Eastern State Penetentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls
Terror Behind the Walls will put your hometown haunted hayride to shame. They employ Hollywood-worthy lighting and sound and more than 200 actors to scare the bejesus out of all of their visitors. When your group comes here, they will realize that the building itself is scary enough. The penitentiary is now the site of abandoned, increasingly decrepit cell blocks, guard towers, and isolation areas. The beginning of this tour starts in the former recreation yard. Here, as well as inside the building, actors do their best to scare the visitors coming though.
Sleepy Hollow, NY
You have heard the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman; well Hudson Valley’s Philipsburg Manor has been transformed into Horseman’s Hollow, an interactive haunted house populated with vampires, witches, and the occasional Hessian hiding in the shadows. This spooky tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12. For a less frightening tour try the Great Jack–O–Lantern Blaze, a display of more than 4,000 elaborately carved and illuminated pumpkins at Van Cortlandt Manor.
Village Halloween Parade, NY
Village Halloween Parade is one of New York City’s most popular event throughout the year. It comprises more than 50,000 paraders in 3 hours of festival fun at the West Village. Best of all, anyone can participate in the parade as long as they’re in costume (the more crazy the costume, the better!). Also in the parade are 50 bands from around the world, as well as dancers, artists, giant puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in creative outfits who march down Sixth Avenue. Just like the annual Macy’s Day Parade and New Year’s Eve bash in Times Square, the event is televised on local stations.
Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball
This small city north of Boston, known for the infamous Salem witch trials, is so into Halloween that the entire month of October is a party. Halloween lovers can experience a variety of events at this annual event, such as the Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo, and the Vampires Masquerade Ball; however, the most popular event is the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. Hundreds of costumed patrons flock to Salem as fires are burned on hilltops and witches gather to cast spells for the new year and to honor the dead during Samhain (the ancient name for “Halloween”).
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
If you thought theme parks couldn’t have a dark side, think again. In October, Universal Studios transforms into a frightening wonderland of horrors, with over-the-top settings and scream-worthy attractions. Horror-movie fans will feel like they are in their favorite shows and movies first-hand with interactive mazes like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Walking Dead, where visitors need to outrun hordes of zombies on the all-new Terror Tram. With additional shows, rides and “scare zones,” you’ll be sorry you entered! While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval, where half a million people flood Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween day.
Knott’s Scary Farm
Brace yourself for some serious farm scares. Every year, Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, CA, transforms into “160 acres of horror.” The slogan here is “Walk in, Freak Out,” and they aren’t joking: More than 1,000 monsters, 13 mazes and 4 scare zones make up Knott’s Scary Farm. This year promises to up the scare quotient with Trapped, an all-new, interactive maze that allows 6 visitors through at a time, with one catch — there’s no escape.