A Few Of The North Central News’ Favorite Haunts

Haunted Hayride & More At Sonny’s in Somers

Those visiting Sonny’s Place can now enjoy special attractions and activities along with a full menu of seasonal food and drinks at Sonny’s Place.

Halloween music is in the air and sets the mood across the park. Play a round of Pumpkin Mini Golf and see the hundreds of hand carved (and lit at night) pumpkins around the course. Other activities include:

• Pumpkin Mini Golf: Enjoy miniature golf, with a twist.. Those golfing be able to see around 500 hand carved pumpkins, skeletons, and other decorations.

• Hayride of Horror: Step on board a wagon and experience a ride through your nightmares. This attraction runs Friday-Sunday from 7 p.m. until 30 minutes before the park closes. It is not recommended for children under 10 years old.  

• Zombie Laser Tag: Sign up for a game and try to survive the zombie apocalypse, or if you’ve sealed your fate simply by joining the game. There are height restrictions to participate. The Zombie game runs every hour on the :45 after the hour (must have at least 10 players) beginning at 5:45pm.

• Hologate VR: Zom-BYTE: This new Hologate Virtual Reality features a battle against alien robots? Height restrictions to apply

• Pumpkin Stand: Choose a perfect pumpkin from a great selection by the Gyroscope and Playland.

• Spooky Glitter Tattoos: Check out the Glimmer Body Art booth and get a spooky Halloween glitter tattoo. This attraction is open Friday-Sunday.

• Halloween Crafts: Make a Halloween craft; price $2-$5. This attraction is open Saturday and Sunday.

All Aboard East Windsor’s ‘Rails To The Dark Side’

The Connecticut Trolley Museum presents Pumpkin Patch & Rails to the Darkside. These two fundraising events are extremely important to funding the museum’s many family programs.

As a fall chill fills the air, on the darkest of nights, mournful cries of the abandoned dead are heard on the tracks at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. 

Come for a scare if you dare — the next trolley ride is an express to the Darkside. During this haunted experience, ride vintage trolleys into the dark woods for a fear that you will never forget. Listen to the tale of yesteryear as you learn of a hastily moved cemetery whose bodies were left behind…their angry souls seeking their revenge. Will you survive? 

The event will be held Friday and Saturday nights starting Oct. 4. This experience is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for the squeamish. Hours are 7 – 9:30 p.m. (gates open at 6:15 p.m. for ticket sales); reservations are not needed. Tickets can be only purchased on the night you attend until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and recommended for ages 16-plus.

Pumpkin Patch is a family fun-filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field and each child can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return to the museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted, play in the corn box, and enjoy the outside play area and the entire museum.

Participants can take as many trolley rides as they would like. Admission includes the Fire Truck Museum, housed on the same property as the Trolley Museum. The event will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting Oct. 4.

Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Pumpkin Patch will also be open Monday, Oct. 14, for Columbus Day. Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-12, and $4 for ages 3 and under. Museum members receive half off admission. All activities are included in admission.

‘Great Scott’ – Rocky Horror at Stafford’s Palace

Phoenix Theater Co. presents Richard O’Brien’s cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Show,” running Oct. 10 through 26 with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at the historic Stafford Palace Theater at 75 Main St. in the Stafford Springs section.

Phoenix Theater’s production is a loving homage to this cult classic sci-fi film with an irresistible rock ’n’ roll score, combining the audience-participation of the movie with the excitement of a live stage show and live music. Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy gothic musical is more fun than ever. Order some new fishnets, warm up that old sonic oscillator and get ready to do the Time Warp again.

The leads are portrayed by Michael Gonsalves (Middletown) as Frank-N-Furter, Alice Rainka (Sturbridge) as Janet, Dan McCarthy (Middletown) as Brad, Jenn Lohmann (Wethersfield) as Magenta, Brendon Rogers (South Windsor) as Riff-Raff, Jeanine Pray (New Britain) as Columbia, Joseph R. Foran (New Britain) as Eddie/Doctor Scott, and Christian Mauricio (Manchester) as Rocky Horror. Kerrie Maguire (Simsbury) and Ariana Greika-Navarro (Stafford) are the Usherettes, and Jason Ferrandino (New Britain) returns as the beloved and belittled Narrator.

Also in the cast are Nathan Charpentier (Willington), Tara Lynn Clynch (Ellington), Amber Levine (New Milford), Maya (Su) Spragley (Stafford Springs), and Joe Zimmerman (Enfield).

Performance dates are Oct. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, $27 for VIP seating. For details, visit www.phoenixtheater.us, www.thestaffordpalacetheater.com or email chris@phoenixtheater.us.

‘Demented’ – And Definitely Worth The Short Drive To Holyoke!

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Have you ever wanted to star in a horror movie? DementedFX Haunted House may be the answer. 

Voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Massachusetts by TheScareFactor.com’s “Fan Poll,” DementedFX features 20,000 square feet of monsters, Hollywood quality sets, and hair-raising video/ sound design. The Haunted House features a cohesive storyline: an immoral medical laboratory … has let loose a virus that is turning the world into monsters and ghouls. You need to rescue the scientist who has the cure to save all humanity.” The waiting area features two bars. Open Fridays through Sundays in October, and Thursdays, Oct. 17 and 24.

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