October is one of the busiest times of year for the creepy Fecso Family. Why, you may ask? It’s Halloween, of course, you silly zombies! People are always asking us which favorite Halloween haunts our family of phantoms has traveled to, so I thought this year I would answer their questions in the form of a blogpost. Now, queue up the scary organ music, and let us begin!
In order to have the energy to scare up some family fun we must first feed our monstrous appetites, so why not have some of my very own Voodoo Stew! My recipe for the soup, and the story of the very unfortunate demise of Larry the Pumpkin, is all here, in my last year’s Halloween inspired post.
Now, here are my five frightfully fun Halloween activities for the whole family! Enjoy, if you dare…
I. CORNMAZES: It’s that eerie time of year to go walking through a cornfield, or get lost in one!
Rosedale Farms, Simsbury, Connecticut
We went to the Rosedale Farm Corn Maze, last year. As we roamed around the maze we came across the characters of Alice In Wonderland, who would direct us onward to the end of the maze. It was a fun and dark theatrical twist to the spooky family activity!
Sweet Pea Farm at the House of Hayes, North Granby, Connecticut
This year, my son and I ventured out to the Hayes Corn Maze with several of our friends. The maze is plowed into a theme every year (this year was musical instruments). Inside the maze, there were several quiz stations with multiple choices that led us down corn maze allies, to find the next station. If we answered wrong, we would come to a dead end. There were also hidden hole punch stations too! This maze kept the interest of our little goblins the whole time. I would highly recommend it!
II. HAYRIDES aren’t just for picking pumpkins. They can also be used to drive you to your doom (evil laugh)!
Flamig Farm, West Simsbury, Connecticut
There are two types of haunted hayride experiences here, one is for the little ghouls and the other is for the adult ghouls! For the past couple of years, we have been coming with our son to do the haunted kid hayride. Nathanael has always enjoyed it, and his favorite part is seeing the marshmallows on the hill. This year, my husband and I are going to experience the adult one, with our menacing friends, and I’m dying to go! If you want to be a victim…I mean, participant on the adult Nightmare Hayride, call soon – the seats are disappearing fast!
III. TROLLEYRIDES: There is nothing like a ride on a historical trolley, so why not do it on a haunted one?
The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor, Connecticut
Last weekend, we went to one of our favorite spooky spots, the Connecticut Trolley Museum. During the month of October, they have the trolley rides that take you to and from a pumpkin patch, as well as, face painting, fun tattoos and pumpkin decorating in the museum! They also have a nighttime event (with parental guidance suggested) called the Rails To The Darkside. Go, at your own risk…
IV. CREEPTASTIC DATE NIGHTS: Do you have a dangerously fun date night scheduled in October with that special scary someone? If not, then I have some ideas that will be sure to make you jump out of your skin!
Noah Webster House, West Hartford, Connecticut
One year, my husband and I decided to do a Halloween themed date nigh,t and I found a theatrical lantern-lit ghost tour called West Hartford Hauntings. What added to the hair-raising fun was that it was set in the historic North Cemetery (directly across the street from the Noah Webster House).
Masonic Lodge, Simsbury, Connecticut
I literally went by this sign yesterday, and I had to stop. This Sunday will be a ghostly discussion called “A Journey Into The Paranormal” that a local Paranormal Investigation Society will be hosting. I will be there! Which one of you menacing mummies want to join me?
V. HALLOWEEN DAY: I have saved the best for last! This year’s Halloween will be celebrated on a Saturday, so there are lots to do then just handing out candy and trick-o-treating.
Monster Dash Race, Simsbury, Connecticut
For those of you that are looking to run from the Boogey man, register for the Monster Dash 5k and Kids Fun Run that is taking place on Halloween morning, at Stratton Brook Park! Costumes are highly recommended, and the funds raised from the event will go to the Squadron Line school enrichment programs.
Spooktacular Chili Challenge, Simsbury, Connecticut
Now, that you have worked up another wicked appetite after your Monster Dash, come out to the Simsbury Spooktacular Chili Challenge at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. Activities listed on their site include a costume contest, hard cider and beer tasting, shopping, live music and face painting!
So there it is, the list of freakishly fun and local activities that can be enjoyed by all! If you are not in the Farmington Valley area, don’t scream, just look for activities to do from town historical societies and Patch.com websites in your local areas.
Have a happy and safe Halloween from the our creepy family to yours!
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