New Yorkers are tough as nails, and we tend not to bat and eye when we see a rat or any other type of vermin on the subway platform. However, put us in a room teeming with cockroaches, and, hell yeah, we’ll freak out (we all had that one apartment—some of us still do, but, hey the rent is cheap!). That, including a bevy of other pop-culture-related horrors, is what you’re signing up for when you book a ticket for Nightmare Machine, an immersive experience in Williamsburg that lets you explore the dark side of your subconscious.
Created by the founders of the less-spooky but just as photogenic Dream Machine, this “terrifying” pop-up is reimagined to give visitors the creeps as they wander through nine interactive rooms. Filled with things you’d rather see in horror movies, guests will encounter everything from aliens and creepy clowns to fiery (ball) pits and a “Millennial Graveyard.” Do the tombstones read, "Death by Dis-meme-bered head?" Oh, we're just woozy with anticipation.
The self-guided and eerie tour lasts around 45-minutes, but take note that this is no ordinary haunted house. There’s less blood, guts and scares and more, “Freaky! But can you take my picture inside this Clockwork Orange-inspired tunnel thingy?” The event opens to the public on Wednesday, October 3 and will continue to haunt your dreams through the Halloween season. Tickets are $38 and you can get them here. This is just one of the many picturesque things to do in fall and spookiest thing to do in Halloween in New York, so start planning your autumn itinerary now.