4 Ways to Scare Yourself in Maine

Jack the Ripper: Oct. 17–25

A never-identified serial killer who murdered at least five London prostitutes in 1888 — a natural subject for a ballet, right? A Portland Ballet original. 6 p.m. $22–$25. Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Ave., Portland. 207-772-9671. portlandballet.org

Ghostport: Oct. 18

Get your spook on with coffin races, a goblin parade, catapulting pumpkins, and a spectacular fireworks show to end the day. It’s (ahem) a howling good time. 52 Main St., Bucksport. 207-469-6818. bucksportbaychamber.com/ghostport

Ghost Train: Oct. 24–25

Watch for zombies, ghosts, and spookies while riding the rails with a crew full of monsters. 5:30–8 p.m. Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay. 207-633-4727. railwayvillage.org

Ghost Tours

Intrigue the history buff and freak out the kids. Guided strolls through the Old Port delve into Portland’s dark past. $12–$17. 72 Commercial St., Portland. 207-730-0490. wickedwalkingtours.com

(Photo: Ben W/Flickr)

Laura Serino

Laura Serino is a North Haven dweller, founder of the Fore Front Fashion blog, and former digital editor of Down East Magazine.