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WE ARE OPEN ON HALLOWEEN RAIN OR SHINE!!

This Halloween is bitter sweet. It is the last day Darkness Rising will be open for the 2013 season and the last day Darkness Rising will be open at 10 Brooklyn Ave. It may well be the last day Darkness Rising will ever be open in the near future. Come down and experience one of the scariest haunts around. Have a great time and know that the money you paid to enter, every dime, goes to charity. Two great charities that benefit Long Island. YES Community Counseling Center and The Heather Pendergast Fund.

Come down and be part of something amazing. Buy a T-shirt and make sure to tell the Security team, Actors and all the volunteers that they have done a wonderful job. They all should be proud of the amazing work they have done. I want to thank everyone who was part of this, but especially Kevin Baird my partner in crime and Frank Baird. Nancy, Heather, Andrew and Emily Festa, Tom and Penny Pendergast, Mike Hanna, Mark Wenzel and Jamie Bogenshutz, Jim Kugler, and my Mom! But more than anyone, the most important person in my life, my wife. She has backed me and my crazy obsession with Halloween for the past 15 years. Thank you all for making this experience so incredible. I love designing and building haunted houses and there may be another time in the future where I build another. Hopefully when that time comes we can all work together again.

Thank you all
Jim Kennedy III


Rated #1 Haunted House in the Tri-State area by 92.3 NOW in 2011.

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Massapequa, NY 11758
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Best haunting experience
Reviewed on: Thursday, October 31, 2013
55555
Great actors, unique and scary frights, intricate and extremely fun haunted house. This experience is even better than the "professional" attractions at Disney and even Six Flags. The makeup and the actors were perfect, professional enough to be in horror films, and the atmosphere of the labyrinth was incredible. One of the best haunting attractions in the U.S. Definitely worth $15, and much better than over-priced attractions that aren't even half as entertaining. A must go-to for teens and adults.
Best best best best best.
Reviewed on: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
55555
Seriously, it's incredible. Everyone involved definitely knows what they're doing! So awesome!
darkness rising definitely does its thing
Reviewed on: Monday, October 28, 2013
4444
This haunt is definitely towards the top of the best long island haunts list. Good story, good acting, the kid who runs it, you can tell loves doing it. All in all worth a visit, keep it up guys, I only see Darkness Rising getting bigger and better!
Darkness Rising to the Top!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 21, 2013
55555
I had to write a review for Darkness Rising haunted attraction in Massapequa, NY. Some family, friends and I went this past Saturday night. We had an awesome time! As many have written here, it is truly one of the best haunted houses we have ever been to. And we try a new one every year. The best parts of our experience was the creativity that went into the attraction, as well as the simplicity of it. Darkness Rising is a very fitting name for this place as it uses the dark to its advantage to scare the crap out of you! At another haunts we have waited on line for hours only to walk thru it in 5 to 10 minutes, leaving utterly disappointed. Not at Darkness Rising. They have put in special attention to this issue and have made their attraction worth every penny. It felt like we were trying to get out of there (in a good way) for over 30 to 40 minutes. Just when we thought the next turn would lead us to the end, it kept going. It was sick! (In a good way). One particular part puts you right inside a horror movie fantasy, as everyone started to run and scream I couldn’t help but laugh to myself (in a good way), that I was inside the best planned and executed haunted house ever! It may not have all the most expensive animatronics, or special effects makeup, but it surely makes up for this with how the attraction is staged mostly in the dark, and there’s nothing scarier than what could be around the next corner when you can’t see anything. Major kudos to everyone who worked and works at running this place.
AWESOME
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 20, 2013
55555
It was short but AWESOME!! I would for sure go back again! And probably get scared again hahaha! I definitely recommend it to everyone

Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
This Was awesome! Been to alot of haunted houses and this one sure takes the top of the list for being the BEST! Felt totally lost ,dissoreiented , and scared the whole time! love how its pitch black most of the time. Def worth the wait.
Excellent
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
Well done. Can't believe this was made on Long Island. Actors were great! Keep up the good work.
scared the hell out of me
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
I have never been to a haunted house but this one is amazing
AWESOME haunted house
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
i have to say this was an amazing house ive worked in a haunted house and even i was scared! i love the sets!! they were amazing and the actors were all awesome and i love that the money goes to charity im telling everyone about it !! deff will be back next year! great job guys
The best!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
For the price, this is hands down the best scare around! My family have come to this 3 years in a row and they put on an amazing show! The zombies keep you occupied on line as well. Great effects, great volunteers, great storyline, great price, =fun time! And all for a good cause, charity! Keep up the great work!
Bring your friends....and an extra pair of underwear!!!
Reviewed on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
55555
I went with my friends this past Saturday night and had an awesome time! The hours indicate that they are open until midnight, but we got there at 11 and were the second-to-last people in the line as they closed it behind us. The line can get long, but they bring the spook out to you while you wait ;-) Get there early, it doesn't matter if it is light outside, it is pitch black inside anyway! Lots of interaction, effects, screams, and it is completely worth the $15 donation. This is a self-guided spook house so you have to feel your own way through it (which I love) that has tons of scares around every corner.
Best one yet!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 14, 2013
55555
I went this past weekend and I have to say it is one of the best haunted houses I've been to yet! The actors are great and the special effects are fantastic considering the haunt is run by a non-profit organization. For $15, it's definitely the best deal considering the walk through is about 25-30 minutes. We waited for 1 1/2 hours, but the wait was definitely worth it!
terrifying
Reviewed on: Monday, October 14, 2013
55555
Best haunted house I have been to hands down, extremely well done would go back in a second. I also love that all proceeds go to charity. Great job darkness rising and all those involved!
The effin best
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
The best, scariest, most horrifying, thrilling, heart pounding haunted house I have ever been too.
The Best!!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
Outstanding!
WOW. !!!!!!!!!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
Did not expect to be so scared. Very detailed haunt with dozens of creepy rooms and hallways. The actors are top notch! Their make up and costumes looked incredible. Will definitely be going back many times. Thanks to all who volunteered to make it so great!
great scare for a great cause
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
4444
I didn't know what to expect and I've seen the very worse and the very best. Darkness Rising was set up so well. We keep talking about certain rooms and hallways. Definitely surprised me at the attention to detail. The scares were great and the fact it goes to charity. ... even better. Thank you to the masterminds, performers and the Massapequa FD for a great evening. I recommend that you dare to enter the darkness and I cannot wait until next year!
Wow the scariest haunt
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
This place is a must go... My gf hates me now
A must go!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
Hands down the best around

Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
Great Halloween fun. Scary and disorienting.
Best Haunted attraction
Reviewed on: Friday, October 11, 2013
55555
I have been to almost every haunted attraction on the Island, NYC, NJ and PA!! I thought this one was incredible!!! I suggest everyone visit Darkness Rising.
Best Haunted House!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 7, 2013
55555
Darkness Rising has to be one of the scariest haunted houses that I have ever been to. We were scared from the moment we entered until we exited. The actors and staff are all volunteers and the proceeds from the ticket sales all go to charity. That alone should make you all visit this haunt. Can't wait to go again!!

Reviewed on: Monday, October 7, 2013
55555
My boyfriend and I went on a whim tonight we both had a great time. I was scared with every step we took
Totally scary and I travel out of state to other haunts !!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 6, 2013
55555
I have been to many haunted houses on the United States top 10 list including bates motel and the Philadelphia state penetentiary and this ranks with the best !!!! I have been evey year they have been open and LOVE IT !!
Pretty good yet not found anything better to match
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 5, 2013
4444
CEO NCP POOLS decided to give it a run friday night. And its pretty good. Some ligit scares,great light and fog effects. Well done.
Overall 2010 Rating Based on 11 reviews: Write a Review

What a year...
Reviewed on: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
55555
Hi guys my name's Kevin Baird, one of the creators of Darkness Rising. I just wanted to thank everyone for all of the awesome comments! It really means a lot after the enormous amount of work that went into this haunt. It took 2 months of planning and a full 6 weeks to build the structure that consumed my entire backyard, and none of that would be possible without our amazing sponsors and volunteers.

