Goblins, gremlins, witches and haunted houses …  it’s Halloween, time to scare up some fun and frightening activities.

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There are lots of fun things planned in the two weeks leading up to the Wilton Chamber of Commerce‘s HalloWeekend, and the annual Pumpkin Parade and Town Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 27. There’s a wide variety of spooky fun from candy to movies to wildlife to fundraisers, and everything in between.

Don’t be afraid, read on if you dare!

Friday, Oct. 19

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Wilton Center

The scarecrows made by Wilton residents, businesses, and organizations for the 2018 Scarecrow Fest will be installed on lampposts in Wilton Center on Friday, Oct. 19.

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Parks and Recreation, and Wilton Department of Public Works invite the public to participate in the 2nd annual Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt starting that afternoon.

Enjoy the scarecrows while searching for items on select entries. Starting Friday afternoon, get your Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt form (available on the town website under News and Announcements), start looking for items on select scarecrows around Wilton Center, and record your findings on the form.

Drop your completed form in the designated box at Lang’s Pharmacy (28 Center St.) or Wilton True Value Hardware (21 River Rd.) by 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. Prize drawing to be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the gazebo on the Town Green at the start of the Pumpkin Parade at 2:30 p.m.. The first three forms pulled from the box will win Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. All winners will be notified by email or phone. Participants/winners do not need to be present at the drawing.

Weir Farm Owl Prowl

7:30-9 p.m., Weir Farm National Historic Site (735 Nod Hill Rd.)

Weir Preserve of the Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site will host their 26th annual Halloween Owl Prowl on Friday evening, Oct. 19, from 7:30-9 p.m.. “Owlers” will gather at Weir Farm National Historic Site for a presentation by Frank Gallo on owls that live in this area, followed by a hike into the neighboring Weir Preserve, where Frank will attempt to call in screech owls, barred owls and great horned owls. This program is free, however space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 203.834.1896, ext. 28.

As an expert birder and veteran of bird walks in Weir Preserve, Gallo has had much success with past Owl Prowl events. In earlier prowls, all three local owlspecies have responded to Frank’s calls and on numerous occasions, participants have spotted owls. Using slides and props, Frank begins the evening with a review of the unique characteristics of these birds–talons, feathering, hearing, vision–that make owls such effective raptors of the night. He will also discuss some of the mythology that has evolved around owls. Following his presentation, the group will proceed to nearby fields and listen closely as Frank calls into the woodlands. It is recommended that participants dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight.

Saturday, Oct. 20

BYOP! (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!) Pumpkin Carving with Kiwanis and Wilton Historical Society

11-12:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society (224 Danbury Rd.)

Avoid the mess at home! Come to the “BYOP” (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!) event. Join Kiwanis Club of Wilton volunteers and museum educator Lola Chen in the 1860 Abbott Barn at the Wilton Historical Society for a fun Halloween pumpkin carving and decorating session for children and their adults. Pumpkins are available for purchase on-site from the Kiwanis Club or participants can bring their own pumpkin. The Wilton Historical Society will supply carving tools, craft materials, cider and cookies!

Suggested for ages 8-years-old and up. This is not a drop off program. $5.00 for Historical Society members, $10 non-members. Please register by email or call 203.762.7257.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Trunk or Treat to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer

1-5 p.m., Cider Mill Parking Lot (240 School Rd.)

A Trunk or Treat being organized by Wilton High School students and clubs, as a fundraiser or Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. Wristbands are being sold before and at the event for $5.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Scary STEM Projects at Wilton Library

4-5 p.m., Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.)

(Registration and waitlist are full)

Come to Wilton Library and make some Scary STEM projects. Kids in grades 3-5 will chill and thrill as they make experiments like a blow-up Frankenstein’s monster hand! Supported by the Amadeo Family. Registration required. Register online or call 203.762.6336.

Friday, Oct. 26

Community Trick or Treat Event With Wilton Commons Seniors  

4:30-6:30 p.m. (21 Station Rd.)

Wilton Commons will be hosting its first Community Trick or Treat event. Both Wilton Commons and Wilton Commons Congregate will have a fun role in the festivities.

This event is open to the kids in the community. Residents have partnered with community sponsors in providing the candy for them to give away.

