Edgartown: Hallow’s Eve plans


The scarecrows have been popping up all over town thanks to the Charter School children in anticipation of that spookiest of holidays: Halloween. Soon the streets will be filled with ghosts, pirates, superheroes, boxy Minecraft people, and so very many tiny Elsas, all in search of tricks and treats with a bias toward the treat side.

The O’Hanlons started their celebration last week with a pumpkin-carving party in the back yard. Grace hosted the tinies, while Tom and Jen entertained the bigs, and everyone had a good time. From what I hear, the bouncy house was a big hit.

Congrats to the McGroarty crew at MV Wine and Spirits on their first full year in business up at the airport. If you haven’t checked out the store yet, get up there. They have a vast selection of craft beers, in addition to all the old standbys you could possibly require. So go grab yourself some holiday-appropriate pumpkin brew — and tell them Linley sent you.

Happy anniversary to Dan and Laura Townes, who celebrated 12 years of marriage on October 26. Here’s to many more!

All right, folks. I know you all trust me for the lowdown on your Hallow’s Eve plans, so I will try not to disappoint. Here are the places to be if you are young, old, or in between.

First off, for the kids, the Edgartown School will host their Annual Spooktacular Halloween Fest Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 pm in the gym. The event will include games, treats, surprises, and of course a costume contest.

A Halloween dance for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders is scheduled for October 31, from 7 to 10 pm at Alex’s Place at the YMCA. Go check out the laser light show, live DJ, and enjoy some snacks.

The Edgartown Board of Trade will present their annual Happy Haunting festival downtown on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Participating shops will offer trick-or-treating, and you can stop by Backwater to enter the costume contest. Next up, bring the kids to the Kelley House for a Dance-o-Rama family dance party in the Chappy room from 12 noon to 2 pm.

For the grownups, Edgartown Cinemas will play the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Friday, October 31, at 9 pm. Saturday, November 1, the Atlantic will host their annual Halloween throwdown, complete with DJ and costume contest.

Join Holly Nadler to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Edition of Haunted Island. The edition boasts six new chapters, including one about the ghost at the Anchors Friday, October 31, following lunch at 1 pm. Buy a copy of Holly’s book at Edgartown Books, and she will sign it at the Halloween Lunch. For info, call 508-627-4368.

Kids of all ages: Don’t miss the Third Annual “Truckin’ MV,” Saturday, November 1, from 11 am to 1:30 pm, in the MVRHS parking lot, hosted by Vineyard Montessori. You are invited to see, touch, interact, and explore dozens of cool big trucks and vehicles, including fire trucks, police cruisers, cherry pickers, and excavators. Food and snacks will be available for purchase, as well as raffles, games, and more. For more information, visit vineyardmontessori.com or find Vineyard Montessori on Facebook.

The Harbor View Hotel and Kitchen Porch will co-host Swine & Dine: A Celebration of Heritage Pigs, a series of events that underscore the importance of local farm communities, from October 31 to November 1. Jan Buhrman, the founder of Kitchen Porch, will lead both of the weekend’s events, held at Harbor View Hotel.

Festivities include the Local Smoke-Out on Friday, Oct. 31, 6–8 pm, featuring all-you-can-eat local pulled pork and an assortment of homestyle food, local beer from Bad Martha Beer, live music by Good Night Louise, and pig masks for guests of all ages. On Saturday, Nov. 1, the celebration continues with the Grand Gala from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The evening will include a discussion with Jan Buhrman about raising heritage-breed pigs, and Kari Underly, a master butcher and James Beard-nominated author of The Art of Beef Cutting, will explore the process of butchering and preparing humanely raised pigs. Guests will also enjoy a six-course dinner featuring bacon-wrapped Vineyard scallops, braised pork shoulder, and bacon ice cream with lardo shortbread and pecans. To register for Swine & Dine, please visit kitchenporch.com.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Michael Brisson, who celebrates October 30; to

Heather Lee Van Murphy, November 1; to Paul Moreau, November 2; to Kiernan Komarinetz, November 4; and to Brice Contessa, November 5. Have fun!