Gateway's Haunted Playhouse of Horrors
215 South Country Road
Nyctophobia creator Eric Striffler recommended that we check out Gateway's Haunted Playhouse of Horrors while we were on Long Island and I'm so glad that we did. The final stop on our Triple Feature Friday was at the Gateway Playhouse for a truly fantastic walk-through-style haunted house. The large scale production is 2-3 times longer than the average haunt and covers the 100-year-old estate both inside and out.
"S" and I arrived after getting lost about 3 times. (Don't forget your GPS!) We rushed to the box office to pick up our Fast Pass Tickets (Click Here to buy yours now.) and headed to the haunt entrance. We were thrilled that we got to walk-through the haunt as a group of two. What followed was the Broadway of haunted houses with the advantage of not only having the massive amounts of space available outside Manhattan, but also the history and ambiance of a setting that's over a century old.
Is it Scary?
According to their facebook page: "Gateway’s 100 year old Estate provides the setting for the scariest night of your life."
The Raven & Black Cat says: Fear is subjective, but they have a little bit of everything in the epic journey that is the Haunted Playhouse of Horrors. Something if not everything in this haunt will scare you and if it doesn't you'll have a blast taking in this intricately detailed valentine to Halloween.
Here's A Tip
Head over early and have a drink and something to eat at their bar/concession stand. Some may need the liquid courage.
What I Loved
There is so much to love. The detailed sets and costumes, stellar make-up and special effects, actors that can really act, creepy old theater smells, a variety of textured walk-ways, and an extensive variety of horror themes. It is a brilliant marriage of top-notch theater production and the traditional haunted house.
What Could Be Better
The opening video and story line could use a little work. Gateway's Haunted Playhouse of Horrors is more House of Horrors than Haunted Playhouse. If the explanation for everything is just a haunting than based on what I saw the estate would have to have been the setting of a horrific mass murder, built on some kind of mass grave or both. The one ghost theory isn't satisfying enough.
If you love traditional haunted houses you absolutely must attend Gateway's Haunted Playhouse of Horrors.
The Haunted Playhouse Runs
September 30th - October 31st
Full Price Ticket Prices
General Admission: $20
Fast Pass Ticket: $25
Not So Scary Daytime Monster House: $7
- 'Like' them on facebook HERE to get a $5 discount. (Sun-Thurs only)
Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Young children are encouraged to attend the 'Not So Scary Monster House' on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm.