Fear Factor: Haunted Houses in Connecticut Last Updated 9/18
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: Madness on the Mystic River, inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. In this frightening theatrical, Mystic is falling into chaos!
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 "Fear takes Roots.” 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.
Ghosts from the Civil War Halloween Tours
Listen to the tales of sightings of the specter who haunted the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, and the words of Lincoln who predicted his own demise. 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.
Nightmare on Wolcott Street, Waterbury
Waterbury joins the ghoulish of bad-news house parties with Nightmare on Wolcott Street, promising "55 rooms of terror." That's a long way to go before you cand find an exit.
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
For a night to remember or a nightmare you may wish to forget, try out Haunted Hale Corn Maze at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry. 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.
Many attractions require tickets, so better make your plans soon! The haunting season doesn’t last forever!