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Halloween for Kids: Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Activities in the NYC Area

Halloween for Kids: Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Activities in the NYC Area

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Whether you’re looking for something spooky or just outdoor fall fun this Halloween season, these haunted houses, corn mazes, pumpkin blazes, and autumn activities in the New York area are sure to make this Halloween one to remember. Find events in Westchester County, Rockland County, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Fairfield County, and Bergen County.


Westchester County Halloween Activities

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-On-Hudson
Thousands travel to Van Cortlandt Manor each year for this massively popular event, which features more than 7,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns, plus theme areas like Jurassic Park and the Undersea Aquarium. Sound effects and synchronized lighting make it even more impressive; parents who are Howard Stern fans will love that the original soundtrack is provided by the show’s own Richard Christy, a self-described Halloween fanatic.

Scared by the Sound, Rye Playland
1 Playland Parkway, Rye
The park closes down its rides for this event, back for its 20th year this October. More than 100 actors help to make the crypt walk, morgue, and haunted wine cellar creepy without lots of gore; don’t miss the giant outdoor graveyard behind the haunted house.

The Haunt at Rocky Ledge
1402 Old Orchard St., West Harrison
Started in the mid-1980s (and known in the 2000s as Haunted Dead End on Gainsborg Avenue), the original haunted house has grown into two houses on five acres of land, complete with a haunted trail, woods, and a corn maze. The scares you’ll experience come from humans, not machines: The event employs actors to create them, and some have been with the event for more than 10 years.

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
After visiting this family-owned farm (lovingly called ‘home of the happy apple’) for your munching and baking needs, learn about them as you help your kids navigate through the corn maze. The map provides interesting facts about apples, as well as hidden puzzle clues.

Schuyler Farms
1124 Route 29, Schuylerville
Corn maze enthusiasts will love this seven-acre version, which is open during the day as a regular maze and at night as the Field of Screams, which features masked men and ghouls around every turn. This year's maze theme is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Remember to bring a flashlight!

Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities
635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown
Fans of classic monster movies will love touring this gothic Lyndhurst mansion. It's designed for adults and teens, but also suitable for younger children.

Boo at the Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Open each weekend from Sept. 28-Nov. 3 (including Columbus Day). Event highlights include daily magic shows, costume parades, professional pumpkin carving demos, crafts, and the extinct animal graveyard. Guests will have an opportunity to see and learn about many of the animals often associated with Halloween folklore including vultures and owls. Bootoberfest returns to Boo at the Zoo weekends with music, lawn games, and seasonal fare on Astor Court, the haunted pirate hayride, and corn maze.


Rockland County Halloween Actitvities

Pure Terror Scream Park
299 Museum Village Road, Monroe
For Halloween freaks who can’t get enough, Pure Terror Scream Park offers nine haunted houses for the price of one. Best for teens and adults; supervision required for children younger than 10. Open Sept. 27-Nov. 3.

Annual Halloween Parade
Main Street and South Broadway, Downtown Nyack
This annual event doesn’t include a corn maze, jack-o’-lanterns, or haunted house, but since it’s the largest Halloween parade outside of NYC, it still deserves a place in our roundup. This year’s festivities feature a trick-or-treat trail for kids and a house decoration contest. Attendees can win thousands in cash and prizes for best costume and best float.

Queens Halloween Activities

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
This ‘maize’ maze is produced by the American Maze Company. The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of this interactive maze.

Halloween Harvest Festival
32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
At this free event, enjoy a Gede song workshop, card readings, and a procession culminating in a powerful dance and drum performance conceived and directed by Alexandra Jean-Joseph, with choreography by Mikerline Pierre and music by Menesky “Sky” Magloire.

Far Rock Children' Harvest Festival
Far Rock Farm, 385 Beach 45th St., Rockaway
A free festival in Far Rockaway with live music, free food, games, a candy apple station, pumpkins, farm tour, and more. Saturdday, Oct 5, 1-4pm.

Brooklyn Halloween Activities

Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel
186 Jay St., Downtown Brooklyn
Produced by City Tech’s theatrical troupe, Theatreworks, as their annual fall production, this visually stunning haunted house is high-tech as well; from Oct. 25 through Halloween.

Luna Park Halloween Harvest
1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Not only can you see one of NYC’s largest pumpkins here, you can watch Maniac Pumpkin Carvers carve a giant pumpkin. Other offerings include live music, stiltwalkers, magic shows, balloon twisting, and more. Wristbands are available for purchase online.

