SATURDAY, OCT. 25
19TH ANNUAL ‘HALLOWEEN AT THE Y.’ 6 to 8 p.m. Haunted House, children’s Halloween fun zone, costume parade and contest, Halloween crafts, refreshments, Halloween trick and treats. Wheeler YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., Plainville. Free but bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Plainville Food Pantry. (860) 793-9631.
HALLOWEEN GALA. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terrible Tunnel, spooky crafts, face painting, more. Angel Moon Photography will take photographs. Popcorn and other goodies. Come dressed in costumes. Bristol Public Library children’s department, 5 High St., Bristol. (860) 584-7787 ext, 2021, BristolLib.com
‘WILLIE WAS DIFFERENT AND OTHER MUSICAL TALES.’ 2 p.m. A concert for music lovers of all age. Four musicians will perform a composition based on the children’s story by Norman Rockwell about Willie the wood thrush. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. (860) 584-7790.
4TH ANNUAL FAMILY FLOAT FRIGHT NIGHT. 5:30 to 7 p.m. for families. 7:30 to 9 p.m., extra spooky swim for middle schoolers. Ghoulish good time at the pool will include haunting music, swimming, and fun activities. Dennis Malone Aquatic Center, 325 Mix St., Bristol. $5 per person. Children under 5 are free but must be registered. Families may rent floats for $1 each or bring their own. JessiePetroka.ci.bristol.ct.us, (860) 584-3836.
‘TOM SAWYER’S TRICKS AND TREATS.’ 2 p.m. Magic by Pete and Chris, a performance by Hartford Stage’s Mark Twain Players, a costume parade, a chance to meet the author of “Belches, Burps, and Farts, Oh My!,” a burping contest, and trick or treat at the Mark Twain House. Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. $10, $5 for children. (860) 280-3130. MarkTwainHouse.org
SPOOKTACULAR SCIENCE WEEKEND. Extra special fun for the family. Costumes encouraged. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Kids under 3 free. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org
OCT. 25, NOV. 22
R.E.A.D. TO THE DOGS. 1 p.m. Tails of Joy Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Children of reading age are invited to come and read to the dogs for a 15 minute sessions. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. (860) 584-7790.
SUNDAY, OCT. 26
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL AND COSTUME PARADE AT ROCKWELL PARK. 11:45 a.m., line-up. 12 p.m., costume parade. 12 to 3 p.m., carnival. Magic show by the Amazing Andy. Carnival games, arts and crafts, Big Daddy Racing, photo booth, train rides, and special guests Jingles and Twinkles the clowns. Free treat bag while supplies last. Pre-registration not required. Rockwell Park, Jacob Street and Dutton Avenue, Bristol. (860) 584-6160, JessiePetroka@ci.bristol.ct.us.
OCT. 27-NOV. 1
PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST. Benefit for the food pantry. Wednesday and Saturday, 12 to 2:30 p.m. and Monday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. Vote for the best carved pumpkin. Cost is $2 for adults. $1 for members and senior citizens and children over 5. Children under 5 are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., Plainville. (860) 747-6577. (Handicapped accessible.)
NOW thru DEC. 12
STORY TIME AND READING CLUBS. Various times. Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., Bristol. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Registration required for some. For details, go to BristolLib.com. (860) 584-7787, or (860) 584-7790.
NOW thru NOV. 10
PLAY AND LEARN GROUP. Held by the Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Meet other parents and children under the age of 5 for early learning activities to help children develop school readiness skills prior to entering kindergarten. Story time, craft activities, free play, etc. The Parent and Child Center, 9 Prospect St., Bristol. Free. Open to Bristol families with children age 5 or younger.
NOW thru DEC. 11
STORY TIME SESSIONS. Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., 2 year olds; every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., 3, 4, 5 year olds; every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., Sensory Tots, 2 to 5 year olds; every Wednesday at 1 p.m., 3, 4, 5 year olds; every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Baby Time, 0-12 months. Manross Memorial Library, 260 Central St., Forestville. Register. (860) 584-7790.
NOW thru MAY 2015
‘BANANAS SPLIT, TOO.’ Offered by Bristol Youth Services. 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. An 11-week support group for children of divorce, separated, or of a single parent family. Group will participate in activities geared toward developing communication, coping skills, identifying feelings, and understanding family transitions in a healthy way. For children 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 11. Bristol Youth Services, 51 High St., Bristol. Register. (860) 314-4690.
STORY TIME. 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Weekends and holidays. For children 6 and under. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Children under 3 free. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org
LIVE SCIENCE DEMONSTRATIONS. Weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fun, interactive live science demonstrations. Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Free with the purchase of a general admission ticket. (860) SCIENCE, www.CTScienceCenter.org