Lake Compounce’s Phantom Fall Fest Haunts

Lillian Von Kohorn ‘24
EE Staff Writer

Fog machines and dimmed yellow lighting help create a perfect Halloween atmosphere.

The spooky season is upon us, and Lake Compounce has just introduced a brand new way to enjoy it!

As teenagers transition from treat to trick, the 2022 Phantom Fall Fest brings the best of both worlds into their park. From opening time until 6 p.m., all are welcome to enjoy the park’s classic entertainments, great themed food, and flashy Halloween decor. When the clock strikes 6, though, the horrors of the night come out and the park transforms into a full-blown haunted realm. The Phantom Fall Fest features four haunted labyrinths, and three themed “scare-zones”. 

The first of the labyrinths, MediEvil, brings you face to face with an inquisitor’s torture chamber. The second, Root of All Evil, takes place in the manor of a mad scientist, and Spirits of the Swamp has you trek through a haunted bayou. Finally, mAlice in Wonderland, the largest of the haunted paths, takes you through the looking glass or down the rabbit hole with a choose your own adventure experience.

Not a huge fan of horror? No problem. There are plenty of other fun Halloween activities, such as the Kid’s Costume Party and the Apple Fritter Eating Contest, for the whole family to enjoy. In fact, according to the General Manager, Jeff Davis, “Even if you’re not into haunted houses, I think you can come here and get just the right level of scare that’s appropriate”. 

“It’s a chill yet thrilling experience perfect from a fun night out,” according to one 11th grade Trumbull High School student. “It literally feels like I’m walking through a classic horror movie–but not in the ‘Oh no I’m gonna die type of way,’ you know?”

This aesthetic is due to the constant fog machines and dimmed yellow lighting, creating that perfect Halloween atmosphere even on the clearest of nights.

The Phantom Fall Fest, which will run from September 30th through October 30th, is opened from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and from noon till 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Aside from mAlice in Wonderland, all attractions are free with admission.

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