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.

Costume contest

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 party

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.