Are you a thrill-seeker, searching for the spookiest locations in the city this Fall? If so, this guide is just for you. We’ve compiled the creepiest
haunted houses and ghost tours that will be taking place in New York City this Fall. Whether you have guts of steel or are a newbie to these scary circumstances, you’re bound to have chills shooting up your spine if you decide to visit these haunted houses. You might want to leave the kids at home.
1. New York Haunted Hayride (Randall’s Island)
Not only is this an extremely creepy hayride that attracted thousands of thrill-seekers last year, but it’s an idea that has Mark Cuban personally invested in on Shark Tank. With this kind of popularity from investors, you’ll be sure to get a huge bang for your buck. You’ll make contact with clowns from other realms, uninviting ghosts, and demons of all kinds. This event will take place throughout the month of October, and, of course, on Halloween night.
2. Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel in (186 Jay Street, Brooklyn)
If you’re looking for a very high-tech house that incorporates a bit of education into the scary experience, then look no further. The students of City Tech’s Theatreworks build this house yearly and give their own twist on their idea of a haunted house, using talking paintings and other high-tech spooks to give visitors a very visceral experience throughout. If you think you’re up for this experience, it will take place from October 20th-22nd, October 27th-29th, and on Halloween night
3. Doomocracy (Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn)
Have you been thinking about the insanity that is the presidential election of 2016? So has Pedro Reyes, the artist behind Doomocracy. This new and interactive experience incorporates various hot topic political ideas (like gun control and abortion) that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been at odds over for months to create a hauntingly relevant experience that might just scare you into voting November 8th. Doomocracy runs from October 7th through November 6th, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday, and is free to the public!
4. This is Real (153 Coffey Street, Brooklyn)
In this absolutely immersive haunted house, you are the protagonist in a theatrical thriller. After being kidnapped, you have no clue where you are and how to get out of the house, so get ready to be met by ghouls and other creepy creatures as you make your way to the unknown location of the exit door. You better make the right decisions, though; any wrong turns or misunderstandings could hold you back in this creepy establishment. If you’d like to embark on this experience by Psycho Clan, it will take place in Red Hook, Brooklyn from October 20th to October 30th.
5. The Uninvited: Awakening (151 W 116th Street, Manhattan)
Ready to step into Dalton Dale’s idea of purgatory? In this maze of a haunted house, you will be faced with spirits fighting to find their way back into our realm of life. You will have thirty minutes to face your fears–and heed this warning: you will be touched. These actors will have no mercy and make you feel as if this experience is completely authentic. Get ready to sign some waivers and hunker down for a half hour of horror in this 25,000 square foot labyrinth, which will take place all throughout the month of October.
6. Blood Manor (163 Varick Street, Manhattan)
One of New York’s most popular Halloween attractions, Blood Manor is sure to get your heart racing in this intense haunted house experience. There is no stopping the freaks who will jump out at you in this once, and Blood Manor seriously recommends leaving the children at home for this one. The environment that they create is one that other houses have tried to match because of how spooky it truly is. This event will take place throughout the month of October, so make sure not sleep on these dates.
7. The Hemsley Hotel of Horror (40 Old Mill Rd, Staten Island)
This insanely scary hotel put on by The Church of Saint Andrew on Staten Island will be a mess of haunting spirits who were never able to check out of the Hemsley hotel. If you think you’ll be able to handle this haunted house, the hotel will be available for more check ins on October 22nd, October 28th, and October 29th from 7pm to 9:30pm on each of those days, and will cost $15.
8. Candlelight Ghost Tour at NYC’s Most Haunted House (29 E 4th Street, Manhattan)
Rated as “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” by the New York Times, the historic Merchant’s House Museum will be open to providing ghost tours this upcoming Halloween to those interested in messing with the spirits trapped in this old house, where eight of the family members living here passed away. This tours will take place on October 21st, 22nd, and 27-20th at 6pm.
9. New York Ghost Walk (Underneath Washington Square Arch, Manhattan)
If you are interested in the arts, this is a ghost tour for you. During this creepy ghost tour,
you will encounter ghosts of dead artists such as Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain. The tours, taking place throughout the month of October, will take you around the area of Washington Square Arch, showing you the most haunted spots of New York City.
Make sure to check out these haunted houses to get your fill of fright before you get dressed up on Halloween night. Extra points if you actually see a ghost.