This Connecticut Mom’s Spooktacular Guide to Halloween 2018

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.  I have a long time before I have to face my fears of clowns, zombies and other creatures of the night. 

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, 2018

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., stop by the library and Halloween card for free! Read our Review

At 10 a.m., come out for a hay maze, non-so-haunted house, cow train ride, face painting, pumpkin patch, games, shopping and more. Admission is $10. 

From 12 p.m. to dusk, families are invited for a fun day with face painting, crafts, games, performances, music, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, and much more!

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy a craft fair, kids games, pumpkin carving competition, food trucks, and much more! Admission is free.

At 12 p.m., come check out the spook-tacular train display and have some family fun!

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 Steve Corning, 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 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., come for a not-so-spooky haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, food, stories, and more more! Fun for the whole family! Admission is $1 per child; $2 per adult ($10 max per family).

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 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.

 

October 14, 2018

At 10 a.m., come out for a hay maze, non-so-haunted house, cow train ride, face painting, pumpkin patch, games, shopping and more. Admission is $10. 

 

October 19, 2018

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 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 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.

At 6 p.m., enjoy a free showing of Hocus Pocus! Bring a lawn chair and some blankets and enjoy this spooky film in the dark!

 

October 20, 2018

At 10 a.m., come out for a hay maze, non-so-haunted house, cow train ride, face painting, pumpkin patch, games, shopping and more. Admission is $10. 

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

From 10 a.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 11 a.m. to 3 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 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 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!

At 12 p.m., come check out the spook-tacular train display and have some family fun!

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 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy a non-spooky Halloween celebration! Wear your costume and enjoy pumpkin painting, crafts and games! Suggested ages 1-6. $20 per child.  Register online.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a parade, carnival, games, arts & crafts, photo booth, trunk or treating and more! Free admission.

From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a day of fun with a jack-o-lantern carving contest, trick or treating along Rte. 66, music, vendors, food trucks and more!

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 7:30 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 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.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 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 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.

 

October 21, 2018

At 10 a.m., come out for a hay maze, non-so-haunted house, cow train ride, face painting, pumpkin patch, games, shopping and more. Admission is $10. 

From 11 a.m. to 3 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 .

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

From 4 p.m. to 7 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 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 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 23, 2018

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.  

 

October 24, 2018

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 25, 2018

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., get spooky with a fun family friendly evening of music, treats, games and art activities for the kids. Come dressed in your spookiest costume! Free.

 

October 26, 2018

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 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 5 p.m., come out for candy, pumpkins and the spooky side of Colonial and Revolutionary history! Adults are $15 at the door; children are $5. Purchase online ahead and save!

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

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., come in costume and bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Enjoy trick or treating – make sure to wear your costume!

 

October 27, 2018

At 10 a.m., come out for a hay maze, non-so-haunted house, cow train ride, face painting, pumpkin patch, games, shopping and more. Admission is $10. 

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 a children’s Halloween party with roller skating, costume contest and prizes! Costumes must be safe to skate in! admission is $7; skate rental is $4.50. Read our Review!

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy a fun-filled day with art activities, the Grinch, trick or treating and more! Make sure to wear your costume!

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

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., make your own trick or treat bag with the purchase of a ticket on the merry-go-round. The fun continues with a Halloween party in the park. Read our Review.

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.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy this fun event with trick or treating in the trunks of local businesses and families!  Free admission.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy a fun filled day with a costume contest, face painting, prizes and more. There will be a center wide trick or treat starting at 4 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., stop by for free pumpkin painting, a magic show and more! Don’t forget to come in costume!

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., bring your flashlight for a roaring trick-or-treat adventure through Jurassic Giants! Read our Review.

At 12 p.m., come check out the spook-tacular train display and have some family fun!

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!

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 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a Halloween party for the whole family! Tickets are $14 per person; children under 2 are free.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come out for a spooktacular day of fun with trick or treating, games, crafts, science demos and more! $2 off admission with costume!

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy activities, games, crafts and more! Open to children in preschool through Grade 4. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Registration fee is $5 per child for residents; $8 per child for non-residents. Pre-registration required.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., come out for a costume parade, prizes, a photo booth, games and more! Free.

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 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy trunk or treating, a spooky barnyard, games, hay rides, crafts, costume contests and more!

From 2 p.m. to 4:30 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! This event is for Granby residents only!

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy popcorn, candy and face painting!

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., join the MOMS Club of Vernon and Bolton for trunk or treating. Please bring a canned good for donation.

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

At 5 p.m., come out for candy, pumpkins and the spooky side of Colonial and Revolutionary history! Adults are $15 at the door; children are $5. Purchase online ahead and save!

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a night ride on a spooky train with scares by ghouls and goblins; and treats from witches. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 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 5:30 p.m., village center businesses will be handing out treats, just look for a balloon out front. Costumes encouraged!

At 5:30 p.m., enjoy this annual trunk or treat event for free!

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 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! Admission is $10.

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 8:30 p.m., enjoy a party in the store with games, giveaways and snacks; followed by trick or treating in the back parking lot. This is a free event but please donate a non-perishable food item.  You must pre-register.

At 7 p.m., gather on Main Street for a parade along the streets of Collinsville.  There will be music, costume contests, candy and more!

 

October 28, 2018

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.

At 10 a.m., come out for a hay maze, non-so-haunted house, cow train ride, face painting, pumpkin patch, games, shopping and more. Admission is $10. 

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 for children in costume when accompanied by a paying adult.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy pizza and punch, tricks and treats, spooky tattoos, slime station, games, pumpkin decorating and more! Tickets are $20 per child. Make sure you wear a costume!

From 11 a.m. to 4 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 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., bring your flashlight for a roaring trick-or-treat adventure through Jurassic Giants! Read our Review.

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!

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., children 12 and under are invited to trick or treat at the stadium for free.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., children are invited to dress in their favorite costume and participate in a free trick or treat around the facility.  Make it an afternoon of fun with the Halloween wrist band. For only $15 you can paint a pumpkin, 40 points for the arcade, get an airbrush tattoo and play in bounce houses. Sold on hour intervals for 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., dress in your Halloween costume and head to the farm for trick or treating! Please bring your own bag or bucket. $5 per family plus gate admission.

From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., celebrate Halloween with face painting, carnival games, crafts, inflatables, a DJ dance party, refreshments, trick-or-treating and more. Tickets are $1.00 for residents or $5.00 for non-residents.

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 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.

 

October 29, 2018

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy trick or treating at the shops. Please donate a non-perishable food item and register by school district to get your trick or treat bag. Open to kids 10 and under.

 

October 30, 2018

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 7:30 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, 2018

At 10:15 a.m., kids can show off their Halloween costume, hear stories, play games, make crafts and more! Please register.

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., visit the museum in costume for a treat or healthy snack alternative! Paint a free mini-pumpkin to take home and display! Read our Review!

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.

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 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., trick or treat through the shops of Olde Mistick Village! Free to attend.

From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., enjoy fun activities including trick or treating and a performance of Thriller!

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, live entertainment and a flashlight egg hunt! Free.

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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