Connecticut Halloween Events - 2013

September, 2013 by Kate Frank
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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 [email protected]!

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

Fairview Tree Farm Haunted Hay Rides
October 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 25 & 26; 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 484 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton
Admission: $16; family four-pack $55
More info: One and a half miles in the dark with fifty creatures of the dark waiting for you! Plus, a full concession with hot dogs, hot popcorn, candy, soda, hot chocolate and more.

Scarecrow Making
October 6 & 13; 2-4 pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford
Admission: Free with center entrance fee
More info: Families will create a life-size scarecrow that will be exhibited and entered in the scarecrow contest at Harvest Festival (Oct. 19 & 20), then can be picked up in time to grace their lawns for Halloween. Materials are provided but families are encouraged to bring clothing or accessories to help with their creation.

Ghosthunter Lorraine Warren
October 16; 6:30 pm
Masuk High School, Monroe
Admission: Free, but tickets—available at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library—are required
More info: Hear first hand many of the events that inspired this summer's blockbuster horror film "The Conjuring" as this famous ghosthunter tells stories of encounters with the supernatural.

Ghosthunter Lorraine Warren
October 18; 7 pm
Shelton High School, Shelton
Admission: $15; students $13
More info: Hear first hand many of the events that inspired this summer's blockbuster horror film "The Conjuring" as this famous ghosthunter tells stories of encounters with the supernatural.

October 18 & 19, 25 & 26; 6:30-10 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Admission: $12; (in advance & members $10)
More info: Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring an "Classic Monsters" Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include FREE face painting, and of course, CANDY! Event recommended for children ages 6-12, however, some of the "scarier" activities of the evening may be better suited for children ages 8+.

Boothe Memorial Railroad Society Open House
October 19; 1-4 pm
Boothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main Street, Stratford
Admission: Free
More info: In conjunction with the town of Stratford's “Great Pumpkin Festival,” the Boothe Memorial Train Society will have four operating train layouts from “N”, “HO”, “O” and “G” scale decorated with themes of fall and Halloween celebration. It’s great fun for engineers of all ages.

Halloween Window Painting Contest
October 20; 11 am -4 pm
Downtown Westport
Admission: Individuals $15; groups $25
More info: It’s time again to get into the Halloween spirit and come dress up town windows with your best ghostly works of art. Artists, families, schools, clubs and small groups of 2 or 3, are encouraged to sign-up to paint our town’s shop windows with spooky family-friendly Halloween scenes. Windows will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis by the Chamber of Commerce office. Each artist or group supplies his or her own tempera paints (not acrylics), brushes, drop cloths, paper towels and ladder if needed.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
October 20; 11 pm
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield
Admission: $18; children $15
More info: Join Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, the residents of Tarry Town and, oh yes, the Headless Horseman, as they live the story made famous by the legend. This autumnal classic is one you won't want to miss!

Masquerade Mania at Tarrywile Mansion
October 25; 7 pm
Tarrywile Mansion, 70 Southern Blvd., Danbury
Admission: $45
More info: Please join the party for some ghoulish guests, freaky fun and fabulous food catered by Carriage House Caterers! Check out the Mansion dressed up in all her Halloween glory.

Nightmare at the Knights
October 25; 8:30 pm
Hibernian Hall, 186 Greyrock Pl., Stamford
Admission: $49 (ages 21+, IDs checked at the door)
More info: Costume party with open bar all night. Raffle, prizes, snacks, six prize categories a dj and amazing Halloween decorations.

A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 25 & 26; tours at 6, 7:30 & 9 pm
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk
Admission: $14; $9 for ages 8-12, in advance $12 & $7 respectively (reservations recommended)
More info: Take a lantern light tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard. Hear stories of murder, death, and destruction! Meet renegade Tory Esaias Bouton, the Leatherman, a wandering dark spirit who roams Fairfield County and others from Norwalk’s colorful past… Bring a flashlight.

Zappy Zebra's Monster Mash Bash
October 26; 10-11:30 am
Hibernian Hall, 186 Greyrock Pl., Stamford
Admission: $6
More info: Fun for the entire family with pumpkin decorating, face painting, storytelling, prizes, costumes, zumba for kids and much more.

“Vampire Folks Beliefs in Historic Connecticut”
October 26, 2 pm
Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., Danbury
Admission: Free
More info: State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni will be presenting research and discoveries in regard to Vampire Folks Beliefs in Historic New England. He will also be sharing findings from a recent archaeological dig in Connecticut.

Halloween on the Green
October 26, 2-4 pm
CityCenter, Danbury Green, Danbury
Admission: Free
More info: Who is Most Original? Scariest? Cutest? Funniest? CityCenter Danbury's annual "Halloween on the Green" will surprise the four winners. Goodie bags for children, a DJ will be playing, there'll be face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Come scary or sweet!

