Halloween Happenings and Parades in Fairfield County, CT
Is it just me, or does Halloween seem to get bigger, better and more fun every year? Back in the day, we would just trick or treat for a couple of hours and that was that. These days, you can start the party early and keep celebrating Halloween all month long! Even if you don't love Halloween, we've got a lot of great ideas for ways to get out there and enjoy (both spooky and non-spooky) in our Connecticut Halloween and Fall Fun Guide. Good thing there are so many great activities all over Fairfield County. My kids love to check out as many Halloween parties, parades, hayrides, pumpkin patches and haunted things that we can fit into our schedule. We've made a list of Halloween happenings, events and parades coming up in Fairfield County. Check it out!
Bethel Halloween Bash, Bethel, CT: Visit downtown Bethel on Saturday, October 25th at 1:00 for some family-friendly Halloween fun. The event kicks off with a magic show and afterwards, children can trick or treat at participating businesses, and check out face painting, pumpkin painting and games and dance to the live music on the front lawn of the Municipal Center.
Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT, 06801
Howl-o-Ween, Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT: Visit Beardsley Zoo on October 17th,18th, 24th or 25th from 6:30-10pm for their Howl-O-Ween event. This year's events include a "Greek Mythology" Hayride, a Haunted Farmyard, a Gruesome Greenhouse and a magic show by Jim Sisti. Free face painting and candy are included with admission. Advance tickets are $12/each; tickets purchased at the gate will be $15/each. The event is recommended for kids ages 6-12, but some of the scarier activities may be best suited for 8+.
Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, 06610, 203.394.6565
Harvest Howl-o-ween Spooktacular, Black Cat Antiques, Bridgeport CT: This eclectic shop opens at 9:00am on Saturday, October 25th for this all day and night Halloween house party. Costume contests, psychic readings, vendors, food trucks, an extreme gaming truck and book signings throughout the day. At 6:00, for $13/person, hear author William Hall discuss his new book called The World's Most Haunted House, about the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindsay Street. Also after 6:00pm, adults can sample over 70 wines and beers for $40.
Black Cat Antiques, Gifts & Collectibles, 143 Bennett St, Bridgeport CT, 06605, 203.414.9786
Brookfield Halloween 5K and Kids K Fun Run, Brookfield CT: What better way to enjoy the run-up to Halloween than to run in a race! On Sunday, October 26th families can put on their costumes and run together. This USATF certified course has a 10:00am start time and walkers are welcome. The kid's race starts right before the 5K at 9:30. Kids compete on a 1K course with divisions for 5 and under, 6-8 and 9 and up. $10 pre-registration required for the kid's run. $20 for adults before 10/24, $25 on race day.
Brookfield Municipal Center, 100 Pocono Rd, Brookfield CT, 06804, 203.775.7300
Enchanted Castle, Burr Homestead, Fairfield, CT: When you visit the Burr Homestead, you'll find seven rooms transformed into storybook themes where your little ones can interact with popular characters from Aladdin, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Carribean, the Wizard of Oz and Candyland. Tickets are $5, no credit cards, and the money raised goes to support the Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers at Bridgeport Hospital. The event is targeted at kids ages 2-10 and strollers are not allowed. The castle is open October 18-19, 22-30. Weekday hours 3:30-6:30pm, weekends 10-5pm. Closed Oct 19-20.
Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824
Legends and Hauntings, Fairfield, CT: Head to the Fairfield Museum on Sunday, October 26th at 6pm for a nighttime walking tour of haunted Fairfield. Hear about body snatching and ghost legends, and stand on the spot where the 17th century witch trials took place. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students.
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT, 06824, 203.259.1598
Build a Scarecrow Workshop, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, Greenwich CT: Bring your family to this beautiful, sprawling back country nursery on October 4th, 11th, 13th, 18th, and 25th for scarecrows and pumpkin painting. For $35, they supply the frame (4ft or 6ft), head, stuffing and a place to make a mess. You supply the pants and long sleeve button and whatever accessories you want to create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. Each workshop will be judged and the winner gets a prize. Reservations are a must. Pumpkin Painting is available on the same schedule as the scarecrow workshop and each pumpkin is $8. They offer FREE hayrides to their Pumpkin Patch from September 26th - October 31st.
