Connecticut Halloween Events - 2017

September, 2017 by Ray Bendici
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Looking for some damned-type fun this October? Check out our statewide list of activities below, ranging from haunted attractions and hayrides to graveyard tours and family Halloween events. (Events are in chronological order by county.)

Please make sure to call ahead and check on any event you plan on attending -- we try to keep this updated, but sometimes events will be canceled at the last minute, especially outdoor events that depend on good weather.

We are trying to update this list every day with new events, so if you know of something, please send it to us at damnedct@gmail.com!

Find an event by county:

Fairfield County
Hartford County
Litchfield County
Middlesex County
New Haven County
New London County
Tolland County
Windham County

 

Fairfield County

 

Fat Freddy's House of Horror
September 30 - October 30; Fri. & Sat. 7-11 pm (Sun. Oct. 22 & 29)
415 Howe Ave., Shelton
203.305.9806
Admission: $16; Fast Freddy pass $20
facebook/fatfreddyshouseofhorror
More info: Fat Freddy doesn't know what scares you but he does know what scares him! Bringing your nightmares to life.

 

Legends of Fear
September 30 - October 29 (weekends); 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Saw Mill City Rd., Shelton
203.944.9090
Admission: The Hallow $25; haunted hayride $24; combo ticket $42
legendsoffear.com
More info: Try your luck at The Hallow, which includes four attractions: the Melonhead Revenge Trail (a one-mile haunted trek), Pine Hills Parish, The Dark Harvest, or the all-new Hemlock Manor Mortuary. Or visit the haunted hayride, which offers 1.5 miles in the dark with fifty creatures of the night waiting for you! Plus, a full concession with hot dogs, hot popcorn, candy, soda, hot chocolate and more.

 

Fright Haven
October 5-31; Thursdays-Sundays (and October 30 & 31), 7-10 pm
411 Barnum Cutoff, Stratford Square, Stratford
203.799.3327
Admission: $25; $20 in advance, VIP fast pass $49 at door, $39 in advance
frighthaven.com
More info: One of the state's largest and scariest indoor haunted attractions is "back from the dead" with 20,000 square feet of scares, chills and thrills. 

 

Dracula Goes to High School
October 7-29; Saturdays & Sundays, time vary by date
Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport
203.576.1636
Admission: $19-$23
dtcab.com
More info: It’s the first day back at school for the students of Transylvania High School in this rockin’ new musical, but not everyone is excited. It’s not always fun being the new kid in school, but that’s just what young Dracula needs to do. Come join the “spooktacular” Halloween adventure as Dracula learns to find his way and make new friends amongst the ghosts and goblins of Transylvania High.

 

Haunting at the Hollow
October 13-28; Fri. & Sat. 7-11 pm
222 Route 37, New Fairfield
203.312.5633
Admission: $15; in advance $14
hauntingatthehollow.com
More info: The Clayton family lived at the old Hollow estate for generations. Legend has it the family was consumed by evil after discovering ancient artifacts. One thing is for sure, the entire extended family vanished in the early 1900′s from the estate. The artifacts were rediscovered in 2016 which revealed what truly happened at the old Hollow estate. The Clayton spirits have returned to stop at nothing to conceal the morbid truth of what really went on all those years ago!

 

Howl-O-Ween
October 14, 21, 27-28; 6:30-10 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
203.394.6565
Admission: $15; (in advance & members $12)
beardsleyzoo.org
More info: Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun, frightful and family-friendly evening at the Zoo featuring a haunted hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Ghastly Greenhouse, and a magic show. Tickets also include FREE face painting, carousel rides and more.

 

A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 14, 20 & 21; tours at 6, 7:30 & 9 pm
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk
203.846.0525
Admission: $18; $12 for ages 8-12, in advance $15 & $10 respectively (reservations recommended)
norwalkhistoricalsociety.org
More info: Take a lantern light tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard. Meet a gruesome murder victim from Rowayton and a mutilated WWI flying ace … and others from Norwalk’s colorful past. Plus new in 2017: an historic haunted maze. Bring a flashlight ... and a friend!

 

Night of the Living Dead
October 17; 8:30 pm
The Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford St., Stamford
203.967.3660
Admission: $12; students & seniors $9
avontheatre.org
More info: A new digital 4K release of the seminal horror classic. The story follows a group of seven people trapped in a rural farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania who are attacked by a large and growing group of bloodthirsty zombies.

 

Witches, Vampires, and Ghosts Tours at the Mansion
October 20-29; 5-8 pm
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk
203.838.9799
Admission: $20 (reservation required)
lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
More info: Featuring a troupe of living history actors, tours focus on the history of witchcraft from colonial times to the Victorian era, highlighting the New England Vampire Panic and other dark tales. Ghosts, vampires and witches will be wandering throughout the first and second floors of the mansion.

 

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 21; 1-5 pm
Boothe Memorial Park, 5774 Main St. Putney, Stratford
203.377.2119
Admission: Free
boothememorialpark.org
More info: Activities include a scarecrow contest and pie baking competition, plus there will be games, crafts, face painting, refreshments, demonstrations, horse-drawn hayrides, and more.

 

Half Full Brewery 5th Anniversary Halloween Party
October 21; 6-10 pm
Half Full Brewery, 43 Homestead Ave., Stamford
203.658.3631
Admission: $35
halffullbrewery.com
More info: Come celebrate five years of Half Full Brewery! Two food trucks—Nosh Hound & Hapa—will be selling food all night, plus a band onsite. Ticket price includes entrance and all beer (from 12+ taps)!

 

Tales of Horror & Death: A Night Tour of the Hoyt-Barnum House
October 26-27; hourly 7-9 pm 
Stamford History Center, 1508 High Ridge Rd., Stamford
203.329.1183
Admission: $15; members $10
stamfordhistory.org
More info: Experience Halloween colonial style this October with a chilling tour of an authentic Stamford home that’s seen more than its share of hardship and misery. Interpreters will relate stories of the horrific lives of Stamford founders in the 17th and 18th centuries. Get a glimpse of colonial life as you learn about gruesome accidents and disfiguring diseases. Hear the tale of Stamford’s own witch, Elizabeth Clawson. 

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 27; 9 pm
Palace Theatre, 165 Main St., Danbury
203.794.9944
Admission: $15; props package $5
thepalacedanbury.com
More info: Get ready to do the Time Warp again when The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre. Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite character, throw props during the film, and be ready to yell back lines of dialogue as part of the audience partici-(SAY IT!)-pation. To make participation easier, prop packages which include everything you need to join in the fun can be pre-ordered when ordering tickets.

 

Legends & Hauntings Walking Tour
October 27-29; 6-8 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
203.259.1598
Admission: $13; members $10
fairfieldhistory.org
More info: Put your scary, creepy, silly, fun, and sparkly costumes on and get chilled to the bone listening to haunting legends, superstitions, and local folklore as night descends. Did body snatching happen in the cemetery? Are there ghosts in Sun Tavern? Did witches really live here? Find out.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience
October 27 & 28; 7 pm
Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport
203.576.1636
Admission: $25; props $5
mycabaret.org
More info: A tribute to the original RHPS Fan Club’s concept of “The Floor Show,” combining the screening of the film with an ensemble of live actors on stage, audience participation, and the use of props and costumes.

 

Monster Mash 
October 28; 5-8:30 pm
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk
203.899.0606
Admission: $15
steppingstonesmuseum.org 
More info: A BOO-tiful night of TRICKS and treats jam-packed with family fun. Featuring live animals from Animal Embassy, the mystifying Monster Mash promises to be SPOOK-tacular!

 

Ghosts of Ridgefield
October 28; 6 pm
Hemlock Hills Open Space, Ridgefield
203.438.1063
Admission: $15 (registration required); members $10
ridgefielddiscovery.org
More info: Visitors will be guided along the trails through Hemlock Hills where they will encounter legendary, ghostly figures. These characters from Ridgefield's past will entertain with tales or personal stories.  Some of the past "guests" included Col. Bradley, Chief Catoonah, Geraldine Farrar and The Leatherman. But who will show up this year is anyone's guess. During the haunted hike, visistors will be fortified with some cookies and apple cider around a campfire.

 

History Ablaze
Saturday, October 28; 6-9 p.m.
Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull
203.377.6620
Admission: $5
www.trumbullhistory.org
More info: The field behind the Historical Society will be ablaze with dozens of jack o' lanterns, while storytellers offer up true tales of Trumbull's haunted past. Inside, the haunted Historical Society will be alive with frights and festive treats.

 

16th Annual Pipescreams
October 30; 4 pm
First Church Congregational, 2301 Main St., Stratford​​
203.335.3107
Admission: $15; students $9, under 12 free
greaterbridgeportago.org
More info: A concert of Halloween-themed and Broadway musical pieces featuring a mighty pipe organ, 5 choral groups with more than 200 singers, incredible musicians, costume contest with prizes, and a reception.

 

 

Hartford County

 

Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
October 1-31; Fri.-Sun, 7-10 pm
Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol
860.583.8306
Admission: $6
preservehollywood.org
More info: The Witch’s Dungeon celebrates its 51st season at the Bristol Historical Society, which means expanded displays featuring life-sized wax figures from classic horror films as well as movie props.

 

The Haunted Graveyard
October 1-29; Friday & Saturday dusk to midnight, Sunday dusk to 10 pm
Lake Compounce, Bristol
860.583.3300
Admission: $34.99 (combo park & graveyard)
hauntedgraveyard.com
More info: A mammoth walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houses and a graveyard all linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails with 17 adult rides operating.

 

Rails to the Darkside
October 6-28; Fridays & Saturdays 7-9:30 pm
Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor
960.627.6540
Admission: $18
ct-trolley.org
More info: A bone-chilling ride aboard a trolley cart the the “Darkside” where anything can happen. Also, a terrifying tour of the spirit inhabited cemetery and car barn.

 

Graveyard Shift Tours
October 6-28; hourly from 6 to 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
860.280.3130
Admission: $25 (reservations required); members $20
marktwainhouse.org
More info: Reported ghostly apparitions, mysterious bangs, and other unexplained phenomena, along with visits from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy, have led to the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours. Hear spooky tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural.

 

Nightmare Acres
October 6-29; Fri. & Sat. 7-11, Sun. 7-10
Nomads Outdoor Adventure, 240 Governors Hwy., South Windsor
Admission: $15; Nightmare pass $35
nightmareacresct.com
More info: An award-winning haunted attraction where nightmares become real. All new for 2017!

 

Haunted Miniature Golf 
October 19-29; Thurs.-Fri. 4-9 pm, Sat.-Sun. 11-8
Farmington Miniature Golf, Farmington
860.677.0118
Admission: $10
farmingtonminiaturegolf.com

More info: Eighteen holes of Halloween fun await participants upon entering the 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut, wander through a haunted graveyard and visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern. Halloween treats will be available at the Ice Cream Parlor.

 

Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery
October 19-20; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (tours depart every 15 minutes)
Fairview Cemetery, New Britain
860.826.3360
Admission: $12
nbparksnrec.org
More info: Guests and guides alike on this lamplight tour will be greeted by some of New Britain’s most historic and accomplished former residents who have come to rest at Fairview.

 

Lantern Light Tours 
October 20-21; 6:15-8 pm
Starting at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Old Wethersfield
860.529.7656
Admission: $20 (reservations strongly recommended)
wethersfieldhistory.org
More info: The popular Lantern Light Tours are back this year with different characters and stories! Generous volunteers have aided in the research, costuming, guiding and acting of the tours in order to make this event possible. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and tours fill up fast, so be sure not to miss a historic walk through Old Wethersfield’s Burying Ground with “encounters!” Not recommended for children under the age of 13.

 

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour 
October 20-21, 27-28, 31; 7:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
860.522.9258 ext. 317
Admission: $18 (reservations required; ages 12+); members $12
harrietbeecherstowe.org 
More info: Who will show up on the K2 meter and the digital voice recorder? What did the Ghost Hunters Team find? What did Harriet Beecher Stowe know about seances and Spiritualism? A spine-tingling tour provides the answers—or does it? Register early as tours sell out quickly.

 

Corn Maze After Dark
October 20-21 & 27-28; 6:30-8 pm
Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonnock Ave., Windsor
860.683.0226
Admission: $10
brownsharvest.com
More info: Enjoy a spooky adventure getting lost in six acres of corn maze after dark. Bring your own flashlight!

 

Haunted Hay Rides 
October 20-21 & 27-28; 7-9:30 pm
Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Rd., West Simsbury
860.658.5070
Admission: $25 (MUST be purchased in advance)
flamigfarm.com
More info: Enjoy a scary tractor-pulled hayride across a haunted farm with creepy creatures at every turn. Keep an eye for the Queen of Halloween! Not recommended for under 8.

 

West Hartford Hauntings 
October 20-21 & 27-28; 6-8:45 pm, every 15 minutes
North Cemetery, North Main Street, West Hartford
860.521.5362
Admission: $15 (reservations highly recommended); under 18 $10 
noahwebsterhouse.org 
More info: A spooky theatrical lantern light tour of North Cemetery, featuring encounters with the ghosts of historical characters.

 

Spooktacular Science Weekend
October 21-22; 10 am - 5 pm
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
860.SCIENCE
Admission: $23.95; ages 3-17 $16.95
ctscience.org
More info: The Connecticut Science Center will get a little spooky and a little kooky for the annual Spooktacular Science Weekend! Have a ball at the ultimate Halloween party including trick-or-treating, a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, kids “Scary-oke” and spooky crafts. Costumes encouraged!

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: CHS Gets Creepy
October 21; 11 am & 1 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St., Hartford
860.236.5621
Admission: $15; members $10 (pre-registration required)
chs.org
More info: History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, and death portraits haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you!

 

Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
October 21 & 22; 10 am- 4 pm
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
860.529.0612
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
webb-deane-stevens.org
More info: Tour the houses and the Ancient Burying Ground, where different headstone designs and the beliefs of the times will be examined, plus visit the grave sites of some of the interesting folks interred there.

 

An Old-Fashioned Halloween for Children 
October 26; 5 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington
860.677.9222
Admission: Non-perishable food items for Halloween Against Hunger
stanleywhitman.org
More info: The museum will be transformed into a spooky labyrinth for this special Halloween event for the younger set! Open the creaky door and enter a Halloween maze of spooky sights, sounds and experiences...listen to a story in the dungeon...meet ghostly characters...try your hand at tricks and grab a treat!

 

Cedar Hill's Hallowed History Lantern Tour
October 27; 6-9:30 pm
Cedar Hill Cemetry, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford
860.956.3311
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
cedarhillfoundation.org 
More info: The only night during the year that the cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots! Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

 

Museum After Dark: 9th Annual Halloween Bash 
October 27; 8-11 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
860.229.0257
Admission: $30 (in advance only); members $20
nbmaa.org 
More info: The most spooktacular party in the state of Connecticut! Witches and wizards, monsters and magicians—all are invited to haunt the galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind with other young professionals in a creative environment. Admission includes entrance to the Museum, beer, wine, entertainment, and activities.

 

Trail Side Tales
October 27-28; 6:30-9 pm
Harry C. Barnes Nature Center, 175 Shrub Rd., Bristol
860.583.1234
Admission: $10; children $7
elcct.org/harry-c-barnes-memorial-nature-center/
More info: Hear about local Ct Legends told by the ghosts of the legends themselves! Lead by two lantern holding guides.....no scary creatures jumping out at you! Please dress for the weather and wear proper shoes. No strollers or flashlights allowed. No pets.

 

Hobgoblin Fair 
October 28; 10-noon & 1-3 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
860.693.0263
Admission: $8 per child (pre-registration required)
roaringbrook.org 
More info: The Hobgoblin Fair features the “Track-and-Treat” walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Suitable for children ages 3-8 and parents.

 

Season of the Witch Authors Event
October 28; noon-1 pm
Book Store Club & More, 869 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor
860.432.7411
Admission: Free
facebook.com/events
More info: Meet Connecticut witch trial authors Beth M Caruso and Katherine Spada-Basto-Basto, who will share their personal stories of how they came to write about the largely forgotten and unknown Connecticut witch trials, and how they hoped to bring these histories to life with their novels.

 

Twinklin' Pumpkins Around the Center
October 28; 6-7:30 pm
Town Center Fountain Green, Glastonbury
Admission: Free
glastonburyci.org
More info: A family-friendly Halloween event with a carved pumpkin contest, costume parade and live entertainment.

 

Spooktacular Chili Challenge
October 28; noon-5 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd., Simsbury
860.651.7307
Admission: $10; under 10 free
simsburychili.com
More info: A festive Halloween celebration with a chili cook-off sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Competitors arrive from far and wide to compete for cash prizes and the title of Best Chili Cook. Also for the kids, trick-or-treating, face painting, shopping with an array of vendors, live entertainment, beer, wine and other food items.

 

A Special Halloween Night Meditation
October 28, 7-9 pm
C4PT Yoga Studio, 192 Hartford Rd., Manchester
Admission: $20; please feel free to bring a dish and a yoga mat
More info: A multidimensional meditation with a gong bath to remove spells and curses with Archangel Michael. 

 

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Litchfield County

 

Mr. G's 24th Annual Haunted House
October 6-9; 6-8:30 pm
Lone Oak Campsites, 360 Norfolk Rd., East Canaan
loneoakcampsites.com
More info: A spooktacular event with live music, a haunted house and a hayless hayride, with all proceeds to benefit victims from recent hurricanes.

 

Haunted Trail 
October 13-14, 20-21; 6-10 pm
Harrybrooke Park, 100 Still River Dr., New Milford
860.799.6520
Admission: $15
facebook.com/events
harrybrookepark.org
More info: Can you survive the Haunted Trail at Harrybrooke Park? There's evil lurking everywhere! Follow a self-guided trail filled with blood-curdling horror that winds through darkness and woods by the Still River and ends in the haunted mansion. This is a scary event, and may not be appropriate for children under 12 years old, or persons with physical restrictions.

 

Woodbury Lions Club Haunted Hayride & Haunted Barn 
October 20-21, 27-28; 6:30-9:30 pm; children's less scary hayride Oct. 21, 1-3 pm.
Mitchell School, School Street, Woodbury
Admission: $12; under 12 $6
woodburyctlions.org 
More info: Visitors climb on-board a hay-wagon and take a trip through the haunted fields and cemeteries of Woodbury, meeting the ghosts of Woodbury's Civil War veterans and other town residents, various denizens of the dark, assorted ghouls and, of course, zombies. Be sure to be on guard for attacking werewolves! Riders also make a stop at the Haunted Barn, a 3-D visual display that is unlike any other in the area. Using ChromaDepth technology, the Haunted Barn allows you to walk through illusions that seem to hang in the middle of space, creatures that seem to jump out at you, or enter a hallway that seems to go on forever.
October 22 at 4 & 6 pm: Paranormal investigator Ken DeCosta will lead hour-long multimedia presentation that will include tales from his own investigations as well as highlights from Woodbury's haunted history. Admission $25, must be purchased in advance

 

Glebe House All Hollow's Eve 
October 21 & 28; 5:30-9 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
203.263.2855
Admission: $10; ages 5-12 $5
glebehousemuseum.org
More info: Price of admission includes a tour in the Ancient Burying Grounds where over 25 spirits will be at their graves to tell their tales, a Haunted Museum tour, professional storytelling, tarot card readings and complimentary refreshments. call the museum for tickets or more information.

 

Lantern Tours of the Plymouth Burying Ground 
October 21 & 28; 7 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
860.921.6118
Admission: $10 (registration required); under 18 free
plymouthhistoricalsociety.org 
More info: The Plymouth Historical Society is leading a lantern tour of the Plymouth Burying Ground, where 38 soldiers from the Revolutionary War are buried. Visitors will wend their way through the cemetery and discover how the symbols and inscriptions on the gravestones provide clues to life in colonial Connecticut. The walk includes a house that was on the Underground Railroad. Visitors will see the secret passageway that allowed slaves to escape to freedom. Bring flashlights.

 

Washington Green Cemetery Tour 
October 27; 6:30-8:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington
860.868.7756
Admission: Free; donations welcome
gunnlibrary.org 
More info: Costumed tour guides will lead groups of visitors from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminarias spanning a quarter-mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's past residents. Tours depart every ten minutes from the museum and last about 45 minutes, bring a flashlight.

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Spooktacular Teens & Tweens Halloween Party
October 28; 10 am - 1 pm
Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Rd., New Milford
860.355.0300
Admission: $50
hunthillfarmtrust.org
More info: Celebrate a not-so-scary Halloween at Hunt Hill Farm with top witch Nancy Stuart, who will teach you "witch" way to cook for Halloween.

 

41st Annual Kent Pumpkin Run
October 29; noon
Kent green, Kent
860.927.1463
Admission: $30; early registration $25
kentct.com
More info: The 5-mile run/walk starts at noon. Spectator friendly, USATF certified course starts at Town Hall and winds through and around historic Kent. Cash Prizes for overall and age group top finishers. Prizes for Best Costumes. Festivities at the start /finish area—live music, refreshments and more!

 

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Middlesex County

 

Pumpkintown U.S.A.
September 30 - October 31; open daily 10 am - 5 pm
93 East High St., East Hampton
860.267.0143
Admission: Weekends - village $6, ride - $7, combo $12; weekdays - village $2, ride $7
pumpkintown.com
More info: Great place for the youngsters for a Halloween treat. A non-scary adventure through a town with a saloon, jail, country store, post office and a fire department. There are different scenes througout the "village" including a wedding scene. Take a hay ride through Pumpkintown forest and catch a glimpse of more than 30 pumpkin-headed characters and their dwellings.

 

Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival
October 21; 5-7 pm
Ivoryton village green, 103 Main St., Ivoryton
860.767.4340
Admission: Free
facebook/ivorytonvillagepumpkinfestival
More info: Pumpkin carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, cookie decorating, outdoor movie, bands, music and pumpkin lighting!

 

Halloween Vampire Ball
October 21; 6-11 pm
Powder Ridge Mountain Park Resort, 99 Powder Hill Rd., Middlefield
866.860.0208
Admission: $35
powderridgepark.com
More info: Witches and warlocks align at night on The Ridge to initiate magical mysteries and mayhem. Come discover the dark secrets of The Ridge at the Halloween Ball. Enjoy a scary evening of fun, dinner, cash bar, live music and dancing. Costumes are the centerpiece of the ball, be creative. Prizes awarded for best costumes. 

 

Ballet Spooktacular
October 21-22; 1 & 4 pm
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook
860.510.0453
Admission: $20-$14
katharinehepburntheater.org
More info: Special effects and enchanting costumes set the stage for three spirited ballets “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Dancing Bones,” and “Halloween Waltz.” Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for spellbinding photos with the dancers.

 

Haunted River: Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore
October 27-29; 6-8:40
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex
860.767.8269
Admission: $13; children $9
ctrivermuseum.org
More info: Phantoms, Captain Kidd, and unexplainable phenomena are just a few of the things lurking in the shadows at the Connecticut River Museum this October. A ‘River Spirit’ will be called upon to guide visitors safely from scene to scene while sharing its own dark and mysterious tale.

 

Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Costume Bash
October 27; 7 pm - midnight
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
860.347.1064
Admission: $45 (ages 21 and up); only in advance
wadsworthmansion.com
More info: Dress as one of Colonel Clarence Wadsworth's guests or your favorite ghoul and join in the festivities, which include signature drinks, light fare, dancing to the music of a DJ, photo booth, fortune telling and more.

 

Spooky Swing Dance Party
October 28; 7:30 pm
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook
860.510.0453
Admission: $25
katharinehepburntheater.org
More info: Join The Shiny Lapel Trio, Johnny and the East Coast Rockers, Barleyhoppers, and Blues on the Rocks, for a wild night of dancing with a slightly spooky twist. Be sure to dress your best—or worst—as prizes await for the best dressed couple and individual.

 

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New Haven County

 

Haunted Isle
September 29 - October 28: Fridays & Saturdays 7-10 pm
The Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven
203.467.6927
Admission: $12; express $20
hauntedisle.org
More info: Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks, lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This fall a lonely trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate at the start of the trail. The choice is yours... enter if you dare! Recommended for adults and mature children who do not have any health issues! Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists and turns.

 

Trail of Terror
September 30 - October 29; Friday & Saturday, 7-11 pm, Sundays 7-10 pm
PNC Park, Wallingford
888.695.0888
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
trailofterror.com
More info: Celebrating more than 20 years of terror, this award-winning outdoor haunted attraction takes visitors on a 45-minute scream-filled journey through more than three acres of spooky scenes and living nightmares.

 

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks
September 29 - November 4; Fri, Sat & Sun. nights at 7 & 10 pm (plus some special dates & times, visit site)
Starting at Hotchkiss Bridge, downtown Milford
Admission: $15; all tickets must be purchased online in advance
spiritsofmilford.com
More info: Led by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, author and storyteller, these antern-lit through downtown Milford weave tales of the macabre with those of local history. The walks follow a roughly 1.15-mile loop through downtown Milford, including stops at some of the city's oldest homes and Milford Cemetery. Why Connecticut is said to be one of the U.S.'s most haunted states, and how Milford's history ties into its ghostly legends, are among the stories told. Participants also get the chance to try out paranormal investigation tools like EMF detectors and dowsing rods.

 

Creeperum
September 28 - October 31; check website for dates, doors open at 7 pm
41 Marne St., Hamden
203.936.8121
Admission: $25; in advance $20, speed pass $40
creeperum.com
More info: 
Something… eerie… has befallen Connecticut. It is a structure made of brick and wood, where the walls crack and splinter with a painful howl. The town folk call it CREEPERUM, an emporium of the bizarre.  An indoor haunt that is open rain or shine.

 

The New Haven Ghost Walk
October 1-31; Fri. & Sat. 7:30 pm, Sun. 7 pm, Oct. 31 7:30 pm
1070 Chapel Street, New Haven
203.493.4266
Admission: $25; seniors & students $20
ghostsofnewhaven.com
More info: Go inside the Grove Street Cemetery, find out about the phantom of Geronimo, and try not to sink in New Haven Harbor. Try not to be scared by stories of ghosts, antique sites, scandalous tales, and strange things. 

 

The Scream CT 
October 6-29; Fridays-Sunday 7-10:30 pm
275 Valley Service Rd., North Haven
203.239.4653
Admission: $15
theonlyscreamintown.com
More info: This October, The Only Scream CT presents an all-new terrifying nightmarish attraction. Prepare for an evening of scares and thrills!

 

Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tour
October 13-14, 5-9 pm
Hillside Cemetery, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire
203.250.9350
Admission: $10 (reservations required)
facebook.com/CheshireHistoricalSociety
More info: All new stories always! Six hundred tea lights illuminate the path! "Dead men tell no tales until Cheshire's Historic Hillside Cemetery opens after dark!" Guests will be guided by lantern among the tombstones to hear firsthand accounts of the lives of the dearly departed conveyed by actors. The event is produced by the Cheshire Historical Society. Some tales are funny, some are sad, some are shocking, and all are entertaining.

 

Grove Street Cemetery Tours
Oct. 14 & 28; 10 am
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
203.389.5403
Admission: Free
grovestreetcemetery.org
More info: One-hour walking tour to view historical persons, sponsored by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery.

 

How To Be a Good Witch
October 20-29; Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 & 5:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford
Admission: $22; online $20
pantochino.com
More info: Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. asks the question 'are you a good witch or a bad witch?’ in this fantastical new musical.  When a magical book opens, wild, wonderful and wizardly witchcraft unfolds! Follow an adorable little witch ready to cast a spell of goodness on all things Halloween! Featuring book and lyrics by Bert Bernardi and an original score by Justin Rugg. 

 

 

Goblin Gathering
October 27; 6:45 pm
Wallingford Town Hall, Wallingford
203.294.2120
Admission: Free
More info: A family-friendly night of fun for kids with pre-bagged candy, a mini-Halloween parade, crafts, activities, scarecrow building and a Halloween hay stack egg hunt.

 

The Warren Files
October 27; 8 pm
John Lyman Center, SCSU, 501 Crescent St., New Haven
203.392.6154
Admission: $15
lymancenter.org
More info: Experience the original ghostly images, recordings and haunting stories that inspired the new summer horror film "The Conjuring 2" as well as "Annabelle" and the blockbuster "The Conjuring" as Tony Spera, son-in-law of Ed and Lorraine, opens the case files of the famous husband and wife ghost hunters

 

Halloween Hysterics at Henry's
October 28; 10 am-4:30 pm
Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford
203.453.2457
Admission: $8, seniors & students $6, (6-17) $5, under 6 free
ctvisit.org
More info: The lights will be off in Connecticut’s oldest house, so bring a flashlight to explore. Admission includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House, scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays about the Whitfield connection to the Salem witch trials and the Guilford Green graveyards, and the exhibit Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas

 

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New London County

 

"A Wee Faerie Village"
September 30 - October 29
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme
860.434.5542
Admission: $15; $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members, under 12 free
florencegriswoldmuseum.org
More info: Visitors explore over thirty hand-crafted, faerie-sized homes. All ages marvel at the detail and craftsmanship as they visit prehistoric caves, pyramids, ancient temples, medieval cottages, and Victorian mansions throughout the Museum’s 13-acre campus.

 

The Dark Manor  
September 29 - October 31; Thurs.-Sun., plus Halloween week, 6:30 pm - midnight 
25 Main Street, Baltic
860.822.TOMB
Admission: $21; $25 during peak days
darkmanorproductions.com 
More info: Three haunted attractions in one: The Manor, which features two floors of special effects and heart-stopping terror; The Graveyard; and The Catacombs, an attraction with creeps and chainsaw freaks!

 

Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours
September 28 - October 31; multiple nights at 7 pm  
Downtown Mystic
860.617.9777
Admission: $22; in advance $20
seasideshadows.com
More info: Courtney McInvale, author of Haunted Mystic, will guide you by lantern light through downtown Mystic past local haunts, sharing local lore and legends. Remember to bring your camera and step back in time. There are two tours from which to choose: Mystic downtown tour (Thursdays & Saturdays), Mystic moonlight graveyard tour (Fridays & Sundays, and Halloween week). On October 28, there will be both tours plus an 11:45 pm paranormal investigation of the burial ground ($35).

 

All Hallows Weekend 
October 7-9; 6-9 pm
122 Mack Rd., Lebanon
860.478.5954
Admission: $15, ages 7-15 $10
ctfaire.com 
More info: The Dark Ages just got darker. With each step we take, the crisp autumn nights become longer. It is now the veil between the world of the living and the lands of the dead are thinnest. And it is now the headless horseman rides into battle against his hellish foes in a flaming joust to the death. Fiery lances will shatter as evil clashes upon their nightmare steeds, jack o’ lanterns will explode, magic will sizzle in the air, and you will witness the horror of it all.

 

Nautical Nightmares
October 13-29; Fridays & Saturdays 6-9:45 pm
Mystic Seaport, 16 Greenmanville Rd., Mystic
860.572.0711
Admission: $25 (members $21); ages 12-17 $20 (members $16). Preregistration suggested.
mysticseaport.org
More info: An evening of thrills, haunts, and mad science gone awry with Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us, inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” In this frightening theatrical, you’ll meet a mad scientist, his haunted creation, and a troupe of terrified town folk, with four spine-chilling scenes of murder, mayhem, science, and suspense! The walking tour meanders on a route that covers approximately 1/2 mile. Nautical Nightmares requires a special ticket in lieu of general admission.

 

Spooktopia 
October 14; 3-9 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
860.213.1285
Admission: Free
griswoldyfs.com 
More info: The 5th annual Edgar Fontaine Memorial Spooktopia is a Trick or Trunk event that will include Halloween-themed food, rides, entertainment and more. All are welcome, with trick or treating for kids under 10.

 

Sea Scare
October 14-19; weekends 9 am - 4:50 pm
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
860.572.5955
Admission: $36.99; discount rates vary (see website)
mysticaquarium.org
More info: A family-friendly Halloween adventure that casts magic, mystery and marvels throughout the Aquarium’s campus.

 

Halloween Town
October 20; 6-9 pm
Waterfront Park, New London
860.443.3786
Admission: Free
downtownnewlondonassociation.com
More info: Dare to be scared. Have the courage to face things that go bump in the night? If so, you are invited to come to a spooky Halloween destination, New London Halloween Town. Trick or trunk, a costume contest, dance party and more!

 

Halloween Weekends
October 20-22, 27-29
Odetah Camping Resort, 38 Bozrah Street Ext, Bozrah
860.889.4144
Admission: Determined by length of stay
odetah.com
More info: Enjoy decorated campsites plus kids' craft, pumpkin painting, games, a pinata, Halloween relay, mummy wrap, site-to-site Trick or Treating.

 

Spooky Nature Trail
October 20-21; 5:30-7:30 pm
Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic
860.536.1216
Admission: $12; members $8.50
dpnc.org
More info: Investigate the Nature Center trails on a self-guided tour past nymphs and fairies, wild animals, jack-o-lanterns and other frightful and delightful creatures. In addition to the haunted woods, participants will enjoy Halloween treats and cider, spooky crafts for children, games, and up-close visits with the Nature Center's resident snakes, turtles, and frogs. Don't forget your flashlight! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Phenomenal Phenomena
October 21; 2-3 pm
Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London
Admission: Free
tspiparanormal.com
More info: Join the Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations on a journey through their case files of Eastern Connecticut's most tantalizing haunts! TSPI is a paranormal research team located out of Southeastern Connecticut who conducts confidential and objective investigations while striving for tangible measurable evidence to provide their clients with answers.

 

Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism
October 21; 3-6 pm, cemetery tours at 3:30, 4:30 & 5:30 pm
Smith-Harris House & the Old Stone Church Burial Ground
860.739.0761
Admission: Donation of a non-perishable food item; reservations recommended
discovereastlyme.com
More info: Discover Victorian-Era rituals of death and dying! From 19th-century funeral traditions such as “widow’s weeds” and “safety coffins,” to the rise of the séance, learn how those who died were remembered and honored by loved ones. View the parlor decorated for a wake, see an actual 19th-century horse-drawn hearse, sample “funeral cookies” from an historic recipe, and have your tea leaves read for fun! Private readings with a Medium from the Niantic Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp: $10 for a ten-minute session, with all proceeds to the Friends of Smith-Harris House. Also take the tour of the Old Burial Ground and encounter former residents of the Smith-Harris House, as they share vignettes of their former lives!

  

Hempsted Halloween
October 21; 4-7 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted St., New London
860.443.7949
Admission: Free
ctlandmarks.org
More info: Get into the spirit of the season and meet the ghosts of New Londoners with ghoulish stories to tell. Hear their tales and talk with them if you dare! Experience the city's oldest house at twilight & make s’mores over an open fire.

 

Walk of Horror
October 27-28; 6-9 pm
Smith Harris House, Niantic
860.451.9797
Admission: Donation to a local charity, see website for details
discovereastlyme.com
More info: Come prepared to be scared—this walk is not for young children the faint of heart!

  

Spooky Science
October 28; 11 am - 3 pm
Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic
860.691.1111
Admission: $7
childrensmuseumsect.org
More info: Calling all witches, wizards, warlocks, gobblins and ghouls. This early Halloween celebration includes decorations, spooky science demonstrations, and lots of experiments around the museum.

  

Halloween Parade
October 29; 1 pm
Downtown Niantic
860.691.0528
Admission: Free
discovereastlyme.com
More info: Come down and enjoy this great family-friendly event beginning with Trick-or-Treating at the downtown shops before the children gather at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach for a the parade at 2 p.m. Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded.

 

Halloween Trick or Treat
October 31; 4-6 pm
Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic
860.536.4941
Admission: Free
oldemistickvillage.com
More info: Olde Mistick Village Merchants will be handing out treats for the young ones. Come see your fellow ghosts, goblins and fairies as you stroll from shop to shop. Fun for everyone! Event held rain or shine.

 

Blulink Media Present: Ghost Stories
October 31; 6 pm
Tamarack Lodge, 21 Ten Rd., Voluntown
800.920.8510
Admission: $75; with after party access $199
blulinkmedia.com/ghoststories
More info: Enjoy a buffet and the awesome bar with specialty drinks. Celebrity paranormal investigator Steve Gonsalves will do a Q&A, meet and greet,  photo-op, and ghost hunt on the 28 acres. Later that night be entertained by the hypnotist David Lawrence.

 

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Tolland County

Corn Maze & Spooky Hayride  
September 22 - October 29; Fri. & Sat. 7-10 pm, Sun. 7-9 pm
Sonny's Place, 349 Main St., Somers
860.763.5454
Admission: $17; seniors & under 9 $12
sonnysplace.com
More info: Sonny's Corn Maze is 7 acres of twists and turns you can explore day or night (with flashlights!) on the weekend. Hitch a ride on the Spooky Hay Ride and don’t forget to stop at the Pumpkin Patch Field to search for the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

 

Haunted Hale 
October 6-7 & 13-14; Tours 7-9 pm
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
860.742.6917
Admission: $20; $15 for CT Landmarks members; $8 for corn maze only
ctlandmarks.org 
More info: Start with a moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. In attendance will be an ensemble of eccentric and ghoulish characters from Dark Walk. Medium Steven Gibson will conduct a séance on the property in attempt to root out some of the restless spirits haunting the Nathan Hale Homestead. This hair raising, spine tingling event will either be a night to remember or a nightmare you may wish to forget.

 

Candlelight Evenings at the Homestead: Things That Go Bump in the Night
October 20-21 & 27-28; 7-9 pm
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
860.742.6917
Admission: $25; $20 for CT Landmarks members
ctlandmarks.org
More info: A special candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the dark and dreary attic. Hear the traditional, long standing Homestead ghost stories and the unpublished and unexplained stories of the Homestead guide staff. Refreshments included.

 

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Windham County

 

Nightmare on Main: Witches!
October 7-8 & 13-14; 7-9:30 pm
Windham History & Textile Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic
860.456.2178
Admission: $10
millmuseum.org
More info: Discover witch stories from ancient times to the present, including the hysteria of the 17th century. Visitors can expect actual history as well as Halloween fun.

 

Spooky Nights
October 20-21; 5-10:30 pm
Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Route 160, Brooklyn
860.774.5464
Admission $12; in advance $10
brooklynct.org
More info: Spooky Nights is an event the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy a haunted hay wagon ride around the fairgrounds and a scary walkthrough Haunted House in the Better Living building. Bonfire area with food vendors will be available. Check out our not-so-scary Spooky Land with activities for the kids!

 

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 21; 10 am - 4 pm
Downtown Putnam
860.963.6800
Admission: Free
putnambusiness.org
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!

 

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