Connecticut Halloween Events - 2014

September, 2013 by Anonymous (not verified)
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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 & Haunted Trail
October 3-4, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26; 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 484 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton
Admission: $16; combo ticket $26, family four-pack $60
More info: New for 2014: A one-mile haunted trail! Plus, the hayrides offer 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.

Mysterious Bridgeport: Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Bridgeport
October 16; 7 pm
Downtown Bridgeport
Admission: $15; Barnum Museum Members $10
More info: This non-strenuous walking tour will be led by Michael J. Bielawa, poet and a historian at the Bridgeport Public Library and author of "Wicked Bridgeport," which won the first annual New England Paranormal Literary Award. The tour will focus on the Park City's macabre and fascinating downtown history. Tales of pirates, gangsters, ghosts, a Victorian Era international manhunt and the unsolved murder of a world-famous sea captain all lurk along the streets and alleys of downtown Bridgeport.

October 17-18, 24-25; 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 a "Greek Mythology" Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include FREE face painting, and of course, CANDY! Don't miss this frighteningly good time!

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 18; 1-5 pm
Boothe Memorial Park, 5774 Main St. Putney, Stratford
Admission: Free
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.

Monday Matinee: The Conjuring
October 20; noon
Stratford Public Library, 2203 Main St, Stratford
Admission: Free
More info: Connecticut's own ghost hunters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Based on actual events, this chiller stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the Warrens. PG-13 112 minutes.

Ghostly Sightings Tours
October 22-31; Wed.-Sun. noon-4 p.m.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, 295 West Ave., Norwalk
Admission: $20
More info: Tours focus on the history of the house, when it was a private residence, between 1868 and 1938. Visitors may encounter a ghost who is haunted by those memories and walks through the first and second floors of the mansion during tour hours, but only at Halloween.

Museum After Dark: "New England's Other Witch Hunt"
October 23; 6 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
Admission: $5
More info: Starting with Fairfield’s very own witch trials in 1653, 1654, and 1692, this exhibit guides the visitor through the evolution of witches and their various images throughout history.

A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 24 & 25; tours at 6, 7:30 & 9 pm
Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk
Admission: $15; $10 for ages 8-12, in advance $13 & $8 respectively (reservations recommended)
More info: Take a lantern light tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard. Meet Anna Howard, the spirit that roams the Norwalk River…Hear the story of Margaret Gale, the wife of an organ grinder, who met her untimely end along a deserted Norwalk road … and others from Norwalk’s colorful past. Bring a flashlight.

Crawl-O-Ween Pub Crawl
October 24; 6-10 pm
Starts at the Holiday Inn Martini Bar, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport
Admission: Free; prices for individual drinks along the route
More info: Downtown Bridgeport’s Annual Pub Crawl with hayrides, best costume prizes, drink and food specials, and much more! The evening begins at The Holiday Inn Martini Bar, then makes stops at The Bijou Theatre, B:Hive Bridgeport, Bijou Wine Shop, A’vucchella, Barnum Publick House and After(life) Party at Tiago’s.

America's Ghost Hunter Lorraine Warren
October 24; 7 pm
Shelton High School, Shelton
Admission: TBA
More info: Legendary ghost hunter, demonologist and psychic Lorraine Warren and her investigation team discusses her storied career.

Nightmare at the Knights
October 24; 8:30 pm - 1:30 am
Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Ave., Stamford
Admission: $49 (21 and up only)
More info: Halloween party with costume contest, raffles, prizes, snacks, dj, music, dancing and more.

Zappy Zebra's Monster Mash Bash
October 25; 10-11:30 am
Knights of Columbus, 507 Shippan Ave., Stamford
Admission: $8
More info: Lots of family friendly activities including pumpkin decorating, zumba for kids, face painting, storytelling, costume party and more.

Halloween Blaze
October 25; 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: Heroes & Heroines
October 25; 6-8:30 pm
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk
Admission: $15; members $10.
More info: Don't be bored out of your gourd this Halloween. The 10th annual silly, funny and favorite Halloween event, filled with tricks and treats for the whole family to enjoy. Dress up as your favorite hero or heroine and join the costume party and parade!

