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5 Connecticut Fall Must-Do’s From a Connecticut Native

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As a proud Connecticut resident and lover of all things fall, I have compiled a list of all of the must-do’s in my home state if you’re looking for a weekend away from Amherst. These events and activities will get you into the perfect fall and spooky mood as we enter the best season of the year. Although there are way more than five iconic fall activities to choose from in the Nutmeg State, these are my personal favorites. 

scarecrows in the villiage

Olde Mystick Village will be hosting its annual Scarecrows in the Village until October 30th. Walk around Olde Mystick Village while looking at all the creative scarecrows and checking out all the shops and restaurants the Village has to offer. You can also check out the Mystic Aquarium, a Connecticut staple. Check out the amazing indoor and outdoor exhibits, or one of the many shows they offer. Mystic and Olde Mystick Village are perfect for a fall weekend getaway. 

trail of terror

Located in Wallingford, Connecticut, the Trail of Terror provides a terrifying night full of haunts for all willing guests. This four-acre-long trail is a must-do when you’re looking for the perfect haunt. Not only is this event terrifying (and fun!), but it is put on by a non-profit organization that has benefited local charities for 29 years. 

lyman orchards corn maze

One of my favorite signs of fall includes a corn maze. My personal favorite is the one at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Connecticut. This year’s corn maze runs until November 5th and is Wizard of Oz-themed. Follow the yellow brick road across four acres and over a mile of pathways. Along the maze, you will find trivia and fun facts about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After completing the maze, head over to the Apple Barrel, where you can enjoy delicious apple cider donuts, or head over to pick-your-own, where you can harvest their delicious apples yourself. A day at Lyman Orchards is the perfect fall activity where you will be surrounded by beautiful New England foliage and lots of fun. 

legends of fear

Taking the Legends of Fear Haunted Hayride in Shelton, Connecticut, is a must-do if you’re looking for another scary activity. This is one of the most beloved haunted New England traditions. You will be scared beyond belief as you ride through the woods for 30 minutes. Although the lines get long, they typically have entertainment while you wait, including fire eaters and magicians. If you love being scared, this is the place for you. 

phantom fall fest

On weekends until October 29th, you can experience thrilling nights at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. Enjoy the exciting rides during the day and watch as the park haunts you all night long. They also have exciting special FX, including a new Alice in Wonderland 3-D experience that is included with admission. This event caters to all sorts of thrill seekers, as well as those who would rather just watch. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for an exciting way to spend your day.

These activities are all super fun and can give you an opportunity to explore the beautiful fall foliage that New England is known for. Hopefully, this list of activities gave you some inspiration for a fun-filled weekend away with your family, friends, or partner!

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Emma Larivee

U Mass Amherst '24

Emma is a Senior Communication major and Business minor at UMass, with an interest in Social Media Marketing. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, her two dogs, Mac and Daisy, and reading. She also loves to listen to music, specifically Harry Styles, the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift.