October 17-25, 2011: Pirate Day, Meteor Shower, Lantern Parade, Australian Pink Floyd, Ferret Fest, Deathfest, Cthulhu, and New England’s largest Halloween resource

This week I declare a road trip! Let’s face it. You stay in one spot way too much. Take a look at the huge-o mountain of Halloween awesomeness (and corn field mazes) way at the bottom of this week’s issue and make it your excuse to travel somewhere!

Want even more? Email me for my 2011 New England Guide at johnny@eventsINSIDER.com, which has 720 permanent attractions that I don’t normally talk about, all throughout New England. For example, where to find public astronomy nights — and odd quirks like this snow globe museum I just found. 🙂

I hope you are having an awesome week. Now get out there and do something fun!


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This week’s top items are below, or see the complete Boston Events Insider.

Canobie Lake Park Oktoberfest & Screeeemfest – tix giveaway New Hampshire

Fri 9/30 – Sun 10/30
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

My favorite amusement park now features 3 haunted attractions, tribute bands doing Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kiss, a monster parade at 8pm, and Fireworks every Saturday night. Plus Oktoberfest performances! Tons of rides and haunts for adults and little kids, too, including the only vertical lift roller coaster in the Northeast! I have tickets to give away! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com. Salem, MA.

Davis MegaMaze Halloween Fright Nights – ticket giveaway Worcester

Thu 8/11 – Sun 11/13
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

This is my favorite cornfield maze PLUS it comes with actors playing monsters for Halloween! Last week 80% of the people who asked won daytime MegaMaze tickets. Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com! And they have a daytime petting zoo, hayrides, apple picking. 145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA.

The Graveyard Shift – Gala Afterparty on the Wang Theatre Stage Boston Metro

Sat 11/5
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

This hugely fancy Halloween party at perhaps Boston’s most prestigious theatre is themed like the Addams Family musical coming in February. Drink cocktails in the dressing rooms and dance on the stage. Patrons come early for dinner ($500+), but at 10pm join this exclusive party with drinks & desserts for only $100! Boston, MA.

The Australian Pink Floyd – tix giveaway Boston Metro

Wed 11/2
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Do you like Pink Floyd? The most popular Pink Floyd tribute band in the world is coming to Boston! I have ONE pair of tickets to give away. To enter, tell friends about the CitiWang Gala AfterParty (previous entry) on November 5th! Email me at johnny@eventsINSIDER.com to enter. Boston, MA.

Classic Albums Live! Thriller – tix giveaway Worcester

Sat 10/22
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Michael Jackson is only dead in reality. In fantasy world, see this live show performing the hits from Thriller, just in time for Halloween. And I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away! Email me at johnny@eventsINSIDER.com. Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA.

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom Boston Metro

Thu 10/20 – Sat 10/29
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

I really want to see this theatre show! Teens playing a zombie videogame discover… that it’s becoming real! What a spooky & creative Halloween idea. 8pm. I have one pair of tickets to giveaway for the Oct 20 show! Email johnny@eventsINSIDER.com. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St, Boston, MA.

Buddy Cop 2 Boston Metro

Thu 10/20 – Sun 11/6
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

This play has the most awesome title ever. It’s a comedy about citizen police in a small town. And I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for either Friday Oct 21 or Friday Oct 28 at 8pm! After the show you get a free drink at their piano bar. The Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham, MA.

Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade Boston Metro

Sat 10/22 – Sun 10/23
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

First, you make and decorate a paper lantern. Then 4,000 people, many of them in costume, parade around Jamaica Pond and float the lanterns. It’s serene, fulfilling, and beautiful to watch the lamps as the sun goes down. Jamiaca Pond, Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA.617-524-6373.

