---- — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
A country cookout, slush, locally grown corn and apples will be available. Fresh vegetables and fall decorations such as dried corn stalks will be available for purchase. More information is available at chrisfarmstand.com or 978-994-4315.
Community health fair Oct. 13
Merrimack Valley Hospital’s annual Community Health Fair is Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
This year’s fair, held in collaboration with Trinity EMS, will feature a free family barbecue, music, and fun for the whole family. The day includes free demonstrations by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, Curious Creatures, martial arts demonstrations, fitness demonstrations, free bicycle helmets from Kiwanis while supplies last, safety demonstrations, free face painting and sand art, giveaways, raffles, and dozens of health related vendors. More information is available from Kate Bailey at 978-420-1157.
Free seminar on hepatitis C
Hepatitis C and Baby Boomers, a medical Meet the Expert seminar with Gastroenterologist Bridget Jennings Seymour, MD, is Oct. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first floor auditorium.
Seymour will help attendees understand why hepatitis C is feared, who is at risk, what is involved in testing and how hepatitis C is managed. The event brings one free contact hour for nursing. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required by calling 978-420-1168 or at email@example.com. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.
Poetry reading at NECC Oct. 16
Tom Sexton, professor emeritus of English at the University of Alaska and former poet laureate of Alaska, will present a poetry reading Oct. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus.
The reading is free and open to the public and will be held in Lecture Hall A in the Spurk Building, 100 Elliott St. A 1966 graduate of NECC and a Lowell native, Sexton will read from his books “Bridge Street at Dusk” and “A Clock with No Hands,” both of which feature poems about Lowell during the 1940s and 1950s.
After the reading, Sexton will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his books, which will be for sale. This reading is sponsored by Parnassus, the college’s arts and literary magazine; the Alumni Office; the Office for Institutional Advancement; the library; and Marketing Communications. More information is available from Lindsey Mayo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-556-3621.