We apologize for our lengthy absence. We had some real life horror to deal with, but we’re back and we have lots to share. 


Extreme Haunted Houses: Meet the Creators
Blackout Haunted House

Blackout Haunted House

McKamey Manor

McKamey Manor

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows

The creators of the three most extreme haunted houses in America were interviewed by Rick West (Theme Park Adventure) for “Extreme Mazes: Pushing the Limits of Terror” at the 2013 ScareLA Haunt Convention. Watch and enjoy the evil genius of JT Mollner (Freakling Brothers), Russ McKamey (McKamey
Manor
), and Josh Randall (Blackout). 

Videos courtesy of McKamey Manor.

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The 7 Most Extreme Haunted Houses in America (Updated 2015)

UPDATED 2015: We seek out the craziest most extreme haunted attractions in the country. The haunted houses on our list cater to adult audiences and involve waivers, extreme physical contact, safe words, abduction, violence, nudity and electric shock. The 7 haunts below shatter the traditional rules and limitations of haunted attractions to provide the scariest, most intense experience the haunt industry has to offer. 

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7. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres

Pataskala, Ohio  |  Official Website   |  $25 – $45  |  Parental Advisory Explicit Content

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact.

When we attended the Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres an actor threw me over his shoulder and carried me off into a different room where he spun me around several times and then pushed me back in with my group. We were also cornered by men with chainsaws and one of us got hit in the head.  

A sign at the entrance of the haunt warns, “ATTENTION: Entering Dead Acres entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury. Risks may include among other things, slipping falling, collision with fixed objects or other participants…This may be the best haunted house you’ve ever experienced. Have Fun.”

 

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6. D E A D  OF  N I G H T

Long Island, New York  |  Official Website   |   ?   |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact, Submersion in Water, Humiliation, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word.

In 2013, DEAD OF NIGHT on Long Island had one of the most brilliant haunt openings I’ve ever seen. Everyone waited in lines listening to a calming “we are here for your protection” recording, which was interrupted at intervals by an air raid siren and men in gas masks and suits, who each grabbed an unsuspecting patron and dragged them into the haunt.  Some people were dragged in, one girl was zipped into a body bag, and I was thrown over someone’s shoulder and carried inside. The haunt opened with this very strong abduction scenario, then the focus shifted to humiliation, the smearing of strange substances, and hitting people in the face with laughably large and painfully heavy fake penises. The experience has evolved quite a bit since 2013 and the theme changes every year.

 

 

ScareHouse, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is an elaborate haunted house attraction inside a nearly 100-year-old historic and haunted building. ScareHouse offers 3 differently themed haunts for just one price this Halloween season: The Forsaken, Creepo's Christmas in 3-D, and Pittsburgh Zombies.   New for 2013! Limited tickets available for "The Basement" – an intense, immersive, and interactive experience underneath ScareHouse.  No one under 18 will be admitted due to subject matter.   Tickets and more information about Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House is available at www.scarehouse.com

5. ScareHouse: The Basement

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  |  Official Website   |  $35 – $50  |  Adults 18+ Only 

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact, Electric Shock, Religious Themes, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word.

The Basement at ScareHouse is an intense, immersive, and interactive experience inside a nearly 100-year-old historic and haunted building. You may enter in pairs or alone. I chose to enter alone. It was a spectacular experience. There is a great deal of improvisation and dialogue with the actors as you make your way through each scene of your own personal horror movie. The actors were incredibly creative and fun to talk to as they doled out electric shocks and extreme physical contact. The Basement is a collaborative immersive theatre experience peppered with elements of extreme horror.

 

 

4. The Cult

North Conway, New Hampshire  |  Official Website   |  N/A  |  Adults Only  | No Longer Exists

Features: 18+, Must Enter Alone, Encounter Live Animals, Edibles, Extreme Violence, Sexual Undertones, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.

Our visit to The Cult involved drinking faux urine, being bound and gagged and getting crawled on by cockroaches! Read a complete walk through of our experience here. 

**UPDATE: Cranmore Mountain Resort chose not to bring back The Cult for the 2013+2014+2015 season. Ask The Ghoullog Creators to bring back The Cult in 2016! Contact them now on Facebook or Twitter!** 

 

3. Blackout Haunted House

New York/California  |  Official Website   |  $45 – $150  |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Full Frontal Nudity, Sexual Situations, Must Enter Alone, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, There is a Safe Word.

