Halloween in Vermont




Well the costumes have been planned for months but of course three days before, Junior scraps all your hard work and announces that he wants to go as a mega amazing robot instead of the super hero that you have been working on for the last three months.

Okay….don’t panic, cardboard boxes, some duct tape, a little paint and markers and you have the ultimate Transformer costume ready to go.  The additional perk is that instead of looking like he is wearing a muscle suit under his superhero costume, Junior can wear his winter clothing INSIDE the boxes. 

Halloween in Vermont is a little bit different from states with a more temperate climate.  Our fairies and butterflies still have ethereal wings and dainty gauze dresses….layered over an undershirt, turtleneck, two pairs of tights and warm winter boots.  Trick or Treating in the snow is a very real possibility as the days grow shorter and colder.

While skiers and snow sports enthusiasts are cheering all of the glorious white cover on the ground, moms & dads are trying to figure out the balance of warmth vs. the fit Junior will throw when he realizes that he will be wearing a down parka, snow pants & boots over the costume as he goes door to door.


If parents are lucky the costume will be roomy enough to accommodate most of the outdoor clothing underneath.  Maybe this is why after Halloween there is that group of parents who struggle with their four year old who will ONLY wear the Spiderman costume.  EVERY. DAY.  FOR. MONTHS.... He never got to wear it properly on Halloween.

Our next struggle is location.  Much of Vermont is rural.  While we are all neighborly and enjoy the company of our fellow year-round “townies”, we also like our space.  Walking 20 feet from house to house to trick or treat is very rare.  This leads to creative solutions to ensure that our valley children and visitors have a spooktastic Halloween.

Trunk or Treat is an event that has taken off in other areas of the country.  It allows children & parents to show off their costumes, rake in the candy and have a great time all in a very compact area.  Homeowners who are too far off the beaten path, but LOVE Halloween can drive to the parking area with candy galore, dressed to impress with their favorite Halloween fashions and enjoy the excitement and fun of Halloween with area children.  The Twin Valley PTG is sponsoring Trunk or Treat on Friday October 30, 2015 at Twin Valley Elementary School from 5:30-6:30pm


 The town of Wilmington hosts several Halloween activities guaranteed to keep the kids having fun, staying warm & safe on the spookiest night of the year.  On Saturday afternoon & early evening Wilmington businesses and downtown residents will have pumpkins aglow as Trick or Treaters parade through the village, in search of chocolates, candies and treats.  Top off the evening with a Halloween carnival at the Old High School in Wilmington from 6-7:30pm.  Sponsored by Deerfield Valley Community Partnership and local volunteers, including the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club & The TVHS Wildcats Community Service Club, bring your family together to enjoy snacks, drinks and fun Halloween games for all ages.



Take your Halloween costume for a test run…literally! 

The second Annual Halifax Halloween Hustle on Saturday October 24, 2015, 

is part 5K run/walk and part Halloween costume fashion show & contest. 

Registration is from 7:30am-8:15am.  Walk begins at 8:30am & 5K begins at 9:00 AM.  













Pumpkin Carving Contest!

On Friday October 23 from 3:30 to 6:00pm we invite you to carve pumpkins on Historic Memorial Hall's front lawn.

Most creative pumpkins will be selected for display on the stage at Saturday night's show.

You may take your pumpkin home thereafter.

Limited pumpkins and utensils will be provided.

Donations welcome.


 Fun for all before the wildly anticipated concert at Memorial Hall on Saturday October 24th featuring John Fishman!