Halloween Happenings in CT
There are so many fantastic events and activities happening this October, you'll be sure to keep all your little goblins happy! Check out these spooky (and some not-so-spooky) family-friendly things to do from around Connecticut. Links to these awesome activities can be found on the calendar on our home page!
Dracula Goes to High School - It’s the first day back at school for the students of Transylvania High School. Join the “spooktacular” Halloween adventure as Dracula learns to find his way and make new friends in this rockin’ new musical. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street. Noon. $19-$23. 203-576-1636. Through October 29; times vary.
Pumpkin Patch - Ride the historic 1920s train to the pumpkin patch where kids, ages 2-12, will receive a free pumpkin. Also, activities, cider, cookies and more. Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White Street. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$12. 203-778-8337. Weekends through October 29; times vary.
Haunted Isle - Take a trolley to the Isle and enter if you dare! Ghoulish frights await along the un-lit, wooded path with many twists and turns. For adults and mature children with no health issues. No high heels. Rated S for Spooky. Ages 10 and up. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St. 7-10 p.m. $12-$20. 203-467-6927. Fri. and Sat. through Oct. 28.
Pumpkin Patch - Young children and their families will ride a vintage trolley car to the patch, where each child will select a little pumpkin to decorate. The Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River Street. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. 203-467-6927. Saturdays and Sundays through October 29.
Pumpkin Patch - Enjoy a ride in an antique trolley, then hop out at the Pumpkin Patch and search for the perfect pumpkin. Back at the Visitor Center, enjoy pumpkin decorating, contests, games and more. Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Rd. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $3-$12. 860-627-6540. Fri., Sat. and Sun. through October 29.
Rails to the Darkside - A few brave souls will run a trolley at night — do you dare to take a ride to the darkside? Not recommended for children. Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road. 7-9:30 p.m. $18. 860-627-6540. Fri. and Sat. through Oct. 28.
Corn Maze - This year’s corn maze will be a steam train. All aboard for the newly designed corn maze filled with new interactive games and a lookout in the middle. Bishop’s Orchards, New England Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last admission, 4:45 p.m.) Free-$6. 203-458-7425. Through October.
Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas - Explore the exhibit on the origins and myths of the holidays. Hands-on activities, trivia challenge and more. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free-$8. 203-453-2457. Wednesdays-Sundays through October 29.
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours - Enjoy spooky, fall fun when you learn about Mark Twain’s interest in the supernatural, haunted history, dark tales, Victorian traditions and more. Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave. 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m. $17-$25. RSVP. 860-247-0998. Through Oct. 28.
Thursday, October 5
Family Pumpkin Carving Night - Get into the Halloween spirit. You bring the pumpkin, and the museum provides a variety of tools and stencils on this fun-filled, festive evening. New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free with admission. 860-585-5411.
Friday, October 6
Under the Hunters Moon Family Night Hike - This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat. Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Rd. 7:30-8:45 p.m. $5-$7. Pre-register. 860-693-0263.
Saturday, October 7
Pumpkin Festival - See a variety of craft vendors and magic shows. Visit the pumpkin patch, jump in the bouncy house, enjoy the country store, Granny’s attic, baked goods, food and more. United Methodist Church of Danbury, 5 Clapboard Ridge Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 203-743-1503.
Fall Fun at the Museum - Enjoy a kid-friendly decoupage pumpkin craft. Then, work with your family to decode and follow pumpkin clues around the building to discover secrets and fun facts about the museum. Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street.10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 860-236-5621.
Night Fall - This community performance celebrates seasonal change with art, music, dance and giant puppets. The highlight is a procession of lanterns, symbolizing the end of fall and welcoming the winter season soon to come. Bushnell Park, Trinity Street. 6 p.m. (grounds open at 2 p.m.) Free. www.nightfallhartford.org.
Pumpkins on the Pier - A combination of an old fashioned country fair and a lighted holiday spectacular. There are contests galore including a pie eating contest, pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest and more. Also, tractor hay rides, arts and crafts vendors and entertainment. Walnut Beach, 113 E. Broadway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Pier Lighting, 5 p.m.) Free. 203-713-8055.
Monty’s Fall Festival - Enjoy fall crafts, balloons, moon bounce, petting zoo, special events and more. Natures Art Village, 1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free with admission. 860-443-4367. Through October 9.
Sunday, October 8
Fall Festival - Build a scarecrow, enjoy arts and crafts, performances and more at this annual family event. Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call for cost. 203-869-6899.
