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Nightmare on Main: Witches

 
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  (17 reviews)
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Moderately Scary
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12 and up
Organization Type
Charity / NOT For Profit
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Haunted Houses, Theaters & Plays, Halloween Festivals & Parades, Ghost Tours, Kids Parties, Other Events
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Wheelchair Accessible, Snacks & Refreshments, Indoor Event(s), Covered Wait Area, Free Parking
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An Exhibit: "Witches in History and Fable"

Dioramas tell the story of witches from the ancient times to the present. Witch from the word "wiccan" can mean wise. Witches throughout history were healers, fortune tellers and magicians. Discover how witches became hunted and suspected for committing evil acts on behalf of the devil.

You've heard about Salem, MA but did you know that Connecticut hanged witches 40 years earlier?

Additional programs:

October 21 Connecticut Witch Trials by Walter Woodward, State Historian 4 p.m.
October 28 Witches as Healers by herbalist Michele Maclure 4 p.m.
October 29 Witchcraft in Literature by Faye Ringel 4 p.m.

The Exhibit Hall of witch history dioramas will be up from October 7 through Nov 19 Email Haunt Owner
October 21 Connecticut Witch Trials by Walter Woodward, State Historian 4 p.m.
October 28 Witches as Healers by herbalist Michele Maclure 4 p.m.
October 29 Witchcraft in Literature by Faye Ringel 4 p.m.
The Exhibit Hall of witches in history and fable are depicted in both life-sized and miniature dioramas and will be displayed from October 7 through November 19.
during regular museum hours.
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Hours of Operation: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 to 4

Admission Costs: Adults $7 , Seniors and Students $5

Payments Accepted: Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards

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Event last updated 5 days ago. Please confirm dates on haunt website before you go.
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Route 66 is Main Street in Willimantic, two blocks from the Frog Bridge

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  • Email Verified Sometimes history is really scary

    Great presentation of witches and witchcraft in history and literature. Really well done dioramas, great live actors portraying witch trials and executions. Pretty scary while also educational. I wouldn't take small kids (take them on Saturday 10/14 at 2 for kids tour), but older kids should be fine. A super value for your $10. And it all goes to support this terrific little museum.

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    Length of Event: 45-60 minutes
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted 10/13/17

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  • Great Halloween Fun for every family

    Super cool haunted house in a really neat museum. Great effort by the Windham Textile Museum to create a fun, spooky and engaging exhibit that will be a really nice experience for any family. Go check it out on Friday the 13th!!! (Also Sat 10/14)

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    Posted 10/12/17

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  • Email Verified The Truth is Scarier than Fiction

    This is the perfect haunted house because it's scary for those who like scares, but not for those who don't. That might sound contradictory, but here the scares comes from the history, When you enter, you enter a world of fantasy until the terrifying truth dawns on you....this is reality. That fact is the true horror. At first, it is just a museum tour where history comes to life, literally, including with live actors talking about "Macbeth" with Shakespeare himself and the horror of superstition. It seems innocent enough till you go upstairs. Upstairs, history comes alive as you watch an actual witch trial from the accusation of the witch to the burning. It is very much like a play. Then you go in the maze where you see the execution of the witches. You also see prisoners reaching out for you, crying for you to help them. But you can't. All reality. You are left with the reality that this happens all the time, still. Suddenly, you realize that you are the one with the choice in life and these true horrors happened not because of monsters under the bed, but because of humans and fear of the unknown.

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  • Email Verified A spooktastic haunt!

    This haunt executes a mix of SCARE and TRUE events that happened in history and how horrific they were... These people are very professional and all the witches scenes are PHENOMENAL!

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  • Email Verified Enjoyed Nightmare on Main: Witches

    Like last year, I completely enjoyed the Mill Museum's Nightmare on Main: Witches in 2017. The whole experience is focused on who were really called witches, both in history and literature, especially the women tried and executed as witches in CT. Also as a practicing Pagan, I found the event historically accurate and respectful of my spiritual beliefs. It's not too scary for young children and I plan to go again with my friends who have yet to attend.

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  • To be spooked or not to be spooked

    It was educational and it was an insteresting history lesson. Some scenes were right on and the 2 actresses were superb,,,,I can't wait to go back.

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  • Email Verified A history lesson both subtle and blunt

    Experience the walk-thru and you'll witness unbelievable and gruesome stories of witch frenzy in 17th century New England. You'll set to wondering how Puritan settlers could get so wrapped up in religion-based fear and frenzy over witches, the Devil's handmaidens. Seriously, not for small children. Then cap it off in a fun and creepy turn with the popular witch stereotype, hooked nose, frizzed hair and bad, bad teeth--the whole thing. A grim history lesson with a riotous finale.

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    Length of Event: 45-60 minutes
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: No
    Posted 10/9/17

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  • Educational!

    All of the actors/actresses are great!!!! Very will researched and played out! Great job everyone!

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  • Everything the Mill Museum does is top rate!

    Not only is this an educational performance, it is very entertaining, too! One may have to return to read all the info available. I am proud and grateful this great museum is in my neck of the woods!

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  • Email Verified All about Witches!

    Everything you could ever want to know about witches, from ancient times to now, in a pop up witch museum. Some guides are even modern witches, too! Live performers, witch trials, spooky, involving and ends with a fright room! Executions in the parking lot, set ups for selfies, great gift shop. Tour lasts an hour or so and you can use your ticket to return during museum hours for self guided tour.

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  • Email Verified HIstory and Horror

    More creepy than "boo" scary; a thoughtful exploration of the horrors of witch panics when neighbor turned on neighbor and terrible things were done to those accused of being witches!

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  • Very entertaining

    Was very entertained. I did not know about the extremes people went to when dealing with things like witches.

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  • Email Verified best thing i have ever seen!

    I loved it. It wasn't like any other scary even/ house/maze. no one really jumped out at you and that made it good for the younger kinds that went. It was very good because of all the informational parts, and how you didn't know if something was alive or dead. It was the best thing that I have ever done and highly recommend others to come see it.

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  • Nightmare on Main in Willi was surprisingly lots of fun!

    everyone involved did a wonderful job making this event just the right touch for the season!

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  • Fun historical experience

    A wonderful experience -- a lively history of witches and witchcraft, with just the right amount of Hallowe'en fun. Great dioramas. Great work by live actors.

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  • Fun and educational!

    I went last year with my family (husband and two girls 8 and 10) for the haunted house held by The Mill Musuem. The theme was insane asylums. The costumes and all the sets built were done very well, my girls loved them. But what I was most surprise about was we actually learned something about the poor history of treatment in asylums. Great event, would go again.

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    Posted 10/1/17

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    4 out of 4 found this review helpful

  • Email Verified So very cool...

    The witches around the Mill Museum are very clever. The place has non-stop fun at the evening events. Add to that a very cool exhibit and multiple history presentations. The perfect Mix of History and History.

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    Posted 9/28/17

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    4 out of 4 found this review helpful

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