7th Annual Musical Haunted House
126 Saint Felix St., Downtown Brooklyn
Brooklyn Music School hosts its Musical Haunted House on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3-5pm. 

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Manhattan Halloween Activities

Museum of Natural History 23rd Annual Halloween Celebration
Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side
Technically this isn’t a haunted house, but we’ll let that slide: It’s a chance to experience the Halloween version one of NYC’s most iconic buildings. Magic, crafts, and trick-or-treating are some of the top attractions; be sure to say hello to Clifford and Curious George if you see them roaming the halls!

Central Park Conservancy Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
Harlem Meer, East Side from 106th Street to 110th Street, Harlem
After pre-registering for your ‘flotilla,’ bring your pre-carved pumpkin or jack-o’-lantern for a sunset journey across the Harlem Meer (note: Arrive early before it reaches capacity!). Other festive activities include a parade and arts and crafts.


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Nassau County Halloween Activities

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns' Garden of Gourds
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
This event features more than 5,000 hand-carved glowing pumpkins and live celebrity carving artists. Follow the jack-o’-lantern walking trail made extra festive with an original Halloween-themed musical score. Stop by the Jack O'Lantern Café for tasty treats from local bakeries. 

Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Ave., Bayville
Amusement park enthusiasts will want to take advantage of unlimited one- and two-day passes to the scream park, featuring tamer versions of the park’s nighttime haunted houses. Other fun activities include the tombstone treasure hunt, storytelling and Halloween arts and crafts.

Suffolk County, LI, Halloween Activities

Chamber of Horrors
1745 Express Drive N., Hauppauge
Great for groups (you can buy tickets in advance for specific dates and times) and younger children: This haunted house offers family days, when costumed guides provide tours of the house with the lights on and without spooky noises. Bring your camera for a memorable post-tour photo with your guide!

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse
215 S. Country Road, Bellport
This haunted house also offers food and drink, souvenirs, and a Not so Scary Kid's Adventure for children younger than 12 who may not be suited for the original Haunted Playhouse. A limited amount of Fast Passes are available for those who want to skip the line.

Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Ave., Mattituck
Enjoy a night maze on Saturdays, Oct. 10-26, plus Oct. 13, from 7-9:30pm. 

The Haunted Mansion of Melville
26 Pinelawn Road, Melville
Those with young children can visit the daytime corn maze on Schmitt’s Family Farm; older kids who scare less easily should opt for Schmitt’s Haunt, which offers a mansion, stage show, and nighttime corn maze. All are haunted by a doctor who ‘lives’ at the farm, who became possessed after given a book of ancient texts by a former patient.

Pumpkin Park at Adventureland 
2245 Broad Hollow Road (Route 110), Farmingdale
Sick of haunted houses? Visit Pumpkin Park on Oct. 19-20 for haunted train rides instead: The park offers two, one for children of all ages, and a scarier version for teens and adults. On Oct, 26-27, the last weekend of the park's season, the attraction accepts food, personal care items, and/or pet food donations to Helping Hands Foundation. 

Fairfield County, CT, Halloween Activities

The Great Pumpkin Festival
2725 Main St., Stratford
There aren’t any illuminated jack-o’-lanterns here, but you’ll want to hit this festival to see the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest, where entrants whittle 100-pound pumpkins into unforgettable works of art. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in face painting and horse-drawn hayrides.

Wells Hollow Creamery/Farm
656 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton
While the corn maze at Wells Hollow Farm is open Saturday-Sunday from late September through October during the day and at night (reminder: bring your flashlight!), you’ll want to save time to savor one of more than 50 flavors of ice cream from the creamery on the 3,000-square-foot patio. Look out for seasonal fall flavors.

Plasko’s Farm
670 Daniels Farm Road, Trumbull
The corn maze is open to the general public every weekend from 10am-6pm until Oct. 31. No reservation is required for the maze or tractor hayrides. The farm also offers an Educational Weekday Group Package and accepts reservations for school field trips, youth/adult organizations, business outings and birthday parties. 

Bergen County, NJ, Halloween Activities

Abma’s Farm Market and Garden Center
700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff
This 34-acre farm dates back to the 1790s; the homestead and outbuildings are well preserved and kept in their original state. Take part in hayrides, pony rides, and petting zoo activities. Pick pumpkins from the patch and check out the market for apple cider doughnuts.

Halloween Haunted Harvest
East Ridgewood Avenue and Oak Street, Ridgewood
Join the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce for this event at Van Neste Square in Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 12-3pm (weather permitting). Details were not available at time of publication.

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