Saturday, October 27, 2018
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  Old Saybrook: Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
Find the doors to the Fairy Realm. There are 28 of these five-inch doors in retail locations throughout town. See how many you can find. Maps and photos of the doors available online or at Sweet Luna's, Ocean Art Studio, and the Acton Library. More info: 860-395-3139

Various Locations: Walktober
Welcome to the 28th Annual Walktober in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. After 28 years, Walktober is still the best way to celebrate all the beauty, historic treasures and working farms of the 35 towns of eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts. With more than 200 unique experiences, you’ll get a chance to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in New England, meet some of the heroes and scoundrels who shaped our nation, and see first-hand what it means to farm and eat local. All of this is made possible by the most passionate volunteers you will ever meet. Every Walktober leader will share with you what they love about The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Whether you call The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor home, or you are visiting for the first time or the 10th time, you’ll come away with a new appreciation for why this place is so special. If you pair this brochure with one of The Last Green Valley’s Explore! Guides, you’ll also find many places to shop local, catch a fabulous meal or relax with a drink after your Walktober adventures. Keep them both for ideas of year-round things to do. And, visit our website, thelastgreenvalley.org, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for information about our monthly programs, including Acorn Adventures for kids and Ranger programs. Enjoy Walktober and help us care for, enjoy and pass on The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.

10:00am [10:00am] Branford: Mini-Maker Table
Join us every Friday and Saturday for a mini-maker project from our MakerLab! Every month we will feature a quick project or new piece of equipment to mess around with. The results may have you leaving with something to physically take home OR just the satisfaction that you were able to create a circuit, power on an Arduino or thread a sewing machine. The projects are easy, meant for all ages and 100% drop-in. It is just up to you to find out which floor we are featuring the project on and drop on by. Registration for this table is not required – just come ready to tinker, play and create!

[10:00am] Hartford: Dia de los Muertos
Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Connecticut Historical Society! This joyful Mexican celebration takes place among families to welcome their departed family members, to celebrate life, and to poke fun at death. The Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program will partner with the Mariachi Academy of New England, a statewide, non-profit, community music and education organization, to present a traditional Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Come to visit with local families who will set up ofrendas, or small altars, in the same way they would do at home or with their community. Artist Carlos Hernández Chávez creates a traditional altar similar to the ones he grew up with in Mexico, which will be open to everyone to donate a memento or message that will stay with the altar. All ages are welcome to learn how to decorate sugar cookie skulls, make papel picado (cut paper designs), and do other art activities with Mexican artist/educator Adam Romo. The Taco Tequila food truck will be on site with delicious food. At noon, we will screen the Academy Award-winning film Coco, an animated story about Día de los Muertos in Mexico. After the movie, return to the ofrendas to learn about the arts and deep meanings of this tradition from Carlos Hernández Chávez, who will lead an interactive discussion with families telling audiences about their altars and their experiences with the Day of the Dead. Visitors will be encouraged to ask questions, visit each altar, and talk to the families. The event will culminate with a special concert by students from the Mariachi Academy of New England and the popular touring group Mariachi México Antiguo, who will regale spectators with familiar music played during Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico. Dancers from the group Alma de México will accompany them, and audiences will be invited to join in.

[10:00am] Westport: Family Yoga
Enjoy lively yoga for the preschool crowd with a story. Ages 5 and under with an adult. More info: 203-291-4800

[10:00am] Wethersfield: Scavenger Hunt
Drop-in any Saturday of the month to complete a fun scavenger hunt around the library. Each month will feature a new hunt. September Hunt: Dog Man October Hunt: Wimpy Kid November Hunt: Wreck It Ralph

[11:00am] West Haven: Halloween Spooktacular
Enjoy games, crafts, prizes, and treats in the fun and spooky forest. Costumes encouraged. Ages 5-10 Pre-register: 203-937-4233

[1:00pm] Bloomfield: The Little Vampire
This is the story of Rudolph, a 13-year-old vampire whose clan is threatened by a vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards, and vampires. Tony helps Rudolph to save Rudolph's family. More info: 860-242-0041

[2:00pm] East Hartford: Fall Festival
Come celebrate with South Church as we welcome the community to an afternoon of Halloween fun: bounce house, craft activity and candy! Cars decorated for Halloween will line the parking lot. Trunk or Treat provides kids a safe space to trick-or-treat in. Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends!!

[2:00pm] Farmington: Fright School Monster Academy
Local author Janet Lawler will share her newest book, Fright School. Attend Monster Academy, learn monster tricks and games, take a quiz, and graduate from Fright School. Ghoulish snacks served. Ages 4 and up. More info: 860-673-6791

[2:00pm] Southport: Halloween Pet Parade
March behind the fire truck in the town-wide pet parade. Enjoy old-fashioned Halloween games on the library lawn, entertainment, and more. Prizes for best pet and people costumes, and all pets receive treats. Parade begins from Five Corners to the Pequot Library lawn. You don't need a pet to participate. More info: 203-259-0346, ext 116

[3:00pm] Storrs: Trick or Treat in Downtown Storrs
Calling all goblins, ghouls, & ghosts. Children are invited to dress in their Halloween best and trick-or-treat at participating Downtown Storrs businesses. At 5 p.m., keep the fun going by walking over to the Mansfield Community Center for their annual Halloween Party and Trick-a-Trunk (5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.). All ages are welcome but event is geared towards kids 10 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.