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Fright Nights: a guide to our area’s scariest Halloween happenings


Fright Nights


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From spooky spots to haunted houses, we’ve scared up all the places to enjoy a frighteningly fun evening out this October.


By W. Dyer Halpern


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OVER EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS ARE SPENT PER YEAR frightening those who seek a good scare every October. For a taste of where some of those big bucks are going in this neck of the woods (haunted woods of course), check out these top “haunts” in and around Westchester.




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Scared by the Sound

At this annual fright fest, professional actors lurk in a winding 10,000-square-foot maze of horrifying scenes, such as the Haunted Attic and mind-blowing attractions including the Claustrophobia Room and the Vortex Tunnel of Doom. While not little-kid friendly, Scared by the Sound offers Hardly Haunted Matinées (less intense versions of the maze and cemetery) for those tykes who want a mini-scare this October

Where: Rye Playland, One Playland Pkwy, Rye

When: Starting October 12th: Fridays 8-11 pm; Saturdays 7-11 pm; Sundays 7-10 pm. October 29th-31st: 7-10 pm

Length: 15-18 minutes

Cost: Kids $10; Adults $14.

Kids’ Show: Yes, October 27th and 28th: 12-4 pm; $5

Website: www.scaredbythesound.com




The Haunted Chamber

For 30 years, the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce has been haunting the Armory on Main Street. This year, not only will classic Halloween characters like Jason, Freddie, and, Leather-face roam the halls of the historic building, but a newly added vortex tunnel will leave guests feeling as if they’re spinning without actually leaving the ground. Lines at this local haunt get so long that, for the first time ever, the Haunted Chamber is offering a fast pass (which costs twice as much as a regular one) that will put you  right at the front of the queue of visitors waiting to enter this spook-tacular attraction.

Where: 260 Main St, New Rochelle

When: October weekends: Fridays
8-11 pm; Saturdays 7-11 pm; Sundays
7-10 pm.

Length: About 20 minutes

Cost: $10; $20 for a front-of-the-line fast pass

Kids’ Show:  Yes, October 21st and 28th from 12-2 pm; $5

Website: www.newrochellehauntedchamber.org


Night Walkers Haunted 

House of Fear

Created by a group of “veterans of the haunted industry,” according to the website, Night Walkers takes an Elks lodge in Brewster and turns it into a frightening chamber of fear. The scare level is “very high,” says Yolie Zeller who helps run the house, and there are no chicken-out refunds. The haunt features 13 rooms (Get it? Thirteen!), and “the room of doors,” where visitors must enter one of four doors, each with a different surprise behind it. (Be careful: one of the doors may send you all the way back to the beginning.)

Where: Rt. 22, Brewster, NY

When: All Fridays, Sat-urdays, and Sundays in October as well as October 29th, 30th, and 31st: 7:30-10:30 pm.

Length: 5-20 minutes, depending on how much time you spend in each room.

Cost: $15

Kids’ Show: No

Website: www.nightwalkershh.com


Maximum Terror Haunted Adventure

An “amped up” version of the “tired old haunted house,” Maximum Terror takes more than a dozen actors and drops them (and you) in a “zombie containment center” in the middle of the meadow at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Think Resident Evil gone berserk. Peter Chichester, the patriarch of Connecticut’s first family of horror, who runs the haunt, explains that the attraction emphasizes scary over fun. He also mentions that guests are known to run out after only the first scene.

Where: 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT

When: Every weekend in  October: Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 pm; Sundays 6-9:30 pm

Length: 25-30 minutes

Cost: $15 for a regular pass; $25 for a front-of-the-line pass. A can of food to donate to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County gets you $1 off admission on Fridays and Saturdays and $2 off on Sundays.