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouse, 437 North St, Greenwich CT, 06830, 203.869.3418
Halloween Happenings, Bendheim Greenwich Western Civic Center, Greenwich CT: Come in costume for this Halloween themed dance party with games, music, candy, prizes and refreshments. Friday, October 24th, 6:00-8:00pm, $10/person and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Bendheim Greenwich Western Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Rd, Greenwich CT, 06831, 203.532.1259
Halloween Spooktacular, New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan CT: On Saturday, October 25th from 6:30-8:00pm your kids can meet creepy critters like bats, snakes, spirders and more before getting a chance to make your own slime. End the night roasting marshmallows by a roaring campfire. Costumes encourages, appropriate for all ages, but please note it's not a drop-off activity. Members $6/person, non-members $10/person.
New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan CT, 06840, 203.966.9577
Monster Mash, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk, CT: Come to Stepping Stones museum for a costume parade, dance party, tricks, treats and Halloween crafts galore. Saturday, October 25th, 6:00-8:30pm. Tickets are $10/member, $15/non-members, and children under 1 are free.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203.899.0606
Mill Hill Haunting, Norwalk, CT: Take 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, and are appropriate for revelers 8 and up. Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th. Tickets are $15/ages 13+, $10/ages 8-12. Purchase before 10/23 and the rates are $13/ages 13+ and $8/ages 8-12 . Don’t forget your flashlight!
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT, 06851
Stew Leonard's, Norwalk CT and Danbury CT: This popular theme park of a store has all kinds of Halloween fun throughout the month of October. Stew's is already a great stop to find your perfect pumpkin, but they also have the Halloween Hay Bale Theater which shows a FREE children's Halloween movie every Friday night in October in Norwalk and Danbury. There's a family-friendly Halloween Hay Ride Spooktacular running daily starting October 3rd in Norwalk and Danbury. Check out the store's Trick-or-Treat day where your little ones can trick-or-treat at the Danbury and Norwalk store and take their pictures with Stew Leonard's characters including their mascot, Wow the Cow. Children who go to the store on Halloween Day in costume in both the Danbury and Norwalk locations receive a free ice cream. Dates and times of Halloween activities vary by store so be sure to check our events calendar.
Stew Leonard's,100 Westport Ave, Norwalk CT, 06851, 203.847.7213; 99 Federal Rd, Danbury CT, 203.790.8030
The National Theatre in HD, Frankenstein, Ridgefield CT and Fairfield CT: Experience an encore broadcast of the acclaimed 2011 UK stage production of Frankenstein on the big screen. This show was a sell out hit at the National Theatre in London in 2011 and the broadcast is back this year due to overwhelming demand. Directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberpatch and Johnny Lee Miller, it tells the story of Frankenstein and the struggles of his monstrous creation. This production is appropriate for older kids, the ones who may be too cool for costumes and trick-or-treating, but would appreciate a fascinating and scary story and can handle a Broadway-style theater production. Thursday, October 30th at the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield at 2:00pm and 7:00p and on Friday, October 31st at 6:00pm at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield CT, 06824, 203.254.4000; Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E Ridge Rd, Ridgefield CT, 06877, 203.438.5795
#halloween, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield CT: Trick or Treat at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum on October 31st between 5:00-8:00pm and have your photo taken in front on multiple "spooktacular" photo booths designed by mother-daughter artist teams from Ridgefield's National Charity League. See your image projected on the museum, add it to their live Instagram feed and leave with a treat.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St, Ridgefield CT, 06877, 203.438.0198
Haunted Hayride and Haunted Trail, Fairview Tree Farm, Shelton, CT: Looking for something a little scarier? Try Fairview Tree Farms one-and-half-mile dark, spooky hayride. The one mile Haunted Trail is new this year and only for ages 12 and up. $16/ticket, or buy a family 4 pack for $60, and a combo ticket for the hayride and trail ride is $25. The hayride is open Friday and Saturday nights in October, 7pm-10pm, the Haunted Trail is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Fairview Tree Farm, 486 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT, 06484, 203.944.9090
