Goblins, gremlins, witches and haunted houses … and we’re not talking about the Presidential Election race! It’s Halloween, time to scare up some fun and frightening activities. GOOD Morning Wilton has your ultimate guide to everything that’s going on. (And if we’ve missed something, please let us know at editor@goodmorningwilton.com, and we’ll get it added right away!)

Friday, Oct. 21

Halloween at Trackside, 7-9 p.m. :  Trackside Teen Center is hosting two Halloween Parties for middle school teens in Wilton; tonight’s is for teens in grades 7-8. (Next Friday will be the party for 6th graders.) The party will include free Halloween candy and treats, music, dance floor, games and video games, and more! The Snackside Cafe will remain open for party goers. Find out more on the Trackside websiteTrackside Teen Center, 15 Station Rd.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Wilton Library:  The Children’s Library is distributing free trick or treat bags beginning Saturday, Oct. 22. The bags are bright orange and include safety tips on the front. Available while supplies last. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

Friday, Oct. 28

Wilton Library Haunted Chamber, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.:  Can you survive the Wilton Children’s Library’s Haunted Chamber? Proceed with caution through a nightmarish room filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles, and scary storytellers. Enter the Haunted Chamber if you dare any time between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.. Need to gather your courage before entering the Haunted Chamber? No problem! There will also be a Pumpkin Search & Find game, a jack-o-lantern felt board, and coloring sheets set up in the Children’s Library. Enter the Haunted Chamber if you dare! Walk in – no fee required. Suggested for first grade and up. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

Happy Hands Art & Pottery Kids’ Night Out, 5-7 p.m.:  It’s a Costume Painting Party ! Paint, Movie, Pizza, & Fun! Show up in your Halloween Costume. Drop your kids for a fun time at Happy Hands. Parents can have a night out. Visit the Happy Hands website for more information and to register. Happy Hands Art & Pottery, 5 River Rd.

Wilton Congregational Church 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m.:  The community is welcome for games, food and fun at 6-7 p.m. and Trunk or Treat at 7-8 p.m.. For more information visit the Congregational Church website.   Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Rd.

Wilton Family YMCA Spooktacular, 6:30-8:30 p.m.:  Visit the Wilton YMCA for Halloween fun! Activities include: Trick or Treating around the Y, haunted house, scavenger hunt, Soft Play Gym, games in the gymnasium, arts & crafts and the Scholastic Book Fair. Dress in your best Halloween attire and don’t forget your Trick-or-Treat bag. Admission is $3.00 per person. Pizza will be available for $5.00 per person, and popcorn for $1.00.

Halloween at Trackside, 7-9 p.m. :  Trackside Teen Center is hosting two Halloween Parties for middle school teens in Wilton; tonight’s is for teens in 6th grade. The party will include free Halloween candy and treats, music, dance floor, games and video games, and more! The Snackside Cafe will remain open for party goers. Find out more on the Trackside websiteTrackside Teen Center, 15 Station Rd.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Woodcock Nature Center’s Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.:  Celebrate the Fall season at Woodcock Nature Center’s first-ever, annual Fall Festival .  There will be activities for the whole family, including birds of prey presentations, canoe rides, Native American games, crafts and a woodland scavenger hunt. Concessions will be available for purchase from The Natural Scoop and Zawack Shack. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $5 per child and $10 per adult until Friday, Oct. 28 at noon. Tickets purchased the day of the festival are $10 per child and $15 per adult. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 30. Parking will be available on Deer Run Road, Fawn Place and the Woodcock driveway. To register for this event or for more information, visit the Woodcock Nature Center website.  Woodcock Nature Center, 56 Deer Run Rd.

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating in Wilton Center, 12-2 p.m.:  Residents are invited to join the Wilton Chamber of Commerce members to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 12-2 p.m. at the annual Pumpkin Parade and Wilton Center Trick or Treating. Wear your scariest (or most entertaining) costumes and come start by gathering with friends and fellow residents at the Town Green Gazebo. Then visit Wilton Center retailers and businesses for candy, treats and more. Come for the treats and stay for the shopping by supporting your local Wilton retailers too!

This event is sponsored by Bankwell.

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In front of the Bankwell Scarecrow, L-R: Shelly Hirn, Director Cash Management, Bankwell; Ann Mitrione, Vice President, Bankwell; Debra Hanson, Chamber Executive Director; Tom Sato, Chamber President.
In front of the Bankwell Scarecrow, L-R: Shelly Hirn, Director Cash Management, Bankwell; Ann Mitrione, Vice President, Bankwell; Debra Hanson, Chamber Executive Director; Tom Sato, Chamber President.

Halloween Parade Family Portrait Fundraiser 12-2 p.m., Town Green Gazebo:  The beloved family tradition is back! Everyone attending Saturday’s Pumpkin Parade is invited to visit Justin Baiad Photography at the Town Green Gazebo from 12-2 p.m. (or later if there is still a line at 2 p.m.). He will have a fall Halloween scene (hay stacks, corn stalks, pumpkins and spider webs) set up for free portraits as a gift for any donation of $20 or more to the Wilton Community Assistance Fund. Each family gets a few images for only $20, (cash or checks, payable to the Wilton Community Assistance Fund, will be accepted), and the images will be available for free download from Baiad within two weeks of the event.

 Sunday, Oct. 30

Halloween Hustle 5K:  This year’s Halloween Hustle 5K will be held Sunday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m.-noon, . Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the race start is at 10 a.m.. This event is also sponsored by Bankwell.

Advance registration for racers running in the 5K is $25/person; children running in the 1K are $10/each. To register in advance, visit the Wilton Chamber website.

For more information, visit the Wilton Chamber website, email Wilton Chamber executive director Debra Hanson, or call the Chamber office at 203.762.0567.

Monday, Oct. 31

Hope Church Trunk or Treat, 5-7 p.m.:  Hope Church will be holding its 6th annual Trunk or Treat. Billed as a “Fun & Free & Safe Trick or Treat Experience,” the event promises candy, games, a campfire, food and fun and welcomes all ages. Hope Church, 240 Wolfpit Rd..

Special Appeal

A letter from one Wilton parent about Halloween:

To Wilton Business owners and Residents,

Halloween is such a fun time for kids and parents of all ages! Our town has so many amazing traditions to celebrate, such as the town pumpkin parade, Trunk or Treat, and of course the traditional trick-or-treating on the 31st. Might I ask that people providing treats to the children at all of these events give a small thought to the children in our community who live with severe food allergies? Of course, I’m not asking that nobody provide treats with common allergens (I’m a fan of a delicious peanut butter cup on Halloween!) Halloween for a parent of a child with food allergies is incredibly stressful. In the past years, I have always provided candy that doesn’t contain nuts or hasn’t been manufactured in a nut factory because of my allergic chid. I make sure I take out anything in his loot bag that is dangerous to him and replace it with a safe treat. This year, I have decided I will support the Pumpkin Teal Project which promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during the Halloween season. I will be giving out Halloween Wiki-Stix and ink stampers this year. There are so many great non-food options which can be found here for anyone interested!

Happy Halloween!

Jessie Adams