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Halloween Fun for 2023

Halloween is around the corner and this year, Connecticut is filled with tricks, treats, and spooky celebrations. From zombie fashion shows, pumpkin festivals and scarecrow contests to ghost tours, haunted hayrides and beyond, there are plenty of fantastic frights to go around. To make sure you make the most of the season, we’ve broken down all the happenings – from kid-friendly events to truly scary experiences. Happy hauntings!

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Not-So-Scary Halloween Events
Ghost Tours and Legendary Haunts
Fun for the Bravest Souls
Fall Festivities

Zombie Fashion Show, Putnam

October 6

The spectacle begins with zombies of all ages, as they stroll down the putrid runway for prizes.

Great Pumpkin Festival, Putnam

October 21

With an array of family-friendly activities, this event features The Official Great Pumpkin, 12th Annual Scarecrow Contest, Train Excursion, craft and art vendors, fantastic live music, activities for the kids, special pumpkin themed menus and more.

Scarecrows Along Main Street, Old Wethersfield

October 1 – 31

Stroll through downtown Old Wethersfield and admire unique scarecrows lined throughout the street. Discover different themes, photo-ops, and a classic Halloween small town atmosphere.

Pumpkin Patch at the Shoreline Trolley Museum, East Haven

Weekends in October

Take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch! Kids can pick their own sugar pumpkin at the outdoor patch.  Take a self-guided tour of our decorated trolley barns

Halloween at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, Lebanon

October 7

Don your favorite costume and revel in Halloween fun. See jousting knights, armored combat, circus-style entertainment, and more. Shop in New England's largest Medieval Marketplace with thousands of gift treasures. Feast on turkey legs and local craft brews.

Town of Prospect Pumpkin Festival

October 14

Enjoy a family friendly festival celebrating its 19th year with vendors, contests, entertainment, food, games, along with hay bale races with prizes and more.

Hollowed Harvest: Wicked Labyrinth, Plymouth

September 22 – October 31

The Hollowed Harvest: Wicked Labyrinth features hundreds of intricately carved Jack-O'-Lanterns that offer a new twist on the magic of the Hollowed Harvest. Experience amazing carvings, a stunning Jack-O'-Lantern tunnel, and playful animations come to life right before your eyes! Please note this version of Hollowed Harvest is a different experience than the outdoor variety.

Pumpkin Passage, Oakdale

September 29 - October 29

Raptor Bay Trail has been taken over by goblins, witches, and mythical creatures, but don’t worry — we’ve made sure this event is fun for all ages. Instead of frights we chose lights. Six different spooky experiences await you on almost a half-mile of trail every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night that are sure to dazzle and delight.

Halloween Glow in the Park at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum

October 13 - 28
What could be more spooktacular than an adventure in the trees? Enjoy the Halloween Glow in the Park, a fa-boo-lous time for all with family-friendly Halloween themed music, decorations and more. Attend the “Creepy Glow” on Friday October 13th, recommended for ages 12+.  All other dates are all ages and family friendly Halloween fun.
Glow in the Park is a nighttime event where our outdoor adventure park literally glows! Brightly-shining lights illuminate your way while you zipline, work the ropes and traverse through the treetops. And you have toe-tapping music to keep your adrenaline flowing.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Scavenger Hunt, South Norwalk

Families with young children can look forward to a Not-So-Scary Halloween Scavenger Hunt, an interactive adventure filled with goofy creatures, bewitching tricks, and a few challenging tasks.  Children are invited to come in their Halloween costume (or not) and enjoy this fun escapade.

Jack-o-Lantern Walk, Mystic

October 25 - 29

Stroll along some of the darker, oft-overlooked portions of the Mystic Seaport Museum property and enjoy the spectacle of several hundred lit jack-o-lanterns on display. Then play a lawn game, enjoy some live music, warm up by a roaring fire, create a fall-themed craft, or take a spooky guided tour in which you learn about the darker side of life in a 19th century seaport town.

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Trail of Terror, Wallingford

October 1 - 30

Venture through a four-acre outdoor trail that offers guests a terrifying experience as they make their way through.

Phantom Fall Fest at Lake Compounce, Bristol

Weekends starting September 23

Thrill all day on your favorite rides, then fright all night with even more horror around every corner. Hang on to your friends through more fog, more freaks, more FX- like the new, next-level mayhem of mAlice in Wonderland. Now, your trip down the rabbit hole is included with park admission. Plus, escape the zombie madness in new scare zones like Deadsville.

Nightmare on Main: All Hallows Eve, Creeping Thru Time

October 6 - 21

Nightmare on Main is an annual "haunted house" type of event for folks over ten years old.  You will be on a guided tour through time, and spooky places, where you will discover the chilling origins of Halloween starting from ancient times and evil spirits to our current day celebrations of this mystical and frightening holiday.

Dark Manor Haunted House, Baltic

Step into The Manor and experience the ghastly entities that haunt its tormented halls. If you survive the Manor, you are left with no choice but to enter The Graveyard at the Dark Manor Haunted House in Baltic. 

Terror at Quassy at Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury

October 6-29

Get ready for a month of family-friendly freights during Terror at Quassy. As the sun sets and the moon rises, the park transforms into a place for festive fun! Make your way through the haunts, or keep it on the less spooky side and experience the rides and entertainment.

Legends of Fear Haunted Hayride at Fairview Tree Farm, Shelton

September 23 - November 4

Board a tractor-pulled hay wagon into fields and forests of fear for thirty minutes of spine-chilling fun. Expect to be truly terrified!

The Dark Manor House, Baltic

October 1 - 31

Step into The Manor and experience the ghastly entities that haunt its tormented halls. If you survive the Manor, you are left with no choice but to enter The Graveyard at the Dark Manor Haunted House in Baltic.

Rails to the Darkside at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor

September 29 - October 28

Discover the untold story of Newberry Road cemetery. During the darkest of the nights, the mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard around old Newberry Road and the trolley museum's Newberry Siding. Do you dare ride to the dark side?

Evidence of Evil Haunted Attraction at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield

September 29 - November 4

Are you brave enough to enter the woods and face all your worst fears? An all-new interactive haunted attraction is waiting for you. Be prepared, you will be asked to participate in the scares!

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