Legends of a Haunted Long Island 2547

Tired of the same old haunted houses, corn mazes and Halloween scares? How about a giving yourself a real scare this year?  Long Island is a place rich in history and accordingly has its share of folklore, myths and hair-raising urban legends. Whether you believe the stories or not, visiting any of these local haunts is sure to send chills down your spine.

 

Amityville Horror House

We start this list with a place that most everyone has heard of, including those who do not live on Long Island,  the Amityville Horror House. Featured in many books and movies throughout the years, the terror of the Amityville Horror House begins in 1974 when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. killed his family in their sleep in that very house. Was it madness or evil spirits that led Ronald DeFeo to murder his family in 1974? George and Kathy Lutz, who bought the place a year later, believed the house was pure evil. The Lutz family, moved into the residence and after just 28 days of living in the house, moved out because of supposed possessions and paranormal occurrences.  Many world-renowned ghost hunters and psychic mediums agree, this house is a gateway to another dimension or spirit world.

Country House Restaurant, Route 25A, Stony Brook

Originally built as a farmhouse in 1710, the Country House is haunted by the spirit of a woman named Annette Williamson, who is believed to have been brutally murdered there during the Revolutionary War.  Many say they have personally witnessed Annette’s full apparition, that her spirit regularly blows out light bulbs and causes electricity flashes, and that other spirits also dwell on the premises.  The location is currently a restaurant where ghost seekers can dine or even attend an annual psychic night!

Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island

The original Fire Island lighthouse, standing 74 feet high, was constructed of stone in 1826.   It was replaced by the current lighthouse which was built in 1858 by J.T. Morgan.  Legend has it that the lighthouse keeper, Nathaniel Smith was living close to the lighthouse while it was being constructed.  During that time, his daughter fell ill and medical attention was unable to reach them in time to save her life.   The lighthouse is rumored  to be haunted by Nathaniel, who committed suicide after the loss of his daughter. Some visitors claim they can hear a man moaning for the loss of his daughter as they ascend the steps to the top of the lighthouse, others claim to hear him walking beside them once they reach the top.

 

Katie’s of Smithtown

Stop into Katie’s on west Main Street in Smithtown. While you are wetting your whistle, be sure to keep a look out for bartender Charlie Klein who has been serving up scares since the Prohibition era.  Patrons and workers have experienced strange phenomena like glasses moving across tables on their own, doors swinging open and toilet lids banging. Some have even reported seeing apparitions floating through walls.  Katie’s has been featured in numerous books and websites about hauntings. Paranormal StateGhost Adventures, and other paranormal-themed TV shows have also filmed episodes on location.

 

Lake Ronkonkoma

There are many different legends that surround Lake Ronkonkoma, which is Long Island’s largest freshwater lake. One of the most famous legends is about a lovesick Native American princess who killed herself in the waters of Lake Ronkonkoma when her father, the Chief, would not allow her to marry the man that she loved (a white settler). Those who believe her legend claim the ghost of the princess, whose body was never found, is responsible for the high percentage of male drowning victims in the lake.  Rumor has it that she takes the life of a male every year either in retaliation for her lost love or to find herself a new soulmate in death. The ghostly princess is said to been seen lurking around the shore line seeking to lure her next victim into the lake.

The Normandie Inn

Originally built as a residence for a Czech baron in the 1920s, the location became a speakeasy during Prohibition and then the Hotel Chateau La Boheme before it became a restaurant. The Normandie Inn located  on the corner of Smithtown and Lakeland has been vacant and boarded up since 2004 and is currently on the market.  The location is rumored to be haunted by Maria, a woman who was allegedly strangled to death in the upstairs back bedroom.  While the Inn operated as a hotel, Maria could be heard walking the hallways and knocking on visitors’ doors.  Guests also often reported random cold spots, service bells ringing without explanation and sights of apparitions. One prior owner even a reported footprints once appearing on a just-shampooed rug in a locked bedroom.

Reid Ice Cream Factory

There are actually two paranormal tales associated with Reid’s Ice Cream Factory. The first is about on a young woman who died on the property. There are two versions of this story, and it is unknown if either are true. Both speak of a woman who worked in a nightclub in  Bayport during the 1950s. The woman, known as Linda, is said to have met a man and agreed to meet with him after her shift was over. They drove to the abandoned Reid’s Ice Cream Factory and this is where the stories split. In one version the woman ultimately tells the man to stop his advances on her they struggle and he ultimately kills her.  In the second version, the couple is unaware they are being watched a stranger approaches and kills the man, and then proceeds to rape and murder Linda.  People passing the area claim to see the figure of a woman appear on the property, some also claim of a female sounding crying and screaming.

