Halloween Haunts in the area anticipate successful season

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As October approaches, the hunt for a good Halloween scare is underway. This year, some new haunted attractions are being introduced while favorites are returning. 

Wayne Barneschi is gearing up for another fun year at the Trail of Terror in Wallingford, despite hurdles over the last few months. 

“It was a lot of rain and flooding,” he said. “The rain was brutal, everything got soaked, but we’re getting there and making the necessary changes.” 

Barneschi was also having a hard time finding volunteers at first. However, with just under two weeks before opening night, he has about 200 to 300 volunteers, including some new participants.   

“I don’t even think it was even COVID,” he said. “Times have changed, things are different now. People may not be willing do some things anymore.” 

The trail is introducing a new concession stand selling tator tots, a play on the attractions acronym. People can also expect a few surprises this year and some Trail of Terror classics.

“No year is the same,” Barneschi said. “What you saw last year isn’t what you’ll see this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” 

Tickets are available online only. The cost is $25 for an hour slot. Barneschi said he will still require masks while going through the trail. The Trail of Terror is located at 60 North Plains Highway. 

Haunt on Eden will be returning to Mount Southington Ski Resort in just a few weeks. Beginning Oct. 15, the outdoor haunt is prepared to scare guests from all angles and is full of surprises. 

Susan and Jeff Donis are the owners of Haunt on Eden. Susan Donis said while this year will be a lot of fun, next year is going to be even bigger. 

The haunt will run on the weekends in October. Tickets are on sale online. Admission is $18 per person or $100 for a group of six. 

Lake Compounce in Southington is introducing a family-friendly Halloween event this year. “Happy Hauntings” will allow guests of all ages to dress up in costumes, trick-or-treat and ride attractions like the Boulder Dash, Rev-O-Lution and more.  

Happy Hauntings will debut on Oct. 2 and run every weekend in October.

While Lake Compounce introduces a new event, the attraction, formerly known as the Haunted Graveyard, will be moving to Lake Quassy in Middlebury. The Haunted Graveyard was previously featured at Lake Compounce.   

Announced last month, Terror at Quassy will open on Oct. 8. The amusement ride area will be transformed into a zombie hospital, dungeons, misty walkways, demons of darkness and more. 

The attraction will run weekends in October. Tickets are $29.99 and parking is $10. 

Lyman Orchards in Middlefield is also introducing a new fall event called Evidence of Evil. The attraction will be open every Friday to Sunday in October. 

While passing through the exhibit — hidden in the woods across from the Pick-Your-Own location — people will be met by costumed actors.

Tickets are $25 and available online only. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

“We’re excited to add this new attraction to our October lineup,” Executive Vice President John Lyman said in a press release. “This promises to be an unforgettable experience.” 

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