What's Happening For Halloween: Thrills And Chills, Pumpkins And Parties

A list Halloween attractions, events in Connecticut.

Haunted Houses And Attractions

>> Only Scream In Town: Gore Carts, Thriller Mini Golf, Infernal Abyss, Redneck Rampage, and Big Top Terror put the "Scream" into North Haven's Only Game In Town. Through Nov. 1. Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. $20. theonlyscreamintown.com.

>> Ride To Haunted Isle: A trolley ride brings guests to the Haunted Isle, where ghosts and ghouls spook along dark trails. This voyage is intended for adults and mature children (under 5 not admitted). $12; express tickets, $20. Through Oct. 24. Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. 203-467-6927 and hauntedisle.org.

>> Fright Fest: Enjoy the thrills of Six Flags' rides and the chills of terrifying after-dark attractions. Weekend nights through Nov. 1. 1623 Main Street, Agawam, Mass. frightfest.sixflags.com/newengland.

>> Trail of Terror: Billed as one of Connecticut's scariest Halloween attractions, the Wallingford Trail of Terror features more than 30 interactive scenes with freakish characters and more blood and gore than you can stand. Oct. 2 through Nov. 1. Friday, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 to 11 p.m. 60 N Plains Hwy., Wallingford. $15-20. trailofterror.com.

>> Nightmare on Wolcott Street: An indoor haunted house with more than 55 rooms of scary scenarios, live characters, chainsaws and gore. Oct. 2 through 31. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. 1058 Wolcott St, Waterbury. $10. nightmareonwolcottstreet.com

>> Dark Manor Haunted House: Terror lurks around every corner at Dark Manor Haunted House and Graveyard in Baltic. Open weekends Oct. 2 through Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m. $8-22 depending on time of visit and size of group. darkmanorproductions.com.

>> Rails to the Darkside: Take a trolley ride in the dark through the haunted countryside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Oct. 2 through 30. Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 58 North Road, East Windsor. $16, $12 under 12. 860-627-6540 and ct-trolley.org.

>> Amity Road Horror: Explore the abandoned Hauntington Mining Company and be on the lookout for the possessed spirit of Edward Von Hauntington. This outdoor haunted trail is open weather permitting. Oct. 2 to Nov. 1. Fridays, Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m. 667 Amity Road, Bethany. $15, $10 under 13. 203-242-6676 and amityroadhorror.com.

>> The Haunted Graveyard: Lake Compounce gets overrun after dark with the undead emerging from their final resting place. Oct. 2 to Nov. 1. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 186 Enterprise Road, Bristol. Starting at $23.99. hauntedgraveyard.com

>> Zip Line Tours: Empower Adventure Park in Middletown offers nighttime Halloween canopy tours Thursdays through Sundays Oct. 9 through Nov. 7. $72 plus tax. Reservations required. leadershipsports.com

Halloween Happenings

>> Haunted Hayrides: Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Road, West Simsbury, is offering Halloween Hayrides Oct. 9 and 10 (rain date is Oct. 11) and Oct. 23 and 24 (rain date is Oct. 25). Hayrides start at 7 p.m. Not recommended for children under 8. Tickets are $25 per person. flamigfarm.com and 860-658-5070.

>> Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show: The Desultory Theatre Club takes over Hardcore Sweets, 20 Main St. in Oakville, on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. with a spooky and sexy burlesque and variety show.  $13 at the door. Guests are welcome to wear costumes for prizes. Food trucks available at 7 p.m. BYOB.

>> Haunted Halloween Party: Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown hosts this party on Oct. 30 from 7 to midnight. Awards for best costumes, door prizes and more. $40. Must be 21 or older to attend. Cash bar. 860-347-1064 and wadsworthmansion.com.

>> Rocky Horror Show: Phoenix Theater Company's fifth annual Halloween production (with audience participation, of course) of Richard O'Brien's musical, running Oct. 16 to 31 at Trinity on Main, 69 Main St., New Britain. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with several midnight showings. $22-$30. phoenixtheater.us.

>> Hocus Pocus: A 25-minute drag performace of the Disney cult classic "Hocus Pocus" at Chez Est Café, 458 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford. $10 on Oct. 30-31 at 11 p.m.; $15 on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. includes a light supper.

