Wicked Lantern Tours offered by Barnum Museum

Join The Barnum Museum for a fascinating—and slightly macabre—Wicked Walk lantern stroll of historic downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, led by author-historian-lecturer Michael Bielawa. October provides the perfect time to visit scenes of suspected hauntings, Victorian-era murders, and unexplained phenomena. Remarkably, these mysteries and mysterious sites are centrally located and within easy walking distance. Join Mr.
Bielawa for a one-hour tour, as he sheds light on some of New England’s strangest and eeriest tales!

The evening tours will be offered on two dates: Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6:30pm. Tickets should be purchased at least a day in advance; group size is limited, so early reservations are suggested. Tickets are $5 per person for Barnum Museum members, and $15 for others. Please note that this program is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

The program begins in the People’s United Bank Gallery located at the rear of The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street in Bridgeport. Please plan to arrive at 6:30 pm, so that the tour can leave by 6:45 pm. Bring a camera if you wish, as the author encourages participants to take photographs in order to help document the area’s paranormal activity. Participants may return to the museum after the walk for cider and refreshments. Mr. Bielawa will also sign copies of his books.

Michael Bielawa is versed in the paranormal. He continually studies, and uncovers, haunting tales of southern New England’s shadowy past. These tales are based on fact, and have been documented through research at regional libraries, historical societies, through old documents, and personal interviews. Mr. Bielawa is the author of the award-winning books, Wicked Bridgeport and Wicked New Haven. His essays on the supernatural have appeared in FATE Magazine and Fortean Times. Mr. Bielawa has appeared on WTNH Channel 8’s Connecticut Style and Good Morning Connecticut segments and on WPLR, WICC, NPR, WABC-AM as well as various other programs.

Please call (203) 331-1104 ext. 100 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, if you have any questions.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Offers Ghostly Fun for Halloween Season

Whether you like tricks or treats for Halloween, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum has a Halloween event for you. The Museum is inviting visitors of all ages to celebrate Halloween by exploring the darker history of this iconic landmark with vampires and ghost tour. All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s educational and cultural programs.

Ghostly Sightings Tours October 20, 21,22,27,28 and 29 and run from 5 p.m. to 8 pm. The 5 pm and 5:30 tours are children friendly. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This year the tours will feature a troupe of living history volunteers. The Witches, Vampires, & Ghosts Tours at the Mansion will highlight the history of witchcraft, from colonial times to the Victorian era, the New England Vampire Panic, the darker Mansion history, and real life ghostly sightings.The Ghostly Sightings Tours are $20 per person.
The tours will take place inside the Mansion cloaked in darkness, on the first and second floors, where interpreters, dressed in costume, will lead visitors by candlelight and share the haunting history of Connecticut’s witch-hunts and their famed trials. Tours will expose how The New England Vampire Panic began and reveal several ghost sightings that have taken place at the Mansion in the past several decades.

Ghosts, Vampires, and Witches will share center stage with the Mansion’s interpreters during these very spooky tours. As doors open and close, rooms are entered and left behind, visitors can expect the unexpected. Ticket buyers beware…visitors may run into a Victorian era witch, vampire, or ghost, but only during these very special and spooky Halloween tours.

About Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information on tours and programs, visit http://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

All Hollow’s Eve Oct. 21 @ Glebe House

As the leaves are changing color and the hint of the first frost is in the air get ready to celebrate autumn at the All Hollows Event event hosted by the Glebe House located on Hollow Road in Woodbury on Saturday, October 21.

This celebration takes place during the witching hours of 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Ghosts, goblins, and assorted scary creatures will be on hand along Hollow Road, following a path lit by over 300 luminaries, some of Woodbury’s earliest citizens will come back from the dead to lead mystery tours of the nearby Ancient Burying Grounds.

Besides touring the cemetery, visitors should plan to enter the Haunted Glebe House to experience a spine tingling tour with the home’s frightening inhabitants and have a tarot card reading from Madame Suzolo. Complimentary refreshments of hot chocolate, cider and autumn treats will warm up our guests on this fall evening.

Parking for the evening will be in Hollow Park, whose entrance is next to the Glebe House. Only a limited number of tickets are available. Tickets in advance are $10 per person and $22 per family and may be purchased at the museum-49 Hollow Road in Woodbury or call at 203-263-2855 or mail at PO Box 245 Woodbury, CT 06798. At the door tickets are $12 per person.

The rain date is October 28.

41st Annual Kent Pumpkin Run Oct. 29

Join the fun this year in Kent on Sunday October 29, 2017, for the 41st running of the Kent Pumpkin Run where the #1 Fall Foliage town in New England will be the spot for dazzling scenery, homemade pumpkin soup and costumes galore.

With events for the entire family, the Kent Pumpkin Run is a fun-filled day for both racers and spectators. One of the oldest races in Connecticut, the Kent Classic attracts both elite runners and those who just want a beautiful walk in the Litchfield Hills with or without their canine BFFs!

