7-Day Happenings: 10/29 – 11/4

Below we have highlighted our weekly Momecast™ – a mom’s 7-day forecast of what to do and where to go across Hartford County. Click on the links below to be directed to the event listing directly.

Thursday, October 29:

9 – 10:30am: Adult Nature Walk Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We’ll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we’ll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required. Winding Trails, Farmington.


10 – 11:30am: Goblin Gathering Costume Party Join us for games, treats, a ghostly project and a story by our resident witch. Register in advance as seating is limited. $7 per person. Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford.

4 – 5pm: Daisy’s Birthday Party Join us for Daisy the Pigs Birthday Party. Daisy the Pot Bellied Pig is famous around the Country for inspiring children to read! Join us for a book reading led by Farmer Minor and enjoy a special Birthday Treat! Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

5 – 7:30pm: An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children Wear your Halloween costume and visit the museum – if you dare! Make your way through a spooky labyrinth of icky sights, sounds and experiences to get to a treat on the other end!  Admission is a non-perishable food for “Halloween Against Hunger,” benefitting the Farmington Food Pantry. Drop-in any time between 5 and 7:15 pm. This program is for children 12 years old and younger. Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington.

6 – 9pm: Intro to Letterpress infused with Craft Beer This evening is a look inside the HP! studio. You’ll be guided through the basics of letterpress printing by Kaitlin Lennon while sipping on local craft beer. Each person will carve and print their own postcard design on our 4T Vandercook press, and when finished you’ll have a stack of handmade postcards to bring home and show off to your friends. $55 (includes supplies, pints and 20 postcard prints). Great for designers, beer lovers, letter writers + makers. Hartford Prints, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Friday, October 30:

7:30pm: Capital Classics presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Play Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of Washington Irving’s classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”! Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes (while making sure your head stays intact!) “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is Irving’s comic masterpiece, a ghostly tale about things that go bump in the night. The specter in question here is the mysterious Headless Horseman, said to be a Hessian trooper who lost his head in a nearby battle. Each night he roams the countryside in search of it. The unlikely hero in this tale is Ichabod Crane, an itinerant schoolmaster, who is attempting to win the heart of the town’s most beautiful woman. Two short films will proceed the production: Ghost Tour (filmed in The Mark Twain House) and an excerpt from Night of The Musical Dead (a “proof of concept film” scene and song. The survivors of a zombie apocalypse trapped in a remote farm house learn their fate via a special report on television.) Friday’s performance of Sleepy Hollow will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $20. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31:


Sbarro’s Halloween Freebie Anyone wearing Halloween costumes can enjoy a free NY slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza with any five dollar purchase. This offer will be valid at participating eateries. If you are interested to know if your local eatery is participating, please call in advance.

Thursday, October 29 – Sunday, November 1:


{Last Call} Thursday – Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday from 11am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 8pm: Haunted Miniature Golf Every year in October things get super-duper spooky for our Annual Haunted Miniature Golf event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association. Admission is $10. Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society. $15 on 10/29 only, $25 general admission, $20 students. Carriage Theater, Hartford.

Thursday, October 29 – Wednesday, November 4:


Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Third College professor Laurie Jameson’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when she accuses a student of plagiarism. In the wake of her accusation, she is forced to question her aggressively feminist ideology and family relations. A witty and wry cautionary tale about the danger of becoming the very thing you fear most. Playing until November 11.

Friday, October 30:

9:30- 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Toddler Halloween Cooking Class Children will decorate Halloween-themed cupcakes, including candy corn, witches, and black cats! We will also decorate a mini pumpkin. Ages 2-5. $15 per child or $25 for two siblings (parent must accompany child). Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10 – 11am and 4pm – 5pm: Halloween Costume Party Enjoy a Halloween story, craft, activities, games, prizes and goodies. A creepy crawly animal will be joining the party too. All participants must be accompanies by a caregiver. Pre-registration recommended. $15 per person. Lutz Children’s Museum, Manchester.

11 – 11:45am: Halloween Dance Party Come in costume for a very special Halloween Open Play and Dance Party. Ages 1 & Up, $10 per child. Imagine Studio, West Hartford.

2 – 4pm and 6 – 8pm: Rompy’s Halloween Bash! Bring your little pumpkins to Romp n’ Roll for a not-so-scary good time. Join us for a night of Halloween fun including crafts, games, activities and a special gift to take home! We encourage everyone to dress up, but please no glitter or restricting costumes. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $15 per child; $7 for each additional siblings. Romp n’ Roll, Wethersfield.


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 the kids. Come early! Treats available while supplies last. The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, Windsor.


