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2018 Halloween Events on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, October 22, 2018

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A visit to Cape Cod in late October means you can participate in the region’s various Halloween events. There is something for everyone on the Cape at Halloween, haunted houses, parades, family-friendly festivals, and adult-orientated parties are abundant throughout the last couple of weeks of the month.

As a result, it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling as a couple, with friends, or are bringing the family along, you can find something to do around Halloween that suits your needs. Have a look at 2018’s Halloween events on Cape Cod and figure out exactly what you want to do during the spookiest time of the year.

Haunted Outings

A Halloween staple in most parts of the country is the haunted house. On Cape Cod, in addition to haunted houses, there are some unique haunted outings that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. A slightly different take on the traditional haunted house takes place between October 25 and 30 from 6:00 until 8:30 PM at the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport. This event is called Captain Lazarus' Haunted Harbor, and it puts a nautical spin on the haunted house. The Haunted Harbor uses special effects and actors to create perhaps the scariest event on Cape Cod during the Halloween season. It's $10 to visit, but keep in mind that younger children might find it too frightening and, therefore, organizers recommend it for kids older than eight and adults.

Another unique event taking place this Halloween is the Haunted Forest at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. On October 26 between 5:15 and 8:00 PM, there will be walking tours of the forest, which volunteers will decorate for the occasion, along with face-painting and a game room. You'll have to preregister for the event, as each time slot can only accommodate 20 people, and keep in mind that at least one adult must accompany every visitor under the age of 18.

Halloween Parades

Halloween parades are great because they encourage participation and provide an excellent chance to view some costumes. If you're interested in checking out or participating in a Halloween parade, you'll have a few different options from which to choose. Every year, the Brewster Ladies' Library hosts a Halloween Parade along Main Street between the library and The Brewster Store. The parade gets started on October 26 at 10:00 AM, and if you show up in your costume with your kids, you are more than welcome to participate. After the parade, feel free to head on over to Kinlin Grover Real Estate's Brewster office for some snacks.

The next day, on October 27, the Barnstable Village Halloween Parade takes place between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. You can join the parade by heading to the County Courthouse Complex. After the completion of the march, your kids can participate in a costume contest and dance party, take a hayride, and try some ice cream. The highlight of the event is the trunk or treating, where kids can get treats from the trunks of the various decorated cars that participated in the parade.

Family-Friendly Parties

When visiting the Cape with the kids near Halloween, it makes sense to track down some family-friendly events to attend. Luckily, Cape Cod has you covered in this regard, as there are numerous festivals and parties for children. The Halloween Family Festival takes place on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. This festival included free activities like a craft table, rides on a vintage carousel, a spooky Model T, a dance party, and entertainment around the fire, in addition to paid events like a haunted house, dunk tank, carnival games, and face-painting. It's $5 to get into the venue, and family passes are available for a discounted rate. While parking is limited on-site at the museum, additional spaces are on offer at Henry T. Wing School, and there is a free shuttle operating throughout the event.

Adult Halloween Events

If you're visiting the Cape without the kids, you might be interested in some of the adult-orientated parties taking place throughout the Halloween season. These events vary in their scope, as some are scary, some are unique, and others involve alcohol, so choose based on the type of night out you’re seeking.

Jake Rooney's, which is a restaurant in Harwichport, will host Jake's Halloween Seance on October 30 at 6:30 PM. This event costs $55 per person and includes a buffet dinner, along with a seance experience where a medium will attempt to make contact with the dead. This event is for 18+ only.

Of course, if you want to do something different for Halloween this year, you can visit Provincetown at any point during the week, as there is sure to be something going on. P-Town really gets into the Halloween spirit, as most of the bars and clubs have special events and also parties, concerts, performances, and even a haunted hotel. There are ghost tours on October 26 and 27, and a ghost hunt on the 27th, as well.

Heading Out in the Halloween Season

This list barely scratches the surface of the Halloween happenings on Cape Cod this year, as there are even more parties, performances, festivals, and events for you to check out this October. For example, many bars, businesses, churches, and organizations will have something going on around Halloween, so have a look around to see what you can find while you’re here. Numerous towns and villages, including Hyannis, Harwich, Pocasset, and Yarmouth, organize safe trick or treating events, so you can be sure that your children are out of danger while they're out collecting candy.

