Halloween Happenings

All Month Long:

8am – Dark: Kids Hay Maze Kids of all ages will delight in Stew Leonard’s Hay Maze, located under the tent in the Pumpkin Patch. – Newington

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Wednesday, October 5 – Sunday, October 16th:

Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm: Little Shop of Horrors From the creators of hit Broadway musicals Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, comes Little Shop of Horrors, a mad cap, delightfully scary and quirky joy of a musical, that’s a treat for the whole family. Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune and the girl of his dreams. Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical. Runs until October 16th. – West Hartford

Friday, October 7th:

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Friday, October 7th – Friday, October 28th:

7pm: Halloween Hay Bale Theater Stew’s Garden Shoppe will be transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie! For movie titles and additional information, please see in-store. The movies begin at 7pm with seating opening at 6:30pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kids can also dance to Halloween music with their favorite Stew’s characters before the movie starts! The movies will be also be shown on Fridays 10/7-28. – Newington

Friday, October 7th – Saturday, October 29th:

6 – 10pm: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month 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. Prior to the tour, we’ll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House. Reoccurs October 14-15, 21-22, 27-29. – Hartford

7:30 – 9:30pm: Spirits at Stowe: An Otherwordly 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 in which she lived for 23 years. Stowe herself died in an upstairs bedroom in 1897 at age 86. In one small room off the main hall, battery-operated candles will illuminate photos of Stowe family members, as if a séance was about to begin. A “planchette,” which pre-dates the ouija board, will be set up to show what Stowe and her fellow spiritualists used to receive what they believed were messages from the dead. This is a 45-minute tour and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Runs until October 29th. – Hartford

9:30pm: Rails to the Darkside The museum is founded on the roadbed of the Old Hartford and Springfield Street Railway branch line that ran from Warehouse Point to Rockville. When the line was constructed in 1905, a small cemetery was moved to make way for the Trolley Line. This cemetery was located in the present location of the museum’s Newberry siding. The decision was made and the cemetery was purportedly moved to a location not far from the trolley line on a dry piece of land close to the dirt road that would eventually become Route 140. The cemetery after the move was always a bone chilling place and the locals soon abandoned the upkeep of the cemetery and nature reclaimed her own. When the museum was established in 1940, the land was available and purchased at a low price. Only recently during the construction of the visitor center was the old cemetery discovered hidden in the woods. The gravestones were found, but it was discovered that there were no coffins or bodies under the gravestones. The gravestones were moved, but the coffins and bodies never were. Now during the dark nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard in the woods of East Windsor along the tracks of the museum. Come and experience Rails to the Darkside, beware. Not recommended for children. – East Windsor

Saturday, October 8th:

10am – 4pm: Pumpkin Carving Demo Pumpkin carver Lenny Calvin will be at the store to bewitch shoppers with his elaborate Halloween-themed etchings on the store’s pumpkins. The carving will take place from 10am– 4pm for customers to see and enjoy as they pick out their own pumpkins. The carver will use knives, chisels, and X-Acto knives to create a spooky scene on the pumpkins. – Newington

Tuesday, October 11th:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit by joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, and pumpkin snicker doodle cookies! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

Friday, October 14th:

9:30 – 10:30am & 11:30am – 12:30pm: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit by joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, and pumpkin snicker doodle cookies! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

Friday, October 14th – Saturday, October 15th:

6 – 8pm: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit with joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, homemade pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes, pumpkin spice cake balls, and pumpkin spice white hot chocolate! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a pumpkin to take home! $25 per child. Ages 6-12. – Newington

Friday, October 14th – Saturday, October 29th:

8pm: Rocky Horror Show Do the Time Warp Again at Trinity-on-Main! It was a dark and stormy night… Straight-laced all-American lovebirds Brad and Janet are driving down a deeply-wooded road when their car gets a flat near the foreboding castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They knock on the door seeking help and discover that the mad genius is having a party. But this is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the doctor’s greatest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis who is designed to give…absolute pleasure. It is a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time… whether they want to or not! The Phoenix Production of Rocky Horror is a traditional interpretation of the stage and screen cult classic including all of the audience-participation of the movie with the fun and excitement of a live stage show! Rose-tint your world and Let’s Do The Time Warp Again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at Trinity-on-Main for three weekends in October! Complete with three midnight shows! Don’t miss your chance to see this cult classic live! October 14-15, October 22-23, October 28-29. – New Britain

Saturday, October 15th:

9 – 10am: “P” is for Pumpkin! Get in the autumn spirit by joining us for our pumpkin class! We will prepare homemade pumpkin pie French toast with whipped topping, and pumpkin snicker doodle cookies! In addition, each child will be able to paint and decorate a mini pumpkin to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

10am – 6pm: The Power of a Pumpkin to Save a Life is an event to encourage Connecticut residents to become organ, eye and tissue donors. The farm will donate $2 from every full price admission and $1 from every popcorn purchase to LifeChoice. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win gift cards and other great prizes! Special activities include: – Windsor