{Last Call} Gates open at 5pm: The Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk. Rides open during the Haunted Graveyard include Boulder Dash, Zoomerang, Ghost Hunt, Twister, American Flyers, Bumper Cars, Wipe Out, Thunder N’ Lightning, Rev-O-Lution, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Down Time, Giant Wheel, Pirate Ship, Sky Coaster (additional charge) and Zoomers Gas N’ Go. Do you have an amazing costume? Do you like photographs of yourself in costume in unique and interesting surroundings? Do you want not one but two chances to win up to $500? If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Haunted Graveyard Cosplay or Costume Contests are for you! Tickets Haunted Graveyard only $25 per adult, $20 per child (ages 11 and younger), combo with rides $27 per adult, children $25. Parking is $8. Lake Compounce, Bristol. Save time waiting on-line by buying your tickets online, limited quantity available.

5 – 8pm: The New Children’s Museum’s Annual Halloween Spectacular Join us for frighteningly fun festivities for the whole family! Trick-or-treat throughout the museum for spooky prizes; make some hauntingly fun take-home crafts; meet some creatures of the night; view a special planetarium show… and much more! Come as you aren’t, costumes encouraged! This event is perfect for the younger children who aren’t quite ready to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood or the older kids who just want another excuse to wear their costume! There’s something for everyone! $10 per person. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

5:30 – 8:30pm: Halloween Kid’s Night Out Parents can enjoy a night out on the town while the kids enjoy a fun night at the Little Green Tambourine. Ages 3 – 7. $35 per child.

6 – 7:30pm: Halloween Party A ghoulishly good time! Children will decorate Halloween cupcakes and other ghoulish treats. Ages 6 and up (parent does not have to accompany child). $25 per child. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

6 – 8pm: Halloween Bash Food, frights, fun and it’s free! Charter Oak Cultural Center is throwing a Halloween Bash this year that promises to be a frightfully good time! Our sanctuary will be turned into a spooky playground with treats, music, games, scary stories and other Halloween fun. Come in costume and we’ll have a boo-tiful time!

{Last Call} 6 – 8:45pm: West Hartford Hauntings Tours will leave every 15 minutes. Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. This year’s stories include those of eleven year old Pearl Ogden, who accidentally hit Benjamin Bishop while driving a horse-drawn wagon. Hauntings Director Sarah St. Germain said of the tale, “Bishop was a big man in town in the late 19th century. He was a member of the CT House of Representatives and the Town Assessor. The Courant printed that Mr. Bishop was ‘knocked down, the wheels going over him and bruising him severely’. You have to feel bad for this 11-year-old who was probably running errands for her family and hits this important man!” Other stories include those of the Eusens, who were killed in a train accident in 1864 and Mr. and Mrs. Flannigan,  who were also killed by trains in separate incidents. “Train accidents happened more often and could be much worse than they are today. Some of the newspaper descriptions are grisly,” said St. Germain. Due to some frightening content, it is suggested that participants be age 10 or over. Ticket prices are $9 for children 17 and under and $13 for adults. Raindate of 11/1. North Cemetery, West Hartford.

6 – 9pm: Parents Night Out Need a night out on your own? Canton Parks and Recreation is now offering special Friday evening drop off program on select dates for youth ages 5-13 held at the Canton Community Center. Kids will enjoy movies, board games, crafts and more while parents are off enjoying a night to themselves. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Pre-registration is required.

{Last Call} 6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some winter fun. 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 all these creepy tales 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. Tours are on the hour every hour from 6-9pm. Space is limited.

{Last Call} 6:30 – 9:30pm: Corn Maze After Dark Explore the corn maze after dark! As the sun goes down the corn maze presents a more challenging adventure. The corn maze is family friendly after dark entertainment, no haunting or scaring your friends please. Bring your own flashlight and let the adventure begin! Last ticket sold at 8pm but maze closes at 9:30pm. Browns Harvest, Windsor.


{Last Call} 7 – 9:30pm: Rails To The Darkside The line opened in 1906 and every Halloween since, strange happenings have occurred during the cold crisp nights of October along the tracks where the cemetery used to be. Many old timers say that the spirits of the dead won’t let anyone forget that they were moved from their final resting place. Others say it is nothing but people’s “imagination”, that there is nothing to worry about. But most wise people know the truth. The lost souls are unhappy that they were moved against their will and they will get their revenge. And so we provide 9 nights of trolley runs through this area, tempting fate and stirring any lost souls that may be waiting to finalize their transition after these many, many years. Strange sightings have been made and verified by the screaming few as they abruptly leave our Museum. Move quickly lads and lassies – getting trapped in the wrong place may lead to unexpected and unpleasant consequences. Adults $16, children 12 and under $12.


