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Get Ready for a Wicked Weekend

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The Wicked Weekend is back! From October 27-29, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts is hosting a Halloween extravaganza, filled with all kinds of activities for families to enjoy. 

The Haunt – Oct. 27 – 29

The fun starts with The Haunt. Set in the fictitious town of Deadwoodville (get it?), The Haunt is a creepy, ominous, and scary community with gruesome oddities. During the tour of the ghastly town visitors will meet unwelcoming citizens and will be carefully guided through our village of the living dead, complete with a farmer’s market, a toy store, a cafe, a library and more. 

Deadwoodville is the creation of HCA Executive Director Kelly Grill and Marie Laskowski, and more than 75 dedicated volunteers have been working for months to build it. It is produced in collaboration with the Metrowest YMCA, who generously agreed to host the spooky town at their outdoor center at 45 East Street. 

The Haunt runs all three days, and tickets are required. While the event is recommended for children ages 10 and up, the HCA has set aside a time slot on Sunday, October 29 for “not so scary” version of the town for younger kids.

The Wicked Pickle – Oct. 28

Pickleball has surged in popularity, and seeking to capitalize on this momentum, the HCA is hosting a pickleball tournament on Saturday, October 28 at the High School courts. Contestants can sign up to join the beginner, intermediate or advanced flights, and costumes are highly encouraged. This event is sponsored by Concierge Physical Therapy, who will be onsite to offer massages and advice for the players. The tournament features cash prizes for the winners of each bracket.

Monster Mash & Trunk or Treat – Oct. 28

Saturday night the party really gets going with a free community event hosted at the HCA. The Monster Mash will feature music, food trucks and games for the kids, with several vendors onsite to pass out candy.  This is an opportunity for the kids to come in costume and trick or treat with the community. 

In partnership with Under Pressure Exterior Cleaning and the Hopkinton Community Partnership, the incredibly popular drive-thru Trunk or Treat fundraising event is back. Families are encouraged to wear their favorite costume and bring their Halloween bags to collect lots of treats and goodies. This event takes place at the Loop road behind the high school, and features more than 30 cars whose trunks are decorated in Halloween theme. 

Proceed for this event go to support the HCA and Hopkinton Community Partnership.

Wicked 5k and Wee Wicked Run – Oct. 29

To cap off the party, the HCA is hosting a 5k fun run on Sunday morning, sponsored by Unibank. The closed course traverses the Loop road and Center Trail, and costumes are highly encouraged. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male, female and nonbinary winners, and also for the best costumes in each category.

For the younger set, the HCA is hosting the Wee Wicked Run, a 100-meter dash, where every contestant receives a wee pumpkin for participating.  

Make your Plan

There’s a lot happening at the HCA this Halloween, so now is the time to make your plans, says Grill. 

“We are so grateful for our amazing volunteers and our partnerships with companies and nonprofits in town,” said Grill. “We are tremendously excited to show Hopkinton that this Wicked Weekend will be the best ever.”

More information on the Wicked Weekend is available at the HCA website or by calling (508) 435-9222.

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