Halloween-Themed Events in the Upper Valley (2017)

  • Trick-or-treaters line up to get candy and trinkets from those at decorated cars ringing the South Royalton Green during the annual Trunk and Treat on the South Royalton Green in South Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 25, 2014. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Geoff Hansen

  • Paisley Callanan, 19 months, raises her arms to show off her spider costume with a little encouragement from her sister Lucy, 4, and her mom, Kelly, in downtown Concord on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The girls' father, Philip Callanan, is principal of Mill Brook School. Halloween Howl, an Intown Concord event, was held Friday. Children, pets and families in costumes trick or treated downtown, danced and participated in a costume parade. (SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Published: 10/12/2017 11:49:37 AM
Modified: 10/31/2017 3:15:27 PM

It’s time to start planning your Halloween weekend. Here are Halloween events happening on and around the holiday itself.

We will be updating this list online as we receive information about more events. Email additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com.


Oct. 20

“Let’s Glow” 5K Run in Lebanon

7-8 p.m.

Northern Rail Trail, Spencer Street, Lebanon.

A pre-Halloween celebration run in the dark. Bring a headlamp, glow necklaces or other illumination devices. Race will finish with a glowing obstacle course. Sponsored by Lebanon Recreation and Parks. $10-$25. 603-448-5121.

Oct. 23

Talk: “Haunted Lighthouses of New England” in Claremont

7 p.m.

Fiske Free Library, 108 Broad St., Claremont.

Author and historian Jeremy D’Entremont shares macabre tales of New England’s coastal beacons, including stories featuring the lovelorn spirit known as Ernie at Connecticut’s New London Ledge Light and the piano-playing ghost of Maine’s Seguin Island Light.

D’Entremont, who has taken part in many lighthouse investigations by paranormal research groups, is considered a leading expert on New England’s historic lighthouses. For more information, visit newenglandlighthouses.net. Free. 603-542-7017.

Oct. 26

Kids: Halloween Party in Wilder

3-4:30 p.m.

Wilder Club and Library, 78 Norwich Ave., Wilder.

Halloween crafts and pumpkin carving. Bring a pumpkin; materials provided. Costumes welcome. Free. 802-295-1232.


Kids: Halloween Craft Program in Newport

2:30 p.m.

Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main St., Newport.

Make creepy skeleton fingers that move. Free. 603-863-3430.


Kids: Halloween Party in Pomfret

5-6 p.m.

Abbott Memorial Library, 15 Library St., Pomfret

Games, crafts, treats and spooky stories. Costumes encouraged. Free. 802-457-2236.


Haunted Trail in Enfield

7-9 p.m.

Across the Street from the Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A, Enfield.

Food available for purchase. Recommended for children ages 10 and up. No rain dates. An Enfield Mascoma Lions Club event. Free, donations accepted. 603-568-5183.

Oct. 27

"Trunk or Treat" in White River Junction

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Front parking lot of the VA Medical Center, 63 Veterans Drive, White River Junction

A safe and friendly environment for local families to trick or treat. Free. 802-295-9363 x5880

West Hartford Library Halloween Gala

5:30-8:30 p.m.

West Hartford Library, 5133 Route 14, West Hartford.

Trick or treat, costume parade, haunted hayride, snacks and movie time. All ages welcome. Costumes encouraged. Free. 802-295-7992.


Film: “Nosferatu” in Canaan

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Mascoma Valley Regional High School auditorium, 27 Royal Road, Canaan.

The first screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula will be screened with live music performed by New Hampshire-based silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. Nosferatu, which remains a landmark work of the cinematic horror genre, was among the first movies to use visual design to contribute to an overall sense of terror. Time has made this unusual film seem even more strange and otherworldly. Rapsis, a resident of Bedford, N.H., ranks as one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists. Free. 603-448-1119.


Haunted Trail in Enfield

7-9 p.m.

Across the Street from the Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A, Enfield.

