Connecticut Halloween Events - 2014

September, 2013 by Kate Frank
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Looking for some damned-type fun this October? Check out our statewide list of activities below, ranging from haunted attractions and hayrides to graveyard tours and family Halloween events. (Events are in chronological order by county.)

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

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

Find an event by county:

Fairfield County
Hartford County
Litchfield County
Middlesex County
New Haven County
New London County
Tolland County
Windham County

 
Fairfield County

Fairview Tree Farm Haunted Hay Rides & Haunted Trail
October 3-4, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26; 7-10 pm
Fairview Tree Farm, 484 Walnut Tree Hill Rd., Shelton
203.944.9090
Admission: $16; combo ticket $26, family four-pack $60
fairviewtreefarm.com
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.

New England's Other Witch Hunt
October 9; 7 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield
203.259.1598
Admission: $10; students $5, Pre-registration required
fairfieldhs.org
More info: State historian Walt Woodward brings this 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. He also shows how Connecticut's Governor John Winthrop, Jr. and his friend Rev. Gershom Bulkeley intervened to transform Connecticut from New England's most aggressive witch hunter to a colony that completely ended executions for witchcraft thirty years before they even began at Salem. Along the way, he answers all those questions you've wondered about the early witch hunts, and explains why almost everyone in the 1600s believed that witchcraft was very real, and terribly dangerous.

Newtown Pumpkin Festival
October 11; 3-9:30 pm
Fairfield Hills, Newtown
203.304.9264
Admission: Free
newtownpumpkinfestival.com
More info: Celebrate Halloween in a magical way with this fun community event. Carve pumpkins at home and bring them to Fairfield Hills to be part of a spectacle of luminous beauty with thousands of glowing pumpkins!

Haunted Illusions by David Caserta
October 11; 3 pm
Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford
203.325.4466
Admission: $15-$45
palacestamford.org
More info: Halloween tricks have never been such a treat.  A hysterical family show that combines mind-blowing magic and comedy that gets the whole audience into the act.

Howl-O-Ween
October 17-18, 24-25; 6:30-10 pm
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
203.394.6565
Admission: $12; (in advance & members $10)
beardsleyzoo.org
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
203.377.2119
Admission: Free
boothememorialpark.org
More info: Activities include a children's costume parade (3 p.m.) with prizes, DJ music, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments, blacksmith demonstrations, moonbounces, horse-drawn hayrides, and showcase the various historic buildings at the park.

Monday Matinee: The Conjuring
October 20; noon
Stratford Public Library, 2203 Main St, Stratford
203.385.4164
Admission: Free

stratfordlibrary.org
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
203.838.9799
Admission: $20
lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
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
203.259.1598
Admission: $5
fairfieldhistory.org
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
203.846.0525
Admission: $15; $10 for ages 8-12, in advance $13 & $8 respectively (reservations recommended)
norwalkhistoricalsociety.org
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.

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

Halloween Blaze
October 25; 5:30-8:30 pm
Trumbull Historical Society; 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull
203.377.6620
Admission: $$5, but FREE to anyone who donates a carved pumpkin for display
trumbullhistory.org
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
203.899.0606
Admission: $15; members $10.
steppingstonesmuseum.org
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
203.414.9786
Admission: $40 for Wine Trail
Ahfap.org
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!

Legends & Hauntings
October 26; 6 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield
203.259.2598
Admission: $10; students $5, Pre-registration required
fairfieldhs.org
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
203.322.1646
Admission: $10; seniors $8; students $6; children $5
stamfordmuseum.org
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.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 30; 8:30 pm
Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford St., Stamford
203.967.3660
Admission: $11; members $6
avontheatre.org
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
203.438.4519
Admission: Free
aldrichart.org
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
203.854.6830
Admission: $10
taworkshop.org
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
860.583.8306
Admission: $5
preservehollywood.org
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
860.583.3300
Admission: $30.99 (combo park & graveyard); $23.99 graveyard or park only
hauntedgraveyard.com
More info: A mammoth walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houses and a graveyard all linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails with 17 adult rides operating.

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+)
harrietbeecherstowe.org
More info: Who will show up on the K2 meter and the digital voice recorder? What did the Ghost Hunters Team find? What did Harriet Beecher Stowe know about seances and Spiritualism? A 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
960.627.6540
Admission: $16
ct-trolley.org
More info: A bone-chilling ride aboard a trolley cart the the “Darkside” where anything can happen. Also, a terrifying tour of the spirit inhabited cemetery and car barn.

