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Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum Is A Perfect Halloween Destination


Nestled in the October country of Bristol, Connecticut is the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum. You’ll find full-scale replicas of some of the movies’ most infamous stars: The Phantom of the Opera, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, Disney’s original Maleficent and many more.

Cortlandt Hull, the doctor behind the exhibits opens the 48th season.

“This will be our 48th season, with more figures and original movie props than we have ever displayed before. It’s so important that these characters be seen as they were in the original films.”

His great uncle, Henry Hull, played the Werewolf of London in the 1935 Universal Studios film. John Elton Floyd wrote on the Witch’s Dungeon website that pieces found there are parts of fine art.

“These pieces are not only part of movie history, but are fine art and American icons. Like film itself, it is important to preserve them in a new museum for future generations.”

The Witch’s Dungeon has been an October haunt since 1966. Hull says it is the nation’s longest-running Halloween attraction.

The museum has weekend-only hours: Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26, and Oct. 31-Nov. 2 from 7-10 p.m. Donations of $5 are requested and desirable.

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