Connecticut Halloween Events - 2016

September, 2016 by Ray Bendici
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,Looking for some damned-type fun this October? Check out our statewide list of activities below, ranging from haunted attractions and hayrides to graveyard tours and family Halloween events. (Events are in chronological order by county.)

 

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

 

We are trying to update this list every day with new events, so if you know of something, please send it to us at [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

 

Legends of Fear
October 1-30 (weekends); 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Saw Mill City Rd., Shelton
203.944.9090
Admission: Haunted hayride $20; Melon head revenge trail $18; combo ticket $34
legendsoffear.com
More info: Try your luck at the Melonhead Revenge trail, a one-mile haunted trek, or 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.

 

Howl-O-Ween
October 15, 21-22, 28-29; 6:30-10 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
203.394.6565
Admission: $15; (in advance & members $12)
beardsleyzoo.org
More info: Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun, frightful and family-friendly evening at the Zoo featuring a haunted hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Ghastly Greenhouse, and a magic show. Tickets also include FREE face painting, carousel rides and more.

 

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 15; 1-5 pm
Boothe Memorial Park, 5774 Main St. Putney, Stratford
203.377.2119
Admission: Free
boothememorialpark.org
More info: Activities include a children's costume parade (3 p.m.) with prizes, DJ music, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments, blacksmith demonstrations, moonbounces, horse-drawn hayrides, and showcase the various historic buildings at the park.

 

A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 21 & 22; tours at 6, 7:30 & 9 pm
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk
203.846.0525
Admission: $18; $12 for ages 8-12, in advance $15 & $10 respectively (reservations recommended)
norwalkhistoricalsociety.org
More info: Take a lantern light tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard. Meet Norwalk mobster and murder victim, Luigi Apicella and rabies victim, Myron Olmstead … and others from Norwalk’s colorful past. Bring a flashlight.

 

Ghostly Sightings Tour
October 21-23 & 28-30; 4, 5 & 6:30 pm
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk
203.838.9799
Admission: $20 (reservation required
lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
More info: The Halloween tours at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will focus on the history of the house and the more macabre customs and mourning traditions of the Victorian era. Visitors may run into the Mansion’s ghosts, who are haunted by the darker memories that are part of the rarely spoken history of the Lockwood and Mathews families. These ghosts will be wandering throughout the first and second floors of the Mansion.

 

Monster Mash 
October 22; 6-8:30 pm
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk
203.899.0606
Admission: $17; members $12.
steppingstonesmuseum.org 
More info: A BOO-tiful night of TRICKS and treats jam-packed with family fun. Featuring a magic show by Pete and Chris Amusements, the mystifying Monster Mash promises to be SPOOK-tacular!

 

Ghosts of Ridgefield
October 22; 6 pm
Hemlock Hills Open Space, Ridgefield
203.438.1063
Admission: $15 (registration required); members $10
ridgefielddiscovery.org
More info: Visitors will be guided along the trails through Hemlock Hills where they will encounter legendary, ghostly figures. These characters from Ridgefield's past will entertain with tales or personal stories.  Some of the past "guests" included Col. Bradley, Chief Catoonah, Geraldine Farrar and The Leatherman. But who will show up this year is anyone's guess. During the haunted hike, visistors will be fortified with some cookies and apple cider around a campfire.

 

Legends & Hauntings Walking Tour
October 28 & 29; 6 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
203.259.1598
Admission: $13; members $10
fairfieldhistory.org
More info: Put your scary, creepy, silly, fun, and sparkly costumes on and get chilled to the bone listening to haunting legends, superstitions, and local folklore as night descends. Did body snatching happen in the cemetery? Are there ghosts in Sun Tavern? Did witches really live here? Find out.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience
October 28 & 29; 7 pm
Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport
203.576.1636
Admission: $20
mycabaret.org
More info: A tribute to the original RHPS Fan Club’s concept of “The Floor Show,” combining the screening of the film with an ensemble of live actors on stage, audience participation, and the use of props and costumes.

 

History Ablaze
Saturday, October 29; 6-9 p.m.
Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull
203.377.6620
Admission: $5
www.trumbullhistory.org
More info: The field behind the Historical Society will be ablaze with dozens of jack o' lanterns, while storytellers offer up true tales of Trumbull's haunted past. Inside, the haunted Historical Society will be alive with frights and festive treats. 

