Sometimes you just want to be scared silly. Haunted houses and creepy immersive spaces are ready to curb that craving in and around (within 90 miles) New York City. Brace yourself.
The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride
Now through Oct. 31, 1835 N. Middletown Road, Glen Mills, Pa.; thebatesmotel.com; Adults combo special $40 (includes all attractions)
Chills and thrills are growing at the Arasapha Farm, near Philadelphia. There, this haunted hotel is home to restless spirits and the pulse-racing hayride winds past through an insane asylum. The haunted corn field hides animatronic monsters and a cast of 30 actors ready to scare the living daylights out of you.
The Cooping Theory 1969
Now through Nov. 2, RPM Underground, 244 W. 54th St.; knock3xs.com; $75 plus $25 food/beverage minimum
Guests must be 21 and over to partake in this story-driven “immersive paranormal experience," which blends Edgar Allan Poe and a 1960s horror flick. Find yourself dropped into the middle of a soiree and seance, courtesy of the Poe Society, to summon the dark spirit of the acclaimed author, whose curious demise figures into the production as it winds through a labyrinthine venue.
I Can’t See
Sept. 25 - Nov. 3; 133 Greenwich St.; nightmarenyc.com; $45 until Oct. 18, $50 afterwards
Inspired by a classic British ghost story, this interactive experience takes place in total darkness to deliver a “sensory assault.” Audio headsets enable you to lose yourself in the space. Creator Timothy Haskell maintains, “The most terrifying thing is your own imagination."
Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse
Sept. 27 - Nov. 2, 215 S. Country Road, Bellport, N.Y.; fearLI.com; General admission $30
Each season, this Long Island attraction comes up with a new theme. This year imagines a ghoulish, dehumanizing society. Keep your eyes peeled for fresh special effects and watch your step when crossing the dropping bridge.
Sept. 27 - Nov. 2, 2 Brighton Ave., Passaic, N.J.; brightonasylum.com; General admission $41 online, $43 at the ticket booth
This interactive attraction boasts two haunted houses, four escape rooms and a couple of rundown subway cars, all situated amid a ghoulish, real-life institution closed by the State of New Jersey in 1952. New this year: The Twitching Hour, an after-hours tour with nothing but “flashlights, the latest ghost-hunting equipment, and your nerve.” Also debuting: The Hack Shack, where you can learn axe throwing.
Oct. 4 - Nov. 3, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow/; $22; Sat. $28
For terrifying tales that never get old, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman are head and shoulders above the rest. Washington Irving’s classic ghostly story is always present as you wander through spooky trails and Crane’s schoolhouse. Here, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will gallop back to life — and into your mind.
Oct. 4 - Nov. 9, 359 Broadway; bloodmanor.com; General admission $35 plus tax, fees
Giving you the creeps is what this massive maze of corridors, crypts, secret rooms and actors oozing stage blood is all about. Up the shivers on Nov. 8 and 9 — “Lights Out Nights” — when it’s you, minimal illumination and a glow stick. Flexible-time entry tickets are available on certain dates.
The Gravesend Inn
Oct. 25 - 31, at Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay St. Brooklyn; citytechtheatreworks.org; General admission $10
School is in session — for terror! Students at CUNY’S New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn create, operate and get credit for this Haunted Hotel, a holiday scare-house now in its 21st season. Watch out for cobwebs, demons and...OMG what is that?!