Graveyard Shift Tours
October 3, 10, 16-18, 23-25, 30; hourly from 6 to 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
860.280.3130
Admission: $22 (reservations required)
marktwainhouse.org
More info: Reported ghostly apparitions, mysterious bangs, and other unexplained phenomena, along with visits from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy, have led to reprise the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this year. Hear spooky tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural.

A Spooktacular Paranormal Event
October 4; 7:30-midnight
Makens Bemont House, Goodwin Schoolhouse & Burnham Blacksmith Shop, East Hartford
203.490.9045
Admission: $25; in advance $20
More info: The East Hartford Historical Society and Riseup Paranormal of CT present a public investigation of three properties, including the Makens Bemont House, formerly known as the Huguenot House.

“Vampire Folks Beliefs in Historic Connecticut”
October 16, 6:30 pm
Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield
860.529.0612
Admission: Free
webb-deane-stevens.org
More info: Retired State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni will be presenting research and discoveries in regard to Vampire Folks Beliefs in Historic New England. He will also be sharing findings from a recent archaeological dig in Connecticut.

Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery
October 16 & 17; 6-8:45 p.m. (tours depart every 15 minutes)
Fairview Cemetery, New Britain
860.826.3360
Admission: $12
nbparksnrec.org
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
860.522.6766
Admission: $6
ctosh.org
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
860.677.0118
Admission: $10
farmingtonminiaturegolf.com
More info: Eighteen holes of Halloween fun await participants upon entering the 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut, wander through a haunted graveyard and visit Dracula’s Fountain and the Haunted Pirate’s Tavern. Halloween treats will be available at the Ice Cream Parlor.

A Look at Modern Witchcraft
October 17; 7:30 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
860.280.3130
Admission: $15 (reservations required)
marktwainhouse.org
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
860.658.5070
Admission: $25 (MUST be purchased in advance)
flamigfarm.com
More info: Enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride across a haunted farm. Keep an eye for the Queen of Halloween! Not recommended for under 8.

Lantern Light Tours
October 17-18; 6:30-8:10 pm
Starting at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St., Old Wethersfield
860.529.7656
Admission: $15; children $7 (reservations strongly recommended)
wethhist.org
More info: The popular Lantern Light Tours are back this year with different characters and stories! Generous volunteers have aided in the research, costuming, guiding and acting of the tours in order to make this event possible. Tickets are first-come, first-serve and tours fill up fast, so be sure not to miss a historic walk through Old Wethersfield’s Burying Ground with “encounters!” Not recommended for children under the age of 7.

West Hartford Hauntings
October 17-18, 24-25; 6-8:45 pm, every 15 minutes
North Cemetery, North Main Street, West Hartford
860.521.5362
Admission: $13; under 17 $9 (reservations highly recommended)
noahwebsterhouse.org
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
860.561.8260
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)
chs.org/calendar
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
860.529.0612
Admission: $13 (reservations required)
webb-deane-stevens.org
More info: Tour the houses and the Ancient Burying Ground, where different headstone designs and the beliefs of the times will be examined, plus visit the grave sites of some of the interesting folks interred there.

Memento Mori Cemetery Tour
October 19; 1-3 pm
Starting at The Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington
860.677.9222
Admission: $10
stanleywhitman.org
More info: Join a walking tour of Farmington's ancient burial ground. Learn about the people buried there, the artwork on the stones, and work being done to preserve the headstones.

Lecture: "The Connecticut Witch Hunts of the 1660s"
October 18; 2 pm
Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury
860.658.7663
Admission: Free
simsburylibrary.info
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
860.280.3130
Admission: Free (reservations recommended)
marktwainhouse.org
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
860.956.3311
Admission: $15
cedarhillfoundation.org
More info: The only night during the year that the cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots! Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Liquid Lounge: Halloween Edition
October 24; 6-10 pm
Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
860.724.3623
Admission: $18; in advance $15 (21+ only)
CTScienceCenter.org/Liquid
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.

Pipescreams
October 24; 7 pm
Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St., Newington
860.666.4689
Admission: Free
newingtonucc.org
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.

