New Milford Town Green
New Milford Parks & Recreation
47 Bridge St.
New Milford, CT 06776
The tradition of a safe and fun Halloween trick-or-treat is near and dear to the heart of New Milford Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Calhoun, so once again his department is sponsoring the annual “Trunk or Treat” on the town green. Parents, businesses, groups and any others are invited to come to the green with a “trunk” of treats. Registration online beforehand with the Parks and Recreation Department is required, but it is free of charge, as is the event. A “trunk” can be any kind of box or large container, and the department encourages people to decorate it. Set up is at 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Trick-or-treating starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts for two hours; parents are asked to bring a bag of candy for each child attending.
There is also a Flash Mob event, and people are asked to pre-register online and to attend at least two of the five planned rehearsals. (There are “limited” slots for zombies, so those intending to dress as such might consider a back-up costume). Former Radio City Rockette Christine Oberc, owner of Jazzercise New Milford CSA, is choreographing the event.
New Britain Downtown Halloween Safe Zone
The Greater New Britain Arts Alliance
19 Chestnut St.
New Britain, CT 06051
The Greater New Britain Arts Alliance is the organizer of the “Downtown Halloween Safe Zone” and has marked out a well-patrolled route for trick-or-treaters, and one which starts at the Mayor’s Mansion on South High Street at 4 p.m. on Halloween afternoon and ends with a costume parade and contest two hours later. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to stop at a variety of businesses, organizations, churches and city buildings, including the Board of Education, city Visitors Center, the new Police Station, South Church, Hole in the Wall Theater, TD Bank, TOOLS Restaurant, Amato’s Toys and the Miss Washington Diner, just to name a few.
Collinsville Halloween Parade
104 Main St.
Collinsville, CT 06019
The little town of Collinsville hosts one of the best kid-friendly Halloweens in the state – even if it happens a few days early. The evening Halloween Parade, which includes the annual “screaming procession,” forms up at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at the Canton Historical Museum in “downtown” Collinsville. This tradition, which began in 1994, includes a movable fog machine and pipe organ, and the route along Main Street is marked by many spooky sights and sounds and places to ask for treats. There are numerous pre-parade “ghoulish and ghastly” hijinks by “Boo-silini” on the balcony, and this year the town has added a cannon that will shoot out flying ghosts and treats. For additional details, email Boo@CollinsvilleHalloween.com
New London HalloweenTown
Downtown New London
New London, CT 06320
On the Friday before Halloween (October 25), the City of New London hosts its annual “Halloween Town,” in which a “safe trick or treating zone” is combined with a street fair. Festivities start at 5 p.m. and include hay rides, a “creepy animal sanctuary,” pumpkin displays, food vendors, moon bounces and even a kid’s dance party, which goes on until 9 p.m. The annual event is hosted by the New London Police Union. Admission to the Halloween Town is free, as are most of the events (although some attractions and activities require entry fees).
Halloween Trick or Treat
Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355
The shopkeepers at Olde Mistick Village in the historic seaport town of Mystic sponsor a safe trick-or-treat stroll on Halloween afternoon from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Colonial-era village is meant to recreate Mystic as it was in 1720, and the lovely old buildings, walkways and lanes are usually peaceful places to wander – but at Halloween, Olde Mistick becomes a very kid-friendly Halloween haunt. The buildings are decorated in the “spirit” of the season, and most shopkeepers and their staff dress in costume and offer candy and other treats to children. The Halloween event is free and will be held rain or shine.
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