New Halloween events planned this year
Trick-or-treating has roots deep in medieval times. In 19th-century America, children of Irish and Scottish immigrants dressed in disguise and carried lanterns made from scooped-out turnips to visit homes where they were rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.
Whatever the loot, kids have always loved to trick-or-treat. Who doesn’t remember the fun, tinged with fear, of wandering across town dressed as a favorite character with a bulging bag of sweets?
Parents, however, are often less enthusiastic, and in recent years, alternative, family-friendly Halloween events have sprung up.
New this year, Milford’s
First Congregational Church on Union Street will hold a "Trunk or Treat" event with church members filling the trunks of their decorated vehicles with candy. There will also be children’s games in the Parish House.
"It’s a safe environment, with no traffic and all the candy is prescreened," said the church’s interim pastor, the Rev. Alex Gondola.
The goal is to have 12 trunks, said church member Maggie Schellenberg, whose sister attends the Hudson church.
The event is also a celebration of the Christian holiday All Saints Eve and an outreach for the church. Gondola will stand at the church door to provide a religious lesson to anyone who is interested, and the church sanctuary will be open for those who want to visit.
Trunk or Treat will happen rain or shine on Halloween during the traditional trick-or-treat hours of 6-8 p.m.
Trick or treating on the Milford Oval, sponsored by the Recreation Department, will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and children will have candy or a small toy to choose from. A costume contest will begin at 4:15, with prizes for the scariest, funniest and prettiest.
For Amherst trick-or-treaters, the Village Green is where all the action is, and those who live where trick-or-treaters seldom venture can join the fun.
The Recreation Department is holding what is probably the most unusual Halloween event around here, called Doors on the Green.
For $15 each, Amherst Makerspace will sell 10- by 10-foot spaces on the Green, complete with a door for residents to decorate and distribute candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
Doors will be set up and ready to decorate by 3 p.m. Oct. 31.
The "owner" of the best decorated door will win a three-month family membership to Amherst Makerspace. Doors will be judged at 5:45 p.m.
Participants must bring their own candy, and all items, other than the doors, must be provided by the door owner. Doors will be available for pickup before the event, or they can be placed on the site.
All proceeds go to Amherst Makerspace.
Wilton will hold an outdoor Halloween party at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on Main Street for spooky but family-friendly fun.
There will be a costumed 5K race to benefit the Wilton Main Street Association and the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Warriors Athletic Booster Club.
Main Street merchants will give out treats, and there will be face painting, pumpkin carving, a scavenger hunt, spooky stories, a Halloween movie, and contests for house decorating, carved pumpkins and T-shirt designs.