October 16-October 19 Happenings

Things to do in and around Hartford County, CT.
Things to do in and around Hartford County, CT.

October 1-19 Angels in America The first part of Tony Kushner’s epic drama of America in the 1980s. Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Winner of the 1993 Tony Award for Best Play.

October 13-19 CT Restaurant Week Restaurants across the state will offer a special Restaurant & Beer Week menu with prices at $20.14 or $30.14.

October 16-19 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers a and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Book your tickets and be part of the magic!

October 16-19 & 23-26 The 7th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Benefit Vicious vampires, wicked witches and spooky skeletons rule the nights and the days during the FVVA’s 7th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf benefit event. 18 holes of Halloween fun await participants upon entering the course under the 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole. Halloween treats and a special door prize will be available at the Ice Cream Parlor. Face painting and photos with “Garish the Ghoul” are available for those who dare.

October 17-18 Lantern Light Tours Tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door. Due to the limits on group size it is highly recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time at the Old Academy (150 Main Street) Tuesday thru Friday 10-4pm or the shop of our website. Tickets will be sold at the door – first come, first serve, 6:30 to 8:00pm. Event is not recommended for children under age of twelve.

October 16-November 16 Hamlet Following his critically-acclaimed productions of The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Macbeth, Darko Tresnjak takes on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet. A Danish prince returns home to find his father killed, and his mother marrying the murderer. When his father’s ghost rises to demand retribution, Hamlet is put in an impossible situation. In this opulent, Elizabethan staging, Hamlet’s tragic tale of revenge gets the full-on, terrifying — and bloody — treatment.

October 16-18 Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for spooky fall chills. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story. On these tours participants will hear about these investigations and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. The tours are sponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions. $22 with discounts available for members and children.

October 17-18, October 24-25 (rain dates Sundays, October 19 & 26) West Hartford Hauntings This October, a local tradition will mark its tenth year. The lantern-lit tours will leave from 6-8:45 p.m. (Sundays 5-7:45). Guests will be led through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. The stories this year will include the Town’s first residents, a scandalous train accident, and a burglary gone wrong.The event takes place at the North Cemetery at 80 North Main Street in West Hartford.Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over.

October 17-19 The 6th Annual Keane Foundation The always popular Cove Side Carnival is back for the 6th year! Come and enjoy all the wonderful rides, scrumptious food, old fashioned games, and our entertainment filled adult beer garden! Unlike other carnivals or fairs, it is always Free Admission and Free Parking. The Carnival has become an annual destination for children, families, teenagers and adults! Come spend the afternoon, evening, or both, as there is something for everyone!! Once again there will be a full day pass for all the rides. Join us this year for a fun filled weekend! Carnival hours are Friday evening 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday 12 noon – 10:00 pm and Sunday 12 noon- 6:00 pm.

October 17-19, October 24-26, October 31-November 1 The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

October 17-19, October 24-26, October 31-November 2 Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum

October 17-19 Apple Harvest Festival This annual October event brings in roughly 15,000 people over the course of the weekend (and now Friday and Saturday nights too). This year is going to be extra special for the Apple Harvest Festival.  Not only is it our 40th Anniversary but we are adding three stages that will feature 40 local, original musical acts from all across Connecticut AND the addition of fireworks which will take place that Saturday night. All of the music and fireworks are in addition to over 100 vendors, a myriad of food vendors, pony rides/petting zoo, a full midway of amusement rides, and our “Harvest Pub” beer and wine garden.Each year the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival is rated as one of the best annual events in the entire state.  This year promises to be the biggest and best in the festival’s storied history.  Don’t miss out on your chance to reach thousands of potential new customers!

October 18 Hooker Day Parade Hartford, CT’s Hooker Day Parade celebrates Thomas Hooker; founder of Hartford, lover of parades. Best Parade Ever. There are costumes, there is candy. There are bands and paraditudes. The Hooker Day Parade is hands down the weirdest, most made-up, rag-tag, cut loose, high-spirited, Mardi Gras bead and candy filled parade in Hartford. Its purpose is to celebrate Hartford; the City, the creativity and the people. The parade steps off at 2:00 p.m. on the dot, and it is a pretty short parade. Do not be fashionably late. You might miss it. The route for this year begins at High Street and Asylum Street, moves east on Asylum, south on Ann Uccello, east on Pearl, north on Trumbull, west on Church, south on Ann Uccello, makes a final turn moving west onto Asylum and ends with a block party in front of Black-eyed Sally’s. Awards will be presented to the Best Group, Best Individual, and a Master or Madame Hooker will be crowned.