Blackout Haunted House earns the #3 spot for their extreme OFF-SEASON EVENTS which combine their unique brand of immersive horror theater with elements that due to a gag order I am not permitted to disclose.  Their annual October haunt and exclusive off-season events are infamous. In the 7 events I have attended since 2010, I have been abducted in a van, faux-water-boardedrolled naked in a sheet of plastic and forced to walk barefoot down a used condom covered hallway. Blackout is never predictable. The experience is always shocking, upsetting, and exhilarating.

INFERNO is currently running in San Francisco Armory.

Blackout Reviews & Walk-Throughs

Blackout Off-Season Event Reviews & Walk-Throughs

 

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2. Freakling Bros: Victim Experience III

Las Vegas, Nevada  |  Official Website   |  $100 – $150  |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Deeply Personal Experience, Sexual Undertones, Partial Nudity, Submersion in Water, Electric Shock, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.

The Victim Experience III is an uncensored, more extreme way to experience their 18+ Gates of Hell attraction. The Victim Experience is incredibly intense and you must go through alone. Participants will experience extreme physical contact, light torture, simulated drowning, and more. A member of our team made it all the way through and described the Victim Experience as, “intensely personal …more intense, scary and painful than the most intense Off-Season Blackout experience I have ever had.” 

Boy, do we believe him! We attended just the regular 18+ Gates of Hell attraction back in 2012 (before they started the Victim Experience) and that was deliciously intense! I watched a camouflaged attacker appear out of nowhere, grab my colleague by the foot, then knock her down and drag her away down a long hallway. I was left alone in the darkness until the attacker came back for me and threw me over his shoulder. We also faced electric shocks, professional wrestlers, and a firing squad. Read more about our experience here. Coming Soon: a no-spoilers account of what it’s like to survive the Victim Experience. 

 

and the Most Extreme (Possibly Unsafe) Haunted House in America is…

1. McKamey Manor

San Diego, California  |  Official Website   |  Dog Food Donation  |  Adults 21+ Only

Features: 21+, Extreme Violence, Small Enclosed Spaces, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Haircut, Covered in Blood, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, 4-7 Hour Experience.

McKamey Manor is the only attraction on the list that we have not personally experienced. This insanely extreme home haunt tops our list because it can use scare tactics that are off limits to professional attractions. We’re also not sure that what they’re doing is 100% safe. Participants are covered in blood, forced to eat disgusting things, threatened with power tools, stuffed into a clothes dryer, submerged in water, physically assaulted, and given a haircut. Don’t believe us? Just watch their 2013 promotional video below. Did we mention the experience lasts for 4-7 hours?! This one is too insane for even us!

Did we miss one? Let us know if there is a haunt that we should consider adding to the list!


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If you love macabre Victorian horror then there are only two ways to spend the evening of Saturday, October 26th in New York City.

 

1) PHANTASMAGOREY 2013:

Edward Gorey Grand Halloween Ball 

October 26, 2013 – Halloween Saturday, 9PM

TICKETS: $30 General Admission / $40 at the Door / $25 Group Tickets of 6

LOCATION: One Hanover Square, New York, NY

Full Cash Bar, Must be 21+ ID to consume alcoholic beverages. 

DRESS CODE: Neglected Murderesses, Doubtful Guests, Gashly Crumb Tinies, Hapless Children, Gilded Bats. Anguishing Artists, Restless Widows, Lonesome Mourners, ect.

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2) Gemini & Scorpio’s Masquerade Macabre

October 26, 2013 – Halloween Saturday, 9PM

TICKETS: $20 General Admission / $30 VIP (includes Absinthe Den) 

LOCATION: Grand Harmony Restaurant, 98 Mott Street, New York, NY

Full Cash Bar, Must be 21+, Costumes Required. 

DRESS CODE: Macabre Carnival, Aberrations of Nature, Cabinet of Curiosities, Dark Victoriana, Evil Funhouse, Steampunk, Jan Svankmaier & Brothers Quay Films, Freaks, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Think Dark & Creepy. Or Dark & Funny, Or wharever your Halloween costume happens to be. But if we have to ask, it’s not a costume.

