2018 Haunted House Guide 2144

It is officially October! Which means it is time to get in gear and start checking out all the Halloween activities all across Long Island, including all the amazing Haunted Houses we have. Ready to get your scream on? Or maybe something a little more mellow for the kids? Between local non-profits and big commercial operations, there are plenty of options this year for everyone to get in the Halloween spirit the way they like best. We have gathered our favorites below, be on the lookout for our amazing hometown entries – North Patchogue Fire Department’s House of Horrors, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse, and the Yaphank Trail of Terror. Or be sure to check our events calendar for even more Halloween events!

We are going to start off our list with our hometown entries!

North Patchogue Fire Department House of Horrors
33 Davidson Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
Although this is a new production for 2018, this haunted house promises to have plenty of scares. Local haunted house, Hell House Productions has been creating scares for their Medford neighborhood for over 5 years. This year for the first time, they partner with the North Patchogue Fire Department to bring you the NPDF House Of Horrors. This one is open Friday and Saturdays starting October 5th from 7-11pm, and also October 29,30,31st. Tickets are purchased at the door. $20 for adults, $15 children 12 and under. Cash and credit accepted.

Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse
215 South Country Road, Bellport, NY 11713
During the last several Octobers, one of the oldest theaters on Long Island transforms into one of the best haunted houses in the country. It has been voted consistently voted among the best in New York and the US by people who really know their scares. #1 in NYS (TheScareFactor.com), Best In America (Hauntworld Magazine), Top 10 Haunted Houses In New York (USA Today). It features top notch automation and professional actors decked out in award winning costumes and makeup. This year you will find special effects done by Ricky Vitus, a finalist on SyFy’s FaceOff special-fx-themed contest show. Sorry kiddos, this one is not recommended for children under 12, however on select weekends, they feature a “Not So Scary Daytime Adventure.” This time, the walk through is a family themed, up-beat storyline adventure featuring candy and fun characters along the way. Besides that, they have a midway with food trucks, beer/wine, and other Halloween themed entertainment such as fortune tellers and fire breathing shows! Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door, and $40 and $45 for the Fast Pass Admission. Opens Sept 28th – Nov 3rd.

Yaphank Trail of Terror
65 Main St, Yaphank, NY
Don’t be fooled! Just because this trail is on the property of the Yaphank Presbyterian Churchdoesn’t mean it is not terrifying! This half-mile walk through the woods takes full advantage of its location and setting, serving up a different kind of scare experience than your indoor haunted house. A chilly wind goes by as you seeing your breath hang slightly in the air. You can feel the leaves crunch under your feet and hear the twigs break as you walk…and what was that sound in the distance? If you are not the walking or scaring type, they have classic horror movies playing in the field, a bonfire with marshmallows for roasting, and other small concessions. The trail opens Fridays and Saturdays from Oct 12-27, 7pm-11pm. Tickets are $12.

Chamber of Horrors NY
1745 Express Drive North, Hauppauge, NY
Chamber of Horrors NY is one of New York’s top Haunted Events. Featuring 3 haunted attractions and an interactive horror stage show. Guests will be treated to a show that explains the backstories and characters behind all three haunted houses being featured this year. The show includes gory visuals, intense audio, live actors, special fx and more. There are also three haunted houses: Dead End Breakfast, Industrial Laughter and Carnage.

The show is open on varying nights from Sept. 28 through Oct. 31. Oct. 25 is Kill the Lights Night, and Oct. 31 is Full Contact Night. Standard tickets are $35, and the RIP Pass is $45.

Deepwells Haunted Mansion
2 Taylor Lane, Saint James, NY
Deepwells Mansion is known for an abundance of paranormal activity throughout the year. A favorite place for Mediums an Psychics to gather for ghost hunts and Seances.
In October they open their doors and welcome you in, to tour the screamingly horrific Deepwells Haunted Mansion. Enter the front door and explore room after room, floor after floor, of horrific scenes and creepy clowns, spiders galore and keep your eye out for the scientific experiments gone wrong! Good luck finding your way through the dimly lit hallways. And just when you think you survived, think again! .In order to Exit, you must also make your way through the “Terrifying Trail!”- through the woods on the haunted grounds of Deepwells Mansion.

The trail is open Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

The Haunted Woods
1606 Wading River Manor Road, Wading River (Schiff Scout Reservation)
The Theodore Roosevelt Council invites the public, and Boy Scout troops across the Island, to the Haunted Woods. The Schiff Scout Reservation will be transformed into a spooky haunted spot, featuring a haunted house, a hay ride, an escape room and more.  The event will be open Oct. 26 from 7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 27 from 2 to 11 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All-inclusive tickets for all three attractions are $40. Individually, the hay ride is $10, the haunted house is $15 and the escape room is $20.

Crypts of the Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY (Nassau Coliseum/NYCB Live Expo Hall)
Back again for 2018, Nassau Coliseum once again will become Crypts of the Coliseum, one of the biggest and most popular haunted attractions on Long Island. Brought to you by the same team that runs Blood Manor, a very popular, and an incredibly scary New York City haunted event. With 7 different themed rooms/attractions, such as The Thunderdome and Killer Clown Room, and over 10,000 sq ft, there will be plenty of screams from you and your group. In order to combat some of the long lines that proved problematic in years past, there is a new time-slot based system as well as a ‘spur of the moment’ option, more information can be found on their website. It should take a group of 6 people about 20 min to walk through. The Crypt is open from Oct. 5 through Nov. 3, and if you are really brave, check out the pitch-black special nights they are offering! Tickets $30 regular/$50 for RIP package.

Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY
Dare to venture into the Bayville Adventure Park after 6pm during the month October? You will find it has transformed into another extremely popular haunted attraction called the Bayville Scream Park. There are actually 6 distinctly different attractions in one, with themed areas such as the Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear, and Temple of Terror. The 2018 park will bring you to the brand new attraction & story of the Bayville Haunted Asylum! There are several ticket prices depending which attractions you wish to visit, but $49.75 will get you the full 6 attraction pass. Aside from the scares, there are a few restaurants and bars on site. Stop by the ourdoor bar Skullys Pub or head inside for the full service restaurant named Shipwreck Tavern, or maybe the Creepy Café offering snacks and drinks (cotton candy, popcorn, cookies, candy apples, churros, water, soda, hot chocolate) or even Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Parlour. There are also “Not So Scary” weekends for kids and those less scare inclined. Open Sept. 28 – Nov 4. Park opens at 6pm, show starts at 7pm.

Horse Ability’s Haunted Hay Barn
223 Store Hill Road, Westbury, NY (SUNY Old Westbury Campus)
This historic 1912 Broad Hollow Farm is transformed into an award winning haunted barn during October. Brought to you by Rae Natale and Jamie Thomas-Martin, the same team for over 20 years behind the Bayville Haunted Fire House for the last 20 years. After their haunt was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, they teamed up with HorseAbility to create the Haunted Hay Barn fund raising event. Since it has started it has been won several awards from LIHauntedHouses.com. Purchase tickets on site between 6-10:30pm for $13 per person, starting on Oct. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. The haunt is suggest for children 10 and older, and is handicap accessible. All funds raised go directly into HorseAbility, 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides equine facilitated programs to children and adults with special needs.

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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles

 

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 47

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at www.arborday.org.

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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