BOO! Your GMW Halloween Guide to Spooky Goings-On in Wilton

Goblins, gremlins, witches and haunted houses …  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. 20

Wilton Scarecrows Return!  *NEW!* SCAVENGER HUNT

The scarecrows made by Wilton residents, businesses, and organizations for the 2017 Scarecrow Fest will be installed on lampposts in Wilton Center on Friday, Oct. 20.

There’s a new twist to this year’s Scarecrow Fest that adds a dose of family fun for residents. A Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt has been added to the mix by the town of Wilton for this weekend (Oct. 20-23). Among the hosts are the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Parks and Recreation, and the Wilton Department of Public Works.

Download the “Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt” form (available on the town website), and then start looking for items on select scarecrows around Wilton Center and record any found items on the form.

Completed forms can be dropped in the designated box at Lang’s Pharmacy (28 Center St.) or Wilton True Value Hardware (21 River Rd.) by 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. A prize drawing will be held at that Monday evening’s (Oct. 23) Board of Selectmen’s meeting. The first three forms pulled from the box will win Wilton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates. Winners will be notified by email or phone. Participants/winners do not need to be present at the drawing.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Wilton Family Y Jack O’ Lantern Contest

Wilton Family YMCA, 404 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7

Carve a Jack O’ Lantern and vie for the Grand Prize–the best Jack O’ Lantern wins a $100 YMCA Gift Certificate!

The contest is open to Wilton Family YMCA members only. Jack O’ Lanterns must be delivered to the Wilton YMCA on
Thursday, Oct. 26, between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.. Please do not drop them off earlier. Jack O’ Lanterns must be labeled on the back with a full name and phone number.

Be creative–funny, scary, beautiful, ugly, elaborate or simple. Parents & friends may help children.  Pumpkins must have been carved less than two days before drop off.  Only battery operated candles are permitted.

Pumpkins will not be returned and the Y reserves the right to reject pumpkins that will not last at least three days.

The Jack O’ Lanterns will be on display during the Spooktacular.

Friday, Oct. 27

Wilton Library Haunted Chamber

2:30-5:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.

Come to the Children’s Library for the drop-in Haunted Chamber (1st graders and up), filled with slimy touch buckets, creepy obstacles, scary storytellers and more. For younger children, there are some less spooky activities.

Wilton Family Y Halloween Spooktacular

6:30-8:30 p.m., Wilton Family YMCA, 404 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7

Wear your costume and visit the Wilton Family YMCA for Halloween fun! Activities include:  Trick or Treating around the Y, a haunted house, a scavenger hunt, the Soft Play Gym, games in the gymnasium, arts & crafts, Family Zumba and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Dress in your best Halloween attire and don’t forget your Trick-or-Treat bag. Admission is $3.00 per child. Pizza will be available for $5.00 per person, and popcorn for $1.00 per bag.

Wilton Congregational Church Trunk or Treat

6-9 p.m., Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Rd.

The community is welcome for games, food, hot apple cider, and family-friendly, safe Halloween fun. The Wilton Congregational Church‘s annual non-scary Halloween alternative is one part Fall Festival, one part carnival and a Trunk or Treat dessert grand finale at the end. Carnival games will be set up inside Pilgrim Hall where kids can play from 6-7 p.m., and then head outside for Trunk or Treat from 7-8 p.m.. After they’ve gathered some candy, they can come back inside and warm up with some hot apple cider and hot chocolate.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by Oct. 21, to Wendy Mitchell by emailing or calling 203.762.5591.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating in Wilton Center

12-2 p.m.

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce’s HalloWeekend kicks off on Saturday, beginning with the Pumpkin Parade and Trick-or-Treating in Wilton Center from .

Don your creative costumes and have some frightful fun in Wilton center. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to bring along their families, including four-legged friends for the parade, too. Participating Wilton retailers and restaurants will be generously offering treats encouraging all to shop, dine and enjoy. This annual community event is sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Bankwell and other community businesses including, Ellen Essman, CPA, Halstead Property, Kimco Realty, The Goddard School, Coldwell Banker, Fairfield County Bank, Gregory & Adams, P.C.,Michael Kaelin, ESQ., The Greens at Cannondale, Wilton Center Travel, Wilton Hardware and Untangled.

Halloween Parade Family Portrait Fundraiser

12-2 p.m.

Justin Baiad Photography is returning to take photos at the Town Green Gazebo from 12-2 p.m. (or later if there is still a line at 2 p.m.). Complete with a fall Halloween scene (hay stacks, corn stalks, pumpkins and spider webs), families will receive 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, and 100% of the donations go to the Wilton Community Assistance Fund. Last year, this Halloween photo fundraiser raised just over $1,300.

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

Sunday, Oct. 29

Wilton Chamber’s 15th annual Halloween Hustle 5K and Scarecrow Scamper Kids’ Fun Run

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m.

Sponsored by Bankwell, the Halloween Hustle 5K 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, including awards for the runners and prizes for the best individual and group costumes.

Check-in for the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Town Green gazebo, located along Old Ridgefield Rd.. The Hustle 5K entry fee is $30 for adults ($25 when registering in advance). Advance registration can be completed online. 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. Entry for the Kids’ Fun Run is $10, which includes a pumpkin medal for all participants.

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