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Cougar Skull 7-inch Plate ($25.00)

Cougar Skull 7-inch Plate ($25.00)

Anatomical Heart 6-inch Bowl ($25.00)

Anatomical Heart 6-inch Bowl ($25.00)

 We love the exquisitely macabre pottery of Pirate Rose! You may remember her beautiful work from our March 2012 giveaway. We are so excited to announce that Pirate Rose will be awarding one of her beautiful custom pieces to one very lucky reader of The Raven & Black Cat

The winner will receive One Custom Pottery Piece of Their Choice from the Pirate Rose Pottery Etsy Shop. Here are a few of our favorites and instructions on how to enter.

The deadline to enter is 12:00 AM on November 30, 2013.

 

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Pirate Rose is located in British Columbia, Canada. All of her pottery is handmade with the finest clay and glazed with a custom glaze that she makes herself to ensure that every item is food safe, microwave safe, oven safe, and dishwasher safe. She is a passionate artist and creates some delightfully creepy pieces. Visit the Pirate Rose Pottery Etsy Shop to see her entire collection of spooky and unique pottery. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!

Human Ribcage 9-inch Plate ($30.00)

Human Ribcage 9-inch Plate ($30.00)

Creepy Spider 5-inch Plate ($20.00)

Creepy Spider 5-inch Plate ($20.00)

Lady of the Dead 5-inch Plate ($20.00)

Lady of the Dead 5-inch Plate ($20.00)

Bat Skeleton 9-inch Plate ($30.00)

Bat Skeleton 9-inch Plate ($30.00)


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Nightmare: Killers 2
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY

Nightmare Haunted House celebrates its 10th year in New York
City with Nightmare: KILLERS 2, a continuation of Tim Haskell and Steve
Kopelman’s smash hit serial killer haunted house. Killers 2 features a new cast
of real and fictional mass murderers. The new lineup is joined by a few
holdovers from last season. If you’re feeling brave, volunteer to be marked
with a bloody “X” and be touched and manhandled by the cast of psychopaths. New
for 2013, is the Dos Equis – sponsored Killer Stage Acts. Every hour a new
performer takes the stage to entertain those waiting in line. During our visit,
we watched a masked woman play creepy horror movie underscoring on the violin.    

Is It Scary? 

According to the Official Website“Yes.
This isn’t a theme park ride. The whole purpose is to scare you. We have worked
long and hard to create the most horrifying experience possible. Get ready for
your adrenaline fix.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Killers 2 presents real-life horror that will make you think twice about offering to help that injured man move a couch into his van.   

What We Loved

Our run in with Harrison Graham was particularly shocking. Make sure to
read up on him before you go. We also enjoyed getting hit on by coked up
psychopath Patrick Bateman. His twisted compliments are to die for. Other
highlights include an opening warning from a parent, a room with
three doors and a brain splattering surprise.    

The detailed sets and costumes are appropriately disturbing and a creepy soundtrack of original music by Chris Thomas completes each scene perfectly.

What Could Be Better

We loved encountering Patrick Bateman and his blood
splattered business cards, so the next day I tried calling the phone number printed
on the card.  I was hoping that it would
lead to a voicemail message of Patrick Bateman yelling over chainsaw background
noise. I was disappointed when a generic operator announced “your call has been
forwarded to an automatic voice message system…”

We loved last year’s Lizzie Borden ending and wish that
Killers 2 had a bigger final scare to chase you out of the haunt. 

Final Thoughts

Killers 2 offers a second dose of real-life horror that is
just as deadly as the first. 

Nightmare: Killers 2 Runs

September 27 – November 2

Ticket Information

Timed Ticketing:  $30.00 Online  |  $35.00 At The Door

VIP (Front of the line access): $50.00 Online  |  $60.00 At The Door

 

DISCOUNT TICKETS

 

  • $20 Student Rush Tickets Available 1 Hour Prior to Listed
    Start Times.
  • Service Men and Women Night (Military, Policeman,
    Firefighter, EMT, ect.): Thurs., October 10th – Flash your Badge to get $10 Off
    All Night Long.
  • 50% Off Timed Ticketing & VIP Tickets – Click Here!
  • Age Requirements

    Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent
    or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted. 

    Additional Information

     

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    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Anathema Photography

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Anathema Photography

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason


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    The Cult
    1 Skimobile Road
    North Conway, NH

    Mount Cranmore just became your worst nightmare. After years
    of producing the traditional walk through haunt, The Ghoullog, creator Lance Davis debuts an extreme, personalized haunt on the top of the mountain. The Cult is an hour-long  haunted attraction. You must walk
    through alone. You will encounter violent and sexual situations. You will be
    touched. It’s 18+ and requires you to sign a waiver.

