Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun in Connecticut Last Updated: September 2020

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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 petting zoos to pumpkin patches, read on to discover the best safety-friendly 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. And be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change due to COVID-19.

Festive Events

  • "The Ride" at Pumpkintown, USA — East Hampton
    "The Ride" at Pumpkintown USA  is a safety-friendly version of Connecticut’s premiere “non-scary fall destination,” which was named one of Yankee Magazine’s Top 5 Pumpkin Festivals in New England! Drive through the Pumkintown Forest and it’s Pumpkinhead inhabitants from the safety and comfort of your own personal vehicle! Just be sure to make reservations in advance!
  • Not-So-Scary Halloween Drive-thru —East Haddam
    Another fun from-your-car event, the annual Not -So-Scary Halloween Hayride is now a drive-thru event! Ray of Light Farm is a non-profit organization that 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 ride that is intended for younger children.
  • Kid-Friendly Halloween Haunted Petting Zoo - West Simsbury
    The pumpkins and farm animals are ready for all those who want to have some Halloween fun during Flamig Farm's Halloween Haunted Petting Zoo! Come with your little ones and enjoy the spooky scenery and animals — only a little scary, and a lot of fun!
  • Scarecrows on Main Street — Wethersfield
    Take the kids to the center of town for some spooktacular sights! At the 25th Annual Scarecrows on Main Street event, scarecrows will be popping up along side shops, restaurants, museums, colonial homes and more!
  • Shore Line 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 Shore Line 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.

More Fall Fun

The festivities don't end there! Connecticut is filled with tons of autumn adventures for you and your little ones!

Take the family pumpkin picking and enjoy a day on the farm! Or simply go treat your sweet tooth and take home farm fresh pies, apple cider doughnuts and other tasty treats! Find these goodies at places like Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Rogers Orchards Shuttle Meadow Farm in Southington, Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm in Sharon, and Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard in Shelton. The kids will love it!

Test your skills at one of the fun and challenging corn mazes around the state including The Farm in Woodbury's "Deep Sea Adventure" maze or Lyman Orchard’s "Thank You Our Heroes" maze in Middlefield, which honors our frontline workers. Or for the bigger kids, get a little adventurous and try ziplining or climibing through the foliage at the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport and the Adventure Park in Storrs, or HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods in Mashantucket.

There are so many ways to have the perfect New England fall, right in Connecticut!

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