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The Spooky Side of Sturbridge

The Spooky Side of Sturbridge 

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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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Comment balloon 8 commentsKathryn Acciari • October 01 2011 03:49PM


Dale:  Thanks for stopping by.  It will be a great month here in Sturbridge!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Kathryn:  I look roaming through old cemetaries....something I got from my parents - they loved finding long deceased relatives in obsure cemetaries.  Sturbridge is a wonderful town that I hope to visit again in the near future when I'm back in the Northeast.

Posted by Gwynn Carpenter, : Broker, Home & Hearth Realty (512)467-6191 (Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin)) over 8 years ago

Kathryn, Nice way to promote the fun adventures this season in Sturbridge MA ~ Looks like there's plenty "spooky" ways to enjoy!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 8 years ago

Hi Kathryn - It sounds like fun.  Have a bootiful day.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 8 years ago

Gwynne:  Some of the cemetaries near here are also great for jogging.  If you do come to Sturbridge, please let me know!

Larry and Sheila:  Thank you - October is always a fun month in this region.

Conrad:  Awe, you're so cute!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Sounds like lots of spooktacular gun, Kathryn. I love October with all it's goblins and ghosties.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Kathryn  My goodness, that is a broad range of spooky places for all ages to enjoy

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 8 years ago

I just love Halloween.. It is so much fun.. this sounds like a fun time also..

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 8 years ago