Boo! As Halloween creeps up soon, kids of all ages get ready for one of the most special nights of the year.
Fairfield County – with its walkable neighborhoods, hauntedly decorated homes and crisp night air – is a specially scary/fun spot to trick or treat.
But nearly every town gets into the act too. Here’s KMS Partners’ exclusive guide to getting your inner witch, ghost, pirate or princess on.
Westport: Main Street’s the spot for this annual parade. Costumed kids trick or treat from Bedford Square all the way to Town Hall. Then everyone heads across the street for a DJ (and more food). It’s all sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and PAL. (Thursday, October 27, 3:30 p.m.)
Weston: The town’s Scare Fair began nearly 30 years ago as a scarecrow contest. It’s evolved into a much bigger event, run by the Historical Society and Girl Scouts. The family event – featuring festive costumes – takes place on the spooky WHS grounds. The antique barn is open for adventurous guests. The fair includes games, crafts, moon bounce, cupcake and cookie decorating, craft bazaar and silent auction. (Sunday, October 25, 12-4 p.m.)
Fairfield: The 2nd annual Haunted House promises to be “the real deal, scary and gory.” Even a hayride transporting people to the Rec Center at 210 Old Dam Road – er, House – promises to be “haunted.” The Parks and Recreation Department insists its Fright Nights are for “brave souls only!” (Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m., Sundays 6-9 p.m. through October 30. Admission $10, benefits the Fairfield Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation.)
Norwalk: Kids ages 3-12 in costumes earn free admission to the Maritime Aquarium, on the final 2 weekends of October. One of Connecticut’s most popular attractions is renamed the Aqua-Scarium, where children collect candies and prizes. Youngsters can also decorate their candy bag, decorate pumpkins, paint their faces and touch or hold a live bearded dragon. (October 22, 23, 29 and 30; www.maritimeaquarium.org)
But wait! There’s more!
Bethel: Trick-or-Treat Street begins with a magic show; continues with trick-or-treating along Greenwood Avenue, There’s food, performances, a costume contest and Halloween-themed movies on the lawn. (Saturday, October 29, 1 p.m.)
Bridgeport: It’s Howl-O-Ween at the Beardsley Park Zoo. Get set for a fun, frightful and family-friendly evening with a haunted hayride and farmyard, ghastly greenhouse and magic show. Tickets ($15) also include face painting, carousel rides and more. (October 15, 21-22 and 28-29, 6:30-10 p.m.; www.beardsleyzoo.org)
Danbury: Halloween on the Green features a costume parade, goody bag and games. (Saturday, October 29, 3:30 p.m.)
Redding: You don’t have to walk – Halloween comes to you! “Trunk or Treat” will be held at the Redding Community Center parking lot. The cost to attend is one bag of individually wrapped candy per child. (Saturday, October 29, 3-5 p.m.)
Want to know more about Halloween in Fairfield County? Contact KMS Partners at 203.454.5411 or at KMSPartners@gmail.com.