    Is it Scary?

    Creator Lance Davis says, “The Cult is the ultimate in terror. It’s not for everyone, just for
    the die hard. It’s for those who want the true experience of ‘real life terror’
    to test your fears.”

    The Raven and Black Cat
    says
    : I was one breath away from giving up my safety card and going home. I’ve
    never been so uncomfortable in a haunt. Well done. 

    2012 Walk Through

    This is the experience as I can remember:

    It’s the end of September, but it feels like the dead of winter
    as I wait to be let into The Cult. I’ve been to extreme haunts before, but I’ve
    never been to one at the top of a mountain. The bone chilling weather is slowly stealing my confidence and I’m getting nervous about what I’m about to experience. A military man approaches the gate and brings us to a debriefing area. We give him our
    personal items and are told to sit. The man asks if we have any problems with
    the following: darkness, heights, claustrophobia, eels, rats, bugs, needles,
    being fully submerged in water… what the hell am I getting myself into?

    We’re
    given a red card on a lanyard. If we decide the experience is too much, we can give
    up our “safety pass” and the experience will be over. One by one we’re asked to
    walk towards the chair lift and follow the path. I board the chairlift and attempt
    to prepare myself for the long, cold ride. The anticipation is killer. It feels
    like the chair is moving at 2mph, did I mention I’m freezing?! It’s 24 degrees
    out and all I can think about is how awful it will be to ride back down the
    lift after being fully submerged in water. They won’t really do that, right?

    I finally reach the top and stumble off the lift. I gaze to
    the right- at the end of a dirt path there is a dimly lit cabin. I realize
    someone is calling my name and hurry towards the front porch. I’m blinded by a
    flashlight shining in my face. A man asks if I’ve ever done anything like this
    before, and I say, “Yes.” Immediately I’m reprimanded for replying. I’m only
    allowed to answer if the haunter says, ‘speak.’ Good to know. He shoves me into
    a booth and faces me towards the wall. Headphones are placed on my head. “Don’t.
    Fucking. Move.”  I can tell that there
    are others in the booths next to me because every few minutes he’ll scream at
    someone else to stop moving or drag someone inside.

    After what seems like
    eternity, the headphones are yanked off my skull and I’m being pushed into the
    cabin. A doctor is in the entryway. He asks, “How much do you weigh?” When I
    tell him he asks, “Are you lying?” I shake my head as he grabs a vial. He opens
    my mouth and shoots liquid into it. Instantly, a bag is over my head and I’m
    swept off my feet. I’m being carried completely perpendicular to the ground.
    The attacker carries me outside and slams me up against a wall. My legs are
    spread uncomfortably wide, and a man tells me not to move. I freeze, listening
    for any signs of my torturer. Suddenly, he presses his entire body into mine –
    so hard that all the breath is squeezed from my lungs. My heart begins to
    pound. I’m finally released and placed on a chair. Construction ear muffs are thrust
    on my head. I hear the sloshing of water. Suddenly I’m being sprayed and my
    gloves are soaked. I wait. When it seems my attacker has disappeared, I
    experience a terrifyingly loud thud as someone smacks the earmuffs.

    The earmuffs and bag are removed and I’m being forced back
    inside.  A girl says, “follow the string.”
    I’m shoved forward to follow it through a tunnel and into a different medical
    office. Straight ahead a television plays static. To my right is a table with
    medical instruments, urine and blood samples. The doctor asks me to take a
    seat. A camera is pointed towards my chair- I’m being filmed. He pours
    something into a Dixie cup and says, “Drink.” It’s warm, salty and utterly
    disgusting. My gaze wanders towards the urine samples as I gag.  I hear the snapping of latex gloves; he opens
    my mouth and uses his fingers to poke and prod at my gums. Soggy cotton balls are
    shoved into each side of my mouth. A plastic bag is placed over my head. The
    light of the camera combined with the fog from my breath makes it impossible to
    see what he’s doing. I feel my sleeve being lifted and a slight pinch on my
    arm. Blood is smeared across the plastic bag and my arm is bandaged. The doctor
    whispers, “Whatever he says, whatever he does – Don’t tell him where I put it!”
    He asks me to pick a number, I choose two. He removes the bag and shoves me
    through the second door in the hallway.

