By Leon A. Sylvester
Halloween is almost here and how better to get into the spirit than to willingly scare yourself half to death? Autumn time in New England is deep and rich with history of witching and ghostly tales that are spun again each Halloween Season. As a result, every fall in Connecticut, some of the spookiest, scream inspiring haunted houses in the country are held and help bring these stories to life while revisiting these ancient folklore. So if you’re looking for a good old fashion terror, check out this list of some of the haunted houses we have found in Connecticut.
Rails to the Darkside
Connecticut Trolley Museum.
58 North Road
East Windsor, CT.
Admission; Adults $13.00, Children under 14 $6.00
Ride the rails has never been so frightening. Rails to the Darkside puts an innovative twist on the traditional haunted hayride. Patrons will cruise the tracks in darkness on a trolley ride through haunted lands that including a former cemetery relocated due to railway construction. Along the ride you’ll be greeted by creatures and rotting corpses left behind and forgotten during the graveyard’s relocation.
The Haunted Graveyard
Located on the Lake Compounce Grounds
217 Enterprise Drive
Month of October, Fri,Sat, Dusk to midnight, Sun; Dusk to 10p.m.
Admission; Adults $21.99, Children under 11 $15.99
This is one of New England’s most famous Halloween attractions but that does not mean it’s forthe faint at heart. The tour of the graveyard takes nearly an hour and visitors will encounter a wide assortment of monsters, demons, ghosts and goblins while traveling through very impressively detailed scenes such as pumpkin patches, Mayan temples, a slaughterhouse and zombie forests. The Haunted Graveyard is entering its 21st year in operation, although it has only been on the Lake Compounce grounds since 2000. Prior to then it was held at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, and it originated in Ernie Romegialli’s backyard. Romegialli started the event as an attempt to distract his daughter, who had juvenile diabetes, from Halloween candy. The event now draw more than 60 thousand visitors each season and has raised over $700,000 for diabetes research with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation each year.
Factory of Terror
33 Pearl Street
Fall River, MA
Tickets for adults $23, for children $15
If you feel like taking a ride, the Factory of Terror is just 40 minutes from the Connecticut border in Massachusetts. With over 35 rooms, 100 hundred years of history, underground tunnels, professional horror film actors, this abandoned factory will bring your nightmares to life. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, this factory is seriously big. It is wheelchair accessible and allows kids – but definitely use your parental discretion. You can save a few bucks if you buy your tickets online.
Not for the Faint of Heart
Parental Discretion Advised
Trail of Terror
60 North Plains Highway
Oct, 1, 7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29,30
Now entering its 17th season, Trail of Terror in Wallingford is definitely one of the scariest Halloween attractions around. This year’s theme is ” Central Valley Hospital Nightmare Clinic and visitors can expect to encounter more than 50 of the most frightening ghosts, monsters, demons and creatures while passing through 30 different blood curling settings on their journey. When asked about the experience, Kelly Ann Franzese of Shelton said, “I’m a grown woman but Trail of Terror made me cry like a baby.” All of Trail of Terror’s inhabitants are volunteers and proceeds of the event go to a charitable foundation that provides financial aid for various programs throughout the neighboring communities.
Leon A. Sylvester lives in the Housatonic Valley and has been an avid boater and angler for over 25 years. He is a featured weekly outdoor columnist in Hersam Acorn Newspapers throughout southwestern CT.. and is a founding director of FOTHR (Friends of the Housatonic River) which is a non-profit enviromental watchdog organization protecting the shores of the lower Housatonic River. You can follow him on twitter @ Fishingreporter.