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Crane Wildlife Refuge Hike
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a harrowing Halloween Hike through the haunted trails of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! This night boasts the only “black moon” of 2016, so it will be very dark and scary! According to Farmer's Almanac, there is no astronomical significance in a Black Moon. Nothing happens, except the usual New Moon absence of any Moon in the sky, plus the stronger tides we get for a few days around every Full Moon and New Moon.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Essex National Heritage Area Haunting at Witch Hill
Haunting Tales and Bewitching Cocktails at Peirce Farm at Witch Hill, Topsfield. Travel back to Victorian times at the gentleman farm of railroad tycoon T.W. Peirce where you will be spellbound by eerie ghost stories in the manor house, enjoy games and music in the barn, and savor a complimentary signature cocktail.
Location: Peirce Farm at Witch Hill
There's all kinds of fun going on at Smolak Farm Weekend  Festival!
Take your first bite into a crisp and delicious New England apple this weekend at Smolak Farms located in North Andover, Massachusetts. Hay wagon rides, playground, animals, duck races, wee wagons, pick your own fruit….it all happens at Smolak Farms! Apple picking, pumpkins, hayrides, festival, food court, cider donuts and more! ALL NEW Fall Festival area with extended activities for children that include Wee Wagons, Duck Races, Games, Pop corn, Cotton Candy, Face Painting, Bouncy House, Batting Cage, HUGE slide, Hay Pyramid Animals and more!
Location: Smolak Farms
YMCA of the North Shore Programs
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen Programs for youth and teens, like swimming lessons, sports leagues and the arts. HEALTHY LIVING:  Improving the nation's health and well-being Programs for adults and families, like fitness, adult sports leagues, road races, family nights and birthday parties. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back to our neighbors and friends Fundraising and volunteerism, as well as housing, community outreach and educational certification programs. View Program Guides:
Glen Urquhart School in Beverly MA and The Food Project
As part of their service learning program at Glen Urquhart School, eighth graders spent Tuesday morning working with The Food Project.  The Food Project partnered with Glen Urquhart School in 1991 to use half of GUS’s newly renovated, 7,000-square-foot greenhouse. The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. GUS middle school students participate in the Food Project’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Seedlings are started in the GUS greenhouse, grown at Long Hill Farm in Beverly, and distributed through farmers’ markets and hunger relief organizations across the North Shore. Each year over 40,000 pounds of vegetables are grown in the greenhouse, without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Location: Glen Urquhart School
Franklin Park Zoo events for NorthShore Children
Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills, chills and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Throughout the day, guests will learn about the importance of enrichment, as they watch as many of the animals receive pumpkins, generously donated by Whole Foods Market Jamaica Plain, as enrichment items.
Location: Franklin Park Zoo
Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford
Grab your favorite costume and join us at Boo at the Zoo for an evening of Halloween fun! There’s enough thrills and chills for all ages at Boo at the Zoo!
Location: Buttonwood Park Zoo
Boston Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns
RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns is the most iconic, truly unique family-friendly fall event. See thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages!
Location: Seaport World Trade Center & Seaport Hotel
YMCA of the North Shore ​Annual Gala
Please support YMCA of the North Shore and attend this annual Gala and participate in the online auction. Proceeds support the YMCA's financial assistance program, providing essential Y services and programs to more than 13,000 children, adults and families.
Location: Double Tree By Hilton North Shore
The Open Door Autumn Breakfast is a fundraiser for that helps needy families on
Cruiseport Gloucester and The Open Door invite you to a celebration of community spirit to kick off the 2016 Thanksgiving Food Drive! Come have breakfast and help those who in need on the North Shore during the Thanksgiving Holiday. The breakfast is free, and you will be given a chance to make a donation. Your breakfast donation will go to provide Holiday Baskets for those in our community who need a little help setting the table during the holidays. A $30 donation will provide a thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to a family in need! RSVP today!
Location: Cruiseport Gloucester