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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
Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

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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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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New York City’s 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade Themed ‘Shine a Light’

October 28, 2015
The 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, the largest public Halloween event in the world, kicks off at 7 pm © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, the largest public Halloween event in the world, kicks off at 7 pm © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The theme for the 42nd Annual Village Halloween Parade, which kicks off at 7 pm on Saturday, October 31, is “Shine a Light! In times of darkness, we bring the Light!”  There will be a special Grand Marshall Float in the Parade this year featuring The Most Interesting Man in the World from Dos Equis.
Official Village Halloween Parade Puppeteers, featuring master puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, have created the Shine a Light theme, featuring dancing chandeliers and Light Masters offering small lights to the crowds.

This year’s parade will also feature several large contingents paying tribute to the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition:.

Look for the Day of the Dead commemoration float from the Las Calacas Festival from San Miguel, Mexico.  “This is a serious endeavor involving well-known artists who have a story to tell paying tribute to those creatures and humans who died this past year.”

Joining Las Calacas will be 100 teens from the Casita Maria Center in the South Bronx also exhibiting Day of the Dead costumes and puppets.  It is their first time at the Parade.

Also, the Mexican Tourism Board has sent us 30 beautiful Day of the Dead Catrinas in full costume and make-up for the march!

The Parade steps off promptly at 7 p.m. from Spring Street and 6th Avenue in Greenvich Village and makes it way up 6th Avenue to about 28th Street.

The hastag for the night is #ny1boo.

See highlights from the 2014 New York City Halloween Parade

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American Museum of Natural History hosts 16th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Celebration

October 15, 2011

 

The American Museum of Natural History is inviting one and all to its 16th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Celebration, Monday, Oct. 31, 4-7 pm.

The American Museum of Natural History is inviting one and all to its 16th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Celebration, Monday, Oct. 31, 4-7 pm.

The Cat in the Hat, Curious George®, Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Miffy, Toot and Puddle, Peter RabbitTM, Llama Llama, Danny’s Dinosaur, Teddy Roosevelt, and WordGirl are among the characters who will greet thousands of costumed children as they arrive at the American Museum of Natural History to celebrate Halloween.

Guests can wander among “dangerous” dinosaurs, “eerie” elephants, and the “uncanny” universe when more than 30 of the Museum’s halls open on Halloween for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, fun with roaming cartoon characters, and live performances by David Grover and the Big Bear Band, Louie & Subanda, stiltwalkers, and the Big Nazo puppet troupe.

Tickets are $10 ($9Members). Special Monster Meal packages (choice of chicken nuggets or hamburger, fries, and a soda), which include admission, are available for $19 ($18 Members).

To reserve tickets, call 212-769-5200 or visit www.amnh.org/halloween.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79thStreet.

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West Hollywood Project Masquerade Contest for Best Costume Designs at Halloween Carnaval

October 12, 2011

Calling all devilish designers and phantoms of fashion! In order to summon the creative spirits, West Hollywood has announced PROJECT MASQUERADE, a contest for the best costume design for this year’s West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Three finalists will each receive a stay at the glamorous The London West Hollywood hotel on Halloween night, where one winner will be selected to receive a $250 grand prize.

The legendary Carnaval is one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the world, drawing thousands of revelers to Santa Monica Boulevard each year. Sponsored by the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau, PROJECT MASQUERADE recognizes the unmatched creativity that goes into some of the outlandish designs seen each year, many of which require weeks or even months of planning and assembly. From outrageous drag queens to magnificent monsters to brilliant parodies of current events, the costumes at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval harness the amazing creativity and innovation for which West Hollywood has long been known.

To participate in the PROJECT MASQUERADE contest, entrants must submit their costume design concepts to the West Hollywood Facebook page (www.facebook.com/westhollywood) by Monday, October 24. Three finalists will be selected and notified by Wednesday, October 26 and invited to spend Halloween night at The London West Hollywood hotel, where they can arrive and get dressed for the night in high style. The hotel is just a short walk from the revelry on Santa Monica Boulevard. During a judging ceremony on Halloween night, the finalists will present their actual costumes and one winner will be selected to receive a $250 bonus prize.

Rules of the contest:

  1. Entrants must submit a detailed design concept for their costume. The entries must consist of a 100-word (maximum) written description plus visuals; either photos, sketches or drawings of the concept.
  2. Submissions must be uploaded by Monday, October 24 to the official West Hollywood Facebook page at www.facebook.com/westhollywood in the “Project Masquerade” album. Please post your images and include a 100-word (maximum) description in the captions.
  3. From the Facebook entries, three finalists will be selected and notified by Wednesday, October 26 to receive a complimentary stay the night of Halloween (October 31, 2011) at The London West Hollywood. The finalists must provide their own transportation and be present the night of Halloween in order to participate in the final judging. The hotel stay includes breakfast. The finalists must be able to present a credit card upon check-in for incidentals, such as parking or anything else purchased in the hotel.
  4. Entries can be individuals or pairs. For pairs, the costume design must share a common theme.
  5. The costume design submissions will be judged on creativity, thoroughness, and clarity of concept. The designs can be outrageous and edgy but should not exceed a “PG-13” rating.
  6. The three finalists will be judged on their execution of the concepts they submitted.
  7. And finally: “Make it work, make it weird, make it fabulous!”

At just 1.9 square miles in size and located in the center of the greater Los Angeles region, the City of West Hollywood is the ideal destination for visitors seeking glamour, style and fun. Whether lounging next to a rooftop hotel pool, strolling The Avenues or living it up at one of West Hollywood’s famous nightlife haunts, West Hollywood offers the ultimate in style and excitement.

Recently named California’s “Most Walkable City,” West Hollywood’s three main districts offer unmatched variety and easy accessibility. The Sunset Strip is legendary (and notorious) for its hip hotels, legendary live music venues and sophisticated shopping and dining. Santa Monica Boulevard has long been known as West Hollywood’s “Main Street” and is the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Southern California. The Avenues – Art, Design & Fashion District surrounds the landmark Pacific Design Center and offers more than 300 unique fashion designers, art galleries, interior design showrooms and upscale restaurants.

For more information on West Hollywood visit www.visitwesthollywood.com.

See also:

Best Halloween Destinations to Meet the Spirits of the Season and slideshow

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Halloween in Venice!

October 30, 2009
Halloween in Venice

Venetian "witches" dash into stores to demand treats on Halloween.

Venice, famous for its Carnival,  is a natural for for an American-style Halloween!  For more about our visit to Venice, Italy, as part of Royal Caribbean’s cruisetour, go to: 

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