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CT’s Halloween attractions gear up months in advance

Though you may not be seeing jack-o-lanterns and 12-foot skeletons hanging outside people’s front yards quiet yet, Connecticut is already quietly gearing up for the Halloween season. Spirit Halloween stores are slowly putting up their yearly façades while scare houses around the state are beginning preparations for another season full of spine-chilling haunts.


Over at Lake Compounce in Bristol, initial steps are being made ahead of the kickoff to its Phantom Fall Fest — a new Halloween-themed experience aimed at audiences of all ages.

According to Lynsey Winters, Marketing Director for Lake Compounce, plans are being enacted earlier this year “because it’s a brand new event for us this year. There’s so much noise out there, especially in this area during Halloween so we want to make sure that we’re one of the first to be top-of-mind for people.”

“You want to be available to people in the market as early as you possibly can. Getting everything up-and-running and going as early as possible is the best way to do that,” Winters added.

Winters revealed that they are putting up signage already in the park for the event, and will begin auditions for scare actors starting on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Lake Compounce is currently looking to hire 150 scare actors for the Phantom Fall Fest. In addition to those 150 new hires, the park is looking at hiring more people for its rides and food teams.

The first round of auditions will take place this week and a second round of auditions will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13. The process asks the participants to partake in group auditions that require them to do their “best zombie walk” or “best scream.”

“A lot of people that audition for these roles have either done it in the past or some of them have even been to acting school and things like that,” Winters said. “It’s almost like tryouts for a dance team.”

Once hired, each actor is given a specific role that they will play for the duration of the Phantom Fall Fest. A typical day for each actor involves going to wardrobe and makeup to ensure that they look ghoulish, and then head off to their specific scare zone or haunted attraction. After a four-hour shift, the scarers are sent back to take off their makeup and costumes — ready to do it all over again the next night.

Winters compares the ongoing Halloween craze to that of Christmas, with attractions and other Halloween-related businesses constantly looking at “revamping and reshaping” in order to keep up with the competition.

Outside of scare attractions, one of the true hallmarks of Halloween’s approach is the opening of costume stores. Namely, Spirit Halloween.

A representative for Spirit Halloween confirmed that stores will begin to open by mid-August, roughly the same time that Spirit Halloween opened its doors last year. Official opening dates will be posted on the company’s website.

Spirit Halloween also opened its first-ever flagship store in Egg Harbor Township, NJ on July 30 in conjunction with the premiere of the trailer for “Spirit Halloween: The Movie.” The movie will debut on demand on Oct. 11 and feature Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”) and Rachel Leigh Cook (“ella She ella ‘s All That,” “Robot Chicken”). The movie focuses on three friends who find themselves trapped overnight in a Spirit Halloween. However, things take a turn for the supernatural when evil spirits attempt to possess the kids.

Spirit Halloween will be located in the following Connecticut towns in 2022: Ansonia, Bristol, Danbury, Enfield, Lisbon, Manchester, Milford, Newington, North Haven, Plainville, Southbury, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury and Waterford.

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