Darien’s Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with the Ox Ridge Hunt Club to celebrate Halloween by opening the town’s recently purchased open space with a free event on Sunday, Oct. 29. Starting at noon, there will be live music, field games and a Halloween-themed egg hunt.

Costumes are encouraged for children and the club will host its own horsey costume parade at 1:45 p.m. with both ponies and their riders to be dressed for the occasion. A riding exhibit will follow in the Hunt Club’s main ring at 2 p.m. The egg hunt,  dubbed "The Witch Hunt," will begin at 3:15.

Live performances will include Annie and the Natural Wonderband for children’s entertainment, rock act Exit Ramp and country music band Goldrush. Food trucks will be available on site and both admission and parking are free.

The town, which purchased the 16.25-acre parcel of land from the Ox Ridge Hunt Club for $6.25 million last year, is considering open space uses for the land as a part of the town’s parks master plan. The club also recently unveiled its “Second Century Plan” to renovate the remaining club grounds and adopt racket sports and other new activities. Representatives from the club will have a booth during the event to discuss their future plans.

Parks & Recreation Director Pam Geary said, “We met with [the Ox Ridge Hunt Club] over a month ago and they agreed that this was a great opportunity to plan this together.”

She added, “without the Hunt Club, we wouldn’t be celebrating this incredible parcel of land that the town can now call its own. Truly a blessing for the Town of Darien.”