Halloween is certainly the most chilling time of year. And on Staten Island, many homeowners take spooky season to the next level. Here are just a few local digs that are decorated for the terrifyingly terrific day, transforming into boo-tiful haunted houses on Staten Island.
Haunted Houses on Staten Island: Meet Some Homeowners
There are so many Halloween haunted houses on Staten Island, with homeowners going all out this year to make them festive and fun for their neighborhoods. Michael LaPayower of Huguenot is one of them.
LaPayower has always been a Halloween fan, but his love of the holiday intensified during the pandemic, when he and his young daughter drove around looking for Halloween displays.
“My daughter really enjoyed looking at Halloween decorations if she wanted to get close enough to look,” he said. “However, we also noticed there were barely any kid-friendly ones, especially for toddlers or elementary school students.”
The following year, LaPayower created his own display featuring Disney villains at his home on Edgegrove Avenue. This year, his display will feature even more props and lights–still with the Disney theme–that are sure to delight Halloween fans of all ages.
He also recently created the website, sihauntedhouses.com, where people can see a list of Halloween displays around the borough and where to find them.
You can also check out the Facebook group, Staten Island Halloween Houses, to see other local houses dressed up for spooky season. The group was created back in 2017 by Daniel Rand, one of many Halloween fans from Staten Island!
Joseph Cafarelli is another huge Halloween fan from Staten Island. This is the 10th year he unveiled The Frankenstein Laboratory display at his Huguenot home on Ramona Avenue, and it’s all based on his love of classic monster movies, which he’s had throughout all of his life, all “74 years of it,” as he said.
Cafarelli builds everything from scratch, too, using nothing but vintage and antique electrical equipment from the 20s, 30s and 40s, which he acquired over the years through Ebay.
“I always want to make sure that everything in my display looks as authentic and as period correct as possible,” Cafarelli said.
As a display with a lot of lights, Cafarelli also builds all the electrical gadget props, which are inspired by the Frankenstein movies, and mannequin figures. Needless to say, he loves doing it.
“I had a lot of fun building and achieving my dreams,” he said.
Haunted Houses on Staten Island
And now, brace yourself, because some of the haunted houses on Staten Island featured here will make you think you’ve left your cozy hometown and entered a portal of pure terror.
Complete with grizzly ghouls, killer clowns, zombies of all sizes and so much more, these houses will have you in goosebumps and jumping back in fear at every twist and turn. (P.S…we also included a few low-key spots for those who might get scared easily!)
House on Egbert
115 Egbert Ave.
Dawn Price is a local homeowner who loves Halloween. Check out her haunt all throughout the month. Her family will be adding new additions throughout the season until Oct. 31 to really up the scare factor!
Sophia’s Psycho Circus and Michael’s Midway of Madness
74 1st St., 10306
Step right up to a horrifyingly good time as creepy clowns entertain you with three-ring thrills and boo-tacular big-top fun.
254 Nippon Ave., 10312
Consider adding this site to your list of haunted houses on Staten Island to check out. Ghoulish clowns and other scary characters make up this spooky Halloween display.
Zombie Baby Blitz on Bloomingdale
1554 Woodrow Road
Prepare to be scared: This creepy display stars zombie babies, and they’re on the attack! You’ll see babies eating brains, baby skulls hanging in trees and lots of other characters joining in on the spine-tingling scene.
Smile, It’s Halloween
332 Seaview Ave., 10305
Check out this local haunt from the Demarest family, which stars skeletons of all kinds. Bone-us: Neighbors Holly and Justin LaGrega have a decorated house, too, so you’re getting two of the best Halloween-decorated houses on Staten Island in one trip!
Twisted Trails Part 3
8 Notus Ave., 10312
Take a spooky stroll through a horror wonderland complete with corn stalks and live actors! But be very attentive, as you don’t know what lurks around each corner, as ghouls, goblins and witches brew up spells at every turn. The inside scoop: This is the third year the Imbemba family has gone all out for Halloween hauntings, and they even start decorating in July!
This year there are almost 300 life-size pieces and hundreds of accent pieces that are part of the setup, too. (NOTE: There is a $10 charge to enter inside the attraction.)
Seidman Avenue bet. Sycamore Street and Koch Boulevard
When it comes to haunted houses on Staten Island, you might want something a little toned down if you have kids who get scared easily. If so, consider checking out this short Eltingville block!
Many houses here are festively decorated for autumn with pumpkins, inflatables of silly monsters and lots of cute scarecrows. You’ll see the decorations best during the day, and with the leaves on the trees changing color right now, the block makes for a lovely place to go on a seasonal stroll with your little ones!
Edegrove Villain’s Cemetery
575 Edgegrove Ave., 10312
Here’s another great kid-friendly site on our list of haunted houses on Staten Island. Created by Michael LaPayower, mentioned earlier, this fun display is focused on Disney villains and has many unique hand-made props, as well as animated props, sure to delight Disney and Halloween fans of all ages!
The Seaview Farm Colony
240 Lander Ave., 10314
Stop by this Bull’s Head haunt that’s a tribute to Staten Island’s Seaview Farm Colony. Designed by 22-year-old Joseph Kingston—who was actually born on Halloween Day—the scary scene features many of your favorite Halloween villains, including Michael Myers, the girl from The Exorcist, Pennywise and more. They’re all there just waiting for you to visit.
Haunted Pumpkins and More
257 Crown Ave., 10312
The Papaleo family loves Halloween, just like the others on our list, and they all worked together to build a frighteningly fun scene for their Staten Island neighbors.
Huguenot Nightmare Factory
374 Huguenot Ave., 10312
See a skeleton boneyard, a nightmare circus and rotten patch that offers jaw-dropping Halloween fun!
The Frankenstein Laboratory
116 Ramona Ave., 10312
Check out this electrifying experience inspired by Dr. Frankenstein himself, and built by homeowner Joseph Cafarelli. You’ll truly be energized! (The display will be open 6-10pm each night through Halloween, and will open at 3pm on Halloween day.)
Vanity House Designs
Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terr.
Ok, this one isn’t one of the haunted houses on Staten Island, but it’s a local business that’s packed with so many festive decorations on display to see or buy! From pretty and mystical to spooky and classic, there are many fun items to browse here.
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