Now that fall foliage season is here, it’s really starting to feel like fall–despite the fact that temps feel more like summertime! Leaf peeping is going to be pretty spectacular this Columbus Day Weekend, especially with the forecast set to reach 80 on Sunday. Even though we’re experiencing a bit of a fall heatwave, Halloween is just around the corner. With the foliage a touch behind schedule, you can be sure that there will be plenty of fall foliage to enjoy in New England come the very end of October.
Salem, Massachusetts, might be thought of as the place to embrace all things spooky during Halloween, but there is just something about historic New England villages that makes them iconic on Halloween, and Kennebunkport, Maine is no exception.
With Halloween falling on a Tuesday, most places are really celebrating the weekend before. Get your weekend off to an active (and festive!) start with a 5K–costumes encouraged–in nearby Springvale with the Spooky Sprint 5K. More serious runners might enjoy the challenge of the Great Pumpkin 10K in neighboring Saco. Or visit nearby Portland for a ride aboard their narrow gauge railway – it’s a great way to enjoy the Maine Coast and the fall foliage. Plus, visitors to their Pumpkin Train will enjoy hot apple cider, cookies, and souvenir pumpkins! The Seashore Trolley Museum right here in Kennebunkport will also celebrate Halloween with their “Trolley-ween,” appropriate for all ages. Enjoy a ride on an antique train while taking in the beauty of fall in Maine.
Get your spook on with the Brick Store Museum’s All Souls’ Walk, complete with a tour of the historic graveyard in downtown Kennebunk. Costumed guides will provide narrated tours from the Brick Store Museum through the cemetery–maybe you will even catch sight of a ghost!
But no celebration of Halloween would be complete without some haunted houses, and fortunately, there are tons to choose from in Southern Maine!
Just a short drive from the Maine Stay Inn, the scariest haunted house of all is located in Lebanon, ME. Open every weekend in October, there is no reason to miss out on this spooky experience! With multiple rooms and outdoor mazes, Destination Haunt is not to be missed.
Terrifying activities aren’t for everyone, and fortunately, there are other great fall-themed activities to enjoy.
Pumpkin Valley Farm offers classic fall events like corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and hayrides and is just a short and scenic drive from Kennebunkport. No matter how you choose to celebrate Halloween this year, Kennebunkport has lots of opportunities to enjoy this classic fall holiday!