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37th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings Features Hundreds of Special Events, New Halloween Museum

October 16, 2019
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Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop, puts you in the year 1692 when Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and you are on the Puritan jury. Hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Salem, MA – Celebrating its 37th year, Salem Haunted Happenings returns this October with a full month of programming that celebrates Halloween and fall in New England. The festival features hundreds of special events -costume parties, film nights, ghost stories, harbor tours, haunted houses, live music, magic shows, museums, psychic fairs, reenactments, and walking tours – in addition to attractions, museums and tours that are in Salem throughout the year.

Recognized internationally as one of the best places to celebrate Halloween drawing thousands of visitors from around the world, Salem Haunted Happenings began in 1982 and has evolved into a festive celebration for all ages. Most businesses get into the spirit with extended hours, special programs, pumpkin-themed menu items, and souvenirs infused with a touch of Salem magic.

While some programming, including the Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival and Vampfangs’ Endless Night Vampire Ball, is scheduled for the final weekend of September, Salem Haunted Happenings officially steps off with the Grand Parade on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 PM. After that, weekends will be chock full of activities for all ages and interests.

New and notable in 2019, the Fountain Stage that spent nearly 20 years on Essex Street will begin a new chapter at the City’s new Charlotte Forten Park at 289 Derby Street. Live music, free family films, and a beer garden will be among the featured programs at this beautiful new public space along the South River.

Also new for 2019 is the Salem Halloween Museum at 131 Essex Street. This 3-D experience will take visitors on a fun trip down memory lane to learn the history of Halloween and some of its favorite traditions.

The Creative Collective Merchant Marketplace returns to Salem Haunted Happenings on October weekends, and will feature a Night Market on Fridays.

The 2nd annual Great Salem Pumpkin Walk on October 17, 2019, will feature jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin displays and activities at locations between The Witch House and The House of the Seven Gables.

Derby Wharf will go to the dogs (and cats!) on October 12 when Salem Main Streets’ Howl-o-ween returns to Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Salem Horror Fest is featuring so many screenings and celebrity interactions it has expanded its schedule to run from October 3 – 27.

Family Halloween Fun

If you’re looking to take to the water with the kids, be sure to check out Mahi Cruises’ Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise. This cruise is filled to the brim with family-friendly fun including story-telling, Halloween party music, complimentary tarot card readings, photo ops, and a full bar for the adults and face-painting for the kids. Tickets may be purchased in advance at MahiCruises.com.

Get on the water this October with Essex Heritage for Eerie Stories on Salem Sound. During this cruise aboard the landing vessel Naumkeag, you’ll hear about the local folklore of Salem Sound. This evening boat tour is the perfect way to get some spooky stories in and see a different side of Salem from the water. Tickets will be available online in advance.

Looking for the ultimate Halloween dinner experience? Check out Haunted Dinner Theater’s latest production, “Clue! Live”. This interactive crime-solving dinner show features audience participation, family-friendly entertainment, and more all based on the classic board game. An all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet covers the dinner portion of the show, which takes place at the Hawthorne Hotel. For the complete schedule of dates and to purchase tickets visit the Haunted Dinner Theater’s website.

For spookier family-fun, get your tickets for the Salem Haunted Magic Show‘s latest performance, HYSTERIA: Ghost Stories! Suitable for kids ages seven and up, this event features inconceivable magic, bizarre demonstrations of mind reading, wild comedy, and interactive audience participation! Tickets are $20-42 and may be purchased online in advance.

Traffic and parking during Salem Haunted Happenings can be scary, so visitors are encouraged to use public transportation, especially on weekends and Halloween. Salem is just 5 stops and 30 minutes from Boston’s North Station, making October a great time to take advantage of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s special $10 weekend fare. Boston Harbor Cruises’ high-speed Salem Ferry will transport passengers from Long Wharf, Boston, to Blaney Street, Salem, in under an hour.

Complete information on all the events, activities, restaurants, shopping, and accommodations for Salem Haunted Happenings, as well as parking, traffic, and safety advisories, can be found at HauntedHappenings.org.

Classic Salem Experiences

Classic experiences include:

Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop, Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, daily thru October. The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and you are on the Puritan jury. Hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. Is Bridget Bishop capable of witchcraft? The outdoor arrest scene begins approximately 15 minutes before show time.

October Nights At The Gables, include:

Spirits of the Gables: Get swept into Hawthorne’s tale of guilt, greed and revenge as the characters from The House of the Seven Gables (1851), come to life and recount their stories while you walk through the very house that inspired Hawthorne’s timeless novel.

