Witches’ Night Out Newburyport – Dress to Impress!
By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Who says Halloween is just for the little ones? Grab your broomsticks and pointy hats and fly on over to the annual Witches’ Night Out on Friday, October 19th from 6 pm to 9 pm, where “big kids” are invited to haunt the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery in their best Halloween getups. Plan a wicked girls or guys night out or have a scary fun date night and paint the town orange for this Halloween celebration. Couples and group costumes are always a hit!
During Witches’ Night Out, costumed revelers are invited to stroll through town and pop into participating shops that will stay open late for tricks and treats. Many stores get creative with eerie decorations and offer up spooktacular snacks and drinks. And while all of town will be frighteningly exciting, there are a few shops that always outdo themselves. Kevin Riley, owner of Partridge in a Bear Tree, is known for his over the top decorations for just about every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. This shop is a must visit for all witches in know. You may even find some great decorations and ideas to make your own house the spookiest on the block. Next, head up State Street to pay a visit to Fluke’s & Finds. Along with ghoulish treats and great shopping, you will also find owner Susan Dieker serving up her famous Witches’ brew. Just a quick broom ride across the street will bring you to Farley’s of Newburyport where owner Lisa Burke is known by all to host great shopping parties. Expect fun themed snacks and drinks and great shopping opportunities.
All witches, warlocks and anything else that goes bump in the night, are invited to end the festivities at The Grog for the Witches’ Night Out costume contest. The contest kicks off at 9:15 pm, but we all know witches like to have fun at night, so expect the party to keep on going.
To find even more fun events happening this Halloween season, visit our Newburyport EVENTS CALENDAR.
Nunan’s Fall Festival – An Annual Fall Family Tradition
By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
The Annual Nunan’s Fall Festival is back on Saturday, October 13th for another year of fun fall activities for the whole family! Join Nunan’s from 11 am to 3 pm to celebrate the coming of the new season. Nunan’s has plenty in store for this year. Curious Creatures will be on site from 12 to 2:30 pm, where kids will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with a variety of animals including an alligator, bunny, tortoise, chinchilla, and other cool creatures. Always a fan favorite with kids (and adults too!), Pumpkin Bowling will return this year as well. And of course, there will be face painting, and kids crafts to make their October memorable, and free popcorn! Nunan’s Fall Festival will also feature a couple beautiful cornhole platforms for everyone to enjoy. For mom, dad, and other adults, there will be a great display of fall décor items, such as Mums, pumpkins, cornstalks, and more!
Plus, Nunan’s state-of-the-art 18-hole miniature golf course will be open from 10 am to 9:30 pm. Visit them and putt your way to victory – your see if your score might get you up on their leaderboard! At the end of the season, the top scores will compete for bragging rights, a free ice cream, and a trophy!
The Nunan’s Fall Festival has always been a fun, fantastic way to spend a Saturday with the family. Head on over next weekend from 11 am to 3 pm and join in on the fun! Nunan’s is located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown.
Halloween Events in Newburyport
There are so many great annual Halloween events in Newburyport that the city has become know as destination for Halloween fun. Decorations go up each year at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. The 2018 festivities will be held October 7th and 8th, hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and featuring live entertainment, food vendors and all sorts of shopping. The lampposts are decorated with very creative scarecrows that are sponsored by local small business owners. If you are looking for more detailed information on any of the following events, check the Newburyport.comEvents Calendar.
Join Untapped History this October, for candlelight lead tours through Newburyport and share some of the strange, spooky and historically accurate tales of the ‘Port and New England! Beware Newburyport! Tales of shipwrecks, witches, unexplained hauntings and vampire epidemics. These special tours will be held October, 13th, 20th and 27th. Book your candlelight tour today, if you dare!
Witches Night Out is one of the Halloween events that seems to grow in popularity each year. More and more people are coming to Newburyport dressed for the occasion and ready to enjoy a fun night of shopping, drinks and snacks at many of the local Newburyport retailers. On Friday night, October 19th from 6-9 pm, folks shop and show off their costumes along the main streets of downtown Newburyport as well as the Tannery Marketplace. The highlight for many folks is a visit to Partridge in a Bear Tree, famous for having the most unique Halloween decorations in area, and all other holidays too. Although you will spot a few very young witches early in the evening, this event is geared more towards the adults. As the shopping winds down, the Witches & Warlocks head to the 2nd floor of The Grog at 9 pm for a fun Halloween Costume Contest at 9:15 pm.
Maudslay is Haunted is hosted by Theater in the Open featuring a walking tour of short spooky skits. From start to finish you should allow at least an hour and a half take this haunted tour. This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st from 1:30-4 pm. There is a rain date of October 27th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.
The Newburyport Downtown & Tannery Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 26th. Families with small children are encouraged come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local retailers. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with very small children to ease their way into trick or treating while introducing them to Newburyport’s fun Halloween events!
Start your Halloween with Maritime Trick-or-Treat at the Custom House Maritime Museum from 10 am – 4 pm on October 31st. Mom’s, Dads and Grandparents are encourage to bring kids in costume for a free visit to the museum. Ring the giant ship’s bell and scare the ghosts and goblins! Find a treasure chest treat! Plus Halloween coloring, jokes and riddles!
Anna Jaques Hospital features an annual Halloween Party on their front lawn at 25 Highland Avenue. The party runs from 4:30 – 7 pm on October 31st, giving folks enough time to stop at the Hospital before the official start of trick-or-treating. Other families just make it part of their trick-or-treating route. Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, candy, hot chocolate, apple cider, cotton candy and the bouncy house!
The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport official Trick or Treating which happens on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM. Before all of the fun ends we highly recommend a drive around town to check out some of the exceptionally spooky homes!
If your trying to find information about the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll, this event is not on the calendar for 2018, but was extremely popular so we hear there is consideration to bring it back in future years. People from Newburyport and the surrounding area carved their pumpkins and brought them to Market Square to be proudly featured on hay bails in the center of the square. Spectators enjoyed Halloween music while viewing hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns. This showcase featured an extremely eclectic array of designs. Everything form ornate etched creepy carvings to super hero’s, Scooby Doo and really cool ghosts, bats and more.
Newburyport ArtWalk – Explore a Community of Talent Step by Step
A Walking Tour Featuring Exceptional Local Art
Newburyport Art Walk
The Newburyport ArtWalk is a FREE, self-guided tour that allows you to explore galleries throughout Newburyport’s Historic District.
Four times a year the artists from the Newburyport community showcase special exhibits, as well as participate in discussion about art and offer painting demonstrations. Mark your calendar now for the 2018 schedule: April 21st, June 23rd, August 18th and November 3rd.
You’ll also receive a free brochure and map to assist you on your journey. These items can be found at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, and the passageway between State and Inn Streets, as well as at ArtWalk Partner locations.
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