 

Dracula
October 29; 8 pm
Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 N., Sherman
860.354.3622
Admission: TBA
shermanplayers.org
More info: A free staged reading of a new adapation of Bram Stoker's Novel by Joseph Stephen Russo.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 29; 8 pm
Palace Theatre, 165 Main St., Danbury
203.794.9944
Admission: $15; props package $5
thepalacedanbury.com
More info: Get ready to do the Time Warp again when The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre. Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite character, throw props during the film, and be ready to yell back lines of dialogue as part of the audience partici-(SAY IT!)-pation. To make participation easier, prop packages which include everything you need to join in the fun can be pre-ordered when ordering tickets.

 

15th Annual Pipescreams
October 30; 4 pm
United Congregational Church, 877 Park Ave, Bridgeport​​
203.335.3107
Admission: $15; students $9, under 12 free
greaterbridgeportago.org
More info: A concert of Halloween-themed and Broadway musical pieces featuring a mighty pipe organ, 5 choral groups with over 200 singers, incredible musicians, a 1920’s silent film, costume contest with prizes, reception. 

 

 

 

 

Hartford County

 

Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
October 1-31; Fri.-Sun, 7-10 pm
Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol
860.583.8306
Admission: $6
preservehollywood.org
More info: After decades in one location, the Witch’s Dungeon celebrates its 50th season at the Bristol Historical Society, which means expanded displays featuring life-sized wax figures from classic horror films as well as movie props.

 

The Haunted Graveyard
October 1-30; Friday & Saturday dusk to midnight, Sunday dusk to 10 pm
Lake Compounce, Bristol
860.583.3300
Admission: $27.99 (combo park & graveyard)
hauntedgraveyard.com
More info: A mammoth walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houses and a graveyard all linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails with 17 adult rides operating.

 

Rails to the Darkside
October 7-29; Fridays & Saturdays 7-9:30 pm
Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor
960.627.6540
Admission: $17
ct-trolley.org
More info: A bone-chilling ride aboard a trolley cart the the “Darkside” where anything can happen. Also, a terrifying tour of the spirit inhabited cemetery and car barn.

 

Graveyard Shift Tours
October 7-29; hourly from 6 to 10 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
860.280.3130
Admission: $22 (reservations required)
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 reprise the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this year. Hear spooky tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural.

  

Lantern Light Tours
October 14-15; 6:30-8:10 pm
Starting at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Old Wethersfield
860.529.7656
Admission: $20 (reservations strongly recommended)
wethhist.org
More info: The popular Lantern Light Tours are back this year with different characters and stories! Generous volunteers have aided in the research, costuming, guiding and acting of the tours in order to make this event possible. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and tours fill up fast, so be sure not to miss a historic walk through Old Wethersfield’s Burying Ground with “encounters!” Not recommended for children under the age of 13.

 

Haunted Miniature Golf 
October 20-30; Thurs.-Fri. 4-9 pm, Sat.-Sun. 11-8
Farmington Miniature Golf, Farmington
860.677.0118
Admission: $10
farmingtonminiaturegolf.com 
More info: Eighteen holes of Halloween fun await participants upon entering the 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut, wander through a haunted graveyard and visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern. Halloween treats will be available at the Ice Cream Parlor.

 

Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery
October 20-21; 6:30-8:30 p.m. (tours depart every 15 minutes)
Fairview Cemetery, New Britain
860.826.3360
Admission: $12
nbparksnrec.org
More info: Guests and guides alike on this lamplight tour will be greeted by some of New Britain’s most historic and accomplished former residents who have come to rest at Fairview.

 

Corn Maze After Dark
October 21-22 & 28-29; 6:30 pm
Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonnock Ave., Windsor
860.683.0226
Admission: $10
brownsharvest.com
More info: Get lost in six acres of corn maze after dark. Bring your own flashlight!

 

Trail Side Tales
October 21-22; 6:30-9 pm
Harry C. Barnes Nature Center, 175 Shrub Rd., Bristol
860.583.1234
Admission: $10; children $7
elcct.org/harry-c-barnes-memorial-nature-center/
More info: Hear about local Ct Legends told by the ghosts of the legends themselves! Lead by two lantern holding guides.....no scary creatures jumping out at you! Please dress for the weather and wear proper shoes. No strollers or flashlights allowed. No pets.

