Ghost Hunting Places in Connecticut Last Updated 8/20
Halloween is not the only time to have a chilling encounter in Connecticut, but there's something about autumn evenings that can really give you the chills. There are many places in Connecticut where ghosts are said to lurk; in fact, Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country. After all, this is where the nation’s first witch trials and hangings occurred – three decades before the more famous trials in Salem, Mass. Here are a few places around the region to safely explore your dark side this season. (Warning, some aren’t for the faint of heart!)
Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may differ due to COVID-19.
Hartford & the Connecticut River Valley
Ghosts seem to reside at every turn of a corner in this historic part of Connecticut. Some landmark properties, such as the Butler McCook House in Hartford, are being investigated for paranormal activity. Here are a few spots in the capital city region you may get to meet the spirits.
The classic hill towns of northwest Connecticut are filled with stories of hauntings and bats in the belfries of the famous white-steepled churches. Legendary abandoned sites like Dudleytown in Cornwall still draw fascination, though you can no longer visit without trespassing. But old homes and inns still welcome the curious.
There’s a rich heritage of ghost stories in New Haven and its surrounding towns. There’s even a natural geological feature called the Sleeping Giant! In New Haven, the Center Church's cyrpt is located under the church with tombstones dating back to 1687.
Haunted lighthouses and mansions – the perfect recipe for a gripping read, a scary movie, or a weekend visit to Fairfield County. However, some of the strangest places are now off limits to curious visitors. The Fairfield State Hospital formerly housed criminally insane patients from 1931 until closing in 1995. And Easton’s Union Cemetery is said to be haunted by a “White Lady.”
Tales of haunted lighthouses and souls lost mysteriously at sea abound in this maritime region of Connecticut. This area is also home to supposed haunts like the Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford and Norwich State Hospital in Preston — both abandoned sites that live in limbo between future development plans and their creepy pasts.
Take a Tour If You Dare
Want to get into the “spirit” of the season or just try a little amateur ghost hunting? ConneCTions Tours offers a popular Haunted Connecticut tour. If you prefer to go it alone, here are a few interesting tours that can be found around Connecticut.
- The Graveyard Shift Tour at Mark Twain House in Hartford
- Mystic Seaport Museum Nautical Nightmares
- Ghost Tours and Ghost Walks in New Haven
- Nightmare on Main: Monsters at the Mill Museum in Willimantic
Love being scared but not ready for the “real thing”? Here’s a list of seasonal haunted houses in Connecticut to thrill and chill!