Spooky, Scary, Spots Sending Shivers Down the State

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Mia Steadman, Contributing Writer

Connecticut, as one of the oldest states in the U.S., is a hotbed of paranormal activity. With haunted psychiatric hospitals, an abandoned ghost town, and numerous locations that have warranted visits from Edward and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigating duo that appears in the “Conjuring” movies, there are more than enough spooky sight-seeing opportunities around to satisfy your curiosity this Halloween season.

  1. Lindley St., Bridgeport
    In 1974, the haunted house at 966 Lindley St. in Bridgeport caught the eye of the entire country when witnesses observed furniture moving without touching it, hovering refrigerators, talking cats, crucifixes flying off of walls, and knives being thrown by invisible forces. Law enforcement officials and firefighters have corroborated these accounts, and Ed and Lorraine Warren even stepped in on the case. The cases were eventually cast aside as fraudulent, but the novel “The World’s Most Haunted House” by Hill Hall offers a deep dive into the Lindley haunting.
  2. Dudleytown
    Dudleytown often referred to as “ghost town,” is an abandoned settlement in northwestern Connecticut. Unfortunately, this site is not open to the public, but that doesn’t make it any less spooky. According to local legend, the founders of Dudleytown were the direct descendants of Edmund Dudley, an English noble who was beheaded for treason under the orders of King Henry VII. Allegedly, the Dudley family was cursed as a result of the treason, and that curse followed them to America. It is said that the curse caused a series of crop failures and increased cases of mental illness in the town, which ultimately caused the area to become abandoned.
  3. Fairfield Hills
    Fairfield Hills is an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Newtown, CT that operated from 1931 until the mid-1990s, where patients were subject to inhumane treatments such as lobotomies, shock therapy, and psychosurgeries. Those who have visited the campus have reported hearing voices, being followed by footsteps, and some have even claimed to see crouching figures in some of the buildings. A hiking trail passes through part of the Fairfield Hills campus, so visitors can get a glimpse of the abandoned hospital. However, the buildings have a strict ‘no trespassing’ policy.
  4. Stepney Cemetery
    Stepney Cemetery of Weston is home to the infamous “White Lady” and is also the final resting place of famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who once lived nearby. Allegedly, the Warrens had video footage of the White Lady walking the property, but no one has since been able to catch her on camera. One popular story about the White Lady describes a man driving past Stepney Cemetery when a woman in a white gown suddenly appeared in the middle of the road. The man struck her with his car, but when he pulled over to investigate, she was gone.
  5. Monroe Witch
    Legend has it that a mysterious woman suddenly appears in the middle of Spring Hill Road in Monroe, causing drivers to swerve and lose control of their vehicles. Locals believe her to be Hannah Cranna, “The Wicked Witch of Monroe,” who was suspected of hexing her husband and causing his early death when he suspiciously fell off a cliff. This occurred in the early 1800s, and no one ever proved that she ever had a hand in his death.
  6. Sterling Opera House, Derby
    The Sterling Opera House in Derby, which opened its doors in 1968, has caught the interest of paranormal investigators over the years thanks to the various reports of apparitions sighted here. Patrons have reported hearing children’s voices, and the venue is also said to be haunted by a young boy named Andy.