Connecticut Halloween Events - 2015

October, 2015 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 2-30 (weekends); 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 2 Saw Mill City Rd., Shelton
Admission: $15; combo ticket $26, family four-pack $60
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.

The Rocky Horror Show
October 2-31; Friday & Saturday, Thursdays (Oct. 8 & 29) at 8 pm, Sundays (Oct. 18 & 25) 2 pm, Oct. 31 performance at midnight
Sherman Playhouse, 5 Route 39 N., Sherman
Admission: $30
More info: On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean-cut young people, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into trouble and seek help at the freaky Frankenstein mansion. However, little do they know that the estate is inhabited by alien transsexuals from the planet Transylvania, and Dr. Frank N. Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. What transpires is nothing less than THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, one of the most deliberately kitschy, campy, funny, rock 'n' roll, sci-fi, gothic epics to ever grace the stage.

Sleepy Hollow
October 10-Nov. 1; Sat. & Sun. noon & 2:30 pm
Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport
Admission: $23; children $29
More info: The town of Sleepy Hollow has always been cloaked in mystery, but this Halloween, Ichabod Crane and his clever band of young detectives have come to solve the mystery. Along the way, Ichabod and the gang sing, dance, and have fun discovering that things are not always as they seem, and ghosts are not always scary.

October 17, 23-24, 30-31; 6:30-10 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Admission: $15; (in advance & members $12)
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 17; 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.

14th Annual Pipescreams
October 18; 4 pm
United Congregational Church, 877 Park Ave, Bridgeport​​
Admission: $10; students $5, under 12 free
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. Featuring the choruses of Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as the Norma Pfriem Children’s Choir.

A Haunting at Mill Hill
October 23 & 24; 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.

Ghosts of Ridgefield
October 24; 6 pm
Hemlock Hills Open Space, Ridgefield
Admission: $12 (registration required); members $7
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.

Halloween at the Sportscenter
October 24; 4-8 pm
Sportscenter of CT, 784 River Rd., Shelton
Admission: Free
More info: Get your spook on! Kids wear your costumes and trick-or-treat around the facility.

History Ablaze
Saturday, October 24th; 6-9 p.m.
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 the Trumbull Historical Society with our annual "History Ablaze" Halloween bash! This spook-tacular event features a display of Jack-o-Lanterns and a contest for carved pumpkins, true tales of Trumbull's haunted history with live storytellers (Witches, ghosts, and Melonheads, oh my!), and festive fall refreshments. To donate a carved pumpkin for display during the event and enter our Jack-o-Lantern contest, please drop off your carved pumpkin at the Historical Society either Friday, October 23rd between 3 and 6 p.m., or Saturday, October 24th, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (pumpkins must come with their own non-flame light).
Halloween Costume Party
October 24; 8 pm - midnight
Matrix Conference Center, Danbury
Admission: $25
More info: Hot and cold hors’doeurves, ghoulish deserts and candy, DJ, cash bar, photo booth, and prizes for costumes!

Halloween Art Party
October 25; 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!

Trick or Treat at Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 25; 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.

Legends & Hauntings Walking Tour
October 25 & 30; 6 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield
Admission: $10
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 Haunted Basement & Ghostly Sightings Tour
October 25-31; noon-4 pm
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk
Admission: $20
More info: The Ghostly Sightings Tours at the mansion focuses on the history of the house, when it was a private residence, between 1868 and 1938. Visitors may encounter Victorian era ghosts during tour hours, but only at Halloween. On the tours, guests will have the rare opportunity to see the dark, dungeon-like Civil War-era basement, which will be retrofitted to look like a spine-chilling maze with lighting, playacting, and frightfully fun props.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 30 & 31; 8 pm
Palace Theatre, 165 Main St., Danbury
Admission: $15; props package $5
More info: Get ready to do the Time Warp again when The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre. Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite character, throw props during the film, and be ready to yell back lines of dialogue as part of the audience partici-(SAY IT!)-pation. To make participation easier, prop packages which include everything you need to join in the fun can be pre-ordered when ordering tickets.