History Ablaze
October 26; 5:30-8:30 pm
Trumbull Historical Society; 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull
Admission: $$5, but FREE to anyone who donates a carved pumpkin for display
More info: Prepare for ghoulish family fun at this spook-tacular event, which will feature a display of Jack-o-Lanterns and a contest for carved pumpkins. Plus, true tales of Trumbull's haunted history with live storytellers (Witches, ghosts, and Melonheads, oh my!), and festive fall refreshments. Costumes are encouraged!

Monster Mash: Questions & Mysteries
October 26; 6-8:30 pm
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk
Admission: $12; members $10.
More info: Join us for a night of questions and mysteries that will keep you giggling and guessing. Go on a scavenger hunt and become a detective, while dressed in your favorite costume!

October 26; 7-10 pm
Two Road Brewing Co., 1700 Stratford Ave., Stratford
Admission: $15 (drink ticket included)
More info: A Hand for a Paw presents Barktoberfest! Raise a pint for pets, plus snacks, desserts, raffles and more!

Legends & Hauntings
October 27
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield
Pre-registration required
More info: Get chilled to the bone on this walking tour that explores haunting legends and folklore as night descends. Hear about body snatching in the cemetery, ghost legends at the Tavern and stand on the site where wary townsfolk tested alleged witches in the 17th century.

Trick or Treat at Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 27; 1-3 pm
Heckscher Farm, Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Admission: $10; seniors $8; students $6; children $5
More info: Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Grab a map and head off in search of different "treats" at the trick or treating stations. Then, stop by Overbrook for "Ick-Fest" and get slimy with our slime table, visit live reptiles and bugs, and create crafts around some of our favorite Halloween critters.

"Monsters for Their Time: Creator and Creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
October 29; 7 pm
The Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., Bridgeport (in the People's United gallery behind the building)
203.331.1104 ext.100
Admission: $5
More info: Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College, will lecture on Frankenstein (1818), Mary Shelley's masterpiece. He will discuss how Dr. Frankenstein and his creation are embodiments of concerns the author had about issues that reflected her position as a woman, a mother, and as an important figure in the Romantic movement in England.

"Say Boo! Halloween Photo Booths at The Aldrich"
October 31; 5-8 pm
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield
Admission: Free
More info: Trick-or-treat at The Aldrich and have your photo taken in costume. Visit one of two artist-designed photo booths on Halloween to pose for your picture. Then, see your photo projected on the Museum’s façade!

Hartford County

Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 31-Nov. 3; 7-10 pm
90 Battle St., Bristol
Admission: $2
More info: The longest-running tribute (47 years!) to the classic horror films of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and others - accurate life-size figures in 13 scenes based on these vintage chillers. Voice tracks guide you through the 6-minute tour, with special voice recordings by: Vincent Price, June Foray, John Agar and Mark Hamill.

The Haunted Graveyard
October 4-27; Friday & Saturday dusk to midnight, Sunday dusk to 10 pm
Lake Compounce, Bristol
Admission: $29.99 (combo park & graveyard); $21.99 graveyard or park only
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.

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour
October 4-26 (Fridays & Saturdays) & 31; 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
860.522.9258 ext. 317
Admission: $15 (reservations required; ages 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 45-minute spine-tingling tour offered Fridays and Saturday evenings only in October.

Rails to the Darkside
October 4-26; Fridays & Saturdays 7-9:30 pm
Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor
Admission: $15
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 4, 11, 17-19, 24-26; hourly from 6 to 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $20; under 16 $13 (reservations required)
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 reprise the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this year. Hear spooky tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural.

Should Connecticut Apologize for Hanging Witches?
October 4; 5:30-7 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford
860.236.5621 x289
Admission: $15; $10 CHS members
More info: The harrowing story of the hanging of witches in Colonial New England continues to haunt our present-day imagination. In 2008 and 2009, bills were introduced in the Connecticut State Legislature to express regret at the witchcraft executions that occurred in Colonial Connecticut and to affirm that no disgrace should attach to the descendants of the accused. These bills died in committee, but the issue has not gone away. Appeals have continued with petitions to the Governor to take some action. What should the Governor do? Does the State of Connecticut owe an apology to the descendants of those who were hanged? Walt Woodward, State Historian of Connecticut, Lisa Johnson, Executive Director of the Stanley-Whitman House, and Richard G. Tomlinson, author of Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut, will discuss the issue.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours: CHS Gets Creepy
October 12; 11 am & 1 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford
860.236.5621 x289
Admission: $15; $5 CHS members (tickets in advance recommended)
More info: History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes. Tales of vampires, corpses on ice, death portraits, and even séances haunt the storage vaults of the CHS. Come and get the history scared out of you! Join us every Second Saturday of the month for a different sneak peek into non-public storage areas and see some of the Connecticut Historical Society collection not currently on exhibit. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tour price includes general admission. Space is limited.

Memento Mori Cemetery Tour
October 13; 1-3 pm
Starting at The Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington
Admission: $15
More info: Join a walking tour of Farmington's ancient burial ground. Learn about the people buried there, the artwork on the stones, and work being done to preserve the headstones.