Legacy of the Hanging Judge takes visitors back through Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth home to the events of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, through the eyes of the author, whose own ancestor, Judge John Hathorne had a hand to play in the tragic events of 1692. The 35-minute performances begin every 10 minutes in The Nathaniel Hawthorne birth house. Combination tickets available. Reservations highly recommended.

The House of the Seven Gables: Discover 350 years of Salem’s history as you experience the museum and collection of historic buildings. Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name. (The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St. 978-744-0991)

The Witch House, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose. He served on the court which ultimately sent nineteen to the gallows. 310 1/2 Essex St.  (978) 744-8815

Witch Dungeon Museum. Experience the acclaimed performance of a Witch trial adapted from the 1692 historical transcripts. Most chilling is that it is real. 16 Lynde St.  (978) 741-3570

There’s so much to do, you have to visit http://hauntedhappenings.org/ to plan.

Enhance your paranormal experience with a stay at the Hawthorne Hotel, one of Historic Hotels of America’s most haunted member hotels. Built in 1925, in the city notorious for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the hotel has ghost stories of its own, mostly attributed to the sea captains who were returning to their gathering place. In particular, rooms 621 and 325 have had reports of lights turning off and on and a general uneasy feeling throughout the rooms (www.hawthornehotel.com).

 

Families will also appreciate the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites on Pickering Wharf, which has an indoor pool and restaurant on site.  https://www.salemwaterfronthotel.com/ 

 

And look for the new Hampton Inn to open in summer of 2020. https://www.facebook.com/Hampton-Inn-Salem-215100039190054/

 

Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Located on the Massachusetts coast just 15 miles north of Boston, Salem is accessible by car, train, and seasonal ferry. For more information, visit Salem.org.

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NYC Village Halloween Parade Names Zohra, The Giant Spider & Creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist as Grand Marshal

October 11, 2019
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This year, in celebration of 25 years with New York City’s Annual Village Halloween Parade, Zohra, The Giant Spider and its creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist will serve as Grand Marshal © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK –This year, in celebration of 25 years with New York City’s Annual Village Halloween Parade, Zohra, The Giant Spider and its creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist will serve as Grand Marshal. Twist will manipulate his striking Zohra, the giant spider, during the Parade from the iconic Italianate Gothic Clock tower of the Jefferson Market Library.

This year’s parade theme is “Wild Thing” and there is still time to sign up to volunteer and be in the parade and not just a spectator on the sidelines. You can volunteer to animate a Giant Puppet or help Marshall the Parade.

The legendary Village Halloween Parade has entertained the public on Halloween night for the past 45 years, on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm. The parade has been attracting millions of people from around the world. It will showcase hundreds of puppets including this year’s grand marshal Zohra, 53 bands spanning all genres of music, dancers, artists and thousands of New Yorkers showcasing their “Wild Thing” costumes of their own creation in the nation’s largest public participatory event in New York City.

Antlers, fur, and nails;
teeth, hooves, and tails.
A jangle of bells, a clattering of bones,
a shuffling of straw.
What separates human from beast?

“As long as civilization has defined what it is to be human, humans have harbored a longing for our wild past. In remote villages throughout Europe, the Wild Man persists, as Carnivalesque processions of Kukuri, Wildermann, Pelzmartel, and Schnappviecher to remind us that we can never quite shed our animal DNA. To prepare for battle, Norsemen once donned “the bear shirt” (literally the “ber-serk”) exchanging the mantle of civilization for the potency of their animal past. More often, though, the Wild Thing affirms life over death, celebrating rites of fertility, safeguarding the herds, or simply reminding us to love life’s most basic and visceral gifts. Like vines creeping from beneath the sidewalk cracks, the Wild Thing persists and pushes through our consciousness where and when he can. Fearsome, ribald, and capricious, the he/she/it rekindles for a moment the mixture of fear, awe, and desire that mirrors our complex relationship to nature itself.

“The VHP has always been a wild place, but this year we explore the wilder-ness and call on our revelers to put on their bear-shirts, don your horns and antlers, your cloaks of fur and straw.

“Official puppeteers will lead the way, summoning a bestiary of towering masked figures inspired by extant wildermann traditions ranging from Sardinia to Siberia. Scarecrow to Green Man to Mud Man!”

Dangling above all the excitement is Zohra, the giant spider.

