Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
The spooks and spirits are on their way. For most of the year, Connecticut's Litchfield Hills are a calm and placid place. But come October every year, ghosts and goblins turn up to turn this scenic region into Halloween Headquarters. A ghostly graveyard billed as New England's largest and scariest event, a haunted hayride, and an encounter with Count Dracula and his horror movie pals are among the chills and thrills waiting for visitors in Bristol, while All Hollow's Eve on October 25 brings eerie happenings to Woodbury and spooks lead the way on a haunted trail in Washington. There is something for all ages, and all in a spirit of good fun.
The Haunted Graveyard
The Haunted Graveyard, opens at Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol for its eighth hair-raising season on Friday, October 3. For the entire month, the park will be turned into a spooky Halloween attraction, with spine-chilling walkways, eerie music and fog. The main event is the legendary 45-minute walk through the Haunted Graveyard itself, where a labyrinth of terrifying trails links five haunted houses and the graveyard. This year, Lake Compounce will add new terrors including the Slaughter House, Zombie Forest, the Hell Holler and the Saw Mill.
Except for Halloween night, all of the park's rides will be operating with appropriately eerie added special effects for the season. Part of the proceeds from the Haunted Graveyard is donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research.
The Witch's Dungeon
Zenobia, the Gypsy Witch once again will be bidding a cackling welcome to visitors when Bristol's Witches Dungeon Classic Movie Museum creaks opens for the 42nd year on October 3. The museum, a tribute to the classic horror films of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, features accurate life size figures of classic movie monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula in scenes or dioramas based on the vintage chillers. Voice tracks guide through the tour, with special recordings by Vincent Price, June Foray, Mark Hamill and John Agar.
More Bristol Tricks and Treats
Another popular Bristol family event is the annual Haunted Hay Ride at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve. Celebrating its 27th year, the event for children age seven and up features an hour's ride through the dark and mysterious trails of the preserve, followed by activities for children, teens and families. Rides are held on Friday and Saturday night October 10 to 25.
A happening to delight all ages is the annual Halloween Party held at Bristol's New England Carousel Museum, scheduled for October 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Activities will include Halloween games, tricks and treats and a children's costume contest.
Candlelight tours led by spookily clad 18th and 19th century spirits of Woodbury will wind through the town's Ancient Burying Grounds when the Annual All Hollow's Eve event in Woodbury takes place on Saturday, October 25. The evening's historic festivities include a tour of the Hurd House Museum, the earliest house in Litchfield County, where open hearth cooking will be underway in the 17th century kitchen. Joyce Marie Rayno, a professional storyteller, will on hand in the Hurd House Barn telling sinister tales of Moll Cramer, the witch of Woodbury. A spooky tour of the 1750 Glebe House Museum will feature Tarot card readings from Madame Suzolo. Refreshments and a light dinner will be available. Entrants to the Glebe House's annual Scarecrow Contest will be on display with the winner to be announced at the start of the All Hollow's activities.
Another museum-sponsored Halloween event in Washington is the annual Haunted Trail Walk slated for Friday night October 24 at the Institute for American Indian Studies. This guided half-mile walk goes out several times between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and ends with non-scary cider, popcorn and marshmallows roasted over the fire at the Institute's Indian village.
For more information about Halloween and other fall events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, write to the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS IN THE LITCHFIELD HILLS
Haunted Graveyard, Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, 822 Lake Avenue, Bristol. (860) 583-3300, www.hauntedgraveyard.com. Park Friday to Sunday, gates open and rides begin at 5:00 p.m., the Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk. The park is open until 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 to Nov. 1, to 10:00 p.m. Sundays October 12, 19 and 26, and on Thursday October 30. Tickets can be purchased for both the Haunted Graveyard and Lake Compounce rides, or each separately. Adults, $19.95 for the Haunted Graveyard only, $17.95 for rides only, and both for $27.95. Children 12 and under, $13.95 for the Haunted Graveyard only, $12.95 for rides only, $20.95 for both.
Witches Dungeon Movie Museum, Witches Dungeon Movie Museum, 90 Battle Street, Bristol, (860) 583-8306, www.preservehollywood.org Friday to Sunday, Oct. 3 to 5, Oct. 10 to 12, Oct. 17 to 19, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2., evenings only, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The museum is not recommended for youngster under age 7. $1 donation.
Haunted Hayride , Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol, (860) 583-1234, www.elcct.org Friday and Saturday nights October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 7 to 9 p.m. $10.
All Hollows Eve, candlelight graveyard and house tours, Glebe House Museum, 49 Hollow Road off Route 6, Woodbury, (203) 263-2855, www.theglebehouse.org. October 25, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $12 per person, $25 per family. Because tour space is limited early reservations are advised.
Haunted Trail Walk, Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road (off Route 199,)Washington. (860) 868-0518; www.birdstone.org. Friday, October 24 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Adults, $6, children, $4 Halloween Party, New England Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, (860) 585-5411,www.thecarouselmuseum.org. Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m.-6 pm. adults, $1, children, free.