Legends of Fear
September 28 - November 3 (weekends); 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Saw Mill City Rd., Shelton
Admission: The Hallow $25; haunted hayride $25; combo ticket $45
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.
September 28 - October 31; Thursdays-Sundays (and October 29-31), 7-10 pm
411 Barnum Cutoff, Stratford Square, Stratford
Admission: $25; $20 in advance, VIP fast pass $49 at door, $39 in advance
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.
October 6-28; Saturdays & Sundays, time vary by date
Downtown Cabaret Theater, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport
More info: Just in time for Halloween, this spellbinding new musical is sure to answer the question: are you a good witch or a bad witch? When three teenage witch sisters are ready to grow up and fly their own brooms, they learn that there is more to being a witch than spells, potions, and Halloween mischief.
Haunting at the Hollow
October 13-27; Fri. & Sat. 7-11 pm
222 Route 37, New Fairfield
Admission: $15; in advance $14
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!
A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 12 & 13; tours at 6, 7:30 & 9 pm
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk
Admission: $18; $12 for ages 8-12, in advance $15 & $10 respectively (reservations recommended)
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. Bring a flashlight ... and a friend!
Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train
October 13-28; Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday noon - 4 pm
Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St., Danbury
More info: Ride the Pumpkin Patch Train through the historic railyard in a 1920's passenger coach, pulled by a vintage ALCo RS-1 diesel-electric locomotive (or other vintage locomotive, subject to availability) to the special pumpkin patch where each child ages 2-12 will receive a free pumpkin. Kids can also enjoy the “coloring station,” temporary tattoos, cider, cookies, and more.
Ghosts of Ridgefield
October 19-20; 6 pm
Hemlock Hills Open Space, Ridgefield
Admission: $15 (registration required); members $10
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.
Ghosts from the Civil War Halloween Tours at the Mansion
October 19-28; 5-8 pm
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk
Admission: $20 (in advance only)
More info: The history of the Civil War as well as the legends and sightings that often occur at the national parks, which were once the camps and battlefields of the Civil War, will be discussed while a troupe of volunteer reenactors provide the visual and sound effects for a truly impactful and memorable experience.
Great Pumpkin Festival
October 20; Noon -5 pm
Boothe Memorial Park, 5774 Main St. Putney, Stratford
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.
The Rat Pack—Undead!
October 21; 3 pm
Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport
More info: Having come back from the dead, The Pack adds a spookish spin to their biggest hits, changing up their lyrics to honor their undead lifestyles. More comical than creepy, more entertaining than eerie, you will hear all of your favorite Rat Pack tunes with an "undead" twist, including "Come Die With Me," "Ly Me in the Tomb", "What Kind of Ghoul Am I?", and many more!
A Supernatural Night with Tony Spera: The Warren Files
October 25; 7 pm
Shelton High School, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton
Admission: $20; students $15
More info: Consultant on "The Conjuring" and "The Conjuring 2" movies, Spera will be also talking about Annabelle, The Nun and other Warrens-related films. He will also show an exorcism on of a farmer and a New Haven possession case.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 26; 8 pm
Palace Theatre, 165 Main St., Danbury
Admission: $15; props package $5
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.
October 27; 10 am - 4 pm
The Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Admission: $11; ages 3-17 $9
More info: The day is filled with spooky activities and fun for the entire family. Bring your scary scientists, temerarious techies, eerie engineers and mysterious mathematicians for some silly, spooky STEM fun!
October 28; noon - 3 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Admission: $15; (in advance & members $12), under 12 in costume free
More info: A spooktacular afternoon including harvest hayrides and many other seasonal favorites. Enjoy crafts, story time, cool critters and, of course, candy! Guaranteed to delight and fright all visitors.
Halloween on the Green
October 28; Noon - 4 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
More info: This family event will feature trick-or-treating, giveaways, displays in the historic buildings, a Food Truck Alley, a bounce house and other kid-friendly games. A Costume Parade presented by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will take place at 1 pm.
Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
September 28 - October 31; Fri.-Sun, 7-10 pm
Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol
More info: The Witch’s Dungeon celebrates its 52nd 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
September 28 - October 28; Friday & Saturday dusk to midnight, Sunday dusk to 10 pm
Lake Compounce, Bristol
Admission: $34.99 (combo park & graveyard)
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.
