October Rocks In Ct: Haunted Hayrides and Houses. Foliage and Festivals. Corn Mazes and More

I would have to sat, that as far as things to do in Ct, October is one of the busiest, and most diverse months to Out and About in the CT. It’s harvest time, so there are all sorts of events focused around that. Corn mazes, Arts & Crafts festivals (20+ so far), Haunted Hayrides, Graveyards, Houses and tours everywhere. Leaf Peepers abound, with good reason. We still have a few fairs going on. Avian Migrations mean a bird watchers paradise. This is where Ct’s small geographical footprint is our biggest advantage. Unless you are in the extreme corners of the state, you are generally only 30-45 minutes away from over 90% of what I have on the calendar.

Before I go on, a hint on using the Connecticut Events Calendar 2012. This thing is massive. At any given time, there are over 200 PAGES of events. If you are searching on the day of events, then page by page is definitely the way to go. If you are looking more than 2 days in advance, then use the search boxes at the top of page one. Go to the category box, and click on it. the drop down box will appear, and then click on the one you want. For all things October/Halloween, click on the “Connecticut Holiday”. The click search,and you are off and searching. The best part is that in addition to all the typical info you need, I am expanding the listings. I also have a directions feature. Find out how to get there, and how many miles it is. Budget your time, and see as many things as you can.

Haunted Connecticut:

This is an ongoing list. There are so many Halloween Happenings going on, that there is no way I can list them all here. Now, the Events calendar is a different story. I will have them all there. The leaders of the pack are The Haunted Trail in Wallingford, The Dark Manor in Versailles (Baltic), and Lake Compounce’s Haunted Graveyard. These events have a myriad of actors and special effects and, year after year, provide thrills and chills for all. They also have specific age recommendations, and for good reason, and some also offer a “scare free” children’s tour as well. A newcomer to this field is Decimation Park in New Haven. What sets them apart from the rest is that it is open all year. It features a “Zombie Laser Tag” and a “redemption” arcade all about kicking the Undead’s ass. Way cool folks. Waste a Zombie and get a prize. Here’s the listings, including dates, times and locations.

Non Profit Halloween Havoc:

Halloween is a great fundraising season for non profits. From A Haunting at Mill Hill to benefit the Norwalk Historical Society, to the East Haven Trolley Museums Haunted Isle to the Mark Twain Houses Graveyard Shift Haunted tour, they are all great events. In many cases they combine history and entertainment. The Noah Webster Museum will be presented West Hartford Hauntings. I will also be adding events at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum, The Cedar Hill Foundation, The Connecticut Science Museum, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and many more.

Haunted Hayrides:

This is a tough one, but I am on the case. I have found a few, such as Flaming Farm, but often they are done by smaller charities or by the Farms themselves, and many of these do not have websites, and often do not post to their Social Media accounts til the last minute. If you know of ANY  send me an email here.

Corn Mazes:

Right off the bat, Bishops Orchards in Guilford and The Farmers Cow Maze at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson are the leading contenders. These both offer HUGE mazes, with elaborate designs. Un Bishops case, it’s the Year of the Tractor. Farmers Cow is no surprise though, Just very cool.

Fall Foliage:

Right off the bat, I can tell you some of the best routes to take are Rt 7 from Danbury North is a great place to start. You can take it all the way up to the Ma border, and through great towns like Kent and Gaylordsville. This is the best route through the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. You can also take a quick detour to one of the best scenic overlooks in the state in New Milford on Route 67. If you want to cut across the State from here, Rt 202 will take you through some great antique shops and some very cool restaurants. Take Rt 8 all the way back south. Some very scenic views on the Northern Section. You can also cut across the State on Rt 4, 6 and 44. These routes will take you through a whole myriad of towns that all accentuate the diversity of the state.

Going to show some love to a part of the State we call the Quiet Corner. Just like the Litchfield Hills, this is not as populated as the rest of the State, but has fewer hills, so it does not come to everyone’s mind as a place to wander. This could not be further from the truth. To support my claims, I dare you to take a drive up Rt 169. Start at exit 83A off of I -395 and head north. You will go drive what are probably the picture perfect representation of “New England Country Roads“. Towns along the way are Brooklyn, Canterbury, and Woodstock. There are plenty of “antiquing” opportunities and no lack of great small family restaurants and specialty houses. This area is also rich in Ct History as well. Another great option is Rt 198. You can pick this road up in Chaplin from Rt 6. and take it north through Eastford and into various sections of Woodstock. Maybe go all the way north and bang a right on Rt 197 in Union and then another right onto Rt 169. Who needs a GPS. Oh, and either way, do it on a Sunday, and do it soon. Almost the end of the season at the Coventry Farmers Market. By the Way, CRFM is located on the Nathan Hale Homestead. Which is on the Ct’s Haunted House list. Maybe you should find out for yourself.One of the best in the nation. Here’s a very detailed map of the roads of Ct. Great way to plan your route..

If you are looking for a unique way to catch the fall foliage, how about cruising the Connecticut River Valley? The Connecticut River Museum’s historic schooner, the Mary E., will be setting sail for both daily and sunset cruises. Pack yourself a picnic lunch/dinner and enjoy one of the best ways I can think of to see one of Connecticut’s most scenic locations.

By October 1st, the Connecticut Halloween Havoc Calendar 2012 will be completely loaded.



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