Haunted houses on Long Island: Scary Halloween attractions to visit

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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!

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Gateway's Haunted Playhouse

THE LOWDOWN Prop-makers, set builders, scene painters, costumers
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

THE LOWDOWN Prop-makers, set builders, scene painters, costumers and special-effects artists from Gateway use all their theatrical powers to put on the ultimate show of fear utilizing 85 rooms and 90 actors.

“We immerse our patrons in the spirit of the haunt from the moment they step on the property,” says director Paul Allan. “Each building creates a look. You feel like you are in another world.”
An effort is made to change the entire venue from year to year — this year’s theme remains under wraps.
“We like to keep everyone guessing as they go through,” Allan says. “We try to create an entire experience that sucks you in to the point where you actually start to believe you’re trapped in a situation where you may not be safe.”
NEW THIS YEAR Check out Gateway's Extraterrestrial Invasion where a meteor has crashed and a scientist has quarrantined the area to make sure the alien doesn't escape.
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS Don’t eat before you come as there’s a food truck, a concession stand and an adults-only beer garden.
WHEN | WHERE 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays Oct. 6-7 (extended to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28), closing at 10 p.m. Sundays beginning Oct. 8; noon-4 p.m. sessions on weekends Oct. 7-29 and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26 and Halloween at 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport
INFO 631-286-1133, gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com
ADMISSION $35 ($30 online), $45 fast pass ($40 online)

The "Lunch Ladies" poised to scare in the
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

The "Lunch Ladies" poised to scare in the cafeteria of Gateway's Haunted Playhouse in Bellport, themed "Camp Gateway" in 2015.

Blood Manor Presents "Crypts of the Coliseum"

THE LOWDOWN This haunt has set roots in
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THE LOWDOWN This haunt has set roots in the newly renovated NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Going down into the crypts, guests will encounter skulls and bones, a graveyard, a morgue and the Angel of Death. Lasers, live action zombie dancers and crazy clowns are thrown in for good measure. "Things are going to be coming at you from all sorts of angles," says Mike Rodriguez, Blood Manor president. "It's pure excitement and an adrenaline rush all the way."

NEW THIS YEAR Everything is new as this attraction is in its freshman year. According to Rodriguez, the haunt has "a whole different vibe to it" from Blood Manor in New York City.

FRIGHT FACTOR Intense (3 skulls)

WHEN|WHERE 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, 7-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (closed Monday and Tuesday) through Oct. 31, NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke. in Uniondale

INFO 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

ADMISSION $30-$35 (RIP Express Pass: $40-$45)

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Chamber of Horrors NY

THE LOWDOWN Visitors may need a triple bypass
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

THE LOWDOWN Visitors may need a triple bypass if they make it through the Chamber of Horrors NY’s Trilogy of Fear. There are three parts to this haunted attraction, anchored by Maniac Manor. Try to make it through "3,2,1...Blackout!" and the Slaughter House as more than 40 live actors creep about 60 rooms, mixing both modern and old-school horror styles.
“We know how to scare people,” says owner Marty Arominski. “Even the 21-year-old male who thinks he’s invincible will jump.”
On Sundays, the experience intensifies with the “Kill the Light” program where all the lights go off inside the attraction and groups travel with a single glow stick.
NEW THIS YEAR Check out the 3 Minute Escape Room and Virtual Reality Haunted House.
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS Go between 7 and 8 p.m. to avoid long lines. Use the restroom before entering.
WHEN | WHERE 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays (Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27) plus Oct. 26, 30 and Halloween, 7-11 p.m. Saturdays (Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28), closing at 10 p.m. Sundays (Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29) at Matt Guiliano’s Play Like a Pro, 1745 Express Drive North, Hauppauge
INFO 855-227-6384, chamberofhorrorsny.com
ADMISSION $30, $45 fast pass ($40 online)

An ax-wielding zombie thrashes out from the shadows
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

An ax-wielding zombie thrashes out from the shadows at the 2014 Chamber of Horrors haunted house at Matt Guiliano’s Play Like a Pro in Hauppauge.

Bayville Scream Park

THE LOWDOWN Bayville Scream Park is more than
(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)

THE LOWDOWN Bayville Scream Park is more than just a haunted house — it’s a whole theme park.
“We have six different haunted attractions,” says owner D.R. Finley. “You can spend an entire evening here. It’s an event.”
Enter Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, which offers traditional haunted house scares while Uncle Needles’ Fun House of Fear and Mirror Maze delivers scary clowns in 3-D. Get caught in the Temple of Terror maze or venture onto an outdoor walking path filled with escaped lunatics as part of Evil in the Woods. If you are a pirate fan, take on a team of dead ones in Curse of the Zombie Pirates.
“We utilize animation, special effects, sound effects and 150 professional live actors,” says Finley. “There’s also a detailed mythology and history of all the characters and each attraction.”
NEW THIS YEAR Enter The Scream Machine or check out the virus outbreak in The Cage.
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS As it gets closer to Halloween, weekends get extremely busy. But the park will not close until everyone is able to go through the attractions they bought tickets for. Take a break from the action and have a cocktail or some food at the Zombie Bar & Lounge in the middle of the park.
WHEN | WHERE Open Oct. 5-9, 11-15, 17-31, Nov. 3-5, 6-10 p.m. weekdays and Sundays, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
INFO 516-624-7433, bayvillescreampark.com
ADMISSION $24.75 ($31.75 speed pass) haunted mansion, all other attractions: $20.75 ($27.75 speed pass), combo tickets: $49.75 (six attractions-$65.75 speed pass), $42.75 (three attractions-$54.75 speed pass), $33.75 (two attractions-$43.75 speed pass)
 

