The Spooky Side of Sturbridge
A Spooky Contender at the Scarecrow Contest in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Photo copyright 2010 Kathryn Acciari
Living in Massachusetts, where the history of America has very strong roots, it is common to be curious about those who came before us. Myths, stories, and superstitions abound about haunted ships at sea, witches with special powers, and antique homes with friendly spirits.
With fall upon us, and Halloween just weeks away, I thought it would be great fun to explore the spookier side of Sturbridge. Below are some of the more interesting events geared toward those who enjoy an other-world type of experience.
Doo Wop Murder Mystery Dinner/Theatre, Wednesday, October 12 at the Publick House, at 6 pm. Feast on a fine Yankee dinner whilst attempting to solve who-dun-it at the Doo Wop. Reservations (508) 347-7323.
Scarecrow Contest, currently ongoing with voting taking place at Harvest Fest weekend, Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16, on the town common. Sure, you'll see cute pumpkins and stuffed scarecrows, but you will also see the darker side of some of Sturbridge's most creative inhabitants in the spooky sculptures they dream up.
Welcome to the Graveyard - A Virtual Tour of the Cemeteries of Sturbridge, Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm, Sturbridge Town Hall. The Gravestone Girls will provide a virtual journey of the symbolism and history of three graveyards in Sturbridge. Reserve your spot by calling the Joshua Hyde Library (508) 347-2512.
A Hallow Beer Dinner, Thursday, October 27 at the Publick House, 6 pm. The Publick House and local Pioneer Brewing team up to offer a goulishly delicious evening of dinner and beer. Nurture your inner monster with scrumptuous bat wings, eye balls, roast beast, brains, and monster mash. Reserve your spot (508) 347-7323 x400.
Things That Go Bump in the Night and Trail of Terror, Saturday, October 29, at Old Sturbridge Village. A bone-chilling exploration of the Village at night. Things That Go Bump in the Night is appropriate for all ages; Trail of Terror for age 11 and up. And if that doesn't give you goosebumps, schedule a reading with psychic Gary McKinstry (who claims that the Publick House is haunted!). Tickets required - call now as this event sells out quickly (800) 733-1830.
Happy Harvest and Happy Halloween to All!
If you have a spooky event taking place in Sturbridge, let me know and I'll add it to this list.
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