A Spooky Good Time in Kennebunkport

We love summer in southern Maine, but there are myriad reasons to visit Kennebunkport in the fall - smaller crowds, crisp temperatures, and piles of leaves showing their colorful New England pride. Not coincidentally, one of our favorite holidays falls smack in the middle of the season, Halloween. If you're contemplating a visit to Captain Fairfield Inn in October, read on for our top picks for a spooky stay.

Kick off the freaky festivities with the annual All Souls Walk at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk. Costumed guides will lead you through the nearby Hope Cemetery and regal you with tragic tales of Kennebunk residents from the past three centuries - think sea captains, soldiers, and spinsters. Return to the museum for light refreshments and walk through the gallery to view the portraits of several of the dearly departed featured during the walk. Tours begin at noon, with the last one departing at 3:00pm. Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine 

You don't often hear the words "snug harbor" and "haunted house" in the same sentence, but that's exactly what you'll find at this local farm's annual Halloween celebration. Starting at dusk each day on October 30th and 31st, you'll find some good old fashion fun and fear inside the barn at this picturesque Kennebunk farm. Once you're sufficiently haunted, save some time to tour the grounds - the flower fields will be abloom, and the produce stand should be well stocked with local apples and corn. Snug Harbor Farm, Route 9 Lower Village, Kennebunk, Maine

For the young and young at heart, there's no substitute for tried-and-true trick or treating. Head to Dock Square in Kennebunkport (costumed or not) and enjoy sweet treats at all the shops along the way.