Halloween Festivities in Chester will be Fri., October 29, 2010

In Chester CT Events on October 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

Halloween Celebrated in Chester on Oct. 29

Halloween comes early to Chester – this year, it’ll be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. As Kim Kellogg, Chester resident and owner of The Local Beet, says, “For many years, the spooky and spunky Chester Halloween Parade and Dance Party has been a favorite community event. Costumed parade-goers wind down Maple Street through Chester’s magical villagescape to arrive at the center where monster mash music fills the air.”

This year, Kim has been instrumental in organizing Chester’s first-ever Halloween Hayrides through the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery off Main Street, to add some “ghoulish family fun to the festivities.” The hayrides will be offered from 5:30 to 9, at a cost of $4 per person. The Chester PTO will sell cider, doughnuts, and chili.

The Halloween Costume Parade will convene at the Maple Street parking lot at 6:15 p.m. and commence at 6:30 on a path toward the town’s center. This year’s parade will be led by a clean-burning biodiesel tractor celebrating Chester’s green living, and everyone is invited to join in. From 7 to 9, DJ Shawn will rock the town with spooky serenades in front of The Local Beet. Bring your dancing shoes. Those in costume can enter a raffle to win gift certificates from local shops.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin to The Hammered Edge, 14 Main Street, by 5 p.m., to help provide a spooky glow during the evening (just don’t forget to collect it on your way home). The art galleries, stores, and restaurants will be open until 9 welcome visitors and families with special treats. The Chester Museum at The Mill will also be open all evening, with free admission, so that visitors can see the “Closing of the Barn Door Exhibit,” with paintings and artworks by Chester artists.

This is the 11th year the Merchants of Chester have sponsored this Annual Halloween Festival and Parade.



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