Looking for some damned-type fun this October, even with the pandemic? Here’s the biggest and best list in Connecticut, ranging from haunted attractions and hayrides to graveyard tours and family Halloween events. (Events are in chronological order by county.) This year we’re even including virtual events (Virtual event)! NOTE: Halloween activities across Connecticut will be limited by COVID-19 restrictions, so please check ahead for any event you plan on attending! Those that are operating are all doing so with mandatory masks, limited attendance, and other social distancing protocols in place. 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 regularly update this list with new events, so if you know of something, please send it to us at email@example.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 Legends of Fear September 25 – October 31 (weekends); 7-10 pm Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Saw Mill City Rd., Shelton Admission: The Hallow $30; haunted hayride $30; combo ticket $58 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 September 24 – October 31; Fridays-Sundays, 7-10 pm 411 Barnum Cutoff, Stratford Square, Stratford Admission: $25; VIP fast pass $40, Front of the line $60 frighthaven.com More info: One of the state’s largest and scariest indoor haunted attractions is “back from the dead” with three attractions under one roof, including Psycho Ward 13, The Wasteland, and new for 2021: Witching Hour. Find the Truth: Eastern CT Paranormal Society (Virtual event) October 6; 7 pm Danbury Library, via Zoom Admission: Free (registration required) danburylibrary.org More info: An evening with the ECPS team to revisit real paranormal case studies from across Fairfield County where they’ve used their combined scientific, investigative, and mediumship abilities to find the truth. A Haunting at Mill Hill October 15-16, 29-30 Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk Admission: $15-$18 norwalkhistoricalsociety.org More info: The Norwalk Historical Association’s popular Halloween tour is back! Among the crooked stones of the Mill Hill graveyard, ghostly entities are waiting to share their stories of death, murder, insanity and destruction. Hear chilling tales based on real events from Norwalk’s hidden past. What might scare you the most is that all these stories are true! Fact is sometimes scarier than fiction. Edgar Allen Poe House Tour (Virtual event) October 20; 7 pm Danbury Library, via Zoom Admission: Free (registration required) danburylibrary.org More info: A special virtual tour of The Edgar Allan Poe House! Learn the history of Edgar Allan Poe’s life in Baltimore, explore the poet’s mysterious death in the city in 1849, and learn about the poems and short stories Poe wrote while residing at Poe House. Ouija Boards October 28; 6 pm (also being livestreamed via Zoom) Danbury Library, Danbury Admission: Free (registration required) danburylibrary.org More info: Join paranormal investigator Barry Pirro as he explores the mysterious history of the Ouija board, and tells tales of hauntings and murders associated with using the board. Hartford County Graveyard Shift Tours October 1-30; Fridays & Saturdays, 6-9 pm; also Oct. 21 & 28 Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford Admission: $26 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. Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum October 1 – 31; Fri.-Sun, 6-9 pm by appointment only 103 E. Main St., Plainville Admission: $8; kids $4 (cash only) preservehollywood.org More info: The Witch’s Dungeon celebrates more than 50 years with chilling displays featuring life-sized wax figures from classic horror films as well as movie props. West Hartford Hauntings October 21-30; 6-8:45 pm North Cemetery, West Hartford Admission: $13 (10 and up only) noahwebster.yapsody.com More info: West Hartford Hauntings, the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society’s spooky, theatrical cemetery tour, returns! By lantern light, your ghostly guide leads you through the graves of Old North Cemetery where you experience tales of murder, disease, and dismemberment! Flashlight Maze October 22-30; Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30-8 pm Brown’s Harvest, 1911 Poquonnock Ave., Windsor Admission: $10 brownsharvest.com More info: Enjoy a spooky adventure getting lost in six acres of corn maze after dark. Bring your own flashlight! Witches & Tombstone Tour October 23 & 24, 29-30; 10:30 am – 3 pm Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Old Wethersfield Admission: $25 webb-deane-stevens.org More info: An up-close-and-creepy examination of all things funereal, the tour begins with the Stevens House where visitors will step back in time and into the parlor set up for the wake of little Henry Stevens, who perished in 1828 at the age of three. Next stop is the Wethersfield Ancient Burying Ground, followed by a visit to the Buttolph-Williams House, for tales from the notorious Wethersfield Witch Trials—which preceded the Salem Witch Trials by 30 years! Hallowed History Lantern Tour October 29; 6-9 pm Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford Admission: $20 (reservations in advance only; ages 13 and up) cedarhillfoundation.org More info: History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of the notable and not-so-notable residents. Hobgoblin Fair October 30; 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton Admission: $10 (pre-registration required) roaringbrook.org More info: Features ‘Track & Treat’ walk, take-home craft bags, Hunt in the Leaves, picture taken with “Hoot the Owl,” and more! Are we missing an event? Let us know! Litchfield County 44th Annual Kent Pumpkin Virtual Run (Virtual event) October 22-25 Admission: $20 kentpumpkinrun.com More info: This year, competitors are invited to run 5 miles on their own and then send in the results! Participants in this charitable event will receive special Pumpkin Run and Halloween swag, and are encouraged to support local charities, including providing non-perishable goods for the Kent Food Bank. Glebe House All Hollow’s Eve Cemetery Tour October 24 Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury Admission: TBA glebehousemuseum.org More info: This one-night-only event is sure to bring out the ghosts, goblins, and other scary creatures that go bump in the night! Guided by lantern light, visitors will visit the final resting (?) spots of some of Woodbury’s famous and infamous residents. Raven: Bird, Myth, Legend (Virtual event) October 31; 2 pm White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, via Zoom Admission: $15 whitememorialcc.org More info: Mary Beth Kaeser and her lovely imprinted raven, Maven, and Gerri Griswold team up for a program devoted to the most intelligent bird brain in the world. Learn about these amazing corvids during a one hour presentation that not only teaches you about the nature of the common raven but also the impact it has had in culture and folklore through the centuries. Are we missing an event? Let us know! Middlesex County The Ride at Pumpkintown U.S.A. September 21 – October 31; daily 10 am – 5 pm 93 East High St., East Hampton Admission: Packages start at $20 (reservations required) pumpkintown.com More info: A family-friendly Halloween event in which participants stay safely in their cars and cruise a scenic one-mile trail featuring multiple scenes of the pumpkin people going about their lives. Not-So-Scary Halloween Drive October 9-24; Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30-8 pm Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam Admission: $5 rayoflightfarm.org More info: An experience designed for young children, but fun for all ages. The trails are decorated for Halloween. Are we missing an event? Let us know! New Haven County Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks September 19 – November 14; Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm Starting at Hotchkiss Bridge, downtown Milford Admission: $18; walk-up $23 spiritsofmilford.com More info: Led by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, author and storyteller, these lantern-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. The New Haven Ghost Walk October 1-31; 7:30 pm 1070 Chapel Street, New Haven Admission: $25; seniors & students $20, private group tours available as well 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. Haunted Isle October 2-31; Fridays & Saturdays 6:30-10 pm The Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven Admission: $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! Trail of Terror October 2 – November 1; Friday & Saturday, 7-11 pm, Sundays 7-10 pm PNC Park, Wallingford Admission: $40 individual; $150 six-pack, All tickets in advance 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. The Connecticut Witch Trials 1647-1663 (Virtual event) October 6; 6:30 pm Seymour Public Library, via Zoom Admission: Free seymourpubliclibrary.org More info: Join Jason Scappaticci for a History Zoom Lecture as he discusses Connecticut’s infamous witch-hunting history, which predates Salem by nearly 45 years! Ouija Boards on Zoom (Virtual event) October 13; 7 pm Seymour Public Library, via Zoom Admission: Free seymourpubliclibrary.org More info: Barry Pirro, paranormal investigator, will discuss the history of ouija boards, which have been around for more than a century and are believed to be portals to the spirit world. Paranormal Investigator Barry Pirro’s Favorite Cases (Virtual event) October 19, 7 pm Seymour Public Library, via Zoom Admission: Free seymourpubliclibrary.org More info: Join Barry as he discusses some of his most chilling cases of ghosts, demons and haunted objects. Hear ghost voices recorded during ghost investigations and watch an amazing video of a ghost captured on film. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions about ghost hunting and to share their own true ghost stories. MATT by Night: Virtual Halloween Trivia Night (Virtual event) October 22; 8-9 pm Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury Admission: $10 (online purchase only) mattmuseum.org More info: Do you know anything about spooky and creepy historical objects and artworks? Halloween pop culture references, ghoulish songs, and scary movies? What about the history of this most ghostly holiday? Join The MATT for its first-ever virtual trivia night. Play as a team or by yourself and remember costumes are highly encouraged. Happy Haunts Hollow October 22-25; 6-9 pm Eisenhower Park, Milford Admission: $20 (online purchase only) pantochino.com/happy-haunts-hollow More info: A unique drive-through Halloween musical experience in which families, in their cars, drive along and observe a musical celebration, lights, and an original score. See live actors portray fun, non-threatening characters. Meet a gaggle of friendly witches, dancing scarecrows, grinning ghosts, and much more as you and your family search for Lil’Ghostie. Are we missing an event? Let us know!