LEOMINSTER — Growing up in Leominster, Ronny LeBlanc learned of a section of the city near his childhood home that was called Monsterland.
He didn’t know why it received this nickname, but all his friends were going there to ride their BMX bikes, pedaling through the forested trails to get there and spending their day in the sand dunes within the power lines.
The secret of why it has been called Monsterland has most of its own residents still in the dark.
“Teenagers would use the area to hold keg parties and bonfires and young couples would frequent the area to evade prying parent’s eyes,” LeBlanc said with a smile. “Some of the ‘lucky’ ones that would venture into this area at night would experience strange sounds and lights — sightings of flying saucers, orange orbs, and hairy creatures (Bigfoot) running on two legs — they were part of the lore.”
LeBlanc’s passion, fun-loving personality and sense of humor have paved the way for him in bringing the subject matter of UFOs and Bigfoot to the mainstream public.
He is now an independent researcher, screenwriter, and author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling book “Monsterland: Encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot and Orange Orbs”, which details the history and connection between the various phenomena, highlighting his experience and research with this infamous section of Leominster, named Monsterland.
LeBlanc is thrilled to have the opportunity to get the community in the Halloween spirit and celebrate the strange and weird experiences of the paranormal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Community Room of the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave., where he will host a presentation and book talk and share his experiences hunting for Bigfoot in and around Leominster State Forest, UFO sightings in Massachusetts, and more local lore.
He is also excited to announce a book signing event of “Monsterland: Encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot and Orange Orbs” from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Barnes and Noble, 120 Watertower Plaza.
And in collaboration with his books, LeBlanc has worked in partnership with Wachusett Brewing Company since 2018 to make a Monsterland Hard Cider, and has announced a new release this month.
“We will be releasing a new Monsterland Black IPA with Bull Spit Brewing Company, of Lancaster, this month to celebrate the release of the sequel of “Expedition Bigfoot” and my second book, ‘Monsterland: Encounters with Shamans, Sasquatch, Synchronicity and High Strangeness,’” LeBlanc said.
The Monsterland Black IPA has a taste of strawberry and blackberry by utilizing hops that give those subtle flavors with a New England IPA base, made black with a grain called midnight wheat, “a grain the Sasquatch may come across,” he added.
LeBlanc currently stars in Travel Channel’s hit series “Expedition Bigfoot” with season 4 premiering in 2023, also starring in “Paranormal Caught on Camera”.
He is a regular speaker at the Exeter UFO Festival, New England UFO Conference and ParaFest and has been featured on nationally syndicated radio programs like “Coast to Coast AM” with George Noory, “Fade to Black” with Jimmy Church and was highlighted for his research in a cover story in the Boston Herald.
LeBlanc created a regular radio segment called “Monsterland Monday” on legendary Boston rock station, WAAF 107.3 FM. He hosts a widely podcast titled “Monsterland” with co-host Matty Blake of History Channel’s juggernaut “Curse of Oak Island.”
“Leaving Leominster at the age of 18 to attend college in Southern California and living a life as a lead singer from a band out of Los Angeles, to becoming a dad with a wife and four children, is something I am thankful for,” said LeBlanc.
“Having the chance — again — living the dream looking for Bigfoot on month-long expeditions for Warner Brothers Discovery and Travel Channel, all because I wrote books about high strangeness and my experiences in my hometown of Leominster, has been a whirlwind,” LeBlanc added.
“But I’m grateful for it all every day,” he said.
No registration is required for the library event, however appreciated for planning purposes. For more information or to register, call 978-582-4140 or visit lunenburglibrary.org. For more information on Ronny LeBlanc, visit his website at ronnyleblanc.com.
Other local Halloween happenings include:
There’s no bones about it at the Fitchburg Public Library
FITCHBURG — The Fitchburg Public Library, located at 610 Main St., will offer two not-so-spooky events this October.
A Family Craft Night will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, where children, ages 5 and up, are welcome to make paper plate skeletons.
Teens welcome to bring a project to finish or paint a spooky scene with the teen librarian at 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at Teen Art Night.
For more information, visit fitchburgpubliclibrary.org.
Calling all Halloween loving teens
LEOMINSTER — The Teen Halloween Party Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St. Plan and organize this year’s teen Halloween party.
A Teen Pie & Pumpkin Picnic will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the library. Get in the fall spirit with pumpkins to paint, pies to eat, cider to drink and cozy fall music; appropriate for children in grades 7 to 12.
For more information, call 978-534-7522.
Spiders, pumpkins and crafts – oh my!
ASHBURNHAM — The Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, is hosting several Halloween and pumpkin- and spider-themed storytimes beginning with a Teen Craft Lab — Zentangle Pumpkins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, for children ages 12 to 18.
A Spooky Craft Camp will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; Drop in the Makerspace for an easy Halloween craft; for children ages 6 to 12.
Storytimes at the library will feature all about spiders at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 20 and all about pumpkins Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 27. Children ages newborn to 5 will enjoy a morning of stories, rhymes and a fun craft.
For more information, or to register, call 978-827-4115 or visit ashburnhamlibrary.org.
Spiders at Wachusett
PRINCETON — Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, will host a Preschool Story & Nature Hour at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, to learn all about spiders. Children will enjoy this hour of nature-themed fun. To register, visit massaudubon.org.
The extraordinary life of Alfred Hitchcock
CLINTON — Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most famous film director who ever lived. Bigelow Free Public Library will take a look at his achievements as “the master of suspense” and examine his extraordinary creativity as one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers at this Zoom presentation titled “Films of Alfred Hitchcock” at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. To register, visit bigelowlibrary.org.
Find your perfect costume at the Halloween Costume Swap
LUNENBURG — Can’t seem to find the perfect costume this Halloween, but stuck with ones from past years? Join the Halloween Costume Swap from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave. Donations welcome, infant to adult. For more information, or to donate, call 978-582-4140 or visit lunenburglibrary.org.
Silly Halloween fun at the Bigelow Free Public Library
CLINTON — Giggles & Grins Halloween Fun will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut St. Join Rona Leventhal for everything Halloween fun; appropriate for children ages 3 to 8. To register, visit bigelowlibrary.org.
Trunk or Treat Bash to be held
FITCHBURG — The 2nd Annual Villainous Trunk or Treat Bash will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 168 Boulder Drive. Meet the villains, trunk or treat, and dress your spookiest for the kid’s costume contest.