Halloween this year was wet but warm, so despite the ever-changing drizzle, downpour, and showers, trick-or-treaters were out in force. I live in Bristol village right on the circuit that everyone coming into town trick-or-treats at, so we always get at least six hundred people. We always run out of candy before we run out of trick-or-treaters, which leaves us retreating into the house extinguishing lights as we go. Halloween candy is quite an investment, so we have to hand it out frugally. None of this frivolous “grab a handful!” or ‘unattended-candy-bowl-on-the-porch’ at our house....
Dear Homeward Bound, Every year it seems like I see more and more Halloween costumes for pets. They look really cute but sometimes the dogs wearing them don’t look too happy. Is it okay to dress a pet up for trick-or-treating?  Curious  Dear Curious, Like many products for sale for our pets, costumes often seem to be more about the owner than the pet! Unless your pet is very easy-going, it is probably best to limit his or her costume to a theme bandana since more complicated costumes could possibly restrict movement and make your pet very uncomfortable.  We’d also like to add a word of...

A DOROTHY PUTS some touches on her gourd creature at last year’s Page One Literacy Project Halloween party at the Swift House Inn. This year’s party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Inn. Photo courtesy Samantha Scharf
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Page One Literacy Project is inviting families to come to its annual Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon-2 p.m. at the Swift House Inn. Page One Literacy Project is a program that visits elementary schools in Addison County weekly to read books and do crafts with the students there, promoting an overall love of literacy. Each year, Page One hosts a Halloween event where they play Halloween games, do Halloween-themed crafts, decorate cookies and pumpkins, and read some thematic books. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the Halloween...

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MIDDLEBURY — Hay bales, festive games and creative costumes galore! It’s almost time for the 12th Annual Middlebury Spooktacular, on the town green in downtown Middlebury. On Sunday, Oct. 27, this Halloween bash will bring hundreds and hundreds of youngsters to the town green, all dressed in costumes. No sense saving the special getup only for Halloween — who is going to see your costume in the dark? This is the place to try out that once-a-year outfit. Come at 1 p.m. for games, music, dancing and crafts. You will be impressed by the sheer number and creativity of the children and their...
Every October for the last two decades, Jim Apgar has carved a giant pumpkin, hoisted it onto the roof of his truck, strapped it down with rope and netting, rigged it up with lights, and driven the whole thing around Lincoln, Vt.

PATRICK KROK-HORTON is building a 12-foot stegasaurus complete with a moving head and tail. This is one of the many creatures that will inhabit the lawn at 48 Rogers Road this Halloween. Independent photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — October 31 is right around the corner. For some, this means turning out all the lights, heading upstairs with a book and ignoring the witches, wild animals and super heroes prowling the streets for candy. But that’s lame, and boring. And that’s not Patrick Krok-Horton. He gets into Halloween, and I mean, really into it. We’re talking hundreds of carved pumpkins, smoke machines, lights, hand-crafted monsters, and, yes, candy. Krok-Horton and his wife Kara Pool, have been setting up elaborate, spooky scenes in their front lawn at 48 Rogers Road in Middlebury for the past seven...

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