Twist keeps alive one of the original traditions of the Parade; puppets manipulated from homes and buildings along the Parade route for the excitement of the crowd. Basil Twist began his collaboration with Artistic Director of the Parade, Jeanne Fleming in 1991 when he created a swarm of bats for the 26th Annual Parade. The iconic Zohra, the giant spider, was created by Twist in 1994 for the event and has become a tradition of the parade.

Every 31st of October, parade goers can witness Zohra’s annual appearance. Twist walks the dramatic arachnid, which spans ten feet, through the streets of the west village, up the 149 stairs of this New York landmark to its perch in the tower. She only comes out on Halloween night when she sees the Parade coming up 6th Avenue. This puppet is a visual treat for those participating in the Parade as well as those lined up near the Jefferson Market Library.

Zohra is an indirect Quranic name for girls that means radiant white color. There is also a fascinating historical reference to a woman name Zohra. She was a prisoner at the Jefferson Market which was originally a courthouse with a holding area for prisoners on their way to jail or trial.

Basil Twist, the creator of Zohar, is a New York City based puppeteer has gained an international reputation as an outstanding designer, director and performer. He creates iconic, visionary puppetry with a remarkable range of style and scope. He is best known for his underwater puppet show “Symphonie Fantastique” which focuses on the integration of puppetry with music. In 2010, he created puppetry for the Broadway productions of The Pee-Wee Herman show and the Adams Family. He has received national and regional recognition through numerous awards, including a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, an Obie Award, a Creative Capital Award in the discipline of Performing Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Twist was named a MacArthur genius grant recipient in 2015.

“I am thrilled that after 20 years of Zohra’s participation in the parade, we have the distinguished honor of being named grand marshal” said Basil Twist about this opportunity. “I am proud to bring this art of the past to the present with Zohra at the forefront of the Halloween Day Parade.” (For more information on Master Puppeteer Basil Twist, visit https://www.basiltwist.com/)

For more information on the Parade, visit http://www.halloween-nyc.com. Follow on Facebook: halloweennyc, Twitter NYCHalloween and Instagram @nychalloween.

See photos from 2018 Village Halloween Parade.

 

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45th Annual NYC’s Village Halloween Parade, Themed ‘I Am a Robot’ Introduces VIP Section

October 7, 2018

New York City’s 45th annual Village Halloween Parade is themed , “I AM a Robot” and for the first time will feature a VIP section. © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORKFor the first time, New York City’s iconic Village Halloween Parade is featuring a VIP section. The 45th Annual parade is themed, “I AM a Robot!”

“Grand Marshal Machine Dazzle will lead the Special VIP Robot Section of the 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade, calling upon Halloween makers and marchers to join in our positronic collective, expressing our inner cyborgs for an evening of robotic revelry.”

Get automated and support the 45th Annual Village Halloween Parade by purchasing an advance ticket for $25 – now available on EventBrite. Ticketholders will avoid lines with access to a secret entry point for early admission, enjoy a special DJ and soundtrack for an In-Parade party, and get the chance to meet other wildly creative Halloween fanatics from New York City and around the world. Robot costumes are required to march in the Special VIP Robot Section.

“We are thrilled to invite the public to join our first ever special VIP section,” stated Jeanne Fleming, Artistic/Producing Director of New York’s Halloween Parade. “With artificial intelligences learning, adapting, interpreting and reacting as humans do, the times we live in can be overwhelming. This traditional and beloved event aspires to bring folks into their creative imagination—celebrating that quality that differentiates us from robots—and by extension make the world a better place. We as New Yorkers and those visiting the Big Apple can come together, affirm our identity, block out the distractions, focus on joy and inhabit the streets of New York LIVE.”

The legendary Village Halloween Parade has entertained the public on Halloween night for the past 44 years, on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street on October 31 from 7 pm – 10:30 pm. The Special VIP Robot Section will line up for the parade at 6 pm at a secret location to be announced closer to the event.

For more information on the Parade, visit https://www.halloween-nyc.com/.

To purchase a ticket for the Special VIP Robot Section, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-am-a-robot-tickets-49394794159?ref=ebtnebregn.

 

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Top 10 Best Haunted Houses in America Named Just in Time for Halloween

October 18, 2017

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SAN ANTONIO, — It’s that time of year again when haunted house goers and horror fanatics all across the nation have their hearts set on checking out which haunted attractions have been named the ones not to miss this Halloween season. HauntedHouse.com has just announced its top 10 list “America’s Best Haunts” across the country.

