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Tuesday's Top 10: Family-Friendly Haunted Houses

Written by Debbi Spiegel  |  16. October 2012

Halloween is here. It’s time to break out the pumpkins and fake spiders. While decorating your house in webs and skeletons, ask yourself a question. Where are you going to take your children to get their spooky fill? If you have young kids, you will want to avoid places that are too gruesome because it would still be nice for them to get some sleep at the end of the night. 
 
Local haunted houses or haunted hayrides can prove to be a harrowing, truly frightening experience, even for the most hardened of scare hounds. Whether it’s learned horror actors plying their scary trade upon unsuspecting visitors/victims, or simply the shock of some truly gruesome Halloween make-up, going to a haunted house isn’t always a family friendly affair. Luckily for those with small children, Long Island offers its fair share of kid-friendly haunted houses, full of scares which, although fairly spooky, prove accommodating for both parents and children alike.
 
Here is a list of kid-friendly haunted houses that offer a lot of fun and just the right amount of fright.
  • Deepwells Farm Country Park 3690 Cedar Beach Road, St. James (631) 862-2020   Visit their "Not Too Scary Haunted House" in a mansion built in 1845.
  • Science Museum of Long Island 1526 N Plandome Road, Manhasset (516) 627-9400 x10 Come to the museum in costume and enjoy Halloween activities.
  • PAK's Annual Children's Halloween Bash 1730 North Ocean Avenue, Holtsville (631) 207-1681  Support a good cause while enjoying a DJ dance party, crafts and costumes.
  • The Dees Fall Festival 69 Atlantic Avenue, Oceanside (516) 678-3535  The Zombie Grassland and Haunted House are ready to scare you.
  • Bayville Scream Park 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville (516) 62-GHOST Kids "not so scary" days 11AM to 6PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Sag Harbor Haunted Waling Museum 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-0770 Children's tours are from noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.
  • F&W Schmitt's Family Farm Haunted Mansion 26 Pinelawn Road, Melville (631) 271-3276 The children's daytime haunted mansion walk through is opened from noon-5 p.m.
  • Spooky Fest-The Woods Are Haunted! 1 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Center (516) 764-0045  A Not-so-Spooky Walk through the Woods for family fun.
  • Karts 701 Union Parkway, Ronkonkoma (631) 737-5278 Kids spooky walk thru daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Darkside Haunted House 5184 Route 25A, Wading River  (631) 369-SCARE The lights are turned on and there are no live actors during the day.  But it is still grisly and scary.

 

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