The Ultimate Halloween in Connecticut!

With both frightening and fun ways to spend Halloween, Connecticut boasts some excellent events coming up for the spooky Halloween season. From tasty candy stores that will make your home the hit of the block to spooky tours, haunted houses, and masquerades, there is something here for all ages to enjoy. Get ready to enjoy a safe Halloween full of screaming and laughter!

1. Gumdrops & Lollipops, Niantic, CT

If you purchase candy for trick-or-treating at Gumdrops & Lollipops, your house will surely be the most popular on the block. Here, you can purchase traditional penny candies, like Jolly Ranchers and Laffy Taffy, or handmade chocolates and fudge. If you want to enjoy all of the sweet treats yourself, drop by Gumdrops & Lollipops for seasonal sweets like fried dough, pumpkin fritters, and apple pie ice cream.

2. Nautical Nightmares, Mystic Seaport, CT

The Mystic Seaport is holding their annual spooky tour full of actors in character playing out an interactive story full of murder and suspense. Generally running over the course of a few weeks, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take a thrilling tour of the Mystic Seaport as you’ve never seen it before.

3. Ghost Tours at Lockwood Mansion, Norwalk, CT

Pre-purchase your ticket for a creepy tour of witches, vampires, and ghosts at the beautiful Lockwood Mansion. Tours run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the two earlier tours being more kid-friendly. During the tour, you’ll be guided through the history of witchcraft, the New England Vampire Panic, and ghoulish history of the mansion.

4. Sophia’s, Greenwich, CT

Before heading to any Halloween bash or tour, of course you’ll need to look your best. Stand out from the frightening crowd with a unique costume purchased or rented from Sophia’s. This costume store offers both vintage and new costumes for the whole family—including your dog. Here, you’ll find options from the ancient times until today as well as costumes from popular shows, movies, and comics.

5. Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport, CT

Participate in a live screening and performance of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on October 27 and 28 at the Downtown Cabaret Theater. Experience absolute pleasure with actors performing a floor show during the screening and be prepared to participate and come in costume. Feel free to bring along safe, dry props to become involved in the show.

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6. Holy Land USA, Waterbury, CT

Nothing is quite as haunting as Holy Land USA in Waterbury. This 18-acre, former religious theme park now stands in ruins. The park, which is a miniature model of catacombs and Israelite villages, was created by John Baptist Greco in 1955. An array of recreations depicting the ministry of Jesus scatter the land. The park closed to the public in 1984, but reopened in 2014. Access is only allowed during the day. At night, from the town of Waterbury below, you can see an enormous cross standing tall atop the hill, illuminating the dark sky.  

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7. Legends of Fear, Shelton, CT

Legends of Fear is a perfect place for Halloween lovers seeking thrill and some actual fear. Take part in their haunted hayride, scary trails, a haunted parish, and sadistic mortuary. Spooky actors are dotted throughout the grounds and attractions to induce real fear in visitors. This scary attraction has been running for 21 years and aims to get all visitors screaming!

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8. Howl-O-Ween at Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, CT

Enjoy a kid-friendly Halloween at the Beardsley Zoo with haunted attractions aimed at kids eight to 15 years-old as well as options for younger ones like face painting and dancers. There are two haunted houses, a haunted hayride, face painting, and other rides at this fun event. This year, Howl-O-Ween takes place on the weekends before Halloween: October 14, 21, 27, and 28.

9. Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT

The Haunted Graveyard is an event held at Lake Compounce each year meant to scare those coming for a thrilling ride. The year, the Haunted Graveyard will take place each weekend from September 29 through October 29 and will start at 5 p.m. Expect people in costume, creepy staff, a graveyard and other exhibits, haunted events, and the usual thrilling rides.

Crushing #zombie #skulls at #lakecompouncehauntedgraveyard

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10. Peaches, Norwalk, CT

Head over to Peaches for their annual New Orleans Style Masquerade party with live music performed by Otis & the Hurricanes. Dance to live music, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and all the atmosphere that you’d expect of a party in New Orleans. 

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