Halloween serves up lots of treats
After two years of wicked weather — a massive snowstorm in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 — Wilton is poised to celebrate Halloween nearly nonstop from this weekend through the big day.
There are events for revelers of all ages, from spooky jack-o’lantern-lined trails at Woodcock Nature Center to the popular Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house at Trackside and a haunted library as well.
Welcoming all to Wilton Center are 60 scarecrows of all varieties, hanging from lampposts to entertain passersby. They are the centerpiece of the third annual Scarecrow Fest and will remain through Nov. 1.
The scarecrows were built by Wilton families, businesses, civic organizations, and others. They include a chef from Green Leaf Organic Bakery; a police officer and his canine partner; Crow Fu, a ninja scarecrow; several monsters; a Brownie; a mouse; and Uncle Sam. Not quite a scarecrow, Halstead Property offers a spooky house on top of two legs wearing striped socks and witch’s shoes.
The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps went for a mummy look, with a gauze-wrapped driver who met his sorry end after texting and driving. The organization came up with the theme in support of AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign.
“All too often we as EMTs see the aftermath of these accidents,” said Nancy Capelle, an ambulance corps member. “Also, from our view up in the rig we can actually see, and often do see, people (especially adults) texting while driving — not only are they not driving safely, but they are setting a terrible example for their own children and other younger drivers.”
Atka the wolf returns to Woodcock Nature Center Friday, Oct. 25, for the popular Howl Prowl. This family-friendly event includes a hayride, flashlight scavenger hunt, a raft trip on the lake to observe nighttime creatures, and fireside s’mores. Prowlers may visit with the center’s resident animals before meeting Atka, who lives at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. A representative will offer a program on wolf behavior. Children are invited to come in costume. There are several start times. The rain date is Oct. 30.
The Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s annual HalloWeekend gets into full gear on Saturday, Oct. 26, when the town’s youngsters are invited to line up for the chamber’s Pumpkin Parade + Trick-or-Treating. The parade begins at 2, and the fun continues through 4. Marchers may meet the chamber’s Cat in the Hat and the Wilton Family Y’s Gordy the Gator, who will lead the costumed princesses, ghosts, monsters, and goblins of all sorts. Trick-or-treat bags will be given to the first 200 children to collect candy Wilton Center shops will be giving out.
Returning this year, Moments by Andrea Photography will be set up at the gazebo with a festive fall scene offering free professional portraits of children in their costumes (raffle prizes included) and collecting donations to benefit Wilton Social Services.
At the end of the parade, the winners of the scarecrow contest — as determined by a panel of five judges — will be announced. Categories include best overall, scariest, funniest, most traditional, and most creative.
After dark Saturday night, it’s time for a stack attack, as Wilton Library turns haunted. Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to drop in for ghoulish snacks and ghastly games.
Sunday morning, Oct. 27, brings the 11th annual Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Fun Run, sponsored by Bankwell. Runners may check in for the 5K at 9 at the Chamber office, 120 Old Ridgefield Road. The race starts at 10. The entry fee is $30 for adults, $10 for the younger set, and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Runners may also register online at active.com or wiltonchamber.com.
The Halloween Hustle begins in Wilton Center, goes up Ridgefield Road to Lovers Lane, through the Merwin Meadows trail and the school complex, with a turnaround at the field house. Then it’s back to the Merwin Meadows pavilion for the conclusion of the race, where winners are announced. Prizes and trophies are awarded in best overall categories and age groups. The Chamber thanks Outdoor Sports Center; Frank Spencer CPA, CFP; Karro Tea Co.; and Village Market as supporting sponsors.
The Scarecrow Scamper starts directly after the Halloween Hustle at the Merwin Meadows pavilion, loops around the soccer field and returns back to the pavilion. Entry fee is $10, which includes a participation medal for all.
Those who want a more low-key observation of the season may visit Wilton Library from 1 to 5 on Sunday for drop-in Halloween crafts. The program is free for children of all ages.
For some real shivers, head over to Trackside Teen Center for a haunted house Sunday afternoon from 3 to 7. Admission is $5 per child, $10 per family. Information: 203-834-2888.
The fun continues with several events at Wilton Library. Staff members Lesley Keogh and Michael Robin will tell their favorite tales of horror to third graders and up in a Scare Off! on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 5.
At the same time, the library will offer a Hair-Raising Halloween Costume Contest. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their costumes.
For information on either program, call 203-762-3950 or visit wiltonlibrary.org.
Hope Church on Wolfpit Road will once again offer Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7:30. This free event offers food, crafts, games, candy, and a campfire. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume and decorate their car.