Spooky & Safe: Halloween in 2020 Last Updated 10/20

When October rolls around, Connecticut’s your go-to place for all things fun and frightful. While Halloween may look different this year, we can still enjoy the tricks and treats we love, safely! All month long, Connecticut towns are offering safety-friendly experiences for the bravest souls, the little ones, and everyone in between. And in a year unlike any other, you’ll find attractions have gone the extra mile to not only follow safety guidelines, but create entirely new and creative experiences. From drive-through events to spooky outdoor thrills, we’ve gathered a list of ways to celebrate Halloween in 2020.

Before venturing out, we recommend reading this year’s Halloween Guidance to ensure a safe and fun holiday.

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Drive-Through Experiences

Connecticut’s attractions are getting creative with spooky fun you can enjoy from your car! Drive through the Pumkintown Forest and admire it’s Pumpkinhead inhabitants at "The Ride" at Pumpkintown USA , 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! At Ray of Light Farm’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Drive Through you’ll find a magical pony trail lit up and decorated for Halloween as well as live characters dressed for the occasion. Or if you’re in the mood for tunes, enjoy a drive-through musical experience complete with a gaggle of friendly witches, dancing scarecrows, grinning ghosts and much more at Happy Haunts Hollow in Milford.

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Not-So-Scary Fun

If you’ve got a little one who’s not ready for big kid thrills, don’t fear! Connecticut’s home to festive fun that offers less tricks and more treats. Spot friendly scarecrows decorating the streets at the 25th annual Scarecrows Along Main Street in Old Wethersfield, at Scarecrow FestiFall in Essex, or in Putnam during the popular Scarecrow Contest. Enjoy picturesque foliage while you ride in a vintage trolley car decorated for the season and complete with safety protocols! 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. For more pumpkin fun, try Mystic Seaport's Pumpkin Carving event or take a swing at Pumpkin Mini Golf at Sonny’s Place in Somers, where you’ll be surrounded by 500 hand-carved pumpkins and other decorations. Then take your little animal lover to the Haunted Petting Zoo at Flamig Farm in West Simsbury. You may even experience a few surprises, while you’re there!

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Ghost Tours & Spooky Strolls

Try to spot Connecticut’s ghosts and ghouls! Grab your mask and embark on a a safety-conscious ghost tour with outings like Ghosts of New Haven, Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks, or Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours in Mystic. Take the West Hartford Hauntings spooky, theatrical cemetery tour through the graves of Old North Cemetery where you experience tales of murder, disease, and dismemberment. Discover some of the darker, oft-overlooked portions of Mystic Seaport Museum during a Jack-O-Lantern Walk. Or listen to real ghost encounter stories at the historic and haunted Nathan Hale Homestead, where you’ll tour the museum by candlelight. You may even hear some creaks and feel some cold spots!

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Haunted Attractions

For the brave souls and thrill seekers, there’s still plenty of fun to be had this year! Venture into the four-acre Trail of Terror: Fear is Art in Wallingford for the 26th year of frightful outdoor fun. Board the tractor-pulled hay wagons into the fields and forest of fear and spine-chilling fun at the Legends of Fear in Shelton, where all staff and customers will be required to wear face masks, maintain social distance from other groups, and have their temperature checked upon entry. Embark on a mask-conscious, socially distanced experience at The Shore Line Trolley Museum's Haunted Isle to see what’s hiding in the woods at the end of the tracks or try these seriously scary experiences. If you’re into true ghost hunting, pay a visit to these legendarily haunted Connecticut hotels, museums, graveyards and more – you may just spot a spirit lurking in the shadows.

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Virtual Experiences

If you plan on staying in this year, you can still partake in Halloween festivities! Mark your Zoom calendar for The History of the Ouija Board and A Ghost Hunter’s Favorite Cases, hosted by Seymour Public Library. Test your knowledge of creepy artwork, ghoulish songs and scary movies during MATT by Night: Virtual Halloween Trivia Night hosted by the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. The little ones can get in the Halloween “spirit” with a live-streaming, engaging puppet performance of The Not-So-Spooky Ghost. For a really scary experience, attend Norwalk Historical Society’s A Haunting at Mill Hill graveyard tour to hear chilling true tales of ghosts, murder, insanity and more… all from the city’s past. Tune in if you dare!

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Pumpkins, Treats & Farm Fun

And of course, Halloween festivities and fall fun go hand-in-hand! This year enjoy safety-friendly autumn activities like pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and visits to local farms. In addition to your Halloween candy, treat your sweet tooth to farm fresh pies, apple cider doughnuts and other tasty treats! Find these goodies at places like Old Cider Mill in Glastonbury, 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.

For more ideas on planning the perfect New England fall, check out these ways to enjoy the season.