10/28-10/31 Weekly Happenings

Wednesday-Thursday, October 29-October 30 Free in store events for ages three and up at the Disney Store at West Farms Mall October 29 – Trivia Challenge at 6:30pm, October 30 – Storytime at 12:00pm, West Hartford.

Wednesday, October 29 at 7pm Northwest Catholic High School Information Session at the Windsor Marriott Hotel, Windsor.

Wednesday-Thursday, October 29-30 from 5:30-8pm Harrowing Halloween Jump, Bristol.

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 29 at 7 and 9pm each evening. Capital Classic’s performance of Dracula Get a little batty in the creepy basement of The Mark Twain House with this radio theatre performance of Bram Stoker’s blood-sucking Dracula! Watch as the performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes (while covering your neck). Note that the Wednesday, October 29th the 7 pm performance of Dracula will be ASL interpreted for the deaf community. Tickets $20 for non-members, Hartford.

Wednesday, October 29 from 4-5pm Trick-or-Treat with the Stew Leonard’s Characters. Children are invited to dress up in their costumes and come to Stew Leonard’s to go trick or treating throughout the store. Each department in the store will have a candy station for kids to stop at. Children must come with their own bags. Stew Leonard’s famous characters, including mascot Wow the Cow, will be available for taking photos with the children, Newington.

Thursday, October 30; Noon-1pm Old State House Ghost Tour Celebrate Halloween with a Ghost Tour of Connecticut’s Old State House. Hear spooky tales and discover for yourself if any spirits abound! RSVP required, Hartford.

Thursday, October 30; 10am-Noon Wilton Day of the Dead Cookies Celebrate with skull cookies decorated with detailed buttercream icing in the Day of the Dead Cookies class. Learn easy decorating techniques, such as beads, dots and outlines, to create amazing designs for this traditional Mexican holiday. Recommended for all skill levels. One-session, 2-hour class, Michael’s in Avon.

Thursday, October 30; 5-7:30pm An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children Wear your Halloween costume and meet some friendly ghouls at SWH for some old-fashioned fun, like dunking for apples. Admission is a non-perishable food for “Halloween Against Hunger”, benefitting the Farmington Food Pantry. Recommended for children ahes 12 and under.

Thursday, October 30 hourly from 6 to 9 pm Graveyard Shift Tours Mark Twain House. Reported ghostly apparitions, mysterious bangs, and other unexplained phenomena, along with visits from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy, have led to reprise the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this year. Hear spooky tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural. Museum Admission: $22 (reservations required), Hartford.

Friday, October 31 through 8pm Halloween Day Trick or Treat On Halloween day, children wearing a costume in the store will receive a free small ice cream, Newington.

Friday, October 31 from 5-8pm Annual Spooktacular Join us for some ghoulish Halloween fun! Our annual Spooktacular works perfectly either as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating or as a fun after party, West Hartford.

Friday, October 31 from 4-6pm Center-Wide Trick-Or-Treat Visit participating stores and restaurants and be sure to stop in the Village Green to receive a special treat for kids*.*Center-Wide Trick-Or-Treat is for children 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Halloween themed gifts for kids are first come, first serve and available while supplies last, South Windsor

Friday, October 31 from 3-7pm Trick-or-Treating We are excited to welcome our favorite goblins and ghosts, pumpkins and princesses, superheroes and spiders to this year’s Trick-or-Treating event! Children of all ages are welcome. For safety reasons, masks are only allowed on children 12 years of age or younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult, Manchester.

Friday, October 31 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe attended séances and visited mediums to communicate with departed family members? Like many 19th-century Americans, she had an open mind about connecting with those who were no longer living. Stowe’s interest in spiritualism helped to ease the pain of losing four of seven children during her lifetime. The paranormal occasionally showed up in her writing as well; she included a ghost story in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her most famous work written in 1852.During the Spirits at Stowe tour, an interpreter will share stories about the famous author and describe unexplained events from past and present, all conducted in the dark by flashlight. Visitors will learn about the five reported deaths in the 1871 Gothic Revival home where she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. $15/person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up, Hartford.