Haunted Miniature Golf
October 17-27; Thurs.-Sun. 4-9 pm
Farmington Miniature Golf, Farmington
Admission: $10
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.

Haunted Hay Rides
October 18 &19, 25 & 26; 7-9:30 pm
Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Rd., West Simsbury
Admission: $25 (MUST be purchased in advance)
More info: Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride across a haunted farm. Keep an eye for the Queen of Halloween! Not recommended for under 8.

Lantern Light Tours
October 18 & 19; 6:30-8:10 pm
Starting at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Old Wethersfield
Admission: $15; children $7 (reservations strongly recommended)
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 7.

Halloween Overnight
October 19
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford
Admission: $60
More info: Can you imagine spending the day at the Connecticut Science Center? Now imagine being here when the lights go out! Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay at the Science Center at night. Explore the exhibits, discover special programs and set up camp in front of your favorite exhibit during this exclusive after-hours experience. Don’t miss this memorable overnight adventure!

Spook-Tacular Halloween Costum Party
October 19; 6 pm
Jump Zone, 15 Cheryl Drive, Canton
Admission: $25; reservations required
More info: It's a Halloween bash so dress up if you dare... Family-friendly party will include: Pizza, snacks, sweet treats, punch and more for food. Candy Crafts and decorate your own trick or treat bag.

West Hartford Hauntings
October 19, 25-27; 6-8:45 pm, every 15 minutes
North Cemetery, North Main Street, West Hartford
Admission: $13; under 17 $9 (reservations highly recommended)
More info: A spooky theatrical lantern light tour of North Cemetery, featuring encounters with the ghosts of historical characters. The stories this year include husband and wife train accident victims, the story of a Revolutionary War prisoner, and the tale of a runaway apprentice.

Spooky Kingdom
October 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 31; 7-9 pm
14 Lovley Dr., Plantsville
Admission: Free, but donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are encouraged
More info: Spooky Kingdom has a spooktacular amount to offer including a fire-breathing gargoyle, a scythe-swinging grim reaper and a horse-drawn hearse only for the dead, a proper graveyard (where some can’t rest), a fortune teller and a backyard chef.

Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
October 19 & 20, 26 & 27; Saturdays 10 am- 4 pm, Sundays 1-4 pm
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
Admission: $13 (reservations required)
More info: Groups begin in the Buttolph-Williams House, which was home to the characters portrayed in the Newberry Award winning book, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Various characters in the book will be discussed with insights into what their life was like. Following the house tour, visitors will enter the Ancient Burying Ground where the headstones tell many tales. Different headstone designs and the beliefs of the times will be examined, as well as seeing the grave sites of some interesting former residents. Finally, step back in time and learn the customs and traditions of 19th century mourning practices and how illnesses were treated in the Isaac Stevens House.

Vampires & Witches in Connecticut
October 22; noon
Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford
Admission: Free
More info: Get into the Halloween mood when State Archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni discusses the New England Vampire Panic and how historical and archaeological research uncovered a widespread early American belief in the "undead." A panel discussion will explore Connecticut's aggressive prosecution and execution of accused witches between 1647 and 1663, decades before the famous Salem witch trials. Lisa Johnson, executive director of the Stanley-Whitman House will share her expertise on the trial of accused Connecticut witch, Mary Barnes; and Dr. Larry Goodheart, who recently authored the book The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut, will recount the stories of eleven people put to death for witchcraft in Connecticut.

"Poe Down Below: An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe"
October 22 & 23; 7 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $25; members $20 (reservations required)
More info: Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with The Mark Twain House & Museum, presents "Poe Down Below: An Evening of Edgar Allen Poe" featuring The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart performed in the style of old-time radio theater. From the spooky basement of the Mark Twain House to the depths of your own imagination, experience the true horror of Poe in this "Golden Age of Radio" production.

Cedar Hill's Haunted History Lantern Tour
October 25; 6-9:30
Cedar Hill Cemetry, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford
Admission: $12
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: 7th Annual Costume Party
October 25; 8-11:30 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
Admission: $20; members $15
More info: a great night jammed packed with music, dancing, and drinking. The night will include a live burlesque performance by the Beat City Beauties, music from DJ Cajar, food available from Agave's and the Cupcake Brake. Don't forget to come with your best costume to win our Halloween Contest!

Haunted Habitat 2013: Tricky Trolls
October 25, 26 & 27; 6-9 p.m., 1-8 p.m., 1-6 p.m. respectively
Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center, 156 Prospect St., Wethersfield
Admission: $4
More info: The Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center’s annual, family-friendly haunted house will be held at the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center. Come see what tricks the trolls have up their sleeves! This event provides spooky and educational fun for children of all ages and proceeds benefit the Friends.

Hobgoblin Fair
October 26; 10-noon & 1-3 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
Admission: $6 per child; $5 for members (pre-registration required)
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.

