Halloween in Portsmouth NH - My Top Two Haunts

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

The Seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH, takes Halloween seriously and I look forward to two events all year long. 

Open House

 

 

There is a house on Middle Road, #292, you really should visit.

To say they "decorate for Halloween" would be a massive understatement. 

 Each year the barn and surrounding area is spooked out to the max, each year a different theme, and each year I am left more amazed at the lengths one family will go to celebrate the holiday. 

 

This haunted barn is open every night in October until 9pm.  It is FREE of charge and better than most you would pay to enter.  The attention to detail is amazing...

 Make sure you look inside the doll house...it's also haunted.

 

Manor childThis year's theme is a Children's Home...

Rock-a-bye babySweet Dreams

Outside there is a cemetary to walk through and when you get to the end of the path...

Witche's caldronAmazing bubbles

 

 

 Another DON'T MISS Halloween experience:

The Portsmouth Halloween Parade, to quote the website, is " a grassroots, all-inclusive community celebration of creativity, resourcefulness, collaboration and free expression."  It is entirely funded by the community through fundraising events.

It is held on October 31st, rain or shine, at 7 pm. downtown Portsmouth.  All are invited to put on a costume and join the hundreds that march or enjoy from the sidelines with thousands of festive spectators. 

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Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
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Shannon - great localism piece - I think I may have to plan a trip to Portsmouth with my grandchildren in the next week or two. they will love this.
Oct 14, 2008 10:42 AM #1
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Sharon - Wow!  Pretty scary places...I don't think I'll be going there...  :)

Oct 14, 2008 11:06 AM #2
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Judy  There is so much to see when you get there.  Every square foot has something.  Look up in the rafters, there is some pretty cool stuff up high.  Make sure the kids check inside the little doll's house.  When you go through the cemetary and get to the bubbles, let the kids catch them.  When they hit your hand, they dissolve into smoke.  They will love it.  The portraits over the fireplace change if you look at them from different angles.  The kids would probably enjoy the parade on 10/31, too.  We go every year.  It is very festive.  Enjoy!

Oct 14, 2008 01:01 PM #3
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debi  I bet if you were here I could convince you to go with me!  It is amazing to me the money that this kind of "decorating" for a holiday must amount to.  These people are really dedicated!  It really is a gift to the city.

Oct 14, 2008 05:03 PM #4
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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
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Sharon...that looks like such fun! And being Free....well that tops it off!

Oct 14, 2008 09:41 PM #5
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Joan  It is pretty amazing that it is free!  We have already been twice and plan to return at least one more time.  I can't imagine all the work involved in setting it up and taking it down.  And the storage...where do they keep it all?

Oct 15, 2008 09:56 PM #6
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Cynthia Bartch
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Oh Sharon, I'm jealous. I wish I was there, I love this stuff!!! Thanks for the great photos too!

Oct 21, 2008 05:30 AM #7
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Christopher Bonta
The Bean Group - Londonderry, NH
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Sharon, great piece makes me think its worth a trip to the Sea Coast with the wife and kids. From the pictures you show it looks like a professional did the decorating!

Oct 21, 2008 08:44 AM #8
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Sharon Tara
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Christopher  It is very professional and worth the ride, especially if you combine the visit with the Portsmouth Halloween Parade.  The parade is a lot of fun!  Why not visit Portsmouth on 10/31 and go to both!

Oct 27, 2008 09:48 AM #9
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