Halloween is Here — Connecticut Towns Offer Tricks and Treats Last Updated 10/18

When October comes around, Connecticut towns gear up for Halloween celebrations. From ghostly legends to ghoulish attractions to family-friendly fun, there are plenty of ways to experience an authentic New England Halloween. Here are just a few of the towns that are particularly spooky this time of year, along with a few limited-time events to check out.

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Witches and More in Wethersfield

The picturesque town of Wethersfield is also the home of the notorious Wethersfield Witch Trials, which preceded the ones in Salem, Massachusetts by 30 years. Start at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, three meticulously restored old homes that offer a window into the town’s haunted past. In October, the annual Witches and Tombstones Tour explores the events of that era. And, while lots of Connecticut towns have scarecrow displays, the one in Wethersfield is particularly captivating.

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Haunted Hartford

Ghosts seem to reside at every turn of a corner in Connecticut’s capital city, in fact, some landmark properties have even been investigated for paranormal activity. If you are looking to meet a few spirits yourself, start at the Mark Twain House, thought to be haunted by a “lady in white.” In October, visitors can search for themselves during Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours. For even more chills, take a stroll in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, which features ancient hand-carved tombstones that are as beautiful as they are macabre.

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New Haven Headstones

This city has quite the haunted past. In fact, Ghosts of New Haven is running three spooky tours in October: Phantom Pub CrawlNew Haven Ghost Walk and Wallingford Ghost Tour. Also in New Haven, Grove Street Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark that was established in 1796, and counts among its residents Noah Webster, Gen. David Humphreys, Roger Sherman, and Charles Goodyear. But little Halloween fans may enjoy the Pumpkin Patch at the nearby Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven more.

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Mystical Mystic

This classic New England port town is filled with legends of ghostly sea captains and other spooky tales. Find out about a few of them when you take one of several Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours. Not far from Mystic, the Ledge Light in the Thames River is said to be haunted by the ghost of “Ernie,” a former lighthouse keeper who leapt to his death after learning his wife had run off with a local captain. Get closer with a Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise, which runs through November. If that isn't enough, you’re sure to have Nautical Nightmares after a visit to Mystic Seaport. Meanwhile, check out Sea Scare at Mystic Aquarium, or Trick or Treating at Olde Mistick Village for family-approved frights.

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Norwalk Nightmares

Speaking of lighthouses, just off the coast in Norwalk, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse (seasonal) is said to be haunted by a young ghost named Abbey, and the two adult ghosts who care for her. And Norwalk’s eerie-looking Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum  is also said to be haunted, which is why they offer Ghost Tours in October that include some spooky reenactments. Norwalk’s annual Haunting at Mill Hill is a seriously scary lantern tour through a graveyard, while the Maritime Aquarium transforms itself into the Aqua-scarium and welcomes young trick or treaters in costume.

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Bristol Says “Boo”

If you like to celebrate Halloween by watching a scary movie, head for Bristol, where every October the Witches Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is held in the town's Historical Society building, celebrating classic movie monsters, ghosts and ghouls. Another place you are guaranteed a fright is at The Haunted Graveyard at Bristol’s Lake Compounce Amusement Park.

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