Greetings from Greater New Haven
Halloween in Greater New Haven
We have begun gathering information regarding upcoming Halloween events in the region. As events are subject to change, we encourage you to verify the event information closer to the event date.

If you have previously attended events, you can expect updated safety precautions. Please visit the event's website to review the current protocols.

New and updated events will be available on our calendar.
Current CDC Guidelines
The CDC has published Halloween guidelines to help you assess the potential risk involved in various activities. Please click here to review the guidance.

Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins
Local farms offer great pickings, especially apples and pumpkins. Two of the region's largest farms, Bishop's Orchards in Guilford and Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, offer fun-filled family events throughout the season. Be sure to check their websites for upcoming events.

Bishops Orchards and Winery, 1355 Boston Post Rd., Guilford | 203-453-2338 |

Lyman Orchards, Junction of Rtes. 147 and 157, Middlefield | 860-349-1793 |
New Haven Symphony Orchestra to Perform Concerts at Canal Dock Boathouse on New Haven Waterfront
October 17 & 24
The first concert on October 17 will feature a percussion duo and string trio, and the second concert on October 24 will feature the Symphony’s brass quintet. The two varied programs will include a range of diverse classics and popular solo and small ensemble music, including pieces by Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin, Debussy, Sousa, and Fats Waller. The performances will be outdoors on the facility’s extensive patio facing the water.  

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City-Wide Open Studios 2020
October 1-30
Artspace presents a new digital festival experience! Meet over 200 artists comfortably from home or schedule a 1:1 digital or in person visit at the artist's studio.
Phase 3 Opens on October 8
Phase 3 represents the latest stage of the Governor's reopening plan for Connecticut. There are very specific rules that will take place during this phase.

  • Restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries: Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors. NOTE: This is subject to COVID-19 safety requirements

  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.): Increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity. NOTE: This is dependent on the use of masks and social distancing requirements

  • Indoor performing arts venues: These locales will be able to open at 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements in place

  • Bars and nightclubs: These businesses will continue to remain closed.

Safe Stays
In addition to frequent reminders about what residents and visitors can do to keep themselves and others safe, our lodging properties, restaurants and attractions are doing their part as well. The Connecticut Office of Tourism hit the road throughout the state to video just some of the hotels, restaurants and attractions walking the walk when it comes to keeping their guests and employees safe.
Travel Advisory
Anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York, or New Jersey from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to:

  1. Self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state
  2. Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results within three days of arrival to avoid quarantining
  3. Get tested in Connecticut and quarantine until receipt of negative test results

Click here to see impacted states.
Travelers will now be required to complete a form upon entry into Connecticut stating their name, date of birth, state of origin, estimated length of stay and location while in Connecticut, as well as contact information. The form is required to be submitted to DPH and can be completed online by visiting
This newsletter is produced in collaboration with the South Central Regional Council of Governments.