Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 17, 2013

Tapping into the Halloween season

The Andover Townsman

---- — The bewitching season is in full swing in Andover.

All 10 schools in Andover are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their creations for the Andover Coalition for Education’s first Scarecrow Festival.

The students’ finished, stuffed hay figures, which highlight the core curriculum being taught in the public schools this year, will finally be unveiled on Sunday, Oct. 20, when they go on display on the light posts up and down Main Street in downtown Andover.

The fall festival, which is being presented with support from the Andover Business Community Association, will culminate Sunday, Oct. 27, at noon with a Festive Gathering featuring Andover High School vocal groups and refreshments at Old Town Hall on Main Street. The event is free. Visit for more.

Meanwhile, the Halloween happenings at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St., are continuing through the end of the month. Here is a look at what’s ahead:

Saturday, Oct. 19 — Costume Workshop: Join exhibit curator Angela McBrien in a one-hour flapper dress workshop using a one-hour method published in the 1920s. Sewing machine, fabric and basic sewing kit required. Fee $25, members $20.

Sunday, Oct. 20 — “The Family Plot — Gravestone Culture & Cemetery Lessons for Families:” Spend an afternoon with a guide exploring the early headstones at South Church Cemetery; recommended for ages 10 and up. Fee: $15 for family of four.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 — Wicked History Kids Halloween Party: Children in grades two through five will enjoy a ghoulish (but not too scary!) afternoon learning about the history of Halloween, seeing costumes from years ago, making crafty creations and playing games; costumes encouraged. Fee: $10 per child.

Saturday, Oct. 26 — “History on Tap – A Vintage Halloween Party:” Get those costumes ready for a bewitching evening at Andover Town House (also known as Old Town Hall) on Main Street. The event will include music with DJ Ted Teichert, Victorian fortune telling, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a photo booth and more surprises. Vintage attire or Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not required. Fee: $40.

Unless noted, events take place at the historical society at 97 Main St. Space is limited; registration is requested. Call 978-475-2236 to reserve a spot or register online at