HauntedHouse.com hand-picked 10 haunted attractions for 2017 that it considered the most hair-raising, terrifying and downright frightening to all of those who dare to attend. This year’s list of “America’s Best Haunts” was carefully selected by a panel representing more than 100 years combined working in the haunted house and horror industry. Only the scariest, horrifying and the most cutting edge haunted houses made the list.

“We guarantee you, none will disappoint and all will leave you with your heart racing, your palms sweating, and you asking for more. Do you dare to see what our picks for this year are?”

Here is the official list of “America’s Best Haunts” for 2017 from HauntedHouse.com:

  1. House of Torment
    Location (multiple): Austin, TX – Chicago, IL
    Website: www.houseoftorment.com
  2. Headless Horseman
    Location: Ulster Park, NY
    Website: www.headlesshorseman.com
  3. The Asylum Haunted House
    Location: Denver, CO
    Website: www.asylumdenver.com
  4. 13th Floor Haunted House
    Location (multiple): Denver, CO – San Antonio, TX – Phoenix, AZ – Chicago, IL
    Website: www.13thfloorhauntedhouses.com
  5. Fear Farm and Phoenix Haunted Hayride
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
    Website: www.fearfarm.com
  6. Cutting Edge
    Location: Fort Worth, TX
    Website: www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com
  7. Bates Motel
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Website: www.thebatesmotel.com
  8. Spookyworld NE
    Location: Litchfield, NH
    Website: www.nightmarenewengland.com
  9. Haunted Hotel
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Website: www.hauntedhotel.com
  10. Scarehouse
    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    Website: www.scarehouse.com

Hauntedhouse.com‘s list of “America’s Best Haunts” was created in 2006 and has become a premier source for information and rankings of the haunted house industry.  The 2017 list was selected by a panel of judges with over 100 years of combined haunted-attractions industry experience.

For complete list of the winners and further information visit: www.AmericasBestHaunts.com.

 

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Best Places for Halloween: ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Blaze’ Halloween Events Return to Historic Hudson Valley

September 25, 2017
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At Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, you may well encounter the Headless Horseman in the shadows. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Washington Irving’s macabre tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is the inspiration for Horseman’s Hollow, a spectacularly produced interactive Halloween haunted attraction at the colonial-era Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

It is one of a series of Historic Hudson Valley’s Halloween season spectacular events, the largest Halloween events in the tri-state area, which draw more than 150,000 visitors to Sleepy Hollow Country. They take place in several Historic Hudson Valley venues, each one an important attraction.

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Fanciful figures made of jack o’lanterns are just a few of the 7,000 illuminated jacks on The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, a hugely popular family-friendly walk-through experience at Van Cortlandt Manor. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze®, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, (Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1, 5-9, 12-31 and Nov. 2-5, 9-12, 17-18, 24-25)
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display — all made of jack o’ lanterns.  In this elaborate, hugely popular walk-through experience, see more than 7,000 illuminated jacks, all designed and individually hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Wander along the main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. You will discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.

See a fully functioning, 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel with a variety of pumpkin creatures along for the ride. (Gourds only, no humans on this one!)

Feel the earth shake as you approach Jurassic Park, where a herd of pint-sized dinosaurs mingles with an enormous T-Rex, brontosaurus, triceratops, and flying pterodactyl. And don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman…yes, all made entirely of jack o’lanterns!

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Look closely and you will see The Headless Horseman himself in jack o’lanterns at The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative fall-inspired happening.

All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200. Online admission is: Adults $20 ($25 Friday and Saturday); Children $16 ($20 Friday and Saturday); and free for members and children under 3.

Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, 381 N Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.  (Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31)
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow transforms Philipsburg Manor into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Those who survive the trail enter the ruins of Ichabod’s Schoolhouse, where they must endure a twisted maze of horrors, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman.

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow transforms Philipsburg Manor into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

This is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Not suitable for small children or the faint of heart (and they mean it). Enter at your own risk!

All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200. Online admission is $20 ($25 Saturday); $5 discount for members.

Irving’s ‘Legend’, Old Dutch Church, 430 N. Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, (Oct 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31)
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling captivates all audiences.

Admissions for this 45-minute performance are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Performances are at 6:15, 7:30, and 8:45pm on Fridays and 1:30, 5, 6:15, and 7:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org. Online admission is: Adults $25; Children $20; $5 discount for members.

