Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

October 26, 2012

Plenty of seasonal delights on the vine this Halloween

Get ready for a spooktacular time

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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.

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