Several theme parks on and near the Long Island New York area are hosting Halloween themed events. Let’s begin by starting with one of the smaller parks, Adventureland in Farmingdale. They are having a one-day Halloween event that in the past has proven quite a bit of fun for kids and adults alike. Adventureland calls it “Pumpkin Park” and it’s a fun, safe event for the kids to go to. The rides are open and operating, the usual prices for rides apply, the games are open and there is trick or treating throughout the park. Adventureland has been in operation since 1962 and has grown to over thirty rides; they have two pay-one-price sessions daily (including Pumpkin Park day) or you can buy individual tickets for the rides, which required 3 – 5 tickets each. They are open April through October. Check their website for other particulars.
A much newer park on the scene is Bayville Adventure Park, which reopened in 2016 on the anniversary of the original “carnival’s” closing in 1977. It operates as amusement park during the year that has such things as mini-golf, rock climbing, bumper boats, rope courses, adventure slides, funhouse, mazes, skating and even a train ride for the real little ones. There is also an arcade and ice cream parlor on site. In September and October, though it transforms into Bayville Scream Park. During September and October, it operates as Bayville Scream Park on weekdays and Sundays from 6 pm to 10 pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm to 12 midnight. The haunted attractions open at 7 pm and they certainly have a full agenda of those. They have the haunted mansion, which was voted the scariest haunted house on Long Island. There is Uncle Needles Funhouse of Fear, the Temple of Terror, the Curse of the Zombie Pirates and the Evil Woods. The mini-golf and adventure courses are also open during these times. They also have kids “not so scary” days where the park features less scary versions of the adult attractions without the special effects and live actors. They offer pay-one-price specials along with separate attraction pricing.
While not exactly at the amusement section of this park is the A-scarium at the Coney Island Aquarium. Their annual Halloween party happens over two weekends (check the website for dates and times). During it you and the kids will enjoy games, prizes, arts and crafts. Kids in costumes get in free with an adult. When you’re done with the fun at the aquarium take a very short walk over the amusement rides at Coney Island and have a snack on the boardwalk or dunk your toes in the ocean.
While not on Long Island, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson New Jersey and Dorney Park in Allentown Pennsylvania both hold Halloween events. These include the amusements and rides being open and haunted houses and other scary Halloween things. Check the parks websites for exact dates. They both are only about an hour and a half to two hour ride from Long Island.