Upper Valley Halloween events 2023

Bruce Clough takes a call when walking through his creation Devil's Playground and Haunted Walk in Unity, N.H., at his home on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. The walk snakes though the woods with creepy stops like the Doll House and Trailer Park. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Bruce Clough takes a call when walking through his creation Devil's Playground and Haunted Walk in Unity, N.H., at his home on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. The walk snakes though the woods with creepy stops like the Doll House and Trailer Park. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

Published: 10-26-2023 1:35 PM

BARNARD

Haunted Village Theater in Barnard: Saturday, Oct. 21, 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, 4 to 8 p.m. A theatrical walking tour around Barnard with seasonally haunting stories and scenes. Tours every 30 minutes, first two each day are family-friendly. Adults, $20; students, $15; kids 12 and under, $10. Dinner available. More information: barnarts.org.

CANAAN

Trick-or-treating in Canaan: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. Town-designated trick-or-treating hours. Canaan first responders at the Public Safety Complex (52 Route 118) will have treats for kids. More information: facebook.com/CanaanPoliceDeparment.

CLAREMONT

Halloween Horror Night in Claremont: Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square. Watch the classic slasher film “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Meet and greet photo opportunity with Dream Killer Cosplay, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $6; refreshments available for purchase. Tickets and more information: cohnh.org.

Moody Park Spooky Ride in Claremont: Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 to 6 p.m., 152 Maple Ave. The haunted mountain bike adventure ride is an approximately 2-mile novice loop full of twists and turns. Helmets required. Bicycles must be in working order and riders must be familiar with riding trails. Costumes welcome and encouraged, but must be safe when on the bike. $5 per person; $10 for families of two or more. More information: claremontparks.com.

Hybrid: Celebration of All Hallows and Dia de Muertos in Claremont: Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. WCCMA @ Union Church, 133 Old Church Road. The Grammy-winning Villalobos Brothers perform music inspired by All Hallows Eve, Día de Muertos, Samhain and Harvest. Costumes welcome. Stream via wcc-ma.org. Admission is by donation. More information: melissa@wcc-ma.org.

“Hallowesta” celebration in Claremont: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Opera House Square, downtown Claremont. Trick-or-treating event hosted by the Claremont Parks and Recreation Department. All ages welcome. Free. More information: claremontparks.com.

DORCHESTER

Spooky Barn at the Farm in Dorchester: Every Friday and Saturday night beginning Oct. 13, 6:30 to 10 p.m. The Farm, 2419 Route 118. (Six miles north of Canaan; nine miles south of Rumney.) Look for skeleton at end of driveway on Route 118. An interactive haunted house. Scavenger hunts and candy. Adults and children 12 and older, $7.50; Children 6 to 11, $5; Children 5 and under, free. Lead-line pony rides available for riders under 100 pounds. More information: 603-523-9848 or Facebook “Spooky Barn at The Farm.”

ENFIELD

Upper Valley Young Professionals Halloween Party in Enfield: Friday, Oct. 27, 6 to 9 p.m. Whaleback Mountain, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Target audience is 20 to 40 year olds living or working in the area. Light appetizers provided. Registration required: uvyp.org. Free admission; food and drinks available for purchase. More information: uvyp.org or uppervalleyyoungprofessionals@gmail.com.

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Enfield Halloween Night: Saturday, Oct. 28, 3 to 6 p.m., Huse Park, 308 Route 4. Trunk-or-treat, touch-a-truck, Halloween games and family friendly haunted house. Screening of “Ghostbusters” begins at 6:30 p.m. Non-perishable food donations will also be collected for Friends of Mascoma Food Pantry. Free. Hosted by Enfield Recreation Department and Enfield Police Department. More information: Facebook: “EnfieldNHRecreation” or recreation@enfield.nh.us.

HANOVER

Halloween Costume Swap in Hanover: Sunday, Oct. 1., 2 to 4 p.m. Howe Library, 13 South St. Bring a costume to swap or pick one up and leave a food donation for the Upper Valley Haven. Free. More information: thehowe.org.

Kids: Zombie Barbie craft in Hanover: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2 to 3 p.m. Howe Library, 13 South St. Turn Barbie dolls into zombies. Barbies provided. Recommended for children 9 to 12 years old. Registration required: thehowe.org. Free. More information: thehowe.org.

Talk: “Haunted New England” in Etna: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Trumbull Hall, 195 Etna Road. Author and historian Christopher Daley will speak about the historical facts and fascinating myths and legends surrounding the most famous New England sites purported to be haunted. Hosted by the Etna Library. Free. More information: etna-library.org/events.

