Walktober Gets Spooky!

A foggy Chaplin cemetery still seems inviting, Photo by E. Linkkila.

Walktober Gets Spooky!

Get into the Halloween spirit with Walktober. There are ghoulish events for every age with many different levels of fright factor.

Walktober is in its 27th year and is a program of The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the non-profit charged with promoting and advocating for the national heritage corridor’s unique resources.

“The Last Green Valley is filled with some of the best ghost stories you’ll ever hear,” said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. “Walktober and Halloween were made for each other. But, if ghost stories are not what you’re looking for, there are still plenty of family-friendly Halloween themed events.”

There are more than 30 Walktober adventures happening now thru Oct. 31. To see a full listing of Walktober events visit www.lastgreenvalley.org and be sure to check the web site for any cancellations or updates.

Here is a sampling of Halloween-inspired Walktober adventures:

Walktober: Griswold Haunted Nature Trail, Oct. 1-31, Griswold School Campus, 267 Slater Ave., Griswold, CT. Park in Elementary School lot across from trailhead. 860-376-7640. The Nature Trail is open to the public during school days after 3 pm, and on weekends from sunrise to sunset. Start at the information sign at the trailhead, across from the Elementary School. This is a self-guided hidden object game. Follow the Orange Blaze Trail around the Nature Trail. Look into the woods for a hidden objects, but be sure to stay on the trail. You should be able to see lots from the trail – look on both sides – look up – look down! Don’t remove it from the trail! Please leave it for the next family to find.

Walktober: Witches in History & Fable Exhibition, Friday thru Sunday, Oct. 7 to Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Mill Museum, 411 Main St., Windham (Willimantic), CT. 860-456-2178. Hang out with some cool witches created by local artists, featuring the theme of “Witches in History & Fable.” Check the museum website for exact hours & fees.

Walktober: Air Line Lore Along the Lebanon & Columbia Line, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Oct. 27. 2-3:30 p.m., Pine St., Lebanon, CT. Pine St. down to rail trail over the Lebanon town line to Leonard’s Bridge. 860-617-3308. No goosebumps, but hear about the Ghost Train, the line construction of 1912-1913, and CT railroad lore with rail historian Ray Axelrod on this nice section of the Air Line Trail.

Walktober: Spooky Stories and Tricky Treat Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.,  Killingly Public Library, 25 Wescott Rd., Killingly, CT. 860-779-5383. Registration required online at www.killinglypl.org or call 860-779-5383. This free fun event is aimed at children ages 4 to 8.

Walktober: Downtown Putnam Trick or Treat Night, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. Union Square, Main St. to Jade Garden, Kennedy Dr., Putnam, CT. 860-928-1350 Business employees from Union Square to Jade Garden dress up and will be passing out candy at this family-friendly event. Enjoy costumes galore in this parade-like atmosphere of family fun! Parents are encouraged to dress up, too.

Walktober: Killingly Outdoor Movie Night – Hocus Pocus, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Westfield Church, 210 Main St., Killingly, CT. 860-779-5390. For the first time, Killingly Parks & Rec and Westfield Congregational Church have teamed up to bring the community a free outdoor movie. Grab your chair and blankets. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Keep up to date with all KPRD events on www.facebook.com/Killinglyrecreation.

Walktober: The Spirits of Downtown, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Jillson Square, 533 Main St. (Rte. 66), Windham (Willimantic), CT. Walk starts at Jillson Square. 860-456-2178. Enjoy this moderate 1-mile brisk walk around downtown to hear the chilling stories of some of the abiding apparitions. Bring flashlights so you can see who may be tapping you on the shoulder! This year’s option: sample a Willimantic brewed libation, or “spirit” for a fee after the walk. $5 each.

Walktober: Antient Ghosts of Norwich, Oct. 27, 6:40 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Norwich, CT. Location will be provided to those who register in advance. 860-886-1776. Pre-registration requried, email minerregan@gmail.com. As dusk approaches, stroll through one of Norwich’s oldest graveyards and hear local ghostly legends. Admission: $5. Tours are limited to 90 participants (three tours with 30 people on each tour.

Walktober: Arrowhead Paranormal Public Investigation at Leffingwell, Oct. 27, check website for times, Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT. 860-889-9440. Ghosts have been known to frequent this historic place. Attend the Arrowhead Paranormal Public Investigation at Leffingwell to see what you can learn in this hands on investigation. For more info: email arrowheadparanormalct@gmail.com & online: www.arrowheadinvestigations.net.

Walktober: Off-Kilter Tales of Norwichtown, Oct. 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center, 69 East Town St., Norwich, CT. 860-886-1776. Join Zack Lamothe, author of “Connecticut Lore: Strange Off-Kilter & Full of Surprises,” for an exciting walk through his home neighborhood of Norwichtown discussing off-kilter stories of its history, hauntings and hidden surprises.

Walktober: Scarecrow Kingdom and Trick or Treat on Main Street, Oct. 28, 1-3:30 p.m., Davis Park, Main St., Danielson, CT. 860-779-5390. Bring down your old clothes and help us build a Scare Crow Kingdom at Davis Park. Check out a live jack-o-lantern carving. Killingly Public Library will also be at the park, visit them for a book giveaway. Killingly Business Association will also be hosting their annual Trick or Treat on Main Street that same day for children 12 and younger from 2 – 3:30 pm. Visit the Main Street merchants & other Killingly businesses after you’ve scared all those crows in the park away!

Walktober: Trick-or-Treating in Storrs Center & Annual Halloween Party/Trick-a-Trunk, Oct. 28, 3-6:30 p.m., Storrs Center-Dog Lane & Mansfield Community Ctr., 10 S. Eagleville Rd., Mansfield (Storrs), CT. 860-429-3015. Children are invited to wear costumes and trick-or-treat downtown Storrs from 4-5 pm. Many shops will have treats for children: look for “Trick or Treat” signs in the windows of participating businesses. Trick-or-Treating will be rain or shine. All children should be accompanied by an adult. At 5 pm, children and their adult(s) are encouraged to walk over to the Mansfield Community Center to continue the fun at the Annual Halloween Party and Trick-a-Trunk. Festivities at the Community Center are free and open to all ages and will continue until 6:30 pm.

Walktober: The Old Darn Man and Halloween Tales, Oct. 29, 1-2:30 p.m.,  Hampton Community Ctr., 179 Main St. (Rte. 97), Hampton, CT. 860-884-5162. Storyteller Sharon Lynch will regale us with the tale of the legendary Old Darn Man, wanderer and frequent visitor to the Bennett farm in Hampton, as well as the story of the origin of Connecticut’s state song, “Yankee Doodle.” In the spirit of the Halloween season, she will include a tale or two to put folks in the mood for that eerie night when things aren’t always as they seem. No dogs please.

Walktober: Monday Movie Night – CLUE!, Oct. 30, 5-7:30 p.m., Pearle L. Crawford Library,  40 Schofield Ave., Dudley, MA. 508-949-8021. Enjoy the movie, CLUE, with your family. Free popcorn will be provided!


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