Friday-Sunday, October 31-November 1 The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, Bristol.

Friday-Sunday, October 31-November 2 Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, Bristol.

Friday, October 31 Trick or Treat at the Lego Store while supplies last, West Hartford.

Through October 31 Spiritualism, Seances and Sam The exhibition will examine the Victorian era’s fascination with spiritualism and, in particular, the relevant beliefs and experiences of Samuel Clemens (“Mark Twain”).”Mark Twain was fascinated with spiritualism, reveling in debunking seances as a young reporter in San Francisco, and maintaining skepticism on the subject all his life — but sanctioning his wife Livy’s attempts to seek solace in seances after their daughter’s death,” says Mallory Howard, Interim Curator at the museum. “But the exhibition is broader than that — it covers the gamut of spiritualism, mourning and attitudes toward death in his era and after, and how his attitudes fit into that continuum. We bring the story into the 20th century with an extraordinary collection of objects loaned by artist Calvin von Crush, and finally into the present century. It will be open during regular museum hours for a special $6 museum-only admission — or free when you purchase a ticket to tour the Mark Twain House, Hartford.

Friday, October 31; 5:30-7:30pm Nightmare on Main Street First Town Downtown and presenting sponsor Windsor Federal Savings invites you to enjoy a nightmarish evening near the Town Green as you visit area businesses that will hand out some ghoulish treats and some scary surprises. *Check out Jack the Court Jester doing magic tricks *Walk around the Town Green “trick-or-treating” (in costume) at local businesses *Go on a hayride *Sit on a bale of hay and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” *See a performance by “Girl on Trapeze” *Have your picture taken with a Halloween Ghoul and more, Windsor.

Through Friday, October 31 Hay Maze Kids of all ages will delight in Stew Leonard’s Hay Maze, located under the tent in the Pumpkin Patch. The Hay Maze is open every day in October from 8:00 A.M. until dark, Newington.

Saturday, November 1; 11am-1pm Holiday Wonderland Jars Create whimsical holiday jars using various materials. Choose one of two projects to complete; Mason Jar project or Terrarium Project, Michael’s in New Britain.

Saturday, November 1 Family Program: Hartford Prints In connection with our new exhibit, (Re)Building Hartford: A City Captured by Artist Richard Welling, come to the CHS for some printmaking fun! Local letterpress studio Hartford Prints will join us with some signature stamps to help families make their own cards – perfect for Thanksgiving gifts. Then make your own button to bring home, Hartford.

Saturday, Novermber 1; 1-2pm Family Yoga Family Yoga is a class for the whole family to learn yoga movements, stretches and to have fun! Bring your entire family to practice together, Collinsville.

Saturday, November 1 The 6th Annual Wine Tasting Event, West Hartford.

Through November 1 Wednesday-Saturday; Noon-4PM Fabulous & Forty The exhibit includes submissions from Alumni and Current Studio Artists’ including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, collage and mixed media works. The exhibit has been assembled with respect to the Arts Center honoring its fortieth year of offering studio space to working artists. FVAC Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12–4:00p.m. or by appointment, Avon.

Saturday-Sunday, November 1-9 Busytown Play by Kevin Kling Music by Michael Koerner Busytown is always buzzing with activity. But what do people do all day? That’s where Huckle Cat comes in—he’ll take us on a tour of his great neighborhood. And there is so much to see and do, so many wonderful friends to visit. Huckle shows us how Farmer Pig and Grocer Cat work together to bring food to the town. Construction Worker and his crew build new houses, and Firechief and the gang keep them safe. Isn’t it wonderful how everyone works together to keep Busytown busy, Hartford.

Sunday, November 2 CT Veterans Day Parade, Hartford.

Through November 9 Happy 75th Birthday Union School: 1939-2014 hours most Wednesday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s 2-4pm, Unionville.

Through 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, Hartford.

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