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Attention horror fans! CT HorrorFest returns for TWO days, September 16-17, 2022! The event is presented by Connecticut-based horror website Horror News Network, one of the top horror news and information sites on the web.

September 16 –  4PM-9PM
September 17 – 11AM-7PM

Come meet horror celebrities and shop horror themed vendors at The Naugatuck Event Center in Naugatuck, CT.


Have questions? Be sure to check out the Covid-19 guidance and our FAQ.


*Please note that guest list can change due to guest cancellation or events beyond our control. Celebrity autograph prices vary and are at the discretion of the celebrity. CT HorrorFest does not control what celebrities may charge for autograph or photo opportunities.

Judith O'Dea

In 1967, casting began on a low-budget creature feature to be shot in Pittsburgh, PA. Several roles were needed to be filled and one of them was for the lead actress.

Producer Karl Hardman, who also played Harry Cooper in the film, reached out to his friend Judith O’Dea to ask if she’d be interested in auditioning for the role.

From there, the rest of the cast fell into place and George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead began terrifying audiences in 1968 and Judith O’Dea will forever be remembered for her role as Barbra.

Please join us in welcoming Judith O’Dea to the 2022 CT HorrorFest!

Films: Night of the Living Dead, Claustrophobia, They Came from the Ether, Night of the Living Dead: Genesis

Television: The Pirate

Ari Lehman

While growing up in nearby Westport, CT, young musician Ari Lehman heard word of auditions for a film being shot near his hometown. He snuck into the audition and landed the role of Roger in Manny’s Orphans, one of several “sports-comedy” collaborations between writer Victor Miller and director Sean Cunningham.

About a year later, Miller and Cunningham were about to start shooting another film, but this one was not sports, nor was it a comedy. This one was Friday the 13th, and since they knew Ari, he was called in to audition for a role. After confirming that he could swim, young Jason Voorhees was cast, and Ari Lehman went down in history as ‘First Jason’.

Please join us in welcoming first-year CT HorrorFest alumni Ari Lehman to Naugatuck in 2022!

Films: Friday the 13th, Manny’s Orphans, Bite School, Scarred

Composer: Salomé, Vampira: The Movie, The Girl, Supernaturalz: Weird, Creepy & Random



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Naugatuck Event Center
6 Rubber Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770

September 16-17, 2022

September 16 –  4PM-9PM

September 17 – 11AM – 7PM

Parking is free in the main lot and there will be plenty of other lots and street parking available.


In December of 2015, long-time Horror News Network/CT HorrorFest staff member, Sarah Mathews passed away suddenly. Her love of all things pop culture was only over shadowed by her love of cats. It is in her honor that we donate the raffle prize and table to Animals for Life-CT at CT HorrorFest.

Animals for Life is an all-volunteer, not for profit animal rescue based out of CT. Since 1996, Animals for Life has had the simple goal of finding needy animals loving homes. Now, more than 20 years later, their goal remains the same–to place homeless cats and dogs into wonderful, forever homes.

They are also are huge believers in education and outreach and work to educate and assist the public on companion animal issues, and address the issue of pet overpopulation that is rampant in CT and the world in general.


















Covid-19 Specific Guidance:

Will you mandate masks?

Per the current latest Connecticut guidelines, aligned with CDC recommendations, it is required that all unvaccinated people wear a face covering while attending indoor functions; therefore, guests at CT HorrorFest who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a mask. We will not be checking vaccination cards, so we are counting on our guests to be honest and do what’s right. While the state currently requires only unvaccinated to be masked, we still recommend and encourage mask usage among both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals attending this year’s show.

*Please note that we will continue to follow State guidance on this topic so this may change by the date of the event.

I’m not feeling well, should I still attend?

Absolutely not. This is true even before the pandemic.

What is CTHF doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The Naugatuck Event Center has set up sanitization booths in different locations throughout the venue. We will also be fully vacating and clearing out the Panel Room in between events to thoroughly clean room before the next panel/event. (Yes, this means that people will not be allowed to camp out in the panel room and keep a seat for the day – we apologize for that, but we need to be cautious). The Event Center will also be cleaning the bathrooms frequently and we are working with them to try and get bathrooms on other floors available to our attendees (still in progress).

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

*Mask up!

*Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer.

*Do your best to maintain a safe distance from anyone not in your group.

*Again, do not attend this event if you are presently suffering from any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms in the last 14 days.

Important to note

We will not tolerate any harassment of any attendee, guest, celebrity, vendor at CTHF for choosing to wear, or not wear, a mask. Anyone engaging in such behavior will be asked to leave immediately (without refund). CT HorrorFest is happy to be able to put on this event in such uncertain times and we will do our best to make sure that it is a fun and exciting experience for all who attend.

Assumption of risk and liability

COVID-19 and its variants are extremely contagious. While CT HorrorFest has put some preventative measures in place to help reduce the spread of the virus, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.


Is CT HorrorFest scary?

Not unless you find meeting celebrities and shopping awesome vendors scary. Some people come dressed in costumes. But don't expect a haunted house or to be chased by someone with a chainsaw.


What time should I arrive as an attendee and buy tickets?

Any time. Tickets will be on sale all day long at the door for $25 cash only at the front table. 


Can I come in costume?

Of course!


How much are autographs?

Autographs are priced at the discretion of the talent. The last few years on the East Coast, autographs have ranged from $20-$200. We will do our best to publish a list of autograph/photo prices a few days before the event, provided that they get us the information ahead of time.

Is there an ATM onsite?


My costume has a weapon is that OK?

All costume props must be inspected at the front desk. Because of safety reasons, we cannot allow any real or sharp weapons into the venue without being checked.

Can I have my machete/knife, etc. signed by a celebrity?

If you collect signatures of Jason, Michael, or any other character on a real weapon you must present the weapon to a CT HorrorFest staff member at the FRONT desk. We will then take the weapon and bring it to the celebrity where you can have it signed. After the celebrity signs the item you must either exit and put it in your vehicle or give it to a CT HorrorFest staff member who will keep it at the front desk for safe keeping.


What happens if the convention is canceled?
If for any reason the convention is canceled we will refund all ticket purchases and vendor tables within 30 days.

What happens if the celebrity you are coming to meet cancels?
As the event promoters we hope that no one cancels. That is truly a nightmare for us. We understand that you may have purchased a ticket to meet one specific person but celebrity cancellations are out of our control. We do not offer refunds for this reason as the show will go on.

I’m having an issue with another attendee, what do I do?

Please do not take any matters like this into your own hands. Whatever your issue is, go to the front desk and let a staff member know and we will take care of it.

My friend is running a haunted house, can I hand out flyers at CTHF?

No. Attendees are not allowed to distribute, stickers, cards, or any promotional item without prior approval from CTHF. Our vendors and sponsors pay for the ability to promote their haunts, events, businesses, etc. so it would be unfair to allow attendees to do the same for free.

I’d like to livestream one of the panels to my podcast page.

No livestreaming or re-broadcasting of any panels or events at CTHF is allowed without prior approval from CTHF.

Will there be food?

The venue will have approved food vendors on site selling food, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine).

Can I smoke?

There is no smoking of any materials, including vaping or e-cigarettes, allowed in the Naugatuck Event Center. You are free to go outside and smoke and re-enter the event.

Can I take photos of vendors and/or celebrities?

With their permission, yes.

Will you be adding more guests?

We have probably reached our limit on celebrity guests.

Can I interview some of the celebrities for my podcast during CTHF?

No, the celebrities are there to meet with fans and we need the lines to move at a steady pace so that they're able to meet with everyone without interruption.


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