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Get out your pumpkins and scarecrows, it’s time for Fling into Fall! Events this year will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8. Here is the schedule so you can prepare: From 2 until 6 p.m., scarecrows and carved pumpkins will arrive on the crescent in front of the Penobscot Marine Museum. Judging will be at 4 p.m. that afternoon for the scarecrows as well as home and business decorations.

At sunset the luminaries will be lit for a festive look downtown. At 6 p.m. the popular band, Anni and the Rainmakers, will perform at the bonfire at the Public Safety Building until 8 p.m.

On Saturday, events will kick off with an auction at the Searsport Methodist Church lawn at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. costumes and bike decorating will take place at Mermaid Plaza. Meanwhile, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., there will be a car and craft show at Searsport District High School on Mortland Road. At 11 a.m. the parade steps off, going right down Main Street.

Immediately following at noon, you can enjoy lunch from local vendors, kids’ games, bounce houses, hand painting, and caricatures at the Public Safety Building. If that doesn’t appeal to you, there is a lobster boat tour from Hamilton Wharf until 5 p.m.

And would Fling into Fall be complete without its annual chili, chowder, and Best Apple Pie contests? At 1 p.m. Town Historian Charlene Knox Ferris will lead her popular historic walking tour through town, starting from the Congregational Church. Kiddies love the Touch-A-Truck event at the Full Gospel Church parking lot on Main Street. Take a break and get ready for the fireworks at Mosman Park starting at 6:30 p.m.  Whew!

Twilight Tours

If you’ve ever contemplated portraying a historical character, here is your chance! Penobscot Marine Museum is looking for a few volunteers to do just that. They need a few souls to portray the spirits of sea captains, sailors and their families on Oct. 14 outside on the museum’s campus. It is necessary to attend an evening volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Get in touch with Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org if this interests you.

If you’d just like to attend the event at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14, tickets are $8 purchased in advance at Tiny.one/TwilightTour.com and $10 at the door. Tours start every 10 minutes. There’ll be a ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederate soldiers, and yellow fever sufferers who will tell their stories. That should put you in a Halloween mood!

Reminders: Oct. 4, North Searsport United Methodist Church will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from noon to 4 p.m.

Dig out your extra yarn and fabric, crafters, and take to the Carver Memorial Library for its “Stash Sale” on Oct. 22.