When’s the last time you went to a haunted house and were truly scared? Were you eight, maybe nine years old? Do a hockey mask and a fake chain saw leave you wishing that there was something more? Something that isn’t meant to just startle you, but to actually frighten you?
The following is a list of four haunted houses that are meant to terrify you. You will leave these places and not be able to sleep at night. If the man in the hockey mask truly scares you, do not go to any of these haunted houses. Do not bring your kids to these haunted houses. These aren’t the types of places that are fun for the whole family. These places are meant to give you nightmares:
You’ve seen the ads on the subway, now go check out the real thing.
Back for its fourth year, Steampunk is the terrifyingly artsy performance that will leave you shaking. This year’s theme: Then She Fell
Downtown on Varick Street is a haunted house that is sure to scare you half to death. If you like blood and gore, this is the place to get your scares in.
There are plenty of haunted houses in New York City that will scare you with disturbing images, bloody actors, things popping out at you… and then there’s Blackout. Before you enter this haunted house, you must sign a waiver saying that you have read and understand the rules. That already makes it sound terrifying, and then here are the rules:
1. YOU MUST WALK THROUGH ALONE.
2. You must be over 18.
3. Stay on the marked path at all times.
4. You will be prompted to do certain actions. Please do exactly as you’re told. This is for your safety.
5. There is absolutely no speaking allowed inside. You can, however, scream as loud as you’d like.
6. Do not ever touch the actors.
7. Do not ever touch the walls.
8. You must wear a protective mask and carry a flashlight at all times. (We will provide both of these items for you. Please do not bring your own.
So, if you’re really looking to get scared this year, I know I’m getting chills just thinking about walking through a haunted house, alone, with nothing but a flashlight, after signing a waiver.