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Haunted houses on Long Island: Scary Halloween attractions to visit

A volunteer actor in the Haunted Castle at

A volunteer actor in the Haunted Castle at the Hempstead House of the Sands Point Preserve poses for a photograph. Credit: Jonah Markowitz

Every Halloween, a slew of haunted places come alive with ghouls and zombies paid to terrorize those who dare to visit. In recent years, elaborate haunted attractions have gotten more popular. Here’s a trail of scary and not-so-scary spots.

BAITING HOLLOWEEN, Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, 1774 Sound Ave., Calverton, 631-727-1614, Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Hay ride, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games, crafts, register by Mon. before event. Fee $15 for children 5-15, $5 for adults, includes hot dog and soda.

BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK, 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-624-4678, Hours Through Nov. 3. Intensity Very scary. Live actors, loud sounds, 6 haunted attractions. Kids Not So Scary Days weekends and Columbus Day. Fee From $23.75.

BENNER’S FARM, 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket, 631-689-8172, Hours Weekends: noon-4 p.m. through Oct. 27. Intensity Moderate. Fee $8, $6 ages 14 and younger, includes 15-minute haunted hayride.

CENTER FOR SCIENCE TEACHING AND LEARNING SPOOKY FEST, Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-764-0045, Hours 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 18-20, 25-27, Nov. 2. Intensity Non-scary to very scary. 16 acres with special effects, live actors. Non-scary attractions include friendly Halloween walk, kids’ crafts, merry monsters. 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, Hours 7:30-11 p.m. Fri., 7-11 p.m. Sat., 7-10 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 27; plus 8-10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 8-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Intensity Very scary. Trilogy of Fear: Maniac Manor, Ward 9 and Murderer’s Row. Sun. nights, Chamber of Horrors NY goes dark with Kill the Light; navigate by the light of a glow stick. Fee $20-$45.

DARKSIDE HAUNTED HOUSE, 5184 Rte. 25A, Wading River, 631-369-7227, Hours open every weekend through Nov. 2 and select weekdays; 7-11 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 7 p.m.-midnight Fri., 6 p.m.-midnight Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun. Intensity Very scary, for 13 and older. Fee $30-$40

DEEPWELLS HAUNTED MANSION & TERRIFYING WOODED TRAIL, Deepwells Farm County Park, Route 25A and Moriches Road, Saint James, 631-862-2808, Hours 7-10 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Intensity Very scary. Live characters, screams. Fee $15 advance, $20 at the door.

DREAMS & NIGHTMARES — HAUNT AT HEMPSTEAD HOUSE, Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point,, 516-304-5076. Hours 7-11 p.m. Oct. 18-20, 24-25, 30-31. Intensity Scary. Kids younger than 16 not permitted, younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee $40. 

F & W SCHMITT FARMS HAUNTED HOUSE, 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville,, 631-271-3276. Hours Haunted mansion and corn trail, 7 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 7-11 p.m. Sun., Oct. 6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 30-31, Nov. 1-2. Children’s walk-through, noon-5 p.m. weekends through Oct. 27. Intensity Gory. Loud, flashing lights, live characters. Children’s Mansion is toned-down.

GATEWAY HAUNTED PLAYHOUSE, 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport,, 631-286-1133. Hours Weekends and select weekdays through Nov. 2. Intensity Very scary. Live characters, for ages 13 and older (younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Also coffin rides, zombie shooting and beer garden. Fee $30 online, $35 at the door; $40 online, $45 at the door for fast pass.

GATEWAY’S NOT-SO-SCARY ADVENTURE, 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport,, 631-286-1133. Hours noon-4 p.m. weekends through Oct. 27. Intensity Not so scary. Walk-thru, hay bale maze, pumpkin bouncer, face painting and more, for ages 3 and older. Fee $15.

MANOR FARM HAUNTED TRAIL, Manor Farm, 210 Manor Rd., Huntington,, 631-213-1927. Hours Not-So-Spooky Trail: 6 p.m. Oct 18-19, 25-26. Escape the Haunted House Challenge: 60 minutes to puzzle your way out, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 18-Nov. 10. Fee 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 Nov. 2. 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, Presbyterian Church, 5 Caroline Ave., Setauket, 631-751-3730, Hours 11⁄2-2 hour tours leave every 15 minutes from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, rain date: Oct. 26. Intensity Non-scary cemetery tours, costumed actors. Fee $30 ($25 advance), $12 younger than 12 ($10 advance); preregister.

SPOOKTACULAR AT THE SWEETBRIAR NATURE CENTER, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, 631-979-6344, Hours 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19. 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 is good for ages 4-8. Fee $5-$15.

SPOOKY LANTERN WALK, Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society, Miller Place, 631-476-5742, Hours Tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., Oct. 18-19, 25-26. Intensity Non-scary. 75- to 90-minute evening walk begins at William Miller House, 75 N. Country Rd., and proceeds along the historic district; bring flashlight or lantern. Fee $15, must preregister, limited spots.

SPOOKY WALK AT CAMP PA-QUA-TUCK, 2 Chet Swezey Rd., Center Moriches,, 631-878-1070. Hours 7-9 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26. Intensity Scary. Not for 10 or younger; live characters, loud noises, flashing lights, gore. Wheelchair-accessible. Fee $20.

TALES, TRAILS AND TREATS AT SWEETBRIAR NATURE CENTER, 62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown, 631-979-6344, Hours 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Crafts, live animals and interactive trick-or-treat trail for ages 2-6. Fee $10.

YAPHANK TRAIL OF TERROR, Yaphank Presbyterian Church, 65 Main St., Yaphank, 631-282-8223, Hours 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Intensity Very scary. 5 acres of haunted forest trails, live actors. Fee $12.

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