Halloween may not be an official holiday, but try telling that to the millions of children (and adults) who start planning their costumes on Nov. 1—of the year before. Satisfy your craving for creepy creatures, spooky stories, and haunted hayrides at these family-friendly events in Norwalk, Danbury, Bridgeport, Wilton, and Stamford.
Then visit nymetroparents.com/halloween for more spooky fun, including tons of ghoulish giveaways!
Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Oct. 18-19, 25-26
Calling all ghosts and goblins. Spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring a "Classic Monsters" Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include face painting, and candy. Event recommended for children ages 6-12, but some activities may be better suited for children ages 8 and older.
The Enchanted Castle
Burr Homestead, Fairfield
Oct. 19-20, 23-29
The Enchanted Castle is a Halloween event with colorful storybook-themed rooms and friendly costumed characters that provides a non-threatening experience for children and adults to tour and receive a treat in each room. The theme rooms include Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Wizard of Oz and Candyland. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ahlbin Centers for Rehabilitation to help with special programs, equipment, therapy, and scholarships for the therapists.
Halloween Family Art Day
Westport Arts Center, Westport
Inspired by Halloween, families will design 3-dimensional haunted birdhouses, trick-or-treat bags, and more. Feel free to come in costume.
Jump 'N Jam: Zombie Zone
Pump It Up, Norwalk
A Halloween howl with inflatable fun, "spooky" snack, music, dancing, Karaoke, games, prizes, pizza and a beverage plus a free glow necklace. Come dressed as a zombie for a free Jump N Jam pass.
Monster Mash Halloween Party
Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk
This kid-friendly costume party will be a spellbinding night jam-packed with not-so-scary family fun. Guests can meander through the museum on a scavenger hunt, find out what is fact or fiction as their minds are boggled by the wonders of real life. They will make their own magnifying glass, uncover mysterious messages and scrawl their own secrets with invisible ink, use their nose to sniff out solutions to questions and use their hands to feel for the answers. There will be masquerading down the catwalk during the spooktacular costume fashion show and the evening will end when they strut their stuff in the puzzling parade throughout the museum.
Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Bridgeport
Witness exploding pumpkins, spooky science, scary bugs, face painting, planetarium shows and more. Join the Parade of Costumes, get your Halloween Goblin Bags (children in costume only) and scary-good treats. Make-and-takes for kids, plus family-themed information tables and giveaways. Half price admission to anyone in costume.
Boo at the Zoo
Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
This spooktacular afternoon includes harvest hayrides and many other seasonal activities. The winners of the Scarecrow competition will be announced as well.
Legends and Hauntings Walking Tour
Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield
Get chilled to the bone on this walking tour which explores haunting legends and folklore as night descends. Hear about body snatching in the cemetery, ghost legends at the Tavern, and stand on the site where wary townsfolk tested alleged witches in the 17th century. Call the Museum to pre-register to guarantee a spot.
Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm & Ick Fest at Overbrook
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford
Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends. Grab a map and head off in search of different treats at the trick or treating stations around Heckscher Farm. See what Dakota the Clydesdale, the calves Moose and Monty, or the new little piglets have to offer. Then, celebrate all things creepy and crawly at the annual "Ick Fest" at Overbrook Nature Center building. Visit snakes, tarantulas, lizards, worms and other animals. Explore the slime table, make crafts featuring bats and spiders, and have your picture taken with a snake.
Pump It Up, Norwalk
Kids of all ages jump and slide on giant inflatables, enjoy "spooky" snacks, games and prizes, and make a "creepy" craft.
Head to nymetroparents.com/halloween for creative costume ideas, spooky Halloween recipes, and ghoulish giveaways.