Haunted Halloween happenings

bats-and-moonThursday, Oct. 24

The Haunted Forest at the Catamount Family Center in Williston is one of the area’s traditional Halloween events, celebrating its 33rd 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. 26 from 10 am-3 pm.

The Mahana Magic Foundation’s Haunted House at the Old Lantern will be open to all neighboring communities free of charge on Thursday, Oct 24 from 5-7 pm. A storyteller, pumpkin carving, and free pizza will round out the event.

Nightmare Vermont, a thrilling interactive haunted house at Burlington Memorial Auditorium, will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 24-27 and Wednesday, Oct. 30. Shows are every 30 minutes from 7-10:30 pm. Advanced tickets are $10 and only available online at www.nightmarevermont.org. The tickets sell out quickly, so order today!

Friday, Oct. 25

The fourth annual Monster Bash will be held Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 pm at the Old Lantern in Charlotte. This fundraising event will benefit the Mahana Magic Foundation, supporting children whose parent has cancer. Tickets are $55 per person and may be purchased online at www.mahanamagic.org.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Lake Champlain Waldorf High School hosts a Haunted Circus Tour on Ferry Road Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 pm. A fundraiser for the senior class and yearbook, this tour is recommended for ages 12 and up. $7/person in advance or $10 at the door. LCWHS is located at 735 Ferry Road, Charlotte. Info: 425-6195 x28 or www.lakechamplainwaldorfschool.org.

Seventh Annual Pumpkins in the Park, Main St. in Vergennes, 4:30-7:30 pm. Trick-or-treating on Main Street, a pumpkin cook- off, and the Pumpkin Glow at 7 pm are the featured events. Attendees will be able to purchase cider and donuts at the bandstand. Info: 388-7951 x1 or visit www.vergennesdowntown.org.

The first-ever Monster Mile, a fun run/walk/stroll in Milton’s historic village, will take place today from the Oliver Seed Company at 2:30 pm. Bring the whole family – pets, too – in their Halloween best to support the Milton Family Community Center Food Shelf. Prizes for best costume and light refreshments will follow. Visit www.miltonindependent.com/monstermile or call 893-2028 for details and to register. Please bring a non-perishable food item on the day of the fun run.

Costumed revelers will take to Burlington’s streets to celebrate the annual Halloween bicycle parade at 2 pm. Escorted by police, the parade will embark from City Hall Park and cruise an easy two-mile route through downtown and the Old North End. The parade will end with a party at Maglianero Café, 47 Maple Street, from 3-5pm. The ride is free and open to participants of all bicycling abilities and ages. Runners, skateboarders, and in-line skaters are also welcome to join the fun. For information visit www.localmotion.org/halloween or call 540-0319.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Haunted Happenings, the Shelburne Museum’s annual Halloween party will take place 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.

Shelburne’s annual Halloween Parade sponsored by the Charlotte Shelburne Rotary and the Shelburne Rec Department will be held Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 pm. See front page of this week’s paper for details.

Join the Winooski Valley Park District on Sunday, Oct. 27 for the third annual “Halloween at the Homestead” from 1-3 pm. Bring your family and friends, and come dressed in costume for a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, and treats. There will be games with prizes, face painting, Halloween arts and crafts, and yummy fall treats to enjoy! The Vermont Institute of Natural Science will be bringing live birds to discuss and show off! Please bring a small pumpkin or gourd to decorate; decorating materials will be provided.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Celebrate Halloween in the warm, safe, indoor environment of the University Mall in South Burlington. Family activities will be held from 4:30-7 pm and include Joey the Clown and other activities plus trick-or-treating at select stores.

Thursday, 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. 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. 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 from 6 to 8 pm at the Hinesburg fire station. It’s hosted by the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department and sponsored by Aubuchon Hardware.

Frog Hollow, a gallery in downtown Burlington, is pleased to welcome master story tellers Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder on Halloween day from 3-5 pm for a special holiday performance of their newest work, “The Vampire Princess.” The event is free and open to the public.For more information call 863-6458 or email info@froghollow.org.

Monday, Nov. 5

The UVM Horse Barn at 500 Spear Street in South Burlington will hold an evening of trick-or-treating with costumed UVM Horse Barn Coop members and their horses on Monday, Nov. 5 from 5-6:30 pm. Lots of fun for the entire family. Free and open to the public.

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