     I wait in the small,
    dark space hoping my eyes will adjust to the darkness. I feel someone approach
    me from behind. They begin to gently caress me, getting closer, smelling my
    hair, my neck. I’m shoved out another door and into an S&M chamber. Death
    metal is blasting. Another victim is handcuffed to a pole in the corner with a
    bag over his head. My captor is a shirtless man wearing an S&M dog mask,
    with a collar and a leash. I’m thrown onto a dirty bed and my attacker crawls
    on top of me. He tells me there’s two ways to survive, “Give up your card or
    fuck the devil.”  He asks, “Where did they
    hide it?” My silence causes him to search my body. He gives up and pulls a bag
    over my head.  I feel him bind my wrists,
    the cuffs are looped through a ring over the bed. He whispers, “Are you afraid
    of bugs?” I shake my head no, hoping that might be a deterrent to what torture
    he has in store for me. “You’re going to enjoy this.” The bag is lifted off of
    me and my captor is holding a cage of cockroaches. He grabs one and thrusts it
    towards my face. I close my eyes and the hood is pulled back over my head. My
    shoe and sock are removed. I’m immediately aware of the cockroach crawling up
    and down my leg. Fuuuuuck. I’m freaking out, and trying to keep it together. I
    begin to breathe when he finally removes the bug. My hood is pulled up, and he
    asks for my card again. I shake my head no and the hood is immediately pulled back
    on. This time the cockroach is placed under the hood! It’s crawling on my neck.
    I lose it. Expletives are erupting from my mouth. My torturer reminds me that
    speaking is not permitted and rips a band aid off his nipple and places it on
    my mouth to emphasize the point. I switch tactics. Remaining as still as I can
    actually seems to work! He removes the cockroach and starts to untie me. I’m
    lifted off the bed and pushed up against a wall. The hood is removed and I see a tunnel. Inside is my boot and sock. I crawl in put them on and enter
    into a kitchen scene.

    A 50’s style housewife is setting up for a tea party.
    Children’s drawings decorate the walls. She keeps trying to have a conversation
    with me but I can’t speak, so the scene seems pointless. She announces that
    it’s time for tea, so we pretend to sip tea out of demitasse cups. She asks
    if I’d like milk and cookies. I nod and she brings out a plate of cookies
    covered in fake cockroaches. It’s a completely lame attempt after the real
    cockroaches in the last room. Suddenly a man appears with a syringe of milk. He
    throws a bag over my head, lifts my sleeve and I feel a pinch as I’m given my
    ‘shot’ of milk.

    I’m ushered into a dark room. The hood is removed and a
    flashlight shines on a handwritten note. It says,          

    “1.
    Find the Bowl

     2. Get the Key

     3. Unlock the Door”

    I love this! I confirm that I understand and the light goes
    out. I drop to my hands and knees and start searching for a key. The floor is
    covered in dirt. I run into a person who yells, “wrong way!” I turn and place
    my hand on something small, hairy and mouse-like. Finally, I find the bowl.
    It’s filled with fake worms. As soon as I get my fingers on the key, someone
    yanks it out of my hand and shoves me through the door.

    A girl opens 2 trap doors and leads me into an underground
    coffin. As I crawl inside, I glimpse fake spiders. The doors are slammed shut
    and I’m left in the dark to ponder if there are any real spiders inside with
    me.  Just in case, I hold my head above
    the ground. I’m not sure why I think that will help me, but if feels like the
    right thing to do. A few minutes later there’s a loud banging from underneath
    the coffin floor. I feel the coffin rolling and I emerge in a different room. A
    girl pulls me out and tells me to get on the floor and crawl over to a chair. There’s
    a table with a telephone and a few objects under a sheet. They ask for my pass,
    and when I refuse they say, “Then we’ll have to mark you.” The sheet is rolled
    back to reveal a machete, a blowtorch and a branding iron. The girl lights the
    blowtorch and begins to heat up the iron. The guy grabs my neck and asks if I’m
    sure I want to go through with it. I nod. As the iron approaches, a bag is
    pulled over my head and what feels like a staple gun is pushed up against my
    neck. The guy whispers, “If you ever tell anyone what happened here, we’ll find
    you and kill you.” I’m pushed into the freezing air. The hood is ripped off my
    head and the man shouts, “Get off my mountain! GO!” I stumble back toward the
    chairlift to ride back down to safety…and the bar. 

