Salem isn’t the only location for Halloween-related fun. Gloucester’s Hammond Castle is kicking off its annual haunted castle event with a horror movie theme this year, this Friday and Saturday.
The Haunting of Hammond Castle takes place for two weekends, on Fridays and Saturdays only, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Those attending are asked to park at Stage Fort Park to board the free shuttle to the castle because there is no parking on site. Admission is $15. This is a major benefit event for the nonprofit entity.
“North Shore Voice” competition
There will be a seven-week “North Shore Voice” competition at Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar on Main Street in Gloucester starting Oct. 25.
The event, hosted by Gloucester’s Jack LoPiccolo, also known as DJ Lopic, takes place Thursdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., beginning next Thursday, Oct. 25, with Thanksgiving as a night off, and the finals on Dec. 13.
Application deadline for entries is Friday at 6 p.m., and the competition is open to contestants who are 12 or older, though anyone younger 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
Every week will be a different genre, with pop music kicking off the first week. There are no elimination rounds; contestants will sing each week, gaining points from a panel of three judges.
First prize will be $500 cash, while second prize will be a $200 Giuseppe’s gift card and third prize a $100 Giuseppe’s gift card.
The link to application information can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annisquam Village Library is hosting a talk featuring a distinguished economist and Gloucester resident.
Horace Woody Brockwill discuss his new book “American Gridlock” on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Hall.
The event is free to the public.
Crosswinds Coffeehouse concert
The band Practice Session will perform at the Crosswinds Coffeehouse at First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave. in Gloucester, on Saturday from 7 to 9:30 p.m.