By Connor Beach
Fall is officially here, and Halloween hysteria is growing around Huntington. It's the time of year when night falls a little earlier, and the evening chill might just make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on edge. If you're looking for a fright this fall, here are a few haunted houses that are certain to scare Halloween enthusiasts of every age.
The Lombardi Spooktacular
9 Zoranne Drive, East Northport
The Lombardi Spooktacular is back this year after taking a year off in 2016. The residential haunted house is combined with a street haunt that offers excitement to visitors in their cars as they wait to enter the haunted house. The frightening experience is recommended for ages six and up, and all donations raised at the haunted house go to charity. The spooktacular is scheduled for Halloween night, but visitors are advised to visit the Lombardi Spooktacular on Facebook for updated schedules.
Manor Farm Haunted Trail Nights
210 Manor Road, Huntington
The Manor Farm Haunted Trail is a half-mile of wooded and uneven terrain that visitors must navigate while being haunted by witches and their stories. The $10 ticket for the haunted trail goes towards the operation of the non-profit educational programs that Rich Brundige and the Starflower Experience run at the farm. The farm also has a not-so-spooky trail that kids can experience during the daytime. For $15 a person, visitors to Manor Farm will have to face their fears and work together in a room escape. A calendar of events and times can be found at the Manor Farm Haunted Trail Nights website.
Restless Souls Haunted House Complex
301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station
For the seventh year the Restless Souls Haunted House Complex is a charity haunt that benefits the West Hills United Methodist Church. An entirely volunteer staff provides scares to terrify anyone who dares to enter one of the complex’s four unique features. Enter if you dare the shake of the crazed lunatic Old Man Daniels or the second 3D indoor feature KlownKatraz. The escape room forces visitors to use their brains, and the Dark Colony is an outdoor trail near the site of an actual cemetery. A combination ticket for all the attractions can be purchased at the ticket booth for $27 from 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 5-9 p.m. on Sundays.
Schmitt’s Farm Haunted House
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Schmitt’s Farm Haunted House features two haunted attractions: a haunted mansion and a haunted corn trail. Both the cornfield and the mansion feature live actors to provide scares. In the haunted mansion guests will encounter Benjamin who is constantly trying to negotiate his freedom from the deranged Dr. Valner, and those who venture into the cornfield will have to escape from Dr. Valner’s daughter Sophia. Tickets for the Schmitt’s Farm Haunted House are available online. A combination ticket for the haunted mansion and the haunted corn trail is $34, while a ticket for the haunted mansion is $23 and the haunted corn trail is $13.