It was with more than a little trepidation that my family took a recent trip to Bayville Scream Park for its Kids Days—its not-so-scary haunted house and attractions for kids—as my kids are way too easily spooked. I managed to coax the kids through it, though, and we ended up having a whole lot of fun. While I wouldn't at all call a day here inexpensive, there is plenty to do from toddlers to teens and adults as well, so bring a packed wallet and enjoy.
Kids Days are every Saturday and Sunday and feature the Adventure Park along with two of the haunted houses, minus the actors and special effects, for a much less scary experience. You'll also find a pumpkin bounce, haunted train ride, and pumpkin patch.
FAMILY DAY ATTRACTIONS
Uncle Needles Funhouse and Mirror Maze in 3-D
A terrifically "fun" house. Travel through twists and turns and marvel at your reflection as you make your way through wacky shapes and illusions using 3-D lighting and mirrors.
The Temple of Terror
Have fun getting lost in this replica of an ancient temple. Have no fear, as all the actors take off for the day, so you can be free to wander around without anything jumping out at you.
If you haven't gotten your Halloween pumpkin yet, you can pick one up here. The interior of the train ride loops around a field covered with hay and pumpkins. You can pick out your favorite and then decorate it with paint and stickers.
This train ride has been boarded by an enormous hairy black spider, but have no fear, he's promised to behave and stay seated for the duration of your trip. The train does plow through a dark tunnel for a brief time then circles the pumpkin bounce and pumpkin patch.
Jump in a bouncy house shaped like a giant jack-o'-lantern. Do kids ever get tired of bouncy houses? Mine don't.
The Adventure Park is open for mini-golf on a spooky pirate themed course. The jungle tree-top adventure is currently decorated for Halloween and has therefore become the spooky treetop adventure. Sneakers are required, as proper footing will be necessary as you climb a ropes course while attached to a safety harness. The course is most appropriate for ages 6 and up. The only screaming we heard at the park during the daytime was from the bungee bounce dome. While strapped to a harness participants soar to new heights on this adventure. Other attractions include an indoor rock climbing wall and an arcade.
BAYVILLE SCREAM PARK AFTER DARK
If you've got older children, and you dare, check out the park at night. This attraction has been voted the scariest haunted house on Long Island, and with good reason. There are five haunted houses to choose from—all filled with live actors wearing grotesque costumes and seriously intense effects. What impresses me most about this venue is the extent to which they have gone to create a plotline for each house. Once you enter, you become part of the play. Read on to find out the plot of each house before you enter so you know what you're getting yourself into!
Bloodworth Haunted Mansion
While the mansion has been boarded up for more than 100 years, mysterious sightings have been reported. It was formerly the home of mad scientist Dr. Bascombe Bay, who build a laboratory and conducted experiments on human corpses with hopes of resurrecting them. He left the house to his twin children who continued his work upon his disappearance.The twins would lure unsuspecting victims by hosting lavish parties, but when many Bayville residents went mysteriously missing, people began talking. As more and more of the undead began roaming through the house, the walls themselves seemed to come alive....
Uncle Needles FunHouse of Fear
Uncle was a vaudeville performer who astounded audiences with his new and innovative contraptions and gimmicks. In 1889 his brother built a funhouse, which was considered a marvel of its time. In 1971, though, control of the funhouse was handed over to the founder's great-grandson, who wore the clown costume of his great-uncle and took all that was good and fun about the funhouse away, twisting it into something horrible and wrong! The funhouse was shut down shortly thereafter as visitors reportedly went in and never came out. No one knows what became of the mysterious clown, that is until now....
Temple of Terror
Foolish grave robbers in their attempt to steal hidden jewels in this ancient temple have instead unleashed all of the zombie mummies buried here. The historian Brewster Bay desperately tried to prevent the mummies from escaping but disappeared in the process. Anyone brave enough to enter will have to continue this work and hope you make it out alive.
Curse of the Zombie Pirates
The foolish zombie pirate Blackheart Bay made the mistake of killing a voodoo witch's family in his quest to find a treasure map. The witch watched as her family was killed and put a curse on the captain and its crew, who are now forced to live in a mock life as zombies!
Evil in the Woods
When a sanitarium for the criminally insane was slated to be demolished, the most deranged and mentally ill patients were transported by bus to a new facility. On their way, the bus turned over near Bayville woods. The driver was later found lashed to a tree; the bodies of the deranged patients were never found. After several disappearances of local investigators, the search was called off. Perhaps you will find the missing patients, or will they find you?
Tickets to the attractions
Lines are long to get in, so be sure to arrive early and order tickets online to avoid waiting. You can also purchase a speed ticket for an additional fee to bypass the main line and get through quicker. Discount coupons can be found by clicking here for the scream park and here for adventure park.
Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Avenue
Kids Days: Saturdays and Sundays & Columbus Day 2015, 11am–6pm
Scream Park: Sunday–Thursday 6pm–midnight
Originally posted in 2012.