And to the person who wrote "Not For Kids,"

We tried our best to tone down the haunt for the first hour on Halloween by taking out all of the actors that make the tour much more intense. I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy the experience but for future advice, haunted houses are designed primarily to scare people. We advertised that first hour as "less scary," not "not scary at all." All kids are different, but the majority that went through during that time seemed to think it was fine.

PS: There were no dead babies in our haunted house. That would be sick. You were probably looking at the two ordinary dolls that we placed inside the girl's bedroom. Just because we put dolls in a haunted house, does not mean that they're dead babies. Sorry for the confusion.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped out!
not for kids
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 31, 2010
22
totally not for kids younger than 13 our kids were crying and even the adults were scared this was awful for them body parts dead people dead babies etc ths was during the times they said were ok for little ones
This place is going to be awesome.
Reviewed on: Thursday, September 30, 2010
55555
I heard the guy who does Terror on Alexander Ave is teaming up with Darkness Rising. At least thats what it says on their website. Terror on Alexander Ave was amazing. I went through 3 times last year. If it is anything like that be prepared to be scared.

best ever
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 16, 2010
55555
This is by far the best haunted house i have been to. Defiantly reccomend going
INSANE
Reviewed on: Monday, October 18, 2010
55555
musttt seee! so professional & scaryyyy. VERY IMPRESSED
Well worth $5
Reviewed on: Monday, October 18, 2010
55555
This place was really scary. I thought it was better than a huanted house I paid $25 to get in. Be prepared to be scared.
Awesome!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 23, 2010
55555
One of the best and scariest houses I've been through! From beginning to end, before you enter and after you leave.....BEWARE!!
THIS WAS AN AMAZING EVENT!!!!!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 23, 2010
55555
I work for a theatrical company and we would offer the guy who scared people in the front a job. That guys make up was amazing and ability to stay in character was flawless. When he started up the chainsaw it made the people on the crowd go crazy. The haunt was second to none. Scares were better than most theme parks and staging was amazing.

I highly recommend going to this place and don't waste your hard earned money anywhere else.

Thank you for an amazing scare.
WOW
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 17, 2010
55555
This was an amazing Haunt. I can't believe this was in someones Yard. I felt like I was at a theme park.
This was as good as Terror on Alexander Ave
Reviewed on: Monday, October 18, 2010
55555
This was worth coming from the Nesconset to see. Only $5 to get really scared by a professional haunted house in someones yard. Glad to see that Terror on Alexander was able to keep the spirit alive.
Lots of fun!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 24, 2010
55555
I didn't know what to expect, having gone to other, bigger production type haunted houses, but it was a great! A bit short, but I guess you can only go so far in someones backyard. Props and actors were top-notch- good job!!
Overall 2011 Rating Based on 41 reviews: Write a Review

went on opening night
Reviewed on: Friday, October 7, 2011
55555
wow! this.was.AWESOME! words can't describe. my friends and I are mid 20's, and we were freaked out. definitely a must-do on LI
GO HERE!!
Reviewed on: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
55555
What a great haunted house. There were scares at every turn. They really outdid themselves this year. I would say more, but I don't want to give it away.

Great job!
Awesome
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 23, 2011
55555
I am the biggest 37 year old chicken and my friends got me to go in. I am so glad I did it was absolutely amazing and couldn't be for a better fundraiser I highly recommend this haunted house. Great job to everyone that put it together!!!
27 and i screamed like a little girl
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 16, 2011
55555
had such a blast, thought it was gonna be cheesy since it was very inexpensive, but not the case at all. i was truly scared, the tunnel with what i can best describe as someone with claustrophobia worst nightmare was so freaky, the "actors" really did a great job u can tell they enjoy it. the screaming zombie girl. omg startled me so bad i walked into a wallas well as the person in the cage, bringing more friends back here next weekend
Loved every minute of it!!!!!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 22, 2011
55555
Went tonight and was absolutely terrified. Massapequa fire house really knows what they are doing. They shoud be charging double what they are asking its that good.

Reviewed on: Sunday, October 16, 2011
55555
awesome! I went twice!
AWESOME !!!!!!!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 10, 2011
55555
great haunt, excellent scare........everyone should go. I drove from Rockaway Queens....GOOd and scarrrrrrrryyyyy

Reviewed on: Monday, October 17, 2011
55555
thanks guys im wanna of the actors and builders and it means alot from all of the good comments it was hard work and still is hope to see u all thanks again=]
Could Have been Better and Longer
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 15, 2011
333
It was okay, the setups were nice but if you want a REAL scare this isnt where youd go. It was nice but Idk i didnt really like it as much as others id been to. Im glad it was for charity however.
Extremely Dark and Claustrophobic!!!!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 16, 2011
55555
My husband and two friends could not make it all the way through. There are area's that are pitch black and extremely scary. We wound up having to leave through an emergency exit becuase I began to panic. I would of asked for our money back, but it is a great cause and we left our donation with them.

DO NOT GO HERE IF YOU ARE CLAUSTROPHOBIC!!!

Great job!
SOOO GOOD TO BE SCARED AGAIN
Reviewed on: Monday, October 24, 2011
55555
IT'S BEE N A FEW YEARS SINCE I'VE ACTUALLY BEEN SCARED IN A HAUNTED ATTRACTION...I THOUGHT I'D DONE THEM ALL, AND COULDN'T BE FRIGHTENED ANYMORE, BUT THEY GOT ME HERE...GOT ME QUITE A FEW TIMES...GREAT BANG FOR YOUR BUCK AT A THIRD OF WHAT SOME OF THESE ATTRACTIONS CHARGE..AND IT'S FOR A CHARITY...EVEN BETTER. THINKING ABOUT GOING BACK...IT WAS GREAT! DON'T PASS UP THIS ONE!
insanity
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 29, 2011
55555
i was the first person with my friends to go in last night we were the first people so that means the actors had the most energy and it was soooooooooooo scary the begginging gets you freaked out and the actual haunted house... omg i am speechless
AWESOME
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 29, 2011
55555
i was a bit sceptical due to the price being so low, as i got inside i felt the anxiety creeping on me with the warnings of claustrophobia and panic attacks. i dont wanna give away any details, so check it out for yourself. it was great id go again
This ROCKED
Reviewed on: Monday, October 17, 2011
55555
SCARY, SCARY, SCARY. My kids and I had such a great time. The rooms are really cool and the effects are even better.

Thank you for scaring my family
Excellent haunt for an excellent cause
Reviewed on: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
55555
Ive been volunteering at this haunted house and having a great time giving people a good scare. Its great to see Halloween and a way to help the community come together in one amazing place. Come on down and get a good scare :)
AMAZING
Reviewed on: Monday, October 10, 2011
55555
Found this online and figured for the price why not? I was so scared and we had an amazing time. They really put on a great show! My boyfriend and I went (both 25!) and both screamed quite a lot! Not for little kids!

