BY DOMINICK ALLEGREZZA
This was my fourth year going to Gateway’s Not So Scary Kids Adventure at the haunted playhouse, but the first time with my 2-year-old nephew, Quinn. They really mixed it up this year, with a new pathway, decorations and lots of child actors that really brought it to life.
First, you get your tickets, then you go to an area with lots of fun stuff like face painting, a bouncy house, balloon animals and snacks. I had hot chocolate and my face painted like a skeleton. The girls that painted my face were really nice and the balloon lady made me a balloon-shaped ghost!
Quinn also had his face painted like a skeleton. He said he was “scary.”
Our number was called and we were allowed to enter. We were greeted and were told we were entering a spooky hotel with friendly monsters inside, and then led to a “planetarium” that spun as we walked through it and was very colorful.
We also went through big “marshmallow” airbags and walked across slippery floors. My favorite part was the room where a hotel chef had a crazy food fight that made all the walls messy.
Along the way, monsters gave us tokens for playing their games, like dancing and shooting hoops. At the end, if we collected enough we got a candy prize.
It was about a 25-minute walk and at the end we went through a “wash” that made sure no monsters could follow us home. I will definitely be going back next year. You should go while there is still time left!
Dominick Allegrezza is a third-grader in the Sayville School District. Quinn and Ivy are editor Nicole Fuentes’ children. Every year they enjoy reviewing the Gateway’s Not So Scary Kids Adventure at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse.
Don’t miss it
The Not So Scary Kids Adventure is open every weekend in October from noon to 4 p.m. Take a stroll on the Halloween-themed tour through the Gateway’s haunted house — for kids of all ages. You will encounter goofy creatures, bewitching tricks and new friends. There’s even a treat at the end.
Complementary activities include a bounce house, face painting, balloon creations, hay bale maze, coloring, photo ops and a zombie carnival game.
If you debut your costume this year, you may even win a prize. Also, no need to pack a snack. There are treats, cider and hot cocoa.
Tickets are $15 for children and adults. Recommended for children ages 3 and up. For more info, visit www.thegateway.org.
The haunted playhouse is open through Halloween, to Nov. 2. General admission is $30 online and $35 at the door, and fast-pass admission is $40 online and $45 at the door. For more information and for tickets, visit www.gatewayshauntedplayhouse.com.
Special Event Schedule
Slasher Savings ($20 tickets) - Oct. 10, Oct. 17
Couples Night - Oct. 16
Zombie Apocalypse - Oct. 23
Clown Invasion - Oct. 24
Hollywood Horrors - Oct. 29
Glowstick Night (Blackout) - Oct. 30