Wilton Commons has a total of 50 units that will be potentially participating in the candy giveaway. Kids, accompanied by an adult, will walk by the units to enjoy their trick or treating. Seniors who are participating in the event will be in costume with contestant numbers for kids to pick their favorite costumes!

Following the trick or treating, Wilton Commons Congregate’s community room will be set up as a haunted room where kids will end their night taking pictures with the seniors and having fresh popcorn from the popcorn machine. Kids will be placing their votes at this location of their favorite costumes, and the top three favorite costumes will win a spooktacular surprise!

Ambler Farm Fright Night

6-8 p.m., Ambler Farm (257 Hurlbutt St.)

Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog who frequents the Farm! Creepy sights and mysterious sounds abound when the moon rises at Ambler Farm. Refreshments included.

  • Moonlight Hay Ride
  • Guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin
  • Games, if you dare play…

$20 per child for members/$25 per child for non-members

Enrollment is limited, advance registration required.

Wilton YMCA Halloween Spooktacular!

6:30-8:30 p.m., Wilton YMCA (404 Danbury Rd.)

Wear your costume!

Activities Include:  Trick or Treating around the Y, haunted house, scavenger hunt, Soft Play Gym will be open, games in the gymnasium, arts & crafts, Family Zumba and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

Admission:  $5/child
Pizza:  $5/person
Popcorn:  $2/bag
Family Special:  $20 family package (includes admission of two children, two pizza tickets and two bags of popcorn. Each additional child will be $5. Popcorn will be available separately for $2, any additional pizza $5.)

Dress in your best Halloween attire and don’t forget your Trick-or-Treat bag!

Pre-Register Online

Saturday, Oct. 27

Wilton Police Trick or Treat Stuff-a-Cruiser for Wilton Food Pantry

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Village Market (108 Old Ridgefield Rd.)

Wilton Police are holding a collection of items for the Wilton Food Pantry, including non-perishable food, paper goods, personal care hygiene items, and gift cards.

Items that are needed include:

Paper goods:  Paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper, and napkins.

Personal care products:  Toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap (liquid or bar), deodorant, tampons, sanitary pads, shampoo, conditioner, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, dryer sheets

Food:  Cold cereal and oatmeal, coffee, tea, peanut butter, jam or jelly, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, hearty soups and stew, pasta sauce, pasta, mac & cheese, pancake mix, syrup, juice boxes and school snacks, snack bars

Halloween Pumpkin Parade and Trick-or-Treating in Wilton Center

*NEW TIME!  2:30-4:30 p.m.

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s HalloWeekend kicks off , beginning with the Pumpkin Parade and Trick-or-Treating at a new time this year from 2:30-4:30 p.m..

Also new this year, officials are closing Old Ridgefield Rd. to help ensure the safety of all the trick or treaters , their families and pets! (Four-legged friends are welcome, too.) Participating Wilton businesses will generously offer treats encouraging all to shop, dine and enjoy the town.

This annual community event celebrating creativity and imagination is sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Kimco Realty and Fairfield County Bank plus other community businesses, including Gregory and Adams, P,C., Ellen Essman, CPA, Halstead Property, The Greens at Cannondale, Wilton Center Travel, Wilton Hardware, Outdoor Sports, Wilton Rotary Club, Village Market and Untangled, as well as all of the Wilton retailers and restaurants that provide the treats!

Halloween Family Photo Fundraiser

2:30-4:30 p.m., Town Green Gazebo

Portrait photographer Justin Baiad will be taking family photos again at the Town Green Gazebo during the Wilton Pumpkin Parade. Baiad 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.

Images will be available for free download from Baiad within 2-3 weeks of the event. Each family gets a few images for only $20! One hundred percent of the donations go to the Wilton Community Assistance Fund, a 501(c)(3) that helps Wilton families struggling with short term financial difficulties due to illness, loss of employment or other hardships. Last year, the Halloween photo fundraiser raised more than $1,500 for the Wilton Community Assistance Fund.

Cash or checks (payable to the Wilton Community Assistance Fund) will be accepted.

Carved Pumpkin Contest/Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin

2:30-4:30 p.m., Wilton Town Green 

The Wilton Education Foundation is sponsoring two contests in conjunction with the Pumpkin Parade:

  • Carved Pumpkin Contest:  Carved pumpkins can be dropped off at the WEF table by the Town Center Gazebo starting at 12:30 p.m.. Prizes will be awarded to the best carved pumpkins in three age groups:  Students K-8, Students 9-12, and Adults.
  • Guess the Weight of a Giant Pumpkin Contest:  The closest guess to the actual weight of the Giant Pumpkin will also win a prize.

