Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun in Connecticut Last Updated 10/18
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With historic graveyards and real life haunted mansions, Connecticut has Halloween spirit to spare. But if you have a child spooked by things that go bump in the night, October could be a reason to hide under the bed! Have no fear, from slimy surprises to pumpkin patches, read on to discover the best events across the state that offer more treats than tricks. Make sure to check out the Mommy Poppins Ultimate Connecticut Halloween Guide for more seasonal family fun.
Pumpkintown, USA — East Hampton
Pumpkintown USA (pictured above) is not just Connecticut’s premiere “non-scary fall destination”, it is also one of Yankee Magazine’s Top 5 Pumpkin Festivals in New England! For six weeks a year, 25,000 people visit the small town of East Hampton just to say hello to the over seventy Pumpkinhead residents. During your visit, you can tour the Village by foot, take a hayride through Pumpkintown Forest, and buy some Pumpkintown Candy Corn in the Harvest Shop.
Not-So-Scary Halloween Hay Rides —East Haddam
Every once in a while, you get to do something really fun with your family AND support a great cause. The Not -So-Scary Halloween Hayrides at Ray of Light Farm let you do just that. This non-profit organization rehabilitates all sorts of animals from alpacas to zedonks and everything in between. Lucky for us, they decorate the grounds for Halloween and invite you on a spooky hayride that is intended for younger children. Along the trail you will be greeted by characters that tell stories and pass out treats.
Halloween Stroll & Pumpkin Carnival — West Hartford
West Hartford City Hall parking lot comes alive for Halloween the only way Connecticut knows how, with live music, costume competitions, snacks, entertainment, games, and a firetruck. In other words, the Halloween Stroll & Pumpkin Carnival has all the makings of good ol’ hometown fun! Participants can stroll through the Square and Center to trick-or-treat a participating local merchants.
Along the Shore
AquaScarium — Norwalk
Test out your costume at Aqua-Scarium and get FREE admission (children under 12 with a paying adult) to the Maritime Aquarium. The weekend before Halloween, there will be special activity stations throughout the Aqua-Scarium, which will be ghoulishly decorated for Halloween! As if that’s not enough, the Aquarium is also featuring Shark Diver’s Pumpkin Carving on Saturdays & Sundays throughout the month of October.
Spooky Nature Trail — Mystic
Grab your flashlights and head to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Spooky Nature Trail for a self-guided tour past wild animals, Jack-o-lanterns and other (mildly) frightful and delightful creatures. There’ll also be spooky crafts for children, games and visits with the Nature Center’s resident snakes, turtles, and frogs. Preregistration recommended.
Trick or Treat on Hecksher Farm — Stamford
Nothing says “fall”, quite like being on a farm in New England. For Halloween, bring your trick-or-treat pail to Trick or Treat on Hecksher Farm at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and be prepared to follow a trail of clues around the farmyard to pick up your treats! After you have finished trick-or-treating, make sure to head over to the Overbrook Nature Center for Ick Fest to get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies and make your own slime!
Shoreline Trolley Pumpkin Patch — East Haven
The Shoreline Trolley Museum is home of the oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the country. During the month of October, you can enjoy picturesque foliage while you ride in a vintage trolley car decorated for the season! When you arrive at the Shoreline Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch, your little pumpkin will get to decorate their own little pumpkin to take home. This event is perfect for any train-loving child.
In the Western Hills
Kent Pumpkin Run—Kent
For 42 years, runners have been attempting to “conquer the cobble . . in a costume!” The 5K Kent Pumpkin Run features a kids’ fun run, music, refreshments, and some good old fashioned Halloween fun on the Green. Awards will be handed out not only for best time - but, also for most creative costume. So, there’s hope for all who join in on the fun!
Hobgoblin Fair at Roaring Brook — Canton
Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, during the Hobgoblin Fair at Roaring Brook, the hobgoblins come out to play at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton. Come in your costume and enjoy crafts, face painting, and a “track-and-treat” trail through the woods will entertain kids. This event is recommended for children 3-8.
Photo Credits: Teri Pretash, Maritime Aquarium, Kent Chamber of Commerce.
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