Haunted Hayrides and Creepy Corn Mazes on Long Island
Even in broad daylight, corn mazes can be creepy--the paths are narrow and the screams coming from around corners can be terrifying. Hayrides can also be surprisingly unnerving. The tractors may not move very fast, but the monsters chasing them sure do! We've rounded up a list of Long Island venues offering haunted hayrides and creepy corn mazes this Halloween season. Please call the venues ahead of time to be sure they are open, especially if the weather is bad or there has been a big storm. Also, call ahead for additional details on just how scary the displays are to be sure they're suited for younger children. For tamer attractions, see our post on the Best Haunted Houses on Long Island for Kids.
Dees' Haunted Walk
The Dees' Nursery
69 Atlantic Avenue
Oceanside, NY 11572
The Dees' Haunted Walk is back and it's quite spooky. This one is probably best suited for teenagers and adults, as there is a fair amount of grisly corpse material and abundant faux blood. The pictures on the website provide an idea of what to expect, and the staff is helpful on the phone if additional information is needed.
Not-So-Scary Kids' Days
8 Bayville Avenue
Bayville, NY 11709
Weekend afternoons at Bayville feature a less scary version of the Haunted House, as well as many Halloween attractions for kids. Admission price includes access to the Fun House, Mirror Maze, Pumpkin Bounce, Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Train Ride and more. The evening haunted attractions are not suitable for children.
Gladiators Corn Maze
Schmitt's Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road
Melville, NY 11747
For family-friendly fun, visit the farm's huge, interactive Gladiator-themed corn maze during daylight hours. There is also a toned-down version of the farm's haunted house open on weekend afternoons. There are no live actors and all lights are turned on, however the sights are still pretty gruesome and not recommended for children under 10. In the evening, the haunted house and corn maze become seriously spooky and are probably best reserved for tweens and teens.
Haunted Halloween Hayride
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
On October weekends Benner's Farm offers a hayride dotted with spooky props that is appropriate for most children. They also have pumpkin picking, live animals and a giant oak tree with a swing. On Halloween night, a special "Haunted Hayride" takes place, where the fields boast living monsters that chase and try to frighten the hay riders.
Flashlight Maze & Spookie Maze
Fink's Country Farm
6242 Middle Country Road
Wading River, NY 11792
Bring along a flashlight to Fink’s Farm on Saturday evenings in October and tour this large corn maze by night. There are no scary props, just the fun of wandering among the rows in the dark. That all changes on October 26 when the maze becomes spooky. The fall festival attractions offer plenty of fun for kids of all ages, including hay rides, an animal farm, pig races and a pumpkin slingshot.
Spooky Corn Maze
Harbes Farm & Orchard
5698 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Bring along a flashlight to navigate this giant monster-filled maze. Although it's not usually filled with blood and gore, the scary creatures are definitely intense and not suited for younger children. The daytime corn maze, as well as other farm attractions, are perfect for engaging kids of all ages.
Western Corn Maze
Harbes Western Farm
1223 Main Road
Jamesport, NY 11947
This maze provides a fun, interactive experience for the whole family. Kids can help the sheriff round up the outlaws using roping and tracking skills. The maze is suitable for any child who doesn’t mind wandering around for a bit. Admission price also includes bounce houses, farm animals and other activities, such as scarecrow races and pumpkin tosses.
Originally posted on October 25, 2012; Updated on 8/23/14
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