Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – Halloween 2017 Edition
FEATURED: Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from the female perspective. It’s also the name of this amazing five-part a cappella vocal ensemble of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Their repertoire fuses traditional Zimbabwean music, Afro jazz, gospel and crossover. With pure voices, a few traditional percussion instruments and dance, Nobuntu’s breathtaking performances touch the humanity in us all. See them in their only Boston-area performance at Rogers Center for the Arts on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before they head to New York City’s Lincoln Center.
ONE: Coffee and Cotton’s monthly Game Night with Connor and Dimitrios will be enhanced with a full-on Horror Edition this Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The spooky selections include One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Zombie Dice, Gloom, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Elder Sign, Pandemic, and more. Prepare for what Dimitrios calls “nail biting, cold sweat inducing and shrieking good fun” … if you dare!
TWO: Haverhill’s Tap Brewing Company is proud to present its third and final year of The Haunted Hall. The terror will be spread across three nights: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12, and all proceeds will be donated to disaster relief organizations.
THREE: The Haverhill YMCA will hold Halloween at the Y from Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Activities include walking through the haunted locker rooms, spooky gymnastics and ghostly gym games. This event is free and open to the public.
FOUR: Celebrate the Halloween season in Downtown Lowell at the Annual Monster Bash & Halloween Stroll from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests and kids games and get spooked at Monster Bash’s all-ages annual haunted house! Participating businesses for trick-or-treating include favorites like Cobblestones, Brew’d Awakening, Sweet Lydia’s and Lowell Burger Company (psst … speaking of which … check out food critic Dean Johnson’s review of that last place in our upcoming November/December issue).
FIVE: Going door-to-door for treats? Pshaw! That’s so 2016. The real hype is all over Lawrence’s Trunk or Treat event on Saturday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the Frost Elementary School parking lot. In addition to the fun of dressing up and getting piles of candy that parents will totally not steal from their unsuspecting little ones, there will be games, face painting and hot apple cider to enjoy!
SIX: The Burlington Parks & Recreation Department will hold their annual Halloween Spooktacular! from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Simonds Park. Put on your kids’ favorite costumes and head over to the park for activities including a bonfire, pumpkin painting, a haunted house tour, a hay maze, snacks, games and more!
SEVEN: Join Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, N.H., as they put on a carnival-themed Halloween Harvestfest on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. to benefit Seacoast Eat Local. They’ll have live music, games and a costume contest for kids, and … for the grown-ups … carnival-themed food specials with beer pairings.
EIGHT: UnchARTed will be putting on a loud and boisterous Halloween Show on Sunday at 7 p.m. in which local bands will do their best renditions of punk bands including The Misfits, Green Day, Siouxsie and the Banshees and My Chemical Romance. Admission is just a $5 donation for this all-ages show.