Saturday is October 1, and with that starts what has turned into a month-long celebration of Halloween. For someone visiting the U.S. from another country, Halloween is definitely a unique cultural experience. Children and adults will dressing up, private and public parties abound and, on the day itself (October 31) legions of children will come to your door demanding candy.
Although some may think of Halloween as a children’s holiday, the adults have long ago co-opted this holiday so that many events are definitely not intended for children. The events listed below are my choices for older teens and young adults (like au pairs), but may not be suitable for children (or easily scared adults like me!).
- West Hartford Hauntings from October 21-22 and October 28-29, 2011. Take a lantern-lit tour of the Town’s North Cemetery while you hear ghost stories from a costumed guide. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 p.m. The Noah Webster house has been sponsoring this event since 2005 and people come from all over Connecticut to enjoy this event. Tickets can be ordered in advance online.
- The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT, opens on September 30 and runs every weekend until October 31. Tickets can be purchased online, and there is a coupon available.
- Fright Fest, is Six Flags New England’s Halloween Event which will take place during weekend from October 1 through October 30. Fright Fest is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13. Six Flags is located just over the border in Agawam, Massachusetts. Certain attractions, like the “Slayer’s Lair” require an additional fee. Tickets may be purchased online at a discount.
- A Hauntingly Enchanted Evening Lantern Tour And Haunted Woods Walk in Coventry, CT – October 14, 15, 21, 22. This Lantern Tour is a unique event that combines a traditional lantern tour with haunted theater and interactive scenes. Expect a few scares along the way. Reservations are required.
Monday, 26 September 2011 11:53 AM