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Halloween 2017 -- Costume Parades, Pumpkin Carving, Jack O Lanterns

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Children & Families

Pumpkintown USA 2017 - East Hampton, CT

Sep 16, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Pumpkintown U.S.A., 93 East High Street East Hampton, CT
Great place for the youngsters for a Halloween treat. A non-scary adventure through a town with a saloon, jail, country store, post office and a fire department. Take a hay ride and catch a glimpse of more than 30 pumpkin-headed characters and their dwellings.
Time: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Weather permitting.
Admission: Weekends and holidays: village, $6; hay ride, $7; village and ride $12. Weekdays: village, $2; hay ride. $7

"Dracula - Goes to High School" - Bridgeport, CT

Oct 7, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Kids Stage at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street Bridgeport, CT
It’s the first day back at school for the students of Transylvania High School in this rockin’ new musical, but not everyone is excited. It’s not always fun being the new kid in school, but that’s just what young Dracula needs to do. Come join the Halloween adventure. Children’s Theatre shows run 75-80 minutes with a 10-minute intermission. Dates: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: $19-$23
Telephone: 203-576-1636

Howl-o-Ween at the Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport, CT

Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue Bridgeport, CT
This family-oriented event features activities and attractions geared towards kids ages 8-15. Also: magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, dancers, and more. Braver children (and parents!) can enter two haunted houses, the haunted hayride, all performances, face-painting, carousel rides. Dates: October 14, 21, 27, and 28.
Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
Admission: $12-$15; parking is free.
Telephone: 203-394-6565

Spooky Nature Trail 2017 - Mystic, CT

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road Mystic, CT
Explore the Nature Center trails on a self-guided tour with weird and wild animals, glowing, jack-o-lanterns and frightful and delightful creatures of all kinds. Families will enjoy spooky-themed crafts and games for children. Treats and cider available for purchase.
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; children, $12
Telephone: 860-536-1216

Make Up Halloween Stories Famiy Day at the Mark Twain House - Hartford, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
Come hear how Twain created nightly bedtime stories for his three daughters, using objects in his home for inspiration. Then, play a similar storytelling game using Halloween-inspired objects! Fun for all ages. This event is free, but pre-registration is recommended.
Time: 1 p.m.
Admission: Free

Ballet Spooktacular 2017 - Old Saybrook, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT
The Spooktacular opens with short ballet dances that capture the spirit of Halloween. Girls and boys parade onstage after the show, then trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for photographs with the dancers.
Time: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances each day
Admission: Adults, $20; children age 12 and younger, $14

Trick or Treat at Roseland Cottage - Woodstock, CT

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT
Ghosts of Halloween pass out candy at Roseland Cottage to anyone with the courage to knock. Stop by and put the “Gothic” in Gothic Revival this Halloween.
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Monster Mash 2017 at Stepping Stones - Norwalk, CT

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Avenue, Mathews Park Norwalk, CT
Families can meander through a Halloween maze, make crafts and meet live creatures like a pink-toed tarantula, emperor scorpion, and others. Play games like Witch Hat Ring Toss and Monster Bean Bag Throw. Decorate a giant pumpkin, wrap a mummy, or make a spider web. Watch a demonstration of witch’s magic. The Stepping Stones Cafe will be open. Registration is required.
Time: 5-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $17 per person

Dance

Ballet Spooktacular 2017 - Old Saybrook, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT
Special effects and bewitching costumes set the stage for spirited performances of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Dancing Bones," and "Halloween Waltz." Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for pictures with the dancers.
Time: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances each day
Admission: $14-$20
Telephone: 860-510-0453

Film

Classic Horror Movie: “Creature from the Black Lagoon” - Clinton, CT

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike Clinton, CT
Relive the horror in classic black and white at Henry Carter Hull Library Library with a free screening of the 1954 film “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” starring Richard Carlson and Julie Adams. This monster classic tells the tale of a mysterious creature who escapes the grasp of scientists to abscond with their beautiful assistant. Rated G.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Telephone: 860-669-2342

Historic

Holidaze: The Real Story of Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas Exhibit - Guilford, CT

