Island Time: Trick or Treat!

red and green autumn leaves on the railing of a footbridge over Fulling Mill Brook.

Island Time: Trick or Treat!

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! Despite the postponement of Halloween festivities in Tisbury and Oak Bluffs, trick or treating will go on tonight at the the Martha’s Vineyard Museum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the museum, admission is free and there will be candy in each gallery — hurrah!

This weekend, grown-ups can celebrate the holiday with a costume-optional dance party in Oak Bluffs and all ages are welcome to the puppet parade in Vineyard Haven. We’ve got plenty of arts and entertainment events, too, and you can find even more things to do on the Island in the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar. Here are our top picks for the next three days

Friday, Nov. 1 | Let’s dance

Choreographer Abby Bender, a co-founder of the Vineyard’s annual Built on Stilts dance festival, begins three hourly performances of her work Inhabit the Garden, inspired by a poem by T.S. Eliot, at 6 p.m. in a private Island home.

You don’t have to don a costume to enjoy tonight’s dance party at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs, benefiting Habitat for Humanity—but if you do, you could win a prize for best mask, makeup or costume. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m.

This is the last weekend to catch an only-on-the-Vineyard production of Our Town at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven, with shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and the final matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Harriet, the new dramatic film about Harrier Tubman, screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven.

The Brothers McMahon play a special Day of the Dead show at the Ritz in Oak Bluffs, starting at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2 | Halloween Part 2

This year’s Vineyard Haven Halloween festivities and road closures, moved to this afternoon after a stormy weather forecast for Oct. 31, begin at 4 p.m. with the annual puppet parade on Main Street, followed by trick-or-treating at local businesses. Main Street will reopen to vehicles at 5 p.m.

Dress as your favorite musician, or just wear a band T-shirt, for Island author Mathea Morais’s costumed book launch party celebrating her new novel There You Are, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs.

Mentalist, mindreader and comedian Jon Stetson—real-life inspiration for television’s The Mentalist—performs Psychic Comedy at the Barn Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs, beginning at 8 p.m.

The annual Barn Raisers Ball, a free dance party and dessert potluck at Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury, starts at 7:30 p.m. As always, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish perform.

Edgartown Cinemas is showing The Lighthouse and Terminator: Dark Fate at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3 | Penny wise

Rain or shine, staff from the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank lead a two-hour Natural History Guided Walk through its Pennywise Preserve in Edgartown beginning at 1 p.m. Meet at the trailhead at the end of 18th Street South.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society presents a concert by the cello quartet Holes in the Floor at 3 p.m. at the West Tisbury library.

Starting at 4 p.m., it’s Opera Night at La Soffitta in Vineyard Haven, with soprano Jenny Friedman, baritone David Behnke and pianist Molly Purves performing beloved arias and duets for dinner guests.

At the movies, the Capawock in Vineyard Haven is showing David Crosby: Remember My Name at 3:30 p.m. and Judy at 6:30 p.m.

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