Harvest Howl-o-ween Spooktacular & EMS Wine Trail
October 25; 9 am & 6 pm
Black Cat Antiques, 143 Bennett St., Bridgeport
Admission: $40 for Wine Trail
More info: A Hand for a Paw sponsors this all-day Halloween open house with costumes, psychic readings, authors, gaming and food trucks, followed by an evening wine trail for adults!

Ghosts of Ridgefield
October 25; 6 pm
Hemlock Hills Open Space, Ridgefield
Admission: $12 (registration required)
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.

A Night of Wicked Fun
October 25; 7:30 pm
Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan
203.966.9700 x22
Admission: $75
More info: Come celebrate Halloween at Silvermine! Enjoy the creative cuisine of On The Marc Catering, including taco bars, wine, beer, margaritas, and seasonal desserts. Dance the night away to music provided by our inspiring DJ. Bid on affordable silent auction items. Costumes are optional, but prizes will be awarded—so be daring...Costume or not, do come and enjoy!

Halloween Art Party
October 26; 2-4 pm
Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan
203.966.9700 x22
Admission: $15; members $12
More info: Come have a ghoulish good time at the Silvermine School of Art to celebrate Halloween!Participate in art activities including mask making and clay pumpkin painting, show off your costume in our costume parade, and enjoy snacks and a Halloween movie!

Legends & Hauntings
October 26; 6 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield
Admission: $10; students $5, 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 26; 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.

Howl & Prowl Pet Costume Party
October 26, 1-4 pm
Greenwich Common Park, Greenwich
More info: This October marks the seventh year for the entertaining “Howl & Prowl” Halloween pet costume party in Greenwich that attracts hundreds of owners and their dogs who come together for an afternoon of fun to benefit pets in need.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 30; 8:30 pm
Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford St., Stamford
Admission: $11; members $6
More info: The classic cult film. Costume contest with prizes, sponsored by Lorca and Station Eats! An outrageous assemblage of the most stereotyped science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock 'n' roll of every vintage. Running through the story is the sexual confusion of two middle American "Ike Age" kids confronted by the complications of the decadent morality of the 70's, represented in the person of the mad "doctor" Frank N Furter, a transvestite from the planet Transexual in the galaxy of Transylvania.

"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 Museum and pose in your costume in front of multiple spook-tacular photo booths created by mother-daughter artist teams from Ridgefield’s own National Charity League Nutmeg Chapter. Show off your outfits and disguises, take photos with friends, and leave with a treat. See your image projected on the Museum and post your photo to share with friends and family.

Classic Night Reading of Dracula
October 31, November 1-2; Fri. & Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 3 pm
Theatre Artists Workshop, 5 Gregory Blvd., East Norwalk
Admission: $10
More info: Come and celebrate Halloween with the quintessential vampire himself! Cast includes Drew Denbaum, Frank Piazza, Sean Hannon, Richard C. Leonard, Jim Noble, Emilie Roberts, Chilton Ryan and Nadine Willig. Reservations are not required, seating is first-come, first-serve.

Hartford County

Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Nov. 2; 7-10 pm
Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol
Admission: $5
More info: After decades in one location, the Witch’s Dungeon celebrates its 48th season in a new location—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 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Nov. 1; Friday & Saturday dusk to midnight, Sunday dusk to 10 pm
Lake Compounce, Bristol
Admission: $30.99 (combo park & graveyard); $23.99 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 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31 (Fridays & Saturdays); 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 3-25; Fridays & Saturdays 7-9:30 pm
Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor
Admission: $16
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 3, 10, 16-18, 23-25, 30; hourly from 6 to 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $22 (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.

Spiritualism, Seances and Sam
October 10-31
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $6
More info: The exhibition examines the Victorian era's fascination with the afterlife; the views of Mark Twain and his Hartford neighbors on the subject and their involvement in the spiritualism movement; and period mourning practices. It also explores the connections between spiritualism and other progressive social movements of the era, such as women's suffrage. It will feature historic artifacts from the collections of the museum and other institutions, including photographs; newspaper articles; mourning paraphernalia, such as jewelry and clothing; correspondence; historic spirit communication devices, such as Ouija boards, spirit trumpets and automatic writing planchettes; and ephemera associated with Victorian-era psychics and spiritualists.

Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery
October 16 & 17; 6-8:45 p.m. (tours depart every 15 minutes)
Fairview Cemetery, New Britain
Admission: $12
More info: Guests and guides alike will be greeted by some of New Britain’s most historic and accomplished former residents who have come to rest at Fairview.

Old State House Ghost Tour
October 16 & 30; noon-1
Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford
Admission: $6
More info: Celebrate Halloween with a Ghost Tour of Connecticut’s Old State House. Hear spooky tales and discover for yourself if any spirits abound! RSVP required.

Haunted Miniature Golf
October 16-26; Thurs.-Fri. 4-9 pm, Sat.-Sun. 11-8
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.

A Look at Modern Witchcraft
October 17; 7:30 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
More info: Everyone's got a little magic in them! Join The Mark Twain House & Museum as they welcome Miss Faith, Founder of Enchantments Center for the Magickal Arts and Witch Shoppe, for a bewitching evening on the history of witchcraft and its current state in our world today. You'll also learn some of the tricks of the trade from a witch who runs her very own school! 

Haunted Hay Rides
October 17-18, 24-25; 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 17-18; 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.

West Hartford Hauntings
October 17-18, 24-25; 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, including Arthur DeNeufville Talcott, a survivor of the Civil War.

Pumpkin Festival
October 18; 11 am-3 pm
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
Admission: Free
More info: This family-friendly celebration features games, crafts, music, a marshmallow roast and hay wagon rides. Visit the animals in the barn. Pumpkins and apples will be sold.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours: CHS Gets Creepy
October 18; 2 pm
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford
860.236.5621 x289
Admission: $12; $6 CHS members (tickets in advance recommended)
More info: History gets creepy with this spooky look behind the scenes tour. 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! Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space is limited.

Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
October 18-19, 25-26; Saturdays 10 am- 4 pm, Sundays 1-4 pm
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
Admission: $13 (reservations required)
More info: Tour the houses and the Ancient Burying Ground, where different headstone designs and the beliefs of the times will be examined, plus visit the grave sites of some of the interesting folks interred there.

Memento Mori Cemetery Tour
October 19; 1-3 pm
Starting at The Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington
Admission: $10
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.

Lecture: "The Connecticut Witch Hunts of the 1660s"
October 18; 2 pm
Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury
Admission: Free
More info: Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward brings the extraordinary, but nearly forgotten story to life in a lecture that begins with the Protestant Reformation and traces its history all the way through the Hartford Witch hunt of the 1660s—a nightmare of trials and executions that preceded Salem by a generation.

The Penguin Book of Witches with Editor Katherine Howe
October 23; 7 pmMark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: Free (reservations recommended)
More info: This exciting new book includes chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America. From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

Cedar Hill's Haunted History Lantern Tour
October 24; 6-9:30
Cedar Hill Cemetry, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford
Admission: $15
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.

Liquid Lounge: Halloween Edition
October 24; 6-10 pm
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
Admission: $18; in advance $15 (21+ only)
More info: One of Hartford’s hottest night out. Join 1,000 of your closest friends for three floors of awesome hands-on exhibits, liquid delights, live music, dancing and more. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded.

October 24; 7 pm
Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St., Newington
Admission: Free
More info: “Pipescreams” is back! A fun, free, family-friendly concert. Costumed organists play wild and spooky music. Video projection of the organists’ hands and feet, stage lighting, fog. Audience members are welcome to wear costumes. No applause allowed—just boos and hisses! Free-will donation goes to Hartford AGO young organist scholarship. Reception follows.

West Hartford Pumpkin Carnival & Halloween Stroll
October 25; 9:30-11:30 am
Town of West Hartford Parking Lot, 50 S. Main St., West Hartford
Admission: Free
More info: Costumed children of all ages are invited to West Hartford for a fantastic and fun holiday morning. Live music, inflatable slide and bounce houses, games and petting zoo by the Greater Hartford YMCA, gymnastics activities by MyGym of West Hartford, and much, much more! The Halloween Stroll will step off at 10:30 AM through Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center where treat-or-treaters are encouraged to visit participating merchants who have more exciting fun planned, the West Hartford Center Farmer’s Market, and don’t forget to climb aboard the fire truck!