8pm: Improv at the Playhouse A no holds barred competition where three improv teams compete head-to-head for a cash prize — and you decide the winner!  Only one team will be victorious and your vote counts! The winner returns to defend their title at the next show of the series. Bring your friends and come vote for the best improv team in this one to one matchup. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. BYOB. $10 general admission seating. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

8 – 11pm: 9th Annual Halloween Bash Put on your spookiest, most creative costume and enjoy a drink with friends, explore our galleries and new exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and be creative in a collaborative art project. Museum After Dark parties at the New Britain Museum of American Art are a great way to network with other young professionals and unwind for the weekend. Our Halloween Bash will include entertainment from DJ Jon Eastman, live music from West End Blend, food available from Cheesy Street Grill, and a tasting from local Black Hog Brewery. Admission includes entrance to our galleries and special exhibits, beer and wine, music and dancing. $25 per non-member. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, October 30 – Saturday, October 31:


{Last Call} 7:30pm: 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. Explore Stowe’s involvement with the paranormal and learn about investigations by the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters at Spirits at Stowe. 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. Tour Stowe’s home in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. $18 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

{Last Call} Friday – Saturday at 8pm & Saturday at Midnight: Rocky Horror Show The Phoenix Theater company will be presenting its annual production of Richard O’Brien’s classic “Rocky Horror Show.” This production is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Come join us for some Halloween fun to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic movie version of this campy, creepy, cult classic! Trinity on Main, New Britain.

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1:

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6:30pm: Mamma Mia! The ultimate feel-good show that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia! 2 hours, 30 minutes, including one intermission. The Bushnell, Hartford.

{Last Call} 7 – 10pm: The Witch’s Dungeon Original movie props will be on display from ET, the Exorcist, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Mars Attacks, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Planet of the Apes and more. Not recommended for children under 7 years old. Donation: $5 per person.

Friday, October 30 – Wednesday, November 4:


Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm, Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30pm: Rear Window Murder is in the eye of the beholder. A sweltering New York summer. A man confined to his wheelchair spends hour after hour watching his neighbors. Is he imagining things, or has he witnessed a murder? A thrilling adaptation of the classic crime story—“Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film. Keith Reddin’s plays include Frame 312, Life and Limb and Rum and Coke. Show runs until Sunday, 11/15. Sold out but standing room only tickets are available online only.

Saturday, October 31:

9am – 11am: Halloween Day Character Breakfast Stew Leonard’s in Newington will host a Halloween breakfast with our most beloved costumed characters including Wow the Cow! The farm-fresh menu will feature bacon, eggs, sausage, bagels, donuts fresh fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. There are two seating times (9am and 10am). Adult tickets cost $12.99 and children age 12 and under are $9.99. Children and parents are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes!

10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm: Hobgoblin Fair What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held this year on Halloween. The Fair features the ‘Track & Treat’ walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Suitable for children ages 3 – 8. Children are encouraged to wear costumes if suitable for walking in the woods and participating in the craft activities. Parents should plan to stay with their children. Please note that there are no refunds and participants should attend the session for which they register. Cost: $8.00 children; $4 adults. Fee includes our featured ‘Track & Treat’ walk, all crafts, and face painting. Other activities available for an additional charge. Register in advance as space is limited. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

12pm: Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe, interactive Halloween event! People gather in a large parking lot (Simsbury Farms), go all out decorating the trunks of their car, and kids are able to trick or treat by going from trunk to trunk! Like trick or treating in your own neighborhood, but the houses are so much closer! Pre-registration for a parking space is required. Prizes will be awarded to families for the best decorated trunks. We will also have Halloween stories and fun with the Simsbury Library, an inflatable slide donated by Bounce About Inflatables, and so much more! Car entrance, trunk decorating and library fun will begin at 12pm. Trick or treating will begin at 1:30pm.


12 – 6pm: Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge Bring the kids in costume for trick-or-treating among our vendors. Live entertainment, chili competition and beer, wine and hard cider tasting. $10 per person, children 10 and under are free. Bring two non-perishable food items to save $2 per person. Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury.

1 – 2:15pm: Salter’s Pond Adventure Enjoy a slow to moderately paced hike on the loop trail at Salter’s Pond with some historic commentary at this former millpond. Salter’s Pond got its name from Lorenzo T. Salter who, in partnership with Mr. Strong, founded the Salter and Strong Paper Mill, which became Lydall Paper Mill. The pond and adjacent land is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Many “North Enders” learned to swim at this pond before the modern pool was built. Come enjoy a walk down memory lane. The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy waterproof footwear. The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile.

