2018 Haunted House Guide 2737

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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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 663

Long Island Restaurant Week Winter 2020

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 26th – February 2nd, 2020. As always during restaurant week, participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m. 

There are new restaurants participating this winter. Why not take this opportunity to get out and try a new spot, or head back to some of your favorites. With so many different cuisines and options to choose from, you are sure to find something to suit your palate. Bon Appétit!

Here is the list of participating Suffolk County restaurants, click on the Restaurant name for menu options or to make a reservation :

Alexandros Kitchen and Bar (631) 979-9700  Suffolk – Smithtown, Mediterranean

Alexandros Restaurant (631) 928- 8600  Suffolk – Mount Sinai, Mediterranean

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Avino’s Italian Table (631) 803-6416  Suffolk – Bellport, Italian

Babylon Carriage House (631) 422-5161  Suffolk – Babylon, American

Barmani’s Kitchen and Bar (631) 659-3889  Suffolk – Huntington, Continental

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 58 (631) 881-6013  Suffolk – Islandia, American

Bistro Cassis Huntington (631) 881- 6013  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Café Buenos Aires (631) 603- 3600  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Café Joelle (631) 589-4600  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Chachama (631) 758-7640  Suffolk – East Patchogue, New American

Chop Shop Bar and Grill (631) 360-3380  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Cinque Terre Ristorante  (631) 923-1255  Suffolk – Huntington Sta., Italian

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

George Martin’s Strip Steak (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

ITA Kitchen (631) 267-5916  Suffolk – Bayshore, Italian

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Konoba Huntington (631) 824-7712  Suffolk – Huntington, Mediterranean

La Parma II Italian Restaurant (631) 367-6360  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

LaTavola (631) 750-6900  Suffolk – Sayville, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Lombardi’s on the Bay (631) 654- 8970  Suffolk – Patchogue, Italian

Mac’s Steakhouse (631) 549-5300  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Maria’s (631) 979-7724  Suffolk – Nesconset, Latin

Matteo’s of Huntington (631) 421- 6001  Suffolk – Huntington Station, Italian

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern (631) 751-0555 Suffolk – Stony Brook, French

Mission Taco (631) 614-8226 Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

Piccola Bussola Ristorante (631) 692- 6300  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Piccola Mondo (631) 462-0718 Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Pietro Cucina Italiana (631) 862-6129  Suffolk – St. James, Italian

Pine Grove Inn Steakhouse & Seafood (732) 900-4978  Suffolk – East Patchogue, American

Raimo’s of Amityville (631) 608-3260  Suffolk – Amityville, Italian

Recipe Seven Cocktails and Kitchen (631) 331-5454 Suffolk – Miller Place, American

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Ristegio’s (631) 731- 3663  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Sandbar Restaurant (631) 498-6188  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, American

Sea Basin Restaurant (631) 744-1643 Suffolk – Rocky Point, Seafood

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Taormina Ristorante (631) 499-6900  Suffolk – Commack, Italian

The Blue (631) 446-4233  Suffolk – Islip, American

The Fish Store (631) 472-3018  Suffolk – Bayport, Seafood

The LakeHouse Restaurant (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

The Main Event (631) 522-1030  Suffolk – Farmingdale, American

The Sayville Inn (631) 319- 6774  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Ting Restaurant (631) 425-7788  Suffolk – Huntington, Asian

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

Wave Steakhouse and Seafood (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Whalers (631) 647-9300 Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

Long Island Restaurant Week is a tri-annual event designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for the region’s restaurants. Since 2006, it has been an annual November promotion until the first spring Long Island Restaurant Week was launched in April 2011 and then winter was added in January of 2016, due to popular customer and restaurateur demand.  Don’t miss out, get out and be a part of this popular event!

 

Bellport High School Robotics Team Attends First LI TECH Challenge Qualifier 443

Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 participated in the FIRST Long Island TECH Challenge qualifier, a robotics competition, held at William Floyd High School on Jan. 11. Under the direction of high school technology teacher Jaime Canjura and alumnus Brian Larkin, the 11-member robotics team competed against 21 Long Island teams from Suffolk and Nassau counties.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge each year. The team’s next competition will be held on Feb. 2 at the Long Island School for The Gifted in Huntington.

Since the 2018-19 school year, the team has doubled in size and hopes to continue growing due to the interest of incoming eighth grade students participating in the Bellport Middle School FIRST Lego League.

“The team’s philosophy is to inspire students to be and do their best,” Mr. Canjura explained. “We follow the concept of Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

The South Country Central School District extends team members Joseph Balsamo (lead software engineer and programmer), Jake D’Esposito (programmer and IT), Robert Gronenthal (secretary and robot chassis designer), Isaiah James (team president and lead designer), Chris Lannon, Thomas Miller (treasurer), Ainesis Reid (media, marketing and programming), Soteria Reid (media and marketing specialist), Antonio Suarez (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee), Jack Stark (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee) and Michael Vengroski (team captain and lead designer) best wishes for success.

Photo caption: Members of Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 held their robot designed for the FIRST robotics competitions.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

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