Reviewed on: Sunday, October 9, 2011
55555
It was a nightmare come true, by far the scariest thing i have ever experienced. Good luck if you go!
LONG ISLAND'S BEST KEPT SECRET
Reviewed on: Monday, October 24, 2011
55555
You'd think for a charity haunted house, it would be light on effects, props, actors, and scares, BUT YOU'D BE DEAD WRONG! This place really brought the scares BIG TIME! Plenty of convincing actors, lots of dark areas you can't see when walking through, and the best part? you're only allowed in with a small group at a time, so everyone gets scared! This is a great haunted house to check out, so make sure to do it before the season ends!
sooo much fun
Reviewed on: Monday, October 31, 2011
55555
the darkness rising was sooo much fun. it was really scary and i would love to go back next year. :)
Best haunted house
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 16, 2011
55555
This haunted house was amazing. Every person that went through was covering their eyes and they were afraid of what was around the corner well worth 10 bucks. And its all for charity!
THIS PLACE WAS INSANE
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 16, 2011
55555
I waited about 90 minutes to get in but it was well worth it. They rooms were done really cool and they have a cave room that was awesome. It scared the hell out of all of us. We will be back.
Go for it
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 16, 2011
55555
This is by far worth the wait. There was a scare around every corner. Great mix of haunts.
BEST HAUTED HOUSE!!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 24, 2011
55555
We went to this haunted house about 2 weeks ago and it was by far the best haunted house I have ever been to! My husband and I are haunted house fanatics! We have been everywhere including Eastern State Penetentiary and Darkness Rising was WAY BETTER!!!!!! Good job guys!!!!!
Bravo
Reviewed on: Monday, October 31, 2011
4444
Went tonight, great job. Scared the sh**t out of us. Loved the zombie guy who walks around the line, and all the rooms. It is all for a good cause, and hats off to the effort put for by the Vol FD. You guys put together one hell of a haunt.
Thx
Amazing
Reviewed on: Friday, October 14, 2011
4444
I loved it. I thought it would be short and kids like, but it was scary and so much fun. Totally worth the price also
Overall 2012 Rating Based on 35 reviews: Write a Review

meh
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 21, 2012
333
Good scares for the price and its for charity! Well done by volunteers.
THE BEST
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 21, 2012
55555
A LOT OF TIME &, WORK WENT INTO THIS HAUNTED HOUSE, BUT THE BEST PART IS ,IT WAS ALL FOR CHARITY. AND IT IS THE BEST HAUNTED HOUSE ON LONG ISLAND.
Loved it
Reviewed on: Monday, October 15, 2012
55555
Scared the heck out of my kids and spooked me a few times....Would go again!!!
BEST HAUNT ON THE ISLAND
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 21, 2012
55555
Find out for yourself. Well worth it!
Scary and a great cause
Reviewed on: Monday, November 26, 2012
55555
I went with my daughter on a Saturday around 8:30pm and this place was AWESOME. It was well done, very professional and very scary. Good job with the makeup and the place was jam packed with actors. My daughter liked it so much that when we left she insisted we come back again with 2 of her friends. We came back same night but around 11pm and my daughters friends raved about it. HOWEVER since I had just been there 2 1/2 hrs earlier, I was a bit disappointed because it seems at that point that half the actors had already left. That would be my only negative comment. The place closes late but I guess if you want the full effect... you should get there earlier before the rooms start emptying out. Otherwise - great haunt.
meh
Reviewed on: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
55555
I don't know how to take off my other comment but i loved this place and thought it was a lot of fun and i give it 5 pumpkins =]
Darkness Rising IS AWSOME!!!!!!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 8, 2012
55555
BEST HAUNT EVER!! Ive been waiting since last yr to go back!! its amazing and u have to come!!! all the procedes from every night all go to charity groups and i find that soo cool!!! i cnt wait to see what they have instore this year!!! come and see!!!! YOU WONT REGRET GOING!!! not for little kids tho, but tht just makes it scaryer
AMAZING
Reviewed on: Friday, October 26, 2012
55555
We have gone two years in a row, and each year it gets better. Everyone was so great and the attactions were very real feeling. We would highly recomend this for anyone that is looking to have a great time! We can't wait for next year!!!
OMG!!!!!! Best haunted house on LI!!!!!
Reviewed on: Friday, October 26, 2012
55555
This was better than Schmitt!!!!!! By far the best on Long Island!!!!
Skeptic Surprised
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 21, 2012
4444
Wasn't expecting to be scared, but all the crew there did a great job, had a few legitamate scares, really well done, worth every penny and more.
Perfect
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 21, 2012
4444
We went with a large group of us...kids ages ranging from 6 years old to 14. Even my father in law who is nearly 80 tagged along. We had some anxiety in the car ride...but they did such a great job transitioning you into the walk with music, food & a live entertainment that the fear was slightly lifted as you as wait on a long cattle like line. There must have been 10,000 people there. But I have to say...it was perfect & very well done venue. The characters fed off your fear or backed off if they saw the kids were frightened to the point of crying. The scariest of the walk was the last two houses right at the end which is behind the entrance/food.So I recommend if you have kids melting down & don't think they can finish, they can bail out here. That section was obviously the grand finale.
All in all it was such a great experience!!
Especially knowing that al the money goes to special needs children.
Scary
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 14, 2012
55555
Well organized and great setup , very friendly staff and scary it made my wife scream alot
Awesome
Reviewed on: Friday, October 12, 2012
55555
This haunted attraction is amazing. My boyfriend and I actually got a some scares here and we're haunted house veterans so its hard to try to scare us, but this place pulled it off. It has really unique qualities other houses don't have, it's a must go
AMAZING!!!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 22, 2012
55555
VERY WELL PUT TOGETHER, AAWESOME STORY LINE. SCARY,FUN, LONG.....OVERAL GREAT!
didn't make it, still loved it
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 28, 2012
55555
i could not make it through, as it was too scary, but for those of you looking for a thrill, this is the place to go! each room is one surprise after the next, DEFINETLY NOT for the faint of hearted (like me lol).
frightning scary
Reviewed on: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
55555
from when i got out of my car there were actors creeping me out in the street the most thing that creeped me out was when we were in walking threw the fire alarms went off that scared me alot and everthingeelse to and from when i got in my car they scared me. so far ive been to all haunted houses on long island and nyc and this was my TOP BEST well worth the money also so if u can handle extreamly scary things this place is for you. nice job actors builders but i got to say the security gards were pretty dam lazy they need to get with the program and do a better job
Outstanding Haunt
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 14, 2012
55555
Great special effects and scary live actors
OMG!!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 27, 2012
55555
i pissed m y pants:-(
awesome
Reviewed on: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
55555
going back again this weekend for the less scary for kids!!
AWESOME!!!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 15, 2012
55555
This was AMAZING!!!
Very good
Reviewed on: Friday, October 12, 2012
55555
I haven't been scared since I was a little kid so I can't tell you if it's scary or not. But I did jump a couple times, there was a lot of unexpected stuff. I went with a girl and she didn't get scared much either but she did scream REALLY loud like twice because they hide in good spots. You should bring your phone or some kinda light with you because it gets PITCH black at some points and you can't find the door entering the next room. I didn't need it but there was 1 part where the hallways were so narrow and so close you can't see your hand in front of your face. It's bad because it's kind of like a maze and you can't tell where you're going so the chance are you will get lost in there without a light.