The Pumpkin Run kicks off with a Kids Fun Run at 11:15 AM followed by the five mile race/walk at Noon. In the Halloween spirit, many prizes are awarded for costumes as well as finishing times.

The gorgeous course has its own reward at the end as all are invited to the Post-race Party with great food, face painting for the kids and gift certificates from Kent’s charming shops.

For up to date information and details on how to register for the race visit the Kent Chamber of Commerce website.

Ride to the Pumpkin Patch by Train

​Enjoy the best of Connecticut’s fall foliage and take a train ride to the Pumpkin Patch where the kids can select their own pumpkin and everyone can savor cider and donuts. This weekend the Railroad Museum Of New England’s Naugatuck Railroad kicks off its 10th Annual “Pumpkin Patch” Train Rides.

It’s a great opportunity for families to reconnect and take a fun trip back into years gone by. Parents and grandparents can bring their children and grandchildren along for a ride on Pumpkin Patch Train and watch them pick out their own pumpkin in the field. All will enjoy the magnificent foliage this time of year. Everyone should bring cameras to capture these wonderful memories.

Pumpkin Patch Trains are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays, October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. After the children select their pumpkins, and families take photos, passengers re-board the train for the ride back to the historic Thomaston Station.

The fares are $18 for Adults and $16 for Seniors (age 62+) and Children (ages 3-12). Children 2 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at www.rmne.org or phone 860-283-7245 anytime. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Trains depart from Thomaston Station at 242 East Main St, Thomaston, Connecticut. Tickets are picked up at Thomaston Station’s “WILL CALL” window on the day of your train ride. Please arrive at the Station 30 minutes before departure time. Trains leave promptly at the scheduled times.

In addition to the “Pumpkin Patch Trains,” the RMNE schedule for October includes the “Scenic Train Tours” on Tuesdays at 10am. In late November and throughout December, the RMNE also will offer the “Santa Express” and the “Northern Lights Limited.”

The RMNE, located at the historic Thomaston Train Station, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to January 1968. The mission of the RMNE is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad. The museum concept is more than just artifacts; it’s also a story of the region and the development of society around the railroad. More information about the Railroad Museum of New England can be found at: www.rmne.org​.

Sharon Audubon Enchanted Forest & More

Family fun is in the works at the Sharon Audubon Center the last two weekends in October. A trio of events are “non scary” and geared toward families with children pre-K through 2nd grade.

The Audubon’s popular Enchanted Forest will be held on Saturday, October 21. Guided groups will meet friendly costumed animal characters along a candlelit trail and hear how the animals live their lives on the Audubon grounds. After the tour, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, participants can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate inside the Center building before taking a hayride back to the parking area. This non-scary program is ideal for children up to 8 years old and their families. Tours begin every 10-15 minutes between the hours of 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.. Participants should bring an extra flashlight. Admission is $4 per person. Children under 2 are free.

Wild Waterfowl Day is taking place on Saturday, October 28 from 8 am to 12 noon. Fall is one of the best times of year to witness amazing waterfowl migration. Many species come through Litchfield Hills, including Audubon Sharon and surrounding areas and we will have a great opportunity to view these marvelous fliers. We will begin at Audubon Sharon at 8 a.m. and explore a few of the ponds before driving to Bantam Lake, which is a stopover spot for migrating waterfowl. Transportation to Bantam Lake is not guaranteed, but carpooling is likely.

Audubon Kids’ Day is taking place on Sunday, October 29 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. This is a fun, autumn afternoon for young children and their families and features carnival-type games, kids’ crafts, a petting zoo, a hay bale maze, hay wagon shuttles, professional face painting and glitter tattoos, a large leaf pit for jumping, balloon twisting and good food such as burgers, hot dogs, chili, apple cider and homemade goodies. Children are encouraged to come in costume and join in the costume parade led around the Center grounds. The event is held rain or shine and is ideal for children PreK-3rd grade. Admission.

The Land We Love @ Sharon Historical Society

The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents the opening of its show of art works in The Gallery @the SHS, “The Land We Love”, an invitational exhibition and sale of landscape art in a variety of media running through October 27, 201

Artists have been drawn to depict the world around them for millennia but it is only in the last two hundred years or so that nature, the physical landscape, painted in the open air, has been thought worthy by itself as the subject of a work of art. Delacroix said that art was nature filtered through a temperament.
For this show, artists were invited to submit their vision of the natural world in which we live. The Land that We Love features the work of area artists Basia Goldsmith, Norma Kimmel, Ellen Moon, Patty Mullins, Ray Olsen and Babs Perkins.

Artifacts from the SHS collection (including photographs from the CR Robinson Archive of landscapes around Sharon Gardens of Stone House) will be on display to complement the artwork.

All purchases at The Gallery @the SHS support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission. The Gallery @the SHS is located at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, 18 Main Street, Route 41, Sharon, CT. The gallery and museum are open Wednesday through Friday from 12-4, Saturday from 10-2 and by appointment. For more information and directions to The Gallery @the SHS, call (860) 364-5688. For additional information about the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, visit www.sharonhist.org