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Halloween is next week!  It’s sort of sneaking up on us this year, perhaps because of the warm weather we’ve been having this fall.  Until yesterday, that is.  Finally, the air has that chilly autumn snap to it, and the local Halloween happenings are right around the corner:

Take a walk down Hope Street in downtown Bristol for the 10th Annual Halloween Walkabout on Sunday, October 27th from 1pm ’til 3pm.  The Downtown Bristol Merchants’ Association invites you to bring your children (dressed in costume) downtown and stroll all the shops for an afternoon of trick-or-treating.

And for families with older children and teens, the Mt. Hope Masqueraders invite you to visit their Haunted House, if you dare, on Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30pm ’til 8:30pm in the MHHS Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Bristol.  There will be two tours: Scary, for the bravest guests, and Not-So-Scary, for the younger (and/or more timid) crowd.  There will also be face-painting, a fortune-teller, refreshments, games, and prizes.  Tickets are $5 and come with two game-passes; contact Carol Schlink at MHHS for more information.

Arts Abound This Weekend

If you’re yearning to get out and enjoy our local arts scene this weekend you have plenty to choose from:

Admittedly, it’s an odd time of day for a horror movie, but dedicated fans of the genre won’t want to miss a special preview screening of the highly anticipated horror film, “Inkubus” at 10:30am on Friday, October 28th in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, located in the University Library at Roger Williams University in Bristol.  The program is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to include a discussion and Q&A session with director Glenn Ciano and producer Chad A. Verdi, as well as a special appearance by actor Robert Englund.  For more details, click here.

Bristol Art Museum opens a new exhibit, “Metaphor, Allegory and Paradox” this weekend with an Opening Reception on Friday, October 28th from 7pm – 9pm at their Linden Place location at Hope and Wardwell Streets.  For more details, click here.

Roger Williams University is the place to be for this weekend’s One-Act Play Festival, presented by the Theater Program’s Stage Company on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center (“the Barn”).  Performances include “King Arthur’s Socks” by Floyd Dell, directed by Vicky Page, and “Pieces of Pinter”, three short plays by Harold Pinter, directed by Nicole Wielga.  For more details, click here.

If it’s not yet sold out, reserve your tickets for Girl Howdy at Stone Church Coffeehouse on High Street in Bristol.  Girl Howdy is “the honky tonk dance band that puts the twang in the swing & the rootin’ tootin’ in the two-steppin’!”  The show starts at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 29th; doors open at 6:45pm.  For more details call 253-4813 or click here.

The Community Concert Series @ St. Michael’s presents its first concert of the season, Coastline Show Chorus, on Saturday, October 29th at 8pm at St. Michael’s Church on Hope Street in Bristol.  Under the direction of Gail Jencik, Coastline offers treasured American classics, Broadway hits and modern jazz, blending four-part a cappella harmony with energetic choreography.  Tickets are $20 ahead of time or at the door, with reduced rates for seniors and students.  Call 253-6084 for more information.  Local restaurants offering dinner & concert package tickets include Hourglass Brasserie, at 382 Thames Street, and Redlefsen’s, at 444 Thames Street.  Reservations required.

Take a stroll with the family on Hope Street in downtown Bristol at the Family Halloween Walkabout, where children can don their costumes and trick-or-treat at participating businesses on Sunday, October 30th from 1pm ’til 3pm.  Stop by The Toy Shop to see who won the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and visit “Boo, Too!” at the Bristol Art Gallery to show your kids they’re not the only ones making Halloween art this time of year!

Alive! Arts at Roger Williams University presents a concert by 35th Parallel on Sunday, October 30th at 2pm in the Performing Arts Center (“the Barn”).  Their signature sound blends Middle Eastern oud and  Indian tabla with a variety of other non-western instruments in an extensive repertoire of original and traditional songs.  The group will give a workshop on their instruments and music following their performance.  The performance is free and open to the public.  For more details, click here.

Great Pumpkins!

The Toy Shop on Hope Street in Bristol is sponsoring a Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest!  Shopowner Wayne Kneeland invites kids of all ages to bring their decorated pumpkins to The Toy Shop this week (no later than Saturday, October 29th) during regular business hours for entry into the contest.  Only decorated pumpkins will be accepted; no carved pumpkins, please.  The pumpkins will be displayed in the storefront windows and winners will be announced on Sunday, October 30th.  Contest winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) will receive a Toy Shop gift certificate!  Visit The Toy Shop’s website for more information.

Scaring up some fun this Saturday night!


That was the reaction in my house when I mentioned the Bristol Art Gallery is opening its 2nd annual Halloween exhibit, “BOO TOO!” this weekend.  Last year my eldest and I went together to visit the gallery during this exhibit, and it was hands-down awesome!  (Read more about last year’s visit here.)  It goes without saying that we’ll be heading downtown to experience this special exhibit, which turned out to be the gallery’s most popular exhibit in 2010.  Families are welcome, and the gallery is quick to point out that “the art on display in this exhibit has something for everyone—it’s not all  macabre, scary and creepy!  Many artworks are beautiful, fantastical, ethereal and whimsical.”  I think this is one of the best local events to visit with your teens and ‘tweens, and an especially fun way to introduce first-timers to the art gallery experience.  (Here’s an interesting read about bringing your kids to an art gallery.)  Contact Bristol Art Gallery at 396-9699 for more information.

All the gory details:


Opening Reception Saturday, October 1st from 5pm ’til 9pm

Bristol Art Gallery’s Second Annual Open Juried Exhibit “BOO TOO!” will open Saturday October 1st and run through November 6th.  Our most popular exhibit from 2010 is back and will continue this year to feature  original works of art including paintings, sculpture & photography which depict the “Spirit” and many moods of “ALL HALLOWS’ EVE”. Opening night will feature an awards ceremony at 6pm, creepy but tasty refreshments, spooky music and frightening Gothic decor.  Guests are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes, if they dare!  The Juror for this year’s event is well known fantasy, prehistoric and horror artist Rick Sardinha, whose clients include Hasbro, Sony, Simon and Schuster, National Geographic, Skyline Films and many more.  Fortune teller “Maribeth” from Tarot Care will be available to do complementary readings for those interested in exploring their futures…