Halloween Haunted Houses in Westchester County: New Location for Scared By the Sound and Other Fearsome Fun
Last week we wrote about all of the must-see Halloween happenings in Historic Hudson Valley, including the legendary Great Jack O Lantern Blaze (which sells out super fast!). But there are other cool haunted Halloween attractions for families in Westchester County that are worth putting on your radar.
These are the kind of Halloween haunted houses you can only find outside of the city, like a Halloween model train show in a scary mansion, a massive installation of individualized scarecrows and the annual Scared by the Sound, which is in a brand-new location this year. Best of all, these only-in-the-'burbs boos are pretty close to New York City and southern Westchester County.
Since this is the time of year when many families go apple and pumpkin picking, adding one of these Halloween haunts to your outing makes for a great seasonal day trip.
Scared by the Sound – Cortlandt
2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: October 4-November 2 plus Halloween night. Times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$15.50, download a $1 off coupon
Scared by the Sound has moved! Formerly housed at Rye Playland, this popular haunted attraction is now located further north in Cortlandt Manor (which isn't on the Long Island Sound, go figure) in a much larger indoor venue. See if you can survive a 25-minute journey through an elaborate 13,000-square-foot maze of scary scenes, including the Crypt Walk, the Haunted Wine Cellar, the Creepy Morgue, the Tunnels of Doom and the all-new Zombie Zone. As you can probably tell from the description, Scared by the Sound is not little-kid-friendly. In fact, parents are advised to leave children under age 8 at home. If you're wondering whether your tween is up for it, you can check out a video montage from past editions. Unfortunately, the tot-friendly matinees that were done in years past aren't happening in 2013. Tickets can be purchased in advance online (though there have been some glitches) or at the box office.
Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities – Tarrytown
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway
Friday through Sunday: October 18-27 plus Halloween night. Times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
Saturday and Sunday: $25 for adults, $20 for children under age 13; Thursday and Friday: $20 for adults, $18 for children under age 13
Explore the creepy nooks and crannies of this gorgeous Gothic Revival mansion, made famous in the old '70s Dark Shadows movies. For the big finale, meet a cast of crazy family members. While this attraction is billed for all ages, families with sensitive younger children may want to exit before heading down to the lower level where the scariest elements of the tour are located. Lyndhurst also offers $18 historic tours with a Halloween twist for children ages 6 and up.
Scarecrow Invasion Field – Tarrytown
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway
Open daily in October, 10am-5pm
Free Monday-Thursday, $5 per person grounds fee Friday-Sunday, which may be applied toward house tour admission or gift shop merchandise
This annual, one-of-a-kind display is set up by local schools and businesses. Walk, play and picnic amongst hundreds of homemade scarecrows representing characters from the past, present and future. After October, the clothing used for the scarecrows is donated to the needy. Totally kid-friendly.
Lasdon Park Halloween Haunted House & Train Show – Somers
Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road
Saturday and Sunday: October 12-27 plus Columbus Day 10am-3:30pm
$5 for adults, $2 for children ages 2-12
Best bet for preschoolers! The arboretum’s huge Colonial-style mansion is transformed into a not-too-scary haunted house with an elaborate model train display. In the main room, a variety of Lionel trains make their way through "The House on Haunted Hill," winding through cemeteries, skeletons and even Hogwarts Castle. A second layout in the dining room gives youngsters a chance to play conductor and control the trains. There's also a haystack maze on the grounds.
For more seasonal fun, check out our Halloween Guide.
- Best Things to Do with Westchester Kids: October 2013 Go List
- Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend with Westchester Kids: Haunted Houses, Festivals, the Circus & More, Oct. 5 & 6
- Haunted Houses for NYC Kids: 8 Not-too-scary Halloween Installations for Families
- Halloween 2013 in Hudson Valley: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Irving's Legend & More Fun for Kids