Moriches Paquatuck Squaws Invite All Ghosts and Goblins to Long Island’s Longest-Lasting Haunted Walk
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s Spooky Walk returns October 16-17 and 23-24
(CENTER MORICHES, NEW YORK) — The smell of fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner, leaving thrill-seekers tingling in anticipation for the 27th annual Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Spooky Walk, hosted by the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws. Visitors will be chilled to the bones with this horrifying event, as they encounter surprises around every corner. This year’s Spooky Walk is sponsored by Capitol One Bank and will take place on October 16-17 and 23-24 at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck from 7 to 9 p.m.
The entire Spooky Walk trail takes 45 minutes to complete, making it the longest-lasting haunted walk on Long Island. This year’s theme features pirates and a haunted mansion. The trails takes guests through four buildings around the campgrounds, and on a walk through the woods and along Kaler’s Pond, where the angry ghosts of double-crossed pirates are rumored to live. A bypass route is available for guests who wish to exit before the end. There will also be a variety of refreshments at the event, including hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, candy apples and hot pretzels.
Admission to the event is $15 per person, with all of the proceeds benefitting the camp's mission to provide a safe and fun-filled environment for children and young adults with special needs during their summer and fall respite sessions. Thanks to thousands of participants, donors and guests, this event has raised $2.2 million for the camp since its first year in 1989.
“Beware: the Spooky Walk is definitely not for the faint of heart,” says Marcella Weiss, member of the Moriches Paquatuck Squaws and coordinator of the Spooky Walk. “You never know what is going to chase you, or will just stay in place. But everyone will be afraid in the woods.”
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck was created by members of the Moriches Rotary Club in 1946. Located on the shores of Kaler's Pond on eastern Long Island, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is funded primarily by donations and is a special place where children with physical and developmental disabilities can experience first-hand the pleasures that an active life has to offer. Children participate in a wide range of activities especially designed for youngsters who are in wheelchairs as well as those who are ambulatory. These activities include swimming, boating, arts and crafts, petting zoo, talent shows, cookouts, games and a Carnival Day. The program also provides educational activities in areas such as nature, arts, fire safety and communication skills.