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Halloween seems to get bigger and better every year--and I'm not just talking about the size of the candy bars. Back in the day, we were happy just to trick or treat in our neighborhood, but these days, you can start celebrating at the beginning of October and continue celebrating all month long! Even if you don't live for Halloween, we've got a lot of great ideas for ways to get out there and enjoy (both spooky and non-spooky) in our Connecticut Halloween and Fall Fun Guide.
Here in Fairfield County we have a huge variety of activities and events from Halloween parades to hayrides to pumpkin patches and more. We've collected some of our favorite Halloween happenings here, but don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletters and keep tabs on our event calendar so that you won't miss any Halloween fun!
Finally! It's October and it actually feels like fall! As the days get shorter and the evenings get chillier, we're celebrating by doubling our weekday picks from 5 to 10...all of which are in the great outdoors! From corn mazes to pumpkin patches to faerie houses, we've got it all going on this week.
For more options (including the indoor variety), be sure to check our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss anything.
It may not feel very autumnal outside, but believe it or not, October arrives on Sunday. We hear that cooler temperatures are in the forecast so if you're already thinking ahead to changing children's wardrobes, there are two great consignment events for bargain hunters this weekend: CT Kids Closet in Ansonia and the South Windsor MOMS Club in (you guessed it!) South Windsor. After the cooler breezes arrive, the opening weekends of the Apple Harvest Festival in Southington and the Wee Faerie Village in Old Lyme are terrific excuses to be outside.
The child standing over my shoulder as I write this wants to make certain you know that "Halloween stuff" starts this weekend so you can set a spooky mood with some haunted activities running the gamut from mildly scary to slightly adventurous to totally terrifying (remember that not all Halloween events are appropriate for younger kids). Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun!
Happy New Year to all our readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah! May the coming year be filled with love, friendship, and joy! This week we've collected all kinds of activities including a fantastic party and book giveaway for anyone who's home from school on Thursday. If you've got the flexibility for a mid-week road trip, Connecticut Day at the Big E on Wednesday is a fabulous opportunity to show your Nutmeg Pride, and if you're staying closer to home, check out the Chickadees program in Mystic or splurge on a night out with the Shopkins Live.
For more options, be sure to check our Event Calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss anything. Have a great week!
Ah, fall! The calendar might not have made it official but the cool breezes, warm apple pies, festivals, and road races have put us in an autumn frame of mind! On tap this weekend, there's Cider Saturday in New Canaan, the Raspberry Festival in Sherman, and of course, the beloved Berlin Fair. Greenwich Audubon has their annual informative and fun Hawk Watch, which includes lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with birds of prey. Saturday looks like an auspicious day for apple picking so check out our guide to Apple and Pumpkin Picking to get some ideas before you set out.
These fall weekends are particularly action packed so make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities, and our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!
Do you live in a part of Fairfield County where the roads are windy and you don't have any sidewalks or streetlights? Then you know you need to venture out and find a safe place to trick or treat. Or maybe you just don't love the idea of having your kids do the whole door-to-door asking for candy thing in the dark. Whatever the reason, there is a simpler and safer alternative called Trunk-or-Treat. Haven't heard of it? It's like a Halloween tailgate, where families gather in a church or community parking lot and children trick or treat from car to decorated car. These popular events confine the confections to a safe, central spot and many of them aim to keep the mayhem to a minimum. Trunk or treats tend to start early, so you don't have to deal with any spooky meltdowns in the dark. Better yet, these events usually add more fun to the mix with food, activities, games and even campfires. In our round up, we've included Trunk-or-Treat events as well as similarly structured events that provide a centralized trick or treating experience.
Fall is an amazing time to be in Connecticut, with wonderful fairs and festivals nearly every weekend, celebrating the many aspects of Nutmeg life, from apples to pumpkins and beyond. Most of these have free admission, but charge small fees so you'll want to check that before heading out. Check out our complete Fall Fun Guide too for more ideas on how to enjoy the season!