Fall and Halloween events kick off this weekend

  • Scarecrows on the Common has left Main Street in Jaffrey spookily themed for the Halloween season. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/15/2021 10:51:47 AM

Events are back on this year for the spooky season, with Halloween-themed festivities planned throughout the month, before the kids get all dressed up for trick-or-treating.

TEAM Jaffrey is filling the town common with scarecrows once again this year, in an event that has been adjusted for COVID-19.

Residents who registered earlier this week received a scarecrow-making kit for $5, which included wooden stakes and a scarecrow face. Using those materials, participants are making their figures at home this year, rather than on the common lawn, as is traditional.

This Saturday, those constructed scarecrows will be delivered to the library lawn, and be put up around the common. Winners in multiple categories will be announced on Oct. 25, and the scarecrows will haunt the common until Oct. 28.

In New Ipswich, on the Memorial Field lawn, the New Ipswich Autumn Fest returns Saturday, with games, food and raffles.

This year, Autumn Fest includes the first ever Nerf War. Teams will battle it out for Nerf supremacy in an hour-long game.

The battle will be separated by age groups for kindergarten through eighth-grade, and older categories will be added if there is interest. Participants must bring their own Nerf gun, but “bullets” will be provided. Registration is $12 in advance through the recreation department website or $15 on the day. Grades kindergarten through second will start at 9:30 a.m., third-grade through fifth grade begins at 10:45 a.m., and sixth-grade through eighth-grade begins at 12:30 p.m.

Also back this year is “cow pie bingo.” A live cow is let loose on a grid field, and when the first cow pie is dropped, the number it lands on is the winner. Tickets are $10 and benefit recreation department programming. Tickets can be bought by emailing parksandrec@townofnewipswich.org, or at Autumn Fest.

There will also be local vendors, children’s games, and a chili cookoff. The event goes until 4 p.m.

On Sunday in Rindge, join the Conservation Commission for a fall foliage hike and tour of Schoolhouse Park. The family-friendly hike, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and last about an hour, follows a wooded trail to Tarbell Brook.

The hike caps off this year’s Hike and Paddle series for the Conservation Commission, and features the habitat diversity and history of Schoolhouse Park, which was the site of a schoolroom from 1821 through 1900.

Parking is available on Abel Road. The event is free, but the Conservation Commission is collecting donations to the Rindge Food Pantry before the hike in recognition of World Food Day.


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