 

Haunted Hay Rides 
October 21-22, 28-29; 7-9:30 pm
Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Rd., West Simsbury
860.658.5070
Admission: $25 (MUST be purchased in advance)
flamigfarm.com 
More info: Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride across a haunted farm. Keep an eye for the Queen of Halloween! Not recommended for under 8.

 

West Hartford Hauntings
October 21-22 & 28-29; 6-8:45 pm, every 15 minutes
North Cemetery, North Main Street, West Hartford
860.521.5362
Admission: $15 (reservations highly recommended)
noahwebsterhouse.org
More info: A spooky theatrical lantern light tour of North Cemetery, featuring encounters with the ghosts of historical characters.

 

Legendary Farmington: An Evening of Ghost Stories for Adults 
October 22; 7 pm
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington
860.677.9222
Admission: $12 (registration required)
stanleywhitman.org 
More info: An evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness...if you dare!

 

Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
October 22-23; 10 am- 4 pm
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
860.529.0612
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
webb-deane-stevens.org
More info: Tour the houses and the Ancient Burying Ground, where different headstone designs and the beliefs of the times will be examined, plus visit the grave sites of some of the interesting folks interred there.

 

Cedar Hill's Hallowed History Lantern Tour
October 28; 6-9:30 pm
Cedar Hill Cemetry, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford
860.956.3311
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
cedarhillfoundation.org 
More info: The only night during the year that the cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots! Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

 

Museum After Dark: 9th Annual Halloween Bash 
October 28; 8-11 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
860.229.0257
Admission: $30; members $20
nbmaa.org 
More info: The most spooktacular party in the state of Connecticut! Witches and wizards, monsters and magicians—all are invited to haunt the galleries and special exhibitions, dance to local musicians and DJs, and unwind with other young professionals in a creative environment. Tracks will be spun by DJ zErp and DJ Jon Eastman, bites available for purchase from local food trucks, and a reading by Beth M. Caruso from her novel One of Windsor: America’s First Witch Hanging, a story based in Windsor, Connecticut. Admission includes entrance to the Museum, beer, wine, entertainment, and activities.

 

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

 

Hobgoblin Fair 
October 29; 10-noon & 1-3 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
860.693.0263
Admission: $8 per child (pre-registration required)
roaringbrook.org 
More info: The Hobgoblin Fair features the “Track-and-Treat” walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Suitable for children ages 3-8 and parents.

 

Spooktacular Chili Challenge
October 29; noon-5 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd., Simsbury
860.651.7307
Admission: $10
simsburychili.com
More info: A festive Halloween celebration with a chili cook-off sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Competitors arrive from far and wide to compete for cash prizes and the title of Best Chili Cook. Also for the kids, trick-or-treating, face painting, shopping with an array of vendors, live entertainment, beer, wined and other food items.

 

Memento Mori Cemetery Tour 
October 29; 1-3 pm
Starting at The Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington
860.677.9222
Admission: $12 (registration required)
stanleywhitman.org 
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.

 

Collinsville Halloween Parade 
October 29; 6:30 pm rain or shine
Downtown Collinsville
Admission: Free
collinsvillehalloween.com 
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. 

 

Halloween Organ Recital
October 30; 7 pm
First Church, 12 S. Main St., West Hartford
860.233.9605
Admission: $10 suggested donation
whfirstchurch.org
More info: Halloween Organ Recital by Jim Boratko. He’s back….The Phantom of the First Church Crypt will be making a repeat appearance to celebrate Halloween with all of your favorite organ favorites of the season. He’ll be joined by his merry band of players presenting selections from Little Shop of Horrors. The evening will end with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

 

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Litchfield County

  

Haunted Trail & Mansion
October 21-22; 6-10 pm
Harrybrooke Park, 100 Still River Dr., New Milford
860.799.6520
Admission: $13
harrybrookepark.org
More info: Can you survive the Haunted Trail and Mansion 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 8 years old, or persons with physical restrictions.

 

Woodbury Lions Club Haunted Hayride & Haunted Barn
October 16-17, 23-24; 6:30-9:30 pm
Mitchell School, School Street, Woodbury
Admission: $12; under 12 $6
woodburyctlions.org
More info: Visitors climb on-board a hay-wagon and take a trip through the haunted fields and cemeteries of Woodbury, meeting the ghosts of Woodbury's Civil War veterans and other town residents, various denizens of the dark, assorted ghouls and, of course, zombies. Be sure to be on guard for attacking werewolves! Riders also make a stop at the Haunted Barn, a 3-D visual display that is unlike any other in the area. Using ChromaDepth technology, the Haunted Barn allows you to walk through illusions that seem to hang in the middle of space, creatures that seem to jump out at you, or enter a hallway that seems to go on forever.

