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Halloween for Older Kids: Haunted Houses and Halloween Mazes in New York Area

Halloween for Older Kids: Haunted Houses and Halloween Mazes in New York Area

Check out these spooky activities and events—like haunted houses and Halloween corn mazes—in the New York area.

If you're looking for something spooky this Halloween season with your tweens and teens, these Halloween mazes and haunted houses in New York and the NYC area are sure to make this Halloween one to remember. But if you’re looking for something not-so-scary, there are plenty of Halloween events in our area that the whole family will enjoy. And don’t forget to round out the Halloween season by picking pumpkins, carving jack-o’-lanterns, making your way through regular corn mazes, making Halloween crafts, and more! 

And although many COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, it’s a good idea to call each venue in advance to see what precautions they have in place and to confirm it’s still open. Click on your preferred region below to jump to that section.

Haunted Houses & Halloween Mazes near Westchester County

1. Harrybrooke Park Haunted Trail

100 Still River Drive, New Milford, CT
Hours: Oct. 15-23, Friday-Saturday, 6-10pm
Price: Through Oct. 10: $17; Oct. 11-23: $20. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Recommended ages: 13 and older

Prepare for the scare! If you've been to the first six years, you know what can happen but you can never even imagine what's on deck this year after having us wait around for a year! Walk the park after dark and experience all that can go bump in the night, see what might be hiding in the trees and feel the terror!

Haunted Houses, Halloween Mazes, & More in Rockland County and Nearby

1. Fright Fest

Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ
Hours: Through Oct. 31; see website for schedule
Prices: $39.99 and up
Recommended ages: all ages during the day; 13 and older from 6pm to close

The whole family can enjoy Halloween tricks and treats during the day, but once evening hits, Six Flags Great Adventure turns into a thrill park in every sense of the word. Guests can walk through a haunted, abandoned Wild West town, make their way through a haunted maze, enjoy fireworks, and try to escape blood-thirsty dinosaurs.

2. Pure Terror Scream Park

299 Museum Village Road, Monroe
Hours: Through Oct. 31: Fridays and Oct. 31, 7-10pm; Saturdays, 7-10:30pm; Sundays, 7-9:30pm
Price: Online: $57.95, plus service fee and tax; at the door: $65 cash only; VIP ticket at the door: $95 cash only. 
Recommended ages: Best for teens and adults; supervision required for children younger than 10

For Halloween freaks who can’t get enough, Pure Terror Scream Park offers 10 haunted houses for the price of one, including the Crypt, Resurrection Cemetery, Woods of the Dead, the Coven, Terror Under the Big Top, Terror in the Dark, Desecration, Camp Killmore, Nightmare Factory, and Legends of Horror.

Dutchess County Haunted Houses & Halloween Mazes

1. Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion

38 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls
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Hours: Through Oct. 31: Friday and Saturday, 7:30-11:30pm, Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm
Price: $25 Friday and Sunday; $28 Saturday. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Recommended ages: 12 and older

Presented by Dutchess County Parks, this attraction encourages interactive audience participation by using special effect technology and scary story telling. This year there is a new, 1-mile trail of Halloween chills and thrills.

Halloween Mazes and Haunted Houses in NYC

1. Blood Manor

359 Broadway, Tribeca
Hours: Through Nov. 6: see website for schedule
Price: $40
Recommended ages: 14 and older

Housed in what is said to be a truly haunted building in NYC, this haunted house is approximately 1,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors and a labyrinth of passageways to maximize fear. 

2. Jekyll & Hyde Haunted Asylum

91 Seventh Ave. S., Greenwich Village
Hours: Through Nov. 2; see website for schedule
Price: $29.75; $39.75 speed pass; $49.75 immediate admission
Recommended ages: 12 and older; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Make your way through an abandoned, haunted asylum. Rumor has it that the old dean, Dr. E. Revel, performed experiments on patients, and you’ll encounter them as you navigate the catacombs of the decrepit asylum...

