Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a frightful delight

As a summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck isn’t typically a scary place. But, all of that changes each October when the Spooky Walk rises, evoking screams of fear rather than the usual music and laughter. Nominated for Best Haunted House in the 2016 Best of Long Island, this Spooky Walk pushes the limits on scares and is not recommended for children under age 10.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck’s Spooky Walk is a 45-minute indoor and outdoor walking tour that features masked and costumed actors at exhibits like The Pirates, Club Boogie, the Tainted Tea Party, Camp Crystal Lake and a Psycho Hospital, a variety that is sure to scare even the toughest of thrill-seekers.

John Filosa, a first-time Spooky Walker, was among the volunteer actors who scared hundreds of Spooky Walk attendees on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches. The event continues this weekend, Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24.
John Filosa, a first-time Spooky Walker, was among the volunteer actors who scared hundreds of Spooky Walk attendees on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in Center Moriches. The event continues this weekend, Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24.

“We have different themes every year, but even every night is different depending on turnout. The Spooky Walk only happens because of volunteer dedication,” says Spooky Walk organizer Marcella Weiss.

[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“There’s a real sense of community for everyone who participates, whether it’s scaring or security. The turnout of volunteers and how hard they work is really what’s unbelievable about this event.”[/quote_colored]

Luckily, visitors have the option to exit the event along a “safe” bypass route before the end of the walk if they are too scared to continue. Another draw to the event is the food, which includes hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, hot cider and hot pretzels.

The Spooky Walk continues next weekend, Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. Arrive early so you don’t spend the time in line.

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 inception in 1989.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is located at 2 Chet-Swezey Road in Center Moriches, New York. For more information on Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, call (631) 878-1070, or visit www.camppaquatuck.com.


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.

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