Fall has officially arrived, and the second annual Harvest Festival is approaching. The Londonderry Historical Society and Nutfield Publishing, publisher of the Londonderry Times, are planning this fun-filled event for Saturday, Oct. 25. According to Deb Paul, owner of Nutfield Publishing, the festival starts with trick-or-treating at participating businesses. This is followed by a costume parade at 2:30 p.m., a Zombie Run, and an Apocalypse After Party lasting until dusk, all held at the Londonderry Historical Society’s Morrison House on Pillsbury Road.
Paul said registration for the parade can be completed at RE/MAX 1st Choice, a sponsor of the trick-or-treating event, by signing up from Oct. 18 through 25. Paul also said that businesses can register for participation in Trick-or-Treating during that time as well.
Trick-or-Treating takes place at participating businesses from noon to 2 p.m. along the Nashua Road (Route 102) and Mammoth Road corridor, and concludes at the Morrison House. Participating businesses will have a sign in their window, and a map of these businesses can be picked up at RE/MAX 1st Choice.
“Kids turn in the stamped maps by 2:15 p.m. at the RE/MAX 1st Choice table at the Morrison House to be eligible for a drawing for a Grand Prize,” Paul said. “There are five different age categories for the costume judging, and four to five prizes per category. They need to be present to win the prizes. The money we collect from the businesses is used entirely for purchasing prizes for the children.”
Paul said the Morrison House will have chili dogs provided by Londonderry Lions Club, and DJ services provided by Flashback Entertainment, owned by Dan Lekas. Games will be provided as well, some sponsored by the local YMCA.
Booths will be available for folks to shop at, and include: Curiouser and Curios, with yarn accessories, headbands, bead critters, and more; Joan Major Designs, with dragonfly-themed items and Venetian glass jewelry; Country Home Candles, with candles and gifts; Cathy’s Country Crafts, with homemade jelly and pickles, goat milk soap, refurbished shutters and microwavable corn bags; Deer Meadow Homestead, with bread, biscuit and cookie mixes, granola, and jellies and jams; Mrs. Hanson’s treats, offering cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes and dog treats; and Keiko, selling rug runners, hooked rugs, and handmade cat and crow decorations.
According to Paul, Zombie Run participants will wear three flags on a belt. “Zombies” are staged throughout the course, ready to chase runners and steal their flags. “Safe Zones” at mile markers 1 and 2, providing water and an extra flag. Minimum age to participate in the Zombie Run is 11, and all participants below 18 must have a parental waiver. Cost is $5 for runners or Zombies ages 16 and above, and $1 for Junior Zombies, ages 11 to 15.
Participants are also welcome to become part of the Zombie Horde, sporting makeup applied free at the Blood Splatter zone. Tips are invited. The Apocalypse After Party follows the Zombie Run with music, food, and games.
Hope to see you all there!