Halloween was about five months ago, but I still love anything spooky or creepy no matter what time of year.
My name is Jennifer and I will be writing a weekly column about different activities you can do around Long Island, and beyond, that are affordable, do-able and will provide an easy way to add some excitement to your week.
So you may be thinking, how could you possibly celebrate Halloween in March? Well, there are two local places where it’s Halloween year-round: Haunted House of Hamburgers in Farmingdale and Monster Mini Golf, which has locations in Deer Park and Garden City. Both locations are about a 20-minute drive away from Haunted House of Hamburgers, making it a perfect pairing to have a themed day trip or night out.
My friend Victoria had been telling me that she wanted to check out Haunted House of Hamburgers and Monster Mini Golf, and I said why not try both? So on Wednesday, we went to Haunted House of Hamburgers for dinner, and then to Monster Mini Golf in Deer Park.
If you are going to visit this Halloween-themed restaurant, I recommend making reservations. Even on a Wednesday night, the place was packed and all but one table was filled. Since I made a reservation, we were seated pretty quickly, and we also got our drinks right away. There are an assortment of spooky-themed cocktails and mocktails, as well as just regular fountain drinks. Victoria ordered a cotton candy mocktail, and paid the extra $2 to add smoke to it. I just got water.
All the burgers, sandwiches, salads and entrees were also Halloween-themed. And there’s plenty of options and variety, which should make everybody at your table happy. I ordered the Tarantula Burger, but subbed in an Impossible Burger since I don’t eat meat. I also asked for them to hold the bacon. The burger came with a toasted brioche bun with the restaurant logo pressed onto it, pepper jack cheese, onion strings, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and garlic mayo. Victoria got the Growling Grilled Chicken which came with grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mayo on a brioche bun with the logo. We both got sides of sweet potato fries, and everything was absolutely delicious.
My only complaint about this restaurant was that there was about an hour wait time to get our food, though the dessert I got after, mint chocolate chip ice cream came pretty quickly. The two scoops were big enough to share between the both of us. Uniquely, we also got to witness what happens when a smoke alarm goes off in a restaurant. Local fire fighters came in to check to make sure we were safe, but the staff handled the situation excellently and continued serving all their guests.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent. The dining room was lit by black light, and there was Halloween decorations everywhere you looked. A scary soundtrack played the entire time and overall we both had a wonderful time. For everything we got, including drinks, dinner and a dessert it came out to about $70 in total.
Afterwards, we made our way to Monster Mini Golf. Inside there’s a huge arcade, where you can win tickets that will get you your standard arcade prizes. In the back there’s the monster-themed mini golf. A game is $12, and you can choose if you want to keep score or not. We didn’t. The course does challenge you, but not too much making it ideal for children and people who are just playing for fun like me. My favorite parts of the course was where there were little obstacles.
Overall, these two local attractions makes for a great day out with the family, on a date or with a friend. At both places, there were adults, teenagers and families with children enjoying what there was to offer, making them appropriate for all ages.