Fear Factor: Haunted Houses in Connecticut Last Updated 9/17
Halloween has become a month-long celebration in Connecticut, especially among older kids who want to scare themselves half to death. To help them do just that, a creepy world of haunted houses, scary hayrides and cemetery tours have popped up to ratchet up the fear factor. Be warned that most of these attractions are not for young children. Get ready to get your scare on with these frightfully good Connecticut haunts!
Nightmare Acres, South Windsor
Coming back to Nomad’s Outdoor Adventures in South Windsor, Nightmare Acres brings nightmares to life on a farm literally crawling with dark and disturbing creatures.
Creeperum Haunted House, Hamden
Hamden’s Creeperum is a terrifying “emporium of the bizarre” that has been called a cross between Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Friday the 13th and a circus freak show. Its sinister collection of creepy, fantastic and horrific oddities from around the world drags you into total darkness and turns your emotions quickly to fear.
Trail of Terror, Wallingford
The Trail of Terror in Wallingford is perhaps Connecticut’s best-known haunted house tour. This fall’s story line is “The Circus Is Coming to Town.” You can take it from there and let your imagination run wild.
Haunted Isle at the Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven
Fridays and Saturdays throughout October, discover The Haunted Isle, and board a spooky trolley into the woods where frightening things await! Recommended for adults and mature children, this dark wooded path has many terrifying twists and turns.
Nightmare on Wolcott Street, Waterbury
Waterbury joins the ghoulish parade of bad-news house parties with Nightmare on Wolcott Street, promising “55 rooms of terror.” That’s a long way to go before you can find an exit!
The Only Scream in Town, North Haven
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in October, join The Scream Haunted Attraction for a terrifying trip through the underworld, where you will cross paths with the tortured souls of the damned and a multitude of hellish fiends.
Fright Haven, Stratford
One of Connecticut’s favorite indoor haunted attractions, Fright Haven in Stratford comes back from the dead to offer an experience that’s “scarier and gorier” than ever.
The Haunted Graveyard, Bristol
Lake Compounce’s legendary Haunted Graveyard attraction includes six haunted houses and a labyrinth of terrifying trails.
Ghosts of New Haven, New Haven
If you are looking or a hauntingly good time, Ghosts of New Haven is running three 90 minute tours designed to enchant, entertain, inform, and scare you.
Rails to the Darkside, East Windsor
Connecticut Trolley Museum's, Rails to the Darkside, is a bone chilling ride aboard a trolley car to the "Darkside" where anything can happen.
Other Scary Options
Finally, there are somewhat milder outings as well. A number of local farms offer attractions, such as the Legends of Fear trail and hayride at Fairview Farms in Shelton. And then there is always a nice walk through a cemetery at night - a walk filled with tales of murder, death and destruction, such as A Haunting at Mill Hill in Norwalk.
Many attractions require tickets, so better make your plans soon! The haunting season doesn’t last forever!