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Nightmare on Main: Ghost Town- Shadows of the Past

 
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Average Review
  (25 reviews)
Scare Factor
Moderately Scary
Appropriate For
10 and up
Organization Type
Charity / NOT For Profit
Listing Categories
Haunted Houses, Theaters & Plays, Ghost Tours, Safe Trick or Treating
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Wheelchair Accessible, Snacks & Refreshments, Outdoor Event(s), Touching Not Allowed, Free Parking
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2022 Nightmare on Main: Ghost Town – Shadows of the Past. New Location! Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, 55 Bridge Street in Willimantic. on October 8, 9, 14, 15, 23 with a family event on afternoon Oct. 22.
The scenes will depict 19th century historical events in Ghost Towns. Visitors will discover the old schoolhouse, the saloon and the jail where they will encounter hobos, card sharks, grave diggers and more. There are some 3,800 ghost towns in the United States. Most were boom towns or flourishing communities that became abandoned in the 19th and early 20th centuries in favor of bigger cities or became casualties of changing industries.
Ghost Town Tours are rain or shine and will start every twenty minutes between 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The event is moderately scary, creepy but not bloody, and appropriate for ages 10+. Refreshments will be available. Visitors should bring flashlights.
a fund raiser to benefit the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. Tickets are available at the gate. The Museum is located at 55 Bridge Street in Willimantic. Parking is free. For more information contact director@windhamarts.org
Facebook: NightmareonMain Willimantic phone 860-742-6143
This event is one of many events in town: Spooktober! Spooktober.org
This year we’ve added a special event on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. intended for families. Kids will have activities and can “trick or treat” in our scenes with costumed actors.
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Hours of Operation: 7:00 to 9:30 Tours leave every 20 minutes
Oct. 22 for kids 3 to 5 free, donations appreciated to benefit railroad museum
kids wear costumes and trick or treat in the Ghost Town

Admission Costs: $15 pp CASH ONLY

Payments Accepted: Cash

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Event last updated 10 days ago. Please confirm dates with haunt event before you go.
 
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  • Educational

    Acting is superb and you do learn about topic. Well done

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  • Theatrical History

    This show was excellent for those that don't like the blood and gore. The vast history that is included is a nice change and well researched. It is in a class of it's own and unlike any other Halloween event I have ever been to. The theme was Phobias that year but changes each season. Well worth the time and money and all proceeds go toward a great non-profit.

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  • Every moment was an immersion into the storylines being portrayed.

    Amazing commitment to detail and the roles were handled with fantasticly dark passion!!

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  • Different Theme every year!

    This is so great! Every year it’s different and along with a few surprises it lets you in on the horrors of how things were done years ago!!!

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  • Email Verified Scary killers from history

    Creepy stories from historical murderers. Some well known, some likely new to you. Starts with H. H. Holmes, known as the "The Devil in the White City" and moves on backwards and forwards in time and around the world. Some murdered for money, some for the thrill, some - who knows! Not a lot of "Boo!" scary or over-the-top gore, but scary real life to make you think.

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  • Villains is very creepy

    The dramatic scenes are about famous crimes. The actors are excellent. The sets and lighting are extremely well done. My favorites scenes are Burke and Hare and Lizzie Borden. Don't miss this show.

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  • Email Verified A GREAT show about the MAD infamous VILLAINS from the PAST!!

    Going back in time to met some infamous villains.... what a great show and great portrayals! They captured the “madness” of each villain! Only one weekend left to see.

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  • Email Verified Hauntings in Connecticut

    This was a great show and exhibit. The museum does a tremendous amount of work to create some amazing sets to illustrate the ghostly stories.

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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 October 2017

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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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  • 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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