Consider a Cape Cod vacation rental this October and throughout the fall because there is always something to do on the Cape, even after the summer has ended.

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Check Out the Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, October 1, 2018

Yarmouth Seaside Festival


Although the Cape is mainly a summer destination, plenty of reasons to visit in other seasons exist. As we move into fall, for example, autumn festivals are taking place up and down Cape Cod, and most are excellent events for the entire family.

One of these festivals is the Yarmouth Seaside Festival, a tradition on Columbus Day weekend every year. This year’s event will go ahead between October 6 and 8, with most events taking place at Joshua Sears Memorial Field in South Yarmouth. Some functions be held at the beaches and other venues around town, however. This year's festival will be its 40th edition and will include activities like a craft fair, a parade, rides, food, races, and fireworks.

If you're thinking about visiting Cape Cod this fall, the Yarmouth Seaside Festival is just one of the prominent events taking place as the leaves start to change. And since the festival is free, unless of course to buy crafts or food, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.


Arts and Crafts Fair

The arts and crafts fair at the event attracts more than 125 vendors from all over New England to Yarmouth, selling everything from ceramics to jewelry to collections of local art. This fair is a great place to look for Christmas presents or souvenirs, as you're sure to find items that aren't available anywhere else.

The craft fair runs on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to get out there and see what you can find. It takes place at Joshua Sears Memorial Field, and there is plenty of parking nearby.


Rides, Games, Music, and Food

You’ll find a wide range of other events at the same location as the arts and crafts fair. It all starts on Saturday morning with pumpkin decorating, followed by a science show, animal encounter, trampoline show, and pie-eating contest. On Sunday, the science show, trampoline demonstration, and animal encounter are back, and there is a demonstration by the police department’s K-9 unit, as well.

There are concerts, food vendors, rides, and games throughout the entire weekend, so make sure you stop by at some point. The kid's tent show is a particularly popular event, with concerts taking place in two locations on a rotating schedule.


The Races

If you haven't witnessed any of the races that are part of the Yarmouth Seaside Festival, you're truly missing out because they add a unique flavor to the weekend as a whole. Perhaps the most popular is the Bed Race. In this event, four team members push a custom-made bed through a course with a fifth team member riding it. There are awards for winning the race, in addition to the most outrageous bed and worst-designed bed. The bed race takes place at Bridgewater State University at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 6. Even if you don't have time to put a bed or a team together, it's fun to head down there to experience it for yourself.

On Sunday, October 7, there will be a 3-mile road race through the streets of South Yarmouth. This race begins and ends at Bridgewater State University, with everything getting started at 9:00 AM. You can register the day of the run if you get down there by about 8:00, allowing you to participate if you're in the mood for a jog. Finally, on Monday, October 8, there's a canoe and kayak race from Bass River Beach to Wilbur Park. The race goes upriver, with a party taking place at the Sea Dog Brew Pub once the last racer has crossed the finish line.


Fireworks and Bonfires

On the Saturday night, you can head to Bass River Beach for a bonfire, starting at 6:00 PM. The fire is a family-friendly event and a great place to just hang out and enjoy the company of some locals.

There are fireworks on the Sunday at Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth. They get started at about 8:00 PM and this year's presentation is in memory of Bob Stanton, a long-time member of the event's organizing committee. Make sure you bring your beach chairs.


The Parade

One of the event's annual highlights is the parade, which runs down Route 28 from the old drive-in across from Captain Parker's Pub in West Yarmouth to the Massachusetts State Police building in South Yarmouth. The entire route is 1.8 miles in length, so there are plenty of places for you to find a spot to watch.

The parade has plenty of things for the entire family to enjoy, including old cars, floats, military vehicles, and marching bands. Because the upcoming festival is the 40th anniversary, you can expect it to be extra special this time around.


Start the Fall Right

As long as you’re on Cape Cod in the fall, you might as well get out there and enjoy everything this area has to offer. Just because the crowds have left after the summer doesn’t mean there isn’t something to do each and every day and you might even enjoy it more because you won’t have to wait in lines or struggle to find parking.

The Cape is positively becoming a destination for all seasons and the fact that Yarmouth puts on the Seaside Festival every year provides just one more reason to spend your fall holiday in a Cape Cod vacation rental.

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