Pirate Day at Pioneer Village North Shore

Sat 10/22
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

ARRRR you ready for some pirates? OH MY GOD – PIRATES!!! Pirates Pirates Pirates! Salem has a historic re-enactment museum (like Plymouth Plantation) where you’ll find live actors to teach you about history. And they’re doing a weekend of pirates! They’ll demonstrate piratical punishments, blacksmithing, pirate cooking, sea tales, and sea songs. 10am-4pm. Pioneer Village, Salem, MA.

Orionids Meteor Shower Metro West

Fri 10/21 – Mon 10/24
Boston Events INSIDER, by Johnny Monsarrat

Take a friend and head out to see these meteor showers. To get a good view, go someplace without street lighting, like a large park or a pond. Look up and look for streaks of light in the sky. Just Look Up, Someplace Dark.


And a lot more this week at Boston Events Insider, the most popular events blog in New England, including:

Woolly Howl
Browncoat Ball Weekend w/ Cthulhu & Nerf Weapons
Halloween Tales at MIMA National Park
Monsterbash at NARA Park
Head of the Charles Regatta
Annual Field Day at Robbins Park
Extinct Car Day
Studebaker Day at Larz Anderson Museum
Harvard Yard Archaeology Project Excavation
Annual Great Pumpkin Float
Southern New England Weather Conference
Dorchester Open Studios
Acton Open Studios
Hingham Arts Walk
Tinker’s Tiki Luau: A Ferret Festival
River Fire at Northern Forest Heritage Park
Higgins OverKnight
Max & Ruby: A Bunny Party – tix giveaway
King Richard’s Faire
Ghosts of Somerville
Zombie Pub Crawl
Boo at the Zoo
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins
Haunted Salem Scavenger Hunt
Salem Common Family Fun Day
Children’s Halloween Costume Party
Gedney Glows
Easton “Horribles” Parade
Halloween Costume Parade at Taunton
Pumpkin Carving
Spooktacular at Attleboro Springs
Halloween Night Hike and Hayride
Great Pumpkin Nights at Worcester Ecotarium
Echoes from the Past: Worcester’s Ghost Walk
Pumpkins in the Park
A Night at the Wenham Museum
Martin’s Pond Children’s Haunted Playground
Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike
Nosferatu: The Silent Film Classic Accompanied By The Wurlitzer Organ
Night at the Museum for Adults
The Music of the Night: Silent Film with Live Music
Ghostport Festival
New England Fringe Festival
Deer, Oh Dear
Annual Pumpkin Float
Autumn Colors: A Mystery Revealed at the Arnold Arboretum
Cambridge Community TV Grand Opening Gala
Halloween Dog Costume Parade
An Evening with Saw-whet Owls at Drumlin
Concord Festival of Authors
The Lives of Stars at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Tolkien Walk in the Woods
October Cow Festival: Strolling of the Dairy Herd
Fall Foliage Hiking
The Great New England BBQ Fest at Wachusett Mountain
Keene Pumpkin Festival
Re-enactment of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Re-enactment of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
Discover Holyoke Day
Essex Clamfest
It’s A Hoe Down!
Nighttime at Felix Neck
Harvest Johnny Cake Festival
West Bay Artists Open Studios
Graphic Novels at the Fitchburg Art Museum
Harvest Dinner & Urban Barn Dance
Be Bold, Be Bald!
Boston Palestine Film Festival
Williamstown Film Festival
Gorefest at Improv Boston
The Big Broadcast of 1954
Rocky Horror at Club Oberon by the Gold Dust Orphans
The Haunting of Hill House
Unlaunch’d Voices: Walt Whitman Alive with Stephen Collins
Halloween Dinner Theater presents Bloodhounds
Steampunk Halloween Masquerade Ball
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk performs The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Pumpkin Hayrides & Bison
Creatures of the Night – Guided Night Hike
Enchanted Forest
Fall-o-Ween Fest at the Mystic Aquarium
Annual Dinner of the Men of Tor (Sherlock Holmes Club)
Great Scot it’s Andrew Carnegie!
Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
Play With Matches
A Steampunk Affair
Kennebunk HarvestFest
Bakuretsu Con

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