WHY IT GOT STARTED
The Haunted Graveyard was created by owner Ernie Romegialli, whose daughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of six.
To take her mind off the candy she couldn’t have, Romegialli threw himself heart and soul into decorating the family house for Halloween. This led him to conceive of an open attraction with a dual purpose – to give people a good scare, and to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In its first fifteen years, The Haunted Graveyard raised approximately a million dollars for diabetes research. Its construction and execution each year has been called a “labor of love” by Romegialli.
WHAT IT IS TODAY
New England’s largest Halloween attraction lies just a few short yards from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Lake Compounce family theme park has played host to over 200 ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires since 1999, and every year thousands of excited patrons visit the Graveyard to see what new spooky features it has in store for them.
The Haunted Graveyard is a 45-minute walk over a mile, boasting more than 14 different-themed “houses” and over 200 ghouls.
The Graveyard is never exactly the same two years in a row as Romegialli and his staff strive to improve and innovate every single year.
Visitors to The Haunted Graveyard have the option of buying either a single ticket for just admittance to The Haunted Graveyard, or the combination Haunted Graveyard/Lake Compounce ticket, which gives the bearer unlimited access to all rides as well as the tour of The Haunted Graveyard.
The attraction is open Friday-Sunday, September 30th – October 30th, depending on weather.