Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Plenty of seasonal delights on the vine this Halloween

Get ready for a spooktacular time

The Andover Townsman

---- — Trick or treat Halloween night

Get those bowls of candy ready.

Andover will host trick-or-treating on Halloween night itself, Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Big band masquerade ball

Andover adults can enjoy big band music and dancing the Sunday before Halloween.

The newly formed Andover Senior Community Friends is hosting a masquerade ball as the latest installment in the popular Crystal Ballroom dance series.

The masquerade will be at the Town House, also known as Andover’s Old Town Hall, 20 Main St., on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. Costumes are optional, but there will be many dancers adorned in masks, according to organizers.

The Crystal Ballroom series is meant to evoke the feeling of a former Andover dance attraction that brought the likes of Duke Ellington to perform for residents decades ago.

Big band era music for listening and dancing will be provided by D.B.’s Orchestra, with dance instruction by Dance New England during the first hour.

Free parking is available behind the building.

Advance tickets are $10 for singles and $18 for couples and are available from ASCF at the Andover Senior Center (978-623-8321) or the Andover Bookstore (978-475-0143). Limited tickets will be available at the door for $12 and $20.

Singers try to knock ‘em dead

Andover High School Vocal Music is presenting its third annual cabaret, with the theme “Songs from the Dead.”

The night before Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. some of the high school’s most talented singers will perform “signature songs of performers who have gone to the other side,” according to organizers. “Conjure up Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lennon and many others and enjoy what promises to be a spirited evening of song.”

The price won’t haunt you. Admission is $5 and tickets are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the Andover High Vocal Music Department.

Return to the witch trials

The Andover Historical Society will bring people back to the days of the witch trials on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. with an event called “Trials and Taverns.”

Salem State University historian Dr. Emerson Baker will discuss the bewitched and debauched Quaker tavern at the center of his book, The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England.

There are many interesting links between witchcraft and taverns in early New England,” according to the Historical Society. “Puritans viewed taverns as a necessary evil. Travelers needed a place to stay and eat, and sessions of court were sometimes even held in them –including the early hearings in the Salem witch trials.”

Reservations are required. Call 978-475-2236 or register online. The cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

Tricks and Treats at Skate Park

The park will close its gates for the 2012 season on Sunday, Oct. 28 with a contest that’s half skating, half costume party.

The crew from the Youth Services and the Andover Skate Park have partnered with local shoe company Converse to throw one final bash to close things out.

There will be skate contests throughout the day, including best tricks, high Ollie and more. We will also be holding contests for best costumes and finish off the night with a -- costume mandatory -- contest in the bowl,” according to Tony Lombardi, program coordinator. “The Youth Services would like to extend an invitation to the entire community to come down and enjoy the last couple of days of the skate park season.”

Music will be provided by local middle school and high school bands.

Converse is picking up the tab so entry into the park and any of the contests will be free. All participants will need to have a completed Andover Skate Park waiver on file and register for contests the day of the event.

The park will open and registration will begin at noon. Contests will begin around 2 p.m. and run through the final bowl contest which will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Call 978-623-8241 or email

Creatures of the night - at wildlife sanctuary

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield will hold its annual Halloween Happenings for families on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27.

Join the sanctuary for a safe, non-scary, fun-filled, guided family night walk through the forest to learn about the creatures of the night and explore some of the history and myths that surround Halloween.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume, but to dress warmly because they will be outdoors for about an hour. Allow about 1-1/2 hours total.

The event is recommended for children ages 5 through 10, accompanied by an adult.

The program begins in the barn with games and activities to keep kids entertained until their group goes out. Registration times are 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The walks are held rain or shine. Refreshments will greet participants at the end of the program.

Advance registration with payment is required. No walk-ins. Cost is $9.25 per person (adult or child), $8.25 Mass Audubon members.

To register, call 978-887-9264.