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 days leading up to the Wilton Chamber of Commerce‘s HalloWeekend, and the annual Pumpkin Parade and Town Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 26. 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!

Ongoing

Scarecrow Fest and Scavenger Hunt
Wilton
Center
Free

The Wilton Library’s Scare Pigeon from Mo Willems beloved series.

The Wilton Chamber of Commerce‘s popular Scarecrow Fest is in full swing in Wilton Center. In cooperation with Trackside Teen Center, the Town of Wilton, Wilton Parks & Recreation and Department of Public Works, the scarecrow fest will run from Oct. 18-31.

Enjoy the scarecrows made by Wilton residents, businesses, and organizations for the 2019 Scarecrow Fest and take part in the Town of Wilton-hosted Scavenger Hunt. Print your Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt form (available on the town website), and 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.), Wilton Library–Children’s Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.), or Wilton True Value Hardware (21 River Rd.) by 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Prize drawing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 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, so participants/winners do not need to be present at the drawing.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Pumpkin Book Art Workshop
6-8 p.m., Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.)
$5 Materials Fee

Looking for a unique Fall centerpiece? Join the Wilton Library for a fun workshop and learn how to transform an old book into a magnificent pumpkin! $5 materials fee, payable in advance. For ages 18+. Space is limited and registration is required, online.

Friday, Oct. 25

2nd Annual Community Trick or Treat Event with Wilton Commons Seniors
5-7 p.m., Wilton Commons (21 Station Rd.)
Free

Wilton Commons is hosting its 2nd Annual Community Trick or Treat, as both Wilton Commons and Wilton Commons Congregate communities will welcome all children to attend this bootiful event! A total of 70 units potentially will be participating in the candy giveaway. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can walk by the units to enjoy their trick or treating. There are three floors, and each will be judged collectively on creativity.

Following the trick or treating, Wilton Commons’ Main Community room will be set up as a haunted area where our kids will end their night enjoying activities, taking pictures with the senior residents, and having fresh popcorn from the popcorn machine. During this time, kids can vote on their favorite floor, and the floor with the most votes will win a spooktacular surprise!

Visitor parking is available at Trackside Teen Center; if that lot is full, additional parking is available at Commonfund (the building and lot across from Trackside.

Halloween Kids-Only Night Hike–SOLD OUT
6-8 p.m., Woodcock Nature Center
(56 Deer Run Rd.)
$40

Join Woodcock Nature Center for a night hike in the woods in costume! Explore the trails after dark and learn about the animals and insects that are awake in the moonlight! This is a drop-off program for kids only.

Please note that there are separate activities and registrations for each age group.​

K-2 grade:  The group will start out with a flashlight scavenger hunt on the trails. Afterwards there will be a fun night time craft. The event will end with s’mores by the fire!

3rd-5th grade: The group will listen for animal sounds, test its own night vision, and explore off trail while following clues to a treasure! The evening will finish the night with s’mores by the fire!

*Please let organizers know about any food allergies*

Fright Night at Ambler Farm–SOLD OUT
6-8 p.m., Ambler Farm (257 Hurlbutt St.)
$20-$25

Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for Ambler Farm‘s 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 are included. Among the activities are a Moonlight Hay Ride, guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin, and games–if you dare play…

Saturday, Oct. 26

Pumpkin Parade
2:30-4:30 p.m. in Wilton Town Center
Free

Trick or Treat around Wilton Center! The Pumpkin Parade will kick off at the gazebo on the Town Green at 2:30 p.m., (just after the prize drawing for the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt), and then trick-or-treating will commence at the businesses in the town center. Old Ridgefield Rd. from Godfrey to Center Streets will be closed down as Wilton Center becomes the place to be where ghouls and goblins roam! Visit the local merchants, shops and restaurants for treats on the very festive afternoon!

Pumpkin Parade Family Portrait Fundraiser
2:30-4:30 p.m., Town Green Gazebo
$20 and up

Justin Baiad Photography is returning to take photos at the Wilton Town Green Gazebo from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (or later if there is still a line at 4:30 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.

The Wilton Community Assistance Fund is a 501(c)(3) that helps Wilton families struggling with short term financial difficulties. Images will be available for free download from Justin 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.