Hobgoblin Fair
October 25; 10-noon & 1-3 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
Admission: $8 per child (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.

Collinsville Halloween Parade
October 25; 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.

Evil Dead: The Musical
October 25-26; 7 pm
Belding Theater, The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford
Admission: $35-$79.50
More info: THE NEXT ROCKY HORROR SHOW!” – The New York Times. The record-breaking musical comedy sensation takes all the elements of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films—Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness—then combines them to make one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. And it's also the only musical in the world where audiences can sit in a “Splatter Zone!” and get drenched from the onstage mayhem.

October 28 & 29; 7 & 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
Admission: $20
More info: Capital Classics Theatre Company, in partnership with The Mark Twain House & Museum, presents Dracula! featuring the classic Bram Stoker story performed in the style of old-time radio theater with live performers and a sound effects artist. From the spooky basement of the Mark Twain House to the depths of your own imagination, experience the true horror of Dracula in this "Golden Age of Radio" production.

Nightmare on Broad Street
October 31; 5:30-7:30 pm
Windsor Town Green, Broad Street, Windsor
Admission: Free
More info: Enjoy a nightmarish evening on Halloween night on and around the Windsor Town Green on Broad Street. You'll find Dr. Doom and Bride of Doom, walk around the historic Town Green "trick-or-treating" (in costume) at local businesses, go on a hayride, sit on a bale of hay and watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin movie, have your picture taken with a Halloween Ghoul, and walk through a haunted graveyard.

Museum After Dark: 8th Annual Costume Party
October 31; 8-11 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
Admission: $25; members $20
More info: Network with young professionals and enjoy a night packed with art, music, dancing, and drinks! The night will include a performance piece by John O’Donnell, the featured New Media artist, dance all night with DJ Jason Hart, live music from Milkbread, food available from NoRA Cupcake and Whey Station and our annual costume party!

Halloween Party w/ Soul Sound Revue
October 31; 9 pm - 1 am
Bristol Polish Club, 541 No. Main St, Bristol
Admission: $10
More info: Halloween Party w/ Soul Sound Revue. Come and join us with the #1 Dance & Show Band in New England. Large Cash Prizes for the best costumes. Cash bar with very cheap drinks and you can bring your own snacks

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Litchfield County

Lantern Tours of the Plymouth Burying Ground
October 4 & November 1; 7 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Tours begin at the Plymouth Congregational Church on the Green. First, go inside the Church and listen to “spooky music” played on the pipe organ, then go into the Burying Ground and discover how the engravings and inscriptions on the gravestones tell us what life was like in colonial Connecticut.  From there, explore the historic Plymouth Green, followed by free cider at Antiques at the Green. The tour will last about 1-1/2 hours.

Train Rides to the Pumpkin Patch
October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; noon & 2 pm
Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston
Admission: $17; seniors & children $15
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.

Haunted Twain
October 16; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Investigators from the Smoking Gun Research Agency (SGRA) teamed up with individuals from the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT, to look into unusual occurrences which reportedly took place in the famous author's home.

Woodbury Lions Club Haunted Hayride & Haunted Barn
October 17-18, 24-25; 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.


A Night with Author C.R. Quinn
October 24; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Enjoy this exclusive author event with the writer of an exciting new vampire series, A Midnight Bloom by C.R. Quinn, who will talk about the writing of her book, the research behind it, and why this is a different vampire book!  

Washington Green Cemetery Tour
October 24; 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.

Glebe House All Hollow's Eve
October 25; 5-8:30 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: TBD
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. Lots of Fall treats-hot chocolate, cider and homemade cookies. 

Halloween at the Hurd House
October 26
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.

38th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run
October 28; 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. Cash Prizes for overall and age group top finishers. Prizes for Best Costumes. Festivities at the start /finish area—live music, refreshments and more!

Haunted Library Tour
October 30; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Join us as we delve into the haunted world that is the library. We'll weave in and out of the library stacks to hear the legend and lore behind some of literatures greatest freighting masterpieces! Who knows, maybe the library will have some terrifying tales of its own! This is a must for all Halloween and ghost lovers! Recommended for ages 10 and older. 

