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Where to find a haunted house for kids in NYC and beyond

'Tis the season to be spooky, and a haunted house for kids will do the trick! Are you brave enough to enter?
Written by
Danielle Valente
Allie Early

We promise you'll have a wicked good time at a haunted house for kids. Many of New York's horror havens turn the dial down a notch when it comes to little ghosts and goblins, so expect screams of delight! 

You and the family can wander through spooky attractions and enjoy seasonal goodies along the way: fun mirrors, cool costumes, corn mazes and more! Don't worry: Those sinister characters who typically follow guests around with a chainsaw won't be anywhere in sight. (Thank goodness.) However, if you have tweens or teens in your brood who don't mind having their dreams filled to the brim with fright, go all out with a nighttime haunted house tour!

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This year, there are new rules in place by the state for visitors of all ages. Low-risk indoor activities like haunted houses must follow the proper social distancing protocol, require all guests wear a face masks (not just Halloween masks) and limit their capacity. If you're searching for a haunted house for kids that isn't on the list (like the one at Queens County Farm), note that some attractions are not running this year.

The party will go on—safely! (And maybe even scream-free? Don't quote us on that, though.) Be sure to also check out our favorite Halloween songs and scary movies for kids!

Haunted house for kids

Location: Melville, New York

Sure pumpkin picking and farmstands are a great way to ring in autumn, but it wouldn't be October without a few scares. Schmitt's Farm aims to deliver both gourds and ghouls—truly a one-stop shop. Come October, the barn built by the Schmitt brothers gets a terrifying makeover and becomes The Haunted. The super-spooky attraction houses frightening actors, creepy animatronics and surprises that'll make you jump out of your skin. Plus, the nearby corn maze is just as terrifying. If you're looking to bring the kids, you might want to opt for daytime visits, as actors aren't present for the walk-through and the lights are kept on! 

Location: Brooklyn, New York (remote for 2020)

Gravesend Inn has vacancy...if you're brave enough to stay. Each year, the City Tech Theaterworks crew brings this eerie scream-worthy attraction to Downtown Brooklyn. The vintage-looking hotel comes to life with actors, skeletons and spooky lighting throughout. Although it is a highly-anticipated event for New Yorkers, guests will have to wait until 2021 to visit in person. However, a digital experience is to be released soon, so keep an eye on the website! 


Location: Bayville, New York 

Seven attractions, countless sinster-looking characters and shrieks around every corner are par for the course when visiting the Bayville Scream Park. But the horror haven is willing to lighten the mood when it comes to little monsters. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11am–6pm, the Kids Not-So-Scary Days packs in the fall fun with a tamed walk through the attractions and plenty of other cool seasonal activities such as Uncle Needles' Fun House and Mirror Maze, mini golf, a pumpkin bounce, the Spooky Treetop Adventure and so much more. 

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