Nothing says Halloween more than a trip to a haunted house. Wandering through abandoned hallways to find ghosts and monsters jumping out at you is a perfect way to get the blood pumping for the spooky holiday. Every year, New York City makes sure it delivers the biggest and best scares it can offer. Take a visit to one of the haunted houses or other Halloween attractions in the city to get that perfect shiver down your spine.
Jekyll & Hyde Haunted Asylum
If you’ve ever wanted to step into a horror movie in real life, take a visit to Jekyll & Hyde Haunted Asylum. This haunted house in Greenwich Village is themed to resemble an abandoned asylum where the ghosts of former patients are lurking around every corner. You’ll find all types of scares waiting for you, from nurses covered in bandages to bloodied patients waiting to pop out with a scream. One of its standout terrors is the woman with long black hair covering her face, but be careful not to look directly at her. Once you make it out of the haunted house, you can celebrate by enjoying live entertainment and some food and drinks at the attached Jekyll & Hyde Club.
House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soirée
One of the newest and more unique Halloween attractions joining New York City is the House of Spirits. This stylish event in the Financial District takes place at a five-story mansion and is themed like a party from the Roaring 1920s. The soirée tells the story of a couple who explores their grief through their art, so every floor holds a new mystery waiting for you to explore. You can listen to live music, participate in a seance or meet one of the resident ghosts while sipping a cocktail. House of Spirits opens on October 8 and runs until Halloween, so you’ll have the whole month to visit the creepiest party in town.
There’s one haunted house in Lower Manhattan that’s sure to prey on all of your greatest fears. Blood Manor sits in the heart of the neighborhood and holds every type of ghost and ghoul. Its story revolves around its location being a prime destination for all kinds of evil to enter our world, so you’ll never be able to predict what horrors await you inside. Blood Manor holds themed rooms down each turn that are waiting to make you squirm. Meet the undead in “The Crypt,” encounter creeping insects in “Maggot Invasion,” and be genuinely terrified in the “Killer Clown Room.” If you want to test your limits, visit the first weekend in November and walk in total darkness for their “Lights Out Nights.” An evening in Blood Manor is the perfect way to get a dose of Halloween fright.
Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours
If you want to get a true blast from the past this Halloween season, take a ride on one of Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours. This ghost tour in Brooklyn takes place on an old-fashioned black trolley, taking you back into the time from which these ghosts came. You’ll ride around several neighborhoods at night and hear stories about all the hauntings that have happened throughout the borough. While listening to tales about the mysterious graves and murder sites, you’ll also learn a thing or two about old practices for honoring the dead. If you like it when your ghost tours make their history come alive for guests, then Madame Morbid’s is the one for you.
Green-Wood After Hours
For a ghost tour that’s up close and personal, take a visit to the Green-Wood Cemetery for Green-Wood After Hours. This walking tour takes you through a national historical landmark in Brooklyn after dark. You’ll get to roam the grounds and explore the graves of some of the city’s most prominent figures, from baseball players to performers to soldiers from significant wars. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can take a trip underground and end your tour with a visit to the property’s catacombs. This tour occurs every Saturday in October and November and runs for two hours. Green-Wood After Hours is the perfect way to keep the Halloween spirit alive while also learning about the city’s incredible history.
If you want to learn more about the true terrors in New York City, join a ghost tour with NYC Ghosts. This tour begins in Washington Square Park and takes you to various areas around New York City that are said to be haunted by actual ghosts! While there is a chance you’ll see one during your walk, the tour is also a learning experience. NYC Ghosts helps teach guests about the history of the city and the significance of the places they visit. Some stops include the Jefferson Market Library, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company and the House of Death. The tour is held every night and goes on come rain or shine, so there’s always a chance for you to join and encounter an actual ghost during your visit to the city.