Trick-or-treating on Allen Street in Hanover: Friday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Allen Street, downtown Hanover. Kids can trick-or-treat at businesses and vendors along Allen Street. Free. More information: hanovernh.org/792/Allen-Street-Events.

Adult costume contest and street dance in Hanover: Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 to 9 p.m. Allen Street, downtown Hanover. Includes music, drinks and prizes for best costume. Free. More information: hanovernh.org/792/Allen-Street-Events.

Dresden Neighborhood Halloween Walk N'Roll in Hanover: Sunday, Oct. 29, noon to 2 p.m. Dresden Neighborhood, Woodmore Street. Families are invited to scoot, bike, walk and play on calmed streets. Music, costumes, games and snacks. No trick-or-treating. Rain or shine. Free. More information: williamwyoung22@gmail.com or 603-667-7758.

Trunk-or-Treat in Hanover: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5 Summer St. Community trunk-or-treating event can be an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, or extra trick-or-treat fun. Free. More information: office@oslchanover.org or 603-643-3703.

Halloween Party & Costume Contest in Hanover: Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 to 10 p.m. The Fourth Place, 3 Lebanon St. Includes spooky treats, free tabletop games and prizes for the best kid’s, teen’s, adult’s, and Overall costume. Free. More information: ian@thefourthplaceforgeeks.com or 617-917-4261.

HARTFORD

First Friday with Joe Citro in White River Junction: Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St. Kick off October with readings by Vermont’s own “Bard of the Bizarre!” Joe Citro. Suggested donation $10. More information: mainstreetmuseum.org, info@mainstreetmuseum.org or 802-369-5722.

Halloweenie Movie Night in White River Junction: Friday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m. Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple St. “Weenie roast,” snacks, games, children’s activities and bonfire followed by screening of “Goosebumps” at 6:30 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets and warm drinks. Hosted by Hartford Parks and Recreation Department. Free. More information: recreation@hartford-vt.org or 802-295-5036.

Halloween Paint & Sip in White River Junction: Sunday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St. Wandering Paint Brush brings a spooky Paint & Sip to the MSM. Pre-registration required: forms.gle/3A1fFJEegHCPZSsZA. $30; Get $5 back if you come dressed as Bob Ross. More information: mainstreetmuseum.org.

Halloween at the Wilder Library: Friday, Oct. 27, 3 to 6 p.m. Wilder Club and Library, 78 Norwich Ave. Family-friendly event features ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and frightful fun for ghosts (and humans) of all ages. Costumes encouraged. Free. More information: 802-295-6341.

Trunk-or-Treat at the VA in White River Junction: Friday, Oct. 27, 5 to 7:30 p.m., White River Junction VA Medical Center Parking Lot, 163 Veterans Drive. Costumes encouraged. Free. Refreshments available for purchase. Reserve a free ticket at tinyurl.com/4d32fk5r. Register a vehicle at tinyurl.com/yc3d2n7c. Hosted by the WRJ VA Employees Association. More information: Facebook: “WRJ VA Employees Association.”

VINS Halloween celebration in Quechee: Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), 149 Natures Way. Includes crafts and other children’s activities; raptor and reptile programs; and jack o’lantern display. Adults, $19; youth, $16; seniors, $18; children 3 & under, free. More information: vinsweb.org, 802-359-5000 or info@vinsweb.org.

“Howl O’Ween” celebration in Hartford: Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 2 p.m. Watson Dog Park, 1120 Maple St. Awards will be presented for best single dog costume, best costume pair of dogs or group, and best dog and owner costume pairing. Suggested donation, $20. All proceeds benefit dog park. More information: muktza@gmail.com.

Hoots & Howls celebration in Quechee:Saturday, Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), 149 Natures Way. Includes Lindsay and her Puppet Pals, storyteller Jackson Gillman, a variety show and a nature skit. Registration required: https://vinsweb.org/event/hoots-howls-23. Adults, $14.50; youth, seniors and veterans, $12.50; children under 3, free. More information: vinsweb.org, 802-359-5000 or info@vinsweb.org.

Trunk-or-Treat in White River Junction: Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 to 6 p.m. Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple St. For children. Hosted by Hartford Parks and Recreation Department. Free. More information: recreation@hartford-vt.org or 802-295-5036.

Gory Daze Parade & “REALLY BIG BALL” in White River Junction: Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St. Pre-Parade party with the Western Terrestrials and refreshments, 6 to 7:45 p.m.; Parade around downtown WRJ, 8 p.m.; “REALLY BIG BALL” dance with music from DJ Chele & DJ GenderEnder, 9 p.m. $10 for the Ball, PreParade & Parade are free. More information: mainstreetmuseum.org/gorydaze.

