For Halloween, The M.O.T. area has lots to offer its residents. From trick-or-treating on Main Street to Frightland, there's something for the whole family.

Masters of macabre come to life

Delaware Shakespeare Festival actors will read seasonably spooky selections from the plays of William Shakespeare as well as the poems of Edgar Allen Poe this weekend at the Stone Stable in Historic Odessa.

The weird sisters of Macbeth will meet again—whether or not the hurlyburly’s done—and the raven will certainly come knocking on the chamber door, but the event will also offer readings that have not appeared in previous installments. The readings will also be accompanied by a live cellist.

The unnerving (but fun) evening lasts only about an hour, giving guests plenty of time to make it to any pre-Halloween parties, too.

IF YOU GO…

WHAT A Night of Readings from the Dark Side WHERE Stone Stable, Historic Odessa WHEN 7:30 p.m., Friday COST $18.50 TICKETS delshakes.org INFO historicodessa.org Creative students carve out Halloween fun

Saturday evening, the Premier Centre for the Arts will open up for spook-tacular night of family-friendly fun. First, PCA’s two stages will feature constant entertainment thanks to current dance, voice and theater students.

“This is our 11th year doing this event,” said PCA Executive Director and Founder Fred Munzert. “I love it. It’s fun to see so much of the community come out. People are dressed up. Everyone just has a good time.”

Munzert added that while lots of people do dress up, there’s no pressure to be in costume. He only asks that people keep the outfits kid-friendly. But, wearing a costume could yield a fine reward during the night’s costume contest.

There are also games, free five-minute lessons in many of the PCA class offerings, face-painting and a bake sale.

Admission to the event is free but some of the games and face-painting will have nominal fees.

“You could come, spend nothing and have a great, fun night,” Munzert said. “Or, you could spend $5 to $10 and do even more.”

The money spent goes right back to the students who attend PCA, in the form of scholarships. More than $20,000 in scholarships were given out last year alone.

“It’s a night to just have some fun,” he said. “But, it’s also a night to see what’s available. Piano, violin, dance, voice—There’s a class for just about everything.”

 IF YOU GO…

WHAT Haunted Family Night Out WHERE Premier Centre for the Arts, 27 Anderson St., Middletown WHEN 5 p.m., Saturday ADMISSION Free GAMES Tickets required, nominal fees INFO facebook.com/premiercentre.forthearts Happy, haunted family opens up home

For five years now, the Adams family (yes, that’s really their name) has found a passion for Halloween with their free, backyard haunted trail.

It all started when Sam Adams (again, that is really his name) found out that the children of friends  had never been to any kind of haunted attraction because of the cost. He knew he couldn’t afford to take every one of them to an admission-based trail but it occurred to him that he could make one.

Friends and family—13 this year—start pitching in at the beginning of October to get the decorations up. The group has already logged more than 100 hours building new props, adding hydraulic effects and even new animatronic surprises. 

Sam’s wife, Jennifer, says that the trail, which takes about seven minutes for visitors to complete, never fails to scare.

“Sometimes the adults run out screaming more so than the kids do,” she said. “Once, a woman ran through the trail and ran out, leaving her son behind.”

They don’t force anyone to go through, though, and visitors can back out at any time. She said that there’s no shame in just coming up to the cauldron, collecting a treat and leaving.

IF YOU GO…

WHAT Adams Family Haunted Trail WHERE 1010 Ashland St., Middletown HALLOWEEN Dusk to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31 COST Free PARKING Free, on the street MORE HALLOWEEN FUN

Halloween Party, hosted by the Townsend Fire Company, 107 Main St., Townsend, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28. Kids 12 years old and younger are encouraged to dress up for a costume contest and prizes. Cookies and punch will also be served. For more information, call (302) 378-8111.

Trick-or-Treat on Main, hosted by Middletown Main Street on W. Main St., downtown Middletown, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30. Free bags will be given to all kids in costume while supplies last. There will also be a costume contest for children and pets. For more information, visit middletownmainstreet.com.

Haunted rides and attractions, hosted by Frightland, 309 Port Penn Road, Middletown. Tickets are $30 to $45 to see a packaged number of haunted attractions. Open daily at 6p.m.,Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 as well as 6 p.m.,Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Parking is $5 per carload. Amusement rides are free for VIP ticketholders and the Eight-Haunt pass holders; $25 for everyone else. All proceeds go to the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware. For more information, visit frightland.com.

Pumpkn Patch, hosted by Coleman Christmas Tree Farm, 550 Silver Run Road, Middletown. Pick pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free hayrides to the pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays only. Playground also open. For more information visit colemanstreefarm.com.