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street Guilford, CT
Explore the origins and myths of our most popular holidays. Hands-on activities include trying on Halloween costumes, a trivia challenge, and writing letters to Santa. Held Wednesdays through Sundays.
Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors, $6; children (6-17), $5

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours 2017 at the Mark Twain House. - Hartford, CT

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goose bump-inducing. Participants will hear lots of creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's interest in the supernatural. Not for children under age 10. Dates: October 6, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.
Time: Four tours are offered each evening, at 6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m.
Admission: $25; $17 for children age 16 and younger
Telephone: 860-247-0998

A Haunting at Mill Hill 2017 - Norwalk, CT

Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 2 East Wall Street Norwalk, CT
As the sun sets, the spirits come out to play. Take a lantern-lit tour through the Mill Hill graveyard and hear stories of murder, death, and destruction. Norwalk mobster Luigi Apicella and rabies victim, Myron Olmstead will be a couple of the ghosts you will meet. If it rains, the walk will be suspended but the spirits will tell their tales inside the Town House.
Time: October 14 at 6, 7:30, and 9 p.m.; October 20 at 7:30 and 9 p.m.; October 21 at 6, 7:30, and 9 p.m.
Admission: Adults and teens over age 13, $15-$18; children ages 8-12, $10-$12
Telephone: 203-846-0525

Roseland After Dark - Woodstock, CT

Oct 18, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169 Woodstock, CT
Have you ever wondered what our landmark Gothic cottage is like after dark? Experience the light and shadows of the house as the family did on this intimate and evocative tour.
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $15

Things That Go Bump In the Night - Coventry, CT

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street Coventry, CT
The evening features a special candlelight tour, room-by-room, all the way up to the attic of the Nathan Hale Homesite. Hear the traditional Homestead ghost stories and the Hale staff’s spooky Homestead stories, as featured on the Syfy channel’s Ghost Hunters. Includes refreshments. Reservations required at 860-742-6917 or hale@ctlandmarks.org.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $25
Telephone: 860-742-6917

Ghostly Sightings 2017 at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion - Norwalk, CT

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, 295 West Avenue Norwalk, CT
The tours will take place inside the Mansion, cloaked in darkness, where interpreters will lead visitors by candlelight and tell the haunting history of Connecticut’s witch hunts and trials, the New England Vampire Panic began, and ghost sightings at the Mansion. Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sundays, October 20-22, 27-29. Advance payment and reservation required.
Time: Tours at 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person
Telephone: 203-838-9799

A Hempsted Halloween 2017 - New London, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 21, 2017 Hempsted Houses, 11 Hempsted Street New London, CT
Get into the spirit of the season with A Hempsted Halloween. Experience the city's oldest house at twilight while meeting ghosts of past New Londoners with ghoulish stories to tell. Hear their tales and talk with them if you dare! Then visit our stone house to enjoy some cider and make s’mores over an open fire.
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Telephone: 860-443-7949

Up Close and Creepy - Witches and Tombstones Tours - Wethersfield, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017 Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street Wethersfield, CT
During the 1800s, straw was strewn onto the lid of a lowered coffin before shoveling began, because, said Nathaniel Hawthorne noted, “the clods on the coffin lid have an ugly sound.” This and many other historical details will be told during the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual Witches and Tombstones Tours. Space is limited. The tours include walking on uneven ground and the use of stairs.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $15 per person.
Telephone: 860-529-0612

Spirits at Stowe 2017: An Otherworldly Tour - Hartford, CT

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 77 Forest Street Hartford, CT
Tour the Stowe House after dark, explore 19th century Spiritualism and hunt for ghosts. L earn about Harriet Beecher Stowe and paranormal beliefs of the 19th century. For guests ages 12 and older. Tickets.
Time: October 21 at 8:30 p.m.; October 20, 27, 28 and 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 per person

