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Out & About: Halloween Preps

Halloween is still three weeks away but some familiar spooky villains are making an early appearance and local fall festivals are kicking into high gear. Start your countdown to Halloween with one of the most infamous of spooky villains.

Dracula Randall Theatre

Randall Theatre of Medford presents “Dracula”. This original adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel is making it’s world premier on the Randall stage. The eerie mood set by the actors is heightened by shades of black, white and grey featured in the sets and costuming, all giving the production the look and feel of an old movie. Reserved seating can be purchased online, or pay what you want at the door with a one dollar minimum. “Dracula” opens on Friday and runs through October 21.

Historic Hanley Farm Scarecrow Festival

It’s the Second Annual Scarecrow Festival this Saturday at Hanley Farm. Enjoy pumpkin painting and apple bobbing. Tour the Hanley House. Take in the scarecrows on display and even create your own. Admission is free but there is an extra charge for house tours and scarecrow kits. The scarecrow festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

White’s Country Farm Fall Festival

it’s food and fun for the entire family every weekend through the end of October at White’s Country Farm on West Main in Medford. Kids activities include pony rides, the pumpkin patch, bounce house, a kid-sized corn maze and much more. New this year, the mini-zipper, a zipline for kids 3 to 8 years old. Tickets for activities can be purchased in front the country store. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend through October 28.

Alpaca-Mania

You can see plenty of the friendly, fleecy creatures this weekend at the Eleventh Annual Alpaca-Mania. Events include halter shows, fleece judging, spinning and knitting demonstrations, a silent auction, and a photo contest.

There will also be vendors offering alpaca products and farm equipment. The show is open to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.