Why You Should Visit the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce is a fantastic place to visit during the Halloween season. It is considered America’s oldest amusement park, and is located in Bristol, Connecticut. Each October, Lake Compounce is transformed into a spooky family destination with a series of haunted houses and live actors ready to scare. I would like to thank Lake Compounce for hosting our family of four and giving us access to all of the rides and a walk through in the Haunted Graveyard. Here are some reasons why you should visit the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce.

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Where is Lake Compounce?

Lake Compounce address – 185 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT 06010

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It is located in central Connecticut about 25 minutes south of Hartford and 35 minutes north of New Haven. For Lake Compounce directions, click on the Google Map below.

Lake Compounce Rides

Although a small theme park, Lake Compounce has plenty to do and is full of charm. They have rides for the thrill seekers, carnival style rides and game booths for all to enjoy. One can easily spend a day riding, eating and enjoying the beautiful mountain backdrop. During the Fall months, Lake Compounce does have different operating hours, yet most of their rides remain open (except for the water park). Another great feature of Lake Compounce is that it is considered America’s oldest amusement park. I enjoyed reading the little bit of history about how this park was founded.

Here is a list of some of our favorite rides:

Boulder Dash

This ride is amazing! It has been voted the top wooden coaster in the world 5 times and I can understand why. Boulder Dash is considered a terrain coaster as it is built on the mountain and has incredible views of the surroundings. We rode Boulder Dash four times and loved every ride. It has speeds of up to 60 mph and even though it was quite bumpy, it was so much fun! Ride height is 48″.


The Wildcat is an old family style wooden coaster built in 1927. The drop wasn’t too big, yet it was loads of fun and laughs for the family. Warning – it is very bumpy! Ride height 48″


My son rode this twice! It is a boomerang coaster and is quite fun (according to him). I cannot deal with a backwards ride, so this review is based on a ten year old’s viewpoint. The coaster starts off by pulling you backwards up to 100 feet from one of the towers and then releasing you. Once you get to the end of the track, you go up another tower and do the entire ride backwards (no thank you). Ride height 48″.

Phobia Phear Coaster

My son and husband enjoyed this one, although with some trepidation. It is a triple launch coaster that shoots you up into a cobra roll 100 feet in the air and then drops you straight down. I was not interested in the slightest, as this is just way too intense for me. Most people coming off the ride were raving about it. Ride height 52″

Wave Swinger

A classic ride that is always fun! Ride height 48″

Click here to see a list of more rides at Lake Compounce.

Lake Compounce Map

Lake Compounce Halloween

Halloween decor is definitely prominent at Lake Compounce in October. They have plenty of gargoyles, clowns, spiders, monsters and zombies that bring the Halloween spirits to life. However, in the main section of the park, none of their decorations are overly gruesome or bloody (which makes it more family friendly).

The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce is a section towards the back of the park that has a series of about 20 short haunted houses. It is a walk through from house to house that lasts about an hour. Although Lake Compounce itself opens at 5 pm during October, the Haunted Graveyard does not start until dusk (around 7 pm). It is considered the largest scare attraction in Connecticut and among the best haunted houses in Connecticut.

I would not recommend bringing anyone under the age of 9/10 to the Haunted Graveyard. My daughter was afraid. I had a feeling it was going to be too much for her, and I was right. She really didn’t like it and had her eyes closed the majority of the time. My son who is 10 years old absolutely loved it. He had his share of scares, but most of the time was laughing.

There are also live actors walking around the entrance to Haunted Graveyard who attempt to scare you. They will walk up to you and simply stare or shout “boo”. Again, my daughter did not like this, but my son loved it. Some scenes were a little strong in my opinion for kids (like the slaughterhouse, dungeon, and sawmill). Although there were kids about 10-12 years old, the majority were teens and adults (sadly there was some unfortunate language used too). If you enjoy a good scare, Haunted Graveyard is for you!

There are plenty of Lake Compounce discounts available on their website. Lake Compounce tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. They usually have some time of promotion depending on the season, so there are always ways to save when visiting Lake Compounce. Click here if you would like to save $5 on Haunted Graveyard Admission or at checkout enter the Lake Compounce promo code: hgblog19.

If you are a Halloween lover, consider taking a trip to nearby Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is known as the Halloween capital of the world due to the Salem witch trials that happened in the late 1600s. Check out these Salem ghost tours and witch tours to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Lake Compounce also has a water park called Crocodile Cove open in the summer months. Although we did not get to experience it, the water park definitely seemed to have enough to entertain our family of 4. In addition, during November/December there is a special event called Lake Compounce Holiday Lights which is geared towards a more younger audience. Thank you again to Lake Compounce for our tickets and Haunted Graveyard experience.

If you would like to read about other theme parks we’ve traveled to, click below:

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