Looking for something different to do to celebrate Halloween?
Arlington Haunted House
Burdett Commons of Arlington will have their seventh annual Haunted House on Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 for youth and $8 for adults. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the various programs that Burdett Commons provides to the community. While you wait to enter, support our bake sale outside. Burdett Commons is located at 3854 Route 7A, Arlington. Call 802-375-6515 for information.
Halloween on the Hill
Halloween on the Hill at Southern Vermont Arts Center is planned for Sunday, October 30. Get in the spooky holiday spirit and come up the hill for this annual community event. Fun for the whole family, the event will take place in the Yester House Galleries, decked out as a haunted mansion, from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy Halloween cookie decorating, mini pumpkin painting, a riddled spy hunt, witch’s kitchen, and can’t-miss half-hour performances by celebrated magician Tom Joyce at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free for members; have your membership cards ready to present upon entry. Admission for non-members is $10 per family. To learn more, visit svac.org.
Pittsford Haunted House
There’s still time to see the Pittsford Haunted House, an attraction put on by the Pittsford Fire Department for over 35 years. Baked goods will be available. Located at 426 Plains Road in Pittsford, it will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages seven to 12. It is not recommended for kids unders six.
The Ghost Town of Glastenbury
Are you curious about the Bennington Triangle, and its reports of strange lights, stalling vehicles and mysterious disappearances? Join One World Conservation Center for an evening with Jim Henderson, local Glastenbury historian and enthusiast, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Henderson will take a brief look at Fayville through its early demise and go straight to the mystique and lore of the Bennington Triangle – from Middie Rivers’ disappearance in 1945 to the Paula Welden saga which lead to the creation of the Vermont State Police. Is it unlucky to wear red on the Long Trail? Why did the Native Americans avoid Glastenbury Mountain; was it due to a “large hairy man?” What happened in October 1950 when eight-year-old Paul Jepson disappeared? And two weeks later when Frieda Lander’s body was found in a field that had been searched extensively in the previous months? Tyler Resch, author of ‘Glastenbury: the History of a Vermont Ghost Town,’ will sign his book, available at the event, at 6 p.m. Admission at the door is $5, or $3 for members. One World Conservation Center is located at 413 Route 7 South in Bennington.
Pumpkins on Parade in Arlington
The Arlington Garden Club will revive an old community favorite on Sunday, October 30, at Saint James Church in Arlington. Children and their families are invited to bring their carved pumpkins from 5 to 7 p.m. that day for judging and enjoy cider and donuts. Wear your costume! All ages are welcome. Registration begins at 4:45 p.m. For more information, call Linda McDevitt at 802-375 9991.
Manchester Trick or Treaters: Ride a Fire Truck!
The Manchester Fire Department will once again be giving rides to local trick-or-treaters on their fire trucks, starting at 6 p.m. on Halloween night, Monday, October 31. The trucks will leave Manchester Elementary Middle School and travel to VFW Post 6471 on Depot Street where kids can come inside for snacks and treats. For more information, call Stephanie at 802-548-7159.
Dorset Library Haunted Basement
The Dorset Library has two fantastic events for all ages this Halloween. On Saturday, October 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., they will host a ‘not too scary’ Halloween party geared towards the younger crowd. There will be crafts, movies and games as well as pizza and other refreshments. Costumes are very much encouraged at this free event. On Monday, October 31, the Haunted Basement will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., rain or shine, and the Library will be handing out candy for trick or treaters. Visit dorsetvillagelibrary.org or call 802-867-5774 for more information.
Grafton Lakes Trick or Treat Trail
On Saturday, October 29, Grafton Lakes State Park will host a Trick or Treat Nature Trail from 4 to 7 p.m. Meet at the Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road in Grafton, N.Y. The cost is $3 a person or $10 for family of four or more. Small children come from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The trail is lit by jack-o-lanterns, but please bring a flashlight. Pre-registration is required at 518-279-1155.
Rutland Halloween Parade
The 57th annual Halloween Parade in Rutland will be held on Saturday, October 29, beginning a 6:30 p.m. Every year, over a 100 floats are created by organizations from the Rutland area. The route follows Madison Street and Strongs Avenue to Wales Street, turning left at West Street to end at Merchants’ Row. Visit rutlandrec.com or call 802-773-1822 for details.
Pownal ‘Trunks for Treats’ Cruise-in
The Bennington Cruisers’s first-ever Trunks for Treats Halloween Cruise-in will be held at C and S Auto, 7275 Route 7, Pownal, on Friday, October 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to bring their cars, trucks, bikes and tractors to join in the fun. Decorate your trunk with a fall or Halloween theme; the $10 entry fee goes to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. Don’t forget to bring goodies for trick or treaters! DJ ‘Moose’ Bruce Bell will be spinning tunes, and there will be games and a Halloween costume contest. Call Bert at 802-681-3039 for details.
Greenwich Halloween Parade
The Greenwich, N.Y., Halloween Parade and costume judging will take place on Sunday, October 30. The parade will march along Main Street to Academy Street. Judging will take place in six categories: scariest, funniest, best group or family, most original, best overall, and best dressed pet. All parade participants will receive a ribbon and a candy bar. First, second, and third place winners in five of the six categories will be awarded rosette ribbons. The best overall winner will be awarded the grand prize of $100. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 518-692-7979
Exploring Edgar Allen Poe
Enter the brilliant, macabre world of Edgar Allen Poe when lecturer Barry Deitz comes to the Manchester Community Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25. Deitz will present ‘Edgar Allan Poe: The Dark Side of American Literature,’ tracing Poe’s writing life and his place in the history of American writing. Deitz is back by popular demand after offering a fascinating look at Charles Dickens and the writing of a Christmas Carol last December. His breadth of knowledge and dynamic lecture style are not to be missed. The program is free. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2607 or visit mclvt.org for information.
Dead Poets of Dorset
Join the Dorset Library and the Dorset Historical Society for an atmospheric reading of poetry by some of Dorset’s past poets. The reading will be held at the Library at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Refreshments will be served. Following selections by famed Dorset poets – John Vance Cheney, Mary Hannah Field and Mark Whalon – the floor will be open for anyone to read their favorite seasonal poem: autumn, halloween or just plain old scary. To learn more, contact the Historical Society at 802-867-0331 or the Library 802-867-5774.
American Legion Costume Party
American Legion Post 69’s Halloween Costume Party is on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 7 p.m. with John Davis II and Friends performing. It’s $5 at the door if you wear a costume, or $10 without. This event is for those age 21 and over. Light snacks will be served. Post 69 is located at 54 Legion Road in Arlington. Call 802-375-6157 for details.