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Connecticut Halloween events for 2011 part 2

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Haunted History Tour
October 28; 6-9 pm
Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford
860.522.6766
Admission: $10; $8 in advance with reservation
stanleywhitman.org
More info: Watch performers from the Stanley Whitman house as they re-create the 1630s witch hunt with In a Preternatural Way, the Witchcraft Trial of Mary Barnes at 6 p.m. After that, guests can sit down with Andre Keitt for spooky stories, go on a ghost hunt and tour the Old State House. At 8 p.m., staff members from the Old State House will lead visitors on a guided lantern tour of the Ancient Burying Ground. Light refreshments, craft activities and scavenger hunts will be available all night.

West Hartford Hauntings
October 21 & 22, 29 & 30; 6-8:45 pm, every 15 minutes
North Cemetery, North Main Street, West Hartford
860.521.5362
Admission: $13; under 17 $9 (reservations highly recommended)
noahwebsterhouse.org
More info: A spooky theatrical lantern light tour of North Cemetery, featuring encounters with the ghosts of historical characters. The stories this year include husband and wife train accident victims, the story of a Revolutionary War prisoner, and the tale of a runaway apprentice.

Legends and Hauntings Lantern Tour
October 29 & 30; 6-8 pm
Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield
203.259.1598
Admission: $7; members $5. Please pre-register.
fairfieldhs.org
More info: Get chilled to the bone on this walking tour that explores haunting legends and folklore as night descends. Hear about body snatching in the cemetery, ghost legends at the Tavern and stand on the site where wary townsfolk tested alleged witches in the 17th century.

Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour
October 1-29; Fridays & Saturdays at 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
860.522.9258 ext. 317
Admission: $15 (reservations suggested; ages 12+)
harrietbeecherstowe.org
More info: Who will show up on the K2 meter and the digital voice recorder? What did the Ghost Hunters Team find? What did Harriet Beecher Stowe know about seances and Spiritualism? A 45-minute spine-tingling tour offered Fridays and Saturday evenings only in October.

Rails to the Darkside
October 7-29; Fridays & Saturdays 7-9:30 pm
Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor
960.627.6540
Admission: $13; under 12 $6
ct-trolley.org
More info: A bone chilling ride aboard a trolley cart the the “Darkside” where anything can happen. Also, a terrifying tour of the spirit inhabited cemetery and car barn.

Graveyard Shift Tours
October 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 27; hourly from 6 to 9 pm
Mark Twain House Museum, Hartford
860.247.0998
Admission: $18; members $15 (reservations required)
marktwainhouse.org
More info: Reported ghostly apparitions, mysterious bangs, and other unexplained phenomena, along with visits from Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy, have led to reprise the popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours this year. Hear spooky tales and learn about Mark Twain’s own interest in the supernatural.

Cedar Hill’s Haunted History Lantern Tour
October 28
Cedar Hill Cemetry, 453 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford
860.956.3311
Admission: $15 (pending availability); $12 in advance (guaranteed reservation)
cedarhillfoundation.org
More info: The only night during the year that the cemetery is open to the public after dark. Led by lantern light, attendees will visit the final resting places of some of Cedar Hill’s notable and not-so-notable residents. Character actors will share their true-yet-darker-tales. To ensure your participation in this tour, reservations are required for specific time slots! Please note: This tour may NOT be suitable for children under 13. Wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

The Silo and the Supernatural
October 30; 4-6 pm
Hunt Hill Farm, Upland Road, New Milford
860.355.0300
Admission: $15; in advance $10 (ages 12 and up)
hunthillfarmtrust.org
More info: Enter the realm of the paranormal with The Northwest Ct Paranormal Society’s professional investigator John Zontok and Bob Mills, a professional photographer who helps the team differentiate true paranormal pictures from forged images. They will discuss the history of the Society, the ‘tools of the trade,’ the history of paranormal photography, and share audio of ghostly voices and videos of what could be a revolutionary soldier. Plus a question and answer segment.

Haunted Lantern Tour
October 22; 8-11 pm
Derby Green, Derby
203.906.4343
Admission: $5
valleyartscouncil.org
More info: Learn about the history and the mystery behind some of Derby’s famous haunts during a 30-minute guided walking tour that finishes off with a brief look inside the (haunted?) Sterling Opera House, recently featured on SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters.” Net funds from the event benefit “Save Our Sterling,” a group raising money to restore the interior of the building.

Mystic Seaport’s Sights & Frights
October 21-22 & 28-29
Mystic Seaport, Mystic
860.572.5322
Admission: $13; (members $12)
mysticseaport.org/
More info: A haunted Halloween celebration with fun for the entire family. Step back in time and wind your way through the spooky 19th-century village with beautifully carved pumpkins lighting the way. Take a journey through a haunted ship, or listen to chilling tales of long ago. Have your future told by a roaming fortune teller, enjoy seasonal refreshments in our tavern and be entertained by musicians singing eerie tunes of long ago. The fun includes crafts, games and a nightly costume parade for our younger visitors. There will be activities that are “family-friendly,” “mildly-creepy,” and “not for the faint of heart!”

Quiet Corner Paranormal lecture
October 17; 6:30-8 pm
Thompson Public Library, Thompson
860.923.9779
Admission: Free
qcparanormal.net
More info: Quiet Corner Paranormal showcases paranormal evidence from their investigations all over The Nutmeg State. This is my paranormal investigation group and we are looking for three new investigators to help us out on future investigations.

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