Halloween on the Green
November 1; 2-4 pm
The Green, Danbury
Admission: Free
More info: The 22nd 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.

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Middlesex County

Halloween-Themed Zip Line Tours
October 17-Nov. 2 at 6:30 pm; Fri. & Sat. also at 7:30 pm
Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center, Middletown
Admission: $72; 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.

Ballet Spooktacular
October 18 & 19; 11:30 am & 3:30 pm
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook
Admission: $16; children $10
More info: Treat children of all ages to family-friendly Halloween fun with Eastern CT Ballet's "Ballet Spooktacular". Special effects and bewitching costumes set the stage for spirited performances of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Dancing Bones and Halloween Waltz. Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for spellbinding photos with the dancers.

Halloween on Main Street
October 24; 4-8 pm
Main Street, Cromwell
Admission: $5
More info: A night of family fun featuring trick-r-trunk at Pierson Park, crafts, face painting, hay rides and a pumpkin-carving contest.

Pumpkins on the Point
October 31; 4 pm
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook
Admission: Free
More info: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is celebrating Halloween  with a spectacular pumpkin festival along the shores of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. More than 350 locally grown, hand-carved pumpkins will light up the terrace and marina during the first annual “Pumpkins On The Point” Halloween extravaganza. Guests will enjoy trick or treat trails, hayrides, haunted cemetery tours, pumpkin carving and painting, a bounce house, farmer’s market, DJ music, and seasonal food delights.

Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Costume Bash
Oct. 31; 7 pm - midnight
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
Admission: $40 (ages 21 and up); only in advance
More info: Dress as one of Colonel Clarence Wadsworth's guests or your favorite ghoul and join in the festivities, which include signature drinks, light fare, dancing to the music of a DJ, photo booth, fortune telling and more.

Trick or 'Tini Package—Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
October 31, 7:30 pm
Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam
Admission: $47 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!

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New Haven County

Haunted Isle
September 26-27, October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25: 7-10 pm
The Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven
Admission: $12; 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.

Trail of Terror
October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 & Nov. 1
PNC Park, Wallingford
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
More info: Celebrating 20 years of terror, this award-winning outdoor haunted attraction takes visitors on a 45-minute scream-filled journey through more than three acres of spooky scenes and living nightmares.

The Only Scream in Town
October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 23-26, 30; Thurs. & Sun. 7-10 pm, Fri & Sat. 7-11 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!

The Amity Road Horror
October 3-4, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Nov. 1; Fri. & Sat. 7-11 pm, Sun. 7-10 pm
667 Amity Rd., Bethany
Admission: $15; under 13 $10
More info: It began when the darkness was released from deep within the mine shafts. Then it grew into a festering sespool of the macabre. Now 3 years later it is hell on Earth, and no form of holy protection can keep you safe once you enter The Amity Road Horror!!

Grove Street Cemetery Tours
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1; 11 am
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
Admission: Free
More info: One-hour walking tour to view historical persons, sponsored by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery.

Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tour
October 17-18
Hillside Cemetery, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire
Admission: $10 (reservations required)
More info: 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. Five hundred tea lights will illuminate the path. The event is produced by the Cheshire Historical Society. Some tales are funny, some are sad, and all are informative. At the midpoint Cheshire's legendary Witch Kye is given a voice to tell her tale.

Halloween Hysterics at Henry's
October 24; 10 am-4:30 pm
Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford
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.

Make Some Mischief
October 24; 7 pm-midnight
Colonial Tavern, 24 Hawley Rd., Oxford
Admission: $25; table of 10 $200
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.

The Wicked Witch of the West: Kansas or Bust!
October 24-November 7; Friday 7 p.m., Sat. 2 & 5:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.
Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford
Admission: $20
More info: Follow the Yellow Brick Road back to Kansas with the Wicked Witch and all the best-loved friends from Oz as they search for Dorothy in this fresh and very funny musical for the entire family!

Downtown Trick or Treat
October 25; 1-3 pm
Downtown Seymour
Admission: Free
More info: Children are welcome to trick or treat at local businesses in downtown Seymour.