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

 

Trunk or Treat
4:30-6 p.m., Wilton Congregation Church (70 Ridgefield Rd.)
Free

Gather at Wilton Congregational Church on Saturday, Oct. 26, 4:30-6 p.m. for WCC’s annual Trunk or Treat! Festivities begin in Pilgrim Hall at 4:30 p.m. for fun, games and prizes, and then move outside from 5-6 p.m. for Trunk or Treating. This event is free and open to the public. Bring friends. Register online.

Fright Night at Ambler Farm–SOLD OUT
6-8 p.m., Ambler Farm (257 Hurlbutt St.)
$20-$25

Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for Ambler Farm‘s 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 are included. Among the activities are a Moonlight Hay Ride, guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin, and games–if you dare play…

1st Annual Wilton Monster Mash
7-11 p.m., Trackside Teen Center (15 Station Rd.)
$65

The 1st Annual Wilton Monster Mash is a 21-and-over event, open to the public, featuring food, open beer and wine bar, and the live music of Wilton’s premiere surf and ska band, One Bad Oyster! A costume contest with exciting prizes will add to the festivities.

The event is co-hosted by Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy and Trackside Teen Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit both organizations.

Tickets are $65 (which includes admission, food, open beer/wine bar, and entry to the costume contest) and can be purchased online. Tickets are limited and selling quickly.

Sunday, Oct. 27

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

For scary Halloween decorations, come to the Wilton Library for a fun, drop-in Halloween Crafts program! Easy spooky crafts that will make all the ghosts and goblins happy! No registration, no fee. Call 203.762.6336 with any questions.

 

Thursday, Oct. 31

Wilton YMCA Halloween Meet & Greet with Gordy
1:15-1:45 p.m. in the Y Gymnasium (404 Danbury Rd.)
Free

Come dressed in your Halloween costume, meet the Wilton Family YMCA‘s very own Gordy and get great info on Summer Camp 2020.

Saturday, Nov. 2

“Spirits of the Past” Cemetery Walk 
11 a.m.-12 p.m., Historic Sharp Hill Cemetery (Corner of Rte. 7/Danbury Rd. & Rte. 106/Sharp Hill Rd.)
Suggested Donation $10

On Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., a most unusual tour of Wilton’s oldest burial ground, the historic Sharp Hill Cemetery, will be offered. Portrayed by re-enactors, six of our town’s intrepid early settlers (each buried there) will describe their role in Wilton’s history. Some of the historic figures portrayed will include the thrice married Sarah Lockwood Selleck Hickox (1678-1765), Matthew Gregory (1680-1777) and Hannah Keeler Gregory (1687-1767). The history of the cemetery itself will be explored by Wilton history expert and former first selectman Bob Russell.

The Sharp Hill Cemetery, owned by the Wilton Congregational Church, is the oldest surviving cemetery in Wilton, dating from 1738. That year, John Marvin gave 64 square rods (4/10 of an acre) to the “Presbyterian or Congregational Society of Wilton” as the site of a meeting house for the worship of God, as the Society had outgrown the small building in which they had started 12 years earlier. The cemetery was to surround the new meeting house. Although the church building which was built there only lasted until 1790, the cemetery was used actively until the mid-1800’s and then was gradually replaced by Hillside Cemetery on Ridgefield Rd., which had the advantage of more space.

The men and women who are buried in Sharp Hill Cemetery include founders of Wilton, church leaders, and 23 veterans of the Revolutionary or the French and Indian Wars. Many of the family names found here are still familiar in Wilton today in person or on street signs, including Abbott, Belden, DeForest, Dudley, Fitch, Gaylord, Gilbert, Gregory, Grumman, Hurlbutt, Lambert, Olmstead, Raymond, St. John, and Sturges. There are about 150 legible gravestones, including about 70 from the 18th century, plus another 150 or so stones no longer legible or graves marked only with common fieldstones. Many of the older gravestones have ornate skull carvings and other interesting designs. Because of the fragile nature of many of the stones, gravestone rubbing is definitely discouraged.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Wilton Historical Society and the Wilton Congregational Church. Please register in advance via e-mail or by calling 203.762.7257. The suggested donation is $10.

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