Halloween Happenings


Halloween is just around the corner and, even though it will look different this year, there are still fun things to do here on the Cape to help celebrate the spookiest time of year. Here are a few ideas:

Through 11/11 Scout: A Scary Cirque Show5 p.m., Payomet Performing Arts Center. Payomet’s Cirque by the Sea team of professional circus ghouls are relishing in the spirit of Halloween with their latest original production. Shows are 45-60 minutes long. tickets.payomet.org/eventperformances.asp

10/16-10/31 Pumpkin People in the Park – Kate Gould Park, Chatham Keep your eyes open for these whimsical creations lovingly put together by businesses and artists in Chatham. Presented by the Chatham Merchant’s Association. Make sure to stop and take a selfie!

10/24 Sandwich Virtual Halloween Fest –  5:30 and  7 p.m. Heritage Museums and Gardens has teamed up with the STEM Academy/Sandwich High School Parent Teacher Student Association to put on a spooktacular, interactive, virtual trivia night for the whole family! From the comfort of your own home, join the fun and test your knowledge, skill, luck, and ingenuity in a
variety of fun ways! Activity-based challenges, scavenger hunts, some dance party fun, and the chance to show off your costume will be part of this fun night. The first trivia challenge is for kids under 13, the second for teens and adults. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each episode. Register in advance and read more about how this evening will work at heritagemuseumsandgardens.org.

10/24-10/21 Halloween Scarecrow Challenge – The leaves are falling and what a great time to get together and create the best scarecrow ever made! The Barnstable Recreation Dept. invites you to take part in its Halloween Facebook challenge. Categories include scariest, most creative, funniest and best traditional scarecrow. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/BarnstableRec/

10/26-10/31 Art & Souls Lantern Spectacular!Drop off your creations at the Cotuit Center for the Arts Box Office between Oct. 21 and 24. A window display in the Main Building featuring all submissions will be unveiled on Monday, Oct. 26. View lanterns via an online gallery or drive through the parking lot ‘til the Witching Hour from Oct.26-31. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest and most original decoration of real or artificial pumpkins and festive lanterns. And don’t miss the special Zombie PROMenade on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come to the Center but don’t get out of your car! Drive slowly past the theater and around the house in the back. You never know what creepy undead characters you might encounter.

10/28-10/30 Trick or Treat at Meeting House Farm – 4 to 8 p.m. Sandwich. The farm will be decked out with Halloween décor and staff will be in costumes to greet each family. There will be buckets of candy hanging all around the farm for kids to fill their own bags. Each family has a 30-minute visit to stroll around the farm and meet the animals, gather candy and take part in some fun outdoor games. To register, call 774-238-2700 or visit the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mtghousefarm.

10/29-10/31 Whydah Pirate Museum Halloween Celebration – Noon to 4 p.m. Walk through the Spooky Village, excavate for treasure, and more. Come in your favorite costume and mask. Admission is $5 per person. Come Saturday, the 31st for a scarier Spooky Village! Call 508-534-9571 to reserve your spot. 

10/30 Batwood at the Atwood – 2-5 p.m., Atwood Museum, Chatham. Children and their adults can come dressed in their favorite costumes and wander the haunted halls and grounds. Spend some time trick or treating around the galleries and grounds you might learn something new! This safe celebration requires registration in advance and all visitors must wear a mask and abide by safety protocols. Tickets at chathamhistoricalsociety.org.

10/30 Harwich Community Center Trick or Treat Drive Through – 5:30 p.m. Dress up in your Halloween costume and drive by the Harwich Community Center for a pre-packaged sweet treat! No need to get out of your car. While supplies last, one bag per child.

10/30 Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod Safe Trick or Treat – 4-6 p.m., 31 Frank E. Hicks Dr,, Mashpee. Drive up and grab a goodie bag from your car – all families with kids up to 12 years old welcome!

10/30-10/31 Halloween Weekend on Main Street – Main Street, Hyannis. The usual safe trick or treat cannot happen this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit Main Street dressed in costume (or not) and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere all weekend. Our expanded streetscape with more walkable space is ideal for an outdoor weekend stroll. Following CDC guidelines – wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart will be enforced. Pets are welcome.

