Westchester's Top Halloween Events and Haunted Houses for Kids

Halloween Events in Westchester County New York

Think you can handle the Creepy Morgue at Playland or survive the Haunt at Rocky Ledge? Whether you’re local or a daytripper, Westchester is a hot spot of exciting and fun (and terrifying!) Halloween happenings for children. We've collected some of the best frights, as well as a few ideas better suited for the younger ghouls.  

If you’re looking for even more events ranging on the horror meter, check out the legendary Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze (it’s almost completely sold out!) or visit some of the other must-see Halloween doings for kids in Westchester and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. 

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Scared by the Sound – Rye
Playland Amusement Park, 1 Playland Parkway
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: October 2-October 31, plus Thursday, October 29. Times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$16, download a $1 discount coupon
Scared by the Sound has been terrifying guests for 16 years running. See if you can survive the Crypt Walk, the Haunted Wine Cellar, the Creepy Morgue, the Tunnels of Doom and the all-new outdoor Black Out Maze. 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 this video montage from past editions. (Unfortunately, the tot-friendly matinees are a thing of the past.) Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the box office.

The Haunt at Rocky Ledge – North White Plains
Rocky Ledge Swimming Association, 1402 Old Orchard Street
Friday through Sunday: October 9-31. Times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$20, download a $1 discount coupon on the Haunt's Facebook page
Brave two creepy haunted houses, winding wooded trails and the only haunted cornfield in Westchester. The Haunt boasts classic scare tactics by real actors, with less emphasis on animatronics and other technology. Like Scared by the Sound, this attraction is not for little kids: The recommended age is 10 and up. Again, watch the video montage with your tweens to make sure they're ready for it.

Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities – Tarrytown
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway
Friday through Sunday: October 16-November 1, plus Thursdays October 22 & 29. Times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$25 for adults, $20 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. On this tour, you'll meet famous castle dwellers like Maleficent, Dracula, the Wicked Witch and more. While billed for all ages, families with sensitive tots may want to exit before heading down to the lower level where the scariest elements of the experience are located. Lyndhurst also offers $18 historic tours with a Halloween twist for children ages 6 and up.

Scarecrow Invasion – Tarrytown
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway
Open daily through Sunday, November 2 10am-5pm
Free Monday-Friday, $5 per person grounds fee Saturday-Sunday, which can be applied toward house tour admission or gift shop merchandise.
The one-of-a-kind display is set up by local schools and businesses. Walk, play and picnic amongst hundreds of homemade scarecrows representing a wide range of characters, both real and fictional, from the past, present and future. After closing weekend, all scarecrow clothing is donated to those in need. Totally kid-friendly!

Lasdon Park Train Show – Somers
Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road
Saturday and Sunday: October 3-November 1, plus Columbus Day 11am-3:30pm
$7 for adults, $3 for children under age 12
The arboretum is eschewing its haunted house this year to concentrate on all things dinosaur. The star of the show will be a model train display winding through a prehistoric habitat, complete with an erupting volcano. Aside from the indoor entertainment, fall favorites await outside like a dino scavenger, hay maze and wagon rides (for an additional fee.) While it may not be spooky, it is just right for the preschool set.

For more seasonal fun, check out our Halloween Guides in NYC and Westchester.

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This post originally published in October 2011.

Photo credit: Flikr, ScubaBear68.

Scared by the Sound
1 Playland Parkway Playland Park
10580 Rye , NY 40° 58' 5.1132" N, 73° 41' 17.5128" W
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635 South Broadway
10591 Tarrytown , NY 41° 3' 14.886" N, 73° 51' 39.2796" W
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Lasdon Park and Arboretum
2610 New York 35
10536 Somers , NY 41° 16' 35.1948" N, 73° 44' 15.7704" W
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The Haunt at Rocky Ledge
1402 Old Orchard Street Rocky Ledge Swimming Association
10603 White Plains , NY 41° 3' 45.9576" N, 73° 45' 8.4816" W
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