The other most common paranormal tale is of a young boy who often played on the property. in the 1970’s. The tale states that as he was playing in the building he climbed the old equipment and accidentally fell to his death.  Rumor has it that the demolition team had incidents involving doors that would open, close, and lock themselves.  Now that the factory is gone, houses sit on property concealing its former identity.  People who have been at the site claim to hear the boy playing on the property.

Sagtikos Manor

Sagtikos Manor is said to have hosted President George Washington and is also believed to be haunted. According to tales told about the manor, there is an Indian ghost that visits the structure’s loft.  According to  legend dating back to the 1700’s, an Indian princess who once lived on the main grounds attempted to rescue settlers coming from Fire Island, where a storm had been brewing. She successfully crossed the water in her canoe several times, but never returned from her final trip. Supposedly, on stormy nights the princess and these men can be seen roaming certain parts of Montauk Highway. Today, the Suffolk County-owned property is used for festivals, tours and other community events.

Sweet Hollow Road

Sweet Hollow Road is a winding road  through dense woods and hills, a place surrounded by horror and dread and one which is the subject of many spooky legends.

One legend is about a hospital that burnt down while patients were trapped inside sometime during the late 1700’s.  Years later another hospital was built on the same location only to tragically burn down again. Legend speaks of a deranged nurse who set the blaze and roams the woods with or without a number of faceless children. Some claim to have seen burning spirits fleeing from the grounds, accompanied by screams.

Another legend tells of the mass suicide—in which several teenagers hung themselves beneath the Northern State Parkway overpass.  A shadow figure and glowing ghost-woman known by many as the Lady in White can also reportedly be seen.  She is believed by some to be a depressed patient who set the hospital afire, and in doing so, killed herself.  Some profess her to be Mary, killed by a car or murdered on the road, who haunts a nearby graveyard.

Many visit Sweet Hollow Road and its overpass to test out the local legend. It is said that visitors who honk their cars’ horns or flash their headlights three times can see the lifeless bodies of the teenagers who committed suicide. Visitors also claim that if you put your car in neutral under the overpass that spirits from children who lost their lives on this road will push your car forward in an attempt to put you out of harm’s reach.

 

 

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These DIY Grinch Ornaments “Don’t Come from a Store” Give a gift that “Means a Bit More” 759

Still looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague?  In honor of the new Grinch movie that came out this holiday season, here is our take on a fun DIY ornament that is so cute and adorable, you’ll want to steal em right off the tree!  These ornaments are fun & easy to make, look great, and are a gift that will be treasured annually by the receiver.  If you already have something for everyone on your list, why not start a new family tradition and make a new ornament together every year?  It is a great way to look back over time and bring back memories of Christmas past when you decorate the tree each year.

These easy to locate supplies can be found at your local Michaels or AC Moore, and with a prep time of 45 min, you can still find plenty of time to make them before Christmas!

You will Need the Following Supplies:

  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Ornament Glitter Adhesive
  • Fine Green Glitter
  • Green Feather Boa
  • Paint Markers: Black, Yellow, Red
  • Small Funnel
  • Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cup or mug to use as stand
  • Ornament hook

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of glitter adhesive inside.  Just need enough for a this coat, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
  2. Rotate the ornament all the way around so the glitter adhesive covers the entire inside of the ornament.
  3. Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container.  If necessary, gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out.
  4. Next add the glitter into the ornament.  Again rotate the ornament around and shake as necessary so the glitter covers the whole inside.
  5. Put the lid back onto the ornament
  6. Next its time to draw your Grinch face
  7. Measure and cut a length of feather boa so it fits around the top of the ornament
  8. Finally add hot glue to the lid area and glue the piece of boa around the top

“It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” – The Grinch.

 

Shop These Local Long Island Toy Stores 2019 437

Had enough of Cyber Week and shopping online? Small toy shops are the go-to destinations for those who prefer to shop brick and mortar stores for their gifts.  Shopping these smaller local stores gives a more personal shopping experience and patrons can find unique and fun gift ideas.  These shops often provide demonstrations and offer one-on-one assistance to ensure you select the perfect gifts.

