Community Spotlight: Get Your Spook On
Autumn is upon us, and with it comes crisp, cool air and the gift of brilliantly colored leaves. It is also time for getting spooky, and Vermonters do it in style. Folks across the state enthusiastically decorate store fronts and homes with pumpkins, scarecrows, witches and ghosts. Meanwhile, many of Vermont’s downtowns sponsor Halloween-themed events, a strategy that increases exposure for local businesses and offers family fun all in one.
Queen City Ghostwalk, for example, offers residents and visitors a peek at the darker side of some of Burlington’s buildings. Tour guide Thea Lewis blends first-hand accounts with his own research to present stories of paranoia, passion and mystery on a guided tour through buildings in Burlington’s downtown. You can catch a tour every Friday and Saturday from the end of August through mid-October, and then nightly until Halloween.
Windsor also celebrates the season and makes the most of ever-earlier nightfall with the annual Moondance Festival. Street performances, a parade and children’s activities offer folks of all ages the opportunity to celebrate the moon’s enchantment.
If Jack-o-Lanterns are your thing, then check out Bennington. The Great Pumpkin Challenge, an event that aims to set the world record for carved and lit pumpkins in one place, is reaching high this year in hopes of beating Boston’s record of 30,000 lanterns. Other events throughout Bennington’s downtown will include a haunted house at the Bennington Banner headquarters, a costume ball hosted by the Bennington Arts Guild and a pumpkin pie contest.
Lastly, if you’re in the mood for a real fright, check out the Haunted Forest at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston. This adventure takes you through a forested course with an array of frightening features.
There are plenty of events for people of all ages to take advantage of this harvest season, so get out there and get spooked!