Westchester's Top Halloween Events and Haunted Houses for Kids

Halloween Events in Westchester County New York, scared by the house, the haunt at rocky ledge, scarecrow invasion

This post is being updated for 2017.

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 sells out quickly!) or visit some of the other must-see Halloween doings for kids in Westchester and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. (Many of those events are better suited for the younger crowd.)

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Scared by the Sound – Rye
Playland Amusement Park, 1 Playland Parkway
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Halloween: October 14-31, 2016; times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$20, download $1 coupon
Scared by the Sound has been terrifying guests for 17 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 10 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, Saturdays and Sundays, October 7-30, 2016; times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$24, no online sales
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.

Yes, they're terrifying, but haunted houses can be an excellent way to celebrate Halloween with kids who've grown too old for trick-or-treating. Image credit: The Haunt at Rocky Ledge. 

Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities – Tarrytown
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway
October 13-31, 2016; dates and times vary Times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$20 for adults and $18 for children under age 13 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; $25 for adults and $20 for children on Saturdays and Sundays 
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 daytime historic tours with a Halloween twist for children ages 6 and up.

Scarecrow Invasion – Tarrytown
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway
October 14-31, 2016; 9am-5pm
Free Monday-Friday, $5 per person grounds fee weekends and holiday Mondays
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!

Horseman's Hollow - Sleepy Hollow
​Philipsburg Manor, 381 N Broadway
Select evenings Friday, October 7 - Monday, October, 31, 2016; times vary. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
$25 on Saturdays, $20 all other nights
With rotting corpses and vampires, this one is definitely not for preschoolers or scaredy-cats. Expect pro actors trying to terrify you, along with high-tech special effects and gory makeup. Horseman's Hollow isn't recommended for children under age 10, or people with claustrophobia, heart or respiratory issues. Timed tickets are only sold in advance, and plunking down an extra $15  get you a "Fast Track" ticket to skip the lines. 

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This post originally published in October 2011 and has been updated for 2016. 

Top image credit: Scared by the South

Scared by the Sound
1 Playland Parkway Playland Park
10580 Rye , NY 40° 58' 5.1132" N, 73° 41' 17.5128" W
New York
635 South Broadway
10591 Tarrytown , NY 41° 3' 14.886" N, 73° 51' 39.2796" W
New York
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
New York
​Philipsburg Manor
381 North Broadway
10591 Sleepy Hollow , NY 41° 5' 23.4204" N, 73° 51' 43.3764" W
New York