Halloween fun in Wilton

With Halloween a little over a week away, a host of haunted activities for children and families is taking place in town.

Pumpkins, baby bibs, haunted chamber
and giveaways at the library

Wilton Library has a number of Halloween-inspired activities lined up, including pumpkin decorating for teens, Halloween baby bibs and 3D giveaways.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, the library will host Pumpkin Decorating for Teens from 4 to 5. Sixth through 12th graders can stop by the Innovation Station and decorate pumpkins. There is no registration for this free event.
Wilton Library welcomes anyone 13 and older and students  entering sixth and seventh grade to use its electronic sewing machine and embroider a baby's bib for Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 10 to noon. Participants must have a valid Connecticut library card and a signed Innovation Station Agreement form, which they must bring to the workshop. Space is limited to one student per session and registration is required.
A nightmarish room filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles and scary storytellers, known as the the Children's Library Haunted Chamber, will be open from 2:30 to 5:30 on Friday, Oct. 30. The library will also have a Pumpking Search & Find game, jack-o'-lantern felt board and coloring sheets set up in the Children's Library that day. There is no registration or fee for the Haunted Chamber, which is suggested for children in first grade and up. Costumes are welcomed.
The Haunted Chamber continues on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 4:30, and there will be a special Halloween 3D giveaway — while supplies last — at the Innovation Station between noon and 4.
Information: www.wiltonlibrary. org.

Girl Scout Trick-or-Treat Trail

Girl Scout Troop 50079 will host a Trick-or-Treat Trail fund-raiser to benefit Animals in Distress on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 3:30, at troop leader Kristen Schestag’s home at 120 Cherry Lane.
The troop will set up six to eight treat stations for children ages 7 and under to safely trick-or-treat in the daylight. Guests are asked to bring a donation for Animals in Distress.
Suggested donations include:

  • Friskies canned cat food.

  • Fancy Feast canned food (classic or grilled).

  • ACANA dry cat food.

  • Temptations Classic Treats.

  • Paper towels.

  • Cat laser pointers.

  • AA batteries.

  • Soft fleece throws.

  • Cat beds.

  • Cat toys of all kinds.

“The Trick-or-Treat trail is something that my fifth grade Girl Scout troop thought of this year,” said Schestag. “We decided they could hold a fund-raiser and request in-kind items for a charitable organization in exchange to trick-ortreat. They chose Animals in Distress.”
Each treat booth will have a theme, said Schestag, and the troop will decorate her house and make a pathway for the small trick-ortreaters to walk through.
“We want to hold the event for younger kids as an opportunity to easily obtain some treats during the light hours and [in] a condensed and safe area as opposed to our widespread houses,” said Schestag.
“I think it will be a small event this year, but I hope to grow it with other older troops in the years to come.”
Parking for Trick-or-Treat Trail will be on the street.

BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin)

The Wilton Historical Society will host BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) to carve and decorate on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 5. Museum educator Allison Reznik will lead the pumpkin-carving session for children and their caregivers in the red 1860 Abbott Barn.
Participants are to bring their own pumpkins. The historical society will supply carving tools, decorating materials, cider, and cookies.
The event is not a drop-off program and is suggested for ages 8 and up.
There is a $5 fee for society members and a $10 fee for non-members.
Reservations: education@wiltonhistorical. org or 203-762-7257.

Trackside Halloween

Trackside Teen Center will host its yearly haunted house on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5 in conjunction with a trunk-or-treat event in the teen center’s 15 Station Road parking lot.
There is a $5 per-person or $10 per-family fee for the haunted house.
“Trackside’s third annual haunted house is a great time for the younger crowd,” said Trackside Executive Director Mark Ketley. “With the trunk-or-treat event going on in our parking lot, it is a fun afternoon for all of our families in town.”
The teen center is also throwing a Halloween party for grades six to eight on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7:30 to 9:30.
Information: 203-834-2888.

The Realm of Fears Haunted House

The Realm of Fears Haunted House is back at the Pulitano house at 17 Ridge Lane, from 6 to 11, the night of Halloween, Oct. 31. The haunted house is free to enter, and runs from the edge of Ridge Lane all the way to the Pulitanos’ back yard, including indoor and outdoor scenes. Donations are appreciated. Information: 203-273-9144 or therealmoffears@ gmail.com.

Pumpkin Parade + Trick-or-Treating

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Pumpkin Parade + Trick-or-Treating event in Wilton Center on Saturday, Oct. 31, from noon to 2.
Pumpkin Parade is a celebration of creativity and imagination to which pets are also invited.
Trick-or-treat bags will be given to the first 200 children at the Chamber office, 86 Old Ridgefield Road, which they may use to collect candy that Wilton Center shops will hand out.
Wilton photographer Andrea Topalian will take free professional portraits of children in their costumes at the gazebo from 11:30 to 2:30. All donations made during Topalian’s Halloween Family Portrait Session will benefit the Wilton Community Assistance Fund.
There will also be raffle prizes, and Chamber members will hand out “Shop Small” tote bags to parents.
Information: wiltonchamber. com.

Halloween Hustle 5K + Scarecrow Scamper

The day after Halloween, Nov. 1, the Chamber of Commerce will hold its 13th annual Halloween Hustle 5K at 10, followed by a Scarecrow Scamper Kids' Run for children 12 and under at 11.
The Halloween Hustle’s 3.1-mile USATF-certified course winds through downtown Wilton, Merwin Meadows Park and the Wilton High School complex, while the Scarecrow Scamper loops around the Merwin Meadow soccer field and returns back to the pavilion.
All Scarecrow Scamperers will receive pumpkin participation medals, and there will be runner packets available for pickup on the morning of the race, beginning at 9.
Participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes, as there will be an awards ceremony following the race where prizes for the best individual and group costumes will be announced and awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, plus top male and female runners in each age group.
There is a $10 registration fee for the Scarecrow Scamper, while Halloween Hustle 5K registration fees are:

  • Pre-registration (before Oct. 23): $25.

  • Day-of registration: $30.

  • Children 12 and under: $20.

Pre-registered Halloween Hustle runners will receive a Halloween Hustle custom-designed T-shirt and goodie bag. Day-of registration will begin at 9 at the Town Green Gazebo on Old Ridgefield Road.
Information: wiltonchamber. com.

Fright Night at Ambler Farm

Ambler Farm will host two Fright Night events, on Oct. 23 and 24. While this year’s events are already sold out, folks should keep an eye out for next year’s festivities, which include haunted activities and storytelling for children in grades three to five, moonlight hayrides, creepy sights and mysterious sounds, games, refreshments, and more.
Information: amblerfarm.org.

Family Fun Prowl at Woodcock

Woodcock Nature Center's annual non-scary fall event — the Family Fun Prowl Fund-raiser on Friday, Oct. 23 — is another sold-out event. This year’s fund-raiser will entail a hike, flashlight scavenger hunt, crafts, pictures with Monty, the center's resident African ball python; s'mores, and concessions by Chez Leonard. There will also be exotic animal presentations by Animal Embassy of Stamford.
Information: woodcocknaturecenter. org.