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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Family Friendly Pumpkin Events & Scary Halloween Events If You Dare!
Friday, October 12, 2012
October is already almost half over. Do your kids have their trick-or-treat costumes yet? Do you dress up, too?! Be sure to check our Fall Fun page for NH trick-or-treat times, safety tips and more!
This weekend has plenty of fall and Halloween fun! Hudson PumpkinFest enters its 6th year with a craft fair, carnival, a petting zoo, children's events, trick-or-treating, and more!
If you're looking for something scarier, check out The Dark Crop Haunted Corn Maze at Lavoie's Farm in Hollis, or The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway! Both with live actors to assure you a good ol' fashioned spook! If you would like to win some tickets to these or other seasonal events/activities, this is your last weekend to enter the NH.com Fall Fun & Haunted Happenings Contest!
Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore
Beethoven and Bernstein
Fri-Sun, October 12-14
Huge, 3 day, outdoor craft fair, carnival, children's fall themed festival. Over 80 crafters last year, 3,000-5,000 people per day, fireworks Saturday night, agricultural events, free kids events, petting zoo, food, live entertainment- classic car show with 50's DJ, and more!
Footrace for the Fallen
Sunday, October 14
This premiere 5K road race honors the memory and sacrifice of Manchester Police officers killed in the line of duty. Proceeds directly benefit the Manchester Police Athletic League, a center city organization dedicated to mentoring at-risk youth.
New England Chili Classic
Sat-Sun, October 13-14
Chefs all over New Hampshire are getting ready to unveil their very best chili creations for the New England Chili Classic. However, it's not just about the chili. The event is held in Veterans Park and on Elm Street in downtown Manchester, NH. It is a combination of street fair, music, entertainment, and also boasts the opportunity for people to meet and talk it up with their favorite chefs!
The Dark Crop Haunted Corn Maze at Lavoie's Farm
Fri-Sun through October 28
Open select evenings in October at Lavoie's Farm in Hollis, NH, The Dark Crop is a haunted walk, through a 3 acre corn field. No worries; they provide the flashlight, and the "characters" are patiently waiting for you inside. A percentage of the proceeds are donated to the Improv Troupe at Hollis/Brookline High School.
Concord Arts Market
Through October 27
The award-winning Concord Arts Market is New Hampshire's first market of its kind - a selective, weekly, outdoor artisan and fine arts market that made its enthusiastic and successful debut in the Fall of 2008. We fill Bicentennial Square in Concord with a sea of tents full of handmade things. Participating artists come from all over the state and region to congregate in our beautiful state capital. The event is free and accessible to wheelchairs - and surrounding businesses round out the day. The Concord Farmers' Market is also right nearby!
Meet Angelina BallerinaTM
Saturday, October 13
Put on your dancing shoes and join Angelina BallerinaTM star of the television series Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®, as she dances her way through town! Don't miss the opportunity to meet the little mouseling and enjoy special time with her. Join the little star with big dreams who inspires young girls to pursue their dreams, too. Angelina will be available to pose with kids and families for photos. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the special day!
Fri-Sat, October 12-13
Join six characters-the Canterbury Shaker Village Guide, the Sous Chef, the Intern, the Caregiver, the Textiles Expert, the Historian and Sister Elizabeth Stirling in this performance piece in which some of the names have been changed, but the events are true Village accounts of encounters with other-worldly spirits!
Pastel Society of New Hampshire Fourth Annual National Juried Exhibition
Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region
The Grantham Scarecrows
Through November 3
Come visit Grantham in October. All month our straw friends, 42 of them will be visiting our town along Route 10. Each year 22 scarecrows are dressed by Grantham school children, the other 20 are owned by Grantham businesses together they form a creative fall family to entertain those who pass through our little community.
American Red Cross donation drive
Saturday, October 13
By donating through the American Red Cross, you may be helping patients not only in your community, but also family and friends across the nation.
Frost Heaves presents Foliage Follies
Great North Woods Region
Eric Kearns: Voices of the Legends/Superb Impersonator of the Stars!
Through November 4
Come get lost in our 12th annual maze! The maze will remain open through early November. Admission to the corn maze is $5 per person with a special $3 rate for each child 6 and under. The last admission is one hour before the farm closes to allow explorers to enjoy getting lost and playing the trivia game that is part of the maze.
White Mountains Region
The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain
North Conway, NH
Fri-Sat through October 28
An outbreak of haunt has spread throughout the mountain as the 6th season of the Ghoullog is upon us, with added acres of terror and two individual haunts, sure to send shards of fear through your veins.
Fall Foliage Dog Sledding Experiences
Through October 14
Experience Fall Foliage with Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel! From September 15th until October 14th Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is offering Fall Foliage Rolling Dog Sled Rides! During this 1.5 hour experience guests are able to enjoy incredible views of the Presidential Mountain Range. Our Rolling Dogsled experience is designed to be hands on to the comfort level of the guests; participants are given the opportunity to meet and greet our team of rescue and second chance sled dogs, help harness and hitch the team and even help drive (at musher discretion for dog and guest safety of course)!
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