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7 of the Scariest Haunted Houses in Connecticut

Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard

Thrill seekers of Connecticut–the scariest, most heart-pounding time of the year is here. The months where in-your-face scares and terrifying costumes are acceptable.

That’s right, haunted houses are now open for your blood-curling entertainment. If you dare to spend a few hours roaming through secret passageways and chilling corners then you’ve come to the right place. We have compiled a list of the most spine-chilling haunted houses in Connecticut that are guaranteed to be bigger, better and more frightening this year.

Trail of Terror

Location: 60 North Plains Highway, Wallingford, CT 06492
Hours: October Weekends
Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm- 11pm
Sundays: 7-10pm
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: General $15, Reserved $20
This outdoor attraction is one of the best premier terror attractions in the state. This unique, frightening trail will satisfy your Halloween cravings as it leads you through various themes both inside and outside. Not only will characters jump out in unexpected moments, get ready to crawl through spaces, slide down and walk up stairs. These interactive scenes and your not so favorite scary movie characters are awaiting you in the dark—so enter if you dare.

Nightmare on Wolcott Street

Location: 1058 Wolcott Street, Waterbury
Hours: October Weekends
Fridays and Saturdays: 6pm-Midnight
Sundays: 6-11pm
Last Ticket Sold: Midnight
Length: 15 minutes
Cost: $15 per person

Growing from just a couple of rooms to an enormous 55 room terror attraction, The Nightmare on Wolcott Street is guaranteed to make the hair on the back of your neck stand. Walked at a brisk pace, this indoor walk takes you through a labyrinth of chainsaws, creepy sounds and bloody masks. The 70 actors lurking in these rooms will not let you leave with a scream. Older teens and adults won’t get much of a scare from this haunted house, but younger kids will love it.

The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

Location: 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol
Hours: October Weekends
Fridays and Saturdays: Dusk-Midnight
Sundays: Dusk-10pm
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: Combo (Rides + Graveyard) Adult $34.99 and Children $27.99; Haunted Graveyard and Lake Compounce Park (No rides) Adult $27.99 and Children $22.99

Named New England’s largest Halloween attraction, this winding path of catacombs, eerie graveyards and the reapers realm are sure to get your blood rushing. Much scarier than an average haunted house, this trail will lead you through 200 actors dressed in ghouls, cannibalis, werewolves, vampires and any other creature that lurked in your childhood nightmares. The optical illusions which explore different phobias and scents throughout the walk will surely not disappoint.

Fright Haven

Location: 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford
Hours: October Weekends
Thursdays and Sundays: 7-10pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm-Midnight
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $25 at the door and $20 if purchased online

With the tag line “You’ll be too scared to scream”, you know that this 20,000 square foot indoor attraction has to be nothing short of terrifying. Bringing those gory horror movies from the 1960s to life, this Halloween attraction is sure to give you a good scare. Knowing that this is held in an abandoned health club can already send chills down your back. Fright Haven’s combination of live actors, pneumatically operated witches and ghouls, and optical illusions will send you running through the labyrinth of scenes.

Dark Manor

Location: 25 Main Street, Baltic
Hours: October Weekends
     Friday & Saturdays: 6:30pm-Midnight
     Sundays: 6:30-11pm
Halloween: 6:30pm- 11pm
Length: 30 minutes
Cost: General $21, Matinee $11. Discounts available for groups of 12 or more.

Many are driven mad by the terror lurking in the shadows of The Manor. This haunted experience is isolated in Connecticut’s countryside and leaves you facing the terrors of not only The Manor but also The Graveyard and The Catacombs. Plunging into the surroundings of creeps and chainsaws, will leave you to navigate through the tale and face the evil residing within each hidden exit.

West Hartford Hauntings

Location: 80 North Main Street, West Hartford
Hours: October 20, 21, 27, & 28
Tours depart every 15 minutes from 6-8:45pm
Length: 45 minutes
Cost: Adults $15, Children $10

This frightening tour of one of West Hartford’s oldest cemeteries is led by a guide who will take you through the grounds, stopping at several vignettes. These locations are based on events in the lives of real past residents of West Hartford and will let you encounter the souls of this town. Thes lantern lit tours will tell the tales that will make you think twice about sleeping alone at night.

A Haunting at Mill Hill

Location: 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk
Hours: October 14 at 6, 7:30 and 9pm; October 20 at 7:30 and 9pm; October 21 at 6, 7:30, and 9pm
Cost: Adults/Teens $18, Children $12

This lantern lit tour through the old Mill Hill graveyard takes you on an hour long chilling tale of the eerie Norwalk spirits. The tour guide will share stories of death, murder, destruction and mayhem. All of the stories including the mobster and murder victim, Luigi Apicella and rabies victim, Myron Olmstead, are true and researched by local historians. Watch your back throughout the tour as there may be a few bone chilling surprises along the way.

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Kseniya Dobrovolsky

An upcoming senior marketing major at Stonehill College and Inbound Marketing intern at Pepperland Marketing. As an avid traveler, writer, and social media fanatic she is never seen without a keyboard or coffee in hand.

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