Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween.... historically... in Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County....

At the historic Glebe House Museum on Hollow Rd. in Woodbury on Saturday, October 26 costumed spirits will lead the way through the Ancient Burying grounds, where 30 of Woodbury's most famous and infamous 'spirits' await at their grave sites to relate tales from the darker side of 18th and 19th century Woodbury. There will be a spooky candlelit tour in the museum itself and stories and tales from Moll Cramer, the Witch of Woodbury, told in the Museum cottage. Madame Suzolo will be offering Tarot Card readings and there will be free fall refreshments for all. The Hollow will be closed to traffic and the area, including the walk to and through the cemetery will be lit with over 200 luminaries. Hours are 5 pm to 8:30 p.m.  Individual tickets are $12 and Family tickets Mom, Dad and their children are $25.
The rain date is October 27.

The 6th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour, with a special Swedish immigrant theme, will take place on Friday October 25 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Costumed guides will lead groups of visitors every ten minutes from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town’s departed citizens will be stationed at their gravestones to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminaries spanning a quarter mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's Swedish immigrants. The costumed character actors stationed at each gravestone will share the perilous tales of their travels to America, their work as domestics on estates in Washington owned by wealthy New Yorkers, and so much more. The Gunn Museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road, at the intersection of Wykeham Road and Route 47, on Washington Green. Rain date is Oct. 27.

The Hurd House in Woodbury on Hollow Rd. one of the oldest houses in the Western part of Connecticut is hosting a Halloween bash from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on October 26.  Children are invited to come to this magnificent historic house in costume and listen to a spooky tale, sip cider by the fire and afterward join the scavenger hunt for some ghoulish fun!  This event is free.

On October 26, Rain date Oct. 27, Plymouth is holding a PumpkinFest on the Green, 10 Park Street from 4 to 7 p.m. Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to enter the carving contest prizes; will be awarded. At 6 p.m. all the pumpkins will be lit for a spectacular display. Other event activities include face painting, live music, lantern tours of the old burying ground and a costume parade led by a bagpiper

On October 27 at 6 p.m. the Fairfield Museum and History Center on 370 Beach Road in Fairfield will host a bone chilling walking tour that explores Fairfield’s haunting legends and folklore as night descends. Participants will hear about body snatching in the cemetery, ghost legends at the Tavern and stand on the site where wary townsfolk tested alleged witches in the 17th century.  Cost is $8 per person.

As the sun sets, the spirits come out to play…take a lantern-lit tour through the Mill Hill graveyard in Norwalk on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Listen to new chilling tales from the Norwalk spirits at “A Haunting at Mill Hill”.  Meet Anna Howard, the spirit that roams the Norwalk River and Margaret Gale, the wife of an organ grinder, who met her untimely end along a deserted Norwalk road, plus more stories of murder, death and destruction! Refreshments follow each tour in the historic Little Red Schoolhouse. Limited space on each tour, book early! Event held indoors during inclement weather.  Bring a flashlight.  For tickets call 203-846-0525 or visit  Cost: Adults/Teens (ages 13 & up): $14, Child (ages 8-12): $9

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