    What We Loved

    The Cult skillfully builds anticipation before the haunt begins. Having a list of possible scenarios that I had to agree to (both
    on the waiver and verbally) really had my imagination going. I spent almost the
    entire chair lift ride imagining how terrible it will be if I had to ride back
    down after being fully submerged in water…with eels. I love it when I’m given a
    task in a haunt. Having to find the key was challenging and interrupting me before
    I completed all the tasks made the startle scare more effective. I don’t think
    I’ve ever had to ingest anything for a haunt. Even though I saw the urine samples
    on the table, it never occurred to me that the Dixie cup would be filled with a
    warm, salty, DISGUSTING beverage. It was both shocking and disturbing. The
    cockroaches were TERRIFYING. I’m not even really afraid of bugs, but I
    definitely don’t want them crawling on me. I loved that I was given battle
    wounds; the staple gun was dipped in ink, leaving a black mark on my neck, and
    the ‘injection site’ was covered with a ‘bloody’ bandage.   

    What Could Be Better

    I liked the idea of the hidden medical implant and keeping
    it a secret, but certain scenes – particularly the 1950’s housewife scene – muddled
    the plot. Be clear about why we’re going through the experience, it grounds all
    the craziness in reality. In the beginning, there should be music/static in the
    headphones to block out outside noises. I could hear what was happening with
    other victims and as a result knew what to expect. I loved the idea of ‘marking
    us’ with a branding iron, and the blowtorch was definitely intimidating, but as
    soon as the staple gun touched my neck it was clear I wasn’t being burned. Use
    ice to make the gun so cold that it feels hot on the skin. I think there was a
    missed startle scare opportunity: after you take the chair lift back down you
    have to walk through a dark field back to the haunt area and it would be the
    perfect moment for one final scare after victims think the experience is over.

    Final Thoughts

    The setting is terrifying, the actors are committed and the
    scares are uniquely disturbing. If you’re looking for an extreme haunted
    experience, The Cult is everything you’ve been waiting for.

    The Cult 2012 Season

    September 28 – October 28

    Ticket Information

    General Admission: $30.00

    Age Requirements

    No one under 18 permitted and you must walk through alone.

    2013 Update

    Cranmore Mountain Resort chose not to bring back The Cult for the 2013 season. Ask The Ghoullog Creators to bring back The Cult in 2014!

    Contact them now on Facebook or Twitter

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    Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 40 years of age.  A monument now marks his burial site, but at the time of his death he was buried in a grave marked only with a numbered stone. His remains were moved to their current location in 1875 and a marker was placed in the original location.

    Rest In Peace


    ‘Spirited’ October Events at The Merchant’s House Museum

     The Merchant’s House Museum has been called “Manhattan’s most haunted house.” The private residence, built in 1832, has been preserved intact and still contains the family’s original furniture and possessions. The home is seemingly frozen in time. A visit at any time of year can be creepy and filled with unusual occurrences, but their seasonal Halloween events are even creepier. 

    This October, the museum will offer several exciting new events in addition to their annual ghost tours and 1865 funeral reenactment. Perfect for those looking for an elegant blood-free way to celebrate Halloween. Don’t miss these unique opportunities to immerse yourself in New York City’s haunted history.      

    October 2013 Event Calendar


    October 9 – Lecture: Ghosts of Manhattan

    October 10 – Exhibition Opening: A 19th Century House in Mourning  

    October 18 – Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt

    October 22 – Lecture: Unsolved Murders of 19th Century New York

    October 24 – Reading the Rooms: A Psychic Talks with the Tredwells

    October 25 –  Candlelight Ghost Tours

    October 26 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

    October 27 – 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession

    October 28 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

    October 29 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

    October 30 – Candlelight Ghost Tours

    October 31 – Tales of the Supernatural: Horror on Hallowe’en 


    Wednesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.
    Lecture: Ghosts of Manhattan
    Author and actress Elise Gainer shares historical images and tales of local haunts from her new book, Ghosts and Murders of Manhattan, from Arcadia Publishing. See the faces of the dead that still cling to Broadway theaters, stately hotels, picturesque homes, and cozy taverns. Hear about apparitions, footsteps, phantom smells, and mysterious fires, and the events that still echo today. $15, MHM Members Free. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.


    Thursday, October 10, through Monday, November 4
    Exhibition: A 19th Century House in Mourning
    Step back in time to 1865, when family patriarch Seabury Tredwell died at home in his bed. Poignant scenes of death and grief recreated in the House will explore mid-19th century mourning customs. Included with regular admission; reservations not required.


    Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
    Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt
    Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins haunt the music of the 19th century. Come be spooked by these harrowing tales as the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society bewitches your imagination and sings shivers down your spine, echoing sumptuous, rarely-performed songs in an authentic Victorian parlor. Singers Roberta Alessandra, Anthony Bellov, Jane Elizabeth Rady, and Dayle Vander Sande. Music by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Loewe, Mussorgsky, and others. $25, $15 MHM Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.


    Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
    Lecture: Grisly Crimes and Unsolved Murders of 19th Century New York
    Ike Iikiw, licensed private investigator, retired NYC Police Detective, and founder/owner of NYC Adventure Tours shares “just the facts” of the most macabre, gruesome, and some unsolved crimes of 19th century Gotham.$15, MHM Members Free. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.


    Thursday, October 24
    60-minute tours at 6:30, 8, and 9:30 p.m.

    Reading the Rooms: A Psychic Talks with the Tredwells
    A rare opportunity to walk the dark and hallowed halls of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” (The New York Times) with Certified Psychic Medium and Paranormal Researcher Cathy Towle. Ms. Towle will relate happenings and unexplainable occurrences from her several years of on-going paranormal investigations at the House – and deliver any messages from the beyond she might receive on the spot. Bring your questions. $60, MHM Members $30. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets.


    Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26; Mon, Tues & Wed, October 28, 29 & 30
    50-minute tours begin every half hour from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
    Candlelight Ghost Tours of ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’
    Updated with the latest eerie happenings!

    Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the night. Restoration work always ‘stirs things up’ at the Museum so we’ve had lots of new reports of especially strange experiences this year. We invite you to venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear the newest tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them. And the creepiest of past ones.

    6 p.m. (includes 4th floor Servants’ Quarters) $40;
    6:30, 7, 7:30 p.m. $25; 8, 8:30, 9 p.m. $30;
    9:30 p.m. (includes 4th floor Servants’ Quarters) $40;
    MHM Members $15 all times. 

    Reservations essential, click here to purchase tickets. 

    Read The Raven & Black Cat’s review of The Merchant’s House Museum’s Candlelight Ghost Tours. 


    Sunday, October 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
    From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession
    In the 19th century, death and funerals took place at home. Join us in the Museum’s double parlors as we recreate the 1865 funeral service of Seabury Tredwell and discuss the funerary customs of 19th century New York City. After the service, mourners follow the coffin to nearby New York City Marble Cemetery – rarely open to the public – for the graveside service and cemetery talk. 19th century mourning attire is encouraged. VIP tickets include front-row seating, black crape armbands, and the opportunity to lead the graveyard procession as a pallbearer. $50, $65 VIP Seats, $25 MHM Members; $10 Graveside Service & Cemetery Talk only. Mourners attending the Graveside Service and Cemetery Talk only should arrive at the Merchant’s House at 4:30 p.m. 
    Reservations essential, click here to purchase tickets. 


    Thursday, October 31, Hallowe’en
    Performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
    Tales of the Supernatural: Horror on Hallowe’en
    Dramatic readings from 19th century Gothic literature and true ghost stories as reported by visitors of the Merchant’s House through the years told in the Museum’s parlors set for a Victorian funeral. $25, $15 MHM Members. Reservations required; click here to purchase tickets. 


    Sundays, 1 p.m.
    ‘Spirited’ Walking Tour of 19th Century Noho:  Glamour, Greed — & Ghosts

    The neighborhood surrounding the Merchant’s House was home to some of the most famous, and infamous, names in New York history. From the literary to the illegal, New York society was played out in the elegant parlors and dark alleys of the fashionable Bond Street neighborhood. On this tour, we’ll see the haunts of renowned figures such as Edgar Allen Poe and Washington Irving; the spirits of long ago firemen and stable boys; the high and low life characters of the Bowery — as well as a tale or two of haunted happenings at the Merchant’s House. And we’ll visit the site of the most grisly of all 19th-century New York murders and hear tales of more contemporary ghosts that just won’t leave the neighborhood.

    Tour is 50 minutes and begins promptly at 1 p.m.

    Promenaders will return to the Museum in time to take the 2 p.m. GUIDED TOUR if they wish.
    $10, Students $ Seniors $5, FREE for Members.
    Reservations not necessary.

    NOTE: Tours are canceled in the case of heavy rain, snow, or extreme heat and cold advisories. 



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