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October 25, 2012

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---- — Celebrate last weekend before Halloween

This is the last weekend to get your fright on before Oct. 31.

What are your options? Well, you could head to Haverhill’s Castle of Fear, sometimes also known as Winnekenni Castle. Expect thrills and chills from the haunted castle tour, the Mystery Maze and Howling Hayride through the Forbidden Forest. The fun starts tonight through Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for kids under age 12, $18 for adults and $40 for two kids and adults.

For further fun check out the Halloween-themed events at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. The park opens Friday starting at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1 p.m. Visitors can check out five haunted house attractions — from the Dead Shed to Terror in the Corn, as well as the famous cover band, Mini Kiss and a tribute to Madonna. Park admission ranges from $17.99 for those under 48 inches tall or older than age 60, or $32.99 for everyone else. Discounts available, visit Canobie.com for more information.

Life on the Gaza Border

The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation will present the film, “Qassaba: Life on the Gaza Boarder,” Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m., Osgood Landing, 1570-1600 Osgood St., North Andover.

Donations from the event will benefit the many programs of the Federation. Call 978-688-0466 for more information. Tickets are $9 for general admission, $36 for sponsors (two tickets) and can be purchased online at mvjf.org.

Written and directed by Yair Orbach, “Qassaba” uses dark humor to raise questions about life in the shadows of the Qassam missiles. It focuses on a college kid named Yossi who meets the woman of his dreams in his college’s bomb shelter. Because she does not visit the campus frequently, Yossi concocts a crazy way to keep meeting. This love story leads to an upside down world in which Qassam rockets play a positive role. The movie is in Hebrew, with subtitles.

The film will be followed by a discussion about life in the shadows of the Qassam rockets with special guest Jeremy Maissel of Israel Seminars. Maissel has particular expertise in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas on the Israel-Gaza border. As resident of a Kibbutz near the border, he and his family have first-hand experience of life in this difficult environment.

Both the film and subsequent discussion are guaranteed to engage a sophisticated, intelligent and inspiring examination of Israel’s challenges.