If Carrie previews aren’t scaring you and every black cat that crosses your path is seen as cute rather than a curse, you may still get some hair-raising goose bumps braving one of these scary New York City Haunted Houses this Halloween season. By Sarah Shaker.
Do abandoned hospitals freak you out? This so-called “fully immersive, multi-sensory” experience in Williamsburg is sure to spook you, as it takes place in an old hospital ward, following the works of Lewis Carroll for an Alice-like experience. Explore hidden scenes around the ward in a small group of 12 or solo, if you dare. Thankfully, there are expertly crafted cocktails to enjoy on the premises to ease your nervous excitement or help you to recover from your journey.
Nightmare: Killers 2
For its 10th anniversary season, Nightmare on the Lower East side is revisiting last year’s “Killers” theme, focusing on real murderers like Charles Manson. Forget ghosts and goblins – there is nothing scarier than the real monsters that walk among us.
Blood Manor has been ranked among the best haunted houses in the world, making it a must-visit. The 5,000 square foot attraction embodies numerous passageways specifically designed to maximize one’s fears as the actors get in-your-face. This season’s new attractions include “Shocktorium”, “The Carnival of Souls”, and “Jungle Terror.”
Blackout Haunted House
Ready to go at it alone? Visitors at Blackout are required to wander through this haunted house without a friend to hand hold. After signing a waver and being instructed on a “safety word” you’ll bravely be armed with a flashlight and mask to navigate your way through violent situations. Tight dark space and intensely violent and sexual situations are not for the faint of heart. Enter at your own risk.
Ghosts of New York Walking Tour
New York City is haunted. Forget staged scenes with actors, fake blood and prop weapons when you can experience where the real ghosts are around the city. Ghosts of New York offers walking tours around our most haunted neighborhoods, detailing the deep, dark history of neighbors past. “Edgar Allan Poe and His Ghostly Neighbors of Greenwich Village” is one of the most popular tours, taking you in search of the spirits of Aaron Burr, several Edgar Allan Poe sites and Washington Square Park, known as the most haunted area in America.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.