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Halloween Events

October 22nd, 2012

The sunsets are coming earlier now, the trees growing denuded of leaves. The time is coming when the veil between the worlds dissolve…that’s right Halloween is coming! Whether you call it All Hallows Eve or Samhain (pronounced “Sah-wan”), you don’t need to fight the crowds of Salem. There are plenty of ghosts and magic to be found right here.

According to Mazochi, the best part of GhostTown is “Having a random person exiting with the look of sheer terror and delight on their face, to tell you they thought it was fantastic and will be back next year!”

Halloween starts early in Provincetown, with the opening of the 4th Annual GhostTown Haunted Attraction on October 25th. For seven nights, you can scare yourself silly traveling past spooky graves, pirate ruins and condemned buildings, where you’ll encounter all manner of ghosties, ghouls and the living dead. The event is the brainchild of producer David Mazochi, who commented that “I’ve been infatuated by Halloween since childhood. At about age 12, I started hosting haunted houses and puppet shows in the basement of my family’s house.”

In the concept stage, GhostTown usually takes a team of 2-5 people to develop the ideas into realistic scenarios. The construction and fabrication stage involves a team of about 10 people over the course of 5 months. The show itself takes 13-15 actors, 3 front of the house and 5 backstage people. According to Mazochi, the best part of GhostTown is “Having a random person exiting with the look of sheer terror and delight on their face, to tell you they thought it was fantastic and will be back next year!” Tickets are available online for $15 and at the gate for $17. The web site does recommend that this is more appropriate for kids who are 11-12 years or older.

Friday, October 26 marks the arrival of dozens of large furry characters for Spooky Bear weekend. Come out and celebrate this dark holiday with them at a showing of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Crown and Anchor. Come dressed as characters from the show, or as any other creature of the night that you choose! When you’re finished time-warping, stop in at the Crown’s Saints and Sinners party for a little freestyle dancing! All you “bears” will find a variety of activities on the Spooky Bear website.

On Saturday evening there is a Halloween costume promenade beginning outside Town Hall at 7:30 pm and ending at Atlantic Avenue, after which you can visit your choice of parties. The A-House will host their Big Halloween Party, while Club Purgatory is celebrating Satanic Saturday! Last but not least, the Crown and Anchor will host the Spooky Bear Party & Costume Contest with cash prizes for best group, scariest and sexiest costumes!
Anyone with small children won’t be left out. On Wednesday, October 31st, there will be the Annual Halloween parade from Seashore Point to the Community Center, beginning at 3:15 pm. Sandwiches, snacks and trick-or-treat bags will be available for all children.

If you still have any nerves left unfrayed after the weekend, bring them to Helltown on Winthrop Street, on Halloween night from 7:30-10 pm. For a suggested donation of $5, you can creep your way down Winthrop from Commercial Street to Bradford, braving screams, howls, moving shadows and creatures out to claim your very soul! It’s “not for the faint of heart,” but is open to all who dare…
Should you survive the terrors of Winthrop Street, you can also indulge in one or two “spirits” of the liquid variety at the Crown and Anchor’s Nightmare on Commercial Street Townie party, with spooky music and scary videos.

When November 1st rolls around your feet may have joined the ranks of the living dead, but you’ll have a “hell” of a weekend to brag about!

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and woman-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”.

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