MUFON Presentation
October 26; 11 am
Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington
Admission: Free
More info: A short presentation and movie on The Allagash Abductions. All are welcome so bring your friends and family. MUFON CT field investigators will be at the event. Bring your questions.

Haunted Whitman Inne
October 26; 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington
Admission: $10 plus a canned good; members $8 (ages 10 and up; registration required)
More info: Tour the Haunted Whitman Inne, for the chill of a lifetime! Around every dark corner lurks a ghoul, up the dark staircase stands a strange shape, and what is that odd light coming from the crack in the door? Only one way to find out...

Collinsville Halloween Parade
October 26; 6:30 pm rain or shine
Downtown Collinsville
Admission: Free
More info: The candy flows and the Halloween magic takes over. Each year, the pre-parade antics of Boosolini Collins on the balcony along with various forms of ghoulish and ghastly entertainment are featured such as an annual screaming procession. This year too you will witness a cannon shooting off flying ghosts and treats.

The Odd Ball
October 26; 8 pm
Real Art Way, 56 Arbor St., Hartford
Admission: $65
More info: The Odd Ball is a lavish masquerade party and fundraising event. Tricked out galleries, eerie photo ops and outrageous tunes. A DJ & live performances by Girls Like Bass. Treats by top local chefs from Max's Oyster Bar, ON20, Pond House Café & Republic. Specialty cocktail, full cash bar. Wicked costume contest.

Halloween Costume Party
October 26; 9 pm
Grady Tavern, 622 Middle Tpke. East, Manchester
Admission: TBD
More info: Halloween Costume Party with The And Band!

The Tillinghast Nightmare
October 30; 6:30 to 8 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford
Admission: $20; $15 in advance
More info: Historical Haunts invites you to a spooky, fun-filled evening. Please join us for a screening of their latest documentary, The Tillinghast Nightmare, about New England vampires (Alec Asten, director) and a presentation from guest speaker Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.

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Litchfield County

"CT Folk Tales: Believe it or Not"
October 4; 7 pm
New Milford Historical Society, 6 Aspetuck Ave, New Milford
Admission: $10; members $5
More info: After last year's successful presentation of "Voices From The Past," the troop of actors will be back with a brand new program: “CT Folk Tales: Believe It Or Not.” Join them for an evening of stories you won't soon forget!

Train Rides to the Pumpkin Patch
October 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27; noon & 2 pm
Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston
Admission: $16; seniors & children $14
More info: Take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch aboard the Naugatuck Railroad! For three weekends, Saturdays and Sundays only, each child gets to choose a pumpkin in the Naugy's own pumpkin patch. Then re-board the train for a fun and scenic ride back to Thomaston Station.

Woodbury Lions Club Haunted Hayride & Haunted Barn
October 18 & 19, 25 & 26; 6:30-9:30 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.

The Rocky Horror Show
October 18 & 19; 11 pm
Warner Theatre, Torrington
Admission: $10
More info: Back by popular demand! The play that inspired the cult film is the risque tale of straight-laced lovebirds who seek refuge in an eerie mansion up the street. Costumes encouraged; no outside props or materials may be brought in.

Tour of East Plymouth and Tory Den
October 19; 1-4 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
860. 584.4634
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: The Plymouth Historical Society is leading a tour of the little-known village of East Plymouth, home to Tory families during the Revolutionary War, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Periodically, the Sons of Liberty would raid East Plymouth, causing the Tories to run into the woods and hide in a rock shelter called “Tory Den.” The tour includes a stroll around the neighborhood, looking at the historic buildings and the old graveyard, and then a 1-mile walk along the Blue Trail to Tory Den, where a historic visitor who once inhabited the cave will be waiting. Come find out who it will be! (Hint-it rhymes with “Weatherman”). The tour begins at 1pm at the Historical Society Museum, and a bus will take everyone to East Plymouth for the tour. The bus will return to the museum by 4 pm.

Glebe House Haunted Museum Tour
October 20
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: $12; in advance $10
More info: The museum's seven rooms will be professionally decorated and guaranteed to scare and surprise each of your senses. The Ancient Burying Grounds Tour will include more than 25 (many new) spirits who will tell their life and death tales. Tarot Card reader Madame Suzollo and storyteller Joyce Rayno will each reprise their roles this year. Lots of Fall treats-hot chocolate, cider and homemade cookies.

"Edgar Allen Poe Live"
October 21, 5 pm
Minor Memorial Library, 23 South St., Roxbury
Admission: Free
More info: The great writer is brought to life by Campbell Harmon in dramatic readings, historical biography and direct audience interaction.

Washington Green Cemetery Tour
October 25 (rain date October 27); 6:30-8:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington
Admission: Free; donations welcome
More info: Costumed guides will lead groups of visitors every ten minutes from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town’s departed citizens will be stationed at their gravestones to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a path of 1,000 luminaries spanning a quarter of a mile through the shadowy cemetery and will hear the dramatic experiences of past students and faculty from the Gunnery. Features of this magical theatrical evening will include tales of murder, town controversies, the Titanic disaster, Civil War soldiers, abolitionists and more. This event is not to be missed! Tours depart every ten minutes from the museum and last about 45 minutes, bring a flashlight.

