Spine-chilling attractions await you throughout the greater Danbury area this Halloween, and I've picked five of the very best which are, The Forest of Fear, The Harrybrooke Park Haunted Trail, Nightmare on Wolcott Street, the Union Cemetery, and the Connecticut Paranormal Society. So it's time to get your scare on!

** Forest of Fear - Danbury

The Forest of Fear Haunted Trail at St.Gregory the Great Parish in Danbury has been adding the finishing touches for their six scare-filled nights in October, and tickets are only $15, which can be purchased on-site the nights of the event. An adult MUST accompany children under 12, and I think you know what that means. The first harrowing evening is scheduled for October 15. Something sinister awaits in the woods behind Saint Gregory the Great Parish. Get ready!

** Harrybrooke Park Haunted Trail - New Milford

Prepare for the scare! Just a warning, as you walk the haunted trail, beware of what's hiding in the trees and on the trail! Group rates are being offered this year for ten or more where the cost of admission is only $15/person and are only available online. If you're not part of a group, tickets are $20/person. Take my advice and purchase your ticket(s) in advance so you won't need to wait in a long line. Haunted Trail dates are October 15, 16, 22, and 23.

** Nightmare on Wolcott Street - Waterbury

Are you ready for 55 rooms of terror that include chain saws, super creepy sounds, animatronics, and live characters coming from all sides of the rooms? WARNING; Watch out for the skeleton character that you will never forget. The Nightmare happens every weekend in October on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Union Cemetery - Easton

Is it real or just an illusion? Throughout the years, Union Cemetery, located at 1 Stepney Road in Easton, Connecticut, has been the home to a number of reported ghosts and sightings ranging from soldiers on horseback to giggling children. Is it as evil as people say it is? According to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the answer was "yes!" They even wrote a book about it, Graveyard, which “chronicles a host of their most harrowing, fact-based cases of ghostly visitations, demonic stalking, heart-wrenching otherworldly encounters, and horrifying comeuppance from the spirit world.” Maybe it's all about whether you believe it or not. Go ahead, I dare you!

Eastern CT Paranormal Society - Danbury Library

For those of you who aren't interested in being scared to death but are still interested in exploring the possibility of paranormal activity, the Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society could be a welcome change of pace. E.C.P.S. was formed due to the increasing need for a scientific and professional approach to the paranormal. On October 6 at 7 p.m., you're invited to join a Zoom program with ECPS team members when they revisit real paranormal case studies that are fascinating. In addition, you'll learn how the people living and working among spirits could be at peace among them. Registration is required for this Zoom presentation. Register now by clicking on danburylibrary.evanced.info.

Behind the Walls of CT's Abandoned Norwich State Hospital

In this day and age, mental health treatment is serious business and in most cases, patients are treated with care and respect. This was not always the case in the U.S. and hospitals dedicated to the "mentally ill" became prisons that regularly conducted torture. America is now littered with shuttered hospitals decaying from the inside and the outside. Many believe these places still contain the dark energy left behind by the gruesome acts of the past. One of these places in Norwich State Hospital. 

Images From Inside Fairfield Hills Psychiatric Hospital in Newtown