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Upcoming Events:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze

TICKETS TO RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® PRESENTS BUILT TO AMAZE GO ON-SALE ON SEPTEMBER 2nd The Greatest Show On Earth® comes to Bridgeport – October 23-26 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest [...] Read More »

Let's Play Expo

When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 Time: 10am – 5pm Where: XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06120 Tickets*: $5 Adults; $5 children 12 and under (includes one free activity) For one day only, Let’s Play Expo will be the hub for all things fun. This event is jam-packed with entertainment, exhibitors, games, great deals, [...] Read More »

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire

Saturday, Sunday, & Columbus Day SEP 27 to OCT 26 Exciting. Entertaining. Festive. Without a doubt, The Connecticut Renaissance Faire is the something different you’ve been looking to do. It is a celebration of good times filled with fond memories. It is revelry that gives you a lift, boosts your spirits, and lets you leave [...] Read More »

Annual Haunted Miniature Golf Benefit

SEVENTH ANNUAL HAUNTED MINIATURE GOLF BENEFIT October 16–19 and 23–26, 2014 Vicious vampires, wicked witches and spooky skeletons rule the nights and the days during the FVVA’s 7th Annual Haunted Miniature Golf benefit event. 18 holes of Halloween fun await participants upon entering the course under the 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted [...] Read More »

21st Annual Collinsville Halloween Parade

Saturday October 25, 2014 Gather at 6:30 p.m. ~ Parade at 7:00 p.m. Main Street Collinsville CT Saturday October 25th beginning at 6:30 p.m., the main streets in Collinsville will close to traffic and open to all who are brave and daring enough to join in the 20th annual Collinsville Halloween Parade. The idea of [...] Read More »

Hobgoblin Fair

Saturday October 25, 2014 10 am — Noon or 1 pm — 3 pm What “critters” will appear on our trails this Halloween? Join us for our annual Hobgoblin Fair held the Saturday before Halloween (or on Halloween if it falls on a Saturday). The Fair features the “Track-and-Treat” walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a [...] Read More »

Boo Bash Bridgeport

Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:00pm – 5:00pm Trick or Treat! Yes, it’s that time of year again. 3/30 is hosting the 5th Annual Boo Bash Bridgeport. This FREE family event is a hit with Fairfield County families because parents love our safe and fun daytime Halloween Bash! The festivities will take place on Saturday, October 25, [...] Read More »

Falloween Princess and Pirates Weekend

Saturday, October 25 2014 – Sunday, October 26 2014 10:00 am – 4:00 pm This weekend everyone can be a princess or a pirate. Follow the treasure map through the Aquarium. Each mark on the map leads you to a new enjoyable game and waiting for you at the end of the treasure hunt is a [...] Read More »

Halloween Spooktacular at Westfield Connecticut Post – Milford

Friday, October 31at 5:00pm – 7:00pm We will be hosting our annual Halloween “Spooktacular” event on Friday, October 31st from 5pm – 7pm. Bring the kids dressed in their costumes to trick-or-treat at participating stores in the center*. - Children ages 12 and under can participate - Music will be provided by Star 99.9 - [...] Read More »

Halloween Spectacular – Westport

ScreenHunter_388 Sep. 25 21.06Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 3:30 p.m. in front of the YMCA and 4:30 p.m. on the Town Green The Parks and Recreation Department, Downtown Merchants Association and Westport P.A.L. team up to offer a wonderful Halloween event for the children of Westport. Children will march up Main Street, trick or treating along the way, eventually [...] Read More »

RCA Halloween Celebration – Norwalk

ScreenHunter_1234 Sep. 18 21.07Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm Come in costume to explore the hay maze, pet the animals, take a pony ride, parade with your peers, and enter into the Haunted House if you dare… Sunday, October 26th from 1:00-4:00pm. Volunteers are needed at 9:00am to set up the hay maze. Kids who want to work [...] Read More »

Niantic Village Halloween Parade

ScreenHunter_384 Sep. 25 21.02Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Come one, come all, to one of the most highly entertaining events in town ~ the annual Niantic Halloween Parade. Sponsored by the East Lyme Business Organization and the East Lyme Parks & Rec. Dept., the parade will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014 beginning at [...] Read More »

Halloween Spooktacular – Guilford

ScreenHunter_381 Sep. 25 21.00Sunday, October 26, 2014 –  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Guilford Parks and Recreaton along with Guilford Youth & Family presents… Halloween Spooktacular  Magic show by Amazing Andy, costume contest, pumpkin painting, face painting, balloon animals, DJ, big chair pictures,  ice cream sundaes and MORE! Register to participate in the TRUNK OR TREAT on Park Street: Decorate [...] Read More »

38th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run, Kent

ScreenHunter_386 Sep. 25 21.05October 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM This year’s festivities begin with a Kids Fun Run @ 11:15 AM followed by the 5 mile run / walk @ noon. The spectator friendly, USATF usatf certified coursecertified course starts and finishes at Kent Green in front of Town Hall. Join the festivities at the start /finish area [...] Read More »

New London Halloween Town

ScreenHunter_387 Sep. 25 21.05Friday October 25, 2014 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Dare to be scared? Have the courage to face things that go bump in the night? If so, we invite you to come to Southeastern Connecticut’s spooky Halloween destination, New London Halloween Town. Halloween Town is open October 25th from 6pm-10pm in downtown New London. Spooky [...] Read More »

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Essex

Saturday October 25th, 2014 from 5 pm – 8pm This is the 14th year for the town event and all residents of Centerbrook, Essex and Ivoryton are encouraged to get creative with their pumpkin carving. In the past, the event had over 250 Jack-O-Lanterns decorating the Ivoryton Town Green with almost 1,500 people in attendance. [...] Read More »

Halloween Extravaganza at Birdseye Complex (Science is Fun!) – Stratford

ScreenHunter_1235 Sep. 21 23.24Halloween Extravaganza at Birdseye Complex (Science is Fun!)  – Stratford Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4-6 pm. This year the theme is Science! Costume awards are given as well as treats. Be your favorite Famous Scientist, Science Beeker or Character. Celebrate and have fun with games, moon bounce, face painting candy, shows, music and costume [...] Read More »

Annual HALLOWEEN spooktacular – New Britain

ScreenHunter_373 Sep. 25 20.54Saturday, October 25 2014, 1:00pm – 4:00pm FREE Admission! Event will include Halloween attractions, Trick or Treat candy, DJ music, inflatable amusements, Basketball Shoot Out, spin art, arts and crafts, kettle corn, Halloween costume parade and more.  First 500 trick or treaters receives a free goody bag.  Halloween costume parade at 2:30 p.m. Location: Darius Miller Music [...] Read More »

Bethel Trick-or-Treat Street & Halloween Bash

ScreenHunter_1230 Sep. 18 20.11  Saturday, October 25th 2014  from 1PM-4PM The fun kicks off with a Magic Show by Danny Diamond at 1:00pm in the Municipal Center G.P. Room. Followed by a Halloween Bash on the front lawn of the Municipal Center and Trick or Treating along Greenwood Ave. Businesses and Local Organizations are invited and encouraged to [...] Read More »

Trick-or-treat at Jillson Square – Willimantic

Friday, October 31st 2014 - 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Come to this fun and safe way to trick-or-treat! Trunk-or-Treating, also known as Halloween Tailgating or Tailgate Trick-or-Treat is a simple concept and a fun alternative. A group of people park their Halloween decorated vehicles in a central location, ours being JILLSON SQUARE (across from the frog [...] Read More »

The Enchanted Forest A Hoot of a Halloween – Fairfield

Friday, October 24, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 Bring your ghosts and goblins to the Enchanted Forest for a hoot of a Halloween! An excellent nature-themed alternative or addition to the traditional Halloween celebration, the Enchanted Forest introduces fascinating, entertaining (and educational!) information about nocturnal animals in their natural habitat. Participants will have a fun – [...] Read More »

Halloween Happenings 2014 – Stew Leonard’s stores

Stew Leonard’s Norwalk Store, Halloween Hay Bale Theater For the first four Friday nights in October, the Hoedown grill is transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie. Complimentary juice and popcorn is served to all. The movies begin at 7:00 P.M., with seating opening at 6:30 P.M. The movies [...] Read More »

Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm

Sunday, October 26, 1 pm – 3 pm Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Make your first stop at the otter pond to collect a bag and get your first Clue! Follow the clues to find the five “trick or treat” stations. [...] Read More »

Halloween Gala at the Bristol Library

Saturday October 25th 10 am – 3:30 pm. Come if you dare to the Halloween Gala on Saturday October 25th 10 am – 2:30 pm. Dress in your costume and get your photo professionally taken by Angel Moon Photography for only $10! There will be crafts, spooky tunnels, goodies and more! Bristol Public Library 5 [...] Read More »

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Howl-O-Ween

October 17, 18, 24, 25 from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring a “Greek Mythology” Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include FREE face painting, and of course, CANDY! Don’t miss [...] Read More »

Meet & Greet With Casper

Wednesday, October 29, 2014  6:00pm Join us at 6 pm in the Food Court for a wonderfully entertaining show by Mario the Magician featuring a highly interactive performance that combines magic, juggling and comedy. After the magic show kids will have an opportunity to meet and take photos with Casper! Please note there will NOT [...] Read More »

Pumpkintown U.S.A.

September 20, 2014 Thru October 31, 2014 Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Great place for the youngsters for a Halloween treat. A non-scary adventure through a town with a saloon, jail, country store, post office and a fire department. There are different scenes througout the “village” include the wedding scene. Take “The Ride,” a hay ride through [...] Read More »

Falloween Weekends at Mystic Aquarium

Saturday, October 18 2014 – Saturday, November 1 2014  Get into the fall spirit and come celebrate Falloween, a festival of fun,with three themed weekends of fall activities for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. On October 18-19, 25-26 and November 1st enjoy the Aquarium as it transforms with festive decorations of hay, cornstalks, mums, pumpkins [...] Read More »

Annual Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, OCTOBER 25, 2014 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. RAINDATE: Sunday, October 26   EXCITING NEW ATTRACTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT!!! The 11th Annual Pumpkin Festival, sponsored by the Office of the Mayor, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Saturday, October 19th, on the TOWN GREEN. Decorated pumpkins will [...] Read More »

Chester Halloween Pumpkin Festival

Friday – October 24, 2014 –  5:00 – 8:00 pm Celebrate Halloween early in Chester on Friday, Oct. 24, with a parade, dancing in the street, cemetery hayride, and a contest of decorated pumpkins. Gather for the parade at 5:00 p.m. at the Maple Street Parking Lot. Costumes encouraged! The parade will step off at [...] Read More »

Trick-or-Treat at Mystic Seaport

Friday, October 31 at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Calling all kids: get dressed up in your favorite costume and come trick-or-treating at Mystic Seaport before darkness falls! This is a perfect Halloween activity for children under the age of 10. Parents, please park in Latitude 41° Restaurant’s parking lot and walk across Greenmanville Avenue [...] Read More »

Dora and Friends Meet and Greet!

Friday October 24th, 2014 – 12:00pm – 3:00pm In celebration of the brand-new animated preschool series Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Nickelodeon is bringing the Dora and Friends experience to Westfield Trumbull! Families can share in the fun with coloring activities, music, interactive mobile app demonstrations, raffles for special prizes and photo opportunities with [...] Read More »

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