Hobgoblin Fair
October 25; 10-noon & 1-3 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton
860.693.0263
Admission: $8 per child (pre-registration required)
roaringbrook.org
More info: The Hobgoblin Fair features the “Track-and-Treat” walk, children’s crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting, a Country Kitchen of yummy homemade items, and a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread and apple cider. Suitable for children ages 3-8 and parents.

Collinsville Halloween Parade
October 25; 6:30 pm rain or shine
Downtown Collinsville
Admission: Free
collinsvillehalloween.com
More info: The candy flows and the Halloween magic takes over. Each year, the pre-parade antics of Boosolini Collins on the balcony along with various forms of ghoulish and ghastly entertainment are featured such as an annual screaming procession. 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
860.987.5900
Admission: $35-$79.50
bushnell.org
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.

Nightmare on Broad Street
October 31; 5:30-7:30 pm
Windsor Town Green, Broad Street, Windsor
860.688.5715
Admission: Free
FirstTownDowntown.org
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
860.229.0257
Admission: $25; members $20
nbmaa.org
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!

 

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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
860.921.6118
Admission: Free (registration required)
plymouthhistoricalsociety.org
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.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
October 5; 1 pm
Tapping Reeve House,
82 South St., Litchfield
860.567.4501
Admission: $10; $15 family (registration required)
litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
More info: A one-man theatrical performance using props and musical accompaniement. Bring a lunch and picnic blanket to spread out on the lawn and have fun in this family event.

Ghostly Photography
October 9; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
860.489.6684
Admission: Free (registration required)
torringtonlibrary.org
More info: Julie is a paranormal investigator, who is primarily a photographer. With the hope of capturing more evidence for the existence of the spirit world, she has visited locations reported to be haunted. This has led to many intense personal experiences—so she has many spooky and frightful stories to tell. You can also purchase Julie's book: Ghostly Photographs: Ghost Stories You Can See With Your Own Eyes at the event for $25.00.

Lantern Tour/Bus Tour of the Revolutionary War Tory Village of East Church
October 11; 6 pm
Plymouth Historical Society Museum, 572 Main Street, Plymouth
860.921.6118
Admission: Free (registration required)
plymouthhistoricalsociety.org
More info: This little village was home to Tories during the Revolutionary War. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. We’ll walk through St. Matthew’s cemetery, where soldiers from the Revolutionary War are buried (including some that fought for the British!). Discover the “Tory Story”, a fascinating perspective on our history not often taught in school. Listen to the blowing of a conch shell, used by Tory women to warn of raids by the Sons of Liberty. Find out about Moses Dunbar, a resident of East Church who was hung for treason during the Revolutionary War.

Riseup Paranormal Investigation of Warner Theatre
October 11; 8 pm
Warner Theatre, Torrington
860.489.7180
Admission: $50
warnertheatre.org
More info: RISEUP Paranormal of Connecticut returns to the Warner Theatre to continue to investigate its claims of a haunted history. We welcome the public to join us for this spine tingling event. Guests will have the opportunity to use the teams equipment and investigate alongside them. Anyone having their own handheld devices, including cameras, is encouraged to bring it along.

Train Rides to the Pumpkin Patch
October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; noon & 2 pm
Railroad Museum of New England, Thomaston
860.283.RAIL
Admission: $17; seniors & children $15
rmne.org
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
860.489.6684
Admission: Free (registration required)
torringtonlibrary.org
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
woodburyctlions.org
More info: Visitors climb on-board a hay-wagon and take a trip through the haunted fields and cemeteries of Woodbury, meeting the ghosts of Woodbury's Civil War veterans and other town residents, various denizens of the dark, assorted ghouls and, of course, zombies. Be sure to be on guard for attacking werewolves! Riders also make a stop at the Haunted Barn, a 3-D visual display that is unlike any other in the area. Using ChromaDepth technology, the Haunted Barn allows you to walk through illusions that seem to hang in the middle of space, creatures that seem to jump out at you, or enter a hallway that seems to go on forever.

A Night with Author C.R. Quinn
October 24; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
860.489.6684
Admission: Free (registration required)
torringtonlibrary.org
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! 

