Halloween Weekend Events In Connecticut

The Hartford Courant

We're on the eve of Halloween. Here are some ghoulish events that celebrate the spookiest time of the year.

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FrightFest 2003, Six Flags New England
``Frightfest'' at Six Flags New England continues Friday (Oct. 31), Saturday andends on Sunday. Guests can experience all-new haunted attractions and frightfulclassics: participate in a game of ``Terror Tag'' with Fearanoia; or take a walkback in time to Roswell, N.M., when Rockville USA becomes ``Area 51''; and the``Trail of Terror'' sends guests down a path of fright. Admission depends onheight: $39.99 for 54 inches and over; $24.99 for 36 to 53 inches; shorterpeople free. Information: 413-786-9300 or

Trail of Terror, Wallingford
In a new location this year, the Trail of Terror,  an outdoor path throughscary scenes featuring dozens of characters, continues this weekend. It will beopen Friday (Oct. 31) and Saturday from dusk to 11 p.m. and Sunday from duskuntil 10 p.m. Admission for adults is $9, children (9 and under) $5. Proceedsbenefit the American Red Cross. For more information, call (203) 265-6721 orvisit

Haunted Mansion
, East HartfordThe East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a hauntedmansion tonight and Friday (Oct. 31) from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 to 9p.m. The Veterans Memorial Clubhouse on 100 Sunset Ridge Drive (off Silver Lane)is transformed into a spooky site that includes a maze. Staffed by volunteersand members of the East Hartford High School Drama Club. Admission is $6 forpeople 18 and older; $3 for others. Pay $10 and go straight to the front of theline: No waiting! Information and directions: 860-528-1458.

Halloweird, Hartford
Real Art ways will show a Halloween collection of video shorts from around the world collected by this cutting edge distributor of independent work, Friday (Oct. 31), Saturday and Sunday at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. in its new Microcinema. Admission is $5.

Halloween Dance, HamdenA Halloween dance will be Friday (Oct. 31) from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at theKnights of Columbus, 2630 Whitney Ave. in Hamden. Costumes are optional and theprice of admission ($10 per person) includes refreshments, door prizes and musicby Stan Scott. Information: 203-881-1478.

'War of the Worlds,' New London
OnStage at Connecticut College in New London gets into the Halloween spiritSaturday (Nov. 1) with a presentation of ``War of the Worlds.'' It's a stageddramatization of the Orson Welles/Mercury Theater 1938 broadcast that sent radiolisteners into a panic on Halloween: People were convinced that Martians reallyhad invaded Earth. The performance is at 8 p.m. in John C. Evans Hall, CummingsArt Center, New London. Tickets are $22, $20.50 for senior citizens and $11 forstudents. Information: 860-439-2787 or

'Halloween Hobgoblin Hour,' GlastonburyFor the kids, the Shops at Somerset Square, 140 Glastonbury Boulevard,Glastonbury, is sponsoring a free ``Halloween Hobgoblin Hour'' Friday (Oct. 31),10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 2 to 6 are invited to safely trick-or-treat incostumes throughout the shops. Information: 860-659-1254.

Halloween Ball, EssexThe Ivoryton Playhouse is sponsoring a Halloween ball Saturday (Nov. 1) at 8p.m. with a ``Voodoo on the Bayou'' theme. Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montezwill perform (Michael Colbath on bass guitar, Larry Donahue on drums and EricFletcher on lead guitar). Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door.Information: 860-767-7318.

'Phantom of the Opera,' MiddletownWesleyan University in Middletown presents the silent film ``Phantom of theOpera,'' with organ accompaniment by Shari Lucas, Friday (Oct. 31) at midnightat Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. Information: 860-685-3355.

Nautical Nightmares: Maritime Ghost Stories, Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport continues its guided tours every 20 minutes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.through Nov. 1. A spirit leads the group to five locations where actors tellspooky stories. Reservations are required. Walk-ups are being turned away due tohigh demand. Information: 888-973-7678. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 forchildren. Mystic Seaport is at 75 Greenmanville Ave. in Mystic.

The Haunted Graveyard, Bristol
The Haunted Graveyard, a walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houseslinked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails, continues Friday (Oct. 31) andSaturday, from dusk until midnight, at the Lake Compounce Theme Park, 822 LakeAvenue in Bristol. Admission for the rides and graveyard is $24.95 for adultsand $19.95 for children. Graveyard only is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 forchildren. Parking is $2. More information, call (860) 583-3300 or visit

"Frankenstein and the Three Bears," Bridgeport
Who's been eating the porridge? Frankenstein, of course! Presented by theDowntown Cabaret Children's Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, theshow wraps up this weekend with performances at noon on Saturday (Nov. 1) and atnoon and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12.50. More information, 203-576-1636or

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