It's time to be afraid, very afraid. Or not. Take your pick from these Halloween events.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Through Nov. 5, Roger Williams Park, R.I. 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins with a wide range of historical themes, from the Ice Age to space travel. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday timed entry tickets available online only (no sales at the park): $18, child $15 (ages 2 to 12). Monday through Thursday tickets sold online and at zoo admissions: $15, child $12 (ages 2 to 12). Trail open 6 to 10:30 p.m. Last ticket sold at 10 p.m. Children one and younger are free. rwpzoo.org
Evidence of Evil Presents: The Chamber: Through Oct. 31. 6 Friday-Sunday, 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Halloween, 6:30 p.m. $15. Crystal Bees, Southington. 860-276-BEES, evidenceofevil.net
The Sleepy Hollow Experience: Through Oct. 29, Wednesday through Sunday nights, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Mass. Guests will be ghoulishly guided through the countryside where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and quite possibly the Headless Horseman. Each outdoor performance is approximately 1.5 hours long, and requires standing and walking. Performances are rain or shine. If the evening is a rainout, a modified version of The Sleepy Hollow Experience will take place in Old Sturbridge Village's Stephen M. Brewer Theater. Tickets are $30 and $35. sleepyhollowosv.org/tickets.html.
Pumpkintown USA: Through Halloween in East Hampton. Tour Pumpkintown, where dozens of Pumpkinheads live and work. Hayrides every day on the 1/2 hour through the woods to see more Pumpkin people. Weekend activities include a huge Moonbounce Pumpkin, face painting, and a unique Sling-a-Ding game. Event benefits the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission $6 for ages 2 and older on weekends and Columbus Day; $2 weekdays; $7 additional for hayrides. A combo ticket (weekends only), is $12. pumpkintown.com.
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours: Oct. 27 and 28 at Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford. Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales and learn about Twain's interest in the supernatural. Tours run at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members. 860-280-3130 and marktwainhouse.org
Halloween Stroll and Trunk or Treat: Oct. 28, Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Road, West Hartford. Event for children 10 years old or under. Dress up in your Halloween finest (no full facial masks or toy weapons please) for trick-or-treating at participating retailers and at 96.5 TIC FM's candy trunk. Include music, face painting, giveaways, activities for all children and more. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. 860-882-0678.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Hay Rides: Oct. 27 and 28, Ray of Light Farm, 232 Town St., East Haddam. Costumes encouraged, but not required. An experience designed for young children, but fun for all ages. The grounds are decorated for Halloween as well as the trail. Along the trail you will meet “characters” like a circle of witches or characters that tell stories and pass out treats. 6:30 to 8 p.m. (weather permitting). $7 adults and children over 18 months. rayoflightfarm.org
Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us: Through Oct. 29, Mystic Seaport. An evening of thrills, haunts and mad science gone awry. Meet a mad scientist, his haunted creation, and a troupe of terrified town folk, with four spine-chilling scenes of murder, mayhem, science and suspense. Each performance about one hour tour. Audience members walk or stand for most of the show. For ages 12 and older. Adults: $25 non-members, $21 members. Youth: $20, $16. Begins Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Tours leave every 15 minutes. 860-572-0711, mysticseaport.org.
Haunted Miniature Golf: Through Oct. 29 at Farmington Miniature Golf and Ice Cream Parlor. Nine holes of Halloween fun under the 12-foot-high Jack-O-Lantern. Wander through a Haunted Graveyard, visit Dracula's Fountain and the Haunted Pirate's Tavern, and try to catch a mysterious moving doughnut at the 18th hole. Halloween treats and a special door prize will be available at the Ice Cream Parlor. Face painting and photos with "Garish the Ghoul" are available. Runs Thursdays and Fridays 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10. farmingtonminiaturegolf.com, 860-677-0118.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Hay Rides: Oct. 27 and 28, Ray of Light Farm, 232 Town St., East Haddam. Costumes encouraged, but not required. An experience designed for young children, but fun for all ages. 6:30 to 8 p.m. (weather permitting). $7 adults and children over 18 months. rayoflightfarm.org
Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tours: Oct. 27-28, and 31 at Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford. Explore Stowe's involvement with the paranormal. 7:30 p.m. $18 per person or $12 Stowe Center Members. HarrietBeecherStowe.org.