Thursday, October 20th – Sunday, October 30th:

Times Vary: Our 9th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Event to benefit the Farmington Valley Visitor Association features: 19 holes of Halloween fun! 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. 2016 Haunted Miniature Golf dates of operation: Thursdays October 20th-27th and Fridays October 21st-28th from 4-9pm, Saturdays October 22nd-29th from 11am-9pm and Sundays October 23rd-30th from 11am-8pm. – Farmington

Friday, October 21st:

7 – 9pm: Goblin’s Grove This event is for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Wear your best costume to celebrate Halloween at ECC. There will be lots of treats including fantastic DJ Marc spinning all of your favorite tunes. $14 per person. – West Hartford

Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 22nd:

6:30 – 9:30pm Trail Side Tales Take a guided lantern walk through our nature trail to hear stories of Connecticut legends! Not a scary hike. Great for kids of all ages! – Bristol

7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. Reoccurs on 10/28-29. – West Simsbury

Friday, October 21st – Friday, October 28th:

 

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Friday, October 21st – Saturday, October 29th:

Friday – Saturday from 6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. Reoccurs on the weekend of October 28-29. – Windsor

5 – 9pm: Haunted Corn Maze Our two-acre Corn Maze will be transformed for Halloween to include a ghoulish theme and frightful props with costumed creepies ready to greet you with a good scare. Don’t miss this perfect Halloween combination of trick and treat. A mini-scare for the younger ghosts and goblins takes place 5-6pm. The full scare takes place from 6:30-9pm. – South Glastonbury

Friday, October 21st – Sunday, October 30th:

West Hartford Hauntings This October, West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky theatrical cemetery tours, will once more take guests on a tour to meet those souls who met some of West Hartford’s strangest ends. The lantern-lit tours will take place on Friday-Saturday, October 21-22 and Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29 (rain dates October 23 & 30). Tours will leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45pm (Sunday 5-7:45pm). Guests will be escorted through the stones by a dearly-departed guide, who will tell their own tale on the journey. – West Hartford

Saturday, October 22nd:

11am: Halloween Storytime Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime! – West Hartford & Glastonbury

7 – 8:30pm: Legendary Farmington: An Evening of Local Ghost Stories for Adults Why let the kids have all the Halloween fun? Join us for an evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness…if you dare! Registration required. – Farmington

Saturday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 23rd:

10am – 5pm: Spooktacular Science Weekend The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for our annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Visitors will be treated to extra special fun for the whole family, including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween arts and crafts. Spooktacular Science Weekend is sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets. All activities are included free with Connecticut Science Center Membership or the purchase of General Admission. Kids under 3 are always free! Costumes are encouraged! Adult masks are not permitted. Activities are tentative and subject to change. – Hartford

Monday, October 24th:

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Halloween Workshop: No Tricks, Just Treats! Today we will decorate Halloween themed cookies and create our own personal pumpkin patch dirt cups! Ages 2-12. $10 per child. – Newington

Tuesday, October 25th:

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Halloween Workshop: Candy Apples! Join us as we create our very own candy apples! Each child will get to hand dip 3 whole apples and decorate them in a variety of toppings! Ages 2-12.  $10 per child. – Newington

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Halloween Cupcakes! Let’s create some spooky cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! Today, we will decorate four Halloween themed cupcakes as well as a candy corn punch! Then, we will each create a silly monster hand puppet to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

Wednesday, October 26th:

4-5:30pm: Trick-or-Treat with the Stew Leonard’s Characters Children are invited to dress in their costumes and come to Stew Leonard’s in Newington to go trick or treating. Children can come with their own bags or Stew Leonard’s will provide one for them. Stew Leonard’s famous characters, including mascot Wow the Cow, will be available for taking photos with the children. – Newington

Thursday, October 27th:

4 – 5pm and 6 – 7pm: Pumpkin Painting and Decorating! Today, each child will be able to decorate a large pumpkin to take home! A variety of supplies such as paint, glitter, glue and gemstones will be provided. Ages 2-12.  $10 per child.- Newington

5 – 7:30pm: An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children The museum will be transformed into a spooky labyrinth for this special Halloween event for the younger set! Open the creaky door and enter a Halloween maze of spooky sights, sounds and experiences…listen to a story in the dungeon…meet ghostly characters…try your hand at tricks and grab a treat! Be sure to wear your costume! For children ages 12 and younger. – Farmington

Friday, October 28th:

9:30 – 10:30am and 11:30am – 12:30pm: Halloween Cupcakes! Let’s create some spooky cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! Today, we will decorate four Halloween themed cupcakes as well as a candy corn punch! Then, we will each create a silly monster hand puppet to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

3 – 6:50pm: Halloween Party Join us for our Epic Halloween Bash and this year we have decided to go all out and throw the Halloween party of the century. Complete with trick or treat stations, hay rides, spooky zip line rides, games, puppet shows, dancing, snacks, your favorite My Gym teachers in costume. We will have 4 different party spots starting at 3pm and running until 6:50pm, running every hour on the hour for 50 minutes each. Non-members pay $15 per child. Member and sibling discount. – West Hartford

