Halloween Happenings

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Find Halloween fun for all ages, all around Mansfield this October!

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Thrills & Chills under the Stars!

The Mansfield Drive-in Theatre & Marketplace has a spooky line-up ready for you!

On Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, you can pick from these double-features:

  • Halloween Kills followed by Candyman 
  • Dune followed by Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Beetlejuice followed by The Shining

Tickets are available online in advance OR at the gate! Online tickets are non-refundable. 

As the sun is setting earlier, show times are also earlier! Friday and Saturday nights we recommend getting here at least 30- 45 minutes before showtime to avoid the line. Gates open at 7:00 pm.

Please visit their website (mansfielddrivein.com) for more information and to order tickets.

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Halloween Glow in the Park

The Adventure Park at Storrs will host two nights of glow-in-the-dark fun with a Halloween theme on Saturday, October 23 or Saturday, October 30 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Please note: Saturday, Oct. 23 has SOLD OUT.

Have a fa-BOO-lous time at Halloween Glow in the Park! Zip and climb in the eerie (but family friendly) trees, with glowing lights and music, including your Halloween favorites. Costumes optional, but encouraged!

Reserve your tickets today for Halloween Glow in the Park - these events sell out quickly!

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Fresh Friday Drive Thru: Halloween-style!

The Mansfield Senior Center invites friends age 55 and above to a Halloween inspired Fresh Friday Drive Thru on Friday, October 29 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

The menu will feature "Jack-O-Lantern” Stuffed Peppers, Spooky Side Salad, & Ghost Cupcakes for Dessert!

The cost is $5 per meal, and pre-registration is required. Please register with payment by October 25. To register and for more information, please call 860.487.9877. 

Fresh Fridays are fun, interactive events once or twice per month when the Senior Center prepares and serves fresh, homemade, and delicious meals on-site with varied seasonal menus. Participants have the option of suggesting menus, helping prepare and serve the meal and offering "fresh" jokes or stories to the crowd. For health and safety reasons, Fresh Fridays are currently offered in a drive-through format.

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Fright Fest 2021

The Mansfield Drive-in will finish up their regular season in spooky style on Friday, October 29 with their Fright Fest 2021!

There will be three thrilling films from which to choose, discounted carload tickets, special low prices at the snack bar, and a costume contest!

Gates will open at 6:45 PM. The film titles and times are:

  • 7:30 PM: Halloween (1978) 
  • 7:45 PM: A Nightmare on Elm Street 
  • 7:45 PM: Hotel Transylvania

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit mansfielddrivein.com

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Puppets on Paterson Square!

As part of its 2021 Fall Saturday Puppet Show Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present Bugsy and Friends by John McDonough’s Pumpernickel Puppets of Worcester, Massachusetts at 2:00 PM on Betsy Paterson Square. 

Join Bugsy and his puppet friends for a musical variety show featuring hand, string, and life-size puppets. A puppet-making demonstration is included during the performance. This fun and interactive show is appropriate for children of all ages.

This show will be socially distanced and follow Town of Mansfield and UConn safety guidelines. In the event of inclement weather, the show will be performed on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2:00 PM. A suggested donation of $12 per household is encouraged. 

This performance is co-sponsored by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. We invite the audience to attend in their Halloween costumes and stick around for Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Storrs from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Learn more here

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Halloween Fun Outside

Join the Mansfield Public Library for some drop-in Halloween activities outside on Saturday, October 30 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM!  You can try our outdoor Scavenger Hunt, decorate our sidewalk with spooky pictures, make your own trick or treat bag, and try your luck with our Halloween Wheel of Wow.  And be sure to come on in to the Library to pick out some books. Wear your costume for some extra fun, and we’ll wear ours too!

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Text: Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Storrs, Saturday, October 30, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Calling all goblins, ghouls, and ghosts!

Head to Downtown Storrs on Saturday, October 30 for some Halloween fun! 

Children of all ages are invited to dress in their Halloween best and trick-or-treat at participating businesses from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Storrs is free to attend, open to everyone, and will be held rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The fun kicks off at 3:00 PM with a performance by the E. O. Smith Drumline on Betsy Paterson Square!

At 4:00 PM, head back to Betsy Paterson Square for another special performance by the talented students of Mansfield Academy of Dance!

Trick-or-Treat ends at 5:00 PM but the fun keeps going! Walk over to the Mansfield Community Center for their Annual Halloween Party and Trick-a-Trunk!

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Storrs is hosted annually by the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.

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Annual Halloween Party and Trick-a-Trunk!

Mansfield Parks and Recreation presents our Annual Halloween Party and Trick O’ Trunk event on Saturday, October 30 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. 

This is a free event open to all members of the surrounding community. Visit the Mansfield Community Center for "Trick O’ Trunking," Halloween crafts, and games and activities appropriate for the whole family. 

This event is made possible by the Town of Mansfield, the Parks and Recreation Department, and the hard work of our volunteers, sponsors, and "Trunkers." 

The Parks and Recreation Department still has the immediate need for event volunteers, sponsors, and "Trunkers." If you would like to participate or help in any way possible please contact Alex Shoudy by email or by phone: 860.429.3015 x6107.  

The rain date for the Annual Halloween Party and Trick O'Trunk is Sunday, October 31.

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Have Fun, Stay Safe!

The Mansfield Fire Department encourages residents to stay safe while having fun this Halloween and shares these helpful tips from the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.

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