It’s the last weekend of October, which means it’s the height of the Halloween haunting. Most cities have trick-or-treating on Sunday or Monday nights, but some also have trick-or-treating on Saturdays. Outside of the traditional trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods, plenty of spooky, spooky, and spectacular parties are planned. Get scary this weekend and don’t forget it’s a bank holiday weekend as the Portsmouth Holiday Parade takes place as usual on Monday evening 31st October at 7pm
Tessa Souter performs at Jimmy’s
New York jazz singer Tessa Souter will perform at Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club in Portsmouth on Friday October 28th at 7:30pm. She is accompanied by Tim Ray on piano, Dave Zinno on bass and the legendary Billy Drummond on drums. Tickets range from $10 to $35 and are available at jimmysoncongress.com.
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Stone Dead: Halloween Jam Nights 1 and 2
On Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th, Stone Dead: Halloween Jam at The Stone Church will present Stone Dead, a collaboration of seacoast musicians with roots and associations stretching back to the 80’s Stone Church scene and 90’s spanning acts such as Percy Hill, Groove Child, Thanks to Gravity, The Amorphous Band and Trade among others. They have come together again to play the music of the dead. There will be costume contests and prizes. The fun starts at 9 p.m. both nights and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the box office. Two-night passes are $35 upfront, $45 at the door. They are available at stonechurchrocks.com.
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Undead Beat Night in aid of the Halloween Parade
Undead Beat Night, a benefit event for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, will be held at 7pm on Thursday 27th October at the Portsmouth Book and Bar, 40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth. Ancient wails, withering curses, and the scribblings of the living, dead, and other lunatics converge to curdle your blood and taint your ale. Open Microphone. Bring your scariest poetic ramblings. Sharing is scary. Raffle prizes, drinks, costumes and all-round fun, all accompanied by a spectacularly spooky soundtrack by The Beat Night Band.
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Queer Halloween costume party
Wrong Brain and Lezhang Seacoast are hosting a Queer Halloween Costume Party on Friday, October 28 from 7pm to 11pm at Wrong Brain, 66 3rd St., Unit B1 in Dover. There’s a costume contest, shopping, some treats, and fun. Registration is free but required as places are limited. costumes desired; masks required. Response to eventbrite.com.
Halloween party for LGBTQIA youth
A fierce and fabulous Halloween party for LGBTQIA youth aged 12-18 will be held at the Community Church of Durham on Friday 28th October from 6.30pm to 9pm. Hosted by Seacoast Outright, tickets are $7 and space is limited so buy one now. Costumes are encouraged and all identities are welcome. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the event or concerns about costs. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.
Not so scary spectacle
On Saturday, October 29 from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, attend a Not-so-Spooky Spectacular Halloween event that’s about fun, not scares with regular museum admission. Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume to explore the exhibits and take part in a costume parade at 11am or 2pm. Please note that we are not giving out candy for this event. Reserve seats for the museum’s morning or afternoon play session on Saturday, October 29 at childrens-museum.org.
Dover Zombie Walk 2022
The Dover Main Street Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday 29th October at 2pm. Dress your best (or worst) and show off your deadly attire as you sneak down Central Avenue from the Dover Chamber of Commerce to the Rotary Arts Pavilion. All participants will receive a spooky grab bag full of goodies and two free raffle tickets. Meet at Chamber at 550 Central Ave., Dover. More info on their Facebook page at facebook.com/doverzombiewalk.
Lagos ice cream fundraiser to benefit Families First
PORTSMOUTH — On Saturday, October 29, Lago’s Ice Cream will host its Half Gallon benefit event, with proceeds benefiting pediatric care at Families First Health and Support Center. The fundraiser starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until all the ice is gone. The cost is $15 per half gallon. Lago’s is located at 71 Lafayette Road in Rye.
This is Lago’s 10th year supporting Families First; In the last ten years they have raised over $37,000.
Families First, part of the Greater Seacoast Community Health network, is a not-for-profit community health center providing primary, antenatal, behavioral and oral health care. parent and family groups; one-to-one family support; and mobile healthcare. Learn more at GetCommunityHealth.org.
Gaslight in Wonderland Halloween Party
The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. is hosting the Gas Light in Wonderland Halloween Party on Saturday 29th October at 8pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the box office, and $50 for VIP treatment. There’s beats from the hottest DJ on the coast and $1,000 in cash and costume contest prizes. Tickets available at portsmouthnhtickets.com/events.
Jazz Fusion Bucket List at The Dance Hall
Bucketlist Jazz Fusion is a high-energy jazz fusion band from Kittery with a growing fan base around the New England Seacoast. Formed in 2017 by saxophonist Stefan Vittori, the band features a lively horn section, energetic rhythms and percussion, and often features guest vocalists. They perform at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Saturday October 29th at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $15 and are available at thedancehallkittery.org.
Halloween dance and party in Newmarket
The Rockingham Ballroom is hosting a Halloween dance and party on Saturday, October 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. At 10pm there is a costume contest with prizes, at 7pm there is a spooky karaoke singing contest. a Coyote Howler at 9:00 p.m. and a Thriller Dancer competition at 10:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and include games, psychics, and free treats. Event is BYOB. More information and tickets at rockinballroom.club.
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Seacoast Costume Paddle and Competition
The Seacoast Paddleboard Club is hosting its annual Seacoast Costume Paddle and Contest on Sunday, October 30th at 10am on Peirce Island. The event benefits the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. This incredibly fun paddle boat is open to all paddle boats and departs from the Pierce Island boat ramp for a leisurely paddle parade. Contestants have the opportunity to shock, terrify, and please the costume judges to win prizes. During the event, the club will host a one-hour cleanup on Peirce Island from 10:00am to 11:00am. The cleanup is open to the public and bags and gloves will be provided. Tickets cost $10 and are available at eventbrite.com.
Shakesberriesce in the Music Hall Lounge for the benefit parade
7 Stages Shakespeare are teaming up with the Music Hall Lounge and the Portsmouth Halloween Parade for a special Shakesbearience on the Road: Macbeth at 6:30pm Sunday 30th October.
Six artists who have played together at Macbeth around the world will gather in the Music Hall Lounge to explore the new space, the old piece and the current moment with you. That evening they will choose which role they will play live from six sealed envelopes containing six scripts.
This special Shakesbearience is free for all, or pay what you want (except for food and drink ordered in The Music Hall Lounge). A donation of $10 or more per person is suggested at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, which takes place at 7pm on Monday October 31st. Visit portsmouthhalloweenparade.org for more information.