It’s all about Halloween right now in New York City. Bars are serving up their spookiest cocktails, scary movies can be found on almost every TV channel, haunted houses are popping up left and right, and late night parties are more ghoulish than ever. So how’s a New Yorker to know what bloody great activities to prioritize in a city that has literally everything? Fear not, we’ve got you covered.
If you’ve always wanted to see how you’d fare in The Walking Dead, now’s your chance. Zombie Experience, located in Long Island City, gives you and your friends the chance to either save the world or become zombie meat. Your mission is simple but the challenge is anything but. Find the antidote to save the world, all while shooting at zombies coming after you. Crawl through tunnels, be wary around corners, and make sure to keep moving — even if you kill a zombie, it will reanimate after 30 seconds. Only the brave and fearless make it out alive. Will you?
Room Escape Adventures have become increasingly popular all over the country in the past few years. Why not amp up the pressure by being Trapped in a Room with a Zombie?! You and your group will be locked in a small room, with clues and puzzles leading you to learn how to escape. However, there is a very hungry zombie chained up in the room with you, and every five minutes, its chain releases another foot…bringing it closer and closer to you. Can you solve all of the riddles in under 60 minutes? Find out for yourself!
If dressing up and getting down is more your style, there’s only one place to go for the city’s hottest parties. From kicking off Halloween with a Day & Night brunch, to Through the Looking Glass Alice in Wonderland-themed nights with DJ Samantha Ronson, and even a Naughty Bordello soiree hosted by French Montana, Nite Tables gives you the best of the best options in booking your Halloween revelry. Whether you are looking for an open bar, live performances, or even a cruise around the Hudson, there’s nothing you won’t find here.
Get some pre-Halloween haunts in on October 24th at St. Peter’s Chelsea, which will play host to a special screening of 1922 silent movie “Nosferatu.” St. Peter’s Chelsea is the first gothic church in America and dates back 177 years. Accompanying the movie will be Joel Forrester, a jazz pianist and composer, plus two silent Mickey Mouse opening cartoons. The vampire-themed movie starts at 8pm with a suggested $20 donation towards the church’s restoration, or $10 donation for students and seniors.
Said to be the most haunted house in the city, Merchant House Museum brings both history and spirits to New Yorkers. The museum offers candlelight ghost tours, along with other haunting events, including Chant Macabre: Songs from the Crypt, and an 1865 Funeral Reenactment. The candlelight tours not only take you through the history of the house, but of the various ghost stories and tales that many have witnessed over the years. And if you’re lucky (or unlucky), you might just witness some paranormal activity yourself!
Twisted Talk: Have you been to any of these haunts in the city? How are you spending your Halloween? Discuss below!