First, the most important Halloween information: trick-or-treat hours are on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
But leading up to All Hallows’ Eve are a haunted host of other activities around Groton.
The Groton Grange #7 kicks off weekend festivities with a traditional New England Contra Dance (with costumes) on Saturday, October 26, from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. at the historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton’s Contra Banditos along with Dudley Laufman and The Two Fiddles. Dudley will teach traditional New England style contra, square, and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary.
Donation at the door is $5.00, children under 5 years old are free, and there is a family maximum is $20. Refreshments are provided. The dance is sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Groton Commissioners of Trust Funds.
The town’s annual Halloween parade, sponsored by the Florence Roche and Boutwell PTAs is set for Sunday, October 27th. Kids should all gather on Main Street at the old Prescott School Building between 2:30-2:40 p.m. The parade will begin promptly at 3:00 and will be led by a very special guest who will be visiting Groton from out of town, according to LeeAnn Davis, the parade organizer, who wrote that “Luckily, he had many frequent flyer miles to spend on American Airlines.”
The parade will go down Main Street, turn right on to Broadmeadow Road, then turn left to the Town Field. Wagons and strollers are welcome and encouraged! Davis said, “At the field there will be a dance party with a DJ, face painting, a balloon artist, games with prizes, and refreshments. There is no rain date for this event, but any cancellations will be posted on the PTA website on Sunday.
Two days later, there is a Preschool Halloween Party at the Groton Public Library on Tuesday, October 29, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Kids 2-6 can enjoy Halloween crafts, games, and a costume parade. Sign-up online at www.gpl.org.
For the organized ghoul, Groton’s Lost Lake Fire Station and the Mountain Lakes Club are sponsoring haunted hayrides from the station at 185 Lost Lake Drive, beginning around 6:00 p.m. on Halloween, October 31. Back at the firehouse, festive foods, drinks, and snacks will be provided. And there’s a costume contest scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.