10/30-10/31 Trick or Treat at the Shark Center – Friday, 10/31, 4-8 p.m., & Sat, 10/31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. AWSC Shark Center, N. Chatham. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is hosting trick-or-treating at the Shark Center. Kids, come dressed in
your favorite costume to trick-or-treat through our exhibit hall and meet shark scientists from throughout history. This is a peanut free event, and strict COVID safety protocols will be in place. Reservations are REQUIRED for this event. atlanticwhiteshark.org/awsc-events

10/31 Santa’s Tricks and Treats to Go – 3-6  p.m., Christmas Joy, Main St., Chatham. A safe trick or treat event – hosted by SANTA! Pull in, pick up candy and wave to the big man himself. Be sure to come ready to show off those costumes.

10/31 Trunk or Treat – Noon to 4 p.m. at Marty’s Chevrolet in Bourne. Drive through to claim your free goody bag and more! Costumes are encouraged. Marty’s will be donating $25 for every drive through for every trunk or treater to support the battle against breast cancer. 

10/31 Cape Cod Coffee Halloweekend – Enjoy live music (line-up to be announced soon) and Trick-or-Treating at Cape Cod Coffee in Mashpee on Saturday from 11am-3pm; children dressed in their Halloween costumes will receive free candy! Halloween costumes for the adults are also encouraged, and our staff will be awarding prizes for their favorites. 

10/31 Halloween Treat Trail – Take a safe, socially distanced walk through the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster to the Pumpkin Patch. Wear a costume, and COVID-safe mask. Bring a bag to collect pre-packaged edible treats, craft bags to go and Halloween toys, as you travel our special Halloween Treat Trail. Visit the Local Scoop Mobile for a treat! A timed ticket is limited to your own group of up to 6 people per time slot. $25 per group (Adult must be present in each group.) No strollers. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit http://www.ccmnh.org/Events/Halloween-Treat-Trail

10/31 Symphony Spooktacular – Join the Cape Symphony team on October 31 for a festive fall afternoon! We have fun in store for the whole family with a no-contact, socially-distant trick-or-treating experience, a Halloween photo booth, a costume contest (with prizes for Scariest, Funniest, and Most Creative), giveaways, and live music! The event will take place outdoors at our Barnstable and Falmouth campuses simultaneously, and 30-minute timeslots will be ticketed to ensure safety. Don’t miss this safe and fun Halloween event! Tickets for Barnstable can be found here. Tickets for Falmouth can be found here

10/31 Safe Halloween Spooktacular – 4 p.m., Yarmouth Drive In. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, Yarmouth Rec and the Yarmouth Drive-In for a Halloween Spooktacular. Enjoy the Toe Jam Band playing live music, activity bags, safe trick or treating (volunteers in masks and gloves will bring wrapped candies to your car) and Hotel Transylvania on the big screen! Space is limited; register now at https://business.yarmouthcapecod.com/events/details/yarmouth-halloween-spooktacular-12145

10/31 Trunk o’ Treat Halloween Fly-By – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oak Crest Cove, Sandwich. This year’s event will be a contactless, family friendly drive through event at Oak Crest Cove! Come by with the kids to judge the decorated, themed cars. The winning car will win a prize. Note: no candy or prizes will be handed out at this event – it is a “fly-by” only! For entry details, visit https://www.sandwichmass.org/

10/31 Pumpkin Palooza 2020 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wellfleet Preservation Hall. Get crafty and carve your best pumpkin…bring it to the Hall by 4 p.m. Friday, 10/30, then come back on Saturday in your best costume and enjoy the display! Social distancing and COVID safety guidelines will be present, along with prizes, treats, and a few surprises! wellfleetpreservationhall.org

10/31 Orleans Police Reverse Halloween – Orleans officers will deliver candy to your door step! Email ceagan@orleanspd.com, include your Orleans address and how many ghouls and ghosts live at the house. We will deliver between noon and 4 p.m. on the 31st, right to your door step.

10/31 Halloween at the BPD – 1 to 3 p.m. Join the Barnstable Police Department for a no-contact drive-though Halloween event at the front parking lot of the Barnstable Police Station, 1200 Phinney’s Lane. Costumes are welcome!

10/31 West Barnstable Fire Department Reverse Halloween  = 6 to 7 p.m. West Barnstable Fire Fighters will deliver Halloween treats to your home! To sign up, email WBFDcommunity@gmail.com and include your address and how many kids are at home. 


About Ann Luongo

Ann Luongo is the Marketing Writer and Lifestyle Reporter for CapeCod.com, and has been writing for Cape Cod and South Shore publications for over 15 years.

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