Free Fall-tastic Things to do in October

What's your favorite thing to do in the autumn? Halloween costume parades? Trunk-or-treats? Autumn themed-library events? Hiking? This month has it all, both fun things to do indoors as well as outdoors. Also, take a moment and look at our creative and unique list of 50 Things to do This Fall in Connecticut.

First, let's talk about the things you can do anytime your schedule permits:

Get in Nature 
Fall is the perfect time for an easy, kid-friendly hiking time. Check out one of these awesome places to take a walk in the colorful leaves or enjoy one of Connecticut's waterfalls before the snow falls. Here are some easy stroller-hikes.

Go to a Free-Museum Day 
Check out our list of Free Museum Days which include the Stepping Stones Children's Museum and USS Nautilus and Submarine Museum (which is free all the time).

Check out a new playground
Bored with the same old playground you and your children have been going to? Check out these playgrounds in Fairfield, Hartford, or the New London area.

Here are the events you want to mark on your calendar:

Audition for production of Footloose - Milford
October 1-3
Does your child love to act and sing? He or she can audition to be a part of the theatrical version of Footloose. Children ages 5 and up are invited to audition. RSVP to book a time slot. 

Free Museum Week - various locations
October 1-4
During this week enjoy the exhibits and hands-on fun available at several Connecticut museums. Museums you can enjoy for free include: White Memorial Conservation Center, Eric Sloane Museum, Ken Furnace Museum, Old Newgate Prison, and the Henry Whitefield State Museum.

Get put in jail at PumkinTown USA. (Courtesy C. Sasportas)

PumpkinTown USA - East Hampton
October 1-31
Ages 2 and under are free. Come and be surrounded by pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, take a hayride, and tour the non-scary Halloween village. Great photo opportunity.

Spooktacular Halloween Hayride at Stew Leonards - Norwalk
October 1-31
A family-friendly hayride that takes about 10 minutes. It weaves past movie and t.v. vignettes.

Holidaze Exhibit - Guilford
October 1-31
Learn the real story behind Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Children 12 and under are free. 

Anime and Manga Club - New Haven
October 1
Do your preteens or teens love anime?  This is a great place for them to find like-minded friends.

1/2 Day Science Club: Bubblemania - Litchfield
October 4
Oliver Wolcott Library wants you to come to see them on your half day from school. A performer will make amazing bubbles along to music.  Maybe he might put you inside a huge bubble! 

World Market Lunch/Dinner and Concert Series - Hartford
October 4, 11, 18
International flavored food and music festival held every Thursday through October. Come and get a quick bite for lunch and then return for dinner and a concert.

Night Fall - Hartford
October 6
Free event for all ages. Enjoy an outdoor performance like you have never seen before. Huge puppets, music, and dance, all out under the sky at Pope Park.

Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire - Hartford
October 6
Do you make things? Do you love to see what people have made? This is  a huge show-and-tell event for local makers. From scientists to farmers, come and see creativity at its finest.  

Fall Flavor Fest - East Haddam
October 6
Take a walk through the pumpkin patch and taste the flavors of fall. A child-friendly corn maze is set up as well. Rain or shine.

Library Scavenger Hunt - Wethersfield
October 6, 13, 20, 27
The library hosts a weekly scavenger hunt on Saturdays. New clues every month. The October theme is "Wimpy Kid."

Halloween Costume Parade - Windsor
October 8
Great way for toddlers and preschoolers to show off their costumes in a safe and fun atmosphere.

New Canaan Nature Center Fall Fair - New Canaan
October 12-13
Two days of family fun with carnival rides, zip line, apple sling shot, and fire truck rides. Free admission.

Star Party - Litchfield
October 19
The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club hosts free events that give the public an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the stars. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Get lost in the pumpkins at a pumpkin festival. (courtesy K. Tillotson)

15th Annual Pumpkin Festival - Prospect
October 20
Prospect Park and Recreation throws a fall themed festival every year. Enjoy contests for best carved pumpkin, haunted hayride, and haunted house, the vehicle pumpkin parade...all on the town green.

Great Pumpkin Festival - Putnam
October 20
A town-wide celebration with food, contests, crafts, and children's activities. 

Vintage and Restored Car Show - Canaan
October 21
Bring your little car lover to see these vintage cars like a Bugati, BMW, or Aston Martin. Caffeine and Carburetors hosts a monthly gathering of car enthusiasts. Car shows run from 8:30am to 11:30am on Sundays per their website.  

"Fright School" book reading at Storyteller's Cottage - Simsbury
October 27
See what the magical Storyteller's Cottage is all about!  There will be a live, book reading of "Fright School" by the author Janet Lawlor.

HalloWeekend - Milford
October 27
From 10am to 2pm, at the River Street Parking Lot, participate in holiday-themed crafts and activities and a not-too-scary storytime. Come in costume and maybe you would win a prize.

Annual Kent Pumpkin Run - Kent
October 28
Kids run/walk for free. Bring the whole family down for the 5k walk/run.

Enjoy a safe alternative to trick or treating. (courtesy J. Carter)

Halloween Trunk or Treat - New Milford
October 31
Enjoy a safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Bring a bag of candy with you (for each child) and come down to the Middle Green.

Halloween Ragamuffin Parade - Fairfield
October 31
Bring your littles in costume to parade around the library.


Lead Photo courtesy of J. Rodriguez.