 

Glebe House All Hollow's Eve 
October 22; 5:30-9 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
203.263.2855
Admission: $10; ages 5-12 $5
glebehousemuseum.org
More info: Price of admission includes a tour in the Ancient Burying Grounds where over 25 spirits will be at their graves to tell their tales, a Haunted Museum tour, professional storytelling, tarot card readings and complimentary refreshments. call the museum for tickets or more information.

 

Washington Green Cemetery Tour 
October 28; 6:30-8:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington
860.868.7756
Admission: Free; donations welcome
gunnlibrary.org 
More info: Costumed tour guides will lead groups of visitors from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminarias spanning a quarter-mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's past residents. Tours depart every ten minutes from the museum and last about 45 minutes, bring a flashlight.

 

Lantern Tours of the Plymouth Burying Ground 
October 28-29; 7 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
860.921.6118
Admission: $10 (registration required)
plymouthhistoricalsociety.org 
More info: The Plymouth Historical Society is leading a lantern tour of the Plymouth Burying Ground, where 38 soldiers from the Revolutionary War are buried. Visitors will wend their way through the cemetery and discover how the symbols and inscriptions on the gravestones provide clues to life in colonial Connecticut. The walk includes a house that was on the Underground Railroad. Visitors will see the secret passageway that allowed slaves to escape to freedom. Bring flashlights.

 

Super Spooky Halloween Walk with Gerri and Bradley the Wonder Dog 
October 29; noon
White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield
860.567.0857
Admission: Free; pre-registration required
whitememorialcc.org
More info: Celebrate Halloween by dressing up yourself and your four-legged best friend for a stroll along the Pine Island Trail to Little Pond and then onto the Litchfield Greenway via Gallows Lane (chills) passing the cemetery (BOO!) and finishing up at Mallard Marsh. Look for signs of life and a good deal of pointing and staring along the way! All dogs must be on leads! Spooky treats for everybody after the walk.

 

Halloween on the Green 
October 29; 2-4 pm
The Green, Danbury
203.792.1711
Admission: Free
citycenterdanbury.com 
More info: The 24th 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.

 

Halloween for Grownups
October 29; 6-9 pm
Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Rd., New Milford
860.355.0300
Admission: $80
hunthillfarmtrust.org
More info: Celebrate Halloween at Hunt Hill Farm.

 

39th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run
October 30; noon
Kent green, Kent
860.927.1463
Admission: Early registration $23
kentct.com
More info: The 5-mile run/walk starts at noon. Spectator friendly, USATF certified course starts at Town Hall and winds through and around historic Kent. Cash Prizes for overall and age group top finishers. Prizes for Best Costumes. Festivities at the start /finish area—live music, refreshments and more!

 

 

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Middlesex County

 

Halloween-Themed Zip Trips
October 7-31; Fridays-Sundays
Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, Middletown
860.638.4754
Admission: $72; reservations required
leadershipsports.com
More info: The Ultimate New England Halloween Adventure Experience—exhilarating zip lines, creaky plank bridges, Halloween-themed music/decorations, and amazing memories. Your EMPOWER Halloween Adventure begins with hot chocolate, candy and marshmallow roasting by a campfire with your costume-clad zip line guides. After your Halloween warm-up, you’ll be outfitted in all of your zip lining gear and then embark on a dark and ghoulish zip line adventure (professionally guided) like no other! Reservations are required and space is very limited.

 

Ballet Spooktacular
October 15-16; 1 & 4 pm
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook
860.510.0453
Admission: $12
katharinehepburntheater.org
More info: Special effects and enchanting costumes set the stage for three spirited ballets “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Dancing Bones”, “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.

 

Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Costume Bash
Oct. 28; 7 pm - midnight
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
860.347.1064
Admission: $40 (ages 21 and up); only in advance
wadsworthmansion.com
More info: Dress as one of Colonel Clarence Wadsworth's guests or your favorite ghoul and join in the festivities, which include signature drinks, light fare, dancing to the music of a DJ, photo booth, fortune telling and more.