Evidence of Evil
September 28 - October 28; Fridays & Saturdays 6 pm to midnight, Sundays 6 - 10 pm
240 Spring Street, Southington
Admission: $20 and up
More info: Are you strong enough to survive this all-new haunted attraction? No escape, no time limit, no puzzles—just pure terror.
Rails to the Darkside
October 5-27; Fridays & Saturdays 7-9:30 pm
Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor
Admission: $20; members $10
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 5, 12-13, 18-20, 25-28; hourly from 6 to 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $25 (reservations required); members $20
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.
October 5-27; Fri. & Sat. 7-11
Nomads Outdoor Adventure, 240 Governors Hwy., South Windsor
Admission: $15; at door $20
More info: An award-winning haunted attraction where nightmares become reality. All new for 2018!
The Prosecution Rests
October 13; 10 am
Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford
More info: From the assassination of President Garfield to the crimes that inspired the movie "Arsenic and Old Lace," Foundation Director Beverly Lucas shares intriguing stories of sensational trials, tragic crimes and even one unsolved mystery, all of which gripped the imagination of Connecticut residents.
Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery
October 18-19; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (tours depart every 15 minutes)
Fairview Cemetery, New Britain
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 19-20; 6:15-8 pm
Starting at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Old Wethersfield
Admission: $20 (reservations strongly recommended)
More info: The popular Lantern Light Tours are back this year with a new theme ("Business People of Wethersfield") as well as new 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.
Corn Maze After Dark
October 19-20 & 26-27; 6:30-8 pm
Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonnock Ave., Windsor
More info: Enjoy a spooky adventure getting lost in six acres of corn maze after dark. Bring your own flashlight!
October 19-20 & 26-27; 7-9:30 pm
Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Rd., West Simsbury
Admission: $25 (MUST be purchased in advance)
More info: Enjoy a scary tractor-pulled hayride across a haunted farm with unexpected creatures at every turn. Keep an eye for the Queen of Halloween! Not recommended for under 8.
West Hartford Hauntings
October 19-20 & 26-27; 6-8:45 pm, every 15 minutes
North Cemetery, North Main Street, West Hartford
Admission: $15 (reservations highly recommended); under 18 $10
More info: A spooky theatrical lantern light tour of North Cemetery, featuring encounters with the ghosts of historical characters.
Spooktacular Science Weekend
October 20-21; 11 am - 3 pm
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
Admission: $21.95; ages 3-17 $16.95
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 20; 11 am & 1 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth St., Hartford
Admission: $15; members $10 (pre-registration required)
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!
Tour of Momento Mori Cemetery
October 20; 1 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington
More info: The tour meets at the Barney Library and then goes to the Momento Mori Cemetery. Led by Lisa Johnson.
Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour
October 26-27 & 31; 7:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
860.522.9258 ext. 317
Admission: $18 (reservations required; ages 12+); members $12
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.
Cedar Hill's Hallowed History Lantern Tour
October 26; 6 - 9 pm
Cedar Hill Cemetry, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
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 26; 8-11 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
Admission: $30 (in advance only); members $20
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 26-27; 6:30-9:30 pm
Harry C. Barnes Nature Center, 175 Shrub Rd., Bristol
More info: Hear about local Connecticut 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.
Frankenstein Comes to the Mark Twain House
October 26-28; Friday & Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2 pm
Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
More info:Capital Classics brings spellbinding, radio-theatre performances of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to The Mark Twain House & Museum. Just like in the days of the golden age of radio, actors use live sound effects, music and their storytelling vocal skills to tell the tale of Victor Frankenstein, a promising young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life.
October 27; 10-noon & 1-3 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
Admission: $8 per child (pre-registration required); adults $4
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.
Twinklin' Pumpkins Around the Center
October 27; 6-7:30 pm
Town Center Fountain Green, Glastonbury
More info: A family-friendly Halloween event with a carved pumpkin contest, costume parade and live entertainment.
Spooktacular Chili Challenge
October 27; noon-5 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd., Simsbury
Admission: $10; under 10 free
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.