Haunted Hayride!
October 25-26; Sat. 6-9 pm, Sun. 5:30-8
Matthies Park, Beacon Falls
Admission: $5; kids $3
More info: A great night of spooky family fun, with lots of screams! Refreshments, visit the haunted hawks and a costume contest on Saturday at 5.

Haunted Hall Crawl & Costume Ball
October 30; 7-10 pm
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Admission: $20; $15 pre-sale $10 Museum & PULSE members and non-student Yale ID holders, $5 Yale Students
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.

Halloween Extravaganza
October 30 & 31; 6-8:30 pm
New Haven Armory, 290 Goffe St., New Haven
Admission: Free with the donation of an unwrapped toy or food item
More info: Two nights of Halloween fun, with music, games, a photo booth, costume contests and much more!

Oxford's Great Pumpkin Challenge
October 31, 6-9 pm
Fritz's Snack Bar, 72 Oxford Rd., Oxford
Suggested donation: $5
More info: Oxford’s Great Pumpkin Challenge</strong> is a fun family event put together by a few Oxford kids who care.  Their goal is to raise $1,000 to benefit The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT.  They are hoping to make this an annual community event. Help them help others by carving for a cause

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.

Costumes & Cocktails
November 1; 7 pm-midnight
Molto Bene, Ansonia
203.926.0001 x302
Admission: $40 (cash bar)
More info: An adult costume party to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley.

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New London County

The Dark Manor 
October 3-5, 10-13, 16-19, 23-Nov. 1; check for days & times (most weekend nights & last week of October, 6:30 pm - midnight)
25 Main Street, Baltic
Admission: $22
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 Haunted History Tours
October 3-5, 10-11, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Nov. 1; 7 pm
Downtown Mystic
Admission: $18 (tours begin on the green of Mystic River Park)
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 Sunday, tours of the Whitehall Cemetery are offered. There will also be a midnight graveyard ghost tour on Halloween night at Whitehall Burial Ground.

"A Wee Faerie Village"
October 3 - November 2
Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme
Admission: $15; $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members, under 12 free
More info: Visitors 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.

Fall-O-Ween Weekends
October 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1; 10 am -3:30 pm
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
Admission: Most activities free with aquarium admission
More info: Get into the fall spirit and come celebrate Falloween, a festival of fun, with three themed weekends filled with fall activities for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. Enjoy the Aquarium as it transforms with festive decorations of hay, cornstalks, mums, pumpkins and scarecrows. Enjoy games and special prizes, bring your kids and watch as our talented divers carve pumpkins underwater! The fish even get in on the action, as pumpkins are a favorite treat. And don’t miss the new special Falloween sea lion show.

1st Sunday Strolls: Ye Antientist Burial Ground Walking Tour
October 19; 2-4 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street, New London
Admission: $5; 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.

Halloween Weekend
October 24-26
Odetah Camping Resort, 38 Bozrah Street Ext, Bozrah
Admission: Determined by length of stay
More info: Enjoy a movie—The Haunted Mansion, plus kids' craft, pumpkin painting, games, a pinata, Halloween relay, mummy wrap, site-to-site Trick or Treating.

Halloween Silent Movie Night Spooktacular!
October 24; 7:30 pm
Christ Church School of the Arts, 78 Washington St, Norwich
Admission: $5 (suggested donation)
More info: Enjoy the silent movie classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with John Barrymore, 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.

Spooky Nature Trail
October 24-25; 5:30-7:30 pm
Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic
Admission: $10; members $8.50
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.

October 25; 3-8 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
Admission: Free
More info: The 2nd 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.

A Hempsted Halloween
October 25; 5-8 pm
Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street, New London
Admission: $5; CT Landmarks members free
More info: Meet the ghosts of six New Londoners with ghoulish stories to tell. See New London’s oldest house at twilight and make s’mores over an open fire.

Hygienic Art's Howling Halloween Bash
October 25; 8-11 pm
Crocker House Ballroom, 35 Union St., New London
Admission: $40; in advance $35
More info: The dance party will be a deadly feast of the senses featuring outrageous costumes, wicked cocktails, bloody yummy gourmet food and great music in the lavishly decorated ballroom at the Crocker House. The evening’s soundtrack will be provided by the power funk outfit What Up Funk.

