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Haunted houses on Long Island: Scary Halloween attractions to visit

"Quad" and "Quint" (left) leap out and frighten

"Quad" and "Quint" (left) leap out and frighten visitors as they pass through the Clown Room at  the Gateway Haunted Playhouse, "Camp Gateway" at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport. 
  Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Yes, nightmares really do come true. Halloween season brings a slew of haunted houses staffed by ghouls and zombies eager to terrorize those who dare to visit. Here’s a trail of the most popular attractions.

BEFORE YOU GO All of these haunts are very scary in nature. Some venues post age guidelines — parents should make their own determination in regards to what their child can handle. Adults, you’re on your own: Enter at your own psychological risk!

SPOOKTACULAR AT THE SWEETBRIAR NATURE CENTER, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, 631-979-6344, sweetbriarnc.org. Hours 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19-20. Intensity Moderately scary. Ghostly garden, creepy crafts, scary stories, night walk. Trail to an Eerie Tale, moderately scary, sounds and darkness, for 8 and older. The Enchanted Woodland Trail, good for ages 4-8. Third annual Jack-o’-lantern Trail filled with lit up pumpkins carved in a variety of fun and scary ways. Fee $5-$15.

BLOOD MANOR PRESENTS “CRYPTS OF THE COLISEUM,” NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, 516-231-4848, nycblive.com. Hours 7-11:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7-12:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 6-10:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 19-21 and 25-29, Nov. 2-3 Intensity Very scary. Fee $30 (RIP fast pass $50), free parking

BAITING HOLLOWEEN, Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, 1774 Sound Ave., Calverton, sccbsa.org/halloween, 631-727-1614. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27. Hay ride, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games, crafts, activities and event patch, register by Mon. before event. Fee $15 for children 5-15, $5 for adults, includes hot dog, soda and more.

BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-624-4678, bayvillescreampark.com. Hours Through Nov. 4. Check website for schedule. Kids Not So Scary Days: weekends and Columbus Day. Intensity Very scary. Live actors, loud sounds, 6 haunted attractions. Fee From $19.75.

BENNER’S FARM, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket, 631-689-8172, bennersfarm.com. Hours Weekends: noon-4 p.m. through Oct. 28; haunted hayrides ($6) evenings with live characters: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Intensity Moderate. Fee $8, $6 ages 14 and younger, includes 15-minute hayride.

CENTER FOR SCIENCE TEACHING AND LEARNING SPOOKY FEST, Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-764-0045, cstl.org. Hours 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 19-21, 26-28. Intensity Non-scary to very scary. 16 acres with eerie lighting, special effects, live actors. Non-scary attractions include friendly Halloween walk, kids’ craft area, live animals, merry monsters and face painting. Fee $10 for non-spooky attractions only; $15 all-inclusive.

CHAMBER OF HORRORS NY, 1745 Express Dr. N. (Matt Guiliano’s Play Like a Pro), Hauppauge, 855-227-6384, chamberofhorrorsny.com. Hours 8-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7-10 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 28; plus 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7-midnight. Oct. 31. Intensity Very scary. Live actors, loud sounds, and realistic scenes. Trilogy of Fear: Maniac Manor, Ward 9 and Murderer’s Row. Sun. nights, Chamber of Horrors NY goes dark with Kill the Light, navigate all three attractions with a single glow stick to guide you. Fee $35-$50.

HAUNTED TUNNEL AND EDUCATIONAL WALK AT WOODSIDE NURSERY, 134 E. Woodside Ave., Patchogue, woodsidenurseryandgarden.com, 631-758-1491. Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Intensity Mildly scary. Animatronics. Fee $3.

DEEPWELLS HAUNTED MANSION & TERRIFYING WOODED TRAIL, Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Road, Saint James, 631-862-2808, nwsdy.li/deepwellshm. Hours 7-10 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27. Intensity Very scary. Live characters, screams. Fee $10.

F & W SCHMITT FARMS HAUNTED HOUSE, 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, 631-271-3276, schmittshaunt.com. Hours Haunted mansion and corn trail, 7 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 7-11 p.m. Sun., through Oct. 31; weeknights 7-11 p.m. Oct. 5-8, 12-14, 19-21, 25-28, 30-31. Children’s daytime walk-through, noon-5 p.m. weekends through Oct. 28. Intensity Gory. Loud, flashing lights, live characters. Children’s Mansion is a toned-down attraction. Fee Call.

FRIGHT NIGHT at SYS, Southampton Town Recreation Center, 1370A Majors Path, Southampton, 631-702-2425, southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau. Hours 6-10 p.m. Oct. 20. Family friendly hours will be 6-7:30 p.m. for children under 11 Intensity Non-scary. Navigate through a haunted path. Fee $5.

BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-624-4678, bayvillescreampark.com. Hours Through Nov. 4. Check website for schedule. Kids Not So Scary Days: weekends and Columbus Day. Intensity Very scary. Live actors, loud sounds, 6 haunted attractions. Fee From $19.75.

GATEWAY’S NOT-SO-SCARY ADVENTURE FOR KIDS (see above) Hours through Oct. 28. Includes batty maze, goofy creatures, for ages 10 and younger, $10.

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE HAUNT, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, sandspointpreserve.org, 516-304-5076. Hours Oct. 25-26, 28-31 (check website for hours). Intensity Moderately scary. Once a year at Halloween, historic Hempstead House is transformed into a massive horror house. The fright-filled mansion spans three floors, including the subterranean dungeon; not recommended for children younger than 14; children younger than 12 not permitted, younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Fee Check website.