The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) is non-profit organization made up of volunteer community members who raise funds to support Wilton schools. Stop by the WEF table to cast your votes and learn more about WEF and how it supports the Wilton School District.

Wilton Congregational Church Trunk or Treat

5 p.m. Doors open, 6-7 p.m. Trunk or Treat, Wilton Congregational Church (70 Ridgefield Rd.)

Games, fun, food!  Come celebrate Halloween in a fun, non-scary way at Wilton Congregational Church’s annual Trunk or Treat. There will be fun indoor games for all ages in Pilgrim Hall as well as food and prizes. Top it all off with trunk or treat where so many Congregational Church members share their creative talents (and candy!) decorating the trunks of their cars.

The event is free and open to the public.

Helpful hints:

  • Don’t forget your bag for collecting candy
  • Parking is available at the Wilton Playshop and behind Old Town Hall
  • For more information, call 203.762.5591
    **When you register, at the first prompt, please enter the total number of people who will attend.**

**Photos from the event will be posted on the Wilton Congregational Church website and/or used for publicity purposes. By attending this event, participants consent to being photographed.**

Register online

Movie Night–The Nightmare Before Christmas

5:30 p.m./after the Pumpkin Parade, Cider Mill Gym (240 School Rd.)

Wilton Parks & Recreation presents Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in the Cider Mill Gym. Starting at 5:30 p.m., following the Pumpkin Parade in Wilton Center.

Come in costume (no weapons please!). This event is free.

Ambler Farm Fright Night

6-8 p.m., Ambler Farm (257 Hurlbutt St.)

Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog who frequents the Farm! Creepy sights and mysterious sounds abound when the moon rises at Ambler Farm. Refreshments included.

  • Moonlight Hay Ride
  • Guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin
  • Games, if you dare play…

$20 per child for members/$25 per child for non-members

Enrollment is limited, advance registration required.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Halloween Hustle 5K + Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Fun Run

8:30 a.m. Check In, 10 a.m. Race Start, Town Green Gazebo (Old Ridgefield Rd.)

Come run the Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Halloween Hustle 5K + Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Fun Run, sponsored by Kimco Realty and Fairfield County Bank.  Check-in for the 5K begins at 8:30am at the town green gazebo, located along Old Ridgefield Road. Registration for the races can be done online or contact the Chamber via email or by calling 203.762.0567.

The Halloween Hustle starts in Wilton Center, runs up Ridgefield Rd. to Lover’s Lane, through the Merwin Meadows trail and the Wilton school complex, with a turnaround and water station (sponsored by Wilton Rotary Club) 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 Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Run starts directly after the Halloween Hustle at the Merwin Meadows pavilion, loops around the pond and back to the pavilion.

Hustle 5K entry fee is $30 for adults, $20 youths and $10 for kids under 12 for the Scarecrow Scamper.

Drop-in Halloween Crafts, Wilton Library

1-4:30 p.m., Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.) 

Come to Wilton Library and have some scary good fun! Kids can drop by and make a selection of Halloween crafts!  No registration required.

Halloween Bingo to benefit Wilton Softball

4-6 p.m., Comstock Community Center Gymnasium (180 School Rd.)

Everyone is invited for a Halloween Bingo “fun-raiser” to benefit Wilton Youth Softball on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 4-6 p.m.. There will be food, games, prizes and fun for all ages. $5 cash or check at the door. Wear your costume! Help organizers plan by RSVPing via email.

Monday, Oct. 29

Halloween Spooktacular Concert

7:30 p.m., Clune Auditorium (395 Danbury Road)

On Monday, Oct. 29, the Middlebrook 8th Grade Orchestra will join the Wilton High School Orchestras for a combined Halloween Spooktacular. The “Orchestra of the Undead” will take the stage in costume and perform a series of spooky tunes ranging from Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” to Charlie Daniel’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Younger audience members are encouraged to attend in costume. Join us, if you dare!

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Hope Church Trunk or Treat

5-7 p.m., Hope Church (240 Wolfpit Rd.)

All ages welcome.