Monster Mash
October 31; 10-5 pm
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk
Admission: $15; members $10.
More info: The annual not-so-scary, silly, funny, favorite Halloween event is during the day! Dress up in your favorite costumes as you enjoy games, face-painting, and a treasure hunt. Create masks, decorate pumpkins and design your own tote bag for collecting all of your treats!


Hartford County

Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
October 2-Nov. 1; Fri.-Sun, 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 49th 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 2-31; Friday & Saturday dusk to midnight, Sunday dusk to 10 pm
Lake Compounce, Bristol
Admission: $31.99 (combo park & graveyard); $24.99 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 2-31 (Fridays & Saturdays); 7:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
860.522.9258 ext. 317
Admission: $18 (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 2-30; 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 2-30; 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.

Haunted Hay Rides
October 9-10, 23-24; 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.

Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery
October 15 & 16; 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.

Spirit Friends: Spiritualism and Suffrage
October 16; 6:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
860.522.9258 ext. 317
Admission: Free (reservations required)
More info: Join a discussion of 19th-century Spiritualism and how it intersected with the feminism and suffrage movement. Susan Campbell is author of Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.

Lantern Light Tours
October 16-17; 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.

Corn Maze After Dark
October 16, 23 & 30; 6:30 pm
Brown's Harvest, 1911 Poquonnock Ave., Windsor
Admission: TBA
More info: Get lost in six acres of interactive corn maze.

Trail Side Tales
October 17; 4-9 pm
Harry C. Barnes Nature Center, 175 Shrub Rd., Bristol
Admission: $10; children $7
More info: Mystical fairies will greet you before heading out into the dark woods. There you will hear Local Ct Legends told by the ghosts of the legends themselves! Stop at five locations to hear about the leather man, green lady, black dog of hanging hills, Candice Roberts, legend of the Marsh Monster! Lead by two lantern holding scary creatures jumping out at you! Please dress for the weather and wear proper shoes. No strollers or flashlights allowed. No pets.

Haunted Miniature Golf
October 22-Nov. 1; 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.

October 23; 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 Hauntings
October 23-25 & 30; 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.

Collinsville Halloween Parade
October 24; 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.

Witchcraft and Tombstone Tours
October 24-25; 10 am- 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 25; 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.

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

Halloween Organ Recital
October 30; 7 pm
First Church, 12 S. Main St., West Hartford
Admission: $10 suggested donation
More info: A night of spine tingling music appropriate for the season played by the Phantom of the First Church Crypt (aka Music Director James Boratko). Excerpts of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera will be featured. Included will be the silent film, “Frankenstein,” a liberal adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous story from 1910 made by the Edison Production company, with improvised accompaniment on First Church’s mighty Austin organ.

Museum After Dark: 9th Annual Halloween Bash
October 30; 8-11 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain
Admission: $25; members $20
More info: The costumed Halloween Bash will include entertainment from DJ Jon Eastman, live music from West End Blend, food available from Cheesy Street Grill, and a tasting from local Black Hog Brewery.

Hobgoblin Fair
October 31; 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.

Spooktacular Chili Challenge
October 31; noon-6 pm
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, 22 Iron Horse Blvd., Simsbury
Admission: $10
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.

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.

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Litchfield County

"Creepy CT: Revamped"
October 1; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Join the Smoking Gun Research Agency as they explore what makes the Nutmeg State creepy—including haunts, spooky places and much more!

Lantern Tours of the Plymouth Burying Ground
October 10; 7 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
Admission: $10 (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 10-25 (weekends only); 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.

"Shadows on the Wall" Halloween Play
October 15; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Join Michele LaRue as she present a theatrical performance of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s "The Shadows on the Wall"and Elia W. Peattie’s "The House That Was Not." Shadows is a tale of sudden death, family secrets . . . and things that go bump in the night. House tells the intriguing story of strange sightings on the prairie! This is a must-see Halloween event!