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Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at the Old Dutch Church © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Sunnyside: Home of the ‘Legend’, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, (October 6-9, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28)

What better way to spend a haunt-filled weekend than at the homestead of Washington Irving, creator of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Irving’s fascinating home — a colorful blend of architectural styles — showcases numerous, previously unseen objects from HHV’s collection related to Irving’s famous story. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and create Headless Horseman-themed art.

Timed tours every half hour starting at 10am. Last tour is at 3pm. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org. Online admission is: Adults $16; Seniors $12; Children $8; and free for members and children under 3.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

Because of the popularity of these events, it is essential to purchase tickets in advance.

Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite, if available).

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Sweets, Treats and Freaks! It’s Halloween in London

October 8, 2016

From the gruesome, to the spook-tacular, this year’s Halloween celebrations in London, the city of Jack the Ripper, are set to be the most haunted yet. There’s something for everyone, so get ready for some wickedly wild events.

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Let your inner thrill-seeker come out from the dark this All Hallow’s Eve, and hop on board the fastest boat in London. The Thames Rockets will take you on a fifty minute hair-raising blast through the capital, with a spooky skipper guiding you down the River in the dark of the night for their Thames Thriller experience. If you prefer to stay firmly on land, then head down to the boo-tiful Hampton Court Palace, for a gruesome ghost tour of the regal residence. Experience the eerie atmosphere of the palace, as you dare to be led through its grounds in the dark. Visit the Home of Halloween, the London Dungeon for their multi-sensory Witch Hunter show. Discover 1,000 years of London’s dark history in nineteen shows, featuring some of the greatest villains and rogues, two thrilling rides and plenty of startling surprises. Try to get some sleep at the end of the day at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, which will play host to a spine-chilling sleepover, so pack the sleeping bag and discuss ghoulies and ghosties by torch, before spending the night at the iconic venue.

Eat, Drink, and be Scary: All Hallow’s Eve in Style
Who said that frightening fare doesn’t taste good? Enjoy a bewitching, Halloween-themed afternoon tea in the stylish setting of London’s Hilton on Park Lane, with a wicked selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and delicacies. Hold your nerve at a private viewing of psychological horror film, The Shining at One Aldwych’s luxurious screening room. Replace popcorn with a glass of chilled champagne and enjoy a three-course meal at Indigo restaurant. At the Booking Office Bar and Restaurant, live jazz will entertain guests, as they toast the 150th anniversary of Madame Clicquot’s death. Dressed in Victorian gothic attire, soak up the surroundings and celebrate champagne’s most emblematic woman. For a formal occasion with a difference, visit the Museum of London Docklands for a sit-down, candle lit dinner and expert talk, before embarking on a haunted ghost tour around the building to walk off your meal.

Paint the Town Dead: Adult Friendly Celebrations
After the trick-or-treating is over for another year, let the celebrations continue and treat yourself to some creepy cocktails at The Roof Gardens. A selection of spine-tingling drinks, live music and a fired-up barbeque make this set to be a glamorously ghoulish affair. Dance the night away at an exclusive boat party aboard The Golden Star. Fashion your scariest Halloween costume, soak up London’s iconic skyline and let the DJ cast a spell on you. The National Gallery will be hosting a special Halloween late, celebrating the darker side of their latest collection. While your face is painted with sinister shades to the background of macabre folk music, visit the pop-up bars around the gallery, and explore how paintings have been inspired by tales of darkness. Let Dirty Martini help you celebrate late into the witching hour as they throw their biggest Halloween party yet. Head down early to enjoy a half-price happy hour, and dance the night away to some scary hits. Lastly, Primo Bar at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge will be given a spooky makeover for its infamous Screamo Halloween party, complete with scary performances, a fancy dress contest, live music and DJ’s on the decks until late.

For more information about what’s coming up in London this Halloween, head to www.visitlondon.com/Halloween

 

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Story of Mad Butcher & Severed Heads Reenacted During Halloween Weekends at West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort

October 6, 2016
Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills.

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills.

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV – How much fear fun can you handle when forests become primeval, distressed ghouls linger in the thickets and overall, for four late October nights, the hair on the back of everyone’s neck will rise?

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills. Here Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Hike takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 and again on Oct. 28 and 29, 2016. To participate, the per person rate is $13 for adults and $10 for youth. Visitors can combine the walk with a Night Sky Zip Line Tour and the rate is $99 for adults, $89 for youth. Add a 5K Zombie Run on Oct. 22 only at $129 for adults and $119 for youth.

