Harvest Festival 2013

jackolanternCalling all ghosts, goblins, and ghouls; beckoning the area’s finest princesses, pirates, and pixies. Community members and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy the Littleton Harvest Festival jamboree by attending plenty of fun events including the 3rd Annual Gathering of the Jack O’ Lanterns on the Ammonoosuc River, a ride with the Headless Horseman, a chance to savor family-friendly Trick or Treating on Main Street, a haunted walk along the Ammonoosuc River, a community bonfire, and a dance at the Littleton Opera House! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged for a day of community fun and excitement.

The fun kicks off at 10 am with the Annual Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at the Littleton High School for grades K-6. Attendees can look forward to a pumpkin carving contest, magic demonstrations with Jason Purdy, jumping in bouncy houses, and snacking on donuts and cider. Participants are encouraged to bring a ready to carve pumpkin (scooped out) as there will be a limited number of pumpkins available on a first come first serve basis.

From 12-2 pm, head up to Remich Park for some Old Home Day sponsored by the Littleton Parks & Recreation Department and the Boys & Girls Club of the North Country*. Participants will have a chance to participate in a slew of old-fashioned fun including foot races, pie eating contest, tug of war, and more.

On Main Street, family-friendly trick or treating begins at 2 pm and ends at 4 pm. Hungry trick-or-treaters can head to participating merchants to receive spooky treats while parents browse the shelves. Be warned, if you see a skull and crossbones in the window, this means the storeowner has graciously bowed of the treat giving, so please abstain from bringing wily trick-or-treaters inside. Stop by the Connecticut River Bank* parking lot to carve a pumpkin with Home Depot*. On the library lawn, Friends of the Littleton Public Library* will be reading spooky one-minute stories for all to enjoy. There’s more fall fun happening from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Littleton Food Co-op*, who will be sampling Woodstock Station Brews, tasty popcorn, and a selection of locally-prepared chili.

The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce encourages you to eat at one of our fantastic local eateries before heading back out to enjoy the fun at dusk to catch ghoulish music in the gazebo and the 3rd Annual Gathering of the Jack O Lanterns. “We hope to have about 500 pumpkins on the river and the covered bridge this year,” says Dave Harkless, Gathering organizer and owner of the Littleton Bike Shop*. “Many have helped put this together and hope that just as many will participate this year as well. We need Jack o Lantern donations, help setting up pumpkins, and cleaning up the next day.” Jack O Lantern donations are welcomed and appreciated, and the already carved pumpkins may be dropped off at the Littleton Bike Shop.

As night rolls in, grab a treat at the Littleton Senior Center*and gaze at the stars with the Friends of the Littleton Public Library and acclaimed astronomer, Doug Arion. Then head to the Haunted River Walk, spooked by goblins, ghouls, and zombies with help from Aylakai*, and visit with CALEX ambulance before catching a ride with Headless Horseman’s carriage sponsored by the Country Squire Motel* as you exit the Curran suspension bridge. Head down to the Tannery Marketplace for a community bonfire to celebrate the Ammonoosuc River with the Littleton River District commission and buy a hotdog from the Weenie Waggon.

After all of the little ghouls and goblins have headed to their beds, ghosts and phantoms over 21 should head to the Littleton Opera House where Tritium Well will be playing a live concert to benefit The Children’s House*. Attendees can look forward to shaking their boogie boots, enjoying a cash bar, and enjoying refreshments from Alburrito’s Mexican Restaurant*. All admission proceeds fundraising for the The Children’s House, a non-profit Montessori preschool that dedicates itself to providing children with a stimulating learning environment and the varied experiences which help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.

10 am – 12 pm: Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at Lakeway Elementary

12 pm – 2 pm: Boys & Girls Club of the North Country Old Home Day Festivities at Remich Park

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2 pm – 4 pm: Trick or Treating on Main Street - Spooky Stories on the Library Lawn
- Chili Contest at Littleton Food Co-op

At Dusk: Haunted RiverwalkGathering of Jack O’ Lanterns on the River
- Ghoulish Music at Riverglen Gazebo- Headless Horseman’s Carriage Rides
- Eerie Astronomy at Riverglen Parking Lot

At Dark: Bonfire at Tannery Marketplace
with the River District Commission

Check out our interactive Harvest Festival Map to find your way around the festivities!
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