Things to do: Halloween parades, Rocky Horror showing, help the animals

Oct 31, 2019

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Thursday, October 31
Parade in Padanaram…
The Padanaram Business Association's annual Halloween Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Yacht Club.
Enjoy a parade up Elm Street to St. Peter's Church with plenty of trick-or-treating at participating businesses. Parking is available at the yacht club.

… or the fire station.
March in a Halloween parade with fire trucks and firefighters during Fire District No. 3’s annual Halloween Parade at 6 p.m. at the 140 Cross Rd. station.
Immediately following the parade, a magic show for kids will be held inside the station.
The parade is hosted by the Paskamansett Engine Company, a nonprofit organization which supports the fire district.

Go trick-or-treating indoors.
The Dartmouth Mall will open its doors to trick-or-treaters starting at 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

Do the time warp.
20 Cent Fiction, a student-run production company at UMass Dartmouth, will host four showings of the film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with actors and actresses portraying the action on screen live on stage.
Shows are October 31, November 1, and November 2 at 8 p.m. A special midnight showing will take place immediately after the November 2 showing at midnight.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni, and $15 for adults. Audience participation is encouraged.

Saturday, November 2
Meditate on a retreat.
Friends Academy will host a one-day silent meditation retreat for adults from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1088 Tucker Rd. The retreat is free and open to the public. Visit this article online for a link to register.

Run the trails.
Lace up those hiking shoes and run — or walk — the trails of Destruction Brook Woods at DNRT's annual Trail Race. Two race courses are offered: A 3.3-mile run, and a 2.4-mile walk. Start times are 11 a.m. for runners, and 11:15 a.m. for walkers. Free post-race pizza and beer will be served after the race. Spectators are welcome at the start and finish lines. The costs to register for the 3.3-mile run is $25 for DNRT members and $35 for non-members. Visit for registration and more information.

Help the animals.
The Humane Society and Shelter SouthCoast is hosting its annual Give Me Shelter Gala at its 31 Ventura Drive shelter on November 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The annual gala will feature food, music, a magic act, entertainment, cocktails, raffles, and auctions.
Attendees will also get a chance to meet the shelter’s animals up for adoption. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased in advance.
Tickets will also be available at the door for $100 each.

Support learning in nature.
A farm to table fundraiser will be held for Elements Learning Collaborative from 6 to 10 p.m. at Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allens Neck Road, South Dartmouth.
The fundraiser will include a hay ride, dinner, and live music by local musicians Seamus Galligan and Mitch Cardoza. Tickets range from $50 for adults over 21 to free for children under 3.
Visit to buy tickets.

Sunday, November 3
Take a StoryWalk.
Friends Academy will host a StoryWalk at its 1088 Tucker Rd campus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden stakes along an outdoor path.
As participants stroll down the trail, they are directed to the next page in the story. It is free to attend.
A fall open house will be held at the conclusion of the StoryWalk.

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