This Connecticut Mom’s Spooktacular Guide to Halloween 2017

BOO! 

Who’s ready for Halloween?  Connecticut definitely is! The festivities start as early as this weekend, and there are events every weekend until Halloween, and even during the week at certain places.   You’ll find everything from trick or treating to trunk or treating; not so scary hayrides to gentle hayrides; parades, festivals, and so much more! I’ve put together a pretty extensive list that will help you find at least one Halloween event this year.   Honestly, I hope you find more than one because there are SO MANY THINGS to choose from!  

You won’t find the super scary events on this list since I do focus my attention on things for the little ones – my guy is only 3 years old. I have a long time before I have to face my fears of clowns, zombies and other creatures of the night.  If you are looking for something spooky, check out my friend at To Do Today – North Central Connecticut

Make sure to note which events require advanced registration. Trick or Treating events are very popular, and unless you act quickly with some of these events, you could miss out! 

Have a BOO-tiful Halloween everyone!

 


October 13, 2017

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., come along for a hay ride through the trails and meet “characters” that will tell stories and pass out treats. This is intended for younger children and is “not so scary”. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Tickets available online – this event can sell out!

 

October 14, 2017

From 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a day of fun with the Witch Way 5K, trick or treating at the Craft Fair and a Haunted Torch Walk at night; along with tons of other family friendly activities. Free.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., come out for trick or treating, pony rides, bounce houses, strolling magician, costume contest, games, music and more!

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Halloween adventure with lots of magic, mystery and marvel! Free with museum admission. Read our Review.

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., celebrate fall with ice cream, a craft fair, pony rides, tractor drawn hay rides, music, hay maze, pumpkin carving and more! Make sure to stay after dark to check out the jack-o-lantern display and to watch a movie outside!

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Canton Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting this fun carnival event with a fun show by Mr. Bungles, followed by pumpkin painting and a bonce house. Children are encouraged to come in costume! FREE town event.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a spooky walk through the haunted woods! There will be plenty of kids activities including games, prizes, face painting and more! The younger kids can enjoy a “before dark” version of the trail from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and the older kids will enjoy the scarier “after dark” trail version at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 per person; children 2 and under are free.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., come light up the Town Green with hand-carved pumpkins, while the children enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contest, hayrides, crafts, games and more! There will be food for sale. Admission is $5 per child with a carved pumpkin; or $10 per child without a pumpkin. Read our Review from the 2016 JOLF.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a hay ride through the park, decorate pumpkins, enjoy the sunset and more! The cost for residents is $15; $18 for non-residents. Children 2 and under are free. All participants must be registered.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., come along for a hay ride through the trails and meet “characters” that will tell stories and pass out treats. This is intended for younger children and is “not so scary”. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Tickets available online – this event can sell out!

From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., come out for a special evening with guests ages 8-15 (although some brave little ones have found the event fun)! Enjoy a haunted hayride and other spooky areas. There will magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers and more! Tickets can be bought online for discounted rates; or at the gate.

 

October 15, 2017

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Halloween adventure with lots of magic, mystery and marvel! Free with museum admission. Read our Review.

 

 October 20, 2017

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., come out for an epic Halloween bash with trick or treating, hay rides, games, puppet shows, dancing, snacks and more! Parties are held every hour. Admission is $5 per child for members or $10 for non-members. Please register online.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for kids 2-12 and free for 2 and under. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vehicle entry to the park is free. Read our Review

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy fall crafts, bounce houses, music, photo booth and lots of fun! There will be apple cider and donuts. Goody bags will be handed out to all children. Admission is a non-perishable food item donation.

From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy trick or treating at the park in trunks! Trunks are wanted for participation! Prizes awarded for scariest, funniest and most creative trunks.

At 6 p.m., come out for an outdoor movie; enjoy free donuts and cider, Halloween activities and a costume contest. Make sure to bring blankets and chairs! Free admission.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., come along for a hay ride through the trails and meet “characters” that will tell stories and pass out treats. This is intended for younger children and is “not so scary”. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Tickets available online – this event can sell out!

 

 October 21, 2017

From 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., enjoy a special Halloween themed Pancakes with Penguins! Breakfast is served buffet style.  Tickets are $24.95 for adults (11 and up) and $20.95 for children (10 and under). Aquarium admission tickets can be purchased for an additional $10 each. Advanced registration required. Read our Review.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., come out for a pancake breakfast (until 1 p.m.), pumpkin hunt, face painting, story telling, mask making, and more! Admission is $10 for children 12 and under. Adults and children 12 and older are free.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., get a little spooky and a little kooky with the CT Science Center. There will be trick or treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, crafts and more! All activities are FREE with admission. Kids under 3 are always free. Costumes are encouraged! Read our Review.

