It’s the freakiest time of year and we couldn’t be more excited to scream our guts out at one of the scariest haunted houses NYC has to offer. Get all your thrills and chills at these horrifying venues, filled with monsters from your worst nightmares. If you want to know just what you’ll be getting yourself into, check out video from the ever-gory Blood Manor (it’s our number one pick for the scariest haunted house in NYC), and check out the best Halloween parties and Halloween events to get you in that creepy mood. If immersing yourself in the world of goblins and ghouls is too much for you, try staying home and watching one of the best horror movies on Netflix instead.
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Spookiest haunted houses in NYC
The haunted attraction made waves in New York last year, and it’s back again with more vicious and disturbing scenes to make you scream! Ten Thirty One Productions (of Shark Tank fame) created this gripping haunted attraction located at Randalls Island Park. For the first time, hayriders will embark on three new experiences: House of Shadows, Purgatory Haunted Village and Theater Macabre. Not for the faint of heart, the New York Haunted Hayride is all set to terrorize those who dare to enter.
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.
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. Pass through themed rooms such as The Crypt (where no one rests in peace) and Hannibal’s Hell (1,000 ways to die). It’s popular, so lines are likely to be long—consider shelling out for an “R.I.P.” express-access ticket.
If you can follow this year’s horrific and very real Presidential campaign, then you can certainly brave an exaggerated haunted house centered around the election. Mexican artist Pedro Reyes is drawing a connection between the 2016 race and Halloween by creating an interactive installation filled with political ghosts and goblins (including Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton), and other contemporary horrors such as climate change, the NRA and fast food. This scare-fest might just top Blood Manor.
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 (or spill your drink) as actors reenact the many spooky and mysterious moments of Dr. Jekyll’s story.