Eastern CT Veterans Community Center Hosts Halloween Events at Their New Home

Oct. 27—WILLIMANTIC — As part of Spooktober, the Eastern CT Veterans Community Center will be hosting Halloween activities over the next few days.

On Thursday, retired University of Connecticut professor and psychologist Cynthia Adams will read from her three horror books, all of which are set in New England.

The free book reading will begin at 5 p.m. at the center’s new home, which is at 47 Crescent Street. Books will be available for signing.

The books contain historical facts. The three books, which are part of the ‘New England Horror Trilogy’, are: ‘The Farmhouse on Cemetery Hill Rd’, ‘The Portal’ and ‘Ah, Grace! “.

Other events include: Saturday October 29:

—Locals will learn about vampirism in the early 18th and 19th centuries during “Vampires in CT.” This program, which is led by Bev York, will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. It’s free, but donations are welcome.

—Those who come dressed as witches can have their picture taken and participate in the museum’s “Beauty Contest” from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Museum of America, which is located in the Veterans Center. Special “potions” will be available for purchase. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

—”CT Witch Trials Re-enactment,” 5-6 p.m. The Connecticut witch trials took place in the 17th century, 50 years before the Salem witch trials. People are encouraged to dress like a witch. Members of the community can participate in the trial. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

—Haunted Crypt tours will be held in the basement of the Veterans Center from 5-8 p.m. It costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. Food and drinks will be sold. Proceeds will fund the center. Costumes are encouraged.

Sunday October 30:

—Haunted Cinema and Craft Marathon, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Movies are free, but drinks, popcorn, and other snacks will be sold. Donations are welcome.

—Visit of the haunted crypt, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the basement of the veteran center. It costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. Monday, October 31:

—Visit of the haunted crypt, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the basement of the veteran center. It costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. There is also an ongoing “Witches of Windham” exhibit that runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the America Museum.

The exhibition is free, but donations are welcome.

People will learn about folklore, famous witches, modern witches, spells and how witches have been seen and depicted throughout history.

For more information on these or other Spooktober events, visit www.spooktober.org.

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