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., celebrate pumpkin season with a scarecrow contest, train excursion, craft and art vendors, live music, kids activities, food and more!  Tickets for the 90 minute round trip train ride can be purchased online for $25.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and family fun! Free admission or children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Halloween adventure with lots of magic, mystery and marvel! Free with museum admission. Read our Review.

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a costume contest, pumpkin painting, hayrides, face painting, games, raffles, haunted house and more! Some activities have a small fee. Read our Review.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a petting zoo, costume parade, pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow judging contest, games, hayrides, food, entertainment, roaming railroad, inflatables and more!

From 1 pm. to 4 p.m., enjoy trick or treating on the trail, spooky storytime, costume contest, pumpkin painting, games, crafts and more! Special Pricing applies. Read our Review.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., gather together with friends and neighbors for a fun evening of trunk or treating! There will also be hayrides, a bounce house, contests, games, music and more! Free to the public for all ages.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy an outdoor festival with live music, kids costume parade, games, pie eating contest, carved pumpkin contest, food trucks, haunted house and more! Free admission.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy this fun event with trick or treating in the trunks of local businesses and families!  Free admission.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., bring the whole family for a night of fall fun including trick or treating, spooky trails, hay maze, pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, hayrides, pony rides and more! Come in costume and bring a flashlight and a bag. Free admission.

Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy hayrides, games, food and fun! The hayrides turn haunted at 7 p.m.! Hayrides are $5 for children and $10 for adults.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., come out for family activities, live music, wagon rides, face painting, an outdoor movie, and free refreshments (while they last). Free.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., come celebrate the season with Hilltop Farm and enjoy fun activities including twilight tours, trunk or treating, jack-o-lantern contests, games, contests and more! Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per car. Canned good donations will also be collected.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for kids 2-12 and free for 2 and under. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vehicle entry to the park is free. Read our Review.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night without the kids! Drop the kids off for a fun time at My Gym with games, rides and activities; and food! For ages 2.5 and up. Open to non-members. Admission is $30 for 1st child and half off for siblings! Reserve your spot soon!

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a hay ride through the park, decorate pumpkins, enjoy the sunset and more! The cost for residents is $15; $18 for non-residents. Children 2 and under are free. All participants must be registered.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., kids of all ages are invited for an exciting night of dancing, games, prizes, crafts and trick or treating! Be sure to wear your costume! Advance Tickets are $10; or $15 at the door.

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., take a guided tour on an adventure to find creatures in the night! It won’t be too spooky or scary. Treats and other activities provided. Admission is $3 for Windsor residents; $5 for nonresidents. Children under 2 are free. Registration Required.

From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., come out for a special evening with guests ages 8-15 (although some brave little ones have found the event fun)! Enjoy a haunted hayride and other spooky areas. There will magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers and more! Tickets can be bought online for discounted rates; or at the gate.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., come along for a hay ride through the trails and meet “characters” that will tell stories and pass out treats. This is intended for younger children and is “not so scary”. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Tickets available online – this event can sell out!

 

October 22, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., get a little spooky and a little kooky with the CT Science Center. There will be trick or treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, crafts and more! All activities are FREE with admission. Kids under 3 are always free. Costumes are encouraged! Read our Review .

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and family fun! Free admission or children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Halloween adventure with lots of magic, mystery and marvel! Free with museum admission.  Read our Review

From 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., enjoy a children’s costume parade, magic show, carnival games, sand art, rodeo pumpkin, and more! Free treat bags to the first 300 children! Free admission.

At 1 p.m., enjoy a hay maze, petting zoo, pony rides, costume parade and a haunted house. Free.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for kids 2-12 and free for 2 and under. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vehicle entry to the park is free. Read our Review

 

 October 24, 2017

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visit the mall for trick or treating. A costume contest will be held at 6 p.m.  

From 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Enfield children are invited to come out for a fun night hosted by the ERfC.  There will be a dinner followed by activities including Bingo, games and crafts!  Free. 

 

October 25, 2017

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a slightly creepy tour of the Smith-Harris House and trick or trunking on the grounds. Free.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Maple Street School, join the fun by walking with a rag shag parade through downtown Easthampton. Everyone dresses up for this fun event and collects candy from local businesses. At the end of the parade, gather near Easthampton Savings Bank for a special treat bag.

  

October 26, 2017

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the museum will be transformed into a spooky labyrinth with stories, ghostly characters, tricks and treats! Be sure to wear your costume. For children 12 and younger. Drop in anytime; admission is a non-perishable item.

