Review of Darkside Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Darkside Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Darkside Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Darkside Haunted House

Darkside Haunted House is a Haunted Attraction located in Calverton, NY.

5184 NY-25A, Calverton, NY 11933
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Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You will NOT be touched, Movie Characters, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction

Team Crypt Creepers reviewed this attraction on September 30, 2016.

Final Score: 8.9


Down a dark, slightly winding path in the far off land of Long Island, there is a place known as Darkside, where the inhabitants are just dying to meet you. Too corny? Well, it doesn’t hurt to have a little humor mixed with your horror and that’s what you get (initially) as you wait in line to enter Darkside. But, don’t let the light-hearted humor fool you; inside, the killers and crazies are ready to scare you silly. With a mix of animatronics, actors, and varied lighting and set designs, this haunt is one where you are sure to look over your shoulder out of fear of what may be lurking just behind you.

Cast: 9.08

A lot of the actors here go all out on their scares, which is almost as infectious as whatever is turning these people into murderous, crazed disciples of darkness. Even before you get inside the haunt to purchase your ticket, the laughs and screams start… and, if you are generous enough to provide your name to the kindly rule-giver, you may just find that the rest of his friends now know who you are and want to play with you even more. If they find the opportunity, they are happy to exploit your fears and relentlessly attack you for it. Practically every room here has at least one actor and they work with their surroundings by making use of the space, the lighting, the props and, of course, their victims. The dialogue is a mix of scripted and improvised and, when they make it up on the spot, they ham it up to 11… which makes for some good laughs from whoever in your group isn’t the target at the moment.

Costuming: 8.91

There is a lot of variation used in this haunt; from backwoods hillbillies to bellhops, the outfits and makeup match whatever area you find them in. The makeup is realistic where it needs to be and masks are rare, but they work well when you do come across them. Every night, Darkside employs between 3-4 makeup artists to get the cast of creatures set up for frights.

Customer Service: 8.98

Hidden in the darkness of Long Island, this haunt may not have much in the form of signage to help guide you to its threshold, but there is no mistaking you are there once you roll up and see its frightening facade, including the resident gargoyle sitting atop the front foyer with billowing smoke coming from it. You stroll on past a hearse and up to a maybe-too-friendly caretaker who is more than happy to get to know you. But he isn’t the only one who is happy to help you. The staff here is happy to go out of their way to assist you, whether it be answering guests’ questions, or making a quick run through the haunt to find a lost phone. There are no real dangers in this haunt, and it is wheelchair accessible (but some wheelchairs may be too big for certain hallways and such, so it is best to call in advance and see what can be arranged). If you find yourself hungry afterwards, or in need of a shirt to show you survived the ordeal, there are snacks and t-shirts for sale, as well as the occasional food truck which will make an appearance. Also, free parking is allowed on their next-door lot.

Atmosphere: 9

Upon arrival, you are greeted by the eerie sounds of creepy music and chilling noises; all the while, the haunting exterior of the house looms over you. It is obvious you are not here for a light-hearted, romantic comedy (though, you never know… maybe that cute gatekeeper who is letting you into her parlor will steal your heart away. Forcibly, of course). The sounds of chainsaws and banging can be heard from beyond the fences and screams sometimes escape from the mouths of those trapped inside who still have enough life to do so. Being surrounded by dark woods with almost no streetlights certainly helps.

Special Effects: 8.83

The lighting and sound used in this haunt definitely up the chill factor as you walk through. Flickering lights that slowly lead to pitch darkness and the sound of mice scurrying at your feet leave your mind to wonder, “Is that just an itch you feel on your leg, or did they just release rodents into that tiny room you are in?” There are some nice animatronic scares and some good detail put into the small rooms and outdoor areas. With even more special effects that are still being worked on, it can only get better. There were two props that I personally liked (that I haven’t seen yet anywhere else) which gave me a small sense of personal satisfaction.

Theme: N/A

The house is broken into two halves: “The Village” and “The House,” but the haunt itself doesn’t have much of an actual theme. The Village is the outdoor part of the haunt and focuses on two or three general themes that actually tie together decently well. The House incorporates multiple themed rooms, even including a movie-inspired room or two for the film buffs.

Fright Effect: 8.5

A lot of the scares were diverse and aimed at multiple members of the group. But, when you have one member who is obviously terrified, it is hard to resist the temptation to continuously scare them; I can’t blame the ghouls for taking a liking to a more…vocal prey. There were good uses of distractions and misdirection to keep our attention while a pop-out got into position, or while someone just walked on up to our resident screamer and got nice and close for when they turned to face front again.

Value: 9

To get into the haunt will cost you $25, but there are various discounts and ways to save. This haunt, along with Chamber of Horrors, Schmitts Haunted Mansion of Melville, and Gateways Haunted Playhouse, have worked out a special deal online where, for $80, you get a ticket to each haunt that can be used any day the haunt is open. But, I digress… back to specifically just Darkside. The walkthrough was about 30 minutes long, so at $25, you get more than one scare/minute. They have a decent amount of land, both indoors and outdoors, and make good use of it.

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Guest Reviews
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Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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