Queens Haunted Houses, Halloween Mazes, & More

1. A Haunting in Hollis

211-17 Hollis Ave., Queens Village
Hours: Through Oct. 24: Friday-Sunday, 6-10pm; Oct. 25-29, Monday-Friday, 6-10pm; Oct. 30-31, Saturday-Sunday, 2pm-12am 
Price: $10; $20 Express Line; optional add-ons extra
Recommended ages: 13 and older

Dare to enter this 3-story haunted house as goblins, ghouls, and zombies try to get you as you make your way through mazes and experimental labs. If you get too scared, just say the safe word: “peanut butter.” Guests can also use laser guns to fight back zombies (one laser gun per group of six).

Long Island Haunted Houses & Halloween Mazes

1. Bayville Scream Park

8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
516-62-GHOST (624-4678)
Hours: Through Nov. 7; see website for schedule 
Price: 6-attraction combo: $54.75; $72.75 speed. 3-attraction combo (access to Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear in 3D, and Temple of Terror): $47.75; $61.75 speed. Add-on features are available. Check the website for details.
Recommended ages: 10 and older; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Amusement park enthusiasts will want to visit this spooky Halloween hot spot on Long Island. The park is like a terrifying mini village complete with a haunted mansion, fear-inducing funhouse, a temple of terror home to flesh-eating zombie mummies, and other hauntingly horrific adventures to experience. The park also hosts not-so-scary days for kids, where less scary versions of the haunted attractions are available.

2. Chambers of Hell

1745 Express Drive N., Hauppauge
Hours: Through Oct. 31; check the website for specific dates and times.
Price: $35 and up
Recommended ages: 10 and older

Enter this terrifying attraction...if you dare! Can you handle a laboratory home to plant/human hybrids? How about a dark subterranean world where certain creatures are out to get you? Experience all this and a lot more at this Long Island haunt. The attraction is not designed for very small children. 

3. Gateway's Haunted Playhouse 

215 S. Country Road, Bellport
Hours: Camp Terror and Campers’ Pike: Oct. 1-31, Thursday and Sunday, 7-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7-11:30pm. Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure: Oct. 16-31, Saturday-Sunday, 12-4pm
Price: Camp Terror: $25; Campers’ Pike: $54 per car (up to 6 people); Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure: $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Recommended ages: Camp Terror and Campers’ Pike: 13 and older. Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure: 3 and older

The Gateway is hosting 3 events this year: Camp Terror, Campers’ Pike, and the Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure. Camp Terror was founded in the 1970s as Camp Gateway, but campers and staff were consumed by the demon spirits of the nearby graveyard. Make your way through this haunted camp...if you dare. Meanwhile, Campers’ Pike was opened after the atrocities at Camp Terror as a beacon of hope...but the demons from Camp Terror quickly took over...see for yourself in this 30-minute drive-through experience. During the Not-So-Scary Kids Adventure, you’ll encounter goofy creatures and bewitching tricks...there’s even a treat at the end.

4. Goat Man’s Haunted Farm

Glover Farm, 641 Victory Ave., Brookhaven
Hours: Through Oct. 31: Friday-Sunday, 7pm-12am, plus Oct. 11, 7-10pm. Day Show: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-7pm, plus Oct. 11, 11am-7pm
Price: Day Show: $10; $5 children ages 2-14; free for children younger than 2. Night Show: $35
Recommended ages: Day Show: 14 and younger; Night Show: 15 and older

Walk through this haunted house to see the insane laboratory where the Goat Man was supposedly created. It is rumored that people have seen him both inside his house and lurking near the bridge. Then, once you make it through the house, climb aboard the haunted hayride…if you dare. The Day Show for families includes a petting zoo, pumpkin picking, games, a hayride, and more!

5. Harbes Orchard’s Spooky Night Maze

5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead
Hours: Oct 9-30, Saturdays, plus Sunday, Oct. 10, 7-9:30pm
Price: $16.95
Recommended ages: All ages

During the day, this orchard’s maze is fun for all, but once the sun goes down, it becomes a spooky puzzle for visitors to solve. Just beware: You’ll encounter creepy characters as you make your way through the maze. Oh, and make sure to bring your own flashlights, as each party that enters the maze must have at least one (you can also purchase flashlights on-site).