Vintage Halloween Masquerade Ball
October 27; 8-11 pm
Storyteller's Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury
Admission: $40; with tarot reading $50
More info: Experience a unique live magic show. Immerse yourself in Victorian splendor as expert magician David Reed-Brown performs fascinating sleight-of-hand tricks and enjoy cocktails and elegant hors d'oeuvres by candlelight. Be transformed to the Victorian era, the golden age of magic.
Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
October 27-28; 10 am- 4 pm
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
Admission: $18 (reservations required)
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. The 90-minute tours leave every 45 minutes.
Mr. G's 24th Annual Haunted House
October 5-8; 6-8:30 pm
Lone Oak Campsites, 360 Norfolk Rd., East Canaan
More info: A spooktacular event with live music, trick-or-treating, costume contest, a haunted house and a hayless hayride.
October 12-13, 19-20; 6-10 pm
Harrybrooke Park, 100 Still River Dr., New Milford
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.
Witchcraft in Colonial Connecticut
October 13; 5 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: $15; members $12
More info: Linda Barr-Gale will present the history and origins of the witch hunts in Colonial Connecticut, told from the voice of Moll Cramer, Woodbury’s very own infamous resident witch (or was she?)!
Ghosts and Legends with Jeff Belanger of Haunted New England
October 13; 6:30-9 pm
Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Rd., New Milford
More info: Prepare to explore the unexplained with Jeff Belanger—one of New England’s foremost storytellers and paranormal researchers.
Woodbury Lions Club Haunted Hayride & Haunted Barn
October 19-20, 26-27; 6:30-9:30 pm; children's less scary hayride Oct. 20, 1-3 pm.
Mitchell School, School Street, Woodbury
Admission: $12; under 12 $6
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.
Glebe House All Hollow's Eve
October 20; 5:30-9 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: $10; ages 5-12 $5
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 20 & 27; 7 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
Admission: $10 (registration required); under 18 free
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 26; 6:30-8:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington
Admission: Free; donations welcome
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.
42nd Annual Kent Pumpkin Run
October 28; noon
Kent green, Kent
Admission: $30; early registration $25
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!
September 22 - October 31; daily 10 am - 5 pm
93 East High St., East Hampton
Admission: Weekends - village $6, ride - $7, combo $12; weekdays - village $2, ride $7
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.
October 13-14; 1, 4 & 8 pm
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook
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.
Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival
October 20; 5-7 pm
Ivoryton village green, 103 Main St., Ivoryton
More info: Pumpkin carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, cookie decorating, outdoor movie, bands, music and pumpkin lighting!
Haunted River: Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore
October 26-28; 6-8:40 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex
Admission: $13; children $9
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 26; 7 pm - midnight
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
Admission: $50 (ages 21 and up); only in advance
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 27; 7:30 pm
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook
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.
New Haven County
September 28 - October 27: Fridays & Saturdays 7-10 pm
The Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven
Admission: $13; at door $15, express $22
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 29 - October 28; Friday & Saturday, 7-11 pm, Sundays 7-10 pm
PNC Park, Wallingford
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
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.
Nightmare on Wolcott Street
September 28 - October 28; Friday & Saturday, 7-midnight, Sunday 6-11 pm
1058 Wolcott Street, Waterbury
More info: Indoor haunted attraction with more than 55 rooms of terror. Attractions features chainsaws, creepy sounds, animatronics, live characters and much much more. All the blood and gore will have you terrified.
Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks
September 28 - October 31; Fri. & Sat at 7 pm
Starting at Hotchkiss Bridge, downtown Milford
Admission: $18; walk-up $23
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.
The New Haven Ghost Walk
October 4-31; Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun. 7:30 pm, Oct. 31 7:30 pm
1070 Chapel Street, New Haven
Admission: $25; seniors & students $20
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 Addams Family
October 5-13; check site for performance times
John Lyman Center, SCSU, 501 Crescent St., New Haven
More info: A new musical featuring the creepy and kooky, mysterious and ooky Addams family.
Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tour
October 19-20, 5-9 pm
Hillside Cemetery, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire
Admission: $15 (tickets must be purchased online ahead of time)
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
October 20 & 27; 10 am
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
More info: One-hour walking tour to view historical persons, sponsored by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery.
MATT by Night: Halloween Spooktacular
October 25; 6-9 pm
Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury
Admission: $20; in advance $15 (21+ only)
More info: Get in the Halloween spirit! Enjoy a creepy cemetery scavenger hunt followed by spooky storytelling at Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury. Come in costume and enjoy warm drinks and autumn snacks, and listen to tales of Waterbury’s past.
Halloween on the Green
October 26; 5:30 pm
West Haven green, West Haven
More info: A family-friendly event with a costume contest, pumpkin-carving contest, food trucks, treats and a showing of "Hocus Pocus."
Halloween Hysterics at Henry's
October 27; 10 am-4:30 pm
Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford
Admission: $6, under 12 free
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.
October 28; 3 pm
Fine Arts Center, Naugatick Valley Community College, Waterbury
More info: The Waterbury Symphony will provide a Halloween musical adventure with music by Grieg, Humperdinck, Saint Saens, and others. A haunting and truly timeless evening awaits with the fantastic WSO conducted by Leif Bjaland. Enjoy pre-concert insights 2 p.m., to hear about the inspiration behind the music.
The Warren Files
November 2; 8 pm
John Lyman Center, SCSU, 501 Crescent St., New Haven
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
New London County
"A Wee Faerie Village"
September 30 - October 28
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme
Admission: $15; $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members, under 12 free
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.
Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours
September 22 - October 31; multiple nights at 7 pm
Admission: Tours start at $18
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 27, there will be an 11:45 pm paranormal investigation of the burial ground ($35).
The Dark Manor
October 5-31; Thurs.-Sun., plus Halloween week, 6:30-11 pm
25 Main Street, Baltic
Admission: $21; $25 during peak days
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!
October 12-26; weekends
Odetah Camping Resort, 38 Bozrah Street Ext, Bozrah
Admission: Determined by length of stay
More info: Enjoy decorated campsites plus kids' craft, pumpkin painting, games, a pinata, Halloween relay, mummy wrap, site-to-site Trick or Treating.
All Hallows Weekend
October 13-14; 6-9 pm
122 Mack Rd., Lebanon
Admission: $15, ages 7-15 $10
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. An adults-only Halloween party will take place on Oct. 13.
October 12-28; Fridays & Saturdays 6-9:45 pm
Mystic Seaport, 16 Greenmanville Rd., Mystic
Admission: $25 (members $21); ages 12-17 $20 (members $16). Preregistration suggested.
More info: An evening of thrills and haunts with Nautical Nightmares: Madness on the Mystic River, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The walking tour meanders on a route that covers approximately a half mile. Nautical Nightmares requires a special ticket in lieu of general admission.
October 13; 3-9 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
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.
October 19; 6-9 pm
Waterfront Park, New London
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!
A Paranormal Evening at the Ashbel Woodward House
October 19; 7 pm
387 Route 32, North Franklin
More info: Join TSPI (Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations) and the Ashbel Woodward House for a paranormal evening filled with fun and ghosts! Attend paranormal workshops, a ghost hunt, or both!
Spooky Nature Trail
October 19-20; 5:30-7:30 pm
Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic
Admission: $12; adults $8
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.
October 20; 4-7 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted St., New London
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.
October 26; 6, 8 & 10 pm
Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington Street, Norwich
Admission: $30; students $20 (reservations recommended)
More info: Join the Arrowhead and Crossing the Veil Paranormal teams in a public investigation at the Leffingwell House Museum. You will use the tools and learn the techniques of both paranormal investigative teams as you search the museum for paranormal activity. You are the investigator!
October 27-28; 9 am - 4:50 pm
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
Admission: $36.99; discount rates vary (see website)
More info: A family-friendly Halloween adventure—Dino Treats in the Dark—with a special trick-or-treat trek through the Aquarium’s dino campus.
October 28; 1 pm
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
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.
September 21 - October 28; open daily (check schedule)
Sonny's Place, 349 Main St., Somers
Admission: $17; seniors & under 9 $12
More info: Hitch a ride on the Spooky Hay Ride, play zombie laser tag, and don’t forget to stop at the Pumpkin Patch Field to search for the perfect Halloween pumpkin.