Spooky-Fun Hayride Adventures: Oct. 27 and 28 in Prospect. Holiday Hill Day Camp will hold its annual Halloween-themed Spooky-Fun Hayride Adventures, designed for families with young children, with a hayride, a stage-show and walking tour through the enchanted camp buildings and grounds. Cider and cookies served. Runs every half-hour beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the last ride starting at 8. Adults: $15; $10 under 12. Reservations: 860-423-1375, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum After Dark Halloween Bash: New Britain Museum of American Art invites witches, wizards monsters and magicians to its its 11th Museum After Dark Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. Music DJ Afropanther. Costumes cannot extend more than 12 inches in any direction, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. $20 members; $30 nonmembers. Admission includes galleries and special exhibitions, beer and wine, and activities. Food can be purchased from Brasato. Tickets at 860-229-0257, ext. 0, and nbmaa.org
Walk of Horror: Oct. 27 and 28, 6 to 9 p.m., Smith-Harris House, East Lyme. Not for young children or the faint-of-heart. Admission is your choice to benefit local East Lyme community organizations: a non-perishable food item for East Lyme Care & Share; a pet supply donation for WRFD/EL Animal Control; or a cash donation to the Friends of Smith-Harris House. 860-451-9797.
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde": Oct. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Capital Classics brings radio-theatre performances of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" to The Mark Twain House & Museum. Company members use live sound effects, music and their storytelling vocal skills to tell the tale of Dr. Jekyll, who faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. Performances will also include radio-theatre style readings of one or two short stories by Mark Twain. $20, $15 members. All ages. 860-280-3130 and marktwainhouse.org.
An Old Fashioned Halloween for Children: Oct. 26 the Stanley-Whitman House will be transformed into a spooky labyrinth. Open the creaky door and enter a Halloween maze of spooky sights, sounds and experiences, listen to a story in the dungeon, meet ghostly characters, try your hand at tricks and grab a treat. Wear a costume. For ages 12 and under. Drop in any time between 5 and 7:15. At 5 p.m., 37 High St., Farmington. Admission is at least one non-perishable food for the Farmington Food Pantry. 860-677-9222 and stanleywhitman.org.
Hallowed History Lantern Tour: Oct. 27, Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford. History comes alive on this lantern-led tour. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of the notable and not-so-notable residents. Reservations are required for specific time slots. This tour may not be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes, bring a flashlight. 860-956-3311, cedarhillfoundation.org.
Ghost Stories for Adults: On Oct. 28, Stanley-Whitman House. Evening of adult ghost stories, drawn from local Farmington folklore and supernatural tales. Sit in a room lit by firelight and candlelight and sip a glass of wine, beer or cider while you listen to stories read in semi-darkness. At 7 p.m., 37 High St., Farmington. $12 per person. Registration required: 860-677-9222 and stanleywhitman.org.
Zombie Ball: On Oct. 27 the New England Carousel Museum, Bristol, is throwing its second annual Zombie Ball. This 21-plus event begins at 8 p.m. with a Coney Island Freak Show in honor of the exhibit "INK: The History and Ritual of Tattoo & Body Art." Head to the haunted ballroom at 9 p.m. for dancing. Come in your zombie best or other spooky attire, all costumes are welcome; zombies are highly encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, zombie and otherwise. BYOB; snacks, a candy bar and local fare available throughout the evening. At 8 p.m. Admission is $20; $25 at the door. Some food and activities may require a small additional fee. 860-585-5411, thecarouselmuseum.org.
Spooktacular Chili Challenge: Oct. 28 at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. A chili cook-off with a Halloween spin, featuring trick-or-treating, face painting, and live entertainment. New this year: A Touch-a-Truck area for kids of all ages with 15 big rigs like fire trucks, construction vehicles and a classic car exhibit (anyone interested in participating should contact Dan at 860-408-1322). Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 age 11 and older. Age 10 and under are free. 860-651-7307 and simsburychili.com.
