An article I wrote for LIB Magazine.
If you can work up the courage to be spooked out of your mind this Halloween, check out the HV Asylum Haunted Walk in Coram. Located at the center of the island on the fields of High Velocity Paintball, the HV Asylum is Long Island’s newest and largest haunted attraction.
The haunted walk takes 20 minutes to get through, covering 13 acres of fright. You’ll shriek as werewolves lunge at your feet from the darkness and you’ll quicken your pace as hooded horrors follow you through the trail. Keep focused on your tour guide as you’re led into a gated building and try to ignore the pale, bloodied bride screaming in your face.
This year is the third year High Velocity is opening the gates to their terrifying trails. The haunted walk is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. It’s $25 for those who are daring, and hvasylum.com offers them a $5 coupon.
The director of actors at the HV Asylum, Mark, said he and his crew have spent a lot of time and money on animatronics. Inside the asylum, you’ll come across many different animated freak-shows that all appear very real, if you have the time and courage to look at them as they snarl and writhe around or dine on a corpse right in front of you.
If you find yourself face to face with a hungry zombie as you spiral around at a dead end, you’ll definitely notice his unfocused eyes and fresh blood dangling from his open flesh. “In the asylum you can expect the best in makeup and prosthetics,” said Mark. “Certainly as good as Hollywood. The actors really put their best efforts in trying to scare the living daylights out of you.”
As you wait outside the gates of doom for your haunted tour to begin, you can enjoy drinks and snacks at the snack bar. You will also hear the screams from the guests that were brave enough to enter the HV Asylum Haunted Walk. That is when you make your decision.
High Velocity Paintball
426 Mill Road, Coram NY 11727
Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m., every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October
(Photographs from hvasylum.com.)