Want a perfect way to spend this Halloween? Take a trip to Mystic, Connecticut where you’ll find some fabulous haunts.

Start with Nautical Nightmares at Mystic Seaport. You’ll find a chilling experience awaiting you as you wander through streets of yesteryear led only by lanterns. You’ll encounter ghosts and spirits as you try to solve the mystery of the figurehead’s curse. The event happens every October. Find out more online at www.mysticseaport.org or call 860-572-5331.

When you’ve solved one mystery, it’s time for another at Sea Scare at Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration. This annual event is usually held the weekend before Halloween. The two-day event has many ghostly offerings as costumed visitors of all ages wind through dimly lit paths snaking through the aquarium. Last year’s event featured a variety of skits performed by the staff and aquatic residents of the aquarium. There were also over 1000 carved pumpkins, game stations for the kids, a haunted storyteller, a “scary zone” for older kids and plenty of activities in the classrooms. The event normally runs 6:30 to 10 pm both nights. Visit www.mysticaquarium.org or call 860-572-5955 for information.

Penguin at Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration

Penguin at Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Need a place to stay for your haunted getaway? Check out the Inn at Mystic. This 1904 mansion, where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall honeymooned, is sure to have a few ghosts of its own. Be sure to check out the fabulous restaurant with its fresh seafood and save time in your ghostly adventures to enjoy the sunsets from the vantage point overlooking Mystic Harbor and Long Island Sound. Visit www.innatmystic.com or call 800-237-2415.

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