Getting scared inside Bayville Scream Park's Bloodmanor Haunted
(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)

Getting scared inside Bayville Scream Park's Bloodmanor Haunted Mansion in 2015.

Darkside Haunted House

THE LOWDOWN The attraction features 30 sets that
(Credit: Mike Meola Darkside Productions)

THE LOWDOWN The attraction features 30 sets that are both outdoors and indoors across 14,000 square feet. “It’s like being the star of your own horror film, but you are not going to die in the end,” says owner Mike Meola. “Once you get inside our gates, the outside world ceases to exist.”
The haunt’s 35-40 actors don’t physically touch patrons, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel affected.
“We are not technology driven,” says Meola. “We are very practical with our scares.”
NEW THIS YEAR There are some top-secret new rooms, Meola says, and older concepts have been reinvented. “Sometimes people walk into a room and they think they know what’s going to happen, but we change the scare.”
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS Go during the week for the same show with a quarter of the lines. Wear sneakers and dress in athletic gear.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays (Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27), 6 p.m.-midnight Saturdays (Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28) and 6-10 p.m. Sundays (Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29) plus Oct. 9, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 12, 18-19, 23-26, 30 and Halloween at 5184 NY-25A, Wading River
INFO 631-369-7227, darksidehauntedhouse.com
ADMISSION $25 ($35 fast pass)

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Ghouls await beside a hearse to welcome visitors
(Credit: Mike Meola Darkside Productions)

Ghouls await beside a hearse to welcome visitors at Darkside Haunted House in Wading River.

NYZ Apocalypse

THE LOWDOWN Imagine
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THE LOWDOWN Imagine “The Walking Dead” characters going head-to-head with real-life zombies. “You get a laser gun and you must fight for your survival,” says marketing director Will Puntarich. “We want to make things interactive and immersive for people. Be prepared to have all your senses tested.”
Total Fear is this year's theme featuring killer clowns in "City of the Dead" where you must "shoot your way to safety" or face a gang of clowns in "Clown Beatdown."
NEW THIS YEAR On Sundays, take part in “Escape the Dark: Ritual,” where guests face a sadistic cult with all the lights out.
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS Arrive a half-hour before opening to line up. Reservations are taken for Saturdays only. Note: This experience is intense (think jump scares and psychological twists).
WHEN | WHERE 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, 26 and 29, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 at 450 Commack Rd., Deer Park
INFO 631-392-4700, nyzapocalypse.com
ADMISSION $33-$63

Zombies surprise players as they descend into the
(Credit: Christopher Occhicone)

Zombies surprise players as they descend into the 2015 prison maze at NYZ Apocalypse in Deer Park. Players use laser rifles to escape the maze filled with zombies.

Schmitt's Haunted Mansion of Melville

THE LOWDOWN Head to Schmitt's Farms, where the
(Credit: Christopher Occhicone)

THE LOWDOWN Head to Schmitt’s Farms, where the tradition of terror has run for the past 22 years.
“Everybody has a different version of what’s scary,” says co-owner Bill Schmitt. “We catch you off guard when you least expect it.”
There are two parts to the attraction, the first being the Haunted Mansion of Melville, featuring 30 actors roaming through 25 rooms of darkness and trick lighting. The second is a haunted corn trail — a maze through a dark field of corn filled with horrific props, live actors and aggressive animatronics.
“I think the setting of being on the farm sets us apart,” says Schmitt. “It creates a real spooky vibe.”
NEW THIS YEAR Surgeon Dr. Valner left his practice of 30 years to use his scalpel to create art with unsuspecting patients as his canvas. Watch as he takes the farm's groundskeeper and turns him into his monster Masterpiece.
FRIGHT FACTOR Intense (3 skulls)
TIPS For optimal scares, walk slowly in single file and don’t run.
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays (Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28), 7-11 p.m. Thursdays (Oct. 12, 19 and 26), Sundays (Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29), Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween at 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville
INFO 631-271-3276, schmittshaunt.com
ADMISSION $23 house, $13 haunted corn trail

An actor poses inside the corn maze at
(Credit: Christopher Occhicone)

A frightful sight inside the corn maze at Schmitt's Haunted Mansion of Melville.