October 18 Spook-A-Palooza Calling all ghouls and goblins– Canton Parks and Recreation will be hosting the first annual Spook-A-Palooza: Halloween Carnival at Mills Pond Park on Saturday October 18th.The carnival kicks off from 11am-12pm with a special performance of the Pirate Show– an interactive variety show that gives kids the chance to live out their swashbuckling dreams! The show features magic bubble-play, slapstick comedy, and a cartoon-like sound effect and musical score! Then from 12-3pm families can enjoy arts and crafts, games, balloon animals with Jingles the Clown, and inflatable entertainment.Children are encouraged to come in costumes!

October 18 Pumpkin Festival This free, family-friendly celebration features games, crafts, music, a marshmallow roast and hay wagon rides. Visit the animals in the barn. Pumpkins and apples will be sold. Free parking.

October 18 26th Annual Tower Toot Festival Music, meet smokey bear, food, refreshments, tours, hiking and more…

October 18 Auer Farm’s Fall Festival Tour gardens, free hayride, local businesses and vendors, farm crafts and games, farmer’s market tag sale, food vendors and more…

October 18 The Hartford Hodgepodge Part street fair, outdoor market, and festival, the HodgePodge is a sampler of the “best of Connecticut,” an entirely unusual shopping and entertainment destination showcasing the wacky and whimsical character of our community.

October 18 Creatures of the Night Northwest Park invites you and your family to come and enjoy our annual “Creatures of the Night” on Saturday, October 18th from 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Take a guided tour on an adventure to find the creatures that are active in the night. While walking along the illuminated trails, you will meet up with “animals” that speak on this special night. It won’t be spooky or scary, so bring the family for a night of nature and fun! Treats and other activities provided. Registration is required. The cost is $3.00 for Windsor residents and $5.00 for non-resident. Children two and under are free.

October 18 Pumpkin Palooza Hundreds of Jack-O Lanterns along Hungerford’s Trails. $10 per adult, $5 per child, children under 2 are free.

October 18-19 The 42nd Annual Gem & Mineral Show Gems, Jewelry, fossils and crystals. Educational exhibits, children’s games, hands-on-demonstrations, foods and refreshments.

October 18-19, October 25-26, Witches and Tombstones Tour After leaving the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, the first stop on the 90-minute Witches and Tombstones tour is the1711 Buttolph-Williams House, with tales from the notorious Wethersfield Witch Trials, including that of Katherine Harrison, who narrowly escaped the noose thanks to a technicality. Instead, she was banished and financially ruined. The second stop on the tour is the Wethersfield Ancient Burying Ground, where, among other grim details, visitors will hear of Connecticut’s first mass murder and learn how gravestones warned the living of their own impending peril. At the Isaac Stevens House, visitors will be seated in the front parlor, which is somberly prepared for a 19th-century wake, including a prepared coffin, shrouded windows and mirrors, and tansy and rosemary to mask any “odors.” A guide will detail 1800s mourning practices and how the living dealt with fears of being buried alive. Admission is $13 per person. Space is limited and reservations are strongly advised.

October 19 2-4pm Handprint Trees Celebrate the beautiful fall foliage by creating your very own painting of an autumn tree. We will learn the art of color mixing and put it to work by using our handprints to make our paintings. Explore the museum and ride the carousel to finish your visit! Adults: $6, children: $5.

October 19; 1-4pm Hay Day Celebrate the festive fall season at Hill-Stead Museum’s annual Hay Day event on Sunday, October 19 from 1-4 p.m.! This family event will take place on the grounds of the Museum. General admission is free; nominal program and material fees are charged for individual activities.  Hill-Stead’s largest volunteer group, The Hill-Steaders, will provide delicious treats for sale in the Hay Day Food Court.  Fun activities include horse-drawn hay wagon rides, face painting, a hay stack treasure hunt, a special seasonal craft, and more!

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