12 Spooky👻 & Fun Things to Do Locally & More!

by | Oct 21, 2022

ACE Scarecrow Festival Downtown Andover

Late October Happenings in Andover & North Andover

The Buzz on ACE Scarecrows, Free Moving Night & Halloween Shopping at The Village Studio, Sweet Mimi’s, Jaime’s Restaurant, Andover Fit Body Boot Camp, Gluten-Free Donuts, Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin Decorating, Salem Haunted Happenings, North Andover Witchcraft History Tour, Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Andover Restaurant Fire & Kindness for Colleen.

Tour the ACE Scarecrows 🎃 in Downtown Andover

About 100 scarecrows line Main Street in Downtown Andover. It’s all part of the ACE (Andover Coalition for Education) Scarecrow Festival. Which runs October 15th through the 19th. And is entering its tenth year of raising funds for Andover Public Schools. So, take a stroll downtown soon to check them out. And bring the kids for the ACE Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt!

ACE Scarecrow in Downtown Andover

PA Robotics Scarecrow in Downtown Andover for ACE Scarecrow Festival


Attend Free Movie 🎥 Night at The Village Studio

Saturday, October 29th, is FREE movie night at The Village Studio in North Andover. Kids can watch Hotel Transylvania in the outside parking lot. Costumes welcome! While you shop all the locally, homemade Halloween goods inside the shop. Plus, in-store sales, raffles & free tastings!

Free Hotel Transylvania Movie Night

Hotel Transylvania Movie Night at The Village Studio


Shop Halloween 🦇 at The Village Studio

When you shop Halloween at The Village Studio, you truly shop local. Because the North Andover gift shop only carries handmade goods from New England artisans. Like the handmade and hand-painted ceramic pumpkins from Tangle Artistry below. And the shop keeps it fresh. With new in-season goods always on display. So, stop in to shop Halloween today!

Handmade, Hand-Painted Ceramic Pumpkins

Shop Halloween at The Village Studio North Andover and get these locally made ceramic pumpkins


Pick up Some Sweet Mimi’s Halloween 🍬 Candy

Downtown Andover’s Sweet Mimi’s Chocolates has lots of Halloween Candy in stock. Like the Spooky Pops below. So, have some fun with the kids. Bring them to see the ACE Scarecrows and do the Scavenger Hunt. Then pick up some Halloween treats at Sweet Mimi’s for a full day of fun.

Spooky Pops Halloween Candy

Spooky Pops at Downtown Andover's Sweet Mimi's Chocolates


Join the Dark 🧛🏿 Side at Jaime’s Restaurant

Have some grown-up Halloween fun at North Andover’s Jaime’s Restaurant. By joining the dark side with a slice of Rich-Dark-Chocolate Cake. And an Espresso Martini! It’s doubly devilish!

Doubly Devilish Halloween Fun at Jaime’s Restaurant

The Dark Side Chocolate Cake & Espresso Martini at North Andover's Jaime's Restaurant


Do the Dead 💀 Lift at Andover Fit Body Boot Camp

Attention Local skiers ⛷️⛷️⛷️! Single-Leg Deadlifts strengthen hamstrings. And help with balance and ankle stability. So, book your Fall Workouts at Andover Fit Body Boot Camp today.  You’ll be ready for the winter slopes in no time!

Dead Lift for Skiers ⛷️

Andover Fit Body Boot Camp Dead Lift for Skiers


Play Donuts 🍩 on a String with Gluten-Free Donuts

Pick up a dozen Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts at North Andover’s It’s All Good in the Kitchen. Then have some old-fasioned Halloween fun at home and play Donuts on a String.

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donut at It’s All Good in the Kitchen

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts at North Andover's It's All Good in the Kitchen Gluten Free Bakery & Cafe


Pick Your Pumpkin 🎃 at a Local Farm

Can’t guarantee you’ll see the Great Pumpkin. But picking your very-own pumpkin at a local farm is always fun. So stop at one of the pumpkin patches in the area soon. Like, North Andover’s Smolak Farms and Boston Hill Farm. And Londonderry, New Hampshire’s Sunnycrest Farm.

Happy Pumpkin Picker at Londonderry’s Sunnycrest Farm

Kids love the Pumpkin Patch at Londonderry New Hampshire's Sunnycrest Farm


Enter a Pumpkin🎃Decorating Contest

Visit North Andover’s Stevens Memorial Library and sign out a pumpkin for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Open to kids ages 18 and under. Act fast! The pumpkins are going fast. For more information, call the Children’s Room at 978-688-9505 x42010.

Stevens Memorial Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Stevens Memorial Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest


Have Spooky Fun 🧙 at Salem Haunted Happenings

Salem Haunted Happenings is one of the largest celebrations of Halloween in the world. And the historic, North Shore city isn’t far from the Andovers. There are walking tours, haunted houses, special events, shopping, dining, and more. So put on a costume and take a Halloween Road Trip this month.

Salem Haunted Happenings Celebrates 40 Years

Halloween Happening at Salem Massachusetts - a pivotal city in the witch trials


Take the North Andover Witchcraft🧙History Tour

Take the North Andover Witchcraft History Tour (only the trials and executions happened in Salem) on Saturday, October 22nd, at 11 am. Visit North Andover locations involved in the witchcraft trials. See and learn about the Parson Barnard House. The Old Burial Ground. Reverend Francis Dane and his home. As well as, the location of the meeting house.

Cemetery on North Andover Witchcraft History Tour

Cemetery on North Andover Witchcraft History Tour


Attend a Horror👻& Sci-Fi Film Festival

The North Andover Film Festival is back at the North Andover Historical Society. And the theme is Horror and Sci-Fi. For Adults only on Saturday, October 22nd, at 11am.

North Andover Historical Society

North Andover Historical Society


Hope for the Best for Fire🔥Damaged Andover Restaurants

Three Andover restaurants were heavily damaged by fire. The building housing Daxi Greek Cafe & Bar, 15sx, and Sauce (all part of Andolinis Restaurant Group) suffered over $1 Million in damage. The restaurant contained the iconic horseshoe-shaped bar, dating back to the eighties. When it was the popular Backstreet Restaurant. And the building contained art work (see below) by one of the Andolinis Restaurant Group owners. Luckily, there were no injuries.

Art by Daxi Greek Owner at the Iconic Horseshoe-Shaped Bar

Andover's Daxi Greek Surfboard Art at the Bar


Do a Random Act of Kindness for Colleen 💗

Andover-raised Colleen Ritzer’s life was taken tragically in October 2013. However, the dedicated teacher’s positivity and kindness lives on. Perform a random act of kindness in Colleen’s honor on Saturday, October 22nd. Buy someone a coffee. Hold the door for someone. Then, share your act of kindness on social media with the hashtag #Kindness4Colleen. Reshare others’ #Kindness4Colleen posts. Light up social media and someone’s day with a random act of Kindness for Colleen.

Colleen Ritzer 1989-2013

Kindness for Colleen Ritzer

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