At these local Long Island shops you will find everything from the hottest new toy trends to the classics, educational toys, party favors and much more:

 

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey Toys and Books Is A Trendy, Funky, Cool Store That Will Keep You One Step Ahead! You should definitely plan to stop here if you’re looking for what’s new and hot, as they often get a hold of popular and trendy products before other stores. Watch for in-store and seasonally-themed events as well.

More information: 360 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale; 516-484-0966; Click here for more info

 

 

Fun Stuff Toys

Specializing in kids’ toys. Shop for creative, educational, developmental games, puzzles, and specialty toys.  Fun Stuff Toys has a friendly staff who hold playful demos on the latest and greatest toys. There are many seasonal and trendy toys, action figures, models, educational toys, riding scooters and mainstream items for children of all ages.

More Information: 3639 Merrick Rd., Seaford) 516-409-8697; Click here for more info

 

 

Stevenson’s Toys and Games

With two locations in the Hamptons, Stevenson offers a variety of main stream and rare toys.  They pride themselves on offering toys from around the world that are both fun and stimulating.  Some toys will rekindle memories from your own childhood; others are new and exciting.   Free gift wrapping on all purchases.

More Information: Southampton (631-283-2111) and East Hampton (631-527-7222); Click here for more info

 

 

M.J. Beanz Toys

At M.J. Beanz Toys you’ll find toys of the trendy and educational variety, as well as the traditional activity and coloring books, dolls, stuffed animals, puzzles and arts and crafts kits. There are also party favors and educational products.

More Information:  345 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview; 516-827-7700; Click here for more info

 

 

G. Willikers

At G. Willikers seasonal gifts and trendy board games are the norm.  Here you can find educational toys, dolls, action toys, cuddly stuffed animals and items for babies and toddlers. Art tools and kits, outdoor riding toys and books are also mainstays.

More Information: 22 Forest Ave., Locust Valley; 516-671-3335, Click here for more info

 

 

Einstein’s Attic

At this store in the heart of Northport village, you’ll find more than just toys from major manufacturers, but also handmade and specialty items for dolls and collectibles. Educational and science toys are available too, as are seasonal offerings.

More Information: 79 Main St., Northport; 631-261-7564, Click here for more info

 

 

Funni Business

Toys are the main option of this playful shop notable for the large “Gumby” statue that stands in front of its window, but stock also includes seasonal and lawn games, as well as party favors, collectibles, retro toys, baby playthings, books and candy.

More Information: 30 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay; 516-922-3900, Click here for more info

 

 

Boardwalk Games

Boardwalk Games has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a child or a seasoned gamer, the store specializes in strategy games, jigsaw puzzles and chess sets. Boardwalk Games sells collectible versions of classic games. The store has a wide array of chess sets and variation chess games as well as a large selection of Monopoly sets.

More Information: 35 Creek Rd., Port Jefferson; 631-928-4263; Click here for more info

 

Matty’s Toy Stop

A family-owned operation, this local chain of stores has 4 locations serving the Long Island area.  Each locations has a variety of mainstream toys as well as educational items and playthings for babies. Rows of shelves filled with games, toys, books and puzzles, this store is a fun house for young kids.

More Information: Locations: 19 Covert Ave., Floral Park, 516-358-4010; 1350 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, 516-295-2555; 2138 Merrick Mall, Merrick, 516-771-4209; 284 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-634-0030; Click here for more info

 

Goldsmith’s Toys and Electronics

Recently reopened in a new space slightly down the block, Goldsmith’s is still well known for its large collection of rubber ducks; it also carries plush toys, beach and bath toys, books, art supplies, kites, puzzles and more. They carry a full line of Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego, Melissa and Doug, and Lionel Trains. Oh and Goldsmith’s also has electronics, just in case you need batteries, cables or a new phone charger.

More Information: 128 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-0466; Click here for more info

 

Learning Tower

LearningTower Toys features hard to find, innovative, high quality games and toys. Their mission is to provide children with quality products that foster personal expression and self esteem. Learning Tower features mainstream toys, but also focuses on interesting board games, collectibles, figurines and building toys. Be sure and explore its puppet section, which includes a wide selection of well-crafted options that range from finger fun to hand dolls that work best with practiced manipulation.

More Information: 4747 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station; 631-928-2040, Click here for more info

 

 

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning may not be a traditional toy store but it carries hands-on learning materials. Customers can open any product to take a closer look before making a purchase, and the store hosts free events for kids every Saturday. Some things you’ll find there: building sets, educational toys, science kits, math/reading games and art supplies.

More information: 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park; 516-616-9360; Click here for more info

 

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