Halloween Costume Party & Parade
October 26; 1-2 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, Washington
Admission: Free
More info: Come to the festive party with crafts, games and spooky stories. Dress in Halloween costumes for a parade and Trick or Treat through the Library.

Halloween on the Green
October 26; 2-4 pm
The Green, Danbury
Admission: Free
More info: The 21st Annual Halloween on the Green in Danbury features a Costume Parade. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Scariest, Cutest and Funniest get-ups. Children will have their own costume parade and games and get to decorate a pumpkin.

Mystery Night at the Haunted Mansion
October 26; 4-8 pm
Prepare to Act Tactical Training Center, 24 Depot St., Watertown
Admission: $15 (ages 5-12), $5 for each additional child; reservations required
More info: Kids will get the opportunity to solve a mystery while searching for clues through the spooky haunted house—all followed by games and treats.


Glebe House All Hollow's Eve
October 26; 5-8:30 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: $12
More info: The museum's seven rooms will be professionally decorated and guaranteed to scare and surprise each of your senses. The Ancient Burying Grounds Tour will include more than 25 (many new) spirits who will tell their life and death tales. Tarot Card reader Madame Suzollo and storyteller Joyce Rayno will each reprise their roles this year. Lots of Fall treats-hot chocolate, cider and homemade cookies.

Halloween at the Hurd House
October 26; 6-8 pm
25 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: Free
More info: Bring the kids, come in costume, listen to a spooky tale, and sip some cider by the fire. Join in the scavenger hunt for some ghoulish fun.

17th Annual Halloween Carnival and Costume Parade
October 27; 11:45 am - 3 pm
Rockwell Park, Bristol
Admission: Free
More info: Boys and girls up to 5th grade are invited to participate in the parade begins at noon with Amazing Andy's Magic Show to follow. Carnival games, arts and crafts, Big Daddy's Racing, an old fashioned photo booth, Twinkles and Jingles the clowns and train rides are also on the agenda. Each child will receive a free reflective trick or treat bag. Children participating in the Costume Parade will receive a small bag of treats.

37th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run
October 27; noon
Kent green, Kent
Admission: TBA
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, CT. Cash Prizes for overall and age group top finishers. Prizes for Best Costumes. Festivities at the start /finish area—live music, refreshments and more!

Cornwall Halloween Gathering
October 31; 5-8 pm
Town Hall, 26 Pine St., Cornwall
Admission: Free
More info: Park & Recreation will host its annual Halloween gathering at the Town Hall. Soups, salads, sandwiches and cider will be provided. This event is always made special by the donations of Cornwall cooks.

Lantern Tour of Plymouth Burying Ground
November 9; 7 pm
Plymouth Green, 10 Park St., Plymouth
Admission: $5
More info: Lantern tour of the 1747 Plymouth Burying Ground, featuring gravestones of 38 soldiers of the Revolutionary War. Learn about the symbolism of the engravings and how the inscriptions tell us what life was like in colonial Connecticut. The tour begins with "spooky music" played on the organ of the adjacent Congregational Church. Includes a tour of historic Plymouth Green with a scavenger hunt for kids. Bring flashlights or camping lanterns.

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Middlesex County

Halloween-Themed Zip Line Tours
October 18-20, 25-27, 30-Nov. 3 at 6:30 pm
Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, Middletown
Admission: $69; reservations required
More info: Fly through the trees and under the stars with Halloween-themed zip trips at night! Roast marshmallows over a campfire with complimentary hot chocolate with your costume-clad guides. Enjoy all 5 zip lines that range from 200 to over 650 feet in length along with 2 sky bridges all in the dark! Reservations are required and space is very limited.

"Wicked New Haven"
October 20 at 2 pm; Essex Books, Ivoryton, 860.767.1707
Admission: Free
More info: The Autumn season lurks! Author Mike Bielawa shares the adventure of paranormal New Haven and environs in support of his new book Wicked New Haven.

Oct. 25-27
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell
Admission: Prices vary depending on date(s) & events attended
More info: FurFright is a Halloween-themed anthropomorphic convention offering a three full days of Halloween-themed attractions and programming for anthropomorphic/furry fans, and works to benefit animal and environmental charities.

Halloween on Main Street
Oct. 25; 5-8 pm
Main Street, Cromwell
Admission: $5 for trick-or-treaters
More info: Downtown Cromwell comes alive with the sights and sounds of Halloween, including trick or treating and a jack o' lantern contest.

Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Costume Bash
Oct. 25; 7 pm - midnight
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
Admission: $38 (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, portraits, fortune telling and more.

Essex Halloween Parade
October 31, 6 pm
Main Street, Essex
Admission: Free
More info: The annual spooktacular parade is sponsored by the Essex Fire Department and the Griswold Inn!