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Washington Green Cemetery Tour
October 24; 6:30-8:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library & Museum, 5 Wykeham Rd., Washington
860.868.7756
Admission: Free; donations welcome
gunnlibrary.org
More info: Costumed 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
203.263.2855
Admission: TBD
theglebehouse.org
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
203.266.0305
Admission: Free
facebook.com/TheOldWoodburyHistoricalSociety
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
860.927.1463
Admission: TBA
kentct.com
More info: The 5-mile run/walk starts at noon. Spectator friendly, USATF certified course starts at Town Hall and winds through and around historic Kent. Cash Prizes for overall and age group top finishers. Prizes for Best Costumes. Festivities at the start /finish area—live music, refreshments and more!

Haunted Library Tour
October 30; 6:30 pm
Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place, Torrington
860.489.6684
Admission: Free (registration required)
torringtonlibrary.org
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
203.792.1711
Admission: Free
citycenterdanbury.com
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
860.638.4754
Admission: $72; reservations required
leadershipsports.com
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.

Halloween on Main Street
October 24; 4-8 pm
Main Street, Cromwell
860.632.3422
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

Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Costume Bash
Oct. 31; 7 pm - midnight
Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown
860.347.1064
Admission: $40 (ages 21 and up); only in advance
wadsworthmansion.com
More info: Dress as one of Colonel Clarence Wadsworth's guests or your favorite ghoul and join in the festivities, which include signature drinks, light fare, dancing to the music of a DJ, photo booth, fortune telling and more.

Trick or 'Tini Package—Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
October 31, 7:30 pm
Goodspeed Opera House, 6 Main St., East Haddam
860.873.8668
Admission: $47
goodspeed.org 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
203.467.6927
Admission: $12; express $20
hauntedisle.org
More info: Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks, lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This fall a lonely trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate at the start of the trail. The choice is yours... enter if you dare! Recommended for adults and mature children who do not have any health issues! Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists and turns.

Trail of Terror
October 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 & Nov. 1
PNC Park, Wallingford
888.695.0888
Admission: $15; timed ticket $20
trailofterror.com
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; 7-10 pm
275 Valley Service Rd., North Haven
203.239.4653
Admission: $10 each
theonlyscreamintown.com
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
amityroadhorror.com
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!!

Pumpkins on the Pier
October 4; 11 am
Walnut Beach, Milford
203.713.8055
Admission: Free
boysandgirlsclubofmilford.com/pumpkinsonthepier
More info: Family festival featuring thousands of pumpkins, kid's activities, games, entertainment, decorated and lighted pier, contests, antique and classic car show, crafts and hay rides! All sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Milford. 

Grove Street Cemetery Tours
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1; 11 am
Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven
203.389.5403
Admission: Free
grovestreetcemetery.org
More info: One-hour walking tour to view historical persons, sponsored by the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery.

Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tour
October 17-18
Hillside Cemetery, 44 Wallingford Rd., Cheshire
203.272.2574
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
203.453.2457
Admission: $8, seniors & students $6, (6-17) $5, under 6 free
More info: The lights will be off in Connecticut’s oldest house, so bring a flashlight to explore. Admission includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House, scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays about the Whitfield connection to the Salem witch trials and the Guilford Green graveyards, and the exhibit Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.

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

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
203.937.6206
Admission: $20
pantochino.com
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
203.888.2511
Admission: Free
seymourct.org
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
facebook.com/bfrotary
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.

Halloween Concert
October 31; 11:59 pm
Woolsey Hall, New Haven
203.562.5666
Admission: $10; Tickets sold only in advance in the Woolsey rotunda the week of the show
yso.commons.yale.edu
More info: The annual Halloween Show on October 31st at midnight is YSO’s most unique performance: the orchestra plays a soundtrack, consisting of pop music, movie soundtracks, and classical pieces, to a silent film written by, produced by, directed by, and starring YSO members.

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
860.822.TOMB
Admission: $22
darkmanorproductions.com
More info: Two haunted attractions in one: The Manor, which features two floors of special effects and heart-stopping terror; and The Graveyard and Haunted Village, an outdoor attraction with creeps and chainsaw freaks!

Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours
October 3-5, 10-11, 17-19, 24-26, 31-Nov. 1; 7 pm
Downtown Mystic
860.617.9777
Admission: $18 (tours begin on the green of Mystic River Park)
seasideshadows.com
More info: Courtney McInvale, author of Haunted Mystic, will guide you by lantern light through downtown Mystic past local haunts, sharing local lore and legends. Remember to bring your camera and step back in time. On 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
860.434.5542
Admission: $15; $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members, under 12 free
florencegriswoldmuseum.org
More info: Visitors will travel the museum’s 11 acres to discover a faerie version of Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy dreamlike world, featuring more than two dozen faerie-scaled installations that recount Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”—in a steampunk setting. Imagine a miniature Victorian world viewed through a steam-powered futuristic lens.

