Fall fun: Great local spots for enjoying the season

Melissa Moller

As the leaves begin to change and the weather gets a little colder, it is evident that summer is long gone and autumn has begun. One of the greatest things about Quinnipiac in the fall is its location. If you are looking for something to do in the area to celebrate this time of year, look no further.

Halloween Pumpkin Festival and Parade
WHERE: Main Street, Chester
WHEN: October 27 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: Parade, carving contest, costumed art gallery openings.
MORE INFO: (860) 526-8664, visitchester.com

Lyman Orchards/Pumpkin Festival
WHERE: Junction of Routes 147/157, Middlefield
WHEN: October 28
DESCRIPTION: Pumpkin painting, carving contests, games, prizes, hay rides and more.
MORE INFO: (860)349-1793, lymanorchards.com

Haunted Graveyard
WHERE: Lake Compounce Theme Park
822 Lake Ave., Bristol
WHEN: Now – October 31
ADMISSION: $26.95 for adults, $19.95 for children
DESCRIPTION: Ghouls and goblins greet you at the state’s largest Halloween event with a walk-through attraction featuring haunted houses and terrifying trails.
MORE INFO: (860) 583-3300, lakecompounce.com

Trail of Terror
WHERE: North Plains Hwy., Wallingford
WHEN: Weekends in October
Friday & Saturday 7 -11 p.m., Sunday-Thursday 7 – 10 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adults $10, children (9 and under) $5
DESCRIPTION: Outdoor trail takes you on a journey through over 25 interactive scenes. Parental discretion advised. Benefit for the American Red Cross.
MORE INFO: (203) 265-6721

Maximum Terror’s “Haunted House”
WHERE: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford
WHEN: Weekends in October
Friday & Saturday 7 – 11 p.m., Sunday 6 – 10 p.m.
ADMISSION: $13/person
DESCRIPTION: Spooky extravaganza that is sure to make your hair stand on end. Not suitable for children under 10 years old.
MORE INFO: (203) 322-1646

28th Annual Pumpkin Festival
WHERE: Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
WHEN: October 14, 12 – 4 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: Hay rides, farm animals, face painting, costume parade, bake sale, pumpkins, cider and more.
MORE INFO: (860) 232-1134, west-hartford.com

Fall Foliage Hike
WHERE: Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT
WHEN: October 29, 1:30 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: A three-hour hike, wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water.
MORE INFO: (203) 272-7841