Halloween Happenings and Parades in Fairfield County, CT
Even as a child, I wasn’t one for trick or treating. Too much grabbing, rushing, running, and general chaos for my taste. And while I do take my kids trick-or-treating these days, I much prefer many of the pre-Halloween festivities that abound in the area. And I think my kids may as well…though they’d never admit it! Here's a list of some fun events and parades in the Fairfield County area.
Howl-o-Ween, Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT
Visit Beardsley Zoo on October 18th, 19th, 25th or 26th 6:30-10pm for their Howl-O-Ween event. The evening event includes hayrides, hanunted barnyards, candy and facepainting. Advance tickets are $10/each; tickets purchased at the door will be $12/each. The event is intended for kids ages 6-12. 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, 06610, 203.394.6565
Enchanted Castle, Fairfield, CT
Visit the Burr Homestead, where rooms have been transformed with storybook themes. Popular characters – in costume – will be on hand, including Aladdin, Cinderella, and the Wizard of Oz characters. Tickets are $5, the event is targeted at kids ages 2-10, and strollers are not allowed. The castle is open October 19th - 29th. 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824
Monster Mash, Stepping Stones, Norwalk, CT
Come to Stepping Stones museum for a costume parade, dance party and Halloween crafts galore. Saturday, October 26th, 6-8:30. Tickets are $10/member, $12/non-members. 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203.899.0606
Haunted Hay Rides, Fairview Tree Farm, Shelton, CT
Looking for something a little scarier? Try Fairview Tree Farms one-and-half-mile dark, spooky hayride. $16/ticket, or buy a family 4 pack for $55. Friday and Saturday nights in October, 7pm-10pm. Food and drinks available for purchase. 486 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT, 06484, 203.944.9090
Mill Hill Haunting, Norwalk, CT
Enjoy a lantern tour through Norwalk’s historic Mill Hill graveyard. Your guide will regale you with stories of death, hauntings, murders and stories of Norwalk’s most colorful past residents. Tours leave at 6:00, 7:30 and 9:00pm , on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th and are appropriate for revelers 8 and up. Tickets are $14/adult, $9/child (purchase before 10/22 and the rates are $12/adult and $7/child (-12). Don’t forget your flashlight. 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT, 06851
Legends and Hauntings, Fairfield, CT: Head to the Fairfield Museum on October 27th from 6pm-8pm to enjoy a chilling walking tour, replete with tales of local history and hauntings, including stories of local 17th century witch trials. Tickets are $8/each. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824, 203.259.1598
Bethel Halloween Bash, Bethel, CT: Visit downtown Bethel on Saturday, October 26th from 1-4 for a whole lot of family fun. Youngsters can trick or treat at participating businesses, and partake in many other festivities such as face painting, pumpkin painting, and games. There will also be music, dancing, and a costume contest! 1 School Street, Bethel, CT, 06801
There’s nothing quite like a town Halloween parade. Here are a few that are coming up in Fairfield County:
Danbury Halloween Parade, October 26th, 2-4 on the Green, costume parade at 3:30.
New Canaan Halloween Parade, Sunday, October 27, festivities start at 12, the parade starts at 1pm, from the parking lot between Main Street and Park Street.
Westport Halloween Parade, October 29th. Parade leaves from the Westport/Wilton Family YMCA at the corner of Post Road and Main Street at 3pm.
Ridgefield Halloween Walk on Main Street, October 26th. 10am. Main Street, Ridgefield.
Originally published October 22, 2012.