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…)

10/28/14 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…)

09/29/13 12:30pm
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Photo by Rachel Young | Darkside Haunted House in Wading River opens Oct. 4.

Looking for a scare this October? You don’t have to go far. Check out this list of haunted houses and trails on the North Fork. Don’t see your haunted house or haunted trail’s name? Email editor@northforker.com and we’ll add it to the list. (more…)