Haunted Hale Corn Maze
September 28-29, October 5-6; Tours 7-9 pm
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
Admission: $10; $30 per family
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.
Candlelight Evenings at the Homestead: Things That Go Bump in the Night
October 11-12 & 18-19; 7-9 pm
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
Admission: $25; $20 for CT Landmarks members
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.
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
October 13; 7:30 pm
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, University of Connecticut, Storrs
More info: Aquila Theatre's bold and thrilling Frankenstein pays homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley, raising the important question about innovation—just because it can be done, should it be done?
Zombie Fashion Show
October 5; 10 am - 4 pm
More info: Dress up like a zombie and walk the cat walk for the Zombie Fashion Show. It is free to enter, and all ages are welcome. Individuals and groups can zombie it up.
Nightmare on Main: Hauntings! Unearthly Tales from Connecticut's Past
September 29-30, October 5-6; 7-9:30 pm
Windham History & Textile Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic
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.
October 12-13; 6:15-8:30 pm
Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Route 169, Brooklyn
More info: Brooklyn Parks & Recreation’s Spooky Nights is an event the whole family can enjoy! Take a haunted hay wagon ride and visit the two “Haunted Houses”. One that is family friendly and one for the more daring! Enjoy the warmth of the bonfire, with DJ, Mr. Magic’s Show, face painting and food vendors.
Great Pumpkin Festival
October 20; 10 am - 4 pm
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!
Nightmare Acres South Windsor, CT
Come visit the place where nightmares become a reality.
Celebrating 21 Years! Experience one of the most unique haunted traditions in New England. Board our tractor pulled hay wagons into our fields and forest of fear for thirty minutes of spine chilling fun. You may try and huddle together for safety, but in our domain we live to hear you scream!
Fright Haven Stratford, CT
Fright Haven is CT's largest & scariest indoor haunted attraction "back from the dead" with 20,000 square feet of scares, chills and thrills. The only world-class professional haunt between New York and Central CT, Fright Haven has been resurrected after laying dormant for nearly a decade.
| Creeperum Hamden, CT
The Dark Maze of Creeperum features numerous nightmares, loops and false directions as its name implies. Suspenseful with randomly dispersed encounters with an amazing assortment of unexpected entities of the night, it doesn’t take long for emotions to take a downward turn into fear as you wander in the barely lit darkness searching for a way out.
Apocalypse Z Taunton, MA
We split our main attraction into two options. We are literally allowing you to Choose the Fate of Mankind!! It's 13 hours into an outbreak at Vetta Scientific Inc. Do you help get the cure? Or do you make sure the whole world is taken out? Younger or the easily scared should take the good route because there is no touching, and the puzzles are easier.
Haunted Isle East Haven, CT
Legend has it that somewhere in the woods behind the Trolley Museum, lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This October, a trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate. The choice is yours... enter if you dare! The Haunted Isle is back this year and better than ever.
The Haunted Graveyard Bristol, CT
A winding path takes you from darkly glittering catacombs to an eerie graveyard. A vampire’s haunt to a witch’s lair. A misty lake and an ancient temple. The ghouls are out, and it’s October again at the haunted graveyard, New England’s largest Halloween attraction!
Nightmare on Main: Witches Willimantic, CT
Witches invade Willimantic: Witch: Sorcery, Superstition, Fear and Frenzy October 7th & 8th and October 13th & 14th. Haunted Museum Exhibit: Discover witchcraft in history and fable. Dioramas tell the story of witches from the ancient times to the present. Witch from the word "wiccan" means wise. Witches throughout history were healers, fortune tellers and magicians.
| Harrybrooke Park Haunted Trail New Milford,
Prepare for the scare! If you've been to the first three, you know what can happen but this year it's even crazier! Walk the park after dark and experience all that can go bump in the night, see what might be hiding in the trees and feel the terror! Brought to you by Deak Electric and featuring sponsorships from: Marandola Fuel Mark W. Johnson Artisan Well Drilling & pump...
Nightmare On Wolcott Street Waterbury, CT
Indoor haunted house with over 55 rooms to leave you terrified.This indoor haunted attraction with chainsaws, animatronics, mice spiders,live characters and much much more!