Trick or 'Tini Package—The Most Happy Fella
October 31, 7:30 pm
Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam
Admission: $46 (age rating: PG – Parental Guidance Suggested)
More info: Looking for an alternative to sitting home handing out candy? This frightfully good Halloween special includes a ticket to the evening show and a specialty martini for only $46 per person!

"Edgar Allen Poe Live"
October 30, 7 pm
Belden Public Library, 39 West St., Cromwell
Admission: Free
More info: The great writer is brought to life by Campbell Harmon in dramatic readings, historical biography and direct audience interaction.

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New Haven County

Haunted Isle
September 27 & 28, October 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26: 7-10 pm
The Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven
Admission: $10; express $20
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.

Old Milford Cemetery Tour
September 28: 1 pm
Old Milford Cemetery, Milford (starting in DAR parking lot, 55 Prospect Street)
Admission: $5
More info: A guided tour of the Old Milford cemetery, including visits with some long-past Milford residents, all sponsored by the Milford Historical Society.

"Wicked New Haven"
October 1 at 6 pm; New Haven Museum, New Haven, 203.562.4183
October 8 at 6:30 pm; Prospect Library, Prospect, 203.758.3001
October 17 at 2:30 pm (Young Adult event), New Haven Free Public Library, 203.946.8129
October 26 at 2 pm; Yale Bookstore, New Haven, 203.777.8440
Admission: Free
More info: The Autumn season lurks! Author Mike Bielawa shares the adventure of paranormal New Haven and environs in support of his new book Wicked New Haven.

Trail of Terror
October 2 - November 2; Friday-Sunday evenings
PNC Park, Wallingford
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
More info: One of the state's most terrifying outdoor attractions where visitors walk through multiple classic horror sets and past dozens of scary characters.

New England Society for Psychic Research, featuring Lorraine Warren
October 3; 6-8 pm
Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water St., Naugatuck
Admission: $2
More info: Join Lorraine Warren, Tony Spera and Dan Rivera as they share the stories behind the scenes of the movie "The Conjuring," which is based on the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Meet the team of ghost hunters and see some of the videos they have taken on their ghost hunting expeditions.

The Only Scream in Town
October 3-26; Thursday-Saturday 7-10 pm
275 Valley Service Rd., North Haven
Admission: $10 each
More info: Five incredible, top notch, modern Halloween-themed attractions. Full concessions. Gore Karts and Thriller Mini Golf open during the day!

"Night of the Haunted, Beyond the Paranormal"
October 4; 8 pm
Bill Miller's Castle, 834 East Main St., Branford
Admission: $25; reservations required
More info: Dare to be scared? Then join Religious Demonologist Dave Considine for a "Night of the Haunted, Beyond the Paranormal” a place where curiosity meets terror! See and hear actual evidence collected from true cases of the supernatural realms with subjects including psychic phenomena, graveyards and ghosts, historical hauntings and haunted houses.

The Amity Road Horror
October 4-31; Thursdays (Oct. 17, 24 & 31) 7-10 pm; Friday & Saturdays 7-11 pm
667 Amity Rd., Bethany
Admission: $15; under 13 $10
More info: Connecticut's newest outdoor haunted attraction—coming from a long line of home haunts, and here to bring the thrill of a real scare! Wear proper footwear.

Pumpkins on the Pier
October 12; 11 am
Walnut Beach, Milford
Admission: Free
More info: Family festival featuring thousands of pumpkins, kid's activities, games, entertainment, decorated and lighted pier, contests, antique and classic car show, crafts and hay rides! All sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Milford.

CT RollerGirls Halloween Home Bout
October 12; 6-9 pm
CT Sports Center, 21 S. Bradley Rd, Woodbridge
Admission: $12; under 12 $5
More info: The CT RollerGirls' home teams, the Widowmakers and the Iron Angels, will battle it out on the flat track. Expect ghoulish makeup and girls in short shorts knocking the snot out of each other, all while you enjoy beer and cupcakes.

Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say
October 18; 7 pm
The Neary Ballroom, 203 Church Street,, Naugatuck
Admission: $20
More info: Travel back to the 17th century and hear what five women accused of witchcraft have to say. Actress Virginia Wolf brings them to life, fully costumed, fully incensed, fully frightened. Enjoy a one woman show that sheds light on the puritan society that condemned so-called witches to their death thirty years before the hysterics of Salem, MA.

October 19-27; Friday 7 p.m., Sat. 2 & 5:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.
Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford
Admission: $17
More info: Kathryn Lasky’s popular children’s book comes to life on stage just in time for Halloween in Pantochino Production's side-splitting musical mash up of the legend of Frankenstein and the story of the Three Little Pigs! Follow Dr. Pig as he attempts to create a new friend in time for Halloween. Full or original music and fun for the entire family, this new musical by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg proves friendship comes in all shapes, sizes and appetites!

