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Spooky Fest at Tanglewood Preserve

 
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  (23 reviews)
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Moderately Scary
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Great for families, adults, adults with young children, something for everyone
Organization Type
Charity / NOT For Profit
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Haunted Houses, Zombie Hunts & Shootouts, Haunted Mazes / Haunted Corn Mazes, Haunted Trails, Scream Parks, Not-So-Scary Haunted Houses (Kid Friendly), Mazes / Corn Mazes (Kid Friendly), Other Events
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Snacks & Refreshments, Outdoor Event(s), Indoor Event(s), Touching Not Allowed, Free Parking
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The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) celebrates Halloween with Spooky Fest. This family friendly event will take place 7 days in October in Rockville Centre, Long Island. Sixteen acres is transformed into a family friendly, Halloween event.

Wooded paths, exhibits, and festivities on the preserve will be featured, with eerie lighting, special effects, and characters along the way. Everything is perfectly spooky and a little scary. Creatures of all kinds inhabit the woods, the strange and beautiful will draw you into the eerie paths!

Scary Walk – The Woods are Haunted
This Spooky Walk is “very scary”. This quarter mile hike through the woods will leave kids clinging to their parents legs. Every October the abandoned cemetery in the woods comes to life and a group of hikers have entered the woods against our caution and have not returned. We need you to go in and find them, or what’s left of them.The walk features an abandoned cemetery where zombies come to life and are in search of their favorite food, BRAINS! Located on Long Island, this Spooky Walk is a Nassau County favorite.

The Maze of Zombies:
Enter the Maze of Zombies if you dare! The zombies and freaks lurking in the shadows thirst for blood and feed on the brains of the living. This terrifying haunt will leave you screaming for your life and clawing at the walls for an exit. There is only one way out without becoming a zombie yourself. Once bitten there is no return to the living. Email Haunt Owner
Not-So-Spooky Walk:
The Not-So-Spooky is “not at all spooky”. This walk through the woods is a colorfully lit Halloween story where children meet friendly Halloween characters. Butterflies, friendly ghosts, happy scarecrows , and many other displays await young children. Bring a camera because there are opportunities along this trail to take a family photo among the displays.

Halloween Theater
A fun Not-So-Spooky Walk in the woods for young children
Kids arts and crafts area
Amazing Animals Live Animal Exhibit
The Mystic Den
Friendly Merry Monsters
Face Painting
 
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  • Email Verified Scary Maze

    It certainly was fun for the whole family. Conducted by the CSTL, it was completely a family friendly haunt. So, there is no way you could find anything gory or gruesome about it. It was spooky in a light and fun way. Even then the maze was scary. It is something the kids love to play. But they came out screaming and running. The DJ had us all dancing even the elder ones. Had our faces painted and fortunes told. Food truck was a great addition. Loved the softies. This is my first time here and really wished I had known earlier. Definitely coming next year.

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    Posted May 2019

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  • Totally enjoyed...

    Yes, it was spooky, but also lots of fun and festivities to remember. It was quite kid friendly from start to finish. No intense scares either. Our daughter was spooked by some creatures she found hiding in the woods. Little bit of a scream escaped her mouth, but she was Ok since. There were also many kid activities that she totally enjoyed. Kudos to the management and team for organizing and planning the spooky fest. A must visit.

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    Posted April 2019

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  • Perfectly spooky

    This is a great option for kids who loves to be in the outdoors. The spooky fest was perfectly spooky and little bit scary. Certainly not to the extent of freaking out the kids. Special effects and lighting complemented the spooky theme. My son was a bit spooked by few of the creatures in the woods. But he enjoyed the woods and the festivities that he did not want to leave. We also had a great time. Definitely we’ll be back next year. Recommend this place.

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    Posted December 2018

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  • Email Verified Definitely recommend

    The haunted woods and mazes were scary. Actors did a fine job. It was different kind of celebration compared to the regular haunts. Definitely recommend.

