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Spooky seasonal activities in SouthCoast
The leaves are falling, the Jack-o’-lanterns are popping up and the Halloween spirit is upon us in New Bedford. Luckily for scary season enthusiasts, there is no shortage of spooky events scheduled in and around New Bedford.
Annual Fall Festival Event
10 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 31
934 Main St., Acushnet
Evening hayride and bonfire events
Weeknights and weekends, now through November
Oakdale Farms, 61 Wheaton Ave., Rehoboth
Daytime hayride, corn maze and pumpkin-picking
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31
Simcock Farm, 293 Marvel St., Swansea
Fear Town haunted house
Seekonk Speedway, 1710 Fall River Ave., Seekonk
Factory of Terror haunted house — Now celebrating its 25th year
120 Pearl St. Fall River
18+ Halloween Throw & Glow Party
5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28
Stumpy’s Hatchet House, 75 Ferry St., Fall River
In New Bedford:
Community trick or treating
2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, Downtown New Bedford — Downtown New Bedford is the place to be for free socially distanced Halloween fun. Families are invited to come in costume and grab all the treats, with no tricks. Area businesses including Acushnet Creamery at Pier 3, Brick, Café Arpeggio, Calico, Greasy Luck, and more will participate in the event. Click here for a list of candy stops.
Build Your Own Scarecrow
3:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, Ricketson Nature Center — A series of holiday-inspired activities are scheduled at the Ricketson Nature Center through December. The first program is an afternoon of scarecrow making. Children ages 7 and up will have the chance to build their scarecrows and take the finished creation home.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19
Cinema New Bedford: I Am Love
8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23
THE VAULT AT GREASY LUCK
The Tubes Live in the Vault
The Tubes is a glam-rock/punk style ensemble of colorful musicians that peaked in the late 70s/early 80s. When MTV was in its infancy, The Tubes were a staple on the fledgling music channel. Today, the band continues to perform elaborate stage shows with a host of iconic characters. The current lineup includes flamboyant lead singer Fee Waybill, drummer Prairie Prince, guitarist Roger Steen, bassist Rick Anderson, and keyboardist David Medd.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24
KILBURN ARTISAN CENTER
Kilburn Open Studios Two-Day Event
Artists located within the Kilburn Mill will open their studios to the public on the first Saturday of each month. October features a special 2-day art-filled event. Demonstrations are planned, with safety measures required. A city within a city, the Kilburn Mill offers a vast network of artists working in the fine arts and high craft and three galleries.
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