The Grimm Generation Spaghetti Western Round Up
October 25; 8 pm
Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven
Admission: $5
More info: The Grimm Generation celebrates the Season with an 'Unchained' Spaghetti Western show, with all the gratuitous language and implied nudity one can expect at a GG show.

Derby Haunted Lantern Tours
October 26; 6-11 pm
The Green, Derby
Admission: $5 (ages 12 and up; tours leave every 15 minutes)
More info: Presented by the Derby Cultural Commission—a night of macabre tales of ghostly horrors and death in a quaint New England town. Guided tours end with a peek of the Sterling Opera House, which has been featured on "Ghost Hunters."

The Connection Wicked Good 5K Road Race & Family Festival
October 27; 10 am
Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
Admission: $25; in advance $21
More info: Run or walk the 5K race, then enjoy the fun Family Festival with food and drinks, music and kids' activities, including face painting, games and costume contest. Also, enjoy free carousel rides, all to support The Connection Fund.

Derby Fright Night
October 27; 2-5 pm
The Green, Derby
Admission: Free (for ages 11 and under)
More info: Presented by the Derby Cultural Commission—an afternoon of spooky fun, including costume contests, candy giveaways, dancing, entertainment and more.

Ghosthunter Lorraine Warren
October 30; 8 pm
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, Southern CT State University, New Haven
Admission: $10; student, faculty & staff $8
More info: Hear first hand many of the events that inspired this summer's blockbuster horror film "The Conjuring" as this famous ghosthunter tells stories of encounters with the supernatural.

Halloween Concert
October 31; 11:59 pm
Woolsey Hall, New Haven
Admission: $10; Tickets sold only in advance in the Woolsey rotunda the week of the show
More info: The annual Halloween Show on October 31st at midnight is YSO’s most unique performance: the orchestra plays a soundtrack, consisting of pop music, movie soundtracks, and classical pieces, to a silent film written by, produced by, directed by, and starring YSO members.

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New London County

Dark Manor Haunted House
October 4 - November 2; check website for days & times (most weekend nights & last week of October, 6:30 pm - midnight)
25 Main Street, Baltic
Admission: $18
More info: "Where Terror Lives in Connecticut"...voted Connecticut's #1 Haunted House with two haunted attractions in one -- The Manor, two floors of special effects and heart-stopping terror, and The Graveyard and Haunted Village, an outdoor attraction with creeps and chainsaw freaks that will have you begging for your life!

"A Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz"
October 4 - November 3
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme
Admission: $15; $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members, under 12 free
More info: Over 24 hand-crafted faerie houses and scenes capture the spirit The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for this highly anticipated annual outdoor exhibition, the fifth of the museum’s annual outdoor creative installations. Last year a record-breaking 13,800 people attended the 2012 Wee Faerie Village during its four-week run. The annual event has come to signify an enriching outing not to be missed by Connecticut families.

Knolls and Holes Haunted Miniature Golf Course
October 4 - November 2; every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6-10 pm
Odetah Camping Resort, 38 Bozrah Street Ext, Bozrah
Admission: $10; under 10 free
More info: Navigate your way through 18 terrifying holes of challenging golf if you dare. Go up against a hoard of vampires, ghosts and spirits as well as scenes of terror. Strobe lights and fog machines are in use for this event.

1st Sunday Strolls: Ye Antientist Burial Ground Walking Tour
October 6; 1-3:30 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street, New London
Admission: $4; CT Landmarks members free
More info: Tour the burying ground -- one of the oldest in New England -- with Hempsted Houses Site Historian Sally Ryan and conservator Lance Meyers.

Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours
October 10-13, 17-20, 24-31, Nov. 1-2; 7 pm (with additional 9 pm tours Oct. 25-31)
Downtown Mystic
Admission: $15 (tours begin on the green of Mystic River Park)
More info: Seaside Shadows will guide you by lantern light through downtown Mystic past local haunts. Remember to bring your camera and step back in time.

October 19; 9 am -4 pm
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
Admission: Most activities free with aquarium admission
More info: Celebrate with fun activities such as scavenger hunts and Halloween crafts, be amazed by a juggler and so much more. Check out talented divers who not only carve pumpkins, but they are so good they can carve pumpkins underwater! The fish really get in on the action, with pumpkin being a favorite treat.

Mystic Seaport's Sights & Frights
October 18-19 & 25-26; 6-9:30
Mystic Seaport, Mystic
Admission: $16; (members $12)
More info: Walk through the haunted schooner and be sure not to run into the spirit of a ghostly sailor along the way. Listen to scary stories for all ages and watch as “The Curse of the Demeter” unfolds with three spine-chilling scenes inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Explore a pumpkin patch and hear songs of the season. Kids, wear your best costume and march in the nightly parade at 7:30 p.m. Make your very own mask, have your face painted, and get a temporary tattoo.