Kids’ Show:  No

Website: www.maximumterror.com or www.stamfordmuseum.org


The Forest of Fear

When the Renaissance Faire leaves town (back to the 1500s we presume), the Forest of Fear takes over Sterling Forest. Twenty rooms of hands-on terror, a “cemetery of lost souls” featuring fire manipulators, a twisted “trailer park of the damned” where visitors may be covered in blood, and a midway with rides and games make this haunt one of the most action-packed in the area.

Where: 600 Rte 17A, Tuxedo, NY

When: Every weekend in  October starting at nightfall: Fridays until midnight; Saturdays until 1 am; Sundays until
11 pm

Length: 25-30 minutes for the Haunted House

Cost: $18 “per soul,” which includes access to all attractions and all rides

Kids’ Show: No

Website: www.theforestoffear.com


Worth the Ride:

Frightfest New England

Where: Six Flags New England (Rte 159, 1623 Main St, Agawam, MA)

When: September 29th through October 28th; times vary based on date and can be found online.

Length: 15-20 minutes

Cost: Park admission plus a nominal fee for some attractions

Kids’ Show: Yes, before 6 pm every day

Website: www.sixflags.com/newengland



The Haunted Graveyard

Where: Lake Compounce (822 Lake Ave, Bristol, CT)

When: Weekends starting September 28th: Fridays and Saturdays dusk-11 pm; Sundays (except September 30th): dusk-10 pm. October 31st: dusk-10 pm.

Length: 45 minutes

Cost: Haunted Graveyard only—$19.95 adults; $13.95 kids

Kids’ Show: No

Website: www.hauntedgraveyard.com


Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion

Where: 85 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY

When: Weekends starting September 28th: Thursdays 8-10 pm (mansion not open, but ghost tours through the woods take place); Fridays and Saturdays 6-11 pm; Sundays 6-9 pm. October 31st: 6-9 pm

Length: 1.5 hours

Cost: $25; half-price for children on Sundays; $40 if purchased with a Skull-Island-Scream-Park ticket

Kids’ Show: Yes, on October 8th from
1-4 pm

Website: www.thehauntedmansion.com


Skull Island Scream Park

Where: 16 Old Rte 9W, Fishkill, NY

When: Weekends starting September 21st:  Thursdays 6-9 pm; Fridays and Saturdays 6-11 pm; Sundays 6-9 pm. October 31st: 6-9 pm.

Length: N/A as it’s more of a haunted park than a walk-through

Cost: $25; $20 if purchased with a Kevin-McCurdy’s-Haunted-Mansion ticket

Kids’ Show: No, but they have kids’ days Oct 8th and 21st

Website: www.skullislandny.com


Headless Horseman Hayrides
and Haunted Houses

Where: 778 Broadway, Rte 9W,

Ulster Park, NY

When: Select dates in September. Every weekend in October, plus Thursday October 18th and 25th and Wednesday the 31st.  All days from 7-11 pm

Length: 2 1/2 to 3 hours for everything

Cost: $29

Kids’ Show: Yes, on October 13th from 12-4 pm; $9

Website: www.headlesshorseman.com


Nightmare: Ghost Stories

Where: The CSV Cultural Center (107 Suffolk St at Rivington, Manhattan)

When: September 28th through November 3rd: times vary based on date and can be found online.

Length: 18-25 minutes

Cost: $25 for just the haunt, $30 for access to the maze, $50 for VIP access

Kids’ Show: No

Website: www.hauntedhousenyc.com


Blood Manor:

Where: 542 W 27th St, Manhattan

When: Every weekend in October: Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm-2 am; Sundays 7:30 pm-1 am. All Thursdays in October starting October 18th: 7:30 pm-1 am. October 29th-31st: 7:30 pm-2 am.

Length: 20-25 minutes

Cost: $23 online, $25 at the door, and $43 for “R.I.P. express entry” for shows from October 5th-14th; $28 online, $30 at the door, and $48 for “R.I.P. express entry” for shows from October 18th-31st.

Kids’ Show: No

Website: www.bloodmanor.com


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