When it comes to Halloween on Long Island, it’s either go big or go home. These three long-running attractions are back with new elements this year.
BLOOD MANOR PRESENTS CRYPTS OF THE COLISEUM
Now in its sophomore year, Crypts of the Coliseum aims to be better than last year. “Every room will have a different feel,” says co-producer Jim Lorenzo. “We were able to overemphasize the details, alter the layout and amp up the lighting and sound. This year is just over the top.”
WHAT’S NEW A new outdoor carnival dubbed Sinister City starts Oct. 12 and runs during the haunt’s operating hours. There’s a Ferris wheel, midway games, live music and food trucks. Actors will roam the carnival and horror-film scenes will be projected continuously on a 53-foot trailer. A full bar will be open for guests 21 and over.
FOR AGES Recommended for 14 and over (parents should use discretion)
SAVE MONEY Buy tickets in advance online and save $5; $20 college nights on Thursdays with student ID.
GOOD TO KNOW Arrive when the doors first open or come later — toward the very end of the night — to avoid crowds.
WHEN | WHERE 7 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 3 (closed Nov. 1) at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION $30 (RIP fast pass $50), free parking
BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK
Now in its 13th spooky season, this facility offers six haunted attractions ranging from Uncle Needles’ Funhouse of Fear in 3D to Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, the park has undergone its biggest renovation since it opened in 2006 with more special effects and animatronics added to each attraction. “People want new and different all the time,” owner D.R. Finley says. “There’s pressure every year to come up with something exciting.”
WHAT’S NEW The latest attraction is the Bayville Haunted Asylum, which is a deranged hospital run by evil doctors doing botched surgeries and experimentations and wicked nurses who mistreat and torture patients. Guests go through the reception area, the patients’ lounge, the morgue and the autopsy room, which was all shut down in the 1940s and illegally reopened by madman Dr. Barrington Bay.
FOR AGES Suggested for 10 and up (parents should use discretion)
SAVE MONEY Each attraction is its own scary adventure running 15 to 20 minutes. Save more than 50 percent by purchasing a six-attraction combo for $49.75, providing a whole evening’s worth of fun (and submit an email address online for an additional $5 off the combo ticket).
GOOD TO KNOW Lines are shorter on weeknights or early in the season. You’ll save time by purchasing your tickets online ahead of time — show them on your phone to avoid the ticket line. VIP speed passes let you skip the line, but cost an extra $8 per attraction.
WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays and select weekdays through Nov. 4 in Bayville
INFO 516-624-4678, bayvillescreampark.com
ADMISSION $21.75 to $25.75 per attraction
RISE OF THE JACK-O’-LANTERNS
This Long Island classic carves tons of fresh pumpkins every week for its Halloween display of jack-o’-lanterns featuring various pop culture themes, from cartoon characters to rock stars to sports teams to movie actors. “We want to make sure the pumpkins we put out are reflective of the things people are enjoying right now,” art director Tom Olton says.
WHAT’S NEW Look for pumpkin carvings representing a series of animals from under the sea, singing animated pumpkins, motorcycle themed pumpkins and sports monsters.
FOR AGES Family-friendly
GOOD TO KNOW Tickets are only sold in advance and are timed. There are no tickets sold at the door. Arrive 10 minutes before your ticket time to avoid long waits.
SAVE MONEY Submit your email online and receive a promo code for 35 to 50 percent off when purchasing tickets at select days and times. For example: Oct. 7 sessions are discounted 35 percent at 8:45 p.m., 40 percent at 9:30 p.m. and 50 percent at 10:30 p.m.
WHEN | WHERE 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 5-7, 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18-21, and 6:20 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25-29 at Old Westbury Gardens
INFO 516-252-3392, therise.org
ADMISSION $26 ($22 ages 3 to 17)