There is certainly not a shortage of Halloween events this year on the Vineyard. There’s the usual costume parties and trick or treating, plus scary films, a parade, and cemetery tours too.
Events start Friday, Oct. 28, with Halloween films at the Capawock Theatre, in which the $5 admission price benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. See “Young Frankenstein” at 7 pm, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 9:15 pm.
To keep kids busy on Saturday, there’s the Family Fun Day from 10 am to 2 pm at Middletown Nursery, a Halloween Party at the Oak Bluffs Library from 10:30 am to 1 pm, a Trick or Treat at the YMCA of M.V. from 3 to 5 pm ($5 for non-members), and another party at the Tisbury School from 3 to 7 pm.
For inquisitive adults and children, the Ghost, Gossip, and Downright Scandal Cemetery Tour of the Tisbury Village Cemetery starts at 3 pm, with Vineyard historian Liz Villard. Following the tour, enjoy refreshments. Admission is $12; $8 for M.V. Museum members, and $6 for children. Pre-register by calling 508-627-4441 ext. 110.
The new spinning center, Om of Motion on State Road in Vineyard Haven, is hosting a Halloween-themed Grand Bike Warming Celebration. From 2 to 8 pm, sit yourself on a bike and watch a scary movie starting at 2 pm with “Rear Window.” 4 pm: “Ghostbusters.” 6 pm: “Halloween.” Food is available from the ArtCliff truck, and costumes are encouraged. For more information: 508-560-2628; omofmotion.com.
Adults, don your Halloween’s finest to one of several parties at Island bars on Saturday night. Parties at Seasons and Nectar’s start at 9, both featuring live music and a costume contest. The Lampost’s party starts at 10 pm. Hear The Sultans of Swing at Atlantic, starting at 10 pm.
On Sunday, children can party with their costumes on at the Vineyard Haven Library from 2 to 3:30 pm. There will be games, treats, and spooky music. For more information, call 508-696-4211.
And on the actual holiday, October 31, there are a few more events: The West Tisbury Library’s annual party is from 3:30 to 5 pm. A Trick or Treat & Costume Parade, sponsored by the Tisbury Business Association, starts at 3:30 pm at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven, and ends at Waterside Market. All are encouraged to march in costume. St. Augustine Church’s annual Halloween Haven features free hot dogs, soup, and refreshments, as well as costume prizes, movies, and games. Also in Vineyard Haven is The Vineyard Playhouse’s annual Halloween Haven from 6 to 8 pm, with loads of candy, cider, coffee, and tea. In Edgartown, the school’s party is from 4 to 6 pm.
A great spot for trick-or-treating is William Street in Vineyard Haven, which will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from Spring Street to Woodlawn Avenue, from 6 to 9:30 pm, to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
For adults, there is a Halloween Eve Tour with Vineyard Ghost Walking Tours. It starts in the park next to Edgartown Books. Pre-register by calling 774-563-0762 or 508-627-9445. And lastly, the annual Halloween Bash with The Boogies starts at 9 pm at Nectar’s. The ’70s cover band party is $20. Visit nectarsmv.com for more information.