4 – 6pm: Owl-O-Ween Party On Halloween mad science, live owls, snakes and bugs will make this Owl-O-Ween party one to remember. There will be a walk in the woods or graveyard, sticky things to touch, crafts, caramel apples and more – a real old-fashioned Halloween party! Every child will leave with a small goody bag.  Come in costume (optional) and join the fun! Halloween fun for toddlers to age 14. The Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

5:30 – 7:30pm: Nightmare on Broad Street First Town Downtown invites you to enjoy a nightmarish evening on and 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. Sit on a bale of hay and watch “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.” Go on a hayride. Have your picture taken with a Halloween Ghoul and more!

7pm and 10pm: Comedy Night Phil Selman (headliner) is the comedian that comedians come to see on their night off! Phil has played the national and international comedy club circuit. He’s been seen in four major motion pictures, including the soon-to-be released horror-comedy film Blood Night and appeared on over twenty television shows, including the Showtime original series Californication. Phil has also made guest appearances on Comedy Central and MTV and been heard on over one-hundred radio shows across the country. Also check out his hilarious Comic Genius blog. Nicky Sunshine (middle act) – a force to be reckoned with in the world of comedy.  She has starred in and produced several comedy shows in major NYC venues like Times Square Arts Center, Broadway Comedy Club, Stand-Up NY and New York Comedy Club. Jess Miller (Emcee) Besides performing at the prestigious Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC, Jess produces her own comedy shows in Massachusetts. This funny lady has also performed in a number of plays and musicals including The Vagina Monologues, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors and more. 90 minutes of laughs! Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $15 reserved seating. BYOB. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

7:30pm: Howl-o-ween Join the Wolf Pack for some Howl-O-Ween fun vs the Providence Bruins!

Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1:


1 and 4pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Reoccurs on 11/7-8. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

Monday, November 2:

10 – 11:15am: Free Open Play Join us for dancing, bubbles, sensory play, art, gross motor play, dress up, socializing and more! Monday mornings every Monday in November. Perfect for ages 10 months – 5 years. Pre-registration not required.  Each play time is free (in November) with the donation of a canned food item for the West Hartford Food Bank.

Tuesday, November 3:

10am – 4pm: All About Owls Drop in between 10am and 4pm and have a hoot! Watch an owl documentary, get to know our resident owls, make an owl craft, go on an owl scavenger hunt, dissect an owl pellet, and more. Program and crafts free with admission to the Nature Center. Scavenger Hunt Maps $2 each. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

7:30pm: An evening with Giada De Laurentiis Giada De Laurentiis is the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, and Giada in Italy; a judge on Food Network Star; a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show; editor-in-chief of a weekly digital magazine, Giada and author of seven New York Times bestselling books. Plus Giada recently celebrated the 1-year anniversary of her acclaimed Las Vegas restaurant. Her newest cookbook Happy Cooking, is one of the most highly anticipated cookbooks of the year! Joined by a moderator, Giada will share her inspiration for her Happy Cooking. An audience Q&A will immediately follow each interview. Don’t miss your chance to see Giada live on stage during her upcoming book tour! The Bushnell, Hartford.

Tuesday, November 4 – Wednesday, November 5:

10am – 4pm: Scholastic Book Fair Book Fairs are family events. We know inspiring a love of reading begins at home, so we offer resources to support parents with the reading development of their children. Runs through Saturday, November 7th.  Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol.

Wednesday, November 4:


10am and 2:30pm: The Three Little Pigs Embark on a charming and witty adventure with three little pigs as they battle the big bad wolf!   From Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway’s Mary Poppins, comes The Three Little Pigs, a “very curly musical tail” that is perfect for the whole family! This new version of the classic story is full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family. When the pigpen starts to look like a real sty, Mama says it’s time to leave and build something new. Help Cha, Siu and Bao watch for wolves while they use hay, sticks and bricks to make it in a big, bad world. Runtime is approximately 55 minutes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Reoccurs on 11/7-8. Playhouse on Park, West Hartford.

11am: School Day Game Hey teachers, take a break from the classroom and teach your kids in a way they’ll never forget.


6 – 8pm: Ladies & Landmark An evening of hand crafted wines from acclaimed landmark Vineyards. 10 years of 90+ scores and small production chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma. Grab you friends for a relaxed evening of wine and perfectly paired small plates. Interested in learning about wines? Renowned Master Sommelier, Joseph Spellman. Rooftop120, Glastonbury.


7 – 9:30pm: Paint Night Fundraiser A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the Lake Garda PSTA. $40 per canvas. Scene Art Bar, Unionville.

Be sure to check out more fun things to on our activities page. These are usually fun things that reoccur each week or month – we just don’t want to cloud up this page with redundancy.

Have you entered our giveaway to see Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny at the Bushnell on Saturday, November 14th? What are you waiting for? We have a family-four pack of tickets to giveaway. Enter now by clicking here.

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