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Top Kid-Friendly Haunted Houses In Connecticut

October 12, 2012 12:00 PM

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(Halloween in Connecticut / Credit: Bina Joseph)

(Halloween in Connecticut / Credit: Bina Joseph)

(Halloween in Connecticut / Credit: Bina Joseph)

(Halloween in Connecticut / Credit: Bina Joseph)

As summer fades into fall and there is a decided nip in the air, there is another cause for waves of shivers and chills up and down spines and goosebumps along arms and legs. Traditionally, the autumn months, influenced no doubt by the approach of Halloween, give rise to thoughts of ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks, spooky castles and mansions, creepy graveyards and churches. The pleasurable hauntings and frights are appealing most of all to small eyes, ears and minds who like nothing better than to experience the eye-popping, heart-racing thrills while safely anchored to their parents’ sides.

Stew Leonard’s Store
Three locations throughout Connecticut

Particularly geared for the edification and thrill of young souls are the three Stew Leonard’s Stores. This one-of-a-kind grocery store and entertainment venue was dubbed by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! as “The World’s Largest Dairy.” But it is so much more than that. The mundane task of grocery shopping is enlivened by singing cows, crowing cocks and in-store entertainment in an atmosphere of a barnyard country fair. Life-like animatronics characters called the “Farm Fresh Five” perform songs and dances. Twinkie the Kid, the Chiquita Banana and Clover the mooing Cow are all on display, accompanied by costumed greeters. Through October, the stores are especially exciting for the little ones with kid-friendly spooky activities suitable for the littlest ghost hunter. Halloween events include family movie nights on Fridays, a Hay Maze and ice cream – all free for children in costume.

Related: Guide To Best Haunted Houses in CT

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The Haunted Graveyard
Lake Compounce
186 Enterprise Drive
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 583-3300
www.hauntedgraveyard.com

Dates: Weekends throughout October

Attached to Lake Compounce Amusement Park and featuring its own ghouls, ghosts, vampires and varmints, the Graveyard is an enormous walk-through complex. A collection of six haunted houses and a cemetery is traversed by labyrinthine trails linked by 17 rides. This haunted event is suitable for adults and children over 12.

West Hartford Hauntings
North Cemetery
N. Main St. and Loomis Drive
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 521-5362
www.noahwebsterhouse.org

Dates: Throughout October, click here for dates

In its eighth consecutive year, Noah Webster House sponsors these exciting lantern-lit theatrical tours featuring different historical characters of West Hartford who met violent deaths. Located in a cemetery, a costumed guide ushers visitors around, sonorously recounting the morbid details of each story as long-dead ghosts are encountered along the way. The stories this year include hapless victims of railway crashes, the tortuous tale of a Revolutionary War prisoner and the saga of an absconding apprentice.

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Amity Road Horror
667 Amity Road
Bethany, CT 06524
(203) 521-7265
www.­amity­roadhorror.­com

Dates: Weekends throughout October

Located at the golf driving range, Amity Road Horror is Connecticut’s latest horror attraction. This outdoor event operates so long as the weather cooperates. The death-defying trail winds through petrifying woods, mind-altering mazes and dungeon-like houses. Amity Road Horror is suitable for young families.

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Spooky Kingdom
14 Lovley Drive
Plantsville, CT 06479
www.spookykingdom.com

Dates: October 20-21, 27-28 and 31

This no-charge annual Halloween attraction seems to grow bigger and more spooktacular each year with the addition of high-tech attractions. A dragon-like, fire-spewing gargoyle, the grim reaper swinging his lethal scythe, a horse-drawn hearse proceeding through impenetrable fog, a graveyard alive with restless spirits and a fortune teller of doom all await your visit. It is petrification with a purpose. The thrills and chills are all the more satisfying as all donations are given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Bina Joseph, a resident of Glastonbury, CT is a freelance writer covering all things travel-related in Connecticut. A passionate veteran of the travel industry, Bina has visited more than 40 countries, giving her a unique, global perspective. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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