Food available for purchase. Recommended for children ages 10 and up. No rain dates. An Enfield Mascoma Lions Club event. Price: Free, donations accepted. 603-568-5183.


Halloween Bash in Lebanon

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Salt hill Pub, on the mall in downtown Lebanon

Joined by saxophonists Mike Parker and Greg Baker, the rock band Wherehouse sets the rhythm for freaky dancing. No cover charge. 603-448-4532.

Oct. 28

Monster Dash 5K and Costume Run/Walk in Claremont

8 a.m.

Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm St., Claremont.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race at 9 a.m. Prizes will be given for the best costume. The Valley Regional Health Fair also begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults ($20 for pre-registration). Kids 12 and under are free. Register online at http://bit.ly/RotaryMonsterdash2017. Presented by the Claremont Sugar River Rotary and Valley Regional Healthcare. 603-542-7771.


Kids Nature Program: “Hoots and Howls” in Quechee

10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), 6565 Woodstock Road, Quechee.

An all-day family-friendly event that includes cider pressing, music, games, crafts, treats and wildlife education programs. The evening features a guided adventure on a jack-o-lantern-lined trail. $8-$15. 802-359-5000, ext. 221.


“Gory Daze” 5K Race in White River Junction

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian St., White River Junction.

This Halloween-theme 5K race, to benefit Hartford Dismas House, is part of the “Gory Daze” festivities presented by the Main Street Museum later in the evening. Face painting, food, music and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged for participants, but not required. Racers are welcome to run or walk. Register at runsignup.com/gorydaze5k. $20. 802-698-8661.


Pumpkin Carving in Vershire

12-2 p.m.

Church-Orr House, 6946 Route 113, Vershire.

All ages welcome. Free. 802-685-9982.

Kids: Halloween and Crafts Party in Woodstock

2-3 p.m.

Woodstock History Center, 26 Elm St.,Woodstock.

A Halloween party with crafts, games, a gourd hunt and more, for preschoolers to grade 3. Space is limited; call to pre-register. Free. 802-457-1822.

Fall Festival in South Royalton

2-5 p.m.

South Royalton town green, South Windsor St., South Royalton.

Fire department chili cook-off, costume parade, hayrides, face painting, “Trunk or Treat” and more. Free. 802-763-7094.


“Trunk or Treat” in White River Junction

4-6 p.m.

Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge St., White River Junction.

Hartford Parks and Recreation hosts this family-centered trick-or-treating event from car to car, trunk to trunk. Costumes encouraged. Bring a trick-or-treat bag. Free. 802-295-5036.


 Gory Daze parade, costume ball in White River Junction

5 p.m. to midnight

Starts with music and revelry at Main Street Museum on Bridge Street. At 8, Celebration Brass Band leads parade through downtown, ending at Briggs Opera House on Main Street, where Crystal Ball costume party starts at 9.

Gory Daze Psychic Fair in White River Junction

5-7:30 p.m.

Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St., White River Junction.

Tarot, crystal ball and palm readers will offer consultations in the reading room at the Main Street Museum as part of the Gory Daze Halloween festivities. $15 for a 10-minute reading. 802-526-4410.

Halloween Party and Concert in White River Junction

6-8 p.m.

Newberry Market, 19 S. Main St., White River Junction.

Tuck's Rock Dojo hosts a family-friendly evening of youth-powered live music, featuring five bands. Costumes encouraged. Free. 603-727-4194.

Haunted Trail in Enfield

7-10 p.m.

Across the Street from the Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A, Enfield.

Food available for purchase. Recommended for children ages 10 and up. No rain dates. An Enfield Mascoma Lions Club event. Price: Free, donations accepted. 603-568-5183.


"Almost Halloween" Contradance in Norwich

8-11 p.m.

Tracy Hall, 300 Main St., Norwich.

