Family-friendly things to do this weekend

This little guy has found the perfect pumpkin in East Haven (WTNH/Report-It/Alessandra Taddei)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s the time of year for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and frightening fun. If you’re looking for things to do with the whole family this weekend, here are some ideas:

If your kids are old enough for something scary, the Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for all of October. Parking and tickets will cost a family of 4 well over a hundred bucks, but if you want to be spooked by professionals, this is the place to go.

The Trail of Terror in Wallingford will also give you a good scare, and everyone there is a volunteer. Tickets are $15-$20, and the proceeds all go to local charities. It’s happening Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday through the end of October.

Friday and Saturday nights this month, the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven is offering its “Haunted Isle” ride with tickets between $12 and $20. That’s only recommended for kids 10 and older. Younger kids can take a trolley to the pumpkin patch during the day on Saturdays and Sundays for $10.

Also on the rails, the Danbury Railway Museum lets you ride a vintage train to their pumpkin patch. It costs $12 for anyone over the age of 2, but you get free cider and cookies, and every kid gets a pumpkin. That’s on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

The kids can learn a little history with the Mark Twain House “Graveyard Shift” tour. Learn about Victorian era seances and spiritualism in a house that some think is actually haunted. Tours are this Friday and Saturday night. $25 for adults, $17 for kids.

Admission to Wethersfield’s Cove Side Carnival is free. You will have to pay for the many rides, games and food. That starts Friday at 5 p.m., then Saturday from noon-10 p.m., and Sunday from noon-6 p.m.

Glastonbury’s Apple Harvest Festival goes all weekend, too. Admission is $5, but kids under 3 feet tall are free. It’s got food, music, fun, and a 5K race on Sunday. Hours are: Friday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m.

The animals at the Beardsley Zoo like October, too. They put on a haunted hayride, a ghastly greenhouse and more, but they only do it a few nights in October. One of them is Saturday, October 14th. The other dates are October 21, 27 and 28. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the night of.

There are lots of other events this weekend:

Riverton Fair
October 13 through 15
Where: Riverton Fairgrounds, 16 Main Street, Riverton

Glastonbury Apple Festival
October 13 through 15
Where: Riverfront Park 128 Welles Street, Glastonbury

Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Fire Co.1 Ladies Auxiliary Fall Extravaganza
October 14
Where: 379 Coram Avenue, Shelton

Harvest Festival at Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 14 and 15
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford

Stafford Fall Fest
October 14
Where: Hyde Park, Stafford Springs

Gluten-Free Connecticut Food Expo
October 14
Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 42 Century Drive, Bristol

Harvest Fair at Unity Hill
October 14
Where: 364 White Plains Road, Trumbull

Later this month, don’t forget these:

Pine Orchard Nursery School Fall Festival
October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 149 S. Montowese Street, Branford 

Whigville Harvest Fest
October 29
Where: 153 South Main Street, Burlington

Do you know of a Connecticut fall fair or festival that we missed? Please let us know and we’ll gladly add it to this list.

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