Trick or Treat on Hecksher Farm, "Ick Fest" and more, Stamford Musem and Nature Center, Stamford CT: Kids can create their own scarecrow for the Harvest Festival scarecrow contest at special workshops held on Sunday, October 5th and 12th. On Columbus Day, October 13th, you can sign up for "Slime Time" from 11:00am-3:00pm where kids can make their own slime, learn about salamanders, make crafts and end the day with s'mores by the campfire. On Friday, October 24th from 7:00-8:00pm, you can meet Connecticut's longest snake and see and learn about all kinds of icky animals at a special program called Slithery, Slimy, Creepy, Crawly. Kids can Trick-or-treat on the farm on Saturday, October 25th. Kids will a bag at the Otter Pond and look for the clues that lead them to the five Trick-orTreat stations set up around Hecksher Farm. When everyone's done trick or treating, head over to the Ick Fest at the Overbrook Nature Center to check out the "slime table" and visit snakes, tarantulas and worms while making crafts featuring bats and spiders. Please check their website for special event pricing and reservations.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford CT, 06903, 203.322.1646
CHT's Ghost & Goblin 5K and Kid's Fun Run, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT: Put on your costume on Saturday,October 25th and take part in this USATF certified 5K on a flat and fast loop through Sherwood Island State Park. The kids fun run features a 100m dash and a 1/4 mile run with awards for all participants. T-shirts for all pre-registered entrants. Before October 12th, it's $20 for the 5K and $15 for the Fun Run, after 10/12 entry fees go up to $25 for the 5K and $20 for the fun run.
CHT's Ghost & Goblin 5K and Kids Fun Run, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT, 06880, 203.226.4616
Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids Run, Wilton CT: This active and healthy start to Halloween takes place on Sunday, October 26th, with a timed and measured 5k course through the beautiful town of Wilton and a short distance kids' fun run. All participants are encouraged to race in "boo"-tiful costumes. Check in begins at 9:00am, the 5k starts at 10:00am and the kids' run starts at 11:00am. Kids who run in the Scarecrow Scamper Kids' Run receive a pumpkin participation medal. Pre-registered racers receive a Halloween Hustle t-shirt and goody bag. $10/Kids 12 and under, $25/ages 13+ before 10/17, $30/ages 13+ after 10/17.
Wilton Chamber, 120 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton CT, 06897, 203.762.0567
Fright Night at Ambler Farm, Wilton CT: Drop off the kids, grades 3-5, for haunted activities and frightful stories. Creepy sights, mysterious sounds and a Ghost Dog who frequents the farm. Top it off with a moonlit hayride. Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th from 6:00-8:00pm. Advance registration required. Check website for rates.
Ambler Farm, 257 Hurlbutt St, Wilton CT, 06897, 203.834.1143
There’s nothing quite like the cuteness of a town Halloween parade! Here are a few that are coming up in Fairfield County:
Danbury Halloween on the Green, Saturday, November 1 at CityCenter. Party on the green from 2:00-4:00pm, costume parade 3:30. They'll have a costume contest, games, food, a DJ and goody bags for the first 600 children.
Darien Halloween Parade, October 31st. Meet at the Darien Fire Station at 10:00am to participate in this annual parade for toddlers and pre-school aged children. Costumed kids trick or treat with local merchants on their way to Tilley Pond for snacks and a special magic show with The Amazing Andy. $5/child.
Rowayton Halloween Celebration, Sunday, October 26th 1:00-4:00pm at the Rowayton Community Center. In addition to a parade, this event has a hay maze, petting zoo, pony rides and a haunted house.
New Canaan Halloween Parade, Sunday, October 26, festivities start at 12:00pm, goody bags are handed out and the parade starts at 1:00pm, led by the Old Faithful Antique Fire Truck. Children of all ages, and their dogs, are welcome.
Westport Halloween Spectacular, Wednesday, October 29th. Children in costume parade up Main Street and trick or treat along the way towards Town Hall for more treats, snacks and a DJ dance party. The Main Street parade leaves from the YMCA at the corner of Post Road and Main Street at 3:30pm. The Town Green party starts at 4:30pm.
Ridgefield Halloween Walk on Main Street, Saturday, October 25th from10:00am-12:00pm. Trick or treat along Main Street in Ridgefield.
Originally published October 22, 2012.