Halloween is becoming a bigger holiday every year, it seems, and Connecticut attractions are offering a variety of spooky fun to entertain children and adults this October. Here are my picks for some of the best Halloween events and haunted attractions in Connecticut for 2016. Visit them all... if you dare!
01 of 10If you're looking for Halloween fun for little ones that is merry, not scary, head to East Hampton, Connecticut, where PumpkinTown USA's zany pumpkin-headed people delight visitors of all ages. This affordable Halloween attraction is immensely photogenic, and it's for a good cause: the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Graveyard Productions' 26th annual Haunted Graveyard is back for its 17th year at Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut. This Halloween attraction stakes the claim of being southern New England's largest and scariest Halloween event, and there's plenty of horror in store for 2016.
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If Mark Twain was alive today, he'd surely have something humorous to say about our obsession with Halloween. You'll hear about Twain's own fascination with the supernatural and hear mysterious stories when you reserve your spot on a ghost tour at the author's Hartford home this October. Reservations are required for these evening tours, scheduled for select October evenings, and tickets may be purchased online or by calling 860-247-0998.
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Climb aboard a vintage train at the Danbury Railway Museum in Danbury, Connecticut, for an old-fashioned pumpkin picking outing. Halloween Pumpkin Patch Train Rides will be available Saturdays and Sundays from October 15 through October 30, 2016.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Kids and grown-ups can dress up and treat themselves to spooky fun, as the Connecticut Renaissance Faire ends its fall run with an All Hallows Weekend celebration October 29-30, 2016. There will be a Parade of the Dead, costume contests and more spooky fun each day. And, after dark on Saturday, Halloween Knights begins! Your daytime admission entitles you to stay for the fire shows, a Haunted Joust to the Death, zombie photo ops and other surprises.
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Want to hear spooky tunes at midnight on Halloween? Then be glad you live in or near Connecticut, where each year, the Yale Symphony Orchestra performs a Midnight Halloween Concert at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. Purchase tickets in advance for this unique multimedia extravaganza and live performance, which is always a sell-out. Or watch the live stream from anywhere in the world!
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On Friday, October 28, 2016, tour Hartford's historic Cedar Hill Cemetery by lantern light on the only night the cemetery is open after dark all year. Reservations for specific time slots are required in advance for these "spirited" tours featuring actors telling dark tales: Call 860-956-3311. Bring a flashlight!
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Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, hosts Sea Scare, a family event on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy "Tails of the Deep" with the belugas and seals, trick or treat, dance at the Monster Mash and see costumed divers swim with the fishes.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Visit Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport on Sunday, October 30, 2016, and children under 12 dressed in their Halloween costumes will be admitted free with a paying adult. Special events will include hayrides, seasonal activities and the announcement of scarecrow competition winners.
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The Windsor Chamber of Commerce sponsors its annual Nightmare on Broad Street in Windsor, Connecticut, on Monday evening, October 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The free event features hayrides, a Halloween movie with hay bales for seating and trick-or-treating at Windsor businesses. You can also have your picture taken with a ghoul.