Pumpkintown USA is Connecticut's Best Halloween Attraction

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    A Fun, Non-Scary Halloween Attraction for All Ages

    PumpkinTown USA in CT
    © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    See also: Pumpkintown USA Named one of the 5 Best Pumpkin Festivals in New England

    You won't find PumpkinTown on any Connecticut map. So, how did I learn about this mysterious destination?

    A reader, Sharran, emailed to say: "Another fun thing for families and everyone is PumpkinTown in East Hampton, CT. It's clever, fun and makes great pictures. I'm sure your daughter would enjoy it."

    She was right! At PumpkinTown USA, kids, parents and grandparents have a phenomenal time posing with and photographing the adorable pumpkin people who inhabit this Halloween attraction (open daily mid-September through Halloween each year), as well as enjoying all of the kid-friendly activities included in the small admission fee. In 2017, the attraction opens on September 23.

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    Don't Forget Your Camera!

    PumpkinTown USA Prisoner Pumpkin
    © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Most of us have cameras in our pockets these days. But the photo opportunities at PumpkinTown USA warrant bringing your big camera, not just your smartphone.

    Lines move quickly (you've never seen such talented and speedy face painters!); there's food, drink and shopping on-site; and photo ops abound.

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    Presidential Pumpkins

    Barack and Michelle Obama Pumpkin People
    © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Who will you meet at PumpkinTown USA? You just might bump into some pumpkins that have carved their place in history (see what I did there?) like Barack and Michelle Gourdama.

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    Pumpkins in Love

    Pumpkin Bride and Groom
    © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Ah, love! It even exists in PumpkinTown. Grown-ups enjoy exploring this village setting, too, where pumpkin people like this bride and groom come to life each fall for a good cause.

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    Pumpkin Fun Gourdlore

    Family Fun at PumpkinTown USA
    © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Kids love meeting all of the pumpkinheads. Grown-ups love that proceeds benefit the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, which honors PumpkinTown USA's co-founder, who lost her 25-year battle with the disease in 2007. So, treat your family to a day at PumpkinTown USA this Halloween season. 

    If You're Going to PumpkinTown USA...

    PumpkinTown USA is open daily from September 23 through October 31, 2017 (Halloween) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., weather permitting. Admission is $2 per person weekdays and $6 weekends and holidays for both kids and adults. Children under 2 are admitted free. Dogs are now allowed.

    Back Again in 2017: "The Ride" at PumpkinTown, a nearly mile-long hayride through the woods featuring 30 pumpkin-headed characters and their dwellings, is available daily for a separate fee of $7 or $6 if purchased with Village admission on weekends.

    PumpkinTown USA is located at Paul's & Sandy's Too (a hardware and garden center), 93 East High Street/Route 66, East Hampton, Connecticut, approximately 20 minutes southeast of Hartford. Ample free parking is available on both sides of Route 66.

    Quick Tip: You'll find a clean, spacious restroom inside the garden center building on the west side of the complex. Walk through the main entrance, and it's the third door on your right.

    For more information, visit the PumpkinTown USA Web site or call 860-267-0143. That's also the number to call if you'd like to host a child's birthday party at PumpkinTown USA or a plan a visit for a school or other group.