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October 23, 2008

Haunted events, from a hayride to film to a castle

Hammond Castle will host the Castle of the Damned haunted house Fridays and Saturdays, for two more weekends, including Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Tours will run constantly from 7 to 11 p.m. Last tickets are sold at 10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and children, $10 for students, seniors and military members with identification. Proceeds benefit Hammond Castle. Parking is not permitted at the castle or on Hesperus Avenue. Instead park at Stage Fort Park and take the free shuttle bus to the castle. The castle is not wheelchair-accessible. Castle of the Damned may be too intense for young children. Visit www.pastimesentertainment.com.

Horror on film

The Cape Ann Community Cinema announced some Halloween related screenings coming in the next week.

Starting Friday, Oct. 24 and running every Friday at 10 p.m. on CATV Channel 67, the community cinema will sponsor "Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers," an "Elvira"-like cable show. Each episode will feature a full film, plus original material by the show's New Bedford creators.

Horror fans can visit the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Friday, Oct 24 at 9:30 p.m. for the screening of "God Of Vampires," by director Rob Fitz. Fitz worked as a make-up effects artist on films such as "The Perfect Storm," "State And Main" and the upcoming Bruce Willis sci-fi actioner, "The Surrogates." Fitz will be on hand after the show for a question and answer.

On Halloween Night, the community cinema will present the H.P. Lovecraft inspired "Cthulhu" at 9:30 p.m. The "Friday Night Frights" series will continue through the season until next May.

The films are shown at the Gloucester Stage Company at 267 East Main Street in Gloucester,

More information about Penny Dreadful is at www.ShillingShockers.com. More information about The Cape Ann Community Cinema is available at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

Annual Haunted Hayride

Rockport Cub Scout Pack 55 will host its annual Haunted Hayride at the top of Summit Avenue in Rockport on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chowder, and snacks will also be available. Dozens of local Cub Scouts have built sites around the hayride loop.

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