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HARTFORD, CT, September 28, 2004 - As one of the oldest states in the nation, Connecticut - located only a short drive away - has a deeply rooted history kept alive and, perhaps, re-awakening this Halloween with spirits from its past. A sampling of Connecticut's ghoulish Halloween activities and haunted destinations include:

A Day In Haunted Southwestern Connecticut, Stratford, CT
Catch the creeps this Halloween with a tour of the haunted places in Connecticut with Donna Kent, a local professional ghosthunter. Ghost hunters will leave Stratford by deluxe motor coach and travel to the spookiest of the state's destinations, including Union Cemetery, which is thought to be the most haunted graveyard in New England. The tour will visit both historic and contemporary area hauntings, and brunch will be served at the Carousel Garden Restaurant, also reputed to be visited by spirits.

The tour is from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, 2004. Cost is $81 for adults and $71 for children under 12. For reservations, call (866) 656-0207.

Pettibone Tavern, Simsbury, CT
Built in 1780, the Pettibone Tavern served as a stagecoach stop between Boston and Albany. The Tavern quickly became the destination for travelers in search of hot chowder and cold ale, and the old-fashioned feeling still lurks in the modern day restaurant. Abigail Pettibone, whose spirit is said to be still bound in the restaurant, was murdered by her husband after she was discovered in a tryst with another local. The spirit of Pettibone still haunts the tavern, and on the night of a full moon, furniture is suspiciously moved, wine bottles broken on the floor and patrons have also reported seeing the spirit of a small child run through the bustling restaurant.

Tavern is open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served Mon. - Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Mon. - Sun. 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on weekends from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. On Sundays, dinner service begins at 4:00 p.m. For information or reservations, call (860) 658-1118 or visit www.pettibonetavern.com.

Nautical Nightmare Tours, Mystic, CT
Experience an eerie New England evening at Mystic Seaport with Connecticut's ghost stories, legends and unsolved mysteries. Visit some spooky old sea vessels to learn about New England's haunted lighthouses and ghost ships.

Tours run October 17 - 18, 24 - 26, 29 - 30 and on November 1, 2004. Tours begin at 6:00 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes, with the last one departing at 8:00 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-672-6316 or visit www.mysticseaport.com. PLEASE NOTE: The event is not recommended for children under seven years of age.

The Haunted Graveyard, Bristol, CT
Lake Compounce, New England's first family theme park, has been scaring visitors around Halloween for the past seven years with ghoulish nightime, while donating a portion of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This year's spooky offering features a mammoth walk-through attraction with six haunted houses that are linked by a winding labyrinth and terrifying trails. The theme park's rides will be open and scary characters will frighten visitors.

Runs each weekend in October, open from dusk until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and from dusk until 10 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 12 and under.

To find other spook-tacular getaway packages and values in Connecticut, travelers can call 1-800-CTBOUND (1-800-282-6863) or visit the Connecticut Tourism Division's website at www.ctbound.org and click onto Specials. With one simple click, a list appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the state. All essential information - including a description of the package, dates of availability and contact information - is clearly outlined, plus some direct links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned in the package. For itinerary suggestions already created by the state, please log onto www.ctbound.org and select from one of 52 Getaways.



In-State Public Relations Agency:
Kathlee Ferigno
McLaughlin, DelVecchio & Casey
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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us


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