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5 Family-Friendly Events Happening in Vermont This October

5 Family-Friendly Charity Events in Vermont This October

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and pumpkin spice everything is back in stores. That can only mean one thing: October is here! And with October comes a whole host of family-friendly charity events happening around Vermont. Here are just a few of the many great events taking place this month.

1. Kids Harvestfest Oct 8 - Register on their website
Details from their page.  "Let the kids play while you take in the sights, sounds and flavors of HarvestFest. HarvestFest kid's activities will be held in the commons, located by the Mill House pond, behind the Long Trail buildings. Kid's activities will be split into two sessions, with the option to have kids participate in both sessions. Each session is full of activities including the rock climbing wall and bungee jump (harnessed on a trampoline), kid's crafts, snacks and games. Kids need to be dropped off in the commons by a parent or guardian and picked up on time, otherwise, a late fee will occur. There will be a 30 min break in between sessions. Parents will have to come to check kids out for the half-hour break before returning for the afternoon if registered for both."  

2. The Halloween Running Scared 
The Halloween Hustle is a 5k race through downtown Rutland. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costumes. Registration for the race is $5 in advance and $10 on race day. Check out their Facebook Page for more info.

3. The Great Vermont Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival: This festive event features a 10-acre corn maze, hayrides, a petting zoo, live music, and more. And if you get hungry, there's no need to worry - they've got you covered with plenty of food options, including wood-fired pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, and roasted corn on the cob. Best of all, proceeds from the event go to support local farmers and community initiatives. Details on their facebook page.

4.The Horribles Parade & BrattleBOO!: October 31st at 4p.  This spooktacular event features a parade with costumes galore followed by a festival with live music, food vendors, and Trick-or-treating at over 40 Shops and Restaurants! Proceeds from the event go to support local charities and community initiatives. So come out and enjoy some fall fun while also supporting a good cause! Learn more on event Facebook Page.

5. Guardians of the Great Outdoors ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
In this exhibit for young explorers, visitors will roam forests, navigate streams, and become backyard adventurers—all while learning how to be thoughtful stewards of the land. Get active navigating a rock wall, standing watch in a fire lookout, rowing a boat, and tending a garden amidst immersive wilderness scenes. Practice hands-on conservation actions, such as safely putting out a campfire, composting kitchen scraps, and managing stormwater. The Great Outdoors is calling. Will you answer the call?  Start here on their website.

There are so many great family-friendly charity events happening in Vermont this October! No matter what your interests are, there's sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. So get out there and have some fun while supporting some great causes!