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October 24-26, 2014

Monster Mashin’

Halloween fun has just begun. Get a sweet treat by doing spooky things that can’t be beat. Bring the kids to the not-too-scary Monster Mash:  Hall of Heroes and Heroines at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk (Saturday). Scare yourself breathless at the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum in Bristol (Friday-Sunday). Add all kinds of drama by going to see a play. Six theaters across the State are participating in the Play in CT Fall Theatre Festival (Thursday-Sunday).

Find wonderful collectibles and antiques during your Treasure Hunting package at the Newbury Inn in Brookfield. The Inn is only minutes away from the famous Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market and the Woodbury Flea Market— a antiquing must in Connecticut. Call for rates.

More monsterlicious choices:

Rails to the Darkside – Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor 06088
Climb aboard an authentic trolley car and take a ride through the dark eerie woods to the darkside.  Find out what happens when you disturb a cemetery and upset the spirits.  All the trolleys leave full but for some reason they all return EMPTY!  Please note: this attraction may be too intense for young children (Friday-Saturday).

Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s - Henry Whitfield State Museum, Guilford 06437
Bring a flashlight to explore during a self-guided tour of the 1639 Whitfield House - with scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays about the Whitfield connection to the Salem witch trials and the Guilford Green graveyards (Saturday).

Hobgoblin Fair – Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton 06019
Go on a “track-and-treat” walk through the woods to meet local wildlife, children’s crafts, face painting and other activities; and a delicious lunch featuring home-made soup, bread and cheese, and fresh apple cider (Saturday).

Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train – Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury 06810
Ride the train through the historic rail yard in a 1920s passenger coach. Each child will receive a free pumpkin and enjoy other free activities (Saturday-Sunday).

Halloween Parade – Niantic 06357
Come down and enjoy this great family-friendly event beginning with Trick-or-Treating at the downtown shops at 1 p.m. before the children gather at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach for a the parade at 2 p.m. Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded (Sunday).

Marvel Comics Superheroes – The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk 06854
Meet Spider Man and Captain America in a special live appearance of Marvel Comics characters. Bring your camera and pose for photos with these popular superheroes (Sunday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
October 24-26, 2014

October 24 – Great Pumpkin Festival & Railroad Express – Downtown Putnam 06260. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Bring the entire family for a day of giant gourds, crafts festival, live music and great food. Buy your tickets for the Train Ride Excursion, a leisurely, scenic train ride through the Last Green Valley. Admission: Free, admission for train ride. (860) 963-6811

October 24-26 - Pear Harvest Time - Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, 06069. Time: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pick-your-own Asian pears. Pears are one of the oldest beloved fruits similar to apples just a little softer in texture. Just like apples, you can use pears for eating, cooking, making sauce, baking, or in salads. Cash only when making purchases. Admission: Free. (860) 364-0025

October 24-26 – Open Studios – Loft Artists Association, 575 Pacific St., Stamford, 06911. Time: Fri. 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. The Loft Artists Association celebrates its 36th year of “art-meets-life” in the South End by inviting the public to its annual Open Studios event. This year’s exhibition will see a tremendous variety of art on display in individual studios as well as in both the East and West Galleries, with more than 40 artists sharing their work and process. Videos will demonstrate the success of community art workshops and LAA's ongoing role as one of the major cultural and artistic ‘anchors’ of the South End. Admission: Free admission and parking. (203) 247-2027

October 25 - Tom Sawyer's Trick or Treat - The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, 06105. Time: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Bring the family for an afternoon of Halloween fun. Be amazed by magic tricks. Have a laugh with author Artie Bennett, of Belches & Burps & FartsOh My!, Poopendous and The Butt Book. Enjoy a spooky performance by the Mark Twain Players. Costumes encouraged for trick or treating. Admission: Adults $10, children (16 and under) $5. (860) 280-3130

October 25 – Apple Festival - Congregational Church of Salem, 249 Hartford Rd., Salem, 06420. Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Everything apples! Apple baked goods include: pies, crumbs topped pies, crisps, bettys, turnovers, etc. Apple pancake breakfast, pieces of pie, apple fritters, hot dogs with apple sauerkraut, apple sundaes, apples, cider and cheese are also available. Come early. Admission: Free. (860) 859-1211

October 26 - Pumpkin Run 5K & Kid's Fun Run – Town Green, near 272 Saybrook Road, Higganum, 06441. Time: Kids Run 12:15 p.m., race begins 1 p.m. The 5K run offers fun for the entire family with contests, face painting, Halloween crafts and more. The 5K race runs through the rolling hills of Higganum, finishing on the town green. Admission: Free for spectators. (860) 652-8866

October 26 – Fall Antiques Market - Wilton High School Field House, 395 Danbury Rd. (Rte. 7), Wilton, 06897. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bringing back a classic with a fresh start. A full day of shopping with a wide variety of exhibitors and material, spend the day rediscovering how much fun it is to explore each booth. With a cafe to keep your energy up, an on-site shipper for large purchases and tables full of courtesy antique publications to inspire your inner designer. Come and have a grand time. Admission: $10. (203) 762-7257

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