Bewitched in Andover

bewitched postcard for web-medThis year, the Andover Historical Society is delighted to explore the haunting subject of Victorian spiritualism with event partners West Parish Garden Cemetery, Andover BookstoreAndover DCS, The Center at Punchard, Circles of Wisdom, and the New England Ghost Project and as we present a wide variety of programs for all ages! Advance registration is requested for all events.

2015 Series of Eerie Events

Fri, September 25: Red Light Ghost Hunt
Mon, September 28: The Crucible reading & discussion (4 week program)
Fri, October 2: Passages Art Exhibit Opening
Sat, October 3: Passages Art Exhibit Open House
Thu, October 8: Ghost Hunting in Age of Spiritualism
Thu, October 15: Spiritualism in Andover
Thu, October 22: A Head Full of Ghosts
Fri, October 23: Family Pumpkin Festival
Sat, October 24: Stories & S’mores
Sun, October 25: Victorian Garden Cemetery Picnic
Wed, October 28: Too Cute to Spook
Thu, October 29: Spirits Knocking – Table Tipping
Sat, October 31:  Farmers’ Market Closing Day

Passages Art Exhibit
October 1-31, at Andover Historical Society & West Parish Garden Cemetery.

Throughout the month of October visit the Passages Art Exhibit, a juried art show, running from October 1-31, being held in cooperation with West Parish Garden Cemetery and Andover Historical Society. 2-D artwork will be displayed at Andover Historical  while West Parish will host the 3-dimensional art installations. Opening reception will be held at the Andover Historical Society on Friday, October 2 at 7pm while the West Parish Garden Cemetery hosts an outdoor open house on Saturday, October 3 at 10am. Learn more online at or visit both sites during public hours.


Red Light Ghost Hunt
Friday, September 25: 7:30pm-midnight
at Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street

Join paranormal investigator and radio host Ron Kolek, with special guest, Steve Parsons, at the historic Blanchard House in downtown Andover where the shadows of the night come alive. If you ever wanted to be a Ghost Hunter or if you are a Ghost Hunter and always wanted to investigate a museum house filled with thousands of historical objects, now is your chance. Join us as we investigate this historic landmark and help save history because a portion of the ticket goes directly to support the museum. The cost of this unique event is only $75. Tickets are limited to only 20 attendees, so sign up now by calling the Historical Society at (978) 475-2236!

SalemWitchcraftTrial_largeReading and discussion of The Crucible
Mondays, September 28, October 5, October 19, October 26: 1:30-3pm
At the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court

Do you believe in witches? Did Arthur Miller?  What parallels can we find between 17th century Salem and 20th America?  Come to a four-session reading and discussion of The Crucible with an optional visit to Salem and Salem Village. Paperback and Kindle editions of The Crucible are available on Amazon for under $10 and at the library. Eileen Reilly facilitates. Monday, Sept. 28 – October 26 from 1:30 – 3pm. Cost: $16. Advance registration by calling (978)623-8321 at The Center at Punchard.

New-England-Ghost-ProjectGhost Hunting in the Age of Spiritualism
Thursday, October 8: 7pm
at Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street

Long before today’s modern ghost hunters there were a dedicate group of scientists searching to understand the haunted phenomenon. These pioneers used “modern” equipment and scientific procedure in an attempt to understand ghosts and spirit communication. Radio host, author and paranormal investigator Ronald Kolek takes you back in time to present a glimpse of the lives of these great men like Harry Price, Thomas Gledenning Hamilton and others. $5 Historical Society members, $7 non-members. Call the Historical Society at (978) 475-2236 to reserve your seat.

Princess_Beatrice_mourningSpiritualism in Andover
Thursday, October 15: 7pm
At the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street

Local historian and storyteller Gail Ralston will shed light on the 19th century spiritualist activities that once took place in Andover. This one-night presentation will explore the séance hosting habits of Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others, and the mixed feelings of the townspeople who adhered to more traditional views. $5 Historical Society members, $7 non-members. Call the Historical Society at (978) 475-2236 to reserve your seat.

head full of ghostsA Head Full of Ghosts
Thursday, October 22: 6pm
At the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main Street

Local author Paul Tremblay is coming to Andover Bookstore on Oct 22 at 6pm to read from his newest work of fiction, A Head Full of Ghosts. The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. It’s a chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative master. Free and open to the public.

pumpkin festival

Family Pumpkin Festival
Friday, October 23: 4-5:30pm
At West Parish Garden Cemetery, 129 Reservation Road

West Parish Garden Cemetery invites families and jack o’lantern enthusiasts to bring their creative and spirited carved creations to display during this early evening event from 4-5:30pm. Votives will be provided and pumpkins will be displayed throughout the children’s garden. Lemonade and popcorn will be served and a magician will perform to the delight of all. Costumes are encouraged for a short parade through the Childrens’ Garden followed by the pumpkin lighting at 5:15 p.m.

Smores2Stories & S’mores

Saturday, October 24 at 6pm, for ages 13+
At Andover Bookstore, 89R Main Street

Join guest author Laurie Faria Stolarz at Andover Bookstore for Stories & S’mores around the fireplace at 6pm. Toast marshmallows, make s’mores, and hear tales as staff share favorite scary stories and you can share yours, too! To sign up for this free event, please call or email the Andover Bookstore at (978) 475-0143 or

picnicVictorian Garden Cemetery Picnic
Sunday, October 25: 1-4pm
At West Parish Garden Cemetery, 129 Reservation Road

Don your old-fashioned finery, pack a picnic lunch, and join us for an afternoon alfresco experience. Garden cemeteries, with their meandering paths, gracious landscaping, and picturesque settings, were a relatively new phenomena in the 19th century. Locals flocked to them not only as places of rest for deceased loved ones, but also as places of reflection and even quiet recreation. Victorian or old-fashioned attire is suggested but not required. Free and open to the public.

halloween dcs 5Too Cute to Spook
Wednesday, October 28: 10-11:30am
At Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street

Join DCS at the Old Town Hall for a morning full of fun Halloween activities! Come dressed in your costume and try your luck at games like pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern and pumpkin bowling. Fun craft projects will also be available as well as a chance to win a prize at the costume contest! For Ages 1-6, 10:00-11:30 am at Old Town Hall. Pre-register for $5/child by calling Andover DCS at (978) 623-8274 or pay $7/child at the door.

table1Spirits Knocking & Table Tipping
Thursday, October 29: 7-9pm
At Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street

Table tipping is a time-honored tradition of physical mediumship that allows spirits to connect with us lovingly through the table.  Loved ones, pets, spirit guides, angels, ascended masters, and even those we knew from past lives have the opportunity to step forward and tap out their heartfelt messages of love and healing to us.  With the intention for the highest good of all, each participant has the opportunity to see-feel-experience spirit communication directly.  The table can tap, flip, hug, spin, dance, stomp, and shimmy with the joy of communicating with us!  We invite you to open your minds and hearts and join us in an extraordinary experience with Spirit! Introductory fee of $25 per person and reservations should be made through Circles of Wisdom at (978) 474-8010.

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Andover Farmers’ Market Closing Day
Saturday, October 31: 10am-2pm
Behind Andover Historical Society & Andover Village Square (97 & 93 Main St)

Join us on Halloween for the last day of the 2015 Andover Farmers’ Market.  Wear your Halloween costume as you shop, and stop by the Andover Historical Society/Market Manager’s booth and the craft tent for a special Halloween treat!  For all ages, 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Andover Farmers’ Market. Free and open to the public.