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A Family Halloween

From The Blog Weekend fun: Break a leg with a Broadway star, hear spooky tales plus Hoots & Howls, celebrate Halloween early, & more

You'll go batty over these pre-Halloween activities

And the fun has just begun...

October 26 & 26: Period junkies, this one’s for you! The Crawley family is back in a rush of early 20th-century splendor with the film, Downton Abbey, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.


7 – 9 PM: Want to debut your musical skills or prefer to listen from the audience? In Artistree’s Hay Loft, you’ll find a warm, collaborative environment perfect for Open Mic Night!


10 AM – 5 PM: Get a lesson in farm-to-table food-prep during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum – as interpreters demonstrate how seasonal vegetables and herbs from the heirloom garden are used in historic recipes.

2 – 3 PM: For a blast-from-the-past of a different variety, descend into the Rockefeller family’s 1960s bomb shelter to reveal what life was like during the Cold War as part of Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.

7:30 – 10 PM: Just off Route 4, tunes and square dancing await at the West Bridgewater Grange when The Bear Mountain Jammers perform live!

Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer


9 – 11 AM: Learn how to identify and respond to one of Vermont’s most destructive pests during the Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont - Working Woodlands Workshop at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Pre-register as space is limited.

Beginning at 10 AM, take your pick from two events brimming with Halloween fun:

Jack O Lanterns

For a one-two-punch of literary proportions, check out these two events:

2 – 3 PM: Next up: get a last look at the vibrant shades of autumn during a free, guided Foliage Hike at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, featuring insight into how this sustainably-managed working forest has and will transform – from past to present to future. Reservations recommended, see link for details.

5 – 7 PM: It’s no trick – kids can get an early start on their candy collection during a round of South Woodstock community trick-or-treating followed by a dessert pot-luck at the fire house! Start at the Kedron Valley Inn for a map to guide your way.

5 – 7:30 PM: On a cold fall day, there’s nothing better than a hot, ready-made meal! You’ll find just that during the Oyster Stew Supper with the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Association in Barnard.

6:30 – 8:30 PM: Or if you’d rather make a tasty supper with your own hands, join Odyssey Events in Bridgewater for their Name that Fish Stew cooking class.


7:30 – 10:30 AM: Dig in to a tasty morning meal of pancakes, sausage, coffee, cider, and more during the 8th Annual Pomfret-Teago Firehouse Pancake Breakfast at the Teago Station in South Pomfret, across from the Library and Artistree! $8 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under.

10 AM – 5 PM: All the joys of a festive fall day come together at Billings Farm & Museum during A Family Halloween – including doughnuts-on-a-string, pumpkin picking and carving, Halloween tales, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and much more! And best of all? Costumed kids are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult!

Person in Costume.

2 – 3:15 PM: Want to go behind-the-scenes to learn how the other half lived? You'll explore the little-seen corners of the Rockefeller estate during a Hidden Spaces Tour that’ll take you through the family bedrooms, service wing, bowling alley, and more at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended.


4 PM: Craving a melodic conclusion to your weekend? You can hear the world's finest active duty musicians deliver a live, FREE concert when the United States Air Force American Clarinet Quartet performs modern compositions and classical favorites at Artistree.