Jekyll & Hyde
October 11; 8 pm
Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London
860.444.7373
Admission: Call for ticket prices
gardearts.org
More info: The enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London.

Mystical Mediums
October 14; 6:30 pmOld Mystic Inn, 52 Main St., Mystic
860.617.9777
Admission: $125
seasideshadows.com/special-events
More info: Seaside Shadows presents a frighteningly good time as they delve into the history and ghostly happenings of the esteemed Old Mystic Inn. The evening will include a presentation from author and parahistorian Courtney McInvale plus a house reading and gallery reading from spirit medium Tiffany Rice. Space is limited.

Fall-O-Ween Weekends
October 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1; 10 am -3:30 pm
Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic
860.572.5955
Admission: Most activities free with aquarium admission
mysticaquarium.org
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
860.742.6917
Admission: $5; CT Landmarks members free
ctlandmarks.org 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
860.889.4144
Admission: Determined by length of stay
odetah.com
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
860.425.0663
Admission: $5 (suggested donation)
ccsarts.org
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
860.536.1216
Admission: $10; members $8.50
dpnc.org
More info: Investigate the Nature Center trails on a self-guided tour past nymphs and fairies, wild animals, jack-o-lanterns and other frightful and delightful creatures. In addition to the haunted woods, participants will enjoy Halloween treats and cider, spooky crafts for children, games, and up-close visits with the Nature Center's resident snakes, turtles, and frogs. Don't forget your flashlight! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Spooktopia
October 25; 3-8 pm
Downtown Jewett City, Griswold
860.213.1285
Admission: Free
griswoldyfs.com
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
860.742.6917
Admission: $5; CT Landmarks members free
ctlandmarks.org
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.

Halloween Parade
October 26; 1 pm
Downtown Niantic
860.691.0528
Admission: Free
nianticmainstreet.org
More info: Come down and enjoy this great family-friendly event beginning with Trick-or-Treating at the downtown shops before the children gather at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach for a the parade at 2 p.m. Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded.

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

 

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Tolland County

Haunted Corn Maze
October 3-4; 5-9 pm (last tour leaves at 8:30)
Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street, Coventry
860.742.6917
Admission: $8
ctlandmarks.org
More info: A moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. Created by The Young Friends of Hale this annual event features a different maze every year.

Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour
October 11, 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)
860.742.2267
Admission: $25; in advance $22
darkwalk.net 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
860.742.6917
Admission: $25; $20 for CT Landmarks members
ctlandmarks.org
More info: A special candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the dark and dreary attic. Hear the traditional, long standing Homestead ghost stories and the unpublished and unexplained stories of the Homestead guide staff. Refreshments 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
860.478.5954
Admission: $17
ctfaire.com
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.

 

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Windham County

Zombie Fashion Show
October 3; 6 pm
Downtown Putnam
860.963.6800
Admission: Free
discoverputnam.com
More info: Part of the First Fridays series, the Folklore Day will feature a zombie fashion show—stroll your decaying body down the putrid runway for a chance to win prizes. Open to adults and children.

Spooky Nights
October 17-18; 6:15-9:30 pm
Brooklyn Fairgrounds, Route 160, Brooklyn
860.774.5464
Admission $10; in advance $8
brooklynct.org
More info: Spooky Nights is an event the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy a haunted hay wagon ride around the fairgrounds and a scary walkthrough Haunted House in the Better Living building. Bonfire area with food vendors will be available. Check out our not-so-scary Spooky Land with activities for the kids!

Great Pumpkin Festival
October 25; 10 am
Downtown Putnam
860.963.6800
Admission: Free
putnambusiness.org
More info: Downtown will be filled with food, arts & crafts, games, live entertainment and one Great Pumpkin!

Trick or Treat Street
October 31; 5-7 pm
Downtown Putnam
860.963.6800
Admission: Free
putnambusiness.org
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
860.465.3046
Admission: Free
windhamrec.org
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
860.779.5390
Admission: $5
facebook.com/pages/Killingly-Parks-and-Recreation
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.

 

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