These New York City Haunted Houses Will Scare You Sh*tless

Expect plenty of chainsaw-wielding clowns.

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Some people like eating candy and watching Disney Channel original movies on Halloween (raises hand); others like to be scared to their very core. If it's not Halloween without a serious dose of horror for you, then you need to check out the scariest haunted houses in New York City. If you live in the area, then it's a no-brainer, but if not, you might want to consider making the city your fall getaway, because these over-the-top haunted house experiences are totally unique — and will leave you talking about them for years to come.

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1 Blood Manor, Lower East Side
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If the name doesn't scare you to your very core, maybe the themed rooms (The Crypt, Killer Clown Room, and Hannibal's Hell — where there's 1,000 ways to die) will. It's a 5,000-square-foot house of absolute horror, and the lines get long, so consider buying an express access ticket.


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2