You may think of Connecticut as being an amazing destination to satisfy your hunt for haunts on Halloween. But you can experience the terror in the many haunted locations the state has to offer, given it is known to be of one of the states with the most activity in the whole country. Stay tuned and enjoy!
The Mark Twain House in Hartford
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) himself and his family lived in this beautiful, twenty-five room Victorian home from 1874 to 1891. During this time, he wrote his famous works in the Ballard room: Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as others. The home decor was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany along with elaborate carvings and woodwork. Fifty thousand items belonging to the family remain in the home and you can observe them on the tours they offer during regular hours. But before it was a museum, the Mark Twain house was a library and a boarding school.
Visitors have claimed to see an apparition of a younger woman in a long white dress that roams the halls and have also spotted faces in the windows. Other phenomena include clothes being tugged, whispers being heard, and the laughter of children. The home has been featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters, investigated by both paranormal teams.
The Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe
It’s absolutely necessary to add this place to your bucket list if you have any interest at all in the paranormal. Owed by Ed and Lorraine Warren, it houses hundreds of cursed, haunted, and demonically possessed objects, one of them is the famously-known Annabelle doll.
Ed who passed away in 2006, was a supposed demonologist and Lorraine is a claimed psychic who has partaken in thousands of paranormal investigations for decades, collecting to build the museum.
More items in the museum include:
- The Shadow doll – can come into your dreams and stop your heart (Gosh…)
- The Conjuring Mirror – used for summoning spirits
- A vampire coffin – used by a modern day vampire
- Child tomb stones – once used for satanic alters
- Crucifixes that were once thrown by a malevolent entity
Capitol Theater in Willmaniac
Completed in January of 1926, it offered 1,200 seats, brass light fixtures, seating boxes, a large balcony, a smoking room, and a large staircase. Over the span of four decades, hundreds of films were shown here before it sat empty for the next thirty years. But a 17 million dollar renovation in 2002 helped to restore the luster it previously had and it re-opened as a regional arts magnet high school, Arts of the Capitol Theater and Capitol Theater Arts Academy.
Although multiple deaths have apparently happened, here are two main stories that explain the known spirits of the theater:
Dating back in the 1920’s, an actress was involved in a love triangle. She met her fate when she was mistakenly shot on the balcony by one of her lovers as the bullet was intended or her other lover.
The other story involves accident as well. During a performance, what was supposed to be a staged sword fight turned into a very real tragedy as one of the actors stabbed the other, causing yet another death.
Reports of ghostly apparitions have been spotted on the balcony and in the dressing rooms and ghosts have been caught on camera too. Other paranormal occurrences involve the sound of disembodies voices, footsteps, and a crying infant throughout the property.
Church of Eternal Light in Bristol
Originally built in 1884, it was a schoolhouse for four years until the teacher moved away. It then served as a chapel for seventy years then was converted into a spiritualist church in 1962. Today, it serves as a meeting place for pagan congregation.
Despite the lack of violence and/or disturbing stories, there is one that is unverified. A man was said to have been struck my lightening on the front steps and haunts the grounds ever since the occurrence. In the bell tower (though a fairly new addition), a ghostly face is spotted in the window every now and then, while others see ghostly orbs floating around. The current owners have not experienced any paranormal events since they performed a thorough spiritual cleansing a few years back.
Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam
Though this area offers beauty and comfort on the surface, it is rumored to be claimed and visited by…*cough* Satan. *cough* Early Puritan Settlers were allegedly obsessed with the Devil, as they believed the dark being was lurking behind the trees, longing to claim their souls. Native Americans may have also used the perimeter to perform dark rituals, adding to the legends.
The area is accompanied by a sixty-foot waterfall in which an eight-mile river passes over the rocks. Another rumor is that the Devil hangouts on top of the waterfall on the rocks and plays the fiddle…Except this is Connecticut, not Georgia…But as far as paranormal activity goes, apparitions and shadows are spotted around the trees, along with floating spirit orbs and some visitors have had a foreboding sense of dread.
Have you visited any of these locations? Tell me your experiences in the comments below! Thank you for reading!
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