There is a little something for everyone in Fairfield County this October. From trick-o-treating on a farm, to getting up-close and personal with real life creepy crawlies, these family friendly activities will leave you with a little more treats than tricks. My three year old daughter loves almost everything about Halloween except that she is absolutely terrified of things that go bump in the night. Now that the haunting season is upon us, check out the following activities around Fairfield County that are best suited for a younger crowd.
Howl-O-Ween at Beardsley Zoo- Bridgeport
October 14, 21, 27, 28
Beardsey's annual fun event for kids ages 8-15 years old. Attractions include a haunted hay-ride, Farmer Beardsley's Farmstand and the Ghastly Greenhouse. For the little ones, there are magic shows, face painting and dancers as well. This event runs Fridays from 6:30 pm to 9 pm and Saturdays until 10 pm.
Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06110 203-394-6565
Trick Or Treat on Heckscher Farm - Stamford
Sunday, October 29
Follow the clues of this kid-friendly scavenger hunt through Heckscher Farm from 1 pm. to 3 pm. There are six trick or treat stations. Remember to bring a bag to collect your treats as you walk around the farm.
Heckscher Farm, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903 203-322-1646
Halloween Spooktacular at the New Canaan Nature Center - New Canaan
Friday, October 27
Spiders! Bats! and Snakes! Oh My! Get in touch with your wild side this Halloween at the New Canaan Nature Center’s Halloween Spooktacular. End your night enjoying a treat roasting a marshmallow around a roaring campfire. Even runs from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This year will include the First Annual Jack-o-Lantern carving contest. This is an all ages program.
New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 203-966-9577
Monster Mash at Stepping Stones - Norwalk
Saturday, October 28
The Monster Mash is a wll attended event perfect for kids which runs from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. There will be lots of tricks and treats as well as a live magic show, crafts, 'magic' photos and messages and a 'Wizard and Witch Walk' to show off your costumes. Food available at Stepping Stones cafe.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 203-899-0606
Aqua-Scarium at the Maritime Aquarium - Norwalk
October 21, 22 and 28, 29
Come on down to the Aqua-Scarium! From 10 am to 5pm children in costume will receive FREE admission with a paying adult. Children will be able to trick or treat and lots of other safe and not scary fun.
Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-852-0700
Spooktacular! Discovery Museum and Planetarium - Bridgeport
Saturday, October 28
Come to the Planetarium from 10 am to 4 pm and see a variety of very unique Halloween themed events. There will be a STEM-team pumpkin chunkin' event, spooky hands-on science experiments, story time and a Mad Science live demonstration. There will also be a costume parade.
Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-372-3521
Photo courtesy Stepping Stones Museum for Children