 

 

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New Haven County

 

Haunted Isle
October 1-29: Fridays & Saturdays 7-10 pm
The Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven
203.467.6927
Admission: $12; express $20
hauntedisle.org
More info: Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks, lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This fall a lonely trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate at the start of the trail. The choice is yours... enter if you dare! Recommended for adults and mature children who do not have any health issues! Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists and turns.

 

Trail of Terror
October 1-30; Friday & Saturday, 7-11 pm, Sundays 7-10 pm
PNC Park, Wallingford
888.695.0888
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
trailofterror.com
More info: Celebrating more than 20 years of terror, this award-winning outdoor haunted attraction takes visitors on a 45-minute scream-filled journey through more than three acres of spooky scenes and living nightmares.

 

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks
October 1-November 5; Fri, Sat & Sun. nights at 7 & 10 pm (plus some special dates & times, visit site)
Starting at Hotchkiss Bridge, downtown Milford
Admission: $15; all tickets must be purchased online in advance
spiritsofmilford.com
More info: Led by Cindy Wolfe Boynton, author and storyteller, these antern-lit through downtown Milford weave tales of the macabre with those of local history. The walks follow a roughly 1.15-mile loop through downtown Milford, including stops at some of the city's oldest homes and Milford Cemetery. Why Connecticut is said to be one of the U.S.'s most haunted states, and how Milford's history ties into its ghostly legends, are among the stories told. Participants also get the chance to try out paranormal investigation tools like EMF detectors and dowsing rods.

 

Grove Street Cemetery Tours
Oct. 1-30; Saturdays at 11 am, Sundays at noon
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
203.389.5403
Admission: Free
grovestreetcemetery.org
More info: One-hour walking tour to view historical persons, sponsored by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery.

 

The Only Scream in Town
October 7-30; Fridays-Sunday 7-10:30 pm
275 Valley Service Rd., North Haven
203.239.4653
Admission: $10
theonlyscreamintown.com
More info: This October, The Only Scream CT presents a terrifying nightmarish journey into the world of celluloid cinema! Make sure to have your ticket ready, the staff doesn't much care about the difference between a ticket stub and a body part stump... The concession counter is full of bloody good treats sure to crawl their way onto your taste buds, and they're not showing a single, double, or even triple feature—they've unleashed ALL the big-screen horrors! There will be a short intermission, but run back to your seat quick, because there aren't many other safe places in this dark attraction. Be sure to stick around for the after-credits scene! If you've made it that far... 

  

Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tour
October 14-15
Hillside Cemetery, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire
203.250.9350
Admission: $10 (reservations required)
facebook.com/CheshireHistoricalSociety
More info: All new stories always! Six hundred tea lights illuminate the path! "Dead men tell no tales until Cheshire's Historic Hillside Cemetery opens after dark!" Guests will be guided by lantern among the tombstones to hear firsthand accounts of the lives of the dearly departed conveyed by actors. The event is produced by the Cheshire Historical Society. Some tales are funny, some are sad, some are shocking and all are entertaining. 

 

Halloween Knights
October 17 & 24; 6-9 pm
North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven
860.478.5954
Admission: $17
ctfaire.com
More info: The Dark Ages just got darker. With each step we take, the crisp autumn nights become longer. It is now the veil between the world of the living and the lands of the dead are thinnest. And it is now the headless horseman rides into battle against his hellish foes in a flaming joust to the death. Fiery lances will shatter as evil clashes upon their nightmare steeds, jack o’ lanterns will explode, magic will sizzle in the air, and you will witness the horror of it all.

 

Dractastic
October 23-November 1
Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford
203.878.6647
Admission: $20; in advance $18
milfordarts.org
More info: Pantochino Productions Inc., presents a new family musical. Dractastic is just in time for Halloween and the funniest, most rocking and rollicking version of the Dracula story ever. Filled with thrills, chills and belly laughs for the entire family.

 

Cheshire Asylum Annual Haunted House 2015 - Zombieland!
October 23, 24, 25, 29, 30; 7-11 pm
9 Country Club Road, Cheshire
203.651.7074
Admission $15
cheshireasylum.com
More info: Welcome to the old Cheshire Asylum, presently under the Control of the United States Army and operating as a “safe zone." Maintaining its zombie quarantine zone for the past 6 months has not been easy but inside you will find food, clothing, shelter and medical care. As long as the fortifications hold you will be safe...