6. Halloween House Long Island

Samanea Mall, 1500 Old Country Road, Westbury
Hours: Through Nov. 4: Mondays-Wednesdays, 3-9pm; Thursdays, 3-10pm; Fridays, 3pm-1am; Saturdays, 11am-1am; Sundays, 11am-9pm
Price: $25-$30; $20-$25 ages 10 and younger.
Recommended ages: All

This is an indoor, one-of-a-kind, 10-room Halloween experience that family members of all ages will enjoy. Each room is curated by set designers, artists, and Halloween enthusiasts using creative lighting, props, and effects that bring to life the sights, sounds, characters, and traditions associated with the Halloween season with some interesting twists. It’s a one-of-a-kind walkthrough experience for guests, including a Trick or Treat Room, a Glow-in-the-Dark Room, a 1940s-inspired Vintage Haunted House Room, and Pumpkin Patch. During the month there will be scheduled live professional pumpkin carvers appearing to demonstrate and share their skills. There is also a room dedicated to the Netflix show "Stranger Things" with various props and decorations in tribute to the series.

7. Halloween Spooktacular

Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown
Hours: Friday, Oct. 29, 6-9pm
Price: $15; tickets must be purchased in advance
Recommended ages: 7 and older

Come to Sweetbriar Nature Center for an evening of fun and excitement. Enjoy eerie animal presentations, a ghostly graveyard, creepy games, scary music, and spooky night trails. Refreshments are available for purchase.

8. Haunted Village at the Rogers Mansion

Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
Hours: Oct. 24-31, Saturdays, 2-3:30pm
Price: FREE
Recommended ages: All; children must be accompanied by an adult

Visit a haunted Southampton Village inhabited with ghosts, goblins and ghouls all on the grounds of the historic Rogers Mansion. The outbuildings will be open and occupied with the unimaginable. Those brave enough to make it to the end will be rewarded with candy and pumpkins provided by the Southampton Youth Association (while supplies last). Social distancing will be enforced between groups, and face masks are required.

9. Restless Souls Haunted House Complex

301 W. Hills Road, Huntington Station
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Hours: Oct. 8-31; Friday-Saturday, 6-10pm; Sunday, 5-9pm
Price: $29 combo ticket for all four attractions; $10 The Shack; $8 Klownkatraz in 3D; $8 The Dark Colony; $8 Alien Autopsy Escape Room
Recommended ages: Appropriate for all ages, but parents of younger kids can request the “Family Fright” option when purchasing tickets to receive a toned-down experience. Call for more information.

This haunted attraction doubles as a nonprofit fundraiser for the West Hills United Methodist Church. Prepare to be thrilled by a combination of interactive and up-close actors, props and audio animatronics. Shack of Screams is a haunted motel; Klownkatraz in 3D is a trippy and intense visit through a prison infested with killer clowns; the Dark Colony is a horror-filled outdoor attraction; and in the Alien Autopsy Escape Room, you and your group have 10 minutes to find the keys and get the alien containment back in operation. 

10. Schmitts Farm Haunt

26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Hours: Through Oct. 31: Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11, 12-5pm lights-on walk through of the haunt and haunted corn trail with no actors; 7pm, haunt and haunted corn trail with live actors, animatronics, and surprises.
Price: $37.99 combo ticket to The Haunt and Haunted Corn Trail.
Recommended ages: Daytime: All ages; Nighttime: 8 and older; children ages 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Those with young children can visit during the daytime corn maze on the farm; older kids who scare less easily should opt for Schmitts Farm Haunt, which offers axe throwing, zombie brains, and a nighttime corn maze. 

Main image courtesy Bayville Scream Park

Here at Rockland Parent, we've got everything you need to have a safefun, and festive fall and Halloween season.  Whether it is pumpkin or apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, making Halloween crafts or finding costumes and decorations, we're here to help. 

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