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    Posted November 2018

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  • Email Verified Great place for kids

    The spooky fest at Tanglewood Preserve was awesome to say the least. My kid really enjoyed it the first day, and she just can’t wait to go back each day. The place was really safe, and teachers/counsellors were attentive and caring. Lots of places for kids’ fun and entertainment, whether it is the walk, play ground or the many activities that keeps them engaged. She was also quite excited to talk about meeting the animals and making fossils. Overall, a great place for kids to enjoy and have fun. Check it out if you are visiting NY.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Loved every moment

    Loved every moment here. They had arranged it do well. The lines everywhere were long even at the food truck. It was managed well by friendly staff. We could choose from the non scary attraction and the rest that includes the scary ones. We tried all the attraction. Kids had fun walking in the woods taking in the sight of exquisite animal displays. Had all their faces painted.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Awesome experience

    Go early for the kids because the spooky fest gets packed as soon as it gets dark. Everything is less scary but perfectly spooky.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Very Neighborhoody

    I really wouldn't recommend this unless you live in the immediate area and/or have very young children (like under 5). I wasn't expecting to be scared, knowing it's a kid-friendly event. The problem is they got the ambience wrong: it's more of a neighborhood block party vibe, complete with carnival food and DJ blaring irrelevant R&B hits. The haunted attractions are makeshift and DIY which is fine, just not at the level of what other haunted houses are doing in the $20 price range. Not worth traveling to when there are so mnay better options.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Email Verified Lot of interesting moments...

    I was there with my family. Had a whole lot of interesting moments and it surely was fun. I was able to take my kids to nine spooky events while we enjoyed some scares. They had a hands-on creating arts and crafts which they were allowed to carry home. We got a lot of photo ops and captured some of the best moments. It was great fun all through the day.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Had a blast

    Had a blast for the kids and adults too. The non-spooky walk was interesting. Colorful and lit through out they can meet friendly Halloween characters. Butterflies, ghosts and scarecrows where on display.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Lots of fun

    Had lots of fun. A great setting to have some really good Halloween fun.

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    Posted October 2018

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  • Fantastic Fun!

    Although the lines were somewhat long, it was the last Saturday but was it worth it! The haunted maze had my and my friends screaming and running out! The maze was scary as hell! We had our fortunes told but skipped the face-painting and children's maze. I'm sure those would be great for little ones! The DJ had all the little kids dancing too and although the food truck line was a little long, it was a great option to have...Mr. Softee too!!! I wish I'd know about this last year or I would have come. Def coming next year!

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    Length of Event: > 1 hour
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
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    Posted October 2017

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    3 out of 3 found this review helpful

  • Email Verified Awesome Spook

    Scary fun for a family of 5. It was brilliant!!! My daughter fell and she heard someone call her name to stand up YIKES!!! Loved every moment.

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    Posted October 2017

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    4 out of 5 found this review helpful

  • It was really scary

    Very scary also fun great forkids

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    Posted October 2017

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    3 out of 5 found this review helpful

  • Great price for a great scare!

    Was a great time with the whole family. Had things for all ages to do, and was close to home. Delicious fair food to fill the sweet tooth also. Entertaining and lengthy spooky trail and corn maze.

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    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
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    Posted October 2016

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    4 out of 4 found this review helpful

  • Email Verified Awesome!

    I haven't missed a year yet. This year it was better than ever... I went with a bunch of friends, but it's great for families too... so much to do.

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    Posted October 2016

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    6 out of 6 found this review helpful

  • Email Verified Wonderful Halloween Festival

    I was a volunteer at Spooky Fest this past weekend and I had a blast! The staff and volunteers put 110% into making the night fun (and scary!) for everyone that attended. There were a ton of activities to partake in and the decorations and atmosphere were perfect.

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    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
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    Posted October 2016

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  • Email Verified Tanglewood Preserve Spookyfest!

    Our second year attending and we love it! I've tried to spread the word to my friends because it's that wonderful! We entered the Non-Spooky side for my 2 & 1/2 year old and he loved it. There's so much to do and it's so unique!

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    Posted October 2016

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  • Email Verified SpookyFest @CSTL

    I'm not big on Halloween, but decided to take the kids to this event. My 9 year old was sure she would be doing the scary walk through the woods, but as we were walking towards SpookyFest and she heard the chainsaw revving and the people screaming, she quickly changed her mind and we all did the non-scary walk through the woods! Lol! Everything was so nicely decorated and with 2 adults, 9 year old, 2 year old and baby...there was something for everyone! The kids enjoyed the arts and crafts, the game show, the live animals, fortune teller, food, face painting and music! The live DJ was awesome and big and small alike were partying having a great time! We will definitely be back next year and we are doing the spooky stuff!

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    Posted October 2016

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    7 out of 8 found this review helpful

  • Terrific Value!

    The best spooky halloween outing ever! The actors are very enthusiastic. You start out feeling vulnerable since you are actually walking through a dark forest. All the rest is just icing on the cake. I would not go alone! LOL. The fortune telling booth is fun and the maze of madness will drive you mad. Good thing that the monsters will eventually help you figure out how to make it through.

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    Posted November 2015

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    5 out of 6 found this review helpful

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