Imagine walking down a wooded path in the cool crisp autumn air while enjoying seasonal treats like pumpkin pie, hot pumpkin donuts, and apple cider. Now imagine the path is lined with the most incredible display of carved pumpkins you’ve ever seen. This exists.
It’s called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and it is a truly glorious display of pumpkin carving complete with its own original soundtrack. This family friendly event is appropriate for all ages and is spooky without being scary. The twinkling pumpkin art ranges from Frankenstein and spooky faces to large scale dinosaurs. The pumpkin carvings are gorgeous and you can eat pumpkin pie while you admire them. It just doesn’t get better than that.
Everyone should see The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at least once. It is an incredible autumn celebration worthy of becoming an annual family tradition.
October 3 – November 1
Adults: $20.00 – $25.00 | Children 3 – 17: $16.00 – $20.00 | Children Under 3: Free
Nightmare Haunted House has a new theme after retiring two years of serial killers. This year the scares are inspired by the real life horror and urban legends of New York City. Journey back in time to be cursed by the Lenni Lenape indians and fight your way through the crazy homeless people, drug dealers, and sexual predators of Ed Koch’s New York. Along your way you’ll also encounter mole people, Typhoid Mary, sewer alligators, and giant rats.
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: Nightmare: New York brilliantly displays the real and imagined situations that keep your relatives in fear of the visiting the big city.
What We Loved
The 1980s subway car set and the Dakota room are both gorgeous and filled with compelling actors to put you on edge. Opting to have a bloody red X painted on your forehead will allow the actors to touch you. Look forward to getting up close and personal with Typhoid Mary and the Headless Horseman.
Other highlights include a sensory deprivation maze, Uncle Touchy’s Tunnel of Love, and meeting the giant Rat King.
What Could Be Better
The amazing subway set is just asking to be the scene of a mugging. Throughout that entire scene I just kept asking myself, “Why is no one getting mugged?” That would be scary.
Another missed opportunity is not dedicating a room to every New Yorker’s worst fear: BED BUGS. Forget roaches! Imagine a room covered in faux bed bugs and then the lights go out and oatmeal (or literally anything) is sprinkled on you as if you might be taking some of them home with you. Chills.
Nightmare: New York is another solid offering from creator Timothy Haskell. History and urban legend combine to put you face to face with your worst inner city nightmares.
Nightmare: New York 2014 Season
September 26 – November 1
Timed Ticketing: $30.00 Online | $35.00 At The Door
VIP (Front of the line access): $50.00 Online | $60.00 At The Door
$20 Student Rush Tickets Available 1 Hour Prior to Listed Start Times.
Sunday, October 5th: Military Night – half off for all military personnel all night long at the Box Office.
Wednesday, October 8th: Public Servants Night – half off for all police, FDNY, EMT, etc at the Box Office.
50% Off Timed Ticketing & VIP Tickets – Click Here!
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted.
Long Island’s Gateway Playhouse produces one of the best haunted houses in the country. With a new theme every year, it is always fresh, exciting and innovative.
For the 2013 season, they combined dark fairy tales and creepy circus themes to create “The Grimling Family Travelling Circus.” The unusual combination was their finest and most detailed haunt yet.
The amount of sensory detail is astounding. The journey is covered with uneven and moving walkways, electric sparks, pungent smells, and spectacular visuals. The superb costumes and makeup help the talented actors create an environment straight out of your worst nightmare.
Gateway also succeeds in creating the party environment that so many haunts are trying to achieve. There is an outdoor bar and food trucks to enjoy while you wait to enter the haunt. Their brilliant ticketing system limits wait time, so patrons can enjoy food, drink, and roaming characters and entertainers.
Gateway Playhouse has once again created a brilliantly theatrical haunt. It is visually stunning and scary as hell. Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse is a MUST SEE. You will not be disappointed. Their 2014 season begins September 26th! We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year.