And ghoulishly good times for all: Halloween happenings in Chittenden County

Thursday, Oct. 25

The Haunted Forest at the Catamount Family Center in Williston is one of the area’s traditional Halloween events, celebrating its 32nd year and welcoming 6,000 people annually. For $8.50-12.50, you will be led through a wooded trail of 1,000 lit jack-o-lanterns as you listen to scary stories. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A kid’s matinee will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 am-1 pm.

The Mahana Magic Foundation’s Haunted House at the Old Lantern will be open to Charlotte residents free of charge on Thursday, Oct 25 from 5-7 pm. A storyteller, pumpkin carving, and free pizza will round out the event.

Friday, Oct. 26

The third annual Monster Bash will be held Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm at the Old Lantern in Charlotte. This fundraising event will benefit the Mahana Magic Foundation, a foundation supporting children whose parent has cancer. Tickets are $55 per person and may be purchased online at

Saturday, Oct. 27

Lake Champlain Waldorf High School hosts a Haunted House on Ferry Road Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6:30-10:30 pm. Recommended for ages 12 and up, this haunted house is a fundraiser for the senior class and yearbook. $8/person in advance or $10 at the door. LCWHS is located 735 Ferry Road, Charlotte. Info: 425-6195 x28,

Sixth Annual Pumpkins in the Park, Main St. in Vergennes, 6:45-7:30 pm. Costume parade during pumpkin judging with the Pumpkin Glow at 7 pm. Attendees will be able to purchase cider and donuts at the bandstand. Info: 388-7951 ext.1 or

Halloween Dance to benefit Breast Cancer at the Hinesburg Fire Dept from 8 pm to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 27. Cost: $10 per person or $15 per couple, BYOB. The Dance features a 50/50 raffle and music provided by Phat Sound.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Haunted Happenings, the Shelburne Museum’s annual Halloween party, has a sci-fi theme. Join Jedis, Klingons, Wookiees, and Cylons on the museum grounds for trick or treating and activities for all ages from 10 am-1 pm. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and to bring a reusable bag for collecting trick-or-treat goodies. Admission is $5. Museum members and children age 2 and under are free. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Shelburne Food Shelf.

Shelburne’s annual Halloween Parade sponsored by the Charlotte Shelburne Rotary and the Shelburne Rec Department will be held Sunday, Oct. 28. See other front page article for details.

Monday, Oct. 29

All Day Frankenstein Film Fest (Alumni Auditorium on the campus of Champlain College) Noon-11 pm. Frankenstein (1931) at noon, Bride of Frankenstein (1935) at 1:45 pm, Gothic (1986) at 3:30 pm, Young Frankenstein (1974) at 5:15 pm, and Splice (2009) at 9:30 pm. Explore enduring themes of technology, terror, humor, and horror!

The UVM Horse Barn in South Burlington off of Spear Street will hold an evening of trick-or-treating with costumed UVM Horse Barn Coop members and their horses on Monday, Oct. 29 from 5-6:30 pm. Lots of fun for the entire family, free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Celebrate Halloween in the warm, safe indoor environment of the University Mall in South Burlington. Family activities will be held from 4-7 pm and  include a Marionette Show, Spooky Story Time, Not So Scary Halloween Show with Joey the Clown, Halloween Bingo, and trick-or-treating at select stores.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School presents the Forest of Magic and Mystery for children under 11 and their parents from 4-5:30 pm in Shelburne. Bands of travelers will follow a path lit with jack-o’-lanterns and along the way they will meet a fatherly magician who has lost his daughter.  A host of fairies, fools, sprites, and royals will give the seekers clues and treasures as they travel in search of the missing princess. At the end of the journey attendees will gather at a bonfire to warm themselves. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP 985-2827 to secure your spot; no entry without reservation.

Join the fun at Hinesburg’s annual Halloween Party Monday, from 6 to 8 pm at the Hinesburg fire station. It’s hosted by the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department and sponsored by Aubuchon Hardware.

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