Halloween Monster Bash
Mummies and deadies, boos and ghouls! Creep over to Newport for tricks, treats, games and activities for the whole family! Each year, Newport Parks & Recreation and a group of local organizations combine powers to host an Annual Monster Bash party on the Saturday before Halloween.
Halloween Hustle - 1 mile, 5K & 10K
Burn off those Halloween treats and kick off your Monster Bash with a 1 mile, 5K or 10K costume run hosted by Kingdom Games. Runners of all ages can meet for registration at the fish statue outside the Emory Hebard State Building after 9:00AM for a fun tour along the bike path beginning at 10:00AM. Following the race, prizes from Sugar Mountain Fudge and Candy Shoppe will be awarded to the fastest, best costumed, youngest and oldest runners. Registration in advance is $5 for kids and $10 for adults.
Ghost Walk Parade and Costume Contest
Parents and children are invited to meet at the Great Pumpkin gazebo near Gardner Park at 12:30pm for a haunting parade along the bike path and Main Street. Kids participating in this goulish fashion show will be entered in the annual costume contest for a chance to win the cutest, creepiest or most creative in town! For a chance to be named for this year's best, don't forget to strut your stuff as you pass by the judge's station in Pomerleau Park. Winners are announced at 2:00PM in the Municipal Gym.
Trick-or-Treating & Wagon Rides
A group of Monster Merchants on Main Street are excited to haunt with all the ghosts, ghouls and goblins scaring about town for the Monster Bash! During event hours from 1:00-3:00PM, visit any merchant with a "Trick-or-Treat" sign in the window for something sweet, a game or even a Halloween craft! Help support this event by donating to the Halloween Candy Drop.
Hay wagon rides pick-up periodically at the Municipal Building parking lot for free loops around the waterfront during the event.
Following the Ghost Walk costume parade, join us in the Newport Municipal Gym for spooktacular games like Monster Match, Witch Pitch and Give Frank a Heart! Most activities are geared toward children age 3-10, but all are welcome to participate and fill their treat bag with fun prizes. Visit the picture booth for a memorable keepsake photo opportunity with our local photographer and keep an eyeball out hilarious family contests like the doughnut on a string competition or parent-child mummy challenge!
Hosted by North Country's National Honor Society, this creepy venture is sure to spook some Halloween spirit into your bones! Chilling actors and creative set design transforms the Gardner Park skate shack into the most disturbing place in Newport. But beware... this amusement is not fit for children under 12 without the permission and supervision of an adult. Admission to the haunted house is by donation with proceeds benefiting the National Honor Society's "adopt-a-family" program at Christmas time.
For the younger crowd, check out the Haunted Hallways of CCV on the ground floor of the Emory Hebard State Building from 1:00-3:00PM. Move from classroom to classroom and with a knock on the door, you'll find a different surprise every time! Community College of Vermont is providing free snacks, candy and hot apple cider, coloring activities for the kids and plenty of boo-tiful jack-o-lanterns!
Visit Kingdom Games as they host a goulish vampire party at the Newport City Dock in honor of the global 'Vampire Swim' initiative. They're teaming up with venues all around the world for an international blood drive and cold water swim. VE VANT YOUR BLOOD! Participants must give blood within six weeks of the event, find a surrogate to donate on their behalf or make a $25 donation to the Red Cross as part of registration. Then, at 2:00PM, these daring costumed characters will swim 25-100 meters in the chillies of Lake Memphremagog from the Gateway boat launch! Warm blood, COLD WATER!
Age: All Ages
Date: October 28, 2017
Location: Main Street & Municipal Gym, Newport
Admit/Rate: By donation
Each year downtown Newport crawls with hundreds of little witches, vampires and monsters on Halloween. Main Street businesses and organizations see as many as 500 trick-or-treaters in one day! With their support and participation, we have a safe place for our kids to participate in a favorite Halloween tradition. Donate to the Candy Drop to help support this event!
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