Overall it was definitely a good haunted house. They have a lot of unexpected things and there was 1 point in the beginning in the hallway which actually freaked me out a bit, not trying to give anything away but something that scared me a little will definitely make the average person shit themselves.
The absolute BEST!!!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 13, 2012
55555
Ok, so I am a haunted house junky. I cram in as many in a weekend I can all October. I can get up to 24 a year. I even travel to the top three. Headless horseman upstate , Conneticut, NJ, even gone to Ohio, over 20 years Ive been doing this. I am aggravated, to say the least, when the review says its scary and I walk out mumbling that was a waste of money...lame. Not this time. Long Island has many haunts but lets face it the 2 good ones that compete with the big boys is Bayville ands the playhouse. So I started out last night with Bayville and then went to this house that opened last year in Massapequa. What the heck, its a new one, its only 15 dollars lets check it out. OMG Its AWESOME!!!!! I rate haunted houses by how much I can jump or scream because I was startled. (we say scared but the truth is we are startled) This house took me to the first ever SCARED (not startled scared). I, at my age, got scared for the first time ever at a haunted house. It does not have as many props as Bayville or playhouse but give them a break its the second year, takes time to accumulate props.. But it makes up for that with the fear factor of complete, and I mean complete darkness and amazing laser lights and such. The actors,awesome, I have no clue how they can talk the next day, you are always waiting for the next jump out. Parents really think twice about bringing little kids here. I saw one kid about 12 hysterical outside. Its not for the faint of heart. I never laughed so hard about being scared so much. So this is a MUST for Halloween houses and all proceeds go to charity. Its only 15 dollars. AND its long. My friend was actually griping it was exhausting because he was scared for so long. So many hallways and doors. You have to always open a door to the next corridor or scene. I was so impressed I will be volunteering next year. After all Halloween is the funnest holiday going. Don't miss it, really. I never write reviews but this haunt was by far the most fun I've had on LI. Can't imagine next year. I am going back with more friends, its well worth it. Happy Haunting! P.S. I kept my promise Jamie hope you liked it
You Gotta See This
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 21, 2012
55555
I have been to quite a few haunted houses but this one stands apart from the rest. It is VERYscary but that's not all. The theme, set design, staging, sound is so well done and professional. The actors really get into their roles and the make up is fantasic. This is a must see and well worth the price and the long wait.
awesome job
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 20, 2012
55555
I've been going to Darkness Rising since the haunt was done in the owner's backyard. It's great to see the haunt get better ever year. This year was awesome! The disease outbreak theme was cool and the entire haunt was very detailed with great scares. I liked how even the waiting line was decorated and was its own haunted house in a way. You can tell a ton of work went into making this haunt amazing and it truly shows. Great job guys, keep it up!
If you want to be scared go here!
Reviewed on: Friday, October 19, 2012
55555
The effects are amazing. I was also impressed with the amount of actors they had. We really sets them apart from others is how well the sound is staged. Its amazing. Go here, but be prepared to wet your pants.
Overall 2013 Rating Based on 37 reviews: Write a Review

