It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween, the nights are cooler, masks have appeared, candy, orange and black knick knacks are dotting store shelves. Halloween is one of the most popular holidays besides Christmas and all of Connecticut has something going on to celebrate it. Here is a list I’ve compiled our state’s top Halloween attractions for 2011.
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s Halloween Knights,
Get ready for a special Halloween event like nothing you’ve ever seen before as the Pumpkin King joins King Arthur for an extended-hours event. Beginning at 5:30pm the Faire slowly transitions from happy harvest festival to haunting Halloween fun. Throughout the village zombies wander the streets looking for opportunities to pose for fun photos; there are costume contests for kids and adults; a chance to have your picture taken with the Pumpkin King; fire shows light up the night and dazzle audiences; jack o’ lanterns cast an eerie glow upon the streets as crowds shuffle back and forth to see the shows leading up to the “Joust to the Undeath”; hot mulled cider, pumpkin pie, shopping, and fun for all awaits. When the bell tolls seven, mortals are invited to watch the Witch Queen and a Death Knight take to the field of shadows where they joust upon Nightmares for the right to escape Limbo. The victor will gather souls for the dark one for a year’s time. The Headless Horseman, Jack of the Lantern, joins the battle in a contest where there can be only one. Magic will scorch the air, fiery lances will shatter in the night with unholy vengeance, and flaming swords will cut to bone. Bring your friends, your family, and even your enemies… nobody wants to die alone.
Niantic Village Halloween Parade
Come one, come all, to one of the most highly entertaining events in town ~ the annual Niantic Halloween Parade.
Sponsored by the East Lyme Business Organization and the East Lyme Parks & Rec. Dept., the parade will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2011 beginning at 1:00 p.m., when children are welcome to browse the downtown shops for “Tricks and Treats”.
Among the parade’s signature features is the always popular Halloween Parade which will begin at 2:00 p.m. (starting at Hole-in-the-Wall)
Candy for the kids and costume prizes to be awarded. Niantic is home to my favorite book shop (The Book Barn) and it is genuinely haunted!
Evenings at Hale: Ghost Stories at the Nathan Hale Homestead and the haunted corn maze
Date: 28 October 2011 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Experience the Hale Homestead by candlelight. Special historical-themed tours focus on 18th-century courting practices, tavern life, Hale family art and ghost stories. Tours at 6 and 8 pm. $25/$20 for CTL members. $80/$60 for the 4-night package. Includes refreshments. Reservations required
Haunted Corn Maze
Date: 1 October 2011 07:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Summary: $8 / $25 for families (2 adults and any number of children) Bring your flashlights and leave your scaredy-pants at home! Not recommended for small children. Please visit the Connecticut Landmarks website for more information.
The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum in Bristol Connecticut
Venue: 90 Battle St.
Dates: September 30, 2011 – October 31, 2011
A wax museum style tribute to the classic horror films of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Vincent Price and the artistry of the makeup in these vintage thrillers.
The Haunted Graveyard
Venue: Lake Compounce Theme Park, Bristol Connecticut
Dates: October 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Description: A mammoth walk-through attraction featuring six haunted houses and a graveyard all linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails.
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