2001 Fall Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com For most of the year, Bristol, Connecticut is a peaceful place, best known as the headquarters of ESPN. But come October, this town in the leafy Litchfield Hills of Connecticut turns into "Spook Central," a bewitching home for two of the scariest and most unique Halloween attractions in New England. The region's largest Halloween event, the Haunted Graveyard, and the one-of-kind Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, both located in Bristol, promise chills and thrills for all. There's no telling who may pop up in the woods or pop out of a casket in the Haunted Graveyard, a 350-foot labyrinth trail through the dark woods and several haunted houses. Now in its second year at Lake Compounce, the Family Theme Park, the Graveyard has two fearful new features, the Bat Cave and a massive Vampire Castle, each with special effects that promise a new high in high-tech hysteria. The entire Theme Park will be transformed into a Halloween experience, beginning with an eerily-lit tunnel at the entrance. All of the rides have special effects in a Halloween theme and shady characters will be roaming the grounds, greeting visitors in a properly spooky spirit of the season. Two special attractions this year are a Glow in the Dark House and a Fun House, operated by a group of sinister clowns. Part of the proceeds from the Haunted Graveyard go to fight a real life monster, juvenile diabetes. To date, the event has raised over $110,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Hours for the Haunted Graveyard are October 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28 and 31. For information and rates, phone (860) 280-3399 or visit http://www.hauntedgraveyard.com Beginning October 12, weekend visitors to Bristol can also take in the Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum (860-583-8306), a horror museum celebrating its 35th birthday this year. Featured are 13 life-size replicas of famous monsters in dioramas based on vintage thrillers created by Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney. Special voice tracks recorded by Vincent Price, Mark Hamill and John Agar help bring the scenes to life. So realistic are the chilling displays that the Dungeon is not recommended for children under 6. Doors creak open from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the last three weekends in October. Disney artist and animator Mark Mitchell will be a special guest on October 20, followed on October 21 by Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris, and Dwight Frye Jr, son of the character actor seen in Dracula and many other films. Admission is 99 cents for adults, 50 cents for children age 6 to 12. For information, phone or (860) 583-8306 or see the web site, www.witchsdungeon.org. On October 6 at 7:30 p.m., "Horror at the Bijou," a monthly film series at the Memorial Boulevard Auditorium in Bristol will continue its run of classic horror movies on a theater-size screen, celebrating the 70th anniversary of two classics, Dracula, with Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein with Boris Karloff. Admission is $5 for adults, $1.50 for children, with funds going toward a permanent home for the Witch's Dungeon, with is presently open only in October. Families visiting Bristol will find two year-round attractions to keep them busy during the day, the American Clock and Watch Museum and the Carousel Museum of New England. For more information on special packages and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the area, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.