 

Halloween Hysterics at Henry's
October 24; 10 am-4:30 pm
Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford
203.453.2457
Admission: $8, seniors & students $6, (6-17) $5, under 6 free
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.

 

Halloween & Mayhem Parade
October 25; 11 am - 2 pm
Edgewood Park, New Haven
203.285.8539
Admission: Free
westvillect.org
More info: Giant puppet parade followed by a Halloween party in the park with live music, arts and crafts and a farmer's market.

 

Haunted Hall Crawl & Costume Ball
October 29; 7-10 pm
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Admission: Tickets only available in advance $20; $15 Museum members and non-student Yale ID holders, $10 Yale Students.
peabody.yale.edu
More info: After the lights go down and the doors locked behind, the spirits of the Peabody Museum come alive. Doors creak, demons howl, and twisted souls await. Embrace your wicked ways and join us for a spine-tingling evening of terror as you explore the Museum’s haunted halls, enjoy witches’ brew, and dance with our delightful skeleton crew. Face your fears for an unforgettable night of fright. It’ll be a scream… 18 and up, refreshments served.

 

Make Some Mischief
October 30; 7-11 pm
Colonial Tavern, 24 Hawley Rd., Oxford
203.881.1804
Admission: $25; table of 10 $200
ctpfc.org
More info: Sandwiches, salad, pizza, pasta (7-9 pm only), snacks, and desserts (9pm on). Cash bar with an Autumn beer selection & Halloween drink specials. Show begins at 8:00 pm, featuring Cabaret, Burlesque and Magic. DJ and dancing, tarot card reader. Costume contest, mischievous games including horror movie trivia.

 

Halloween Concert
October 31; 11 pm
Woolsey Hall, New Haven
203.562.5666
Admission: $10; Tickets sold only in advance in the Woolsey rotunda the week of the show
yso.commons.yale.edu
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

 

"A Wee Faerie Village"
October 1-31
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme
860.434.5542
Admission: $15; $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members, under 12 free
florencegriswoldmuseum.org
More info: Visitors will travel the museum’s 11 acres to discover a faerie version of Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy dreamlike world, featuring more than two dozen faerie-scaled installations that recount Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”—in a steampunk setting. Imagine a miniature Victorian world viewed through a steam-powered futuristic lens.

 

Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours
October 2-31; Friday-Sunday & Tuesdays, plus the last week of October (check schedule) 7 pm
Downtown Mystic
860.617.9777
Admission: $22 (tours begin on the green of Mystic River Park); in advance $20
seasideshadows.com
More info: Courtney McInvale, author of Haunted Mystic, will guide you by lantern light through downtown Mystic past local haunts, sharing local lore and legends. Remember to bring your camera and step back in time. On Sundays and Tuesdays, tours of the Whitehall Cemetery are offered. There will also be a midnight graveyard ghost tour on Halloween night at Whitehall Burial Ground.

 

The Dark Manor 
October 9-12, 15-18, 22-25, 28-31; 6:30 pm - midnight most nights
25 Main Street, Baltic
860.822.TOMB
Admission: $20
darkmanorproductions.com
More info: Two haunted attractions in one: The Manor, which features two floors of special effects and heart-stopping terror; and The Graveyard and Haunted Village, an outdoor attraction with creeps and chainsaw freaks!

 

Seaside Shadows: Paranormal Investigation Weekend
October 16-17; 7-9 pm or 9:30-11:30 pm
Leffingwell House, Norwich
860.617.9777
Admission: $65 for a two-hour block
seasideshadows.com
More info: Join Seaside Shadows and TAPS Home Team as they co-host this public ghost at the historic Leffingwell House of Norwich, CT. A home frequented by the likes of both George Washington and Benedict Arnold, a tavern where the Patriots developed their plan and a residence with mysterious disappearances the paranormal activity in this historic home is very active. Learn true history, learn various methods of investigation from mediumship all the way to technologically advanced equipment as you tour the house alongside professional investigators.

