Tri-Town Halloween Haunts

Boo! (Or is it boo-hoo?) It’s almost the end of October! Has Halloween snuck up on you and your family, too? If so, here is a last minute guide to all things Halloween happening in Tri-Town so you can start celebrating in spooky style most expediently.

As soon as Saturday, October 24, the Annual Plumb Corner Mall Halloween Party supported by the Friends of the Plumb Library will be happening starting at 12:00 noon with a costume contest. The event is free and will feature fun activities such as ghostly crafts, pumpkin decorating, a puppet show, dancing to the tunes spun by DJ Howie, trick or treating, and a haunted house! Mr. Vinny The Bubble Guy will be blowing big cool bubbles everywhere as a special treat, and the Jr. Friends will be there to provide photo opportunities with some Halloween characters. The event continues on until 3:00 pm, and the event is located at 565 Rounseville Road in Rochester.

Although it is not specifically Halloween-themed, the Tri-County Symphonic Band on Sunday, October 25 will present “October,” a musical concert reflecting the “various moods of autumn.” The concernt begins at 3:00 pm at the Fireman Center at Tabor Academy at 235 Front Street in Marion. Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and children 12 and under are free.

The Mattapoisett Library on October 27 will be hosting a talk by “S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England,” a paranormal research team that spent the night at the Mattapoiseett Library to investigate its ghostly activities. Tuesday night, the team will report on its findings! The team will also teach the audience all about the science of ghost hunting. The event starts at 8:30 pm. To register for the event, call (508)-758-4171 or email

In nearby Wareham, the Gleason Family YMCA will host a Haunted Forest and Family Fun at the gymnasium on Friday, October 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, rain or shine. The woods surrounding the YMCA will be transformed into a frightening (but not too frightening) forest for you and your family to explore. There will be arts and crafts, a moon bounce, assorted Halloween-themed games and activities, and wear a costume if you’d like. Entry fee is $5, $3 for kids. The Gleason Family YMCA is located at 33 Charge Pond Road in Wareham.

And then there is the big day… The traditional Halloween parades will be taking place once again in bot Mattapoisett and Marion on Saturday, October 31.

In Mattapoisett, the annual Mattapoisett Police Parade will kick off at 6:00 pm Halloween night, kicking off at 17 Barstow Street at Center School and heading down Church Street, over to Main street and then back to Barstow Street ending at Center School. There will be glow sticks, candy, and, of course, the big costume contest!

While passing by the Mattapoisett Library, be sure to stop and trick or treat as library volunteers will be outside the front steps handing out treats!

And in Marion, the Marion Art Center will be holding its Annual Halloween Parade Around Town beginning at 4:00 pm in front of the Marion Music Hall. All ages are encouraged to don costumes to march through the village led by the Sippican School Drum Corps. The parade route goes south on Front Street, up Main Street, over to Spring Street, and back down Cottage to the Music Hall. All the participants are invited into the Music Hall for surprise goody bags.

The Wanderer wishes all of our readers a safe and Happy Halloween 2015!


By Jean Perry


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