MINEOLA (Oct. 24, 2011) -- Halloween is just around the corner and Nassau County can be a spooky place. And that's what makes it so much fun. Haunted houses, old-time Halloween celebrations and creepy amusement rides are just some of the fun attractions that can be found this time of year in Nassau County.
"Nassau County has much to offer visitors this holiday season," said County Executive Edward G. Mangano. "I invite everyone to celebrate Halloween at our extraordinary range of attractions."
Here are some places to enjoy the spooky season:
Old Bethpage Village Restoration Haunted 1880 Halloween You can celebrate Halloween the way it was done more than a century ago at Old Bethpage Village Restoration's 1880 Long Island Halloween. Delight to ghost stories, magic lantern shows and jack-o-lantern carving. You can tour haunted buildings and meet the local gravedigger! Oct. 29, 30 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults: $10, 60-plus and Children: $7 ages 4-14 Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Road Old Bethpage (516) 572-8400 www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/.../old_bethpage_rest.htm
Long Island Fest Fest's CarnEvil Midway and carnival thrill rides from another era. Visit the Haunted Hayride, Monster Maze and other frightful surprises on the Old Bethpage Village fairgrounds. Tickets available online. Oct., 26, 27 30, 31 7p.m.-10p.m. Oct. 28-29,
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Adults $2-$48 Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Road Old Bethpage (855) CARNEVIL
Bayville Scream Park There's plenty of spooky happenings at the Bayville Scream Park with its five terrifying haunted attractions: Bloodworth Manor, Uncle Needles Fun House of Fear in 3D, The Temple of Terror, Revenge of the Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods. Now - Nov. 6,, weekdays and Sundays 6-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m.- Midnight. $14.75-$56.75 Bayville Scream Park 8 Bayville Ave. Bayville (516) 62-GHOST www.bayvillescreampark.com
Cradle of Aviation Museum/Nunley's The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City turns into something other worldly after dark with its Haunted Hangers and Spooky Carousel events. The Spooky Carousel features the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a kid friendly event with painting, crafts, trick-or-treating, and carousel rides. Haunted Hangers is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy FREE crafts & spooky music in a family friendly atmosphere.Creepy Carousel Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m. $2 Cradle of Aviation One Davis Ave. Garden City (516) 572-4111 www.cradleofaviation.org
Valley Stream Haunted Firehouse
Ghosts, spirits and other creepy characters can haunt even firehouses. The Valley Stream Fire Department's Haunted Firehouse is that kind of place. There's a less-scary feature for the whole family. Ask at the door. Now - Oct. 31. Fridays and Saturdays 7 - 11 p.m.; Sundays 6 - 10 p.m.
Halloween Night 7 p.m.
on $10 adults, $5 children under 10
Valley Stream Fire Department Haunted Firehouse
Brooklyn Avenue off Sunrise Highway (behind Dunkin Donuts) Valley Stream (516) 353-9637
Bayville Haunted Firehouse
There's also a haunted firehouse on the North Shore filled with bloodthirsty firefighters and ghouls. It's been a Bayville tradition that's now in its 20th year and benefits the Bayville Fire Department. Now-Oct. 31. Fridays 7 - 11 p.m.; Saturdays 7 - 11 p.m. $12 Bayville Fire Co. No. 1 258 Bayville Ave. Bayville (516) 828- 3230 www.bayvillehauntedfirehouse.net
Haunted Mansion at CW Post
Many of us know how scary college can be. The CW Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville is extra scary this time of year with its Music Department's 12th Annual Haunted Mansion featuring "Mother Goose's House of Horror." Want something less scary for ages 3-8 years? There's a children's room with face painting, story telling, games and treats.
$7 for adults; $6 for students with Post ID; $5 under 12
Haunted Mansion at CW Post
Fine Arts Center
720 Northern Blvd.
Franklin Square House of Horror
The Franklin Square Horror has for 17 years been considered one of America's scariest home haunts. Donations benefit autism and cerebral palsy groups Oct. 31. 7-11 p.m. 1148 Norbay St. Franklin Square
Donations accepted for autism and cerebral palsy associations www.wix.com/JoeA65/Franklin-Square-Horror
Nassau County is home to world-class shopping, restaurants, and museums as well as top-notch hotels, Gold Coast mansions, quaint villages and spectacular surfing, fishing and boating. There are many hiking trails, public gardens, bike paths and plenty of free and near-free events and attractions all year long. Nassau County has something for everyone and whether you come for the day or stay overnight, you will find Nassau County wonderfully accessible and affordable.