Halloween happenings in Wilton

With Halloween right around the corner, a host of haunted activities for children and families is taking place in town.

Wilton Library

Next week, Wilton Library will celebrate Halloween with games, crafts and its annual Haunted Chamber.

The Haunted Chamber — a nightmarish room filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles and scary storytellers — will be open in the children’s library on Friday, Oct. 27, from 2:30 to 5:30. It’s free and suggested for first graders and older.

A pumpkin search-and-find game, jack o'lantern felt board and coloring sheets will also be set up in the children’s library that day.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the library will offer a free drop-in session from 1 to 4, where people can make creepy Halloween crafts. No registration required.

Information: www.wiltonlibrary.org

Wilton Historical Society

The Wilton Historical Society will host BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) for children and adults Saturday, Oct. 21, in the 1860 Abbott Barn. Kiwanis volunteers and museum educator Lola Chen will lead the pumpkin carving and decorating session for children and their guardians from 11 to 12:30.

Participants may purchase pumpkins on-site from the Kiwanis Club or bring their own. The historical society will supply carving tools, craft 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: 203-762-7257, info@wiltonhistorical.org

Trackside Teen Center

Trackside Teen Center will throw two Halloween parties for middle school students this month — one for seventh and eighth graders on Friday, Oct. 20, and another for sixth graders on Friday, Oct. 27.

Both parties will run from 7 to 9 p.m., and include free candy and treats, indoor games, a DJ station and a dance floor. The Snackside Café will be open during the parties and students who show up to in costume will receive a free order of fries.

Admission is $10 at the door and $8 online at trackside.org

The teen center is seeking parent volunteers to help chaperone the sixth-grade party. Those interested may contact Amy Nassef: amy@trackside.org or 203-834-2888.

Chamber of Commerce

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pumpkin Parade + Trick-or-Treat event returns to Wilton Center on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The two-hour celebration of creativity and imagination kicks off at the gazebo at noon. Pets are also invited.

Trick-or-treaters will be able to visit local businesses and collect candy. While in Wilton Center, they can also check out the scarecrows strung up on light poles as part of the chamber's annual Scarecrow Fest, which begins Friday, Oct. 20, and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Chamber will hold its 15th annual Halloween Hustle 5K at 10, followed by a Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run for children 12 and under at 11.

Both events will start at the gazebo in Wilton Center with day-of registration beginning at 8:30.

The Halloween Hustle’s 3.1-mile USATF-certified course winds through downtown Wilton, Merwin Meadows and the Wilton High School complex, while the Scarecrow Scamper loops around the Merwin Meadows soccer field and returns back to the pavilion. All Scarecrow Scamperers will receive medals.

There is a $10 registration fee for the Scarecrow Scamper, while Halloween Hustle 5K registration fees are:

  • Pre-registration: $25.

  • Day-of registration: $30.

  • Children 12 and under: $20.

Information: wiltonchamber.com .

Woodcock Nature Center

Woodcock Nature Center will host a special Halloween-themed Nighttime Wonders program Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In addition to a night hike, children will decorate mini pumpkins and meet the center’s owls up close. Costumes are encouraged and children should be dressed for the weather, have on rubber boots or shoes that can get wet, and come with a reusable water bottle.

There is a $30 non-refundable fee and pre-registration is required.

Information and registration: woodcocknaturecenter.org

Wilton Congregational Church

In addition to taking middle and high school students to the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce on Friday, Oct. 20, the Wilton Congregational Church will also host the third annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Trunk or Treat is one of Wilton Congregational’s largest family events. The all-treats, no-tricks event will feature a carnival-style setup in Pilgrim Hall with refreshments, games and opportunities to win candy.

At 7, families will be invited for a safe method of trick-or-treat as church members pass out candy from their decorated car trunks.

Although the event is free, the church is asking families to bring canned food items as admission to be donated to a local shelter.

Wilton Congregational Church is seeking teen and adult volunteers, as well as candy donations, for the event. Call Wendy Mitchell for details: 203-762-5591.

Information: http://bit.ly/2xBihgD

Hope Church

A second Trunk or Treat event takes place at Hope Church, 240 Wolfpit Road, on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7. There will be candy, games, a campfire, and food available. Information: 203-762-0706 or hopechurchct.org.