1. I do love Christmas, and Labor Day is always a good time, but for me, my favorite holiday — a day that gets no respect from fun-hating adults — is Halloween. My husband and I have had more fun decorating for it this year than we ever do for Christmas. While I wrote a big Halloween events roundup for the Bangor region last week, there’s plenty more to list here. Friday night, for Halloween pre-gaming, in Bangor there’s the Fremont String Street Band at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s karaoke at Paddy Murphy’s, and there’s Gorilla Finger Dub at the Boomhouse in Old Town. There’s also the kickoff show for BanGOREfest, a two-day celebration of horror and science fiction at the Bangor Motor Inn on Hogan Road; Friday night, check out metal bands Hessian, Manic Abraxis and Holy Filth. On Saturday, the big day, enjoy either the Eric Green Party at Nocturnem, Magnetic North (and the big costume contest) at Paddy’s, rockers Raven at the Downunder Club at Seasons, there’s a Hallowen dance party at Mezzenine at Zen, there’s local rock from They Called Me Legion and Tuesday Morning Wrestling at the Central Gallery, there’s karaoke at Ipanema, and up in Old Town, the 220s are at the Boomhouse. And, of course, the countless other Halloween events mentioned in the story linked above.
2. Friday night in Portland — pre-‘Ween, as it were — there’s a couple of great opportunities for your entertainment pleasure. There’s some indie hip hop at Port City Music Hall with Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Brzowski and Metermaid; there’s an earlybird costume party at Empire with Spouse, When Particles Collide, Forget Forget and Nemes; there’s another costume party at One Longfellow Square, a benefit for Drive Out Slavery featuring guitarist Denny Breau; there’s Muddy Ruckus at Portland HOME, and the Space Gallery hosts “Everything Is Terrible!” a touring video program of… interesting found footage. There’s also a screening of “Nosferatu” at 7:30 p.m. at the Merrill Auditorium with the legendary Kotszchmar organ providing the soundtrack. On Saturday, well, strap in for the list of amazing stuff happening around town. Here we go: Port City Music Hall hosts the annual “Purple Brainz,” a Halloween tribute to Prince featuring Dean Ford (pictured). The Illuminati Halloween Ball with Seepeoples, Five of the Eyes and In the Presence of Wolves is at Empire. Bayside Bowl hosts some punk rock with SS Cretins, Muck and Mires and the Wallhangers. Maine Academy of Modern Music offers an all-ages rock show and costume party at One Longfellow Square. At Space Gallery, there’s the annual Halloween show in which local bands play other famous bands, this year featuring Sunset Hearts as the Flaming Lips, Black Pumpkin as the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Baltic Sea as Sonic Youth and the Blood Caps as the Jesus Lizard. And at Portland HOME, there’s Spencer Albee’s We Are All Going To Hell costume party.
3. Coastally speaking… where to start? How about MDI. The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor this weekend hosts a live performance “The Rocky Horror Show,” with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s also the final weekend of “Mary Poppins” at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth. Over on the Midcoast on Halloween, in Belfast there’s a dance party to benefit local artist Toussaint St. Negritude, who was in a car accident, at Waterfall Arts, and there’s a Halloween Blacklight Party at Three Tides. In Camden, at 8 p.m., the Camden Opera House hosts a screening of “Halloween II,” hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis’ local family; and in Rockland, the Speakeasy hosts a Halloween party with the Dolphin Strikers, and folk trio Neversink is at Rock City Coffee.
4. If Halloween is not your cup of tea — and yeah, yeah, I know it’s not for some — there’s plenty of other things to do. For starters, despite the fact that we got a rainy start to the Halloween weekend, it’s looking to be crisp and sunny most of the day Friday and all day Saturday. Why not bundle up and head out on a hike? My BDN pal Aislinn Sarnacki has tons of suggestions over at Act Out With Aislinn, and who knows — we could get snow next week. Yes, I just said that. Remember that Halloween four years ago when we got a freak eight inches of snow? I remember it well. And it’s also true that on Saturday it’s Ski For Free day at Sunday River. Yes, they actually have snow there!
5. And if that’s not enough, why not do something that’s just a little bit creepy, but also highly informative. The Body Worlds exhibit is still up at the Portland Science Center, as it will be for weeks longer, and if you’re looking for an unusual but fascinating and, yes, disturbing look at the wonders of the human body, look no further. Tickets are $19.50 for adults or $15.50 for youth and students. For information, visit portlandsciencenter.com.