MIDDLEBORO — It’s the time of year for fright-filled fun and haunted happenings, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with your friends and family. The Middleborough Tourism Committee has worked tirelessly to put together a few fun seasonal events for the whole family.
This Saturday, the Middleborough Tourism Committee is celebrating the 4th annual Oktoberfest at the KAO Campground. The festivities will begin at 2pm and will go until 7 that night. For $2 per carload, the entire family can get in on the fun. There will be food and beverages, live German music, and plenty of activities for all ages.
“It gets bigger and better every year,” said Selectman Leilani Dalpe, a member of the Middleborough Tourism Committee. “This year, we have the pony rides back by popular demand, and of course the costume parade at 5pm.”
There will also be a children’s costume contest with official judges and prizes awarded for the best costumes, train rides around the campground, vendors selling Middleborough memorabilia and handmade goods.
“We’re so thankful KOA is really stepping up to help out this year,” Selectmen Dalpe explained, “They’ve got their employees helping out on top of all of our volunteers.”
One of the other featured events is a cabin decorating contest, which will offer cash prizes for the first three places. The first place winner will receive $150, second place will receive $100, and third place will be awarded $50.
“It’s a great way for communities, businesses, and even just individuals who love to decorate to really get involved,” Selectman Dalpe said.
As it stands, there is only one open spot left for the cabin decorating competition, and anyone interested should contact DiscoverMiddleborough@gmail.com as soon as possible.
For those who are looking for something a little more on the spooky side, the Town Hall will be open late for ghost tours on October 20 and October 27. The tours, which will begin at 7pm and go until 10:30pm, will be open for general admission and will cost $5 per person, but reservations can be made ahead of time by calling 508-728-6463, or sending an email to DiscoverMiddleborough@gmail.com.
Stories of the Town Hall’s ghostly inhabitants have long been whispered about, and have all but been confirmed by local paranormal investigation teams. From reports of the mysterious sound of footsteps in the upstairs ballroom to spectral sightings in the hallways and on the stairs, the tours are sure to be frighteningly fun.
The Oliver Estate is also open for ghost tours on October 21, 27, and 28 from 6pm to 8pm. The Oliver Estate, featured on the TLC show Paranormal Lockdown, has been viewed as one of the most haunted sites in Middleboro. Because of the notoriety of this haunted historical home, tickets must be bought online through the Eventbrite.com website.
The spook-tacular events continue into November, where the hosts of Spooky Southcoast, a local paranormal radio show and podcast, will be hosting a dinner, discussing the history of Middleborough and “the Bridgewater Triangle,” and touring three of the most haunted sites in Middleborough: the Oliver Estate, the Town Hall, and the Mayflower Lodge. The tickets, available for $135, guarantee transportation to the three locations and dinner.
And finally, on November 18, join Dustin Pari of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters and Stephanie Burke from TLC’s Kindred Spirits for a Spooky Thanksgiving at the Mayflower Lodge. The event will begin at 1pm and go until 10:30 that night. Over the course of the evening, there will be a psychic reading, turkey dinner, Q&A session, and beginning at 6pm, a paranormal investigation.