The friendly face of Halloween will once again haunt the Burr Homestead when "The Enchanted Castle: A Magical Storybook Experience" returns to the historic mansion for the holiday later this month.

The event, scheduled to run from Saturday, Oct. 18, to Thursday, Oct. 30, emphasizes the fun and fantasy of Halloween, and not the scarier side. It is sponsored again by the Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers Auxiliary.

The Enchanted Castle features storybook-themed rooms and friendly costumed characters, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Wizard of Oz and Candy Land.

Co-chaired by Shaun Amberg and Debbie Charles, of Fairfield, the Enchanted Castle is in its 21st year. Proceeds from this year's event will support Ahlbin Centers' programs, such as Fit and Healthy Kids, cancer therapy, women's health, music therapy, special equipment and scholarships.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to fill more than 250 storybook character roles during the 11 days of the event. Adults and students eighth grade and older are eligible to volunteer or to work in the "Boo-tique" by emailing characters@enchantedcastle.org.

Hours for this year's Enchanted Castle are weekends beginning Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekdays beginning Oct. 22 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

School groups may schedule visits from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27-30.

Admission is $5 per person.

For information, call 203-384-3600 or visit www.enchantedcastle.org.