A Spooky Sands Point Halloween

Joe Clark, Staff Writer

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From Oct. 25 through Oct. 31, Sands Point decided to celebrate Halloween with some new ghoulish events that had everyone screaming with excitement.

Residents were able to transform the Hempstead House into a haunted vampire’s lair. The Hempstead house is a trademark of the beautiful Sands Point Preserve. However, on Oct. 25, it morphed into a haunted fright fest for Port Washington residents to get their “scare on.”

During the spook-fest, guests came face to face with vampires, ghosts, and other monsters known to dominate Halloween. Although the creatures were just actors dressed up, they still have event attendees quite the fright.

Walking through the haunted mansion, guests experienced jump scares and psychological spooks.

“It was such a fun and creative event. The way they transformed the house was crazy, it looked totally haunted,” stated senior Gabi Sandoval.

As the “vampires” strolled around the mansion, attendees had to do was navigate through the dark corridors of the Hempstead House. One of the most interesting aspects of the haunted house was the residents were able to play a unique role in their very own “tour.” The actors working the even as monsters were dynamic and changed with each night.

Residents also had to figure out they way through the mansion to escape, so that added an exciting challenge for people as they made their way through the dark hallways of Sands Point’s most notorious house.

However, not only was the haunted house fun, but also supported a good cause. The event was held by the Sands Point conservatory committee, and was a fundraiser to help preserve the history of the house.

“The house was not only really entertaining, it also was a way for us to keep the history of our town alive, which i think is really cool,” said senior Victoria Galvez.

The atmospheric installations were created so that each resident could play a unique role in their evening’s story. It was up to individuals to explore and interpret each room for themselves, and what they learned shed light on the massive mansion and its history.

“No one had the same night as someone else. People dressed as monsters were trained in import, and they knew what they were doing and how spook us,” state junior Eli Ross.

The vampire’s lair was definitely not for the faint of heart, but for residents who love a good Halloween fright, it was a frighteningly wonderful even while preserving apiece of Port Washington history.

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