AWESOME haunted house
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
i have to say this was an amazing house ive worked in a haunted house and even i was scared! i love the sets!! they were amazing and the actors were all awesome and i love that the money goes to charity im telling everyone about it !! deff will be back next year! great job guys
Best Haunted House!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 7, 2013
55555
Darkness Rising has to be one of the scariest haunted houses that I have ever been to. We were scared from the moment we entered until we exited. The actors and staff are all volunteers and the proceeds from the ticket sales all go to charity. That alone should make you all visit this haunt. Can't wait to go again!!
The effin best
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
The best, scariest, most horrifying, thrilling, heart pounding haunted house I have ever been too.
I was incredibly Embarressed in a good way
Reviewed on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
55555
I urinated into my shoes out of straight fear. The smell was apparent, I drove home in a haze, but I loved every second of it.
AMAZING
Reviewed on: Monday, September 30, 2013
55555
If you want to be genuinely scared, GO. It's AMAZING.
SCARY BEST HAUNTED HOUSE EVER
Reviewed on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
55555
Just by looking at it, it gives you the creeps. Stepping in is like stepping into another world filled with gore horror and screams! You go into it with a full bladder and come out of it not having to go to the bathroom anymore. Lol all joking aside it reall is an amazing haunted house. Really the best there ever is. If you want a really good scare come on down and go through it. You won't regret it :)
Wow the scariest haunt
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
This place is a must go... My gf hates me now
The best!
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
For the price, this is hands down the best scare around! My family have come to this 3 years in a row and they put on an amazing show! The zombies keep you occupied on line as well. Great effects, great volunteers, great storyline, great price, =fun time! And all for a good cause, charity! Keep up the great work!
scared the hell out of me
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
I have never been to a haunted house but this one is amazing
Bring your friends....and an extra pair of underwear!!!
Reviewed on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
55555
I went with my friends this past Saturday night and had an awesome time! The hours indicate that they are open until midnight, but we got there at 11 and were the second-to-last people in the line as they closed it behind us. The line can get long, but they bring the spook out to you while you wait ;-) Get there early, it doesn't matter if it is light outside, it is pitch black inside anyway! Lots of interaction, effects, screams, and it is completely worth the $15 donation. This is a self-guided spook house so you have to feel your own way through it (which I love) that has tons of scares around every corner.

Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
Great Halloween fun. Scary and disorienting.
Best Haunted attraction
Reviewed on: Friday, October 11, 2013
55555
I have been to almost every haunted attraction on the Island, NYC, NJ and PA!! I thought this one was incredible!!! I suggest everyone visit Darkness Rising.
Super scary
Reviewed on: Sunday, September 29, 2013
55555
Can't wait to go this year. Incredibly scary last year
Darkness Rising to the Top!
Reviewed on: Monday, October 21, 2013
55555
I had to write a review for Darkness Rising haunted attraction in Massapequa, NY. Some family, friends and I went this past Saturday night. We had an awesome time! As many have written here, it is truly one of the best haunted houses we have ever been to. And we try a new one every year. The best parts of our experience was the creativity that went into the attraction, as well as the simplicity of it. Darkness Rising is a very fitting name for this place as it uses the dark to its advantage to scare the crap out of you! At another haunts we have waited on line for hours only to walk thru it in 5 to 10 minutes, leaving utterly disappointed. Not at Darkness Rising. They have put in special attention to this issue and have made their attraction worth every penny. It felt like we were trying to get out of there (in a good way) for over 30 to 40 minutes. Just when we thought the next turn would lead us to the end, it kept going. It was sick! (In a good way). One particular part puts you right inside a horror movie fantasy, as everyone started to run and scream I couldn’t help but laugh to myself (in a good way), that I was inside the best planned and executed haunted house ever! It may not have all the most expensive animatronics, or special effects makeup, but it surely makes up for this with how the attraction is staged mostly in the dark, and there’s nothing scarier than what could be around the next corner when you can’t see anything. Major kudos to everyone who worked and works at running this place.
Totally scary and I travel out of state to other haunts !!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 6, 2013
55555
I have been to many haunted houses on the United States top 10 list including bates motel and the Philadelphia state penetentiary and this ranks with the best !!!! I have been evey year they have been open and LOVE IT !!
Holy S**T
Reviewed on: Sunday, September 29, 2013
55555
This place is insane. Best Special EFX I have every seen anywhere!
A must go!
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
55555
Hands down the best around
SO CRAZY
Reviewed on: Sunday, September 29, 2013
55555
Ive been an actor in darkness rising for three years now. I know what happens in every inch of the haunt and i still come out in tears. Thats a true haunted house right there!! Gets better and better every year!!!
I've been to a number of haunted houses and
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 5, 2013
55555
This place is great. First off, it's in an industrial park which at night can be very creepy so even the area around you sets the tone. You are sent in in small groups for maximum scares. At first, I thought there weren't many actors and was slightly disappointed but I was wrong. There's an actually story line and they do a good job of keeping you on edge and wondering what was gonna happen next. It's almost like being in a video game. The special effects and actors were all great.

There wasn't a long wait at all. However, it was opening night so hopefully business picks up as the season continues. As it should because you should go.
Crazy scary
Reviewed on: Sunday, September 29, 2013
55555
By far this haunt is the best on Long Island. I would completely recommend going there

Reviewed on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
55555
This Was awesome! Been to alot of haunted houses and this one sure takes the top of the list for being the BEST! Felt totally lost ,dissoreiented , and scared the whole time! love how its pitch black most of the time. Def worth the wait.
Best Haunt Out There
Reviewed on: Sunday, September 29, 2013
55555
By far the best haunt out there, almost 30 minutes long, constantly getting scared and its cheap and ALL the money goes to charity. Highly recommend going only $15 for a hell of a scare

Reviewed on: Monday, October 7, 2013
55555
My boyfriend and I went on a whim tonight we both had a great time. I was scared with every step we took
probally the best Haunted House I have been to in years.
Reviewed on: Friday, October 4, 2013
55555
So tonight 10/04 we went to Darkness rising after eating at Big Daddys down the road (btw also amazing). I heard about a haunted house in Massapequa that rated well on here so we went over. I guess because it was opening weekend it was really slow but the atmosphere in an industrial park was sick. The haunted house was perfect, had great effects that were really original. Had some great actors and crazy sets. Completely disorienting and extremely dark the entire time. I loved this place and had a blast. Contemplating going back next weekend now with more friends.
AWESOME
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 20, 2013
55555
It was short but AWESOME!! I would for sure go back again! And probably get scared again hahaha! I definitely recommend it to everyone
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