Armchair photo tours: The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

The sign to The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut

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.

The foggy entrance to Lake Compounce during The Haunted Graveyard

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.

A werewolf at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
Spider webs on the lights at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

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.

A dragon welcomes visitors to The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce.
A castle at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

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.

An ambulance outside the zombie hospital at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
One of the lighted murals at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce
A light in some tall grasses at The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

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