Where Are The Scares?: Halloween Fun In Connecticut

It's time to be afraid, very afraid. Or not. Take your pick from these Halloween events for the month of October.

Halloween Happenings

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 

All Hallows Weekend: Oct. 7 to 9, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Lebanon Lions Fairgrounds, 122 Mack Road. A weekend of ghosts and ghouls as part of the CT Renaissance Faire. $15; $10 ages 7 to 15; children 6 and under are free. 860-478-5954, ctfaire.com/hallows-weekend/

 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.

Museum After Hours: Family Pumpkin Carving Night: Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. at New England Carousel Museum in Bristol. Wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. Get into the Halloween spirit. You provide the pumpkin, and we provide a variety of tools and stencils on this fun-filled, festive evening. Included with admission. thecarouselmuseum.org and 860-585-5411.

Haunted Hale: Oct. 6 and 7, 13 and 14 at Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry. An ensemble of eccentric and ghoulish characters from Dark Walk will attend the Homestead's twilight festivities. Medium Steven Gibson will conduct a séance on the property in attempt to root out some of the restless spirits haunting the Nathan Hale Homestead. Face painting by Lyss, Halloween games and activities on the Hale Patio and fall-themed concessions. Test your bravery with a moderately scary walk through the annual corn maze. From 7 to 9 p.m. (last tour leaves at 9 a.m.). Not recommended for children under 8. $20 per person for Haunted Hale; $8 per person; $30 per family for corn maze only. Rain date is Oct. 15. ctlandmarks.org, hale@ctlandmarks.org, or 860-742-6917.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours: Oct. 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 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

Pumpkins on the Pier Festival: Oct. 6 and 7 at Walnut Beach, Milford. The family-friendly festival includes a pumpkin pie-eating contest, crafts and activities, as well as games and demonstrations Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New to the festival this year is Pumpkins Eve, Oct. 6, 6 to 10 p.m., featuring music, food, specialty beers and more. boysandgirlsclubofmilford.com/pumpkinsonthepier.


Not-So-Scary Halloween Hay Rides: Oct. 13-14, 20-21 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: Oct. 13 through 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.

Artful Living's Sleepy Hollow Lantern Tour: Oct. 13, 14 and 15, 7 p.m., Parmelee Farm Homestead, 465 Route 81, Killingworth. Experience the Legend. Walking uneven trails for short distances required. Appropriate for ages 8 and older. $12. ArtfulLivingCT.com, 860-389-1363.

A Paranormal Investigation: Oct. 14 at the Library Wine Bar and Bistro, 60 N. Main St., Wallingford. The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust hosts Rose Porto, of Connecticut Spirit Investigators, and her team, as they present the finding of their investigations of the Royce House (c. 1672) and the Johnson Mansion (c. 1866) in Wallingford. They will answer questions and talk about some of their other paranormal investigations.7 p.m. Donation is $30. Registration required: 203-774-5002.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Hay Rides: Oct. 13 to 14, 20 to 21 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

A Hogwarts Halloween: Oct 14 and 15, Blackstone Library, Branford. Children ages 6 and older can experience library transformed into the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Hogwarts, walking its hallowed halls, and climbing its winding stairs, this is your chance. These sessions are drop-off only, with Prefects escorting the children through their 2 hours of classes. Choose from four sessions: Oct. 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. $30 per child. Costumes encouraged. blackstonelibrary.org

Haunted Hayrides At Flamig Farm: Oct. 20 and 21 (rain date is Oct. 22) and Oct. 27 and 28 (rain date Oct. 29). 7 Shingle Mill Road, West Simsbury. Rides start at 7 p.m. Not recommended for children under 8. $25 per person. flamigfarm.com and 860-658-5070.

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tours: Oct. 20-21, 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.


Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours: Oct. 20 and 21, Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. During “Forgotten Residents of Wethersfield,” find out more about the history of people who have often been overlooked by formally recorded history: those of Native and African descent, women, and more recent immigrants. Hot cider and cookies. Timed tickets are sold in advance. Some tickets available at door. For ages 13 and up. Tours from 6:30 to 8 p.m., leaving every 15 minutes. $20. 860-529-7656, wethersfieldhistory.org

Haunted Miniature Golf: Oct. 19 through 22 and Oct. 26 through 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.

Spooky-Fun Hayride Adventures: Oct. 20, 21, 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, info@holidayrecreation.com.

Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours: Oct. 20 and 21 at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. This year's theme is "Forgotten Residents of Wethersfield." Find out more about the history of people who have often been overlooked by formally recorded history: those of Native and African descent, women, and more recent immigrants. Evening begins and ends with hot cider and cookies. Tours are 6:30 to 8 p.m., leaving every 15 minutes. Timed tickets are sold prior to event, with remaining tickets at the door. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. 860-529-7656, wethersfieldhistory.org.

Powder Ridge Halloween Ball: Oct. 21, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, 99 Powder Hill Road, Middlefield. A scary evening of fun, buffet dinner, cash bar, live music and dancing. Costumes are the center piece of ball, so be creative. This years theme is witches & warlocks. Prizes awarded. Call for tickets. 6 to 11 p.m. 866-860-0208, PowderRidgePark.com.

Putnam's Great Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 21 in downtown Putnam. With an array of family-friendly activities, this year's event will feature The Official Great Pumpkin, 9th Annual Scarecrow Contest, Train Excursion, craft and art vendors, live music, activities for the kids, special pumpkin themed menus and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 860-887-2789; discoverputnam.com/great-pumpkin-festival.

Ballet Spooktacular: Oct. 21 and 22 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook. An early Halloween celebration for both children and their parents, performed by Eastern Connecticut Ballet. From 1 and 4 p.m., Admission $20; $14 children 12 and under. 860-510-0473; katharinehepburntheater.org.

Overnight Excursions: Spooktacular Science: On Oct. 21 explore the Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, and settle in for the night at your favorite exhibit. Plus science challenges and activities, meet live animals, see a 3D movie and more. At 6 p.m. Overnights are $55 per person and are open to families and groups with children ages 5 to 12. 860-520–2117, CTScienceCenter.org.

Glamour & Goth Gala: Oct. 21 at Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall Manchester. An evening with a champagne reception with hors d'oeuvres, dinner, full open bar, and dancing to the music from a local band. Get a sneak peek of "The Addams Family," plus a live auction. In celebration of "The Addams Family," come dressed as your favorite Addams Family character, your most glamorous goth couture or in cocktail attire. At 6 p.m. Admission $80. 860-647-9824, cheneyhall.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

Slightly-Creepy Tales at Trick or Trunk: Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Smith-Harris House, East Lyme. Come for the treats, stay for the tales. The first floor of the Smith-Harris House will be lit by candlelight, while several slightly-creepy-not scary local and regional folktales are shared. Perfect for families with young children. The “Trick or Trunk” program occurs on the grounds of the Smith-Harris House. Free.

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.

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.

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.

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