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by on October 15, 2012

We all love Halloween for the fun street festivals, pumpkin carving contests and excuse to test our candy eating capabilities. But another thing many of us love to test is our ability to handle fear. As it’s the only time of year that deems it acceptable to tap in to our freaky sides, we’ve picked four of New York’s best haunted houses to get you in the scaring spirit.

Blackout Haunted House
If you want to test personal limits and your ability to handle fear, this haunted house may be for you. But tread carefully. Voted “the scariest haunted house in New York City” by the NY Post, Blackout seems to have the “anything goes” philosophy. Before entering, you’re required to sign a waiver that will allow the actors to touch you. Rules include: you have to walk through alone, wear a protective mask, carry a flashlight, no touching the walls, no speaking and you must do everything you are told. With a main warning that you will experience “intense sexual and violent situations,” some highlights (if you want to call them that) include a bag being put over your head, crawling, getting drenched and being left along in utter darkness for minutes at a time only to realize you are not alone. The only thing that brings us comfort with this one is knowing you can yell “safety” if you think you’re going to break and will be quickly escorted out.

Location: 115 West 27th Street, between 6th and 7th
Price: $30
Time: approximately 30 minutes to walk through


Contributed by Caitlin Hacker