Newburyport Daily News
---- — NEWBURYPORT — It will be a “spook-tacular” evening in the city next Friday when witches and warlocks celebrate the annual “Witches Night Out.”
The adults-only shopping event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 18. Attendees are urged to come dressed in costume — whether as witches, warlocks or other Halloween characters. Participating shops will offer merchant hospitality, seasonal Halloween treats and special sales.
There will be a costume contest at the Thirsty Whale at 8:30 p.m. Cheryl Fisher and friends from the Dance Place at the Tannery Marketplace will be performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance at the Tannery at 5 p.m. Additional performances will be at 6 on the bullnose and at 7 in front of Flukes & Finds & Friends.
Visit the chamber website at www.newburyportchamber.org for a complete listing of participating shops and restaurants.
The seasonal fun will continue the next night.
On Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m., the city’s third annual “Newburyport Great Pumpkin Lighting and Stroll” will occur in Market Square. Residents, visitors and businesses are encouraged to participate by bringing a carved pumpkin that will be lit and placed on the stage in Market Square for all to enjoy.
Each family will receive a votive candle, courtesy of Partridge in a Bear Tree, that will be lit all at once at dusk — about 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for all courtesy of MK Benatti Jewelers. Life Is Good will provide some activities and goodies for children and WNBP AM 1450 and FM 106.1 will spin some Halloween favorites.
After the lighting, attendees are encouraged to stroll through the downtown and Tannery to check out all the pumpkins designed by local businesses, as well. At the end of the evening families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping.