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July 28, 2008

New England's Largest Scariest Halloween Event Begins October 3rd

The Haunted Graveyard LogoBristol, CT -- New England's largest and scariest Halloween event, The Haunted Graveyard, opens at Lake Compounce on Friday, October 3. The 8th annual event will take place every Friday and Saturday through November 1, 2008, plus Sundays, October 12, 19 and 26 and Thursday, October 30.

For The Haunted Graveyard the entire park will be turned into a haunted Halloween attraction, with spine-chilling walkways, eerie music and fog. The main attraction of the event is the legendary 45-minute hair-raising walk through the Haunted Graveyard itself.

Ghoul at The Haunted Graveyard
The Haunted Graveyard, New England's largest and scariest Halloween event opens at Lake Compounce theme park on October 3rd.

A portion of the proceeds from the Haunted Graveyard will go to benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA). To date, the Haunted Graveyard has raised more than $600,000 for diabetes research.

The Haunted Graveyard began in 1991 when Ernie and Carol Romegialli's daughter, Johanna, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

"We started decorating our yard in Middletown, Connecticut for Halloween, thinking it would keep our daughter's mind off candy, said Romegialli. "Every year our decorations grew bigger and bigger. They outgrew our yard and have since evolved into New England's largest Halloween attraction"

Romegialli founded Graveyard Productions, LLC and serves as managing member.

The Haunted Graveyard is a large Halloween event that features five haunted houses and a graveyard linked by a labyrinth of terrifying trails. Some of the chilling and creepy venues include the Castle Vampyre; where bats, vampires and all manner of creatures descend upon unknowing visitors; the Catacombs, where bones and broken altars litter the deep cavern for a soul-chilling encounter; and the Forgotten Cemetery, where zombies and night stalkers have awakened from the dead and roam once again.

This year Lake Compounce will add new terrors including the Slaughter House, Zombie Forest, the Hell Holler and the Saw Mill.

"We're always very excited about the Haunted Graveyard season. 2008 promises once again to be a thrilling experience for everyone who comes to Lake Compounce," said Jerry Brick, general manager at Lake Compounce. "The Haunted Graveyard is a great October event, and the American Diabetes Association is a very worthwhile cause. We are very proud to be involved."

The Haunted Graveyard begins at dusk, but gates to Lake Compounce open at 5:00 pm each evening.

Visitors can purchase tickets to the Graveyard with the virtual queue system, which improves wait time in line, and visit rides and attractions throughout the park. Lake Compounce will operate its rides and attractions until 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 10:00 pm on Sundays.

Tickets can be purchased for both the Haunted Graveyard and Lake Compounce rides, or each separately. The adult price is $19.95 for the Haunted Graveyard only, $17.95 for rides only, and the combination ticket is $27.95. For children 12 and under, the price is $13.95 for the Haunted Graveyard only, $12.95 for rides only, and the combination ticket is $20.95.

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Artwork and photos courtesy of Lake Compounce. All rights reserved.

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