The Bangor Mall was filled with witches, goblins and ghosts Sunday afternoon as kids enjoyed a mall-wide trick-or-treat.Local fire fighters from Veazie and Bangor were on hand to meet the kids, as well as UMaine basketball players and Bangor Community College Dental students.Organizers say it’s a great, safe way to enjoy Halloween.” It keeps people inside and it worked out well for everybody today with this snow and rain mix so we’re very happy that we have a big place like this to let the children go in and it’s safe and warm,” Kimberly Reid, director of marketing, Bangor Mall.On top of the Halloween goodies, folks had a chance to receive coupons and giveaways from the mall.
A Bangor police officer says he wasn’t allowed to cast his ballot when an election warden refused to let him vote while wearing his service revolver.James Dearing says he was patrolling his beat Friday when he stopped to vote at the Bangor Civic Center.
Folks got spooked in Old Town Saturday night for a good cause.Cub Scouts Pack 76 put on its Haunted House for Hunger.This is the 4th year the boys have hosted the scare fest.The kids say this year, it was extra scary with a butcher, a jail and a grave yard.There was no monetary cost to get in, they just asked folks to bring a food item to be donated to Crossroads Ministries.” It’s just really awesome and they get to follow through and come in and help put away food and everything so it’s just a good partnership all around,” said Brenda Davis, from Crossroads Ministries.” The food pantry is getting a little low so the Scouts have put this haunted house together to bring people from the community in to bring a donation to Crossroads,” said Erin Tott, den leader.The Old Town Recreation Department also hosted a haunted trail and pumpkin patch Saturday night.
Independent candidate for governor, Eliot Cutler, picked up an endorsement from a former Maine governor Saturday afternoon.Former Governor Angus King announced his support of Cutler in a press conference in Portland.King, also an independent, served as governor from 1995 to 2003.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor dedicated house number 13 this weekend.More than 170 volunteers helped build the home in Bangor.The last Habitat home in Bangor was built in 2007 and organizers say they will be building 2 houses a year from now on.Saturday, after a lot of hard work and dedication the newest house was presented to the Brangwynne family.” They are a family that had been in transitional housing for the last two years.
A local fire department is transforming its fire house into a haunted house.On Saturday night, the Eddington Fire Department is hosting a haunted house at its fire station on Main Road.We were there as crews put the last minute touches on the house.Crystal Hammond, one of the organizers of Saturday night’s event, says guests can enjoy a haunted maze and will be visited by creatures from the unknown.This is the sixth year the event is being put on.The event begins at 6:30.It is free but donations are being accepted.
Halloween may be on Sunday, but some kids got an early start on their trick or treating at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday afternoon for Pumpkins in the Park.”I think it’s fantastic because it’s a safe place for the kids to go,” said Donna Pare.Pare has been coming to Pumpkins in the Park for the past several years.This year, she brought her grandson to enjoy the bounce houses, pumpkins and of course the trick or treating.This is the eighth year United Cerebral Palsy hosted Pumpkins in the Park.Tish Pendergast, a member of the resource development team, says this is the organization’s biggest fundraiser that brings the community together.”It’s held every Saturday before Halloween so that’s when we hold the event so normally there’s a lot going on so families can make a day of it.”UCP serves 1,500 families and children with Cerebral Palsy, but also helps people with other disabilities as well.”Our name is United Cerebral Palsy but only about 3 percent of our clients actually have CP we do a wide range of disabilities from the autism spectrum to behavorial diseases,” she said.The money raised from the event goes to the organization’s program fund to help them continue to serve the community.Matthew Pinkhim volunteered for Saturday’s event, an event he remembers coming to when he was a kid.”It’s a great feeling to be able to hand back because I know I enjoyed coming here when I was a kid and it’s great to be the person that’s now giving the candy out to the kids,” he said.Last year, about 300 children attended the event.
Downtown Bangor is in the Halloween spirit.Events are being held throughout the day Saturday across the downtown area.More than 16 vendors took part in the Outdoor Market that was held.In the morning there was a parade, and businesses and outdoor market vendors had candy on hand to give out to any tick-or-treaters that stopped by.Organizers say events like this are great ways to get folks to see all that downtown Bangor has to offer.” Downtown Bangor is an amazing place.
A local business hosted a Halloween costume event for charity Saturday.Northstar Photography in Bangor collected canned goods and money for Manna Ministries.Parents and their children ages 1 through 12 were asked to donate five dollars or five canned goods.With the donation kids got their picture taken in their Halloween costumes for free.Owner and photographer David Brown says the event is a way for his business to give back to the community.
An Orland woman is asking the community to help support a local woman battling cancer.Dallas Cutliffe of Bucksport has had three heart attacks and now has stage 4 colon cancer.Jonnie Coolidge is organizing a benefit supper for Cutliffe.The event will take place Sunday, November 7th from 4pm to 7pm at Bucksport High School.Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $8 for adults or $25 for a family.There will be numerous raffles and entertainment at the event as well as supper.
Central Fire Station in Bangor opened its doors for an open house on Saturday.The station holds the event each year in October in honor of Fire Prevention Month.Lots of activities were going on including a smoke house demonstration, games, Jaws of Life demonstrations and a another on the importance of wearing a seat belt.A Halloween costume contest took place in the morning, judged by the Anah Shrine clowns.The goal of the fun family event is to provide adults and children with fire safety tips that could save their lives.”This time of year is when fires start to increase so it’s a good idea to try to get people to think about fire safety.