Fun Things to Do In The New Haven Area During Fall

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Fun Things to Do In The New Haven Area During Fall


Things to Do in New Haven County During FallThe fall/autumn season in the New Haven area and throughout Connecticut is one of the most beautiful times of the year.

The feel of the crisp, cool air and splashes of color as millions of leaves start turning from green to the most stunning and brilliant colors of reds, oranges and yellows makes for the most vibrant scenery you could ever imagine.

From pumpkin patches to corn mazes to haunted houses to where to see the most beautiful foliage in Connecticut we've put together a list resources of some fun, creative and thrilling things to do in New Haven area during the fall.


Corn Mazes

If you've never been through a maze before weaving around the winding paths only to reach a dead end makes you wish you had a GPS in hand to help navigate you through what seems like miles of never ending rows of corn stalks.  

corn maze new haven countyLyman Orchards - Our favorite choice!  This year's corn maze theme celebrates the 275th anniversary of Lyman Orchards.  

Prices are $10 for adults, ages 13+, $5 children 4-12 and FREE for children 3 & under.  

Lyman Orchards is located at 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield CT.  

The corn maze is open from 9/3 to 11/6 Monday-Friday 3:00-6:00pm, Saturday, Sunday & holidays 10am-6pm.  For more information call 860-349-1793.

Bishop's Orchards   The theme for this year's corn maze is of a Red Panda.  

From the corn maze to hay maze you'll find many activities for the kids and the entire family.  

The corn maze is located at 529 New England Road, Guilford CT.  

Admission is $6.00 per person + tax.  Children under 2 are FREE.

Hours are weekends of September-October from 10-5pm.

For more information call 203-458-PICK (7425).


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Finding a Pumpkin Patch in New Haven County

There's nothing more fun than picking just the right pumpkin(s) to bring home to carve for a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, as an added fall decoration to the inside or outside of your home or for your favorite pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin or pumpkin cookie recipe.  

Bishop's Orchards  Pick the perfect pumpkin out at Bishop's Orchards located at 1355 Boston Post Road Guilford CT.  From the hay maze to corn maze there are many activities and fun things to do for all ages.  Sample some of the best Bishop's Orchards signature foods or shop the market for their farm fresh produce, meats and bakery treats. For more information call 203-458-PICK (7425).

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Clover Nook Farm 
One of the oldest generating farms in the state Clover Nook Farms can be found at 50 Fairwood Rd in Bethany.  Stop by their roadside stand or visit the farm for the freshest in fruits and vegetables.  Open weekends 9-6; weekdays 10-6.  For more information call 203-393-2929.

Rose Orchards  From the pumpkin patch to a straw maze, corn maze, farm animals to hay rides over a covered bridge Rose Orchards at 33 Branford Road in North Branford has been a staple to the community since the Rose family started farming the land back in the 1600's. They're not just a farm but a creamery and where you'll find the freshest in baked goods. Open seven days, 9-6.  For more information call 203-488-7996

Shore Line Trolley Museum Pumpkin Patch  Climb aboard a trolley bound for the pumpkin patch at the Shore Line Trolley Museum at 17 River St. in East Haven CT. Each child receives a pumpkin for decorating to take home (while supplies last).  Have fun with the train sets, coloring and face painting too. Open Oct.8-9, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30  11-4; trolleys depart every 20-30 minutes.  Adults $10;  Seniors (62+) $8, Children 2-15 $6,  Infants 1 & under free.


Fall Foliage

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See autumn in all its splendor by visiting the following state parks and forests where you can view some of the best scenic areas in Connecticut.  These state parks and forests provide viewing towers or lookouts to some of the most spectacular fall foliage views.

Don’t forget to plan to make time to for hiking through some areas by foot so you can truly get the most out your foliage viewing experience. 

Macedonia Brook State Park – Kent – Cobble Mountain

Mohawk State Forest – Cromwell

Pachaug State Forest – Voluntown – Mt. Misery Overlook

Peoples State Forest – Barkhamsted – Chaugnam Lookout

Shenipsit State Forest – Somers – Observation Tower

Sleeping Giant State Park – Hamden – Stone Tower

Talcott Mountain State Park – Simsbury – Heublein Tower

Mt. Tom State Park – Litchfield

Dennis Hill State Park – Norfolk

Goodwin Conservation Center – On Route 6 in Hampton

For directions and more information visit the State of Conneticut Fall Foliage website.


Take a Driving Tour

Take in the breathtaking beauty of the fall foliage in Connecticut by taking a driving tour along Route 1.    

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Traveling down Route 1 you'll discover the scenic beach areas, quaint, charming town greens and historic landmarks of Branford and Guilford amidst a picturesque setting of the bold and stunning reds, oranges and yellows of the fall season.

From Route 1 in Branford hop onto to scenic Route 146 and follow it into Stony Creek to take a narrated foliage cruise of the Thimble Islands aboard one of the Thimble Island cruise boats.  

Going east on Route 1 visit the corn maze, pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, apples from the orchards or check out the farm fresh products, winery and gourmet offerings at Bishop's Orchards at 1355 Boston Post Road in Guilford.

Other featured routes in Connecticut are Routes 7, 9, 15 and 169.


Halloween Events 

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Halloween Spooktacular
- Sunday October 30th from 2-4pm 
on the Guilford Green.  Park Street will have a trunk or treat. 

Park Street will be utilized for a “trunk or treat.” Please register your families, organizations, businesses. 

Register your trunk by October 19th~

To register 

Reference program # 41106 or call 203-453-8068.


Halloween Spooktacular Monday, Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m., Kids 12 and under are invited to dress in costumes to trick-or-treat at participating stores in the center.

