As the BER months rush in, Christmas can’t be too far away. If Christmas is all about being with family and living the traditions – shopping, exchanging gifts and indulging in great, festive gastronomies, the chance of travel is nil. If you are itching to get away just one more time, a Halloween extravaganza some place is a great idea. If you are keen on making just this trip to have a blast in a city, do you know that there are great city destinations to spend your Halloween?
In America, haunted house attractions are all the rage Forbes – Lifestyle Section’s Larry Olmsted says. “From a creepy former State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania to a converted warehouse in Pontiac Michigan, seasonal haunted house attractions have become big business in the U.S. In the short window between mid-September and Halloween, elaborate mega-attractions with names like Field of Screams, ScareAtorium, Terror Behind the Walls, and Shocktoberfest pulls in thousands of visitors daily with a mix of live action actors, elaborate sets and technology.”
This year, why not don your mask or go on a full costume to enjoy a scary Halloween night in New York or Los Angeles rather than on destinations off the beaten track. Forbes – Lifestyle Section’s Larry Olmsted share some Halloween travel ideas in the blog Halloween Scares: New York & Los Angeles Get World-Class Haunted Houses. Olmsted makes you realize that you can go on a city escapade in any of these coveted cities on your bucket list and enjoy a scary experience too on a Halloween night.
The Haunted Hayride Visits New York and Los Angeles
Olmsted says, “New York and LA, are not missing out on the big time scare season. On October 2, the Haunted Hayride comes to both.”
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a very popular Halloween attraction held yearly in the Old Abandoned Zoo of the Griffith Park. This 2015, its producer -Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO) – is taking it to the east coast’s Randall Island Park. It used to be a site for psychiatric hospitals and asylums, rendering a perfect eerie ambiance that Halloween holidaymakers will enjoy. Bloodcurdling attractions to be featured in the New York Haunted Hayride include ghost-like spirits, evil possessions, orphanages for scorched children, mad clowns huge beasts, and much more.
CEO Melissa Carbone guarantees that “The attraction will be haunting, enchanting, terrifying and everything you want to feel during the Halloween season. It’s the best work we’ve done from the past seven years, all in one place at the same time.”
Haunted Hayride also opens in California, the Los Angeles on the same day, boasting some new experiences with the “Boogeyman, a claustrophobic “scare zone” of darkness” as well as House of Shadows, Trick or Treat, Purgatory, and In-Between Dark Maze.
Spooky Houses Come Alive
Aside from Haunted Hay Ride, there are other houses that can make you jump out of your skin. For instance, Blood Manor is also open on the same day. Time Out New York writes in the blog Haunted Houses in New York, “Laugh-scream your way through a parade of ghosts, serial killers and things that go bump in the night at these Halloween haunted houses in New York.” The blog cites other haunted house that is guaranteed to frighten you – Gravesend Haunted Hotel, Blackout Haunted House, Jekyll and Hyde Haunted House, and Time Scare.
Aside from the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo, Griffith Park, The Best Haunted Houses and Attractions in Los Angeles, TimeOut recommends Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Halloween Haunt (also known as Knott’s Scary Farm), Dark Harbor, and Ward 13.
If you are eager to combine a bone-chilling jaunt this Halloween with shopping for Christmas plus some gastronomic spree on the side, foremost cities such as New York and Los Angeles got the spookiest attractions for you.