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October 4, 2012

Haverhill in a Minute: Haunted Halloween at castle starts Saturday

Saturday is opening day for Winnekenni Castle’s “Cataclysmic Castle of Fear.”

This Halloween attraction will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Oct. 6 to Oct. 28, plus one specially added event on Thursday, Oct 25. Admission is $18 and $10 for children age 12 and under. This Halloween attraction is not recommended for children under the age of 8. Discount coupons are available online at winnekenni.com. Sunday nights are family nights with $40 admission for two adults and two children age 12 and under.

This year’s event will feature a freshly haunted Maze of Mystery, and the expanded Haunted Castle tour and Howling Hayride of Horror through the Forbidden Forest of Fright. A Children’s Halloween Costume Party is Oct. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. with admission of $8 for children and $5 for adults. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy games, prizes, activities by Little Sprouts Haverhill-NECC, a family hayride and other activities. A photo spot is inside the castle. A Howlin’ Halloween Tent Party with music, dancing and fun is Oct. 19 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and features refreshments, wines, malts and a specially haunted Halloween cocktail.

A limited number of tickets is available. They be purchased online in advance. The nonprofit Winnekenni Foundation Inc. maintains and operates Winnekenni Castle as cultural center for public and private events.The castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. More information is available by emailing winnekenni@yahoo.com, calling 978-521-1686 or at www.winnekenni.com.

Pumpkin Festival weekends on tap

Chris’ Farm Stand at Silsby’s Farm, 436 Salem St, will hold its annual Pumpkin Festivals every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Columbus Day.

Admission is free. Activities, for a small fee, include hay rides, pony rides, a hay castle, corn maze, games for younger kids, and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. A “love a bunny” pen offers children a chance to interact with live bunnies and be photographed by their parents. There will be free farm animal and tractor displays, a free haunted house for toddlers and fall photo opportunities.

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