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Haunted Hendrickson's House of Horror

THE LOWDOWN The Hendrickson Park pool in Valley
(Credit: Haunted Hendrickson's House of Horror)

THE LOWDOWN The Hendrickson Park pool in Valley Stream transforms into a horror show themed "The Afterlife" where vistors can journey through the realms of death. 
Proceeds benefit Camp Anchor and the Valley Stream Youth Council.
NEW THIS YEAR Details are kept underwraps but it's suggested that no one come alone.
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS Visitors can grab a selfie with the scary characters while waiting on line. Food and Halloween souvenirs will be sold and a fortuneteller predicts the future.
WHEN | WHERE 7-11 p.m. Oct. 27-28; 123 West Merrick Rd., Valley Stream
INFO 516-592-5105, vsvny.org
ADMISSION $10

Haunted Hendrickson's House of Horror in Valley Stream
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Haunted Hendrickson's House of Horror in Valley Stream features classic characters from Halloween movies and a few nameless spooks.

Franklin Square Horror

THE LOWDOWN Joe Allocco has been scaring his
(Credit: Franklin Square Horror)

THE LOWDOWN Joe Allocco has been scaring his entire Franklin Square community for 21 years with his handcrafted home haunt. But it’s only held for one night — Halloween.
“I always liked answering my door and scaring the trick-or-treaters, so in 1996 I took it to the next level,” says Allocco. “People put that day aside. It’s a tradition for a lot of families.”
Allocco can be found outside entertaining those waiting in line in his Leatherface costume from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” complete with a buzzing chainsaw.
Proceeds from the haunt, he says, benefit programs for autism and cerebral palsy like Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, Center for Developmental Disabilities in Syosset and UCP — United Cerebral Palsy in Roosevelt.
NEW THIS YEAR This year's theme is a journey through hell where guests will face their worst nightmares and end up...IN HELL!
FRIGHT FACTOR Terrifying (4 skulls)
TIPS Come by at 6:15 p.m. as lines tend to be up to an hour wait. A huge screen on the lawn shows movie scenes, Halloween greetings and news clips about the haunt.
WHEN | WHERE 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31, 1148 Norbay St., Franklin Square
INFO joea65.wix.com/franklin-square-horror
ADMISSION Donation

The Franklin Square Horror in Franklin Square
(Credit: Franklin Square Horror)

The Franklin Square Horror in Franklin Square is a one-night-only affair.

HorseAbility's Haunted Hay Barn

THE LOWDOWN The minds behind the old Bayville
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THE LOWDOWN The minds behind the old Bayville Haunted Firehouse bring their creativity to the 1914 horse stables in Old Westbury. “The atmosphere is old and historic, which is fitting for a haunt,” says co-chair Jamie Thomas-Martin. “We get some people who walk into the first hallway, through the exit door and right out to their car.” More than 40 actors appear in the venue that includes a scary swamp and a creepy doll room. But watch out for the spooky clown circus . . . and the Shaving Man! Proceeds go to HorseAbility, a nonprofit organization that offers horse therapeutic programs for people with special needs.
NEW THIS YEAR The revitalized snakepit, sewer scene and Egyptian room will haunt your thoughts late at night.
FRIGHT FACTOR Intense (3 1/2 skulls)
TIPS Take advantage of the coupons offered online via the Facebook page for discounts. Also when driving, put 99 Cedar Swamp Rd. in Jericho in your GPS.
WHEN | WHERE 6-10 p.m. October 13-15, 20-22, 27-29; on campus of SUNY Old Westbury, Route 107 North, Old Westbury
INFO 516-333-6151, horseability.org/hauntedhaybarn.htm
ADMISSION $13

HorseAbility's Haunted Hay Barn will bring scares to
(Credit: HorseAbility)

HorseAbility's Haunted Hay Barn bring scares to the campus of SUNY Old Westbury.

Restless Souls Haunted House Complex

THE LOWDOWN This multipart haunt is bordered by
(Credit: West Hills United Methodist Church)

THE LOWDOWN This multipart haunt is bordered by an actual cemetery, which quickly sets the tone.The Shack is a traditional haunted house with a mysterious tunnel leading to an evil laboratory in the basement. Meanwhile, the Dark Colony is a murky trail through the woods filled with twisted hillbillies who live off the land.“It’s more of an old-school haunt. The creepy factor is very high,” says producer Todd Iredell. “We can make it extra scary or, if you have young children, we can dial it back.” Proceeds go to West Hills United Methodist Church in Huntington Station.

NEW THIS YEAR Visit Klownkatraz where guests witness Dr. Bane, who studies coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), test new chemical C26 on his inmates.

FRIGHT FACTOR Intense (3 skulls)
TIPS For those who get too overwhelmed, there’s a safe word attendees can shout if they want to exit at any time.
WHEN | WHERE 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28) and 5-9 p.m. Sundays (Oct. 15, 22 and 29) at 301 West Hills Rd., Huntington Station
INFO restlesssoulsli.com
ADMISSION $10 The Shack, $7 The Dark Colony, $7 File Frenzy Escape Room, $7 Klownkatraz in 3D, $27 combo ticket

Haunted clowns at Restless Souls.
(Credit: John F. Sheehan)

Haunted clowns at Restless Souls.

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