 

Nautical Nightmares
October 16-17, 23-24, 30; 6-9:45 pm
Mystic Seaport, 16 Greenmanville Rd., Mystic
860.572.0711
Admission: $25 (members $21); ages 12-17 $20 (members $16). Preregistration suggested.
mysticseaport.org
More info: This year’s theatrical performance, Tales of Terror: An Evening with Poe, invites visitors to join Edgar Allen Poe as he progresses through frightful scenes around the museum grounds in fear of, or perhaps to embrace, the evil that surrounds him. The 70-minute production includes 16 tours per performance night. The walking tour meanders on a route that covers approximately 1/2 mile. Nautical Nightmares requires a special ticket in lieu of general admission.

 

Spooktopia
October 17; 3-8:30 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
860.213.1285
Admission: Free
griswoldyfs.com
More info: The 3rd 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.

 

Ye Antientist Burial Ground: The African-American Connection
October 18; 2-3:30 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street, New London
860.742.6917
Admission: $10; CT Landmarks members $8
ctlandmarks.org
More info: Walking tour of one of New England’s earliest graveyards, with a special focus on those of African descent who are buried there. Meet at the burying ground at the top of Hempstead Street.

 

Beyond the Veil: Ghosts of the Past
October 20; 7-8:30 pm
Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Rd., Groton
facebook.com/ThamesSocietyofParanormalInvestigations
Admission: Free
More info: Join Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations on a journey through the history of ghost hunting and an exploration of their evidence of Southeastern Connecticut's most juiciest haunts!.

 

Sea Scare!
October 22-24, 29-30, 5-9 pm
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
860.572.5955
Admission: $24.99; children $18.99
mysticaquarium.org
More info: Ghouls, ghosts and zombies, oh my! Enjoy creepy cool adventures inside and all around Mystic Aquarium. Hear chilling tails of the deep, meet Captain Sharkey and watch underwater pumpkin carving in the Coral Reef exhibit. Pick up your trick-or-treat bag before entering Exploration: WILD, and collect gobs of ecosystem-themed goodies.

 

Halloween Town
October 23; 6-9 pm
Waterfront Park, New London
860.443.3786
Admission: Free
downtownnewlondonassociation.com
More info: Dare to be scared. Have the courage to face things that go bump in the night? If so, you are invited to come to a spooky Halloween destination, New London Halloween Town.

 

Halloween Weekends
October 23-25, 30-Nov. 1
Odetah Camping Resort, 38 Bozrah Street Ext, Bozrah
860.889.4144
Admission: Determined by length of stay
odetah.com
More info: Enjoy a movie, plus kids' craft, pumpkin painting, games, a pinata, Halloween relay, mummy wrap, site-to-site Trick or Treating.

 

Spooky Nature Trail
October 23-24; 5:30-7:30 pm
Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic
860.536.1216
Admission: $10; members $8.50
dpnc.org
More info: Investigate the Nature Center trails on a self-guided tour past nymphs and fairies, wild animals, jack-o-lanterns and other frightful and delightful creatures. In addition to the haunted woods, participants will enjoy Halloween treats and cider, spooky crafts for children, games, and up-close visits with the Nature Center's resident snakes, turtles, and frogs. Don't forget your flashlight! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Cedar Grove Cemetery Tour
October 24, 10:30 am
Cedar Grove Cemetery, 638 Broad Street, New London
Admission: $10; registration required
us3.campaign-archive1.com
More info: Visit New London's old haunt...Cedar Grove Cemetery. Learn about famous New Londoners and their final resting places in a guided tour by retired teacher and long-time New London resident Don Presley. Ends around noon followed by reception with cider and donuts.

 

A Hempsted Halloween
October 24; 4-7 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street, New London
860.742.6917
Admission: $7; CT Landmarks members free
ctlandmarks.org
More info: Meet the ghosts of New Londoners with ghoulish stories to tell! Hear their tales, see the city's oldest house at twilight, and make s’mores over an open fire.

 

Halloween Parade
October 25; 1 pm
Downtown Niantic
860.691.0528
Admission: Free
nianticmainstreet.org
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.

 

Spooky Monsters of the Deep
October 25; 5:30 pm
New England Science & Sailing Foundation, 70 Water St., Stonington
860.535.9362
Admission: Youth $15; adults $5. Registration required.
nessf.org
More info: Learn the spookiness that is deep sea animals. Explore deep sea animals by learning about the strange adaptations animals have to survive this harsh environment, play a game to discover how these animals find mates, and us glow-in-the-dark paints to create your very own deep sea creature.

