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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Festival

In Chester CT Events on October 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

It is that spooky time of year again. Chester is hosting it’s annual Ode to All Hallow’s Eve with their Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Showcase. There are always such great costumes on children and adults alike. Some of the shops get in on the act too, staying open late with some handing out candy. It’s a fun festive night for all to enjoy so if you are looking for something to do pop into town tomorrow night, Fri. Oct. 30, 2009 5:00 – 9:00 all the details are below.

Picture 7
Sea of Pumpkins taken in Boston.

Photo by innusa (sorry couldn’t find any of Chester!)

Bring your carved pumpkin to the Hammered Edge, 14 Main Street, any time on Oct. 30. Your pumpkin will be candled and lighted by the local Boy Scouts and placed on Main Street to give Chester a spooky glow for Halloween. Please find your pumpkin at the end of the night to take it home for those who dare to “trick-or-treat” at your house on Halloween night.


All those who want to take part in the town’s Halloween Costume Parade are invited to convene in the Maple Street parking lot at 6:15 p.m. The parade starts at 6:30 and continues through the town center. This year the parade will be led in part by the students of the River Valley Sudbury School. The United Church of Christ Youth Group will be painting faces in the village (donations requested) prior to the parade. Pick up your glow bracelet for the parade, compliments of the Chester Merchants, at the River Valley Sudbury School’s booth.
During the evening, rock out to the DJ’s “Serenade to Halloween Night” as you gather your candy from the locals. Guess what’s in the mystery boxes to receive a raffle ticket for your chance to win prizes from the town. Drawing to be held at 7 p.m. at the DJ booth.
The following Chester stores and galleries will be open during the evening, inviting everyone to stop in and to enjoy refreshments.

Al Malpa Photography Gallery, 4 Spring St. www.almalpa.com will be open to show new photographic works by Al Malpa. Light refreshments and Halloween treats will be served.
Caryn B. Davis Photography, 1 Spring St. www.cbdphotography.com Chester photographer Caryn B. Davis will exhibit photographs from her travels to Italy, Portugal, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico and Mexico at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring Street.
Ceramica invites revelers of all ages to visit the shop to guess the number of Halloween candies on display. The closest “guesser” will be announced at 7:30 p.m. The winner will receive the delightfully spooky Owl Candleholder, handcrafted in Italy. (Note to Dads and Moms: Don’t be “spooked” about visiting Ceramica with your little ones. We always enjoy seeing your entire family!)
C&G – Unparalleled Apparel, Seasonal & Timeless, 3 North Main St. www.cgchester.com Treats for all including a grab bag of coupons for 10, 20, 30 and 40% off a favorite item. Also in the grab bag, certificates for a free “Little Brown Bat” print by Jan Cummings, and for “BOOK 2010” the artful, literate and very long calendar designed by Jan Cummings and Peter Good.
Dina Varano Gallery, 27 Main St. www.dinavarano.com Join us for a spirited evening to celebrate Halloween. Treats for you and your loved ones. Come and see all the new treasures Dina has found. Refreshments served.
eo art lab, 69 Main St. www.eoartlab.com Last chance to experience “Meridians,” all new work by Chester resident Elizabeth Gourlay. Gourlay is one of New England’s most collected contemporary artists. Join in the appreciation of her structured assemblages of color and culture.
Hammered Edge llc Studio & Gallery, 14 Main St. www.hammerededge.com
is your source for festive costume wear. Choose from among many masks, exotic hats, funky eyewear, and accessories. Come in costume and/or bring a jack-o-lantern (battery-lit only).The store will sell popcorn to raise money for the Rotary Club of Chester’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide. There will be treats for all.
Hitchery Books, 4 Water St. www.hitcherybooks.com Come to see the store’s collection of scary stories and get a special Halloween treat.
Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St. www.nilssonstudio.com will present a Halloween Exhibit, with reception, of a selection of oil paintings of the artist’s garden, his travels and the Connecticut River Valley by Leif Nilsson.
River Tavern, 23 Main St. (860-526-9417) www.rivertavernchester.net Stop by the Dinners at the Farm truck for warm tasty treats including mulled cider and pumpkin fritters. Come inside after the festivities for delicious cocktails and scrumptious bites. Make reservations for dinner early.
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