NORTHWEST CORNER — As with so many events held during the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween in Northwest Connecticut will be looking a lot different this year than it has previously. While some traditional Halloween activities carry a high risk for the virus and should be avoided, there are lots of ways for kids to safely get their candy fix and show off their costumes in each town this year.

Winsted Recreation is hosting a “Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat” event at the Gilbert School on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Volunteers with decorated cars will hand out candy to attendees, who are asked to remain in their cars for the entirety of the event. The organization is also hosting a free Drive-In Halloween movie night showing of Hocus Pocus in the Rowley Street parking lot at 6:00 p.m..
Additionally, the Northwestern Regional High School Student Council will be holding a “Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat” event for elementary-age children on October 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Northwestern Regional High School. Participants must remain in their cars with masks on during the event.

The Barkhamsted Recreation Department will still be holding its annual Sock Hop event at the Peoples State Forest Pavilion on Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will also include costume contests for adults, children, and families. The entrance fee is $6 per person and all participants must pre-register, as the event is limited capacity due to COVID-19. The Recreation Department asks all attendees to take their temperature before arriving and not to attend should you have any symptoms of COVID-19, and masks and social distancing will be required. Participants should also bring flashlights as the event will last past sunset.

Colebrook will still be holding its “Trunk-or-Treat” event in the town center on Oct. 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.. Trick-or-treaters can start at the Town Hall and walk down along the road to the Snack Shack and stop at cars along the way to collect candy and goodies. The Colebrook Lion’s Club will be serving hot cocoa and hot dogs to-go from the Snack Shack. Halloween costumes are encouraged and social distancing and masks are required.

New Hartford
Grey Area Tavern and Dream Believe Achieve Dance are hosting a “Spooky Socially Distant Soirée” at Grey Area Tavern on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.. DBA Dance will host outdoor games, dance parties, and spooky surprises throughout the day, and costumes are strongly encouraged with costume prizes awarded. 10% of total sales for the day will go to benefit Project Playground New Hartford.
Brodie Park is also sponsoring a contest for the best scarecrow created by local businesses on display from Saturday, Oct. 24 to Saturday, Oct. 31. Attendees can vote for their favorite scarecrow at

The City of Torrington and Torrington Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a “Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat” on Saturday, October 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Torrington Middle School along the access road and parking lots. Participants are asked to remain in their cars at all times due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Families are encouraged to decorate their cars and wear costumes and organizers suggest participants leave their car trunks open with a bucket for volunteers to place candy in. Volunteers will all wear masks and remain socially distanced. All ages are encouraged to attend, while Trunk-or-Treating itself will be limited to those 15 and under. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 25.
The Roberts Tax Group, Torrington Savings Bank, and Warner Theatre are also sponsoring a “Downtown is A-Glow” jack-o-lantern display event on Main Street on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. The event will include food trucks and opportunities to vote for your favorite pumpkin.

Update: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:48 a.m. Norfolk details taken down after request made by member of Norfolk Fire Department.

Cady Stanton is a freelance journalist based in Colebrook, Conn. A graduate of Georgetown University, she has previously published articles in The Hill, The Hoya and Washington Monthly.