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Fun Halloween activities in connecticutWith haunted cemeteries, ancient estates and the fascinating history of New England, it’s no surprise that Connecticut offers a broad assortment of creepy things to do when Halloween season comes each year. From family-friendly train rides and corn mazes to spooky haunted houses and living history tours, check out our top ten Connecticut Halloween Activities.

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Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 1. Dark Manor Haunted House
Long considered on of Connecticut’s Best Haunted Houses, this event offers two different attractions; The Manor and The Graveyard & Haunted Village. The Manor provides brave souls with two floors of scream-worthy terror, while The Graveyard will spook you with outdoor attractions, creeps and chainsaw freaks. Due to the terrors at Norwich‘s Dark Manor, it is not recommended for anyone under 12, pregnant or with a heart condition.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 2. Trail of Terror
Described as both hilarious and frightful, Wallingford‘s Trail of Terror was voted Connecticut Magazine’s Best Haunted Attraction in 2008 and Fright Magazine’s Best Outdoor Attraction in the Nation. Trail of Terror offers over 25 different interactive scenes and more than 50 frightening characters. All proceeds from this annual event go to benefit the American Red Cross. Not for the very young or faint of heart.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 3. The Haunted Graveyard
Open every weekend during the month of October, The Haunted Graveyard has been delighting fans of the spooky since 1991, and has raised more than $600,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research. Favorite spooky attractions include Reaper’s Realm, Killer Pumpkins, Castle Vampyre, The Catacombs, The Vortex, The Labrynth, and more! This family-friendly Lake Compounce attraction is suitable for children as young as six.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 4. Boo at the Zoo
Long a favorite family attraction, The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport offers a plethora of family Halloween events throughout the month of October each year. From The Haunted Farmyard to Harvest Hay Rides and Scarecrows on Parade, there’s something for all ages at Beardsley Zoo. One of our favorite events is the one-day-only Boo at the Zoo, complete with haunted hayrides, live music, face painting and scarecrow competition.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 5. Annual Haunted Hayride
Hosted by the Old Saybrook Fire Department and running for one week in the month of October, the Old Saybrook Haunted Hayride is a 45-minute treat includes a prison bus, a haunted tower, a crematorium and the ever-popular "Maze". Proceeds from this event go to the all-volunteer Old Saybrook Fire Department and a local food pantry. This event is not recommende for children younger than 10 years old.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 6. Enchanted Forest
This annual Halloween event sponsored by the Sharon Audubon Center features ongoing candlelit walks where families will meet friendly animal characters, including a fox, an owl, a skunk and more. Families will learn about how the animals live their lives at the center while enjoying hot chocolate. The night ends with a hayride, and this non-frightening Halloween event is ideal for children 8 and under.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 7. Halloween on the Green
Sponsored by the local Kiwanas and Jaycees, the annual Halloween on the Green in Danbury, CT is held at city center and includes a children’s costume parade, pumpkin decorating and art activities sponsored by Escape to the Arts, the local YMCA Enrichment Center.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 8. Pumpkin Patch Trains
Held every weekend through the month of October at the Danbury Railway Museum, the Pumpkin Patch Train Rides offer Halloween fun for the entire family. Board a vintage train and each child receives a free pumpkin, cider and cookies. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be many outdoor activities to participate in.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 9. Corn Maze at Lyman Orchard
Each year, the folks at Middlefield‘s Lyman Orchard build a themed and impressively large corn maze for families to enjoy. The 2009 theme marks two special occassions; the 10th anniversary of corn mazes at Lyman Orchards and last year’s historical presidential election. Participants on Halloween Day are encouraged to dress as their favorite president. A portion of proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society and maze season opens in early September.
Fun Halloween activities in connecticut 10. Fright Haven
One of Connecticut’s newest haunted attractions, West Haven‘s Fright Haven offers three unique houses of horror under one roof. Attractions in this 25,000+ square foot venue include Frightmare Fear Institute, Carnival of Evil and Dead End Manor. Because this attraction is meant to scare, it is not recommended for young children. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Events start in early October and run through early November.


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