Dr. Steve Band Halloween Show: Oct. 28, Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main St., Middletown. Four fine musicians offer one of a kind, original music noted for catchy grooves and unique, surprising lyrics. The band will celebrate Halloween with scary/funny songs like "Voodoo War," "Witchin' Time," and "Twisted Men." There will also be Halloween games and prizes. 8 p.m. $10. 860-347-4957, buttonwood.org.
Halloween Trick or Treat: Oct. 31 in Olde Mistick Village. Costumed children are welcomed by shops at 4 p.m. for trick-or-treating. Free. oldemistickvillage.com.
Haunted Houses And Attractions
Creeperum Haunted House: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, plus Oct. 30 and 31. 41R Marne St., Hamden. $20 advance general admission; $25 at the door door; $33 advance V.I.P Speed Pass (cut to the front of the line); $40 at door V.I.P Speed Pass (cut to the front of the line). Not recommended for children under 13. Children must be accompanied by adults. creeperum.com.
Nightmare Acres: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 6 through 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29 at 240 Governors Highway, South Windsor. An all-new haunted attraction in the woods, where "nightmares become reality." Doors open at 7 p.m. and the last ticket is sold at 10. It is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased, for $15, online for desired timeslot. On-site tickets ($20) are limited. nightmareacresct.com.
The Scream Haunted Attraction: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 through 29, at North Haven's Only Game In Town. Gore Carts, Thriller Mini Golf, and more. Begins at 7 p.m. $15. ScreamCT.com.
Ride To Haunted Isle: Sept. 29 through Oct. 28. Fridays and Saturdays at the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven. A trolley ride brings guests to the Haunted Isle, where ghosts and ghouls spook along dark trails. From 7 to 10 p.m. Voyage intended for adults and children older than 10. $12; express tickets, $20. 203-467-6927, hauntedisle.org.
Fright Fest: Weekends through Oct. 29 at 623 Main St., Agawam, Mass. Enjoy the thrills of Six Flags' rides and activities throughout the day, and then return for a frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Purchase daily tickets and Haunted House Passes together online and save when you buy at least one day before your trip. Haunted House Pass includes unlimited Haunted House admission on the day of your visit. sixflags.com.
Trail of Terror: Opens Sept. 30 and continues Oct. 6 through 29 at 60 N Plains Hwy., Wallingford. Wallingford Trail of Terror features interactive scenes with freakish characters and more blood and gore than you can stand. Friday and Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. A timed ticket is $20; general admission is $15. trailofterror.com.
Dark Manor: Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, Exit 18 off I-395, Norwich. Terror lurks around every corner at Dark Manor Haunted House and Graveyard in Baltic. Begins at 6:30 p.m. $9 to $25 depending on time of visit and size of group. Not recommended for visitors under 13, or anyone that may be pregnant or that may have a heart or any other medical condition. darkmanorproductions.com.
Rails to the Darkside: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 6 through 28 at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 N. Road, East Windsor. Take a trolley ride in the dark through the haunted countryside. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased at the museum. $18; $9, trolley museum member. Not recommended for children. 860-627-6540, ct-trolley.org.
The Haunted Graveyard: Weekends starting Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 29. Lake Compounce hosts a terrifying mile-long journey through darkly glittering catacombs to an eerie graveyard, to a vampire's haunt, to a witch's lair, then onto a misty lake and an ancient temple. Lake Compounce will open at 5 p.m. during each night of operation. The Haunted Graveyard will open at dusk. Starting at $22.99. hauntedgraveyard.com.
Legends Of Fear: This haunted trail and hayride opens Sept. 30. 2 Saw Mill City Road in Shelton. The hayride will be open every Friday and Saturday night until Halloween, and the trail will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights until Halloween. The attraction is not open on Halloween. Legends of fear opens at 7 p.m., and the last ticket will be sold at 10 p.m. Timed tickets can be purchased online. Admission for the trail is $25 and hayride is $24. A combination ticket is $42. Online specials are available. legendsoffear.com and 203-944-9090.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to remove events that have already occurred.