About 100 dogs, with their owners in tow, gathered on Halloween for the Sixth Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Party at the town’s Park and Bark dog park at Fairfield Hills to celebrate the spooky holiday amid sunny skies and the russet colors of fall. As participants entered the grounds during the special event on Saturday, they received a dog neckerchief bearing a colorful Halloween motif. RoseAnn Reggiano of the town Parks and Recreation Department hosted the event, organizing the dozens of dogs and their owners for rounds of competition in various categories.
One resident of Main Street reported more than 2,700 people stopped at her home Saturday night, when she and her family — and everyone else who live on the busiest street in town each October 31 — welcomed guests of all ages for Halloween. Kathy McCleary, of 18 Main Street, registered 2,754 Trick-or-Treaters on her handheld counter this past weekend. “We may have been off by maybe 100 people, because my husband and I stopped to talk to people on occasion,” Mrs McClearly said Monday morning. “But we counted at least that many people.” It was a perfect setting for Halloween: the day was breezy and chilly, but not cold. The sky was blue for much of the day, with light rain holding off for later, during the Saturday overnight. Fallen leaves crunched underfoot, while those still clinging to branches added background color to seasonal displays that filled windows and yards, from simple to quite elaborate.
Newtown’s own actor, recording artist, voice talent, blogger, and now author Jenna Von Oy has never played a doctor on television — but she is capitalizing on her portrayal of gal pal Six Lemeure on the hit comedy "Blossom," and Stevie van Lowe on "The Parkers," in her first book, Situation Momedy, A First-Time Mom’s Guide to Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy & Year One. The nearly 500-page project from Medallion Press, by Ms Von Oy’s own admission, is stocked with “dosage most doctors can’t prescribe.” Interested moms, moms-to-be, or anyone looking for a humorous and sometimes belly-laugh inducing read can visit with Ms Von Oy when she appears at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Danbury on Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 pm.
The most recent Metropolitan Transit Authority police graduates came heeling into New York City’s Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall last week amid the “Pomp And Circumstance Walking Commencement March” and the MTA Pipe & Drum Band Ceremonial Unit presenting of the colors. After bagpipe music filled the cavernous terminal, everyone fell silent when the Phantom of the Opera’s Marcus Lovett sang the national anthem. A moment of national pride. While while these police canines are first responders to a dangerous threat, they also carry a tribute each time their handlers calls their name. Each of them is named for a fallen hero or dedicated officer. Three of the graduates from the latest session live in Connecticut.
Newtown Middle School art teachers Leigh Anne Coles and Kristen Ciarletto announced the top three winning My Favorite Scarecrow Sculpture Contest on Friday, October 30. "Snoopy Halloween with the Dog House," one of two of this year's entries to feature a Peanuts theme, was voted into the top spot at the end of six days of public voting. The money generated during the voting period will be split among the three top vote-getting teams, and donated to the charities of the winners’ choice. The scarecrows were on view on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School from Friday, October 23, until Thursday, October 29, which was also the last day voting on the entries was allowed.
The Great Pumpkin Challenge is gearing up to light up Main Street on Saturday, October 31.Representatives of the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and Life Is Good gathered at 14 Main Street, the home of the Great Pumpkin Challenge and its creator Mackenzie Page, on Friday, October 30, as many people were dropping off pumpkins. It was the second day for pumpkin collection hours for the Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign, and many people stopped by to show support and add a pumpkin to the growing collection. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The public can still add to the display before it is lit for Trick or Treaters in Halloween. Mackenzie and her family will be accepting carved pumpkins and financial donations until 2 pm Saturday afternoon.
What does Halloween look like in your household and/or neighborhood? What’s everyone dressing up as this year? Who has the best seasonal display? Email your photos to The Newtown Bee by 8 pm Sunday, November 1, and we will present those submissions in a slideshow to accompany our staff photos on Monday.
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Riders and their horses, many of them dressed in costume for Halloween, participated in the Newtown Bridle Lands Association’s (NBLA) Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace, on the scenic grounds off Mt Nebo Road, on October 25. The NBLA dedicated the pace to the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), showing appreciation to the 2GHG for its contributions to the equine community.