 

A Night at the Museum: Spooky Science
October 30; 5:30-7:30 pm
Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, 409 Main St., Niantic
860.691.1111
Admission: $15
childrensmuseumsect.org
More info: Calling all witches, wizards, warlocks, gobblins and ghouls. Have a gas watching the amazing dry ice science experiements such as the crystal ball and levitating bubbles, then help make a tasty witches brew. Participate in spooktacular science demonstrations using the Van De Graff generator, and have fun in the slime workshop and potions class.

 

Norwich Walktober: "Benedict Arnold's Ghost"
October 30; 6-9:30 pm
Starting on Elm Avenue, Norwich
860.886.1776
Admission: Suggested donation $5
norwichhistoricalsociety.org
More info: As dusk approaches, stroll through one of Norwich's oldest graveyards where the mother of Benedict Arnold rests. Hear local ghostly legends including one where Benedict himself visits his mother on horseback at midnight on All Hallows Eve.

 

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

 

Halloween Party at Harbour House
October 31; 9 pm
Harbour House Restaurant, Mystic
860.536.9604
Admission: Free
innatmystic.webconnex.com/halloween
More info: Includes a costume contest with prizes and live music from Rock N Soul Revue. Free admission.

 

East Side Zombie ParadeOctober 31, 3-11 pm
New London Parade Plaza
Admission: Free
facebook.com/events
More info: A zombie parade followed by an outdoor showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Hygienic Art Park.

 

Hygienic Art's Howling Halloween Bash
October 31; 8-11 pm
Art Park, 83 Bank St., New London
860.443.8001
Admission: $10
hygienic.org
More info: Check out the Hygienic's signature party at the Haunted Art Park! Dance to the sounds of DJ Surround Sound, sip our Howling Cocktail and wear your best costume to win cash prizes awarded by a celebrity judges. Make a night of it with an after party.

 

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Tolland County

 

Candlelight Evenings at the Homestead: Things That Go Bump in the Night
October 16-17, 23-24; Tours at 6 & 8 pm
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
860.742.6917
Admission: $25; $20 for CT Landmarks members
ctlandmarks.org
More info: A special candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the dark and dreary attic. Hear the traditional, long standing Homestead ghost stories and the unpublished and unexplained stories of the Homestead guide staff. Refreshments included.

 

"Spooky-Silly Sing-A-Long" by Nappy's Puppets
October 24; 1 & 3 pm
Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, UConn, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center
860.486.8580
Admission: $10; students $7, kids $5
bimp.uconn.edu
More info: Jim Napolitano of Nappy’s Puppets presents some of the silliest sing-a-long songs known to man and monster alike!

 

Halloween Jam Fest Weekend
October 30-31; 7 pm
Sonny's Place, 349 Main St., Somers
860.463.5454
Admission: Freesonnysplace.com
More info: A costume party for those 21 years and older, featuring seasonal drinks, free appetizers, and live entertainment. Friday is Acoustic Rick and his band, and Saturday is The Kings and Lobsterz From Marz. Valid ID is required to enter.

 

Seaside Shadows Investigates the Nathan Hale Homestead
November 28
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
860.617.9777
Admission: $70 for a two-hour block
seasideshadows.com
More info: Be the ghost hunter alongside the experts, Brian Cano of SyFy's Haunted Collector and Chris DiCesare of SyFy's School Spirits and author of "Surviving Evidence." Work with top notch equipment, seasoned experts and a spirit medium as you go throughout the house and capture evidence at this extremely active haunt.

 

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Windham County

 

Spooky Nights
October 16 & 17; 6:15-9:30 pm
Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Route 160, Brooklyn
860.774.5464
Admission $12; in advance $10
brooklynct.org
More info: Spooky Nights is an event the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy a haunted hay wagon ride around the fairgrounds and a scary walkthrough Haunted House in the Better Living building. Bonfire area with food vendors will be available. Check out our not-so-scary Spooky Land with activities for the kids!

 

Nightmare on Main
October 23 & 24; 7-9:30 pm
Windham History & Textile Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic
860.456.2178
Admission: $8
millmuseum.org
More info: Visit a haunted museum after dark and discover the graveyard shift of the factory. In the 19th century populations died from accidents and disease, seamstresses sew body bags, a funeral recreated and more. Not recommended for young children.

 

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 24; 10 am
Downtown Putnam
860.963.6800
Admission: Free
putnambusiness.org
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!

 

 

 

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