HAUNTED HENDRICKSON’S HOUSE OF HORROR, Arthur J. Hendrickson Park, 123 W. Merrick Rd., Valley Stream, 516-592-5105, vsvny.org. Hours 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27. Intensity Scary. Live actors, loud sounds. Not recommended for children younger than 7; no strollers permitted; rain or shine event; refreshments available. Fee $10.

HAUNTED TRAIL, Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, 1774 Sound Ave., Calverton, sccbsa.org/trail, 631-727-1614, 90-minute haunted trail walk, scary movies while you wait, register by Mon. before event. Hours 8-11 p.m. Oct. 20, 27. Fee $15, includes a hot dog and soda.

DARKSIDE HAUNTED HOUSE, 5184 Rte. 25A, Wading River, 631-369-7227, darksideproductions.com. Hours 7-11 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 7 p.m.-midnight Fri., 6 p.m.-midnight Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun. Daytime matinee 1-5 p.m. on select weekends check website for complete schedule. Intensity Very scary at night. High-intensity frights, detailed scenes; for 13 and older. Daytime matinee is milder, but not recommended for 10 and younger. The Village Daytime Matinee is moderately scary, not recommended for 6 and younger. Fee $30 at night; $12 daytime matinee house and village; $7 daytime matinee village only.

HAUNTED TUNNEL AND EDUCATIONAL WALK AT WOODSIDE NURSERY, 134 E. Woodside Ave., Patchogue, woodsidenurseryandgarden.com, 631-758-1491. Hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Intensity Mildly scary. Animatronics. Fee $3.

MANOR FARM HAUNTED TRAIL, Manor Farm, 210 Manor Rd., Huntington, manorfarmhauntedtrailnights.webs.com. Hours Spooky Trail: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27; Not-So-Spooky Trail: 5 p.m. Oct 26-27. Escape the Haunted House Challenge: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 2-3. Intensity Spooky Trail: live actors, not gory, flashing lights, scary stories; Not-So-Spooky Trail: character-driven, silly jokes, cartoonish; Haunted House Escape Challenge: Puzzle your way out in 45 minutes, live actors, fear-based challenges. Spooky Trail, walk. Not-So-Spooky Trail, good for young children. Fee Spooky Trail $10; Not-So-Spooky Trail, $7; Escape challenge, $15.

MEDFORD HAUNTED HOUSE, 79 Middle Island Blvd., Middle Island, 631-466-8096. Hours 7-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 7-10 p.m. Sun., non-scary tours 2-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., through Oct. 28. Intensity Night tours: Very scary. Live characters, loud sounds, smoke. Non-scary tours: OK for kids; handicap-accessible. Fee Donation.

SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR: FICKLE FINGER OF FATE, Setauket Presbyterian Church, 5 Caroline Ave. Setauket, 631-751-3730, tvhs.org. Hours 1 ½-2 hour tours leave every 15 minutes from 5-7:45 p.m. Oct. 20, rain date: Oct. 27. Intensity Non-scary tour, features costumed actors portraying unfortunate souls of the Three Village area that knocked on deaths door too soon at the Setauket Presbyterian and Caroline Church Cemeteries. Fee $18 advance ($25 at door), $10 advance younger than 12 ($12 at door); registration recommended.

GATEWAY HAUNTED PLAYHOUSE, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com, 631-286-1133. Hours Select weekdays and weekends through Oct. 31, check website. Not-So-Scary Adventure, noon-4 p.m. weekends through Oct. 28. Intensity Very scary. Loud sounds, screams, live characters, 13 and older. Midway also has a beer garden, coffin rides, zombie shooting. Fee $25 in advance, $35 fast pass online; $30 at door, $40 fast pass at door.

SPOOKY LANTERN WALK, Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society, Miller Place, 631-476-5742, mpmshistoricalsociety.org. Held along the historic district on North Country Road in Miller Place. Hours 4:30, 5, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27. Intensity Non-scary. 75- to 90-minute walk. Fee $10, must preregister, no tickets sold at door.

SPOOKY WALK AT CAMP PA-QUA-TUCK, 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches, spookywalk.com, 631-878-1070. Hours 7-9 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 26-27. Intensity Scary. Not for 10 and younger; live characters, loud noises, flashing lights, gore and blood. Wheelchair-accessible. Fee $20 ($15 on Oct. 19).

TALES, TRAILS AND TREATS AT SWEETBRIAR NATURE CENTER, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, 631-979-6344, sweetbriarnc.org. Hours 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. A fun afternoon for kindergarten and preschool-age children including close encounters with animals, crafts and a special trick-or-treat trail complete with animal characters and a storybook, for ages 2-5. Fee $10.

THE VILLAGE HAUNTED TALES AND TRAILS, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage, obvrnassau.com, 516-572-8401. Hours 5-10 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, call for times. Intensity Moderately scary. Live actors, ghost stories. Fee $10, $7 seniors and ages 5-12.

YAPHANK TRAIL OF TERROR, Yaphank Presbyterian Church, 65 Main St., Yaphank, 631-282-8223, yaphanktrail.wixsite.com/home. Hours 7-11 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. Intensity Very scary. 5 acres of haunted forest trails, live actors. Fee $10.

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