Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun in Connecticut Last Updated: September 2021
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With historic graveyards and real-life haunted mansions, Connecticut has the 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.
Pumpkintown, USA - East Hampton
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 its Pumpkinhead inhabitants from the safety and comfort of your own personal vehicle! Just be sure to make reservations in advance! Or, take a stroll through the Pumpkintown Village.
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 Annual Scarecrows on Main Street event, scarecrows will be popping up alongside shops, restaurants, museums, colonial homes, and more!
Shore Line Trolley Pumpkin Patch - East Haven
The Shoreline Trolley Museum is home to 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.
Pumpkin Passage - Montville
During the month of October, bring the entire family to the Pumpkin Passage at Nature's Art Village for six different spooky experiences at night that is sure to dazzle and delight everyone.
Scarecrow Contest & FestiFALL - Essex
Are you “A Good Witch” or “A Bad Witch?” Follow the yellow brick road of scarecrows and vote for your favorite one. The FestiFALL takes place this year on October 9, with live music and performances, a scavenger hunt, face painting, children's crafts, and a lot more family fun.
Scarecrows on Parade - Bridgeport
At Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, stroll through the Scarecrow "exhibit" on the Greenhouse Lawn, and vote for your favorite at Boo at the Zoo.
Spooktacular Drive-Through Celebration - Simsbury
On October 17, families are invited to collect treats during the Spooktacular Drive-Through, then ending at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center where there will be food trucks, entertainment, and special activities.
Halloween Happenings at Mystic Seaport Museum - Mystic
Bring the entire family and enjoy the Seaport's special Halloween events: Carve a Pumpkin for the Jack-o-Lantern Walk on October 23 and October 24. Jack-o-Lanter Walk, October 26 through October 30, and the Community Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt on October 31.
No-So-Scary Halloween Scavenger Hunt -Norwalk
On Saturdays and Sundays, from October 16 through October 31, families can have fun with this interactive adventure filled with goofy creatures, bewitching tricks, and a few challenging tasks. Located at The SoNo Collection in Norwalk.
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 Space Exploration-theme corn maze or Lyman Orchard’s 1970s rock and roll maze in Middlefield. Or for the bigger kids, get a little adventurous and try ziplining or climbing 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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