Hallowed History Lantern Tour 2017 at Cedar Hill Cemetery - Hartford, CT

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Cedar Hill Cemetery, 453 Fairfield Avenue Hartford, CT
History comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill. Character actors share tantalizing true stories of some of our notable and not-so-notable residents. Reservations required for specific time slots. Book your reservations early by phone. Please note: This tour is NOT be suitable for children under 13. Bring a flashlight.
Time: 6-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $15
Telephone: 860-956-3311

Halloween Hysterics at Henry's 2017 - Guilford, CT

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield Street Guilford, CT
The lights will be off in Connecticut’s oldest house, so bring a flashlight to explore. Admission includes self-guided tours of the 1639 Whitfield House, scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays about the Whitfield connection to the Salem witch trials and the Guilford Green graveyards.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $8; seniors & college students, $6; children age 6-17, $5
Telephone: 203-453-2457

Music

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Halloween Costume Ball 2017 - Hartford, CT

Oct 29, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Infinity Hall Hartford, 32 Front Street Hartford, CT
Who better way to celebrate Halloween with than the truly oddball Slambovian Circus of Dreams, once described at “the hillbilly Pink Floyd”? The band produces Halloween shows every year at moving locations. Get dressed up to party down with a fantastic quartet.
Time: Show at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $24 - $39
Telephone: 860-560-7757

Outdoor Activities

Halloween Spooktacular with Audubon - Greenwich, CT

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Audubon Center, 613 Riversville Road Greenwich, CT
Come to two events, for younger and for older kids.
Nature Walk for ages 3 to 10. Discover the magic of nature as you help solve a mystery. Come dressed in costume and meet some of your favorite characters as you walk the trail. Not scary. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $13
Frightful Forest for ages 11 and older. Something has gone terribly wrong in the forest! Tread lightly as you go on your way- unspeakable horrors and terrible creatures lie around every turn. Very scary. 7-9 p.m. $13
Time: See description above
Admission: See description above

Parties, Dances, Balls

Haunted Hall Crawl and Halloween Ball 2017 - New Haven, CT

Oct 26, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT
The spirits of the Peabody Museum come alive at the haunted costume ball! Dance with the dinosaurs, slither with snakes, drink the witch's brew, and take tours of terror through haunted halls. Costumes encouraged but not mandatory — the evening's "best" costume will be handsomely rewarded. For guests age 18 and older. Food and cocktails served.
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Admission: $10 for students; $17.50 for Yale employees; $25 for non-members

Science & Nature

Spooktacular 2017 at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium - Bridgeport, CT

Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT
The day will be filled with spooky activities and fun for the entire family. Some of the highlights will include a Pumpkin Chunkin competition, Exploding Jack-O-Lanterns, and our Mad Scientist laboratory. (We really like to blow stuff up!) Bring your eerie engineers and mysterious mathematicians for some silly, spooky STEM fun! Costumes are strongly encouraged. No adult full face masks, please
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Normal museum admission fees apply.
Telephone: 203-372-3521

Theater

Nautical Nightmares 2017 at Mystic Seaport - Mystic, CT

Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT
Nautical Nightmares is a dramatic experience that explores ghost tales, legends, and unsolved mysteries of days gone by. Spirits guiding you through a darkened village are among the ghostly goings-on of this theatrical performance. Each performance is about an hour. Preregistration is encouraged. For guests ages 12 and older. Nautical Nightmares requires a special ticket in lieu of general admission. Dates: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29.
Time: Tours begin at 6 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes.
Admission: Adults, $25; youth, $20
Telephone: 860-572-5331

The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde radio drama - Hartford, CT

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT
As in the golden age of radio, Capital Classics Theatre Company members use live sound effects, music, and storytelling skills to tell the tale of Dr. Jekyll, who faces horrible consequences because of a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. Performances will also include readings of some short stories by Mark Twain. Fine for all ages.
Time: October 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.; October 29 at 2 p.m.
Admission: $20

Trains

Rails to the Darkside 2017 - East Windsor, CT

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road (Route 140) East Windsor, CT
During this haunted experience, ride vintage trolleys into the dark woods for a fear that you will never forget. This experience is rated PG-13, for guests age 16 and older. The event will be held on Friday and Saturday nights. Not for children.
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 per person