New London Halloween Town
October 25; 5-9 pm
Downtown New London
Admission: Free; cost for some attractions & activities
More info: Food vendors, costume contest, safe trick or treating, kids dance party, hay rides, pumpkin displays and a creepy animal sanctuary.

Halloween Silent Movie Night Spooktacular!
October 25; 7:30 pm
Christ Church School of the Arts, 78 Washington St, Norwich
Admission: $5 (suggested donation)
More info: Enjoy 1920 German silent movie classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and a Halloween celebration for all ages! Wear your creepiest costume and enjoy this silent thriller on a large screen. Concessions will be available, and building is accessible. Film accompanied by organist, Robert Humphreville.

A Hempsted Halloween
October 25 & 26; Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. 1-4 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street, New London
Admission: $5; CT Landmarks members free
More info: On Friday, explore New London’s oldest house by candlelight, hear colonial myths and superstitions, plus enjoy seasonal refreshments (recommended for ages 12 & up). On Saturday, bring the family and make a spook-tacular mask, while enjoying cider and cookies (all ages welcome).

Mohegan Sun Halloween Happenings
October 25
Multiple venues, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville
More info: Mohegan Sun has the hottest Halloween happenings with The Rocky Horror Picture Show in The Cabaret Theatre (Oct. 25) and many other events.

Girls on the Run of Southeastern CT's Trick or Trot Halloween Fun Run/Walk
October 26; 9 am
Bluff Point State Park, Groton
Admission: $20
More info: A great fall morning filled with Halloween fun, games and food. Prizes will also be awarded to those who show up in the best costume, so be sure to dress to the nines in your best Halloween outfit! The first 100 people registered will receive a GOTR Trick or Treat bag.

October 26; 3-10 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
Admission: Free
More info: The First Annual Edgar Fontaine Memorial Spooktopia is a Trick or Trunk event that will include Halloween-themed food, rides, entertainment, a jack o'lantern dispay, and a haunted fire house. All are welcome, with trick or treating for kids under 13.

Spooky Nature Trail
October 26; 5:30-7:30 pm
Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic
Admission: $9.50; members $7.50
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.

The Tillinghast Nightmare
October 27; 7-9 pm
Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London
Admission: $20; $15 in advance
More info: Historical Haunts invites you to a spooky, fun-filled evening. Please join us for a screening of their latest documentary, The Tillinghast Nightmare, about New England vampires (Alec Asten, director) and a presentation from guest speaker Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.

Halloween Trick or Treat
October 31; 4-6 pm
Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic
Admission: Free
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.

Foxwoods Halloween Party
October 31; 9:30 pm
Premier Ballroom, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket
Admission: $30
More info: A night full of fright! Celebrity appearances, celebrity DJ—must come in costume. NO MASKS! Best Costume contest, prizes awarded. Experience the Monster Mash Candy Barr.

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Tolland County

Haunted Corn Maze
October 4 & 5; 5-9 pm (last tour leaves at 8:30)
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
Admission: $8
More info: A moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. Created by The Young Friends of Hale this annual event features a different maze every year.

Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19; 6:30-11 pm
73 Times Farm Rd., Andover (Tours leave from the Network, Inc. parking lot located at 23 Route 6 in Andover)
Admission: $25; in advance $22
More info: Summer ends at the Channel 3 Kids Camp and the kids have all gone home. The camp is empty—or is it? What if all those scary campfire stories came to life? The Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour leads you on an excursion unlike any other. Wander the dark wooded paths on the Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour.

Grant Hill Cemetery Tour
October 14; 1 pm
Intersection of Grant Hill Road and Broadway, Coventry
Admission: TBA
More info: Coventry Cemetery Commission will host a guided tour led by Commission member Linda Pagliuco. The tour will stop at the locations found in the self-guided walking tour brochure.

Masquerade Weekend
October 19-20
Connecticut Renaissance Faire, Lions Fairgrounds, 347 Gilead St., Hebron
Admission: $17
More info: Halloween isn’t just for kids. Grown ups can enjoy it too! Get more use out of your Halloween costume by visiting the Faire for a spook-tacular day of fun.

Candlelight Evenings at the Homestead: Things That Go Bump in the Night
October 25 & 26; 6-10 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 include beer, wine, cider and doughnuts made on the hearth.

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Windham County

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 19
Downtown Putnam
Admission: Free
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!

Downtown Trick or Treat Night
October 25; 5-7 pm
Downtown Putnam
Admission: Free
More info: Every October, the Putnam Business Association offers families a free opportunity to provide their children with a safe and fun Halloween experience. Come get in on this sweet event when dozens of business owners line up and down Main Street and pass out handfuls of candy to thousands of little ghost and ghouls!

Windham Rec Department Halloween Events
October 25; 5:30-7:30 pm
Downtown Willimantic
Admission: Free
More info: The public is invited to come and enjoy the Halloween festivities at Jillson Square in downtown Willimantic. The festivities will include; Pumpkin-carving contest, Trunk or Treat, a Halloween egg flashlight hunt and Halloween music.