Wear a (danceable) costume. Live music by Atlantic Crossing, with instruction by caller Luke Donforth. No partner or experience necessary. Regular dance starts at 8 p.m. Newcomers may arrive at 7:45 for a walk-through. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Potluck snacks at the break – bring something to share. $6-10. Under 16 free.

Halloween Masquerade Party in Newport 

8 p.m. to midnight.

Newport Opera House, Main Street.

Flew-Z and Last Kid Picked serenade opera house association’s annual bash.

Ages 21 and older. For tickets ($25 per person, $40 per couple), call 603-863-2412 or visit newportoperahouse.com.

Halloween Costume Party in Windsor 

9 p.m. to midnight.

Windsor Station, Depot Street.

The Road Trash Band sets the spooky rhythm for dancing, on the theme of “Magical, Mythical and Mysterious Creatures.”

Zombie Prom and Costume Party in West Lebanon

9 p.m.-midnight.

Salt hill Pub, 5 Airport Road.

Night Cap provides classic and 1990s rock soundtrack to seasonal celebration. No cover charge. 603-298-5566.


Halloween Bash in Newport

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Salt hill Pub, 58 Main St.

Tirade rocks the venue’s 11th annual night of revelry. No cover charge. 603-863-7774.

Oct. 29

Family Halloween in Woodstock

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock

Children in costume receive free admission to the museum when accompanied by an adult (adults pay the regular admission fee). Pumpkin carving, doughnuts-on-a-string, wagon rides, cranking pumpkin ice cream, Halloween stories, pumpkin games and animal programs. Costume parades around the farm at noon and 2 p.m. $4-15. 802-457-2355.

Potluck, Recital and Halloween Party in Sharon

12-3 p.m.

Seven Stars Arts Center, 5126 Route 14, Sharon

A community potluck at noon, followed by a short student music recital, then a Halloween party with crafts, games and treats. Bring a favorite dish to share and wear a costume, if desired. 802-763-2334.

Halloween-o-Thon film festival in Hanover 

1 to 5:30 p.m.

Loew Auditorium, Lebanon Street, Dartmouth College.

CATV hosts fifth annual screening of five-minute horror movies that led the field of entries in contest throughout October. Screenings by age group at 1 (middle-school teams), 2:30 (high school-age) and 4 (college students, young adults). Free.

Oct. 30

Kids: Halloween Party in Quechee

3-4:30 p.m.

Quechee Library, 1957 Quechee Main St., Quechee.

Halloween crafts and pumpkin carving. Materials for crafts provided. Costumes encouraged. BYO pumpkin if possible. Free. 802-295-1232.

Halloween Read and Rant in Windsor

7 p.m.

Snapdragon Inn, Main Street.

Windsor-resident author Joe Citro shares scary and headscratching stories from around Vermont, answers questions and welcomes stories from the audience. Free.

Oct. 31

Kids: “Trick or Treat for Books” in Newport

10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Richards Free Library, 58 N. Main St., Newport.

Wear a costume to the library and pick a free book. For 18 and under. Free. 603-863- 3430.

Kids: Halloween Parade in White River Junction

10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Lane, White River Junction.

Children of all ages are invited to dress up for a parade and trick-or-treating at the aquatic center. Free. 802-296-2850 x0.


Costume Contest in Bradford, Vt.

11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Star Cat Books, 157 Main St.

Show up in costume to have your photograph taken and uploaded to  the bookstore’s Facebook page. Whoever gets the most likes receives a gift certificate to the bookstore. Free. 802-222-5826.


Kids: Library Trick or Treat in Springfield, N.H.

Noon-7 p.m.

Libbie Cass Library, 2748 Main St.

Trick-or-treat all day long at the li brary. Hard candy edibles and free children's books. Must come in costume to claim treats . Free. 603-763-4381.


Kids: Halloween FunFest in  Lebanon

4-6 p.m.

Lebanon City Hall, 51 N. Park St., Lebanon.

