Pumpkin Carving and Spooktacular Halloween in New Canaan

The New Canaan Nature Center is hosting two Halloween events this October to celebrate the season. The first event is the 3rd annual ack-o-Lantern Carving Contest! Carve a pumpkin at home with your family and bring it into the NCNC Visitor Center on Wednesday, October 24, or Thursday, October 25, any time from 9am-3pm. Each pumpkin must be accompanied by a registration form. Judging will take place during a spooky stroll on Friday, October 26th, as part of NCNC’s Halloween Spooktacular event! Each Spooktacular participant will vote for their favorite pumpkin.

The second event takes place on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the New Canaan Nature Center. Guests of this spooktacular celebration will learn about and meet some creepy critters who remind us of All Hallows Eve (spiders, bats, snakes, & more), before getting the chance to make our very own slime. The evening will end by enjoying a spooky & interactive Halloween story and a one-of-a-kind jack-o-lantern experience.

Costumes encouraged & welcome! This is not a drop off program – all children must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces for this popular event are limited & advanced registration is highly recommended! Members: $10/person Non-Members: $15/person. The New Canaan Nature Center is located on 144 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan.

11th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour Oct. 26

Take a candlelit tour along a path of 1,000 luminaries through the cemetery and meet some of Washington Connecticut’s unforgettable residents from the past! This spooktacular event takes place on Friday, October 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Tour starts at Gunn Historical Museum, 5 Wykeham Road, Washington, CT 06793. Tours depart every ten minutes between 6:30 and 8:30 pm and last approximately one hour. Tickets will be distributed, on a first-come-first-serve basis, starting at 6:15 pm on Friday, October 26, and continuing through the evening until the tickets run out. While there is no fee for this event, donations are greatly appreciated.

Tour guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes as they will be walking on uneven terrain.

Refreshments, face painting for kids, and a Halloween themed movie will be shown in the Wykeham Room of the Gunn Memorial Library where attendees can wait inside for their tour group to depart.

Rain Date for the Cemetery Tour: Sunday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Annual Ghost Tours: Explore Mysterious Bridgeport on October 26th

It’s October, and that means it’s time for the PT Barnum Museum’s annual Wicked Walks! Join historian Michael Bielawa, author of Wicked Bridgeport and Wicked New Haven to hear the strange and fascinating tales of Bridgeport’s past as you stroll through the historic downtown area. Focusing on Bridgeport’s magnificent historic sites, the 90-minute program will explore the intrigue and mysteries of the City’s 19th-century places and people. October provides the perfect time to visit scenes of suspected hauntings, Victorian-era murders, Men In Black sightings and other unexplained phenomena. Bielawa’s Bridgeport tales are based on research conducted at local and state libraries, historical societies, and through personal interviews.

As always, during Bielawa’s Wicked Walks, the author encourages participants to take photographs in order to help document the area’s paranormal activity. The tour starts at The Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street. Please follow signs to enter behind the historic building from the plaza; go through the glass doors into the Peoples United Bank Gallery. Plan to arrive at 6:30 as the group will head out no later than 6:45 for approximately a one-hour tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes! Afterward, return to the Museum for cider; the author will be available to sign and sell books after the tour. On-street parking is free after 6 pm.

Advance reservations are required. Light-moderate rain will not cancel the tour; if severe weather is in question, please check our website for updates. Please visit our website for further information about the Barnum Museum: click here

Limited to 30 participants. $16 General Admission; $8 Museum Members. Refunds for cancellations will be made only up to 48 hours in advance of the program. In the event of severe weather and program rescheduling, a refund will be made if the ticket holder is unable to attend. Click for Reservations/Tickets.

Hillside Halloween Cemetery Tours in Naugatuck

The Naugatuck Historical Society is offering two Cemetery Tours on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

The “Tour and Pour” event on Oct. 19 will run regularly from 5:30 to 7:00pm, starting at Linden Park. After the tour, guests (and actors and actresses) will go to the AOH Pub in Naugatuck for a sandwich (burger, hotdog, corned beef, etc) and a drink of their choice (anything but top shelf) The last tour starts promptly at 7:00pm. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.
The Tour and Pour is $25 per person and includes the tour and the sandwich and drink.

On Saturday, Oct. 20 join the Society for their matinee tour, with special family pricing. Tours will run regularly from 1-2:30pm, starting at Linden Park. Enjoy cider and donuts while you wait for your tour to begin. The last tour starts promptly at 2:30. Tours last about 45 minutes.
The Matinee Tour is $5 for students or children under 18. Adults are $10 each. Bring the family for $20.

