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October 27, 2012

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If you’re worried Hurricane Sandy will wash out many of the festivities on All Hallow’s Eve, Oct. 31, there’s plenty of spirited fun this weekend.

Trick-or-treating will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Gloucester.

Eastern Point Day School on Farrington Avenue is offering music, hayrides, face-painting, pumpkin crafts, story telling, raffles, food and fun from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 978-283-1700 or visit for details.

The Trustees of the Reservations are hosting the Great Magnolia Swamp 5-mile Long Trail Hike from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Ravenswood Park. The hike travels paths, beautiful habitat, and a rocky woodland outer loop. Meet at Stage Fort Park (parking area, rear left); fee is $10 for nonmembers, $5 for Trustees members.

A free pumpkin carving contest is being hosted by Cape Ann Art Haven from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 180B Main St. After carving a pumpkin, head around the corner to The Hive, Art Haven’s new community center at 11 Pleasant St., to pose with your pumpkin for a photo. Visit

On Sunday the second annual Halloween party, for children ages 1 to 8, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rose Baker Senior Center. This free event, sponsored by the Gloucester Downtown Association, features games, crafts, face-painting, dancing, goodie bags and more. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume. To volunteer, call Chris at 978-281-4350.

Goodwin receives self portrait

Dr. William Goodwin, retired principal of Gloucester High School, received his portrait taken by photographer Jason Grow on Thursday before staff and students, receiving a standing ovation. His portrait will be placed in the library among those of other retired principals.

As Ariana Popuolo, president of Student Council, presented the photo, Goodwin remarked as to how touched he was that the students presented this gift to him. “You know how you kids always meant so much to me,” he said.

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