Halloween is Here — Connecticut Towns Offer Tricks and Treats Last Updated 10/20

When October comes around, Connecticut towns gear up for Halloween celebrations. From ghostly legends to family-friendly fun, there are plenty of safe 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. Take the creepy Witches & Tombstones Tour at the Webb-Deane Stevens Museum for an up-close examination of all things funereal. And during daylight hours, stroll through historic Wethersfield and admire the festive 25th Annual Scarecrows Along Main Street event, which offers a classic New England fall atmosphere.

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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. Ghosts of New Haven is running private spooky ghost tours all season long. 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. Mystic Seaport Museum it hosting it's first-ever Halloween Costume Parade. 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.

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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. And if you're looking for virtual frights this year, dare to experience an online version of Norwalk’s annual Haunting at Mill Hill, where you'll hear true stories and legends of ghosts, murder, and more.