Photos by Cheryl Landes
In the fall, Connecticut is well-known for its beautiful fall colors and a spooky experience like no other.
It’s time to beware in Bristol.
That’s because the ghosts, vampires, and other frightful creatures of the night return to The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America. Lake Compounce opened in 1846.
The graveyard is only the beginning of this experience. The one-mile journey crosses a cemetery with bodies that prefer to stay above the ground, a dungeon, slaughterhouse, vampire’s haunt, witch’s lair, zombie hospital, haunted cornfield, and more.
The walk is approximately 90 minutes long.
If you scare easily, I do not recommend this tour. Actors jump out or scream along the journey, but they don’t touch anyone. For those who love frights, however, it’s a top-notch experience—among the best I’ve had.
This tour is not designed for small children, either.
Lake Compounce is located at 185 Enterprise Drive in Bristol, Connecticut (Exit 31 from Interstate 84), 19 miles southwest of Hartford.