Every year, New York warehouse spaces rise from their graves and provide a refuge for out-of-work actors seeking well-paid seasonal jobs (seriously, make sure to have a good look at them—you've probably seen theese cool NYC companies in Law & Order). We admit, being raised on a visual diet of the Village Halloween Parade and the best horror films, we're kinda hard to spook, but haunted houses can at least provide the chance to mess with your friends, and you're guaranteed that something'll make you jump out of your skin at least once.
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Wolves eating children. Bears eating children. Witches eating children. We're sensing a dark pattern in many of the beloved yarns that kids have grown up with for centuries. Creator Tim Haskell and his team have harnessed some of this tykes-as-snacks energy for the annual installment of this popular haunted house. Actors and theatrical set pieces are sure to remind you of the terror of childhood stories.
Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel
New York’s most high-tech haunted house is not only truly terrifying, it also has an educational element. Every year, students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program produce the attraction from the ground up, with skeleton pirates, talking paintings and a grisly bathroom. Participants trigger the hotel’s spooky surprises with a series of hidden sensors that respond to the audience’s movements. RECOMMENDED: All Halloween, NYC coverage RECOMMENDED: All Haunted Houses in New York
Blackout Haunted House
Times subject to change; visit blackouthh.com for details. Don't even think about bringing a partner to this scary Halloween attraction—you're meant to go through it solo, with a protective mask and a flashlight. Faint-hearted folk, be warned: the descent into darkness promises "simulated sexual and violent situations" and "physical contact." While speaking is not allowed inside, screaming is more than welcome. Don’t worry, they’ll give you a safe word to use if you freak out and want to exit early. Must be 18 or older to enter.
Jekyll and Hyde Haunted House
You've probably heard the tale of Jekyll and Hyde, but did you know the doctor's haunted abode is open to you (at your own risk, of course)? Explore his home, and try not to flinch as actors reenact the many spooky and mysterious moments of Dr. Jekyll story.
Garish zombies, monsters and other ghoulish creatures await in this 5,000-square-foot labyrinth of horrors, deemed too scary for children under 14 to enter without supervision. Trek through themed rooms such as the Vestibule of the Undead and the Banquet of Torture. Blood Manor’s popularity means lines will likely be long, so consider shelling out for an “R.I.P.” express access ticket ($50). RECOMMENDED: All Halloween, NYC coverage RECOMMENDED: All Haunted Houses in New York
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We ask professional scarers from haunted houses what it’s like to work at a frightening Halloween NYC attraction. We went behind the scenes at two haunted houses—Nightmare: Killers 2 and Blood Manor—to talk to the actors as they got ready for a night of scaring the bejeezus out of you (or as they call it, work).RECOMMENDED: Complete guide to Halloween, NYC haunted houses, and costume shops Most popular in Things to Do You might also like Halloween guide 2013 Looking for things to do on Halloween? NYC is full of Halloween stores where you can find the perfect costume and Halloween parties where you can show it off. Have you figured out what you're doing this Halloween? NYC is full of Halloween parties and events (including the iconic Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade)—use our guide to find things to do, Halloween stores where you can pick up a killer costume, the scariest haunted houses and more. Most popular in Things to Do Art in Odd Places Responsible for thousands of only-in–New York moments, this annual fest brings dozens of artworks to 14th Street for a week and change. This year’s theme is “number,” something creative types generally aren’t known for mastering, but we can’t wait to see what mathy, scheduley, statisticsy pieces this year’s 30-odd participating groups and individuals come up with. Bring your camera. Various locations on 14th St between Ave C and Hudson River. Visit artinoddplaces.org for a full list of proje