10/10/17 6:03am

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2016

When someone steps inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, owner Mike Meola said, it’s like they’re the star of their own horror movie.

“The haunted house was created from a love of Halloween,” said Mr. Meola, whose Route 25 attraction is now in its 19th year.

For Mr. Meola, Halloween starts around June, when he begins to create most of the attraction’s props and sets.

“The attention to detail and everything we put into the show — from the sets to the costumes to how we train our actors — is what really sets us apart,” he said. (more…)

10/21/16 2:43pm
A scary skeleton.

A scary skeleton.

Headless horseman? Hearse driver? Dracula?

Come on down!

The Riverhead Business Improvement District’s first Halloween Fest is still looking for participants in its parade, which begins Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. on Griffing Avenue before it proceeds down Main Street in downtown Riverhead.  (more…)

10/31/15 8:00am
Get ready for this guy to greet you at the door Halloween night (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s staff will greet you at the door on Halloween night.                 (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic will host its second Annual “Greenport Horror Brewery Party” on Halloween night Saturday.

Come stop by one of the North Fork’s favorite ‘haunts,’ which has been specially decorated for the holiday.

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11/01/14 1:12pm
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Scream! (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It was more than your average Halloween in downtown Riverhead yesterday, as the Edgar Allan Poe Festival kicked off on Main Street.

The three-day festival — which kicked off again at 11 a.m. today at the Long Island Aquarium — brought trick-or-treaters downtown starting in the late afternoon, followed by an Edgar Allan Poe Parade down Main Street. (more…)

10/29/14 12:00pm
A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend's Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Downtown Riverhead is about to come alive … with the dead.

From the Headless Horseman, to a(nother) re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” to beating hearts below wooden floorboards and all things Edgar Allan Poe, if it’s spooky, it’ll be on Main Street this weekend. (more…)

10/28/14 10:33am
Our Rachel Young inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River. (credit: Jon Walter)

Our Rachel Young inside the “doll room” of Darkside Haunted House in Wading River. (Credit: Jonathan Walter photos)

The lifeless, eerie gaze of dozens of dolls is upon me, but I have conditioned myself to be unmoved. My own eyes locked on those of a sinister-looking porcelain figure directly across from me, I practice sitting completely upright on the twin-sized bed, my arms and legs extended at unnatural angles to mimic the doll’s pose. (more…)