After much prodding and begging from my 11 year old son, I decided that the family would take the 45 minute trip to Bayville Long Island to test out their Halloween themed haunted attractions. The main reason for choosing Bayville Scream Park was it’s reputation and it’s hours. Bayville, you see, is one of the few Halloween attractions open weeknights as well as weekends, so our options were limited.
One of the first things that caught my attention on the website was the price of the attractions. There a re a total of 5 walk throughs: Bloodworth Mansion, Evil in the Woods, Curse of the Zombie Pirates, Uncle Needles’ Funhouse of Fear 3D, and the Temple of Terror.
Each attraction cost $14.75, but they offer a small discount if you go to more than one attraction (the 5 attraction pass, for example is a ghastly $42.75 without the VIP Speed pass). Please note that you do not get to choose the combination, they are pre-set. For example, the 2 attraction combo for around $24 included Uncle Needles and Bloodworth Mansion.
Included in our party were the following: A tween, two young adults and two adults in their 50s. They recommend that children be at least 10 years old, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Note that they offer a less scary day time production for younger children.
First up was Evil in the Woods where insane inmates have escaped and you must walk through. Some of it is indoors, some outdoors. About 10-15 minutes worth of screams, laughs and one or two party members trying to jog their way out, we almost welcomed the exit.
After a short recovery, and a stale $3 pretzel later, our party headed over to Uncle Needles’ Funhouse of Fear 3D where we were greeted by a creepy clown handing out reused disposable 3D glasses. Our interest was definitely piqued. The paint on the walls seems to pop out, and some of the “props” chase after you. Have fun trying to navigate through the mirror maze, especially when a bloody clown waits at the other end.
Overall we had a good time, but did not think the 2 attractions were worth $29.50 per person plus tax. Basically we paid about $1.50 per person per minute. If you have extra money to burn and liked to be scared, this could be right up your ally.
Bayville Scream Park offers plenty of food and drinks at the typical theme park prices, from cotton candy and pretzels to chicken sandwiches and fries, as well as alcoholic beverages, sodas, and hot chocolate. Most of these concessions were closed, but we were told by security that they are usually open on weekends and if traffic permits. When we went (on a Monday night) there was not much traffic at all–we didn’t have to wait on either attraction.
It’s a shame that the price is so high, because we would have loved to have gone into the other attractions. Then again, there’s always next year…..