October – The Month Of Goblins And Ghouls And Scary Fabulous Things!

1 Oct

I posted recently about how much I love Halloween.

And, not just for the Food Network’s highly anticipated cake competition  “Halloween Wars“.

I love dressing up, I love the Village Parade, I love seeing other people dressing up.

And I LOVE Haunted Houses!

They are not for the faint of heart.

I remember going to a haunted house in the Atlanta area, when I was a kid back around 1975. My sister couldn’t go in because she had just had an operation, so her boyfriend-at-the-time Bill and I went together.


I remember that finally, in one dark, creepy, too-frightening-for-words chamber, Bill and I just clung to each other screaming until someone came and led us out.

It was GREAT.

Here are my sister and Bill back in the day…

Here (in no particular order) are a few “Haunted Houses” in New York City, that are supposed to be really great this year:

Nightmare: Fairy Tales

In what is perhaps the most stylistic NIGHTMARE to date, this year’s theme is Fairy Tales. Under the direction of Creator and Co-Director Timothy Haskell, NIGHTMARE: FAIRY TALES stages the original versions of well-known (and some lesser known) fairy tales at their most gruesome and horrific. Over the centuries many of these fables have evolved into sanitized entertainment for children, but they began as racy and violent tales intended to keep children from misbehaving.

Get lost in a dark forest and wander through the woods while becoming the characters and reliving the terrifying experiences extracted from over a dozen twisted stories handed down by The Brothers Grimm, Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson, and more. Try and stay on the path as you go from cottage to cottage – each housing a familiar tale told in the way they were intended – to scare the wits out of you! Each cottage gets more and more intense until you reach the climactic conclusion. Then you have to find your way home. Be careful, though, there are hidden cottages to explore.

NIGHTMARE: FAIRY TALES is a classic walk-through haunted house. It is an immersive experience: You and a group of 8 to 12 people will go through the haunted house together. It will be dark sometimes. Things will happen to you. You’ll probably leave screaming.”

NIGHTMARE: FAIRY TALES is located at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center (CSV) located at 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey)

Click here for special promotions and here to purchase tickets ($30+).

* Blackout Haunted House

The New York Times says:

“The extreme theater event of the year…The goal is clearly not to give your nerves a safe tickle; it’s to titillate, unsettle and generally mess with your mind. It succeeds magnificently. But the most disturbing and truly thrilling moments come when you are alone completely, still and in the dark. It’s not merely a cheap trick. This production has a fairly consistent narrative and the way it evokes dread is more psychologically perceptive than most shows on Broadway.”

Fangoria says it’s “an absolute must for horror enthusiasts…”

Time Out NY warns that “it will eff you up.”

Blackout Haunted House will open to the public on Saturday, October 1st, and the final performance will be on Monday, October 31st.

Tickets are available now via the link below. A limited number of tickets will be held for sale at the door each night.

54 West 39th Street (between 5th & 6th)
New York, NY 10018

Get your tickets here ($30).

* Blood Manor

This one seems to be lots of “Blood & Guts”. Get your tickets here (25+).

* The McKittrick Hotel

I recently received this telegram (er, emailed telegram):

BUT, the FABULOUS McKittrick Hotel is now currently Sold Out of their “Halloween Festivities”. But, their site says “Some Premium tickets will be made available” – so if you are interested (and you SHOULD be – I speak from experience on this one!) check their website often for updates! (NOT cheap, but so well done, it’s worth the expense.)

Another suggestion – if you like walking tours, why not check out:

* Ghosts of New York

Some of the walks they offer:

From Ghost Busters to John Lennon: The Ghosts of the Upper West Side

Peter Stuyvesant and His Ghostly Friends of the East Village

Edgar Allan Poe and His Ghostly Neighbors of Greenwich Village

Tours run from $20-$25; check out the website to buy tickets in advance.

Disclaimer – Please read the web sites of all of the events – they may have age restrictions, etc. And don’t blame me if they are TOO SCARY for you!!

Do you have any good Haunted House stories or recommendations? Please tell us in the “Comments” section.

Enjoy this Spooky Season! Whaaaa-haaaa-haa.



P.S., Speaking of Spooky, just gotta say – I am REALLY looking forward to Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows (with Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins!!) due to hit the big screen May 11, 2012 – to be continued…

(Thanks to EW.com for the above pic!)


One Response to “October – The Month Of Goblins And Ghouls And Scary Fabulous Things!”

  1. Johnny D October 1, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins? Two of your favorites all rolled up into one? You must be in heaven! (Gotta admit, that picture of the “Dark Shadows” cast that you posted look pretty cool.)

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