BlogHaunted Houses and Spooky Hayrides in Maine
Happy Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve ! This spooky holiday is just a few days away from celebration and Box of Maine has compiled some mysterious activities for the entire family. Originally a tradition celebrated in Ireland and Scotland, in the 19th century, many Irish and Scottish migrants brought many Halloween customs to North America, and then through American influence, Halloween has spread to many other countries around the world with different variations.
Here in Maine we love visiting creepy haunted houses, getting entangled in corn mazes, screaming loud from a horror movie and of course dressing up as our favorite superhero– but it’s just so much more entertaining the younger you are, I remember chatting with the neighborhood kids on the bus ride home from school on how many houses I could hit in one night. Trust me, trick or treating was a battle I fought only once a year, after stampeding all over the “Tree Streets” in Bangor and what seemed like forever until all the porch lights flicked off and I waddled home to count my booty.
Once home, I spent the remaining hours feeling the happiness of a chocolate comatose. I just couldn’t understand how people just give you free candy but as a young Maine pup, I just didn’t care. So Mom & Dad or Grandma or Grandpa, bring those kids out for a scary & spooky adventures and show them how haunted and fun Maine truly is.
These are memories every little gremlin out there should have, Box of Maine hopes you enjoy our recommendations, I definitely recommend purchasing tickets to any of the events I’ve listed below as soon as possible, space is limited. Have fun and be safe !
Maineiac Manor – 663 Stillwater Ave. Bangor, Maine 04401
Maineiac Manor – 663 Stillwater Ave. Bangor, Maine 04401
Haunted Grandview Manor – 139 TM Wentworth Rd. Lebanon, Maine 04027
Volunteers Wanted – All Positions are Volunteer. There are no paid positions at this time. However, this is a commitment as our haunt season runs every weekend of the month of October and the first weekend in November.
Actors – Are to arrive 1 hour before gates open or earlier. (6 to 10:30pm)
We would like actors to volunteer for the whole night.
Make Up Artist – Are to arrive 2 hours before gates open. (5-7)
Parking Attendants – Are to arrive 45 mins prior to gates opening. (6:15pm-9)
This maybe done if shifts depending on how many volunteers we have for this position.
- Monday: CLOSED
- Tuesday: CLOSED
- Wednesday: CLOSED
- Thursday:6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
- Friday:7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday:7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Sunday:7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Phone Number – (207) 457 – 0338
Location – 139 T M Wentworth Road, Lebanon, ME
“The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) and the Kotzschmar Organ (20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME 04101)
“You must know that I am made of death, from head to foot, and it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you!”―
We firmly believe THIS is the way to celebrate Halloween in Portland, Maine. The annual silent film honoring Halloween is a fan favorite, and we’re excited to be back in Merrill Auditorium with our loyal fans of all things dark and spooky!
Kennerley improvises the music for these events, and no two performances are ever the same. If you’re joining us earlier in the month at the Saco Drive-In (October 16) – don’t expect the same exact music at this performance. THAT is the beauty of improvisation, and our own James Kennerley is the hands-down master of this difficult-to-master skill!
Join Municipal Organist James Kennerley as he brings life, intrigue and, most importantly, brilliant musical accompaniment to The Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 American silent musical horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. This silent movie classic will be silent no more when Kennerley adds his magnificent playing to the film!
The movie will begin at 7:00pm.
We are still evaluating whether our annual costume contest will be held. We will update this page as those details are finalized. The contest will begin before the movie if we are able to hold it.
Tickets are $18-$23, plus applicable PortTIX fees.
Tickets are available through PortTIX, the trusted box office for The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ.
Location: Merrill Auditorium – 20 Myrtle St, Portland, ME
By PHONE at 207.842-0800 or ONLINE.
Judgement Day at the Haunted Courthouse – 23 Courthouse Rd. Dresden, Maine 04342
Website – Click here
Times: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Admission: $10 per adult and will be available in advance through the organization’s website – Click here
Tickets are free for children under 16
Location : Pownalborough Court House
23 Court House Rd. Dresden, Me (Outside of Augusta, Maine)
Join us for a family–friendly presentation of Halloween-inspired ballet by students of the Senior and Pre-Professional Divisions at Portland School of Ballet!
Halloween-themed dances are combined with famous classical music for a performance that is ideal for all ages!
This performance will include a raffle drawing and costume parade at intermission, so come dressed in your best Halloween costume!
Face masks are recommended, especially for unvaccinated individuals.
Admission: Adults $17
Kids (12 & under) $12
Location: Westbrook Performing Arts Center – 471 Stroudwater St, Westbrook, ME 4092
Paloween: Trick or Treat at Animal Welfare Society – 46 Holland Rd. Kennebunk, Maine
AWS is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit humane society located in Kennebunk, Maine and is a regional leader in companion animal welfare. Programs and services include pet adoption, training, youth education and a community veterinary clinic.
The Animal Welfare Society operates a progressive animal shelter and adoption center on a 40 acre campus in Kennebunk and satellite adoption centers throughout northern New England.
Join the Animal Welfare Society for a family-friendly Halloween with your furry pals!
We’ll make treats for the dogs, cats and rabbits in the AWS Adoption Center, have a costume parade, and do a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt around AWS’ campus.
Candy, treats and prizes! Paloween takes place outdoors – rain or shine!
FREE. Safe, non-spooky family fun!
Animal Welfare Society – 46 Holland Rd. Kennebunk, ME
Wicked Scary stuff there, I tried to pick out activities in different counties of Maine so I apologize if I wasn’t able to find any cool Halloween ideas in your area. You always have the opportunity to visit a new area of Maine next year. Thanks again for checking out another Box of Maine blog, remember “Safety first” whenever going out in public and be respectful of other’s people’s time. Let the holidays begin !