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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fright Nights at Old Bethpage Village

Old Bethpage Village is the kind of place where you can tour authentic-style period homes and get a genuine flavor of 19th century life. But for Halloween, well, things turn genuinely spooky.

First off, as we read it (and there’s an excellent article at, from which we’re shamelessly borrowing here) Old Bethpage Village is haunted. Most of the buildings come from somewhere else, some (like the Noon Inn) apparently with ghosts in tow. In the Conklin House, a woman (apparently not an interpreter) has been seen upstairs in period dress; a noose was seen hanging from the top of the Hewett House stairwell; in Williams House, trunks have been heard moving around upstairs. In short, ghosts are everywhere. Hope we’re not ruining anything here.

Taking advantage of this circumstance, the historic village is telling its stories, with six haunted tales in their historic homes. Costumed tour guides lead guests by lantern-light through the darker recesses of the village, with goosebumps provided by more than the autumn weather. These Fright Nights also include a carnEVIL haunted house, a zombie escape maze, a illuminated jack-o-lantern walk, the coney island circus side show, a fire juggler, a bonfire and more from 6-11 pm on October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. General admission is $30 for 12 years old and up. 

Not in for something quite so spooky? Halloween in Old Bethpage also includes carnival games, pirate and corn mazes, pumpkins, laser tag, a bonfire and more.