October on the Cape! If you’re not slurping oysters or lost in a garden maze, you’re face-to-face with pumpkin people or pedaling through graveyards by moonlight. While you’re out leaf-peeping, keep an eye out for these five great annual events:
1. Wellfleet OysterFest - October 19-20
The annual OysterFest has grown from a small-town celebration to one of the region’s top seasonal attractions. The town’s famous oysters are showcased in tastings, raw bars, cooking demos, and special menus all around town, while road races, a spelling bee, and the jam-packed schedule of family events showcase quirky, beautiful Wellfleet. The centerpiece of the festival is the two-day shuck off. If you hadn’t already heard, this is one for your Cape Cod bucket list.
3. Pumpkin People in the Park - October 19-29
You never know what you will find in Chatham’s Kate Gould Park—Friday evening summer band concerts are a given, but colorful little sharks, snowmen, and the Easter bunny have also been spotted creeping along its path. Starting soon, Pumpkin People make their return, and they get more inventive every year. Look closely at those three little pigs, that lobster giant, or the huge-scale rendering of Edward Munch’s The Scream to see the gourd as you’ve never seen it before.
3. Sandwich Pumpkin Fest – October 19
This pumpkin patch is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before…it’s made entirely out of glass. Peruse beautiful, handblown glass pumpkins in a sea of autumn hues, each one expertly created by local and national artisans. All of the unique pumpkins on display are available for purchase; the perfect way to spice up your fall décor!
4. Halloween Family Fun Nights - October 25-26
Halloween fun, minus the sugar crash and gore. The Sandwich Halloween Festival at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich is good, clean fun - from scavenger hunts, face painting and Halloween-themed crafts to a DJ costume party and rides on the old-fashioned carousel. Who needs ghosts and goblins? Strolling through the illuminated garden maze will still give you chills. (5 to 8:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday)
5. Halloween in Provincetown - October 28-30
Take everything we said about Family Fun Nights above, and reverse it. Nobody does costumes, parties, and crazy fun like Provincetown, which goes into high gear at Halloween with spooky fun like a Haunted Bike Tour, RIP Tea Dance, Kids’ Halloween Greet n’ Treat and a costumed ball to end all costumed balls. If you haven’t brought your A-game, be very afraid.