Amherst’s greatest mystery will be celebrated in spooktacular fashion when the town hosts Esther Fest from Oct. 17, 2022, to Oct. 31, 2022.
Celebrating all things scary, frightening and ghostly, the festival is named after Esther Cox, a young Amherst woman who was the subject of reported poltergeist activity that gained international attention between 1878 and 1879 and was the subject of a book written by Walter Hubbell titled The Great Amherst Mystery.
As part of the festivities, the town will see some strange, hair-raising creatures haunting the streets of Amherst during the third annual Scarecrow Stroll. These spooky, brainless, funny, well-dressed scarecrows will be hanging about among the town’s shops, restaurants, businesses, community organizations and residential areas.
Residents are also encouraged to head downtown in their favourite ghost, goblin or zombie costume on Oct. 22, 2022, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., to participate in the Great Amherst Street Party. This family-friendly activity will feature bouncy castles, wagon rides, a petting zoo, vendors and live entertainment.
A Family Spooky Skate at the Amherst Stadium will be held on Oct. 30, 2022, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Folks are encouraged to wear a family friendly costume to the skate, where they may win a spooktacular prize.
Those who like to be frightened while competing can also participate in the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt or the Big Block Ghost Walk.
For the scavenger hunt, you are challenged to find items spread among the scarecrows on the Scarecrow Stroll, while the Big Block Ghost Walk summons you to find the answers to riddles posed in the windows of participating businesses located on Amherst Big Block Walk.
the Esther Fest calendar of events.