Nowadays, you can enjoy Halloween festivities well beyond Oct. 31. The entire month is filled with activities for all ages. Here’s a run-down of what’s going on in and around the Hat City.
One of the most popular family-friendly traditions is, of course, Halloween on the Green, which is Saturday Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 pm. The first 500 costumed children get goodie bags, and there’s a costume contest with prizes for Most Original, Scariest, Cutest and Funniest. Plus, at 3:30pm, they do a costume parade with all the children around town. There will be fun contests like “Guess the number of candy corn in the jar” and “Guess the weight and win a pumpkin,” as well as traditional children’s games courtesy of the Portuguese Cultural Society. Also, get ready to flash a scary smile at the free photo booth sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. The event is rain or shine, so if the weather is a bit soggy, the celebration will go on at the Patriot Garage Level 3. You can find out more information about Halloween on the Green by calling (203) 792 1711 or visiting citycenterdanbury.com.
At the Danbury Railway Museum, you can ride a vintage train to the pumpkin patch, where each child is given a free pumpkin and everyone can enjoy cider and cookies. Costumes are encouraged and there are plenty of activities including a Thomas the Train table and a coloring station for the kids to enjoy. Trains run hourly Saturdays October 22 and 29 from 10:30am to 3:30pm, and Sundays October 23 and 30 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. No reservations are required.
And once again, grown-ups can get in on some Halloween fun too, when the Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to the Palace Danbury on Oct. 29 at 8pm. Dress up as your favorite character, throw props during the film and yell lines of dialogue as part of the audience participation. To make participation easier, you can purchase a prop package with everything you need to join in the fun. Tickets cost $15 and prop packages cost $5. Get your tickets online at www.thepalacedanbury.com, by telephone at 203-794-9944 between 1- 5pm daily or at the box office starting one hour before show time.
Outside of downtown, Stew Leonard’s is hosting an array of Halloween-themed events. Throughout the month, they are having family-friendly hayrides. The hayrides run Monday through Friday from 3pm to dusk and on weekends from 10:30am to dusk. On Friday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, Stew’s Hoedown is transformed into a Hay Bale Theater to show a free children’s Halloween-themed movie. The movies start at 6pm, with seating opening at 5:45pm. Seating is first-come, first-served. On Saturday, Oct. 22, families are invited to a Halloween Breakfast with Stew’s most loved characters. The first breakfast is at 9am, with a second seating at 10am. Tickets cost $9.99 each for children 11 years old and under and $12.99 each for children over the age of 12 and for adults. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Sign up in advance at the Stew’s Customer Service counter. On Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6pm, children are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the store with Stew Leonard characters. Each department in the store will have a candy station for kids to stop at. Then, on Halloween Day, Oct. 31, children who come to the store in costume will receive a free ice cream. Stew Leonard’s is located at 99 Federal Road in Danbury. For more information, visit the store or call 203-790-8030.