Dusk with the Dead
October 25 & 26; 4-6:30 pm
Elm Grove Cemetery, 120 Peqotsepos Rd., Mystic
Admission: $15; members $10
More info: Explore Mystic’s very own City of the Dead with historian Jennifer Emerson.  Learn about the most prominent citizens from the town’s past as you dig deeper into cemetery lore and mourning customs.  Then come back to the Denison Homestead and meet Shamus Denniston, Director of the Thames Society of Paranormal Investigations along with other team members. Learn how paranormal research is conducted, and view the evidence gathered in our 297 year-old farm house.

Halloween Parade
October 26; 1 pm
Downtown Niantic
Admission: Free
More info: Come down and enjoy this great family-friendly event beginning with Trick-or-Treating at the downtown shops before the children gather at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach for a the parade at 2 p.m. Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded.

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

Trunk or Treat
October 31; 6-9 pm
Gales Ferry Junior High School, Gales Ferry
Admission: Free
More info: Prizes awarded for best decorated car and best costume. Games and more. Ages 0-12 for treating.

Zombie Halloween Party with DJ JD
October 31; doors open at 9 pm
Shrine, 240 Fox Tower Drive, Mashantucket
Admission: $20 (ages 21+)
More info: Staff will be dressed as drop-dead zombies, but it’s an open costume party for party-goers.

Superheroes & Villains Halloween Party
October 31; 9 pm - 2 am
Scorpion Bar, 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket
Admission: $20 (ages 21+)
More info: The Scorpion Bar and DJ Jay Spring host a sinfully fun Halloween party for those in their favorite Halloween costumes.

Costa’s Haunted House Party
November 1; doors open at 9 pm
Shrine, 240 Fox Tower Drive, Mashantucket
Admission: $30
More info: DJ Costa’s House Party turns haunted this Halloween weekend—get creative in your best costume and party with the house party crew.

Open Costume Party
November 1; 9 pm - 2 am
Scorpion Bar, 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket
Admission: TBA (ages 21+)
More info: Party-goers are invited back to the Scorpion Bar for an open Halloween costume party with DJ Jay Spring.

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Tolland County

Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour
October 11, 17-18, 24-25; 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.

Candlelight Evenings at the Homestead: Things That Go Bump in the Night
October 24 & 25; Tours at 6 & 8 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.

All Hallows Weekend
October 25-26
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! Saturday features a kids costume contest, and when the Faire closes at 6 pm, Halloween Knights begins! The shire transforms into a Haunted Harvest Festival. Sunday features an adult costume contest and more.

Haunted Ghost Tour
October 30; 6:30-11:30 pm
Stafford Tavern, 111 W. Main St., Stafford Springs
Admission: $25 (RSVP required)
More info: A night of ghostly entertainment! P.R.O.O.F, Inc. will be giving a lecture and slideshow to include a guided ghost tour and "investigation of Stafford's most HAUNTED! Please join us for a night filled with great food, good people and a spooktacular ghost tour / investigation!

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Windham County

Spooky Nights
October 17-18; 6:15-9:30 pm
Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Route 160, Brooklyn
Admission $10; in advance $8
More info: Spooky Nights is an event the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy a haunted hay wagon ride around the fairgrounds and a scary walkthrough Haunted House in the Better Living building. Bonfire area with food vendors will be available. Check out our not-so-scary Spooky Land with activities for the kids!

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 25; 10 am
Downtown Putnam
Admission: Free
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!

Trick or Treat Street
October 31; 5-7 pm
Downtown Putnam
Admission: Free
More info: Hey kids put on your costumes and have your parents bring you to downtown Putnam from Jade Garden and River Front Commons all the way to Union Square for Trick or Treat Street. Participating merchants and local groups will have a treat for you!

Windham Rec Department Halloween Events
October 31; 4:30-7:30 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 Trunk or Treat, a Halloween egg flashlight hunt, Halloween music and more.

Fright Night on Broad Street
October 31 & November 1; 6:30-10 pm
Killingly Community Center, 185 Broad Street, Danielson
Admission: $5
More info: Ever wonder what might be haunting such an old building like the Killingly Community Center... Come and take a guided tour and find out! Proceeds benefit KHS Music Boosters and KPRD.