Fear Factor: Haunted Houses in Connecticut

A home in Southington, Conn. that was formerly the site of a funeral home and allegedly haunted in 1986 is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2009. A Hollywood horror film that depicts the alleged haunting of the home is turning into a nightmare for the home’s current owners.

Halloween has become a month-long celebration in Connecticut, especially among older kids who want to scare themselves half to death. To help them do just that, a creepy world of haunted houses and scary cemetery tours have popped up to ratchet up the fear factor. Be warned that most of these attractions are not for young children. While these attractions are working hard to enhance safety, we recommend reading this year’s suggested Halloween safety guidelines before deciding to venture out. Get ready to get your scare on with these frightfully good Connecticut haunts!

Legends of Fear, Shelton

Board the tractor-pulled hay wagons into the fields and forest of fear and spine-chilling fun at the Legends of Fear in Shelton. To enhance safety, all staff and customers will be required to wear face masks, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other groups, and have their temperature checked upon entry.

The Haunted Isle, East Haven

At the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, The Haunted Isle sends you into somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks with things lurking in the night. To enhance safety while at Haunted Isle, social distance is maintained, guests and characters must wear masks, and hand sanitizer is available.

Trail of Terror, Wallingford

The Trail of Terror in Wallingford is perhaps Connecticut’s best-known haunted house tour. The attraction is implementing a number of safety guidelines so guests can focus on frightful fun!

Dark Manor Haunted House, Baltic

Step into The Manor and experience the ghastly entities that haunt its tormented halls. If you survive the Manor, you are left with no choice but to enter The Graveyard at the Dark Manor Haunted House in Baltic. To enhance safety, they will be following the state’s latest guidance which includes protocols such as masks and more.

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks, Milford

Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks are lantern-lit and spirited guided tours. Hear about some of the local history including the deadly curses on Charles Island and the “witch” buried in the Milford Cemetery. Group numbers will be limited and all guests will be required to follow safety guidelines.

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours, Hartford

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, the Mark Twain House offers nighttime tours and learn about Mark Twain’s interest in the supernatural. Guided tour capacity will be limited to allow for social distance between visitors in every room of the house.

Ghosts of New Haven, New Haven

If you are looking or a hauntingly good time, Ghosts of New Haven is running three 90 minute tours designed to enchant, entertain, inform, and scare you. Social distancing will be enforced as well as face masks, hand sanitzer availability, contactless payment for gratuity and more.

Things That Go Bump in the Night, Coventry

Shiver and shudder through a special candlelight tour that will take you around the historic and haunted Nathan Hale Homestead. Prepare to hear real ghost encounter stories, hear creaks, and feel cold spots. In order to protect the health of the community, all staff and visitors must wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Other Scary Options

For a fun evening, participate in the town of Putnam’s Zombie Fashion Show.  All ages and zombies are welcome to walk the cat walk. Learn about legends and spooks when you take a Seaside Shadows Haunted History tour in Mystic. Experience true and haunting stories during the West Hartford Hauntings. In Willimantic, hear true and terrifying events in Nightmare on Main: Monsters performances. At the Flamig Farm in West Simsbury their Haunted Petting Zoo is a bit scary, but a lot of fun.

Additional Resource

Many attractions require tickets, so better make your plans soon! The haunting season doesn’t last forever! 

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