Scarecrow Making - Create a scarecrow for the Harvest Festival Weekend contest. Some materials provided, but bring clothing or accessories to help with your creation. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road. 1-2 p.m.; 2:15-3:15 p.m. ; and 3:30-4:30 p.m. $5/family plus museum admission. Pre-register. 203-322-1646.
Fall Festival to Benefit Animals - The festival includes a one-mile dog walk, food, contests, canine demos, games, music, entertainment, pet adoption, silent auction, vendors for people and pets and more. Paradise Green, Main Street and Huntington Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for cost. 203-385-4068.
Monday, October 9
Awesome Autumn Family Fun - Head out on the trails for a fall scavenger hunt and special crafts; apple cider and cookies served. Learn to identify tree leaves on tech Tree ID hike at 2 p.m. Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission. 860-693-0263.
Thursday, October 12
Dr. Bizarro’s Strange and Obscure Facts - In the spirit of Halloween, enjoy a fascinating illustrated lecture by author Stephen Spignesi. He will discuss: amazing savants, strange fringe myths and beliefs, bizarro last meals, tourist attractions and much more. Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-468-3890.
Lamp-o-Lanterns - Use recycled materials to create spooky lanterns that just might help keep away the ghosts and ghouls this Halloween. Ages 8-14. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-239-5803.
Friday, October 13
Apple Harvest Festival - Browse among 100 vendors, enjoy rides, food trucks, bicycle scavenger hunt, a 5K and kids fun run, entertainment and fireworks on Saturday night. Riverfront Park, 128 Welles Street. 6-10 p.m. Free-$5. 860-659-3587. Also on October 14 and 15; times vary.
Nighttime Wonders - Explore the wonders of the woods after dark. Kids will take part in an activity, and the evening ends with s’mores by the campfire and playing games. The topic is Observing Owls. Grades 3-6. Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd. 6-8 p.m. $30. Pre-register. 203-762-7280.
Saturday, October 14
Halloween Craft - Come to the library and create a fun Halloween craft. McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Avenue. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. 860-242-0041.
Harvest Day Festival - October focuses on The Festival of Food. Enjoy hands-on experiences with local food sources, preparation and tastings to develop the young chef in evey child. Imagine Nation Museum Early Learning Center, 1 Pleasant Street. Call for time and cost. 860-314-1400.
Howl-O-Ween - Brave children and parents can enter the haunted attractions: the Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead and the Ghastly Greenhouse. Timid guests will enjoy magic shows, face painting, fire dancers, fortune tellers and more. Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave. 6:30-10 p.m. Call for cost. 203-394-6565. Also on Oct. 21, 27-28.
Tokeneke School Pumpkin Carnival - Enter the Halloween-themed haunted house and amusement park. Enjoy delicious food, rides, games and more. Tokeneke Elementary School, 7 Old Farm Road. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
New Pond Farm Harvest Festival - Watch open hearth cooking demos, rope making and kettle corn popping. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, visit the dairy cows, decorate a pumpkin, roll a beeswax candle, make a gourd creature and more. New Pond Farm, 101 Marchant Road. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$5; $20/family. 203-938-2117.
Fall Food Truck Fair - The day features more than 25 food trucks, live music, carnival rides, craft vendors, costumed characters and much more. Hubbard Park, 999 West Main Street. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. www.facebook.com/events/1205598426141017.
Harvest Festival - Enjoy apple cider demos, scarecrow contest, hay bale climb and more. Join the costume parade, listen to live music, storytelling and have your face painted. The 5th CT Regiment recreates camp life, military drills and more. Stamford Museum and Nature Ctr., 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free-$10. 203-322-1646. Also on Oct. 15.
Sunday, October 15
Apple Harvest Festival 5K and Kids Fun Run - Run or walk, the 5K is a flat USATF certified course. Riverfront Park, 200 Welles Street. 8:15 a.m., registration; 9:30 a.m., run/walk begins. Free-$30. 314-942-7201.
Wednesday, October 18
Pumpkin Painting - Get in the Halloween spirit by listening to spooky music and painting pumpkins. Bring your own pumpkin, the library will supply the paints, books for inspiration and stencils. James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street. 4-5 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-488-1441, ext. 323.
Sweet Treats: Dipped Apples - Make mini caramel and/or chocolate dipped apples. Then, listen to a story while enjoying the homemade treat. Grades 3-5. Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-284-6436.
Thursday, October 19
Pumpkin Patch Painting - Bring your own 6-8-inch pumpkin to decorate. Paint, glitter, glue and more provided. Ages 6-9. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-239-5803.
