By Jano Tantongco
Visit one of Huntington’s horrifying haunted houses for a harrowing Halloween experience. From an eerie dinner to an escape-room experience, enjoy the scary sensations as Halloween approaches.
Schmitt’s Family Farm’s Haunted Mansion of Melville
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Prepare for a terrible fright when visiting the Haunted Mansion of Melville, which has been operating for over 20 years. The story behind the haunt begins with a deranged doctor who, legend has it, still resides within those walls. The story continues, describing that after he was given an ancient mystical book, otherworldly creatures began to appear, along with a slew of murderous happenings. A ticket for the haunted mansion costs $22 and $12 for the haunted corn maze. A combination ticket costs $32, or $30 with a $2 coupon available on the ticket page of the Schmitt’s website. Tickets are only available at the box office, which opens at 7 p.m., closing at midnight on weekends, and 11 p.m. on weekdays. Visit the website for a schedule of available dates. Visit Facebook.com/HauntedMansionofMelville for more deals and contests. Also check out ScreamLI.com for a discount when purchasing combination tickets to other haunted attractions.
Haunted House Complex
301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station
Enter at your own risk at the Restless Souls Haunted House Complex in Huntington Station. Featuring a triple threat of three haunted attractions, it’s sure to terrify even the most seasoned scare hunters. Investigate The Shack of Screams and discover why Traefor Daniels’ neighbors ran away from the putrid smells and screams heard coming from his basement. Next, check out The Dark Colony to investigate the Daniels family, rumored to have been exiled to the woods for their nefarious activities. Then, check out Dr. Bane’s Klownitorium in 3D to uncover firsthand the depths of Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. Featuring actors, animatronics and “Hollywood-quality” props. The haunted house complex also donates proceeds to the West Hills United Methodist Church. A ticket for the Shack of Screams is $10; $5 for The Dark Colony; and $5 for Dr. Bane’s Klownitorium in 3D. A combination ticket is $17. Tickets are available at the box office, which is open 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 5-9 p.m. on Sundays. An “anti-monster” glow stick is also available for a toned-down experience.
210 Manor Road, Huntington Manorfarmhaunted
The Manor Farm Haunted Trail is an eerie, atmospheric “people-generated” experience, according to Richard Brundige, caretaker and program coordinator for Starflower Experiences at Manor Farm. “It’s more along the lines of this whole story could have happened here. You’re in the woods, anything is possible now,” he said. The Haunted Trail experience features storytelling and a walk through the dark woods of the farm where guests will be facing their fears. The trail nights will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 21, Oct. 22, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. The trail can be experienced for a $7 donation. A milder experience can be enjoyed at the “Not-So-Spooky Trail” on Sunday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. Additionally, a haunted house escape room challenge will take place on Sundays Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 every hour from 7-10 p.m., with 45 minutes to escape the haunted house in teams of eight. Tickets for this cost $10 per person. All proceeds go back to the farm fund.
Huntington Fire Department Spooktacular
1 Leverich Place, Huntington
The Huntington Fire Department Engine Co. 1 will host its Halloween Spooktacular Nightmare on Leverich party on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-11 p.m. The party is intended for young adults and up, according to Capt. Adam Smitman. The event will feature a costume contest, dancing and a buffet-style dinner. There will be beer, wine and soda sold, and guests may bring their own drinks as well. Playing at the party will be the Knomad band, serving up rock ‘n’ roll favorites. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets cost $40 at the door, and are available pre-sale for $35 by calling the listed phone number.
A Haunted Dinner at the Union United Methodist Church
1018 Pulaski Road, East Northport
Stop by the Union United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. for A Haunted Dinner. Enjoy a roast beef dinner in a creepy atmosphere, “with a side helping of spookiness.” Dramatic readings will top off the scary mood, and guests should dress in costume for added fun. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Call the church office at the number above for tickets, which at $20 per person.