Connecticut has many authentic haunted houses, museums, forests and roads you can visit. However, your chances of running into an actual ghost or having something significantly scary happen are kind of slim. If you’re looking for a good scare for the holiday, Connecticut has several theatrical haunted houses that will give you enough scares to last through next Halloween. Here is a list of the top five haunted attractions for Halloween in the state.
1. Dark Manor Haunted House, Norwich
“Where terror lives in Connecticut”. This haunted attraction was voted number one scariest in Connecticut. It is two haunted attractions in one, the manor and haunted village with a graveyard. 2010 is Dark Manor’s sixth season and they make it scarier each year! Dark Manor is located at 25 Main Street in Versailles. You can find more information at www.darkmanorproductions.com
2. The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, Bristol
The largest haunted attraction in the state also gives half it’s proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Haunted Graveyard is a Mammoth Walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houses and a graveyard, all linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails. There are also eighteen adult rides operating and the theme park is decorated solely for Halloween. The park is open weekends in October through the 31st. Visit www.lakecompounce.com for more information.
3. Trail of Terror, Wallingford
Another contender for best haunted attraction in Connecticut, this year’s theme is the story of a mental hospital incident gone terribly wrong. The attraction often sells out quickly so advanced tickets are highly recommended. Please visit www.trailofterror.com for advance tickets and operating schedule.
4. Spooky Kingdom, Plantsville
Spooky Kingdom is another haunted attraction running for a good cause; The Alzheimer’s Association. This family run haunted “yard” features fifteen separate animated attractions. Spooky Kingdom becomes larger every year. Though this is not your average jump and scare haunted house, the way the Burke’s have set up their display has definitely sent one more than one person screaming into the night. This attraction is free of charge, visit www.spookykingdom.com for directions and dates.
5. A hauntingly enchanted evening, lantern tour and haunted woods walk, Coventry
Transport yourself to a time when the supernatural was a part of everyday life – when malevolent spirits wandered the earth. Sit for a spell in the tavern for refreshments while enjoying period entertainment. Learn of the strange happenings afflicting the Strong Family including the untimely death of beloved Mary. Take a walking tour (if you dare) of the haunted woods where restless spirits lurk awaiting their next victims. Visit www.gravesidemanor.com for more information.