, Gloucester, MA

October 25, 2012

Halloween on parade: Parties, hauntings all part of local scene

Parties, hauntings all part of local Halloween scene

By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — There are parties and parades for children, a haunted castle for the more adventurous, and two special silent film events, both accompanied by live music in the days ahead, as Cape Ann offers Halloween events for residents of all ages,.

Topping the weekend bill is a film presentation Saturday at St. John’s Church in Gloucester, which will show the 1920 classic film “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” accompanied by Peter Kransinksi on organ, and a Rockport Music presentation of “Nosferatu” (1922) — based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula — which will be accompanied with an original score.

Rockport Music presents a masterpiece of early film with “Nosferatu” on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

This film will be accompanied with a score by Boston composer Brendan Cooney, which will be performed by a quintet at the waterfront music hall. “Nosferata” tells the tale of real estate clerk Thomas Hutter who falls prey to the mysterious, blood-sucking customs of Count Orlok in Transylvania.

The quintet will play Gypsy grooves, avant-garde textures, classic horror effects and more.

“A clarinet moans hauntingly as the vampire rises from his coffin, an accordion swells as the protagonist peers through a dark doorway, a piano crashes, violins shriek, and lots of necks are bitten,” according to a press release.

The evening ends with the slap-stick comedy of Buster Keaton’s 1920 film “One Week,” featuring newlyweds Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely who take on a build-your-own house project only to be foiled by a jilted suitor who secretly renumbers the packing crates. Tickets are $20 general admission.

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Silent Movie Night

at St. John’s

St. John’s Church at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester, meanwhile, welcomes back organist Peter Krasinski for his ninth appearance accompanying a silent movie on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The 1920 classic film “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” starring John Barrymore will be screened with Krasinski providing an improvised accompaniment.

Moviegoers will be treated to free popcorn, and for this event are encouraged to come in costume. Prizes will be given to the finest costumes in three divisions, for youth, teens and adults.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and elders at the door. Parking is available in the church lot at 33 Washington St. There will be vintage scary cartoons starting at 6 p.m.

“There’s something magical that happens when the combination of silent film, in black and white, is given color with music created on the spot.” said Mark Nelson, St. John’s music director. “Peter creates excitement with the colors and textures of the organ which charges the crowd to support the good guy. This re-creates the original ambiance — movies as a community event, rather than an individual event.”

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Haunted castle

Gloucester’s Hammond Castle is holding its annual haunted castle event, with a horror movie theme this year.

The Haunting of Hammond Castle, which opened last weekend, continues Friday and Saturday 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 for this major benefit, with proceeds going to the nonprofit castle.

Halloween Parade and magic

Rockport children will have a full afternoon of Halloween fun at the Rockport Public Library Saturday starting at 1:15 p.m. when youngsters in costumes will set off from the School Street entrance to parade around the block through Dock Square and along Main Street. (In the event of inclement weather, they will march through the stacks in the library.)

The children then will gather for a party in the Library’s Brenner Friends Room at 2 p.m., when Greg McAdams of Team Magic will present his “Spooky Goofy Halloween Safety Magic Show.”

Magic, comedy, puppetry, audience participation and fun are used to teach children how to enjoy Halloween — and stay safe.

Kids’ party at Rose Baker

A Halloween party for children is also slated for Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester.

The event is free to all Gloucester children ages 1 through 8.

There will be crafts, face painting, tattoos, games, dance contest and pinata, and there will be goodie bags for every child, with costume prizes and free popcorn and refreshments as well.

This event is sponsored by The Gloucester Downtown Association.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at