Advance tickets are available at the Naugatuck Historical Society Museum or at the Naugatuck AOH Pub (104 Water Street). Tickets will also be available at Linden Park during the event.

Whoooo Lives in the Enchanted Forest?

Come for a hoot of a Halloween at The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Enchanted Forest on Friday evening, October 26. An alternative, nature-themed Halloween celebration, the Enchanted Forest also introduces fascinating, entertaining and educational information about nocturnal animals in their natural habitat.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes for this unique and fun – not scary – event. Experience the Larsen Sanctuary at night while being escorted along the luminary trail by volunteers who light the way with flashlights. The festivities also feature fall-themed craft making, Halloween snacks and a chance to meet some of the Center’s creepy, crawly critters. The Enchanted Forest is held rain or moon shine.

The Center at Fairfield is located at 2325 Burr Street in Fairfield. The guided walks leave every fifteen minutes beginning at 5:15 p.m.; the last walk leaves at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Ticket prices are: CAS members–$10/child, $2/adult; non-members–$15/child, $2/adult. To purchase your tickets online visit: www.ctaudubon.org/fairfield-home/, or call 203-259-6305 ext. 109. Be sure to sign-up early to reserve your walk time of choice.

Visit The Connecticut Audubon Society’s website at www.ctaudubon.org to learn about fall programs and special events around the state.

Our Hidden Landscape – Stone Cultural Features @ Torrington Historical Society

The Torrington Historical Society will host a FREE program on Wednesday, October 17th in the Carriage House Gallery of the Torrington Historical Society, 192 Main Street. The speaker will be Lucianne Lavin Ph.D., Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, CT. Dr. Lavin’s PowerPoint program, titled, “Our Hidden Landscapes: Stone Cultural Features & Native American Ceremonial Sites” will begin at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is sponsored by the Torrington Chapter of UNICO National. Admission is free; donations are welcome.

This program will explore the topic of stone features, many of which can often be seen as we hike through the woods. Although some of these are the remains of abandoned farmsteads and industrial mill sites, many others represent Native American ceremonial sites. Dr. Lavin’s PowerPoint presentation will illustrate the various kinds of European-American and indigenous stone structures found on our Connecticut landscapes. Although State regulations support the preservation of sacred Native American sites, these sites are often not recognized for what they are and subsequently, have been destroyed by development and suburban sprawl. Even on protected lands, destruction is possible through logging, landscaping, or building placement. This program will help individuals and organizations learn more about these Native American stone features so that we can identify them and help aid in the preservation of these significant indigenous stone features.

Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies, a museum and research and educational center in Washington, CT. Dr. Lavin is an anthropologist and archaeologist who has over 40 years of research and field experience in Northeastern archaeology and anthropology, including teaching, museum exhibits and curatorial work, cultural resource management, editorial work, and public relations. She has owned and operated an archaeological firm for over 25 years. In addition, Dr. Lavin is the author of over 150 professional publications and technical reports on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Northeast. Her award-winning book, Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures, was published by Yale University Press (spring 2013). She is a founding member of the state’s Native American Heritage Advisory Council and Editor of the journal of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut.

The program will begin promptly at 6:30. For more information about the Torrington Historical Society, please visit http://www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.

Historic Baseball In Bristol Oct. 14

Muzzy Field is one of Bristol’s hidden gems. The property was donated to the city in 1912 and the venue has held various events from football games to neighborhood picnics, high school games to the Big East and American Legion baseball tournaments among others. The Bristol Red Sox, a Triple-A affiliate of the Boston organization, did a 10-year stint with Muzzy Field as their home base between 1973 and1982, before relocating to New Britain. Among those playing here were future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Jimmy Rice, as well as a future American League Rookie of the Year, Fred Lynn.

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Bristol Historical Society in collaboration with Team Bristol will be hosting a doubleheader vintage baseball game at Muzzy Field located in Bristol on Muzzy Road. For directions click here.

Billed as “The 2018 Northeast Historic Baseball All-Star Event”, players from the New England states will compete in two separate games: the first by 1864 rules and the second by those of 1865.
The teams will be dressed in authentic period uniforms and compete with vintage equipment on a playing field without a pitcher’s mound, as was the standard of the day. The score will be posted on a blackboard and announcements made through a megaphone.

Play will begin at 12 noon and last until approximately 4 PM. Admission is free and children are welcome. Join the Bristol Historical Society to take a step back in time and see how America’s favorite pastime was played and enjoyed over 150 years ago!