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Mystic Country Haunted Happenings

Friday 11 October 2013

Fall and Halloween festivities in eastern Connecticut. Events filled with things that go bump in the night, plus some great fall festivals for those who prefer to explore during the day.

Pumpkin PictureHaunted Corn Maze
Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry
September 27-28 & October 4-5
A moderately scary walk through the corn maze brimming with spooks in the dark. Created by The Young Friends of Hale this annual event features a different maze every year. ctlandmarks.org

Haunted Halloween
Ukleja Farms, Oakdale
Friday and Saturday, October 3-27, 6-9pm
This walking tour of the tree farm will take you over the troll bridge, past the newly unearth cemetery filled with skeletons, flying witches and ghost and goblins. uklejaschristmastreefarm.com

Dark Manor Haunted House, Norwich
October 4 – November 2
Voted Connecticut's #1 Scariest Haunted House. Come visit two floors of fright and the adjoining haunted village and graveyard, both with a great mix of props, special effects and actors. A forever-evolving maze of rooms, corridors and spaces. Be prepared to be scared! darkmanorproductions.com

Blue Slope’s Fall Festival
Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin
October 5 & 6
Bring the family, neighbors and friends! Come see various historical farming techniques and participate in some on the farm fun activities including apple pie and butter making, animal parade and more. blueslope.com

Ye Antientist Burial Ground Walking Tour
Hempsted Houses, New London
October 6, 1-3:30pm
Tour the burying ground — one of the oldest in New England — with Hempsted Houses Site Historian Sally Ryan and conservator Lance Meyers. ctlandmarks.org

Pumpkinlandia
Fort Hill Farms, Thompson
October 10-14; 5:30pm
Experience the imaginative world of 11th Hour Farming Artists’ Tales in Pumpkinlandia. Wander along a winding path, illuminated by elaborately carved jack-o-lanterns, as you are taken on magical journey full of mystery and wonder, plus explore the farm’s Corn Maze Adventure or Mini Moo Labyrinth. forthillfarms.com

Groton Fall Festival, Groton
October 12, 10am – 6pm
A community-wide event with a variety of entertainment including children’s entertainer Steve Elci and Friends, guitarist Lou Mazi, April’s Balloon Creations and more. Over 100 vendors. grotonbiz.com

Monty’s Fall Festival
The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, Oakdale
October 12-14
This Columbus Day Weekend discover free family fun activities with admission to the park including fall crafts, moon bounce, scavenger hunt, petting zoo and special events happening everyday all weekend long! naturesartvillage.com

Spooky Nights
Brooklyn Fair Grounds, Brooklyn
October 18 & 19
6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm & 8:30pm
Come and take a hay wagon ride that will take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget! See ghosts, vampires and other spooky sights as you make your way by wagon through the fairgrounds. Check out our not-so-scary Spooky Land, with activities for the kids! Advance ticket purchase recommended. www.brooklynct.org

Sights & Frights
Mystic Seaport, Mystic
October 18-19 & 25-26, 6-9:30pm
Walk through the haunted schooner and be sure not to run into the spirit of a ghostly sailor along the way. Listen to scary stories for all ages and watch as “The Curse of the Demeter” unfolds with three spine-chilling scenes inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Kids, wear your best costume and march in the nightly parade at 7:30 p.m. mysticseaport.org

Great Pumpkin Festival & Fall Foliage Train Ride
Downtown Putnam
October 19
The Town of Putnam and the Putnam Business Association proudly present the Great Pumpkin Festival! Bring the whole family for a day of giant gourds, a crafts festival, live music and great food. Don't forget to buy your tickets for the Train Ride Excursion, a leisurely, scenic train ride through The Last Green Valley. putnambusiness.org

Pumpkin Tours
Creamery Brook Bison Farm, Union
October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2pm
Take a wagon ride to see the bison and on your return trip pick and decorate your own pumpkin. Advance reservations recommended. creamerybrookbison.net

Fall-O-Ween
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
October 19-20 & 26-27
Ghosts and ghouls of all ages—celebrate crisp, glorious fall at Mystic Aquarium’s family-friendly Fall-O-Ween! The Aquarium will be decked out with fall decorations and celebrating with fun activities such as scavenger hunts, Halloween crafts, be amazed by a juggler and so much more! Check out our talented divers who not only carve pumpkins, but they are so good they can carve pumpkins underwater! mysticaquarium.org

New London Halloween Town
Downtown New London
October 25, 5-9pm
Food vendors, costume contest, safe trick or treating, kids dance party, hay rides, pumpkin displays and a creepy animal sanctuary. newlondonhalloweentown.com

Trick or Treat Night
Downtown Putnam
October 25, 5-7pm
Every October, the Putnam Business Association offers families a free opportunity to provide their children with a safe and fun Halloween experience. Come get in on this sweet event when dozens of business owners line up and down Main Street and pass out handfuls of candy to thousands of little ghost and ghouls! putnambusiness.org

A Hempsted Halloween
Hempsted Houses, New London
October 25 & 26; Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. 1-4 pm
On Friday, explore New London’s oldest house by candlelight, hear colonial myths and superstitions, plus enjoy seasonal refreshments (recommended for ages 12 & up). On Saturday, bring the family and make a spook-tacular mask, while enjoying cider and cookies. ctlandmarks.org

Spooky Nature Trail
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic
October 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Investigate the Nature Center trails on a self-guided tour past nymphs and fairies, wild animals, jack-o-lanterns and other frightful and delightful creatures. In addition to the haunted woods, participants will enjoy Halloween treats and cider, spooky crafts for children, games, and up-close visits with the Nature Center’s resident snakes, turtles, and frogs. Don’t forget your flashlight! dpnc.org

Scarecrow Kingdom
Davis Park, Danielson
October 26, 1-2:30pm
Families, bring down some old clothing and build a scarecrow with the hay and stakes. Limited to the first 100 families. Event includes Trick or Treating down Main Street. killingly.org

Fright Night
Killingly Community Center, Killingly
October 27
The Little Theatre on Broad Street presents a guided tour haunted house-style event at the Killingly Community Center. Tickets are available for $5 each and tour times start at 5:30 PM and run every 15 through until 8:30 PM. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the recreation office and if any remain they will be sold at the door. killingly.org

Niantic Village Halloween Parade, Niantic
October 27, 1pm
Connecticut’s fan-favorite Town of 2013 invites you and your little one to celebrate in its Halloween festivities. Children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for "Tricks and Treats" starting at 1pm. Among the event's signature features is the always-popular Halloween Parade which begins at 2pm starting at Hole-in-the-Wall Beach. Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded. discovereastlyme.com

Halloween Trick or Treat
Olde Mistick Village, Mystic
October 31, 4-6pm
Olde Mistick Village Merchants will be handing out treats for the young ones. Come see your fellow ghosts, goblins and fairies as you stroll from shop to shop. Event held rain or shine. oldemistickvillage.com

Halloween Party
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket
October 31, 9:30pm
A night full of fright with celebrity appearances, a celebrity DJ and prizes! Come experience the Monster Mash Candy Bar and more! Costumes required. (No masks allowed.) Tickets must be purchased in advance. foxwoods.com

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