lAs many of you may know, I can get very enthusiastic about Halloween. There’s something about this holiday that brings out the kid in me.
I love the decorations, the candy, the ghoulish parties, and of course the fact there this is A LOT to do on this fabulous Island, especially this year, since Halloween is on the weekend.
Vineyard Haven has always been a fun-filled spot for Halloween. Of course there’s the popular William Street area where it’s a feast for trick-or-treaters once the evening comes.
However, if you’re looking for something a little earlier to do with kids, there is the popular Main Street business trick-or-treating which begins at 4:00 p.m. after the sweet little costume parade.
We did this last year, and Charly and Anderson got some good candy loot. Also, it was nice to chat with some of the business owners who really enjoy this event.
Even if you want to do Vineyard Haven, you can do Edgartown too with its Happy Haunting events. Trick-or-Treating downtown with businesses begins at 11:00 a.m. and goes until 3:00 p.m. Businesses have stocked up on Halloween treats for little tricksters.
This I one of my favs too. Main Street is picturesque with the trees and trick-or-treating here is quite fun. Don’t forget to stop by the Point B Realty office to say hi!
In addition to the candy action, there are other things happening. From 12:00 p.m. t0 2:00 p.m. Haunted Family Dance-O-Rama is happening in the space next to the Newes restaurant.
Let the kids dance off that sugar and have a great time showing off their dance moves. It’s sure to be spook-tac-ular. Also, I bet mom and dad can grab a bevy at the Newes if necessary.
There’s also Halloween inspired crafts and treats happening at the Edgartown Library from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
If you were feeling like really packing it in, you can start off your morning with the Halloween Party at the Oak Bluffs Library at 10:00 a.m. Wear your costume and experience their creppy tunnel, enjoy spoooooooky snacks, ghoulish games and more.
After a break, you can then head to Halloween in Oak Bluffs. It’s a full day of Halloween fun. At 1:00 p.m. there’s a Halloween Parade and trick-or-treating at town businesses.
It starts at the beginning of Circuit Avenue (Flying Horses Carousel) and ends at Island Images Gallery. There will even be a a giant puppet from Spindrift Marionettes.
You might want to stick around at Island Images, take a minute to check out your loot. At 2:00 p.m. there is a Puppet Show Performed by Spindrift Marionettes.
The West Tisbury Library also knows how to make Halloween fun. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. the library will host its annual Halloween Party. There, the whole family can enjoy hayrides, crafts, treats & and spooky refreshments. Go in costumes of course!
If you’re worried about those extra calories that are bound to be consumed on this day, not to worry. There’s the Halloween Hustle, Frighten Away Cancer Run. This is a fun run that begins at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the 2.7 mile race begins at 10:00 a.m. This race is a benefit for Relay for Life. To register, click here. It’s $15 online and $20 at the event.
Now that the little ones are asleep or it’s finally time to put on that costume you’ve been working on for the last two months, so you can win one of the many costume contests happening on the Island, let’s talk about happenings for the adults.
Martha’s Vineyard — for as quiet as it is this late in the season — has no shortage of Halloween tricks.
Before the shenanigans, you can take a Ghost Walking Tour in Oak Bluffs, learning about some of the eery facts of this old town with Gary Cook. To reserve a spot, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-627-4311 x 106.
In Edgartown, you can shake your ghoul thing at Port Hunter. It’s their final night of the season and there’s a themed dinner. I bet it is going to be packed and so damn fun. There’s a staff costume contest where guests are the judges and the Gratefuldread takes the stage at 10:00 p.m.
There’s also the Atlantic’s annual Halloween bash. With the DJ spinning some tunes to make you dance and their awesome Halloween contest for best costume, this too is a great way to party away Halloween night.
You can also take your scary self into Oak Bluffs where the Lampost hosts its annual Halloween closing party. This is a big event.
The Boogies make you get down like it’s nobody’s business. Each year, they delight the crowd with the best group costume on the Island. Go late and stay late, and don’t forget there’s a lot of competition for the best costume!
The Ritz is celebrating the whole weekend — Halloweekend — with live music and of course a Halloween party on Saturday night. Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish are going to bring the house down! This is going to be the scene!
No matter where you go, we hope you have a frighteningly good time that’s safe and of course, filled with lots of tricks and treats! Let me know if I missed a happening Halloween spot for some fun. I’d love to include it!
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