And over these two weekends the resort’s cabins can be rented for half price.

The resort comes by its haunting naturally, locals say. There’s an old story from 1960’s about a mad butcher and a number of murders that occurred in the area. The mad butcher, never convicted, has been in and out of mental institutions, while rumors of dismembered heads stayed put. The murders were never solved.

ACE Adventure Resort’s (https://aceraft.com/) designer of fear is Chris Colin, who also stages the resort’s annual music festival. He explained that this year the haunted trail plays off the mad butcher story with a butcher shop with a hillbilly kitchen, a maze through a hillbilly workshop garage, a haunted house – or two – and the introduction of new fear-inspiring characters to the scene.

“We had 1,500 people over four days last year,” Colin said. “We expect to double that number this year.”

The nighttime zip line, a year-round staple, is enhanced by spooky qualities in deference to the season. West Virginia’s New River Gorge becomes a blur as shadows lengthen and people begin to soar like bats through the treetops and moving shadows. Senses leap into overdrive over seven zips and a sky bridge that keeps participants enthralled for over two hours. Adventurers must be 13 years or older and weigh at least 100 pounds (but not over 200).

The 5KM Zombie Run on the first weekend works like flag football. The runners, laden with flags, have to keep their flags away from the aggressive zombies. If they lose their flags, they become zombies too.

Fall colors at ACE Adventure Resort peak mid to late October depending on the weather. However, the protected depths of the New River Gorge can keep colors longer than usual along the river bottom. Prime foliage viewing is best from secluded overlooks which include the Endless Wall Trail, named the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today. ACE’s popular New River Bridge Catwalk Tour that takes adventurers under the longest single arch bridge in the western hemisphere spans 1.5 miles on a 24-inch wide catwalk (with railings). The fall colors can be truly spectacular with the right timing (this can be coupled with a raft trip).

Most of the activities that have made ACE Adventure Resort a #1 Outfitter in West Virginia continue through fall as well: zip liningmountain bikingdisc golfstand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass. Conditions for rock climbing and mountain biking are usually optimal this time of year.

ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service.  ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email ace@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

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Frightfully Elegant Halloween Experience Awaits in the ‘Transylvania Suite’ at The Hay-Adams, Washington DC

October 28, 2015
Washington DC at night. The Hay Adams has a very special Halloween planned for anyone intrepid enough to book "The Transylvania Suite." © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Washington DC at night. The Hay Adams has a very special Halloween planned for anyone intrepid enough to book “The Transylvania Suite.” © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Washington, D.C. – This Halloween no creaking coffins are needed for a night or two of haunting retiring at The Hay-Adams, located at 800 16th Street NW in Washington, DC. Count Dracula and ghost-loving guests who book the “Transylvania Suite” for one or two nights, (available Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31) will find the expansive canopy bed dressed in custom designed Italian linens, frightfully embellished with cobwebs and creepily embroidered personalized pillows. This luxurious suite overlooks Lafayette Park towards the White House.

The Hay-Adams Halloween package affords a unique chance to enjoy the legendary elegance of this historic hotel while experiencing a number of creative twists all evening: from a frighteningly outfitted butler to escort guests to the skull- adorned suite, to a gift collection of old and new horror film DVDs, along with more eye-popping surprises. This Halloween experience is priced at $2,995 per night (excluding tax and gratuity).

The “Transylvania Suite” will be fiendishly decorated by designer Barbara Hamilton of the Ociana Group, with all the trappings of a gentrified haunted house. Those brave enough to take the plunge will be treated to a spirited welcome amenity from Pastry Chef Josh Short, tricked with blood-curdling cocktails for two delivered to the Halloween lair, followed by a three-course dinner paired with wines which includes a spidery-inspired dessert, served in the suite’s dining room. A diabolically concocted turn-down surprise will be delivered prior to retiring for the night. The following morning guests can celebrate daybreak with a lavish breakfast in bed at their leisure, and who can resist a spicy Bloody Scary to complete the morning feast.

The award-winning Hay-Adams hotel is located at 800 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 20006, across Lafayette Square from the White House. The historic Hay-Adams offers guests Washington’s most prestigious address with views overlooking the White House, Lafayette Square and St. John’s Church, the “Church of the Presidents.”   The hotel is just minutes from the Smithsonian, the Museums, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, the Mall, as well as convenient to Metro stations and the convention center.

For reservations or more information call (202) 638-6600 or visit www.hayadams.com.

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