An evening of Halloween cele bration activities around Colburn Park, including stories in the Great Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin painting and photos with favorite storybook characters. Games include pumpkin bowling, spin art and pumpkin ring toss.  Free. 603-448-5121.


Indoor  Trick-or-Treating in West Lebanon

 4-6 p.m.

Powerhouse Mall, 8 Glen Road, West Lebanon.

The Powerhouse Mall hosts this trick-or-treating event. Creative costumes encouraged. Free. 603-298-5236.


Halloween Festivities in Strafford

4:30 p.m.

Barrett Hall, 248 Route 132, Strafford.

Events planned for Halloween in Strafford Village include trick-or-treating, a jack-o’-lantern contest, annual spaghetti dinner and haunted house and a costume contest. Free admiss ion; dinner is $6 for adults 15 and older, $4 for 14 and under. 802-765-4351.


Kids: Halloween Story Time in Woodstock

4:30 p.m.

Norman Williams Public Library, on the green. Free

Kids: Halloween Open House in Lebanon

5-8 p.m.

Lebanon Fire Department, 12 S.  Park St., Lebanon.

Pizza,  candy and other refreshments for children of all ages. Free. 603-448-8810.


Halloween Night at the Library in Thetford

5-8 p.m.

Latham Library, 16 Library Road.

Trick-or-Treat for a book and visit the kid-made haunted house. Free. 802-785-4361.


Halloween Open House in Vershire

5-6 p.m.

Church-Orr House, 6946 Route 113, Vershire.

Join neighbors of all ages for warm food and costumed mingling before scattering to trick or treat. Free. 802-685-9982.

“Trunk or Treat” in Bradford, Vt.

5:30 p.m.

Bradford Fairgrounds, 66 Carson Lane, Bradford.

A community trick-or-treating  event. Hot food and beverages will be for sale in the Bradford Fair exhibit hall. All proceeds benefit the fair. For more details, visit bradfordfair.org and click on Special Events. Free. 802-222-4053.


Library Trick-Or-Treat in Grantham

5:30-7 p.m.

Dunbar Free Library, 401 Route 10, Grantham.

Stop by the library during Grantham townwide trick-or-treating and bring home a book and other treats. Free. 603-863-2172.

Fire Department Trick-or- Treat in Thetford

6-8 p.m.

Thetford Hill Fire Station, Route 113, Thetford

Trick-or-treat, a maze, fire station tours and fire safety information. Allergy-safe non-food treats will also be available. Free. 802-785-2412

Film: “Psycho” in Hanover

7 p.m.

Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center, 22 Lebanon S t., Hanover.

Director Alfred Hitchcock’s chilling masterpiece on the big screen. Anthony Perkins stars as Norman Bates, the mama’s-boy proprietor of the Bates Motel. Janet Leigh is Marion, who makes an impulsive decision and becomes a fugitive from the law, hiding out at Norman’s roadside inn for one fateful night. $8. 603-646-2422.

 Thrilling Tales in Woodstock


7 to 7:45 p.m.

Norman Williams Public Library, on the Green

A “wyrd sister” spins scary stories in Reading Room. Free.


Scary-Oke party in Hanover

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

S alt hill Pub, 7 Lebanon St.

DJ Brad spins tunes for revelers, especially those wearing costumes. No cover charge. 603-676-7855.



5-7 p.m. in Enfield

5-7 p.m. in Canaan

5-8 p.m. in Newport

3:30-5:30 p.m. in Norwich, beginning at Norwich Inn


Note: Due to weather concerns, the following event has been postponed until Nov. 5:

Kids: Halloween “Pasture Pals” Program in Springfield, Vt.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

VINE Sanctuary, 201 Massey Road, Springfield.

Children 5 and up can decorate a pumpkin to feed the animals at a farmed animal sanctuary, while learning all about them. There will also be a costume contest for those who want to take part. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance by visiting facebook.com/VINEsanctuary or emailing ayeshah@bravebirds.org. Free. 802-885-4017.


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