Participating retailers will have a sign at their door/kiosk. Westfield Connecticut Post, 1201 Boston Post Rd, Milford

New Haven 

Halloween Extravaganza hosted by the New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees on Friday October 28th and Saturday October 29th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Armory 209 Goffe Street.  

Admission is FREE with the donation of a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy. 

Candy gift bags will be given on a first come first serve basis while supplies last. 

For more information call 203-946-8020. 

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North Haven

"Trunk or Treat" - Monday October 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the North Haven High School parking lot located at 221 Elm St.

For the safety of all participants must arrive before 6:00 p and remain parked for the entire 2 hours of the event. Children come in your costume. Parents are encouraged to decorate their trunks and cars.

This event is for North Haven residents ONLY.  Proof of license or registration required. 


Trunk or Treat from 2-3:45 pm on Sunday October 23rd at the Orange Country Fair Grounds 525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, Connecticut 06477

Car entry and set up is at 2:00 pm.

Trunk or treating starts at 3:00 pm.  

Haunted Houses

Haunted Isle

The Shoreline Trolley Museum - 17 River St. East Haven CT


Hours of of Operation: October 1st,  7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd, 28th-29th, 2016 from 7-10 pm

Admission: $12; express $20

Additional info: Legend has it that somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks, lurk the things that nightmares are made of. This fall a lonely trolley will carry passengers down the tracks to the gate at the start of the trail.

The choice is yours... enter if you dare! Recommended for adults and mature children who do not have any health issues! Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists and turns.

The Only Scream in Town

275 Valley Service Road in North Haven, CT

Phone: 203-239-4653

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Hands down The Only Scream in Town is one of the scariest places you'll ever visit.

Hours of operation: Open Friday to Sunday from October 7th to October 30th 2016.

Check their calendar and/or Facebook page for up to date information and specific times! They will be open every night that weather permits.   

Admission: Just $20 for two attractions. Ticket booth opens each night at 7 pm and runs until close or until tickets are sold out. You can buy tickets online ahead of time if you want to make sure you have tickets for your evening of choice.

Please call to confirm operating hours or if you have any questions.


41 Marne St. Hamden CT


Additional info: Something… eerie… has befallen Connecticut. It is a structure made of brick and wood, where the walls crack and splinter with a painful howl. The town folk call it CREEPERUM, an emporium of the bizarre. 

Open October 1-November 4; check website for dates, doors open at 7 pm

Hours of Operation: Fridays and Saturdays-7pm-11pm, Sundays-7pm-10pm

Admission: $25; in advance $20, speed pass $40

Halloween Knights

North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven CT


Open:  Saturday October 15th,  22nd & 29th - 6-9 pm

Admission: ages 16+ $15, ages 7-15 $10

More info: The Dark Ages just got darker. With each step we take, the crisp autumn nights become longer. It is now the veil between the world of the living and the lands of the dead are thinnest.

And it is now the headless horseman rides into battle against his hellish foes in a flaming joust to the death. Fiery lances will shatter as evil clashes upon their nightmare steeds, jack o’ lanterns will explode, magic will sizzle in the air, and you will witness the horror of it all.

Trail of Terror

60 North Plains Highway

Wallingford, CT


The Trail of Terror has been best described as "Hilariously Frightful".  

Age appropriate for 10 years and older (Children under 5 not permitted).

Hours of Operation: October 1-30; Friday & Saturday, 7-11 pm, Sundays 7-10 pm

Admission Costs: Timed Ticketing: $20
General Admission: $15


Fall and Halloween Decorations

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There are a lot of easy and creative ways to bring the warm colors of fall into your home.

Make the outside of your home more appealing during the fall season by adding a few pumpkins to a porch, stairs or just outside the front door. Pumpkins come in different sizes and colors and it’s the perfect way to add color that’s very inexpensive.


You could include some Indian corn, corn stalks, or hay.  Mums are plentiful this time and year and come in a variety of colors.  You can place a few pots inside or outside or plant them right in the ground.

Need your own home to decorate

Inside decorations can be easy, imaginative and inexpensive too.  Complete your mantel or table by adding black, orange, white or yellow candles in lanterns or canning jars that will add to your fall décor.


Pumpkin Patches - Orange
Haunted Houses - Purple
Halloween Activities - Yellow


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Comments (7)

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Donna Bigda Many great fun events to attend in New Haven during Fall.

Oct 11, 2016 09:21 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Donna I was at Lyman Orchards Sunday and doing Bishop's in a couple of weeks.  The fruit at both these places is excellent.

Oct 11, 2016 09:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Donna

Wow, New Haven has all sorts of things going on for the fall and the Halloween season. There's enough to keep everyone happy and busy.

Hope you are well!!


Oct 11, 2016 09:46 AM
Jamie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

John...definitely a lot to keep you busy.


George Souto Haven't gotten to either yet this year but on my list of places to go the corn mazes at both Lyman Orchards and Bishop's not to mention all the delicious food they have.


Jeff Dowler We sure do have a lot going on here.  There''s even more that I haven't even added in yet.  Love this time of the year especially the color changes in the of my favorite things about living in the Northeast. Hope you are doing well too! :)


Oct 11, 2016 09:58 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lots of stuff to do in New Haven county this fall.  I had to take a drive down rt 9 today and the colors are changing quickly

Oct 11, 2016 11:24 AM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

I love the idea of corn mazes and hayrides even for the adults.  

Oct 11, 2016 02:38 PM
Jamie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Ed Silva ...Doesn't it seem like the leaves are changing sooner this year?  I have to get out and take some photos of it!

Florida Tolbert Team of Keller Williams Realty Port St Lucie, FL so do I topped with with some delicious apple crisp and ice cream. :)

Oct 13, 2016 11:00 PM