Halloween Happenings

Halloween skulls and pumpkins in a sweater pattern around the text "Halloween Happenings"

Find Halloween fun for all ages, all around Mansfield!

Check back for more fun as activities and events are added!

Cars arriving to the Mansfield Drive-In Theatre

Let's all go to the movies!

Visit Mansfield Drive-In for thrills and chills all month long! Check their website each week in October for a line-up of Halloween movies!

And, they have some special plans for Halloween night! (See more below) 

Tickets for all movies must be purchased in advance. Please be mindful and follow the current health and safety guidelines.

Get a unique view of the fall foliage in the trees!

The Adventure Park at Storrs is open for just a few more weeks (through November 1: Fridays 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Sundays 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM;  Monday – Thursday: Open for group reservations only).

For visitors age 12 and over, check out the new Ax Throwing

And, don't miss their popular "Glow in the Park" nights (see more below)!

Woman walking across a rope bridge amongst fall leaves
Exterior of the Senior Center building with a flag pole to the right and parking spots in front

Drive through Maple Road Café on Oct. 29!

Sign up by Friday, Oct. 23 to reserve your fall treats: Chili, cornbread, cider, & "Pumpkin Patch" brownies!

Call 860.429.0262 to register. Cost is $5/person (check or exact change only); payment accepted time of pickup.

Please wear a mask and stay in your car during pickup.

Tell your own spooky story with shadows!

Get into the Halloween spirit this year with the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry during their Halloween Shadow Stories Workshop! This free, virtual workshop will take place Friday, October 23 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Learn how to make a simple shadow puppet show that effectively tells the ghoulish story of your choice. Shadow puppets are the perfect medium for this subject—not can shadows be cast on any surface, but their aesthetic allows for great eerie story telling.

Ballard staff and UConn Puppet Arts students will show participants how to build a simple shadow screen and puppets and encourage experimentation with other methods of shadow puppetry if they so choose! Come in costume if you’d like! This event is suitable for all ages.

Registration is required for this free, virtual event. Please register by Thursday, Oct. 22 at bimp.uconn.edu.

Shadow puppets of tombstones and bats
Pumkin Hunt F1
Pumpkin Hunt F2
Flyer listing Library activities for Halloween

"Something wicked this way comes"

The Mansfield Public Library has a full week of spooky fun for everyone planned!

In addition to the in-person activities listed at left, join in some virtual fun:

Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 AM: Animal Embassy presents: “Not So Spooky Anymore” Zoom program for all ages. Email Judy for Zoom ID and password

Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 PM: “That’s Weird!” Zoom program for adults. Email Peggy for Zoom ID and password.

Talewise presents: “The Mummy at Mystery Mansion” available as a video link - You can watch this program as many times as you want, it’s available from now until August 2021. Click here for instructions on how to access the video.

(Bibliophiles! Can you name the Shakespeare play from which the above quote comes?)

It's a fab-BOO-lous Glow in the Park!

On Saturday, October 24, The Adventure Park at Storrs will host a Halloween Glow in the Park!

Zip and climb in our eerie (but family friendly) trees, with glowing lights and music, including your Halloween favorites. 

Costumes optional, but encouraged!

For ages 7+

Tickets: $38

Learn more about Halloween Glow in the Park and reserve your tickets here.

Trees at night time with text "Halloween Glow in the Park" and a pumpkin cartoon
Cartoon pumpkins and cob webs above text "Drive-Thru Trick-a-Trunk!"

Trick-a-Trunk (with a Twist!)

Mansfield Parks & Recreation will host their annual Trick-a-Trunk on Saturday, October 31. This year's event will be a drive-through activity at the Mansfield Middle School.

Pre-registration is required for this free event.

There will be 3 time slots to choose from:

290011-A, 11:30 AM

290011-B,  12:45 PM

290011-C, 2:00 PM

Participants will remain in their vehicles for the drive-thru and check out all the decorated trunks. Once you drive-thru all the trunks, your vehicle will stop prior to exiting and be handed a goody bag filled with treats for the family to enjoy!

For more information, click here or call the Community Center (860.429.3015x0)

Halloween Fashion Show

Halloween, but make it "Fashion"

New this year as part of Trick-a-Trunk: A Halloween Fashion Show!

Participants who would like to be part of the fashion show are asked to email a picture of themselves in their costume. Photos will be posted to the Community Center's Facebook page. 

Vote for your favorite costume at the Community Center or via email. Categories are: Most Creative, Funniest, Cutest, and Spookiest. 

Winners for each category will be invited to the Drive Thru Trick-A-Trunk during the first wave at 11:30 AM to show off their costumes. Winners are welcome to stay longer if they would like. 

For more information, please call the Community Center (860.429.3015x0).

3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest!

Starting Saturday, October 17, stop by the Mansfield Community Center to check out the scarecrows! 

Scarecrows will be on display through October 31. Vote for the funniest and most imaginative at the reception desk inside the Center.

For more information, please call 860.429.3015x0.

Flyer describing scarecrow contest
Trees at night time with text "Glow in the Park Monster Mash Up" and a pumpkin cartoon

"The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash!"

On Halloween, visit The Adventure Park at Storrs for a special "Monster Mash Up" Glow in the Park!

DJ GoodKidd is back spinning your favorite beats, including mashups of Halloween classics.

Zip and climb in our eerie (but family friendly) trees, with glowing lights.  

Costumes optional, but encouraged!

For ages 7+

Tickets: $38

Learn more about the Monster Mash Up Glow in the Park and reserve your tickets here.

The Great Pumpkin Stroll

The Fitch House invites you to enjoy a a safe, socially distanced stroll around the haunted grounds of The Fitch House!    

All attendees must sign up for an AVAILABLE time slot; sign up here.  

Everyone must wear masks and maintain social distancing during the event. Please bring a flash light and wear appropriate footwear for walking on uneven ground. 

Stroll the property with your family/social pod amongst many jack-o-lantern displays and the mysterious witch house behind The Fitch House.   

This event is free for those that sign up. Groups will be confirmed against the list upon entry. 

Please consider visiting Lisa’s Chocolates and Gifts (534 Storrs Road) which is open until 7:00 PM if you’d like to patronize a wonderful small local business for any tasty treats. 

Parking is available at the community lot/bus stop at 195x89 in front of the First Church of Christ (549 Storrs Road). Please take care to follow the lighted path to The Fitch House (563 Storrs Road). Accessible parking may be available by appointment. Please contact The Fitch House with questions.

Cartoon of jack o'lantern at night with text "The Great Pumpkin Stroll"
Text describing Halloween activities and a Jack-o-Lantern with a face mask

Make It a Movie Night!

Looking for something safe and socially distant to do this Halloween? Join us at the Mansfield Drive-in Theatre for our Halloween Festivities! 

  • Gates open early at 6:00 PM 
  • Everyone with a kids ticket (11 and under) who comes in costume gets trick-or-treat candy 
  • There will be discounts in the snack bar 
  • And... A socially distant costume contest and fun PRIZES- open to all ages, kids and adults!

To enter the costume contest, take a photo of yourself in costume at the drive-in on Halloween night and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or email it to mansfielddrivein@gmail.com before 7:15 PM, then watch the screen at showtime to see if you won!

There will be several categories: Scariest Costume, Best Group Costume, Cutest Costume, Most "2020" Costume, and Honorable Mention!

Plus 3 great movies: The original 1978 Halloween with Michael Myers on screen 1, screen 2 will show the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus, and screen 3 will be a strange journey with The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Tickets available online only at mansfielddrivein.com. Tickets are limited tickets due to social distancing, so purchasing them early is highly recommended!

¡Bienvenidos a todos - celebramos El Día de los Muertos!

Join the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts for a special performance of Sugar Skull! A Virtual Día de Muertos Adventure on Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 PM. A live question-and-answer opportunity will follow the performance.

From the Jorgensen: "Sugar Skull! A Virtual Día de Muertoa Adventure tells the story of Sugar Skull, the charismatic candy skeleton, as he follows the music towards the ultimate party. During his adventure, he and the audience learn the true meaning behind the Day of the Dead. This virtual theater performance will be full of dancing, singing, colorful costumes, and fun!"

For more information and for tickets, please visit jorgensen.uconn.edu

Man with a sugar skull sitting on a pumpkin at a Dia de los Muertos celebration
Jack-o-Lantern with the words "Pumpkin Drop" carved into it

It's the Great Pumpkin Drop!

Wondering what to do with you pumpkin after Halloween? Drop it from the trees at The Adventure Park at Storrs!

A Storrs tradition, climbers at this extra-special event will be able to drop their pumpkin onto a target board while ziplining. There will be prizes for the best pumpkin drops, including accuracy and style. It’s also the last day the Park will be open for the season, so reserve your spot today!

Pumpkin coffees and beer with business logos

'Tis the season for pumpkin spice!

From coffee to pastries to beer, Mansfield restaurants have all the fall flavors ready for you! With heated outdoor areas, socially distanced indoor dining, and plentiful take-out options, you can sit and savor or enjoy your pumpkin treats on the go!

Find open restaurants in Mansfield here.

Text urging people to wear a mask

Mask Up, Mansfield!

As you head out and about for fall fun, please remember:

  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth & nose
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and others 
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds

Together, we can keep Mansfield safe & healthy!