Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/10/06
Hi there, early this week, couldn’t wait! Haunted houses again are at the bottom, they are the weird thing of the week.
The non-Halloween weirdness of the week is the Skillz 4 Billz Breakdancing Competition. Yes, you heard me! Oct 14-15, YMCA Chinatown at 8 Oak Street, Brighton. http://myspace.com/ofshadowandearth
If that’s not weird enough, check out Owl Day at Peabody Essex Museum, Oct 15th, http://www.pem.org. Salem, MA. 1-3:30pm live owl & various owl exhibits & events. Wood carving, pine cone sculptures, film. It’s right in Salem center so make a whole day of it and see the other events.
In fact, while you’re there make sure to check out the Legacy of the Hanging Judge, which I may have mentioned before, but it’s going on all month at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem. It is basically a theatre performance which takes place in novelist Hawthorne’s old house and featuring the house itself. I went last year and it was spooky and fun.
During the day, Fort Point Open Studios is open Oct 13-15, Local arts exhibition. Fri 4-8, Sat & Sun 12-6. http://www.fortpointarts.org. This is probably the best of all the open studios, but they’ll do it again in time for Xmas, don’t worry. Also the Arlington Open Studios is happening, I kinda feel like Somerville and Arlington are competing to be Cambridge and Arlington got booted out. Oct 14-15, http://www.acarts.org. 12-5pm.
The Society for Creative Anachronism is hosting the SCA Falling Leaves, which is one of 2 largest SCA Boston annual events for medeival re-enactment. Sunday Oct 15. http://www.carolingia.eastkingdom.org/e
And, like we don’t have enough walks around Boston, the American Diabetes Walk, http://www.mass.gov/dcr/events/hatch.pd
Obviously not realizing that we have very important things to do such as visit haunted houses, Aretha Franklin is coming to town Oct 14. Opera House, Boston. http://www.ticketmaster.com. $45-$75. And next week, Good Charlotte is playin The Avalon, Oct 18.
And now for some ongoing stuff! Apparently the Freedom Trail Frenzy Scavenger Hunt is going to be a regular event from now on, see http://www.watsonadventures.com, Oct 14, Oct 21. RSVP for meeting spot. 2-4:30pm. Test your knowledge of Old Boston. For adults. $15.
Also King Richard’s Faire continues, to Oct 22. http://www.kingrichardsfaire.net. However, the CT Ren Faire closes this weekend, http://www.ctfaire.com.
Almost all the haunted houses will finally be open this weekend.
Livingston Street Terror. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu
Barrett’s Haunted Mansion. http://www.bhmansion.com. 1235 Bedford St, Abington, MA. 781-871-4573. MY RATING: A. Rt 3S to Rt 18S. 7-10:30pm daily except 1-5,10,11,12,31. A BIG one worth seeing.
Asylum of Horror (haunted house). http://www.asylumofhorror.com. Anawan St. Fall River, MA. 508.324.7709. MY RATING: A-. Sep 29,30, Oct 1,6,7,8,9,13,14,15,19,20,21,22,26-31, 7pm+ . See website for coupons. See the Factory of Terror also in Fall River while you’re there.
Castle of the Damned at Hammond Castle. MY RATING: B. Fri & Sat Oct 13-28. 7-10:45pm. 10:45 is last ticket. http://www.hammondcastle.org. 80 Hesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA. 978-283-2080. It’s very theatrical and interesting, the one that’s most like a theatre production, but… just not that scary. Good one to take kids too. Unfortunately it’s quite a ride away on the North Shore from Boston.
Berwick’s House of Horrors (Berwick’s Boys Foundation). UNRATED. http://www.berwick.org/text/HAUNTED.h
Haunted Mansion @ Victorian Park. http://www.hhhproductions.com. Salem, NH. 603-898-1803. UNRATED. Rt 93N to ex 3, Rt 111E to Rt 28S. Fri-Sun Oct 6-22 + 25-31 from 6:30pm. See website for coupon.
Jaycees Haunted House @ Walpole Mall. http://www.foxborojaycees.org. Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St. Foxboro, MA. 508-543-0712. UNRATED. Fri-Sun Oct 6-30 + Oct 31. FS 7-11, Sun 7-10. Rt 95S to exit 10. Right off exit. 1/4 mile on rt.
Factory of Terror (haunted house). http://www.factoryofterror.com. Fall River, MA. MY RATING: B-. Rt 195E to exit 5. Left off exit. Behind Dunkin Donuts. 6:30-11pm, Oct 13-16,20-23,25-31. Extensive 35-room haunted house. See website for coupons. A BIG one worth seeing. See the Asylum of Horror in Fall River while you’re there.
Witch’s Woods (haunted house). http://www.witchswoods.com. Nashoba Ski, Westford, MA. 978-692-3033. MY RATING: C. Rt 2W to Rt. 2A/119, 6mi to Powers Rd. The worst one, skip it! Every Thu-Sun night Sep 29-Oct 28 + Oct 30,31.
Spooky World. http://www.spookyworld.com/. Bayside Expo Center, Boston, MA. Probably the same as last year’s “Hallowscream”, which I rated C+. 6pm-11pm Fri Sat Sun. Matinees start 1pm Oct 21,22,28,29