HARTLAND

Halloween in Hartland: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m., Hartland Recreation Department, 19 Route 12. Includes costume parade and contest; arts and crafts; DJ and dance; and guess the number of candles and guess the giant pumpkin’s weight contests. Free; Hot food sale benefits Hartland 7th grade class. More information: facebook.com/hartland.department.

LEBANON

Trunk or Treat in West Lebanon: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. West Lebanon Congregational Church, 18 Maple St. Includes music, games and raffles. Free. More information: westlebcc.org/coming-events-2 or 603-298-8096.

Halloween Pipe Organ Concert in West Lebanon: Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 to 5 p.m. West Lebanon Congregational Church, 18 Maple St. After the trunk-or-treat in the church parking lot, attend a “frightening” pipe organ concert that features Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor. Free; donations accepted. More information: westlebcc.org/coming-events-2.

Suzuki Fall Festival in Lebanon: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. Lebanon High School Cafeteria, 195 Hanover St. Join members of Upper Valley Music Center’s Suzuki Program for a Halloween-themed storytelling concert, followed by refreshments. The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. Costumes welcome. More information: uvmusic.org/event/suzuki-fall-festival.

Halloween FunFest in Lebanon: Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 2 p.m., Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Includes stories in the Great Pumpkin Patch, refreshments, pumpkin bowling, games, horse and wagon rides, and photos with characters. Free. More information: LebanonNH.gov/Halloween, recreation@lebanonnh.gov or 603-448-5121.

Lebanon Fire Department Open House: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m. Lebanon Fire Department, 12 S. Park St. Includes food, candy and meet-and-greet with Lebanon firefighters. More information: LebanonNH.gov/Halloween.

Trick-or-treating in Lebanon: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. City-designated trick-or-treating hours. More information: LebanonNH.gov/Halloween.

NEWPORT

Halloween Masquerade Dance in Newport: Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. to midnight, Newport Opera House, 20 Main St. Includes costume contest and live music by Last Kid Picked. Ages 21 and older; valid photo ID required. $25 in advance; $30 at door. Cash bar. Tickets and more information: newportoperahouse.com.

NEW LONDON

New London townwide Trick-or-Treating: Sunday, Oct. 29, 4 to 6 p.m., Main Street. Road will be closed to traffic from Seamans Road to Williams Street (Barn Playhouse) for trick-or-treaters. Free. Hosted by New London Recreation Department. More information: nl-nh.com/recreation.

Lantern Led Halloween Historic Ghosts Walking Tours in New London: Sunday, Oct. 29. Docent-led tours begin at the Gazebo at 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Main Street. Meet New Hampshire’s first governor, Josiah Bartlett, New London’s first librarian, Emma Barnett, and a Civil War soldier. Hosted by the New London Historical Society. Free. Registration required: nl-nh.com/recreation.

Monster Bash Kid’s Dance in New London: Sunday, Oct. 29, 5 to 7 p.m. SAU Gym, 114 Cougar Court. DJ plays Halloween hits. Refreshments. Hosted by the Outing Club. Free. More information: nl-nh.com/recreation.

Spooky Trail in New London: Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m. Trail behind Kearsarge Professional Development Center, Cougar Court. Younger kids version, 6 to 7 p.m.; older kids version, 7 to 8 p.m. Trail ends in parking lot at Spring Ledge Farm. Flashlights and headlamps recommended. Cohosted by New London Barn Playhouse. Admission is by donation to the recreation department. More information: nl-nh.com/recreation.

NORWICH

“Spooky Science” Halloween event in Norwich: Friday, Oct. 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Montshire Museum of Science, 1 Montshire Road. Includes tricked-out exhibits, live Halloween-themed demos, hands-on spooky stations and costume contests. Recommended for families with children through age 12. Costumes encouraged. $11 to $15; children under 2, free. More information: montshire.org.

PLAINFIELD

Fall Fest at Plainfield Elementary School in Meriden: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1 to 3 p.m. Plainfield Elementary School, 92 Bonner Road. Fall games, crafts, snacks, touch-a-truck, and trunk or treating. Costume parade, 1:30 p.m. Spooky Story Time, 2:30 p.m. Hosted by Plainfield School PTA. Free. 603-469-3250.

RANDOLPH

“Safe and Seen” Halloween in Randolph: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4 to 6 p.m., Merchants Row, Main Street. Trick-or-treat at area businesses. A Day of the Dead Altar will be set up in the Gazebo, along with other displays. Includes live music, photo booth and other pop up activities. Free. More information: whiterivervalleychamber.com.

