Spookiest haunted houses in NYC
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 last year's scares: The Crypt (where no one rested in peace) and Hannibal’s Hell (with 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.
Psycho Clan and Timothy Haskell, the folks behind Nightmare Haunted House, bring back their immersive horror experience, a simulated abduction that drops you into a warehouse with seven other people and one murderous lunatic. You and your fellow victims must scramble to stay alive in this 70-minute exercise in terror. Look alive, or you soon won't be.
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.
Welcome to Toxico Sanatorium: We hope you survive the experience! You’ll find yourself chained and shackled three rooms deep in a grim asylum, and will have to solve clues and outpace a cast of mad scientists to get out with your wits intact.
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Learn what’s lurking around town at the most haunted places in NYC—and then decide whether or not you want to go out