Halloween kicks off Oct. 28 with a Bash

Halloween is starting early, Oct. 28, and will continue right up to Oct. 31 in local towns.

Events include:

• Bethany, Woodbridge: A Halloween Bash for grades 7-8 is set for 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Center Building Gym, 4 Meetinghouse Lane in Woodbridge. Students in grades 7 and 8 living in Woodbridge and Bethany, and private-school students, may attend.

The evening will include a DJ, pizza, games and raffles, as well as mummy wrap, doughnut-eating and costume contests, all for $5.

Parent/guardian chaperones are needed at events. Donations of bathroom tissue for the mummy wrap and raffle prizes are sought.

Contact youthone@woodbridgect.org or 203-389-3429 to volunteer or make a donation. The event is sponsored by Woodbridge Youth Services and the town of Bethany.

• Milford: The Downtown Milford Business Association will celebrate Halloween Oct. 29.

11-11:45 a.m. Scary Storytime, Gazebo on the Green; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fall Marketplace on the Green; 11 a.m. register for costume contest, parade, “Crawl-O-Ween” on the Green; noon, costume parade followed by costume contest, trick-or-treating downtown; 1-5 p.m. “Crawl-O-Ween” at restaurants; 2 and 5:30 p.m. Pantochino Productions presents “The Bewitchingly Scrumptious & Extraordinary Mr. Trick and Mrs. Treat,” Milford Arts Council, Railroad Avenue South; 6-6:30 p.m. Milford ghost stories by Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks on the Green; 7 p.m. “Hocus Pocus,” family Halloween movie on the Green.

For more information, visit www.DowntownMilfordCT.org or call 203-745-4946.

• Milford: The fifth annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for the homeless and hungry will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lisman Landing downtown on the harbor.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the kids’ fun run is at 8:45, and the race starts at 9. Advance registration is $25. Race day registration is $30. More than 300 people participated in the 5K last year.

Participants are asked to being a nonperishable food donation for the Beth-El Center and to wear Halloween costumes. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded.

The 5K is sponsored by the law firm of Harlow, Adams, and Friedman, P.C., Sikorsky Credit Union, Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church and lead car sponsor Bob’s Buick GMC of Milford.

Post-race festivities will include refreshments and music by rock and blues band The Elwoods. To register or for sponsorships, visit www.milfordtrickortrot.com.

• Milford: Milford Preservation Trust is opening the Minuteman House (aka John Downs House) at 139 North St. for trick-or-treaters, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31. People dressed as 18th or 19th century people will receive prizes. Native American war clubs will be on display.

• Orange: A free Halloween party and story for ages 3-4 years will be held 4-5 p.m. Oct. 31, at Case Library, 176 Tyler City Road. Munchkins and juice will be provided. RSVP in person or by calling 203-891-2170. Information: http://www.casememoriallibrary.org.

• Milford: The Connecticut Post Mall, on the Boston Post Road, will hold its annual safe trick-or-treating for families 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Kids 12 and younger may dress up in their Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating at participating stores.

“This is a special community, and we want to give families a safe indoor alternative for their kids to enjoy trick-or-treating,” said Danielle Reiss, mall marketing manager. “Safety is a top priority for all of us and we will have increased security at our shopping center.”

When the candy bags are filled, families are invited to Center Court for some “spooky” entertainment with a DJ.

Not all stores are participating in the trick-or-treating. Participants will have a sign at their door/kiosk. Candy will be available while supplies last.