 

SHARON

Spooky Night and Pumpkin Walk in Sharon: Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sharon Elementary School, 135 School St. Wear costumes, bring a trick-or-treat bag and visit the school to see pumpkins in a spooktacular display. Includes several stations with goodies, candy and games. All ages welcome. Hosted by Sharon PTO. Free. More information: PTOSharonVT@gmail.com.

SOUTH POMFRET

Program: “Dangerous & Endangered Tales” in South Pomfret: Thursday, Oct, 26, 7 p.m. Artistree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road. Author and storyteller Joseph A. Citro shares spooky stories about the Green Mountain State. Q&A follows talk. Free; $10 suggested donation. More information and tickets: artistreevt.org.

SOUTH ROYALTON

Trunk-or-Treat in South Royalton: Saturday, Oct. 28, 1 to 3 p.m., South Royalton Green, Chelsea Street. Free. Hosted by the Royalton Recreation Commission. More information: Facebook “Royalton Recreation Commission.”

SPRINGFIELD, Vt.

Play: “Pumpkins of Peril, a Murder Mystery” in Springfield, Vt.: Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Players Studio, 165 South St. Spend time solving the murder during the performance, which is a fundraiser for the Springfield Community Players. Snacks and beverages included. $20 to $25; students and seniors receive lower rate. Tickets and more information: springfieldcommunityplayers.org.

THETFORD

“Friday the 13th Spooky Stories for Halloween” in Post Mills: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m, Peabody Library, 7922 Route 113. Simon Brooks will be telling tales for the community, beginning with not so frightening tales and making them more scary throughout the evening. Free. More information: thetfordlibrary.org.

Halloween at Latham Library in Thetford: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Latham Library, 16 Library Road. Trick-or-treat for a book. Spooky stories read upon request. Free. More information: 802-785-4361.

Trick-or-Treat at the Thetford Hill Fire Station: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Thetford Hill Fire Station, 2829 Route 113. Trick-or-treat safely at the fire station. Free. More information: thetfordfire@gmail.com.

WEATHERSFIELD

Trunk-or-treat in Perkinsville: Saturday, Oct. 28, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Hoisington Field, 1862 Route 106. Sponsored by the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Rain or shine. Free. More information: weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com.

WINDSOR

Live music & horror author reading in Windsor: Friday, Oct. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jai Studios Gallery And Gifts, 54 Main St. Local horror novelist Asher Ellis gives reading and Joshua Hall plays spooky-inspired music. Cookies and cider provided. Free. More information: jaistudiosgalleryandgifts.com/events.

Halloween Costume Dance Party in Windsor: Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. The Exchange, 30 Depot Ave. Costume contest. Dress warmly. Hosted by the Town of Windsor. Free; donations accepted to support Roger Barraby’s competition in the Gay Games. More information: facebook.com/Windsorexchange.

Spooky STEM Day at the American Precision Museum in Windsor: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. American Precision Museum, 196 Main St. Learn about essential manufacturing principles and processes like patterns, programming, and repeatability through hands-on, creepy, crafty STEM activities. Free. More information: americanprecision.org/events/mfgday2023/.

Halloween Costume Party in Windsor: Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 to 11 p.m. Windsor American Legion Post 25, 4 Court St. Live music by Club Soda, costume contest and other activities. Free admission for those in costume; all others, $5. More information: 802-674-9967.

WOODSTOCK

Haunted House in Woodstock: Fridays, Oct. 20 and 27; Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28; and Monday, Oct. 31, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Masonic Lodge, 30 Pleasant St. All ages welcome; suitable for ages 6 to 12. $5. More information: BradPrescottAIA@gmail.com.

“SBOOKY” Library: Not-Too-Scary Halloween Fun in Woodstock: Sunday, Oct 29, 3 to 5 p.m. Norman Williams Public Library, 10 The Green. Games, activities, and seasonal snacks. Costumes encouraged. Bring pumpkin to carve; tools provided. Children under 11 must be accompanied by a caregiver 14 or older at all times. Free. More information: normanwilliams.org or 802-457-2295.

“Life & Death Tour” at Billings Farm in Woodstock: Friday, Oct. 27, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. Costumed tour guides will share tales of the people who lived and died on the Billings farm and estate, while exploring Victorian-era superstitions, views on death, and mourning traditions. Ages 13 and older. $18. Tickets required: billingsfarm.org.

A Family Halloween in Woodstock: Sunday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. Slightly spooky farm displays, trick-or-treating, hayrides, games and other activities. $10-$17; children 3 and under free. Children in costumes, free admission. More information: billingsfarm.org or 802-457-2355.

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