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Syosset Haunted House a Neighborhood Attraction

On Halloween, Steinkamp family home gets a spooky makeover.

Photo credit: Leah Bush
Photo credit: Leah Bush
Linda and Cliff Steinkamp of 29 Azalea Drive really get into Halloween. 

For the past 8 years, the couple have been dazzling kids and parents by turning their home into a full-fledged haunted house, complete with animatronics, sound effects, and fog machines. 

The house has become so much of an attraction that the fire and police departments chip in to manage the throng of spectators young and old who come to enjoy the spectacle on Halloween night. 

The Steinkamps begin the transformation about two weeks before Halloween, wrapping the house in a dungeon printed plastic and then laying cables and wires for each multiple animatronic scenes in the front yard. 

This year's scenes include a giant creeping spider, Frankenstein and his bride, a creepy composer, a demonic dentist, a zombie hanging from the roof, and an 8 foot tall werewolf who rocks menacingly back and forth in a cage. Cliff uses props from his own animatronics company AllScare.com and enlists the help of family to record the voices for each scene.

The Steinkamp's haunted home also helps the community. Each Halloween, they hold a collection of canned goods and donate the proceeds to local food banks. The canned goods are collected in a pail on their front lawn. The pail will be out for about another week, said Cliff, and all donations are appreciated. 

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