Friday, October 20
Halloween: Witches, Vampires & Ghosts Tours - The tour focuses on the history of witchcraft from colonial times to the Victorian era. Beware, ghosts, witches and vampires will wander the museum. Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue. Call for time. $20. Pre-register. 203-838-9799. Also on October 21-22 and 27-29.
Outdoor Adventures: Heckscher Farm Evening Tour - Go on a special after-hours tour of the farm and visit with some of your favorite animals after the gates close. Tour ends with a cup of hot, local apple cider. Ages 4 and up. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5-$8. 203-322-1646.
Flashlight Maze - Go on a not-so-spooky adventure through the night maze. If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight, try your luck in the dark! Brown’s Harvest. 1911 Poquonock Avenue. 6:30-9 p.m. (last ticket sold at 8 p.m. $10. 860-683-0266. Also on October 21, 27 and 28.
Saturday, October 21
Halloween Puppet Show - Come to the library and enjoy a Halloween puppet show. Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street. 2-3 p.m. Free. 203-468-3890.
Spooktacular Science Weekend - Things will get a little spooky and a little kooky at this annual Spooktacular Science Weekend. Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, kids "scary-oke" and spooky crafts. Costumes encouraged - adult masks are not allowed. Free with general admission, kids under 3 are always free. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Boulevard. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 860-SCIENCE. Also on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Ballet Spooktacular - Special effects and costumes highlight three ballets: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dancing Bones and Halloween Waltz. Kids can wear costumes and parade on stage, trick-or-treat in the theater and pose for photos with the dancers. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. 1 and 4 p.m. $14-$20. 877-503-1286. Also on Oct. 22.
Harvest Fair - Browse through crafts including jewelry, home and seasonal items and more. Visit the bakery, enjoy lunch, check out the silent auction, white elephant and collectibles sale and the Pumpkin Patch. Also, games, activities and craft projects. West Hartford United Methodist Church, 1358 New Britain Ave. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 860-521-7766.
Witches and Tombstones Tours - A guide leads the way to historic homes telling tales from the notorious Wethersfield Witch Trials, details of CT’s first mass murder, then view a room prepared for a wake. Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15. Pre-register. 860-529-0612. Also on October 22.
Sunday, October 22
Rowayton Halloween Celebration - Come in costume to explore the hay maze, pet the animals, take a pony ride, join the parade and enter the Haunted House — if you dare! Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue. 1-4 p.m. Call for cost. 203-838-7226.
Monday, October 23
Creativity Club for Tweens and Teens: Painted Pumpkin Party - Learn to paint a spooky scene that will last much longer than a traditionally carved pumpkin. Bring in a small-medium sized pumpkin. Ages 10-14. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-239-5803.
Tuesday, October 24
Let’s Get Goosebumps - Scare yourself silly! Enjoy an hour of Goosebumps books, movies, snacks and activities. Grades, K-6. Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 860-665-8720.
Thursday, October 26
Pumpkin-Palooza - It’s a pumpkin-filled good time! Drop in to make different kinds of pumpkin crafts, or decorate a pumpkin that you bring from home. Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. 860-665-8720.
Costumes & Candy Crafts - Wear your Halloween costume and learn how to make spooky treats with some of your favorite candies and foods. Ages 6-10. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-239-5803.
Ghost Hunting at the Library - Celebrate Halloween with members of the CT Spirit investigators. Hear stories and learn all about being a professional ghost hunter Ages 13-19. West Haven Public Library, 300 Elm Street. 5-6 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-937-4233.
Friday, October 27
Legends and Hauntings - Get chilled to the bone listening to haunting legends, superstitions and local folklore as night descends. Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road. 6-8 p.m. $10-$13. Pre-register. 203-259-1598. Also on October 28-29.
Family Y Halloween Spooktacular - Calling all ghosts and goblins! Join the fun, wear a costume and enjoy family-friendly activities. Ages 10 and under with an adult. Westport/Weston YMCA, 14 Allen Raymond Lane. 6-7:30 p.m. $10/child; $5 each additional sibling. 203-226-8981.
Saturday, October 28
Spooktacular 2017 - Bring your eerie engineers and mysterious mathematicians for some silly, spooky STEM fun at the Fifth Annual Spooktacular Event and enjoy a day filled with spooky activities and fun for the entire family. Highlight will include a Pumpkin Chunkin competition, Exploding Jack-O-LLanterns and the Mad Scienctist laboratory (where things are likely to blow up!). Costumes are strongly encouraged - children who come dressed up with receive $1 off admission. (Adults, no face masks, please). Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Avenue. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 203-372-3521.
Hobgoblin Fair - Enjoy a Track and Treat walk, crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, homemade goodies and more. Kids can wear costumes. Ages 3-8. Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road. 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. $4-$8. Pre-register. 860-693-0263.
Halloween Donuts with Grownups - Enjoy crafts, activities, music, stories and, of course, donuts as a family. Literacy building stations help kids with literacy skills. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main street. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. 203-272-2245.
Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s - Go on a flashlight tour and scavenger hunt. Do craft activities, see the displays on the Whitfield/Salem witch trial connection and tour the Holidaze exhibit. Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free-$8. 203-453-2457.
Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge - The competition is a fully-sanctioned International Chili Society cook-off. Also, local vendors and entertainment. Kids enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, clowns, face painters and more. Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd. Noon-5 p.m. Free-$10. Pre-register. 860-651-7307.
Movies at the Southington Drive-In - Come to the drive-in for the Halloween Festival. Southington Drive-In, 995 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Opens at 6 p.m.; movie begins at sunset. $10-$15/carload; $2/person, walk-in (bring lawn chair). www.SouthingtonDrive-In.org.
Costumed People/Pet Parade - March behind the fire truck in the town-wide parade. Enjoy old-fashioned Halloween games on the library lawn, entertainment and more. Prizes for best pet and people costumes, and all pets receive treats. Parade begins from Five Corners to the Pequot Library Lawn, 720 Pequot Avenue. 2 p.m. Free. 203-259-0346, ext. 116.
Halloween Spooktacular - Enjoy games, crafts, donuts on a string and treats. Costumes encouraged (no weapons or masks). Ages 3-12. West Haven Public Library, 300 Elm Street. Call for time. Free. Pre-register. 203-937-4233.
Halloween Movie and Craft - Create a Halloween craft and then stay for a family-friendly Halloween movie. Ages 2-11 with families. Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street. 10:30-11:15 a.m., craft, pre-register; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., movie, drop-in. Free. 860-285-1914.
Sunday, October 29
Boo at the Zoo - A spooktacular afternoon featuring harvest hay rides ($2), crafts, story time, cool critters and, of course, candy. Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave. Noon-3 p.m. Zoo admission, but kids under 12 in costume are free with a paying adult. 203-394-6565.
Halloween Spooktacular - Decorate your van, truck or car in a family-friendly and spooky theme and pass out pre-packaged candy. Register your trunk for a parking space by October 19. Nathanael Greene Community Center, 32 Church Street. 2-4 p.m. Free. 203-453-8068.
New Canaan Halloween Parade - Leading the parade will be the Old Faithful antique fire truck and the cast of NCHS’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids of all ages, and their dogs, can join the parade! Gather at the Park Street parking lot at noon to prepare. Booths open at noon; the parade starts at 1 p.m. Free. 203-966-2004.
Family Fun Day - Enjoy family-friendly activities including arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, Halloween short films, snacks and more. Kids under 12 can wear Halloween costumes for trick or treating in the lobby (no masks). Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 203-562-5666.
Trunk or Treat Halloween Party - Bring the kids for trunk or treating, costume party and other Halloween festivities. Crystal Bees, 240 Spring Street. Call for time. Free. 860-276-2337.
Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm - Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat with your favorite farm friends. Follow the clues to find the five trick or treat stations. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd. 1-3 p.m. Free with admission. 203-322-1646.
Monday, October 30
Halloween Spooky Stories - Dare to be scared at special Halloween story hour. Costumes encouraged. Prepare for thrills and chills with hair-raising tales. It’s going to be dark and it’s going to be spooky! Ages 8-12. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street. 6:30 p.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-239-5803.
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Parade - Have a spook-tacular morning. Kids can come in full costume and enjoy Halloween rhymes, books, movement activities and more. The hour ends with a parade around the building. Ages 5 and under. James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. 203-488-1441, ext. 323.
Anime Club Halloween Cospay Extravaganza - Dress up and act like your favorite character: Anime or other. Prizes awarded and Japanese refreshments served. Grades 7-12. Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St. 3-4:30 p.m. Free. 203-272-2245.
Halloween Storytime - Wear your costumes and enjoy some silly Halloween fun, including stories, rhymes and a spooky craft. Ages 2-5. North Haven Memorial Library, 17 Elm Street. 10:30 a.m. Free. Pre-register. 203-239-5803.
Halloween Storytime - Kids, ages 2-6 with an adult, can come in costume for a special Halloween Storytime. Enjoy spooky tales, movement activities and a seasonal craft. Then, parade around the library. Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. 860-285-1914.