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October 24, 2013

Haunted castle tour looks into mind of killer

This weekend is packed with events, from a local haunted Halloween castle to top-shelf music, including the award-winning blues ensemble of The Holmes Brothers and an Irish folk star at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. Pumpkins are a featured element in at least a couple of these events.

Castle of Madnessat Hammond

For more than 25 years, the Halloween season has featured a haunted tour through Gloucester’s medieval Hammond Castle.

The all-new production for 2013 is called “Castle of Madness,” and features a never-before-attempted experiment to enter the mind of a killer and discover the motives. “The idea is to confront the primordial nightmares that lurk inside the human brain; Enter the mind of a murderer and solve the mystery,” according to organizers.

Tours take place this Friday and Saturday, and Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. with last tickets sold at 10:30 p.m. Both parking and ticketing for the event will only be at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester; there will not be ticketing or parking at the castle itself. Tickets are $15 and will be available on event days at Stage Fort Park, or in advance at HauntCastle.com. Be sure to bring payment vouchers if purchasing tickets in advance online. Free shuttle buses will make continual runs between Stage Fort Park and Hammond Castle. While at Stage Fort Park, there will be Halloween activities and festive foods.

The “Castle of Madness” is scary fun for nearly all ages. Parents should use discretion as the “Castle of Madness” is not recommended for young children. It is a 20- to 30-minute indoor and outdoor walking tour involving many stairs and uneven footing. Guests with limited movement are welcome to enjoy the midway at Stage Fort Park. For more information, visit www.HammondCastle.org.

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