Halloween in Downtown Burlington

Posted October 13, 2015


Downtown Burlington is the place to be for spooky and silly Halloween fun this year! See below for lots of fun family-friendly events taking place in our community. Many of these events are free. 


Queen City Ghostwalk

Tuesdays-Sundays | 7pm |Meet in City Hall Park |$18

For mystery and spooky fun, there's nothing quite like a Queen City Ghostwalk. Author and paranormal historian,Thea Lewis, has been scaring up fascinating tales and quirky characters in Burlington and beyond since 2002. On her tours, Vermont's unofficial "Queen of Halloween" shares stories from her books, Haunted Burlington, Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain and Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont. Tickets at the Flynn Theater Box office on Main Street. For schedules: www.queencityghostwalk.com. Photo credit: Josie Lewis


Family Program Halloween Party

Saturday, October 24th | 4-7pm | Pride Center of Vermont | FREE

Get your costumes on and come party with us! The Pride Center of Vermont is having our annual Family Program Halloween party on Saturday, October 24th for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) parents, their kids, and their ally families. Party is at the Pride Center of Vermont and goes from 4:00-7:00 pm. Snacks provided. Pizza is served at 6:00 pm. Games for all ages, decorations, some candy, and lots of fun! Contact the Pride Center at 802-860-7812 for more information.


6th Annual Halloween Bike Ride - Shared Streets Not Scared Streets 

Sunday, October 25th | 1:30pm | City Hall Park | FREE

Join City leaders and hundreds of riders for a rolling Halloween costume party! The police-escorted parade begins at City Hall Park at 2PM. Bike decorating and other activities begin at 1:30pm. Join the fun at facebook/btvhalloweenride. Let us know you are coming at facebook.com/events/593112297478686/. The easy 4 mile ride ends at Oakledge Park at the "Halloween Howl", another fun and free event for kids!


Halloween Howl

Sunday, October 25th | 2-5:30pm | Oakledge Park | FREE

Come join us at Oakledge Park in Burlington on Sunday, October 25th for the Halloween Howl! Join in your spookiest, funniest, and most awesome costume. Enjoy a hayride, venture through the haunted walk and trick-or-treat, decorate a mini gourd, get your face painted, or get your fortune told! The haunted walk is wheelchair-accessible. Join Star 92.9’s Eric Forand for candy and prize giveaways, and some spooky music. There will also be yummy, fall comfort food available for purchase courtesy of Southern Smoke food truck.

Biking is encouraged; there will be a bike valet provided by Local Motion. Oakledge Park is reachable via the Burlington Bike Path. Parking is limited in the park; there will also be a trolley ride provided from Champlain Elementary School's parking lot.


Trick-or-Treat Street

Wednesday, October 28 | 4-6:30pm | Church Street Marketplace | FREE

Enjoy Halloween on the Marketplace at Trick-or-Treat Street, presented by Northfield Savings Bank! On Wednesday, October 28 from 4-6:30pm, come to The Church Street Marketplace in costume for trick-or-treating, face painting and lots of fun for the whole family!


Activities will include:

-8 outdoor trick-or-treating stations with candy and healthy snacks provided by City Market

-Face painting by Little Artsy Faces

-Photo shoot for kids, characters and local mascots

-Fire truck demo with firefighters from Burlington Vermont Fire Department and safety demo from Burlington Police Department

-Pumpkin Painting at Burlington Paint and Sip Studio

-Smoothie and popcorn making at Kiss the Cook with help from City Market

-Spin art at Ben & Jerry's

-Additional trick-or-treating opportunities at Homeport

-Enter the #UndercoverCitizen costume contest on the Little Citizen Facebook Page for your chance to win a shopping spree 


Halloween Express

October 30th & 31st | Times vary | Burlington’s Main Street Station | $23 - $50

Enjoy Halloween in a whole new way aboard the Halloween Express on Oct. 30 and 31 at the Burlington waterfront. This exciting new event features a Halloween party at Burlington’s Main Street Station and a spirited 60-minute Vermont Railway train ride from the station to Shelburne and back – all while taking in the season’s sights and sounds. Locally sourced food and drinks from Sugarsnap, Switchback, Citizen Cider and more will be available for purchase at the train station party and on the train rides. Costumes are encouraged. All ages are welcome.

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