We all need a little bit of fun and revelry to relieve some stress and connect with the Cape Cod community. Fortunately with October comes Halloween, which means costumes!  There are plenty of opportunities across the Cape to step out of your reality and dress up as whatever suits your fancy.

First up, we’ve got the Pirates Ball, which was rescheduled to Friday, October 13 from July due to weather (fortuitous if you ask us!). This outdoor event, which takes place on the back patio of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum promises to be a night filled with music, comedy, games, grub and grog. Costumes are encouraged, whether you go as a pirate, Viking, mermaid, or even a parrot.

On October 28, the 17th Annual Arts & Souls Costume Ball takes over the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Every year CCftA transforms their space for some horrifying fun where there is always dancing, “bone chilling refreshments,” and prizes for best costume. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Arts Museum… When the Art Comes Alive!”

If you’d rather laugh than scream on Halloween, there’s Flapjack Comedy’s So Funny It’s Scary Comedy Show at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, also on October 28. This show features three live comedy acts and a costume contest. We recommend coming as your favorite funny person – get ready for an evening of chills and thrills.

Or you can combine fitness with costume fun at the Dennis Police Halloween Hustle 5K starting from Mayflower Beach on Sunday, October 29 and ending with a party at Chapin’s Restaurant. The best part is that while dressing up as your favorite superhero or animal (a cheetah, maybe?) and running through the beautiful seaside village, you are also raising money for the Dennis Police Association Community Programs.

One of the best things about Halloween is watching the joy that it brings children, which is why we love the trick-or-treating events out on by our local merchants and Main Streets, such as Orleans on Saturday, October 28; Hyannis on the afternoon of October 31; and Dennis Village on the evening of October 31.

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