Haunted Trail & Mansion
October 16 & 17, 23 & 24; 6-9:30 pm
Harrybrooke Park, 100 Still River Dr., New Milford
Admission: $12
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
More info: Visitors climb on-board a hay-wagon and take a trip through the haunted fields and cemeteries of Woodbury, meeting the ghosts of Woodbury's Civil War veterans and other town residents, various denizens of the dark, assorted ghouls and, of course, zombies. Be sure to be on guard for attacking werewolves! Riders also make a stop at the Haunted Barn, a 3-D visual display that is unlike any other in the area. Using ChromaDepth technology, the Haunted Barn allows you to walk through illusions that seem to hang in the middle of space, creatures that seem to jump out at you, or enter a hallway that seems to go on forever.

The Essential Stephen King
October 22; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
Admission: Free (registration required)
More info: Join University of New Haven professor, Stephen Spignesi as he takes a fascinating look at the life, work and legacy of America's Boogeyman and Master of Horror.

Glebe House All Hollow's Eve
October 24; 5:30-9 pm
Glebe House, 49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury
Admission: $10; ages 5-12 $5
More info: Price of admission includes a tour in the Ancient Burying Grounds where over 25 spirits will be at their graves to tell their tales, a Haunted Museum tour, professional storytelling, tarot card readings and complimentary refreshments. call the museum for tickets or more information.

Supernatural Tales of Connecticut
October 24; 7:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 White Hall Rd., Litchfield
Admission: $30; pre-registration & pre-payment required
More info: Have a super Halloween with supernatural tales of Connecticut.  Join poet and essayist David Leff for dramatic readings about the ghostly and weird around us. Meet the headless horseman of Canton, the vanishing hitchhiker of Chester, the Jewett City vampires, and the black dog of West Peak, among others.  We share a landscape laced with mysteries. Dare to believe or endure a skeptic’s regret. Mr. Leff’s reading will be at the fire pit, weather permitting. A comfy dinner will be served.

Halloween Magic
October 25; 10 am - 1 pm
Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Rd., New Milford
Admission: $45; reservations required. For ages 5-10
More info: Celebrate Halloween through cooking with Chef Nancy Stuart.

39th Annual Kent Pumpkin Run
October 25; 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!

Washington Green Cemetery Tour
October 30; 6:30-8:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington
Admission: Free; donations welcome
More info: Costumed tour guides will lead groups of visitors from the Gunn Museum to the Washington Green Cemetery where the town's departed citizens will be stationed at their graves to tell their tales of tragedy and triumph. Tour groups will follow a magical path of 1,000 luminarias spanning a quarter-mile through the shadowy cemetery and hear the lively and dramatic stories of Washington's artistic residents. This year the costumed character actors stationed at each gravestone will represent Washington’s most illustrious artists, actors, musicians, authors and will share their perilous tales of unrequited love, extravagant lives lived, travels around the world, escape from the Soviets and Nazis, early demise, and much more. Tours depart every ten minutes from the museum and last about 45 minutes, bring a flashlight.

Halloween on the Green
October 31; 2-4 pm
The Green, Danbury
Admission: Free
More info: The 23rd 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 Trips
October 16-Nov. 1; Thursdays-Sundays
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 17 & 18; 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.

Murder Mystery Cruise
October 24; 7 pm
Lady Katherine Cruises, Haddam
Admission: $67.95-$77.95
More info: There is lots of murder, bribery, and back stabbing on this Masquerade Class Reunion Cruise as we meet Hugh Jass, Class Politician, “Wedgie”, Pom Pom Splits, and the rest of the gang. Enjoy a ghoulish experience on the water while MYSTERY and MAYHEM LURK all around you and even INVOLVE YOU!  As the clues unravel, try to solve the spectacular mystery of “WHODUNIT”. Join the Ghoulish Dance Contest. Enjoy dinner, dancing, and lots of live singing. Costumes Highly Recommended.  

Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Costume Bash
Oct. 30; 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.

Pumpkins on the Point & After Party
October 31; 11 am-6 pm. Costume Party 8-11 pm
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook
Admission: Pumpkins on the Point: Free; After Party $40 (ages 21+)
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. After that, guests 21 and older are invited to continue their Halloween fun in the Waterfront Ballroom. Get your best costume and enjoy live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and a cash bar.

Trick or 'Tini Package—A Wonderful Life
October 31, 7:30 pm
Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam
Admission: $59
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
October 2-30: Fridays & Saturdays 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 2 - Nov. 1; Friday & Saturday, 7-11 pm, Sundays 7-10 pm
PNC Park, Wallingford
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
More info: Celebrating more than 20 years of terror, this award-winning outdoor haunted attraction takes visitors on a 45-minute scream-filled journey through more than three acres of spooky scenes and living nightmares.

The Only Scream in Town
October 2-31; Fridays-Sunday 7-10:30 pm, select Thursdays 7-9 pm
275 Valley Service Rd., North Haven
Admission: $20 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 2-31; Fri. & Sat. 7-11 pm, Sun. 7-10 pm
667 Amity Rd., Bethany
Admission: $18; under 13 $13
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 4 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. 3 - Nov. 1; Saturdays at 11 am, Sundays at noon
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 16-18
Hillside Cemetery, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire
Admission: $10 (reservations required)
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. Cheshire's forgotten history is revealed as we unearth true stories of local history including a mystery ship, a riot, a murder, a mine cave-in, and much more.

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks
October 17-November 8; Sat. & Sun. nights at 7 (plus some special dates & times, visit site)
Starting at Hotchkiss Bridge, downtown Milford
Admission: $15; all tickets must be purchased online in advance
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.

Halloween Knights
October 17 & 24; 6-9 pm
North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven
Admission: $17
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.

October 23-November 1
Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford
Admission: $20; in advance $18
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
Admission $15
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
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
Admission: Free
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.
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
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.

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

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New London County

"A Wee Faerie Village"
October 1-31
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.

Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours
October 2-31; Friday-Sunday & Tuesdays, plus the last week of October (check schedule) 7 pm
Downtown Mystic
Admission: $22 (tours begin on the green of Mystic River Park); in advance $20
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
Admission: $20
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
Admission: $65 for a two-hour block
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
Admission: $25 (members $21); ages 12-17 $20 (members $16). Preregistration suggested.
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.

October 17; 3-8:30 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
Admission: Free
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
Admission: $10; CT Landmarks members $8
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
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
Admission: $24.99; children $18.99
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
Admission: Free
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
Admission: Determined by length of stay
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
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.

Cedar Grove Cemetery Tour
October 24, 10:30 am
Cedar Grove Cemetery, 638 Broad Street, New London
Admission: $10; registration required
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
Admission: $7; CT Landmarks members free
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
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.

Spooky Monsters of the Deep
October 25; 5:30 pm
New England Science & Sailing Foundation, 70 Water St., Stonington
Admission: Youth $15; adults $5. Registration required.
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
Admission: $15
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
Admission: Suggested donation $5
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
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. 

Halloween Party at Harbour House
October 31; 9 pm
Harbour House Restaurant, Mystic
Admission: Free
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
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
Admission: $10
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
Admission: $25; $20 for CT Landmarks members
More info: A special candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the dark and dreary attic. Hear the traditional, long standing Homestead ghost stories and the unpublished and unexplained stories of the Homestead guide staff. Refreshments included.

"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
Admission: $10; students $7, kids $5
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
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
Admission: $70 for a two-hour block
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
Admission $12; in advance $10
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
Admission: $8
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
Admission: Free
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!


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