Halloween is traditionally a fun holiday. Children — and adults too — get to dress up and have fun with family, friends, colleagues, and coworkers.
Halloween 2020 may not be as much fun because of COVID-19 concerns, but that doesn’t mean people can’t dress up as their favorite superhero, Star Wars character, or movie or television star and enjoy themselves in a socially-distanced sort of way.
If trick-or-treating in your household will be more subdued this year, New Canaan has virtual and in-person events for adults and children that all die-hard Halloween revelers can attend.
Friday, October 30th
Halloween Trivia, 4:30-5:00 p.m.: Get your children in the spirit with a virtual Halloween Trivia Party sponsored by the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. Children ages 6 to 12 can answer spooky trivia questions from the comfort of the kitchen table. Cost is $5. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-virtual-trivia-kids-tickets-117403353591.
Pumpkin Fest, 5:00-9:00 p.m.: Participate or view carved Jack-O-Lanterns against the backdrop of the New Canaan Library’s shimmering Mirror House. Participate in the first Pumpkin Fest by making a $25 donation and picking up a pumpkin at the library. Return your carved masterpiece, and it will be part of a special display featuring nameplates of each donor. Entrants will be eligible for prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the library’s annual fund. For more information, go to https://newcanaanlibrary.org/pumpkinfest/.
Halloween Spooktacular, 5:30-9:00 p.m.: Learn about and meet some fiendish friends (spiders, snakes, owls, and more) who remind us of All Hallows Eve. Make some creepy crafts, and roast a marshmallow while sharing spooky stories around a crackling campfire, courtesy of the New Canaan Nature Center at 144 Oenoke Ridge Road in New Cannan. Costumes are encouraged. The outdoor event will be split into two sessions with a maximum of 60 people in each session. Session A is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Session B is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Face coverings are required. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is mandatory by Thursday, October 29th at noon. All people who attend (adults and children) must have a ticket. For more information, visit https://newcanaannature.org/community-programs-2/#halloween-spooktacular.
Saturday, October 31st
Drive Through Trick-or-Treating, 6-7 p.m.: Under a “blue moon”, celebrate with the New Canaan Mounted Troop at a free drive through trick-or-treating event at troop’s facility at 22 Carter Street in New Canaan. Dress up, bring the kids, and have candy and treats handed to you by volunteers through your car’s windows. For more information, click here!
Pumpkin Fest, 5-9 p.m.: View carved Jack-O-Lanterns against the backdrop of the New Canaan Library’s shimmering Mirror House on the second night of the Pumpkin Fest. For more information, go to https://newcanaanlibrary.org/pumpkinfest/.