Fear Factor: Haunted Houses in Connecticut Last Updated 9/19

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.

Nautical Nightmares, Mystic Seaport Museum

A dramatic experience that explores ghost tales, legends, and unsolved mysteries of days gone by. Spend the evening with haunted thrills with Nautical Nightmares: Wake of the Banshee, is founded in the depths of Irish, Scottish, and English folklore, pulling reference from the works of Yeats, Shakespeare and other collected whisperings on mysterious "fair-folk."

Trail of Terror, Wallingford

The Trail of Terror in Wallingford is perhaps Connecticut’s best-known haunted house tour.

Haunted: Victorian Ghost Stories

In keeping with the Victorian-era facination with unexplained phenomena, tours will focus on ghost sightings as they relate to the house during the 19th century as well as its more recent histgory. Ghosts will wander throughout the first and second floors of the Lockwood-Mathews Manion Museum in Norwalk.

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.

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks, Milford

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks are lantern-lit and spirited guided tours. Hear about some of the local history including the deadly curses on Charles Island and the "witch" buried in the Milford Cemetery.

Haunted Graveyard, Bristol

Lake Compounce's legendary Haunted Graveyard takes you through darkly glittering catacombs to an eerie graveyard, to a vampire's haunt, to a witch's lair, then onto a misty lake and an ancient temple.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours, Hartford

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, the Mark Twain House offers nighttime tours and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural.

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

Spend a day ot two with ghosts and ghouls at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire's All Hallows Weekend in Lebanon.  For a fun evening, participate in the town of Putnam's Zombie Fashion Show.  All ages and zombies are welcome to walk the cat walk. Learn about legends and spooks when you take a Seaside Shadows Haunted History tour in Mystic. Experience true and haunting stories during the West Hartford Hauntings. In Willimantic, hear true and terrifying events in Nightmare on Main: Villians: Madness, Mayhem and Murder performances.

Additional Resource

Many attractions require tickets, so better make your plans soon! The haunting season doesn’t last forever!