During the month of October, many people fearlessly seek their Halloween holiday thrills at one of Long Island’s terrifyingly fun haunted houses. In our area, you’ll find some not-so-spooky kid-friendly attractions, as well as acres upon acres of terror at places like Bayville Scream Park. So, if you dare, here are the most frightening haunted houses on Long Island.
Haunted Halloween Castle
For five nights in October from 6 to 10 p.m., the historic Sands Point Preserve Conservancy becomes a Haunted Halloween Mansion. The 50,000-square-foot Hempstead House mansion reverts back to the time when it lodged an infamously mysterious children’s orphanage in the 1940s. For a $30 non-member fee, you can explore the haunted castle and look for ghosts and ghouls throughout three bloodcurdling floors. This is a scary one, folks; so no child under 12 is permitted and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets and dates can be found here.
Lurking in the woods of Rockville Centre’s Tanglewood Preserve, Spooky Fest is a family-friendly Halloween activity that your kids are going to love. A $10 fee includes non-scary activities at the Halloween theater, a not-so-spooky woods walk, an arts & crafts area, a live animal exhibit, the Mystic Den, and even face-painting! It will be open for seven nights (Oct. 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30) in October from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., just make sure you don’t forget your costume!
Bayville Scream Park
For a spookily twisted Halloween experience, head to Bayville Scream Park for some of three of the most thrilling attractions known to man. Chosen as one of the “Top 13 Haunted Attractions in America” by Haunt World Magazine, Bayville Scream Park houses the notorious Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear in 3-D, Temple of Terror, Curse of the Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods. Take caution, this is one of the scariest places in America so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Deer Park’s NYZ Apocalypse is the area’s premier interactive zombie survival experience. This 45-minute, participant-driven theatrical production starts by giving you a gas recoil laser weapon and dropping your group in the Apollo Prison System, where you need to battle your way out to avoid becoming zombie bait. Recommended only for those 16 and over, NYZ Apocalypse pits you against the spread of deadly infectious zombie virus; it’s up to you who wins. Tickets and reservation times can be found here.
Restless Souls Haunted House Complex
Come discover the notorious Daniels Cult at the Restless Souls Haunted House Complex in Huntington Station. On weekends in October from 6 to 10 p.m., work up some courage to explore the terrifying Shack of Screams and Dark Colony. For just $20, you can enjoy the attractions, as well as live music, concessions and photo opportunities.