t listening to their coach and that will lead to frustration in the cheap seats again.

The Bogaerts Dilemma
Since he’s looked up to as the face of the franchise, re-signing Xander Bogaerts if he opts out of his contract seems like an easy choice. But for the Red Sox brass it’s actually more like playing chess than checkers.
First there is the fact that he knows Texas gave a lesser and far less durable Corey Seager $330 million guaranteed over 10 years last winter. So the market is set, making the Sox’ decision how many years do they want to give a 31-year-old shortstop? Complicating that decision is the fact that their minor-league shortstop Marcelo Mayer is among the top prospects in all of baseball, which puts him two years away at most. Do they want to give a long-term deal to a guy who will likely change positions in two years? And if so, where does he go? Third base or maybe a late-career move to center field like Robin Yount made to pave the way for a shortstop no one remembers today? Or if he goes to third, what happens to Raffy Devers, who’ll be up for an expensive long-term deal next year?
If Devers goes to first (where he should play), what about the highly thought of Triston Casas,

who’s been ticketed as the first baseman of the future for two years? Do they then trade him?
The decision is, are they a team that wants to compete now or one aiming for the future? So the options are (a) build around Mayer and Casas, then keep Bogey for veteran leadership and trade Devers now for help elsewhere; (b) let Bogey walk, sign the younger Devers and move Trevor Story short-term; (c) go big payroll, keep the stars, move Devers to first and trade Casas, or (d) keep all four — move Bogey to center in 2023 and trade Story to free up payroll.
I say D. Which would you do?

Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

News & Notes 22/10/20

Biofabrication celebrated
The Manchester NextGen Resiliency Council will hold a Build Back Better Community Celebration at Arms Park in Manchester on Friday, Oct. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., to celebrate the group’s reception of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant to support its Southern New Hampshire BioFabrication Cluster proposal. According to a press release, the Council — a partnership between the City of Manchester, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, the University of New Hampshire Manchester, Southern New Hampshire University, Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, Manchester Transit Authority and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport — was selected from more than 500 applicants and 60 finalists to receive the award, which amounts to nearly $44 million in federal funds from the Economic Development Administration. The proposal aims to make Manchester the epicenter of the biofabrication industry, which would create an estimated 7,000 direct jobs and approximately 37,250 total jobs across southern New Hampshire over the next seven years, including a significant number of jobs for non-degreed, biofabrication and quality technicians. The celebration is free and open to the public, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig will be in attendance, according to her public schedule.

Adult drug court
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, joined by Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, Justice Jacalyn Colburn and representatives from the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals and the Drug Court Steering Committee, attended the Hillsborough County South Adult Drug Court Graduation Ceremony on Oct. 13, honoring 11 graduates who completed the program. According to a press release, the program — established in 2014 as a multidisciplinary effort between the criminal justice system, local police departments and Greater Nashua Mental Health — provides intensive treatment and community-based supervision to individuals in the justice system who are dealing with severe substance use disorder and are deemed to be at high risk of engaging in repeat criminal activity, aiming to reduce recidivism and promote long-term recovery. “Today, we see how our communities have turned a corner through the remarkable progress reflected in the success of today’s graduates,” Shaheen said in the release. “Drug courts like the one here in Nashua are saving lives by focusing on treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. I’m optimistic that this approach will help end the substance use disorder crisis and move our communities toward a brighter, safer and healthier future for New Hampshire families.”

EV charging
The first of multiple grant contracts to establish publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure to promote and enable electric vehicle travel to and within New Hampshire will come before the Executive Council next week. According to a press release, the contracts total approximately $4.6 million in grant awards, with funds from a 2017 Volkswagen legal settlement, which have been held in an Environmental Mitigation Trust reserved for environmental mitigation projects. The first contract will establish electric vehicle charging infrastructure at the Errol General Store in Errol, serving the New Hampshire Route 16 corridor. “In developing our state’s plan for the use of these trust funds, I authorized the maximum allowed funding to be utilized to jump-start the installation of public charging sites statewide and help create a robust, cost-effective access to this clean energy source,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in the release. “Almost every vehicle manufacturer today offers EV options, and it is important for New Hampshire to be a leader in supporting these vehicles while providing economic stimulus to our businesses through these public-private partnerships.” The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has proposed electric vehicle charging infrastructure at 35 locations across 25 New Hampshire towns and cities. Contracts for additional charging sites will come before the Executive Council over the coming months, according to the release.

Violence prevention
The Department of Justice has awarded $88,528 in grants to the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program in the District of New Hampshire to support community efforts to address gun crime and violence. According to a press release, Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based, community-oriented response to gun crime that is a key component of the Justice Department’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime drawn up in May 2021. Its tenants include fostering trust and legitimacy in communities, supporting community-based violence prevention organizations and prioritizing strategic enforcement policies, with a mission focused more on reducing the amount of violent crime that occurs than on increasing the number of arrests and prosecutions for violent crime. “Today’s grant award will hopefully be a step toward preventing violence from occurring in the future,” U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young said in the release. “It is only by a dedicated and sustained collaboration between law enforcement and community partners that we can truly address gun violence that strikes every corner of our communities.”

The City of Manchester Fire Department celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Station 9 at 575 Calef Road on Oct. 17. The 60-plus-year-old station as it currently stands has been officially closed, according to a press release, and will be replaced with an updated, modernized station that can better meet the city’s needs. In the interim, Station 9 personnel will be housed at Station 7, at 679 Somerville St.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who serves as co-chair of the Senate Navy Caucus, was awarded the John Paul Jones Award for Leadership in Military or Civic Affairs at the New Hampshire Navy Ball hosted by the U.S. Navy League and the Navy veterans-focused nonprofit Swim With A Mission at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle on Oct. 13.

The Greater Nashua Area CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning and ending at Temple Beth Abraham, located at 4 Raymond St. in Nashua. Now in its 38th year, the walk has raised more than $1 million to fight hunger and poverty locally and around the world and to provide refugee and disaster relief, according to a press release. Registration is open the day of the event from noon to 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies start at 1 p.m., followed by the walk, stepping off at 1:30 p.m. Visit events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/nashuanh.

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