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Halloween for Kids: Haunted Houses and More in the NYC Area

Halloween for Kids: Haunted Houses and More in the NYC Area

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

If you're looking for something spooky this Halloween season, these haunted houses and scary corn mazes in the New York area are sure to make this Halloween one to remember.

Westchester County Halloween Activities

The Haunt at Rocky Ledge
1402 Old Orchard St., West Harrison
Hours: Oct. 2-31. Fridays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 7-11pm; Sundays, 7-10pm
Price: $25
What you need to know: This is an outdoor attraction which is held in the dark. Appropriate attire is required. You will experience rough terrain, audio and visual disturbances, low visibility, strobe lights, fog, damp and/or wet conditions, and encounter uneven walking surfaces in a physically demanding environment. While every effort is made to ensure your safety, you should not participate if you are pregnant, suffer from claustrophobia, are prone to seizures, or have heart, back, or respiratory problems.

Started in the mid-1980s (and known in the 2000s as Haunted Dead End on Gainsborg Avenue), the original haunted house has grown into two houses on five acres of land, complete with a haunted trail, woods, and a corn maze. The scares you’ll experience come from humans, not machines: The event employs actors to create them, and some have been with the event for more than 10 years.

Schuyler Farms
1124 Route 29, Schuylerville
Hours: September: Fridays, 4-7pm. Saturdays, 10am-7pm. Sundays, 11am-6pm; October: Thursdays, 4-7pm. Fridays 4-10pm. Saturdays, 10am-10pm. Sundays, 11am-6pm. Haunted Maze every Friday and Saturday in October. Open Columbus Day 11am-5pm
Price: Regular maze admission, $8 per person, under 3 years old free. Haunted maze, $15 per person. Purchase tickets online in advance.
What you need to know: Most activities will still be offered this year, with a few exceptions. We recommend wearing masks when socially distancing is not an option. Masks will be required whenever you are inside any building. Online ticket purchasing in advance. 

Corn maze enthusiasts will love this seven-acre version, which is open during the day as a regular maze and at night as the Field of Screams, which features masked men and ghouls around every turn. This year's maze theme is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Remember to bring a flashlight!


Rockland County Halloween Actitvities

Pure Terror Scream Park
299 Museum Village Road, Monroe
Hours: Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Fridays, 7-10:30pm; Saturdays, 7-11pm; Sundays 7-9:30pm
Price: “Off peak” timed online ticket $49.95 + service fee and tax. “On peak” timed online ticket $54.75 + service fee and tax. VIP platinum ghost $79.75 + service fee and tax
What you need to know: Online, timed ticketing only to limit the amount of guests. A mask must be worn at all times on Pure Terror property. All 10 haunted attractions will be open. No cash purchases. You must have a website ticket purchased for the date and time of your visit to gain entry. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be available throughout the park. The park has been redesigned to allow for social distancing. All attractions will be disinfected 4-6 times per hour each night.

For Halloween freaks who can’t get enough, Pure Terror Scream Park offers nine haunted houses for the price of one. Best for teens and adults; supervision required for children younger than 10. Open Sept. 27-Nov. 3.


Brooklyn Halloween Activities

Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel - Reopening fall 2021. Escape from the Gravesend Inn offered virtually.
186 Jay St., Downtown Brooklyn
Produced by City Tech’s theatrical troupe, Theatreworks, as their annual fall production, this visually stunning haunted house is high-tech as well; from Oct. 25 through Halloween.

Nassau County Halloween Activities

Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
Hours: October: Fridays, 6pm-12am; Saturdays, 11am-12am; Sundays, 11am-10pm. See website for peak/ off-peak information
Price: 6 attraction combo (non-peak nights) $49.75 regular, $67.75 speed, (peak nights) $54.75 regular, $72.75 speed; 3 attraction combo (non-peak nights) $42.75 regular, $56.75 speed, (peak-nights) $47.75 regular, $61.75 speed; 2 attraction combo (non-peak nights) $35.75 regular, $47 speed; individual haunt prices (non-peak nights) $23.75-$26.75. Drive-in horror movie experience $29.75, add-on $19.75.
What you need to know: Face coverings and physical distancing are required. Enhanced cleaning, sanitation, and contact-free enhancements have been implemented. Capacity is limited.

Amusement park enthusiasts will want to take advantage of unlimited one- and two-day passes to the scream park, featuring tamer versions of the park’s nighttime haunted houses. Other fun activities include the tombstone treasure hunt, storytelling and Halloween arts and crafts.

Suffolk County, LI, Halloween Activities

Chamber of Horrors
1745 Express Drive N., Hauppauge
Great for groups (you can buy tickets in advance for specific dates and times) and younger children: This haunted house offers family days, when costumed guides provide tours of the house with the lights on and without spooky noises. Bring your camera for a memorable post-tour photo with your guide!

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse - Opening Oct. 2.
215 S. Country Road, Bellport
Hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 7-10pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11:30pm
Price: The Forgotten Road, $40 per vehicle; Brigand’s Run, $20 per person; Drive-in Movies, $40 per car
What you need to know: All guests will be required to wear masks while on property. All guests will stay in their cars for the Forgotten Road and Drive-in Movies.

This haunted house also offers food and drink, souvenirs, and early showings of kids Halloween classics at 7pm.

Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
Enjoy a night maze on Saturdays, Oct. 10-26, plus Oct. 13, from 7-9:30pm. 

The Haunted Mansion of Melville - Oct. 2-31
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Hours: 12-5pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Columbus day, 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
What you need to know: Timed ticketing, masks, temperature checks, reduced capacity, social distancing, additional hand sanitizing, groups of only members of your party, distance with actors, and extra cleaning required.

Those with young children can visit the daytime corn maze on Schmitt’s Family Farm; older kids who scare less easily should opt for Schmitt’s Haunt, which offers a mansion, stage show, and nighttime corn maze. All are haunted by a doctor who ‘lives’ at the farm, who became possessed after given a book of ancient texts by a former patient.

Nightmare at the Movies!
2245 Broad Hollow Road (Route 110), Farmingdale
Hours: 7pm Family Friendly movie. 10pm Adult Audiences.
Price: $40 per person. $125 per 4 person car load. Includes $10 Adventureland Arcade card, chicken fingers, french fries, popcorn, bottled water or coke. Additional items will be available to purchase on site.
What you need to know: Watch a festive fall movie and enjoy dinner from the comfort and safety of your own car. Social distancing will be practiced even with the cars. All cars must purchase a dine-in package online in advance Tickets will not be available at the park.


Bergen County, NJ, Halloween Activities

Halloween Haunted Harvest
East Ridgewood Avenue and Oak Street, Ridgewood
Join the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce for this event at Van Neste Square in Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11am-2pm (weather permitting). Participate in the kids costume parade, pet costume parade, face painting, music, and meet and greet with the Good Witch. Call 201-445-2600 for more information.

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