Break Out the Costumes
Fairfield County, CT, has enough activities this October to provide all the thrills, chills, and old-fashioned Halloween fun you're looking for.
Wear a costume to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center's Harvest Festival and receive a prize. Other activities include hayrides, apple cidering demonstrations, face painting, live music, storytelling, crafts, and a costume parade. October 17. 11am-4pm. $10 (admission and parking included); free children under 3. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. 203-322-1646.
Explore The Enchanted Castle: A Magical Storybook Experience at the Burr Homestead. Costumed characters inhabit rooms decorated in six different storybook themes, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Proceeds from The Enchanted Castle benefit the Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers at Bridgeport Hospital. October 22-October 31. Closed October 25. Check website for times. $5. Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road, Fairfield. 203-254-4660.
Hear stories about baseball and the paranormal at Haunted Baseball and Field of Screams. October 20. 7pm. $5. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield. 203-259-1598.
Take a guided walk in your Halloween costume through an Enchanted Forest. Learn about the creatures that are awake at night. Pre-register at ext. 109. October 22. 5:30-8pm. $14 child, $12 adult. Connecticut Audubon Society at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. 203-259-6305.
Come to the Beardsley Zoo for Howl O Ween. Take a "Cryptozoology Hayride" and catch a magic show by Jim Sistei. October 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31. 6-9pm. $6. The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. 203-394-6563.
Family-oriented workshops are set up for costumed visitors to make haunted houses, creepy art barns, magic lanterns, and Halloween pop-up cards at the Wacky Costume Party. October 24. 2-4pm. $10 per child; adults and children under 2 FREE. Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport. 203-222-7070.
The Maritime Aquarium's Halloween Hoot offers FREE admission to costumed adults and children. Trick-or-treat past sharks, otters, seals, and other permanent exhibits. October 29. 3-5pm. Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk. 203-852-0700.
Parents and children aged 6-10 may come in costume and follow a guide telling spooky stories through Fairfield's Town Green in Spooky Stroll. Pre-registration required. October 29. 6pm. $5, children $3. Fairfield Museum and History Center, 1520 Bronson Road, Fairfield. 203-259-1598.
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to a Pumpkin Carving Party. Pre-registration required. October 30. 1-3:30pm. FREE. Greenwich Public Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. 203-622-7900.
Cho's Tae Kwon Do is offering mini Tae Kwon Do sessions, relay races, games, pizza, and a movie at their Halloween Party. October 30. 5-8:30pm. $25. Cho's Tae Kwon Do, 5 Oak Street, Greenwich. 845-264-0151.
Admission is FREE for kids under 12 wearing a costume to Boo at the Zoo. Events include music, a harvest hayride, a haunted farmyard, and a scarecrow competition. October 31. 12pm. The Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. 203-394-6563.