Fall Season 2005

Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
Ph: 800-663-1273
Email: lhcvbnwct@aol.com
For Immediate Release

Ghouls and goblins, gallows and guillotines and a witch's dungeon filled with Hollywood 's most famous monsters are among the eerie experiences awaiting visitors to Bristol, headquarters for Halloween hijinks in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut. Families in search of fun for younger children will also find hayrides and costume parties to please all ages The Haunted Graveyard The Haunted Graveyard, one of New England's largest Halloween attractions, once again will fill the grounds of Bristol's Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, with six haunted houses linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails. Among the spine-tingling features are a fog-filled Forgotten Graveyard, the Castle Vampire, the Majestic Mausoleum, a Medieval Dungeon and a Labyrinth populated with giant spiders. Two new attractions guaranteed to spook are Killer Pumpkins and the skeleton-patrolled Reaper's Realm. All of the park's rides will be operating as well, with appropriately eerie added special effects for the season. Part of the proceeds from the Haunted Graveyard are donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research. So far more than $250,000 has been raised for research. The Graveyard is open in October beginning Saturday October 1st every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. The last day the Graveyard is open is Sunday, October 30th. Phone (860) 583-3300 for more information or visit www.lakecompounce.com or www.hauntedgraveyard.com. The Witch's Dungeon The Witch's Dungeon Weekend visitors to Bristol can also take in the Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum now in its 39th year. The museum features life-size replicas of famous heroes of the horrors such as Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, shown in dioramas based on vintage cinema thrillers. The heads are based on life-casts of the actual actors and sets and clothing are authentic to the era. Some have been used in the original films. Special voice-tracks recorded by Vincent Price, June Foray, Mark Hamill and John Agar bring the dioramas 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 three weekends, October 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23. For more information, phone (860) 583-8306 or see the website "Visit Preserve Hollywood web site!" Family Fun Another Bristol event popular with families is the annual Haunted Hay Ride at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve. Celebrating its 25th year, the event for children age seven and up features an hour's ride through the dark and mysterious trails of the preserve, plus activities for children, teens and families. Phone 860-583-1234 for information. A final event to delight all ages is the Annual Halloween Party at Bristol's New England Carousel Museum, scheduled for Sunday, October 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Activities will include Halloween games, tricks and treats and a children's costume contest. Details at 860-585-5411 or see their website at "Visit The Carousel Museum web site!" For more information about fall events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, write to the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call 800-663-1273 or visit their web site at or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.