>> Pumpkintown USA: Family friendly, non-scary event in East Hampton benefiting the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation runs through Halloween (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hayrides run Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day. Admission $5 for ages 2 and older on weekends and Columbus Day, $2 weekdays, $6 additional for hayrides. pumpkintown.com.

>> Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise: Bring your detective skills to Lady Katharine Cruises on Oct. 24. Tickets are $67.95 to $77.95 (includes gratuity). Board at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Landing in Haddam; the show starts at 7; and the boat returns at 10. Reservations: 866-867-4827 or ladykatecruises.com/mystery-cruises.

>> 'Sleepy Hollow' Radio-Theater Show: Capital Classics and The Mark Twain House & Museum will present Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in a radio-theater performance on Oct. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. in Hartford. $20, $15 for members. All ages. 860-280-3130 and marktwainhouse.org.

>> Dr. Franken-Twain's Tricks-N-Treats: Oct. 24, 1 to 2:30 p.m. For toddlers to pre-teens. A costume contest at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, plus brew up some hands-on Mad Science experiments for Halloween, with common things found at home and with the help of parents. Also includes showing of Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," followed up with Trick-or-Treating around the Twain/Stowe properties. $15 adults and $10 for children 16 and under. 860-280-3130 and marktwainhouse.org.

>> Adult Ghost Stories: Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. listen to unnerving stories of local hauntings told by candlelight in the Stanley-Whitman House museum's Whitman Tavern in Farmington. $12. 860-677-9222 and stanleywhitman.org.

>> Pumpkins on the Pier Festival: The family friendly fair holds contests for pumpkin carving and decorating, pie eating, pumpkin displays, and has a children's playground. Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. Walnut Beach, Milford. boysandgirlsclubofmilford.com/pumpkinsonthepier.

>> Collinsville Halloween Parade: Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. collinsvillehalloween.com

>> Great Pumpkin Festival and Foliage Train Ride: A train ride around the quaint town of Putnam for prime foliage views, along with a festival featuring pumpkins, scarecrow decorating, giant gourds, crafts and music. Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, $25 train ride. 860-887-2789 and discoverputnam.com.

>> Halloween & Mayhem Parade: A giant puppet parade ending at Edgewood Park, New Haven, with a Halloween party. Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 203-285-8539 and westvillect.org.

>> Old-Fashioned Halloween: Dunk for apples and meet friendly ghouls. Oct. 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Halloween Against Hunger, benefitting the Farmington Food Pantry. Children, 12 and younger, are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. 860-677-9222 and stanleywhitman.org.

>> Spooktacular Chili Challenge: A chili cook-off with a Halloween spin, featuring trick-or-treating, face painting, and live entertainment on Oct. 31 from noon to 6 p.m at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. $8 in advance with two non-perishable food items. $10 at the door without donations. Children (10 and under) free. 860-651-7307 and simsburychili.com.

>> Halloween Trick or Treat: Costumed children are welcomed by shops in Olde Mistick Village on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. for trick-or-treating. Free. 860-536-4941 and oldemistickvillage.com.

>> Pumpkins On The Point, Festival and Party: Hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins displayed on Saybrook Point Inn and Spa's terrace and marina docks. Photo booth, games, pumpkin carving and painting, a farmers' market, seasonal eats and more. Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, Two Bridge St. Old Saybrook. Free. Saybrook Point is hosting a "Pumpkins On The Point After Party" in the Waterfront Ballroom at 8 p.m. The "Halloween Masquerade" will feature live music, hors d'oeuvres, and a variety of food stations. Tickets are $40 per. 800-243-0212, 860-395-2000 and saybrook.com/pumpkins-on-the-point.

>> Spooky-Fun Halloween Hayride Adventures: Holiday Hill Day Camp in Mansfield is offering hayride adventures Oct. 23, 24, 30, and 31, designed for families with young children. Adventures start every half-hour from 6:30 p.m., with the last ride starting at 8. Enjoy a hayride, a stage show and a walking tour through the enchanted camp buildings and grounds, with cider and cookies at the end, plus special treats on Halloween night when all are invited to wear costumes. Donation is $7 for children under 12, $10 for age 12 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations recommended: 860-423-1375 or info@holidayrecreation.com.

>> Things That Go Bump in the Night: Connecticut Landmarks' Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry presents a candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the dark and dreary attic, on Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24. Light refreshments. Tour begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $25; $20 for CTL members. Reservations required: 860-742-6917 or hale@cltandmarks.org.

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