Whether you’re the adventurous type and would rather walk through a haunted house by yourself or frightfully need someone by your side to navigate through the darkness and creepy-crawlies, New York has something for everyone. Here are 5 of the City’s must visit haunted houses for those that don’t mind screaming. By Annie Reuter.
Blackout Haunted House
Vortex Theater 54 West 39th Street – between 5th and 6th Ave.
The ultimate horror experience, visitors must walk through this haunted house alone. After signing a waver and being told a safety word to get you out of too-frightful situations, the brave enter wearing a protective mask and flashlight. Navigate your way through and experience violent situations that will undoubtedly disturb, shock, and exhilarate even the most extreme fright fanatics. Tight spaces, intensely violent and sexual situations, and darkness are just a view trials presented.
163 Varick Street
A block from the Hudson River, walk through the manor and meet its insane inhabitants. They’ve been expecting you! Some have ranked this frightening feature among the best haunted houses in the world. The 5,000 square foot attraction embodies numerous passageways specifically designed to maximize one’s fears. Carefully walk through the “Graveyard of the Doomed,” beware of the chamber of the “Killer Klowns” and watch out for “The Wall Crawler.”
Green Side Up Nursery at 5050 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island
Your stay on the 6th floor will no doubt be fear-inducing. This year’s theme is “The Funeral.” Strange voices, chicken appearances and ghost spottings are likely. There’s a reason the 6th floor of this hotel is boarded up and forbidden to trespass. Beware of the hotel’s collapsing hallways!
107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey
Every year, Nightmare sets a scary stage with a new theme for the haunted house. This year’s theme has sparked some controversy, as the attraction is based on real-life crimes and murders. Instead of ghosts and goblins, the attraction instead scares its visitors by putting them in the company of actors playing such great members of the human race as John Wayne Gacy, Jr. and Ted Bundy. The producers of the event insist there is nothing scarier than the monsters that walk among us.
Nights of Horror
1000 Surf Avenue, Coney Island
Halloween has risen from the dead. Cudie Farm returns every weekend in October with a haunted maze and horrifying funhouse. Watch your back as bloodthirsty scarecrows and terrorizing clowns follow you on the rides. If dancing is more your thing, head over to Scream Zone which acts as a vampire dance club. Beware of the monster lurking on the dance floor.