What are some of the scariest Halloween attractions nearby?
For some, Halloween isn’t about free candy and princess costumes. It’s about getting your fright on—and the scarier the better. Luckily for those of us who like the adrenaline pumping feeling of fear, there are several “haunted” spectacles throughout the area. Here are some of the best screams for your buck:
Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce (lakecompounce.com). As soon as you enter the smoke-filled gates, you can hear people screaming in the distance. Then after waiting in a long line of visibly nervous people, you navigate your way through 23 different “scares”—including a graveyard (what else?), a creepy jungle, the shack of a chain-saw-wielding madman, and a Victorian haunted house. With 150 live actors and animatronic scenes, you will either love it or hate it but you will be thoroughly spooked.
Trail of Terror, Wallingford (trailofterror.com). Some Trail of Terror devotees warn newcomers to “bring a change of pants,” as this road to raucous frights has surprised even the most jaded Halloween lover. Celebrating 20 years, the Trail is staffed by volunteers and much of the proceeds go to local non-profit agencies.
Horseman’s Hollow (hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow). A little farther afield but absolutely worth the trip, is Horseman’s Hollow in Sleepy Hollow, New York, just over the border in Westchester County. Where else would Halloween be best celebrated but in the area made famous by Washington Irving? Historic Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by a cast of the undead, evil, and insane. The actors don costumes and makeup worthy of a Broadway show, and get terrifyingly close. The luckiest visitors will get a glimpse of the ghost of that famous Hessian soldier, wearing a pumpkin for a head.