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6 – 8pm: Halloween Dance Party Come dressed in your Halloween best and join us for a dance party! Children 10 and under will enjoy live music, a costume contest, games and a special treat! – South Windsor

7 – 9pm: Monster Mash This event if for our friends with special needs, high school and older. Come back for a 2nd round of spooky fun celebrating Halloween at ECC! The tricks will be few and the treats plentiful so put on your costume and be ready to dance to DJ Paulie spinning the tunes. $14 per person. – West Hartford

8 – 11pm: 10th Annual Halloween Bash Please join us, if you dare, for our 10th Annual Halloween Bash; the most spooktacular party in the state of Connecticut! Witches and wizards, monsters and magicians—all are invited to haunt our galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind with other young professionals in a creative environment. The 10th Annual Halloween Bash will feature tracks spun by DJ zErp and DJ Jon Eastman, bites available for purchase from local food trucks, and a reading by Beth M. Caruso from her novel One of Windsor: America’s First Witch Hanging, a story based in Windsor, Connecticut. Admission includes entrance to the Museum, beer, wine, entertainment and activities. – New Britain

Friday, October 28th – Saturday, October 29th:

6 – 7:30pm: Halloween Cupcakes Join us for one of our most popular cupcake classes! Tonight we will be creating four ghoulish cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! In addition, kids will make a Halloween rice krispy pumpkins and will decorate a box to take home. A Halloween punch and snack will be served! $20 per child. Ages 6-12. – Newington

Friday – Saturday from 6:30 – 9pm: Flashlight Maze Join us this fall for another not so spooky adventure through the night maze! If you thought the maze was difficult in the daylight try your luck in the dark! $10 per person. – Windsor

7 – 10pm: Haunted Hayride World famous spooky Halloween hayride! With a cast of 100 creepy characters trying to scare you! Raindate is Sunday. – West Simsbury

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th:

Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm: The War of the Worlds Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of H. G. Well’s classic “The War of The Worlds”!  Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes. “The War of the Worlds” tells the story of an invasion of Earth by inhabitants of Mars. It was very famously done as a radio play for Halloween 1938, which caused widespread panic as many listeners thought the broadcast was relaying real events.  “The War of the Worlds” was also been made into a films in the 1950s and again by Steven Spielberg in 2005. – Hartford

Saturday, October 29th:

9 – 10am: Halloween Cupcakes! (Toddler Class) Let’s create some spooky cupcakes to get in the spirit of Halloween! Today, we will decorate four Halloween themed cupcakes as well as a candy corn punch! Then, we will each create a silly monster hand puppet to take home! $15 per child (adult must accompany child). Ages 2-5. – Newington

10am – 12pm or 1 – 3pm: Hobgoblin Fair What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before 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. 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. – Canton

10:30am – 12:30pm: Halloween Stroll & Trunk Or Treat Our annual Halloween Stroll and Trunk or Treat! Bring your little goblins dressed up for some treats, live music and fun at Blue Back Square. WTIC 96.5 FM will be there along with candy and fun treats for the kids. – West Hartford

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! Trick or Treating will begin at 1:30pm. This is a free event! Guests will be responsible for bringing candy for their own vehicles. – Simsbury

1 – 3pm: Walking Tour of Memento Mori Cemetery Tour Farmington’s ancient burying ground and learn how this historical treasure holds the secrets to our town’s hidden history. Cider and donuts will be served at the conclusion of the tour. – Farmington

Saturday, October 29th – Monday, October 31st:

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour Tour the Stowe Center in the dark and learn about 19th century spiritualism and the paranormal in Hartford. 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 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. Appropriate for ages 12+. – Hartford

Sunday, October 30th:

12 – 2:30pm: Halloween Magic (Family Day) Bring your family, friends or come on your own.  Relax and enjoy an instructor-led painting class while you discover your muse and unlock hidden talents.  Classes are approximately 2 – 2.5 hours and we provide all of the paint and supplies you’ll need to make your masterpiece. Our teaching artist will guide you, step-by-step, through the painting and will make sure that you stay on track and complete your masterpiece by the end of class. Doors open at 11:30am, instruction begins at 12pm. – Farmington

7pm: Halloween Organ Recital He’s back….the Phantom of the First Church Crypt will be making a repeat appearance to celebrate Halloween with all of your organ favorites of the season. He’ll be joined by his merry band of players presenting selections from Little Shop of Horrors. The evening will end with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. – West Hartford

Monday, October 31st:

5:30 – 7:30pm: Nightmare on Broad Street First Town Downtown and presenting sponsor Windsor Federal Savings invite you to Windsor Center for some ghoulish treats and fun at Nightmare on Broad Street! Windsor businesses will be giving out treats to the youngsters and more. Broad Street will be closed to traffic. – Windsor

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