The Merchant’s House Museum recently announced that they will be holding their popular Candlelight Gost Tours the third Friday of every month. The tours, which were previously only available in October, are 50 minutes long and tickets are $20.00 each. We are thrilled that they will be celebrating their status as ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ all year long,
Candlelight Ghost Tours:
March 15, April 19, May 17, and June 21 at: 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm
Lecture: Investigating ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House’ with paranormal expert Dan Sturges on March 26th at 7pm.
In Other News
A second Landmarks Preservation Commision hearing was held today on the proposed 9-story hotel at 27 East 4th Street. We are thrilled that the LPC sent the developers back to the drawing board. For more information on the hearing — click here.
On December 8th, we paid a visit to Christmas Nightmares presented by Night-mares Haunted Attraction in Passaic, NJ. We have always loved the idea of a walk-through haunted house with a Christmas theme and Christmas Nightmares didn’t disappoint.
Is It Scary
Christmas Nightmares offers creative startle scares and surprises that will terrify some and delight others.
What We Loved
We loved getting attacked by man-eating Christmas lights, the interactive set pieces, and the enthusiastic actors. The surprise ending was particularly fabulous and reminiscent of Beetlejuice. We applaud Nightmares Haunted Attraction for providing a delightfully dark haunted Christmas experience. I mean, who doesn’t love the visual imagery of Santa Claus clutching a chainsaw?
What Could Be Better
Christmas Nightmares is an outstanding off-season haunt, but we always find ourselves wanting a little more. We would have liked to see a few more Christmas details in certain areas, like labeling the hanging body bags “Naughty Children” or “Inefficient Elves.” A creepy soundtrack of seasonal songs and sounds would have added an ominous tone.
Christmas Nightmares is a fantastic off-season haunted house. They have fully committed to the Christmas theme and it may become one of our favorite yuletide traditions. We can’t wait to see what they dish out for Halloween.
This weekend I will visit Blackout Haunted House for the 4th time. I can’t reveal anything about the event. There are strict instructions to remain silent. All I can say is that I feel really nervous. The anxiety is overwhelming and fear creeps through me. I am not someone who is easily scared, but there’s no knowing what will happen after the lights go out . . .
Walk-through the first three haunts with me below. It may be a long time before I can share what I am about to experience this weekend. Let’s hope I survive . . .
Last night I bought my ticket for the Blackout Haunted House invite-only off-season event. It almost doesn’t seem real after all the drama and months of waiting that were involved last year, but I am both excited and mildly terrified.
If you didn’t receive an email this time around don’t despair! A second weekend of madness is scheduled for the first weekend in June.
Below is an excerpt from the ticketing email:
“Your place has been reserved. Although more regular off-season events will begin to take place starting the first weekend of June, this is the only time this year that we will be offering this specific event. We suppose you should consider yourselves lucky, but who are we to force anything on you.”
Oh, Blackout Haunted House….I’ll be in your embrace once more in just 8 short days. <3
Following up last weekend’s ‘Bloody Valentine’s Weekend’ at Blood Manor is a second weekend of Spooky Entertainment. This Saturday, you can choose between attending Gorgeous & Gory’s Zombie Beauty Pageant at Roxy & Dukes in NJ or a Ghost Hunting Lecture at the Merchant House Museum!
Times Scare Haunted House 669 Eighth Avenue New York, NY
The official grand opening of Times Scare is this Thursday, but “S” and I were able to catch a preview. Owner, Jason Egan gave us a tour of the venue, which will be an ever-growing, ever-changing Entertainment Mecca for Horror Fans.
Naturally, our first stop was the Michael Myers-themed Haunted House. They are still working some things out, but it is wildly fun and inventive. (A full review of the Times Scare Haunted House will be posted after the Official Opening.)
Our journey continued with a drink tasting in a morgue-themed bar and lounge called The Kill Room where we sampled four of the bar’s signature cocktails. Wow. The signature selections have appropriately creepy names, but they’re also, sophisticated, delicious, and deceptively strong. There are plans to add an equally inventive tapas menu sometime in the future.
A second bar called the Parlour of the Paranormal will open next week.
The final stop on our tour was the theater for the evening’s performance of Magic Show, starring ‘Anti-Conjurer’ Dan Sperry. This is by far the best ‘magic show’ I’ve ever seen. Dan Sperry’s performance is a shocking combination of dark humor, and twisted illusions. “S” found one moment so shocking she ended up wearing her drink.
New York now has a darkly extravagant, year-round valentine to Halloween. Anyone who loves Halloween, horror, or Haunted Houses must visit Time Scare.
Click Here to Buy Tickets to the Grand Opening on Thursday, November 17th!
Terror Behind the Walls(Philadelphia) Runs until Nov. 12th!
Off-Season Haunted Houses
Times Scare Haunted House runs every day all year long.
Blood Manor Anti-Valentine’s Day Weekend
It was cancelled last year, but I hope they bring it back in 2012.
Nightmare: New York Creator Tim Haskell promised an Easter Weekend Haunt for 2012.
Blackout Haunted House’s Midsummer Nightmare/Off-Season Event Fingers crossed that I get a ticket to Blackout Haunted House’s (formerly NYC Halloween Haunted House) invitation only off-season event. Join their mailing list for a chance to be invited!
Real Haunted Locations in NYC
Merchant’s House Museum is open year-round for tours and events.
Ghosts of New York Haunted Tours
A variety of tours are available to explore haunted locations throughout NYC. Click Here to view the tour calendar and purchase tickets.