From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., come out for some fun with games, music, refreshments, trick or treating and crafts. Admission is $3 per child. Please bring your own candy bags. Costumes are encouraged.

 

October 27, 2017

At 4 p.m., come trick or treat along Elm Street and Main Street at participating merchants. Free.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., come and make crafts, trick or treat, meet creatures of the night, see a special planetarium show and more. $5 for members, $10 for non members. Register Online by noon on October 27. Read our Review.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy trick or treating at participating retailers and trunks; food trucks, entertainment, face painting and more! For children 12 and younger in costume.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for kids 2-12 and free for 2 and under. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vehicle entry to the park is free. Read our Review.

At 6 p.m., come out for a fun evening of trunk or treating in the church parking lot. Free. 

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a hay ride through the park, decorate pumpkins, enjoy the sunset and more! The cost for residents is $15; $18 for non-residents. Children 2 and under are free. All participants must be registered.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., come down the Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center for a fun night trick or treating, refreshments and lots of entertainment! Children must attend in costume. Admission is $2 but will go to the American Red Cross. Registration is limited to the first 200 children, ages birth to 8th grade; sign up early!! 

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., come along for a hay ride through the trails and meet “characters” that will tell stories and pass out treats. This is intended for younger children and is “not so scary”. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Tickets available online – this event can sell out!

From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., come out for a special evening with guests ages 8-15 (although some brave little ones have found the event fun)! Enjoy a haunted hayride and other spooky areas. There will magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers and more! Tickets can be bought online for discounted rates; or at the gate.

 

October 28, 2017

At 9 a.m., have breakfast with Stew’s most loved characters! Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes. Tickets are $9.99/each for children aged 11 & under and $12.99/each for all those over the age of 12. Please sign up in advance.

From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., bring the kids for fun experiments, demonstrations and pumpkin painting! Pre-registration required for pumpkin painting. The event is included with museum admission.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and family fun! Free admission or children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., everyone is invited to “dress up and scare cancer” and walk in masquerade or dance to live music. This is a family friendly event with a costume parade, safe trick or treating, haunted Locker Room, face and pumpkin painting, balloon art, bounce house and cookie decorating. Register online  – donation amounts can be found online.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy spooky activities and fun for the entire family including a pumpkin chunkin competition, exploding jack-o-lanterns and a mad scientist laboratory. Costumes strongly encouraged; and children who come dressed up will receive $1 off admission.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy pumpkin decorating, a parade, music, dancing and playing, pizza and more! Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $22/ child and $18/sibling; and can be purchased online.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., come out for a spooktacular day of fun with trick or treating, games, crafts, science demos and more! Admission is $7; $5 for guests in costume.

At 10 a.m., walk along the Main Street area for trick or treating in your costume; enjoy food and entertainment. Free.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come out for a fun day of chalk drawings, magic shows, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating and more!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a family friendly day with bounce houses, photo booth, food trucks, demos, music, trick or treating and more! Be sure to wear your costume!

From 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., join this popular event for trick or treating and other fun activities. This is a free event.

At 11 a.m., enjoy a special Halloween storytime! (Check your local store for their Saturday storytime hours).

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Halloween adventure with lots of magic, mystery and marvel! Free with museum admission. Read our Review.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a chili competition and tasting, live entertainment, shopping, costume contests, touch a truck, trick or treating and more! Free parking. Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up; free for children under 10.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., come dressed in costume for spooky skating, trick or treating and costume contests!  Tickets can be purchased online.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., come out for trick or treating, as well as a puppet show, music and more!

From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., come out for a fun, safe interactive event of trunk or treating. There will be stories and crafts, a bounce house, face painting and more! Pre-registration required if you would like to park your car for the trunk or treating. Free event.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., bring your child dressed in their best costume for a candy hunt on the huge turf field! Preregister online for this free event.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come out for a costume parade and contest, marching band, goody bags, and more! Come in costume to the Merry-Go-Round and receive a sweet treat!

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., children ages 3 to 8 can join for a track or treat walk, crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, and a delicious lunch of soup, bread and cider. Adults are $4, Children are $8. Registration is Required.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., neighborhood families are invited to trunk or treat. Free munchkins, cider and hot chocolate!

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., come out for a costume parade, prizes, a photo booth, games and more! Free.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., children with special needs and their siblings are invited to a fully accessible “neighborhood” trick or treat event. Free. No registration required.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., come to the park for a special afternoon of trick or treating, and find some special treats and giveaways! 

From 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., come in costume to the Teen Center for a fun evening with trick or treating, games and giveaways. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Food Shelter.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., village center businesses will be handing out treats, just look for a balloon out front. Costumes encouraged!

From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Winsted Recreation invites families to trunk or treat, enjoy crafts, a bounce house, costume contests and more!

From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night of tricks and treats with live animals, crafts, games and more! Register online early as space is limited. Admission is $15 per person for non-members (after October 22, the cost is $17).

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for kids 2-12 and free for 2 and under. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vehicle entry to the park is free. Read our Review.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a party in the store with games, giveaways and snacks; followed by trick or treating in the back parking lot. Admission is $5 but you will receive a voucher for $5 store credit; please also bring a canned good donation.

From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., come out for a carved pumpkin contest, costume parade, entertainment and more!

From 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., come along for a hay ride through the trails and meet “characters” that will tell stories and pass out treats. This is intended for younger children and is “not so scary”. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Tickets available online – this event can sell out!

From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., come out for a special evening with guests ages 8-15 (although some brave little ones have found the event fun)! Enjoy a haunted hayride and other spooky areas. There will magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers and more! Tickets can be bought online for discounted rates; or at the gate.

At 6:30 p.m., gather on Main Street for a parade along the streets of Collinsville.  There will be music, costume contests, candy and more!

 

October 29, 2017

From 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., enjoy a special Halloween themed Pancakes with Penguins! Breakfast is served buffet style.  Tickets are $24.95 for adults (11 and up) and $20.95 for children (10 and under). Aquarium admission tickets can be purchased for an additional $10 each. Advanced registration required. Read our Review.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy an admission discount for kids in costume, face painting, special activities and family fun! Free admission or children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., come out for a Spooky Sunday with candy for the children and free carousel rides for those in costume!

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., come out for family fun activities including arts and crafts projects, Halloween short films, snacks, and trick or treating in costume (12 and under). Free admission.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a Halloween adventure with lots of magic, mystery and marvel! Free with museum admission. Read our Review.

Starting at noon, enjoy balloon animals, live music, costume contests and more. The parade will start at 1 p.m. and kicks off at the parking lot on the corner of Park & Elm.

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a spooktacular afternoon including harvest hay rides, crafts, story time, candy and more! If you are under 12, in costume, accompanied by a paying adult, you get into the Zoo for free!

At 1 p.m., come out to one of the most highly entertaining events in town! Children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for trick or treats; the parade begins at 2 p.m. and gathers at Hole-in-the-Wall beach parking lot.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., dress in your Halloween costume and head to the farm for trick or treating! Please bring your own bag or bucket. Included with gate admission.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., come out for a fun afternoon of performances, inflatables, ice cream, trunk or treating, and more! Free admission.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., come for the annual trunk or treat event. Trunks are decorated and candy will be given out. There will an illusionist show, games, hayride and more! Free.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., come out for a fun evening of trunk or treating. Please bring a canned good for donation.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., bring the kids for a safe Halloween event with trunk or treating and Halloween festivities for all ages! Free.

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visit the village after hours for a fun evening of trick or treating on the Common. There will be a costume parade, spooky stores, bonfire, hayrides, and more. Register Online. Tickets are $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers; and children 3 and under are free.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $4.50 for adults; $3.50 for kids 2-12 and free for 2 and under. Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Vehicle entry to the park is free. Read our Review.

 

October 30, 2017

At 4 p.m., children are invited to dress in their costumes and come trick or treating in the store! This is an extremely popular event; register online early as only 500 tickets will be given out!

From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., come out for a fun evening of trick or treating! Free. 

From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., candy will be handed out by businesses during this annual costume walk. Also enjoy a dance party, food and family fun!

 

October 31, 2017

From 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., come out for trick or treating at Town Hall. Please bring your own bag and a donation of a non-perishable “kid friendly” food item.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., children 10 and younger are invited to trick or treat through the village in costume. There will also be stories, games and other fun activities! No registration necessary but donations are gratefully accepted!

At 4 p.m., come trick or treat throughout the shopping center (while supplies last). Free.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., children under 12 are invited to trick or treat while supplies last!

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be free trick or treating for children 12 and under at participating stores. 

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., come out for trick or treating in the mall. Free. 

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., trick or treat through downtown at over 30 shops. There will also be entertainment, a jack o lantern jaunt at Willibrew and a flashlight egg hunt! Free.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., trick or treat with the kids throughout the shops. For children 12 and younger. The first 500 children to bring a non-perishable food item for donation at the South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank booth in the Village Green near Ben & Jerry’s will receive a special, limited edition reflective trick-or-treat bag. This is a popular event so arrive early and be prepared for lines! Free.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., come out for a safe, fun event of trunk or treating in one place! Free to all children/ Please bring a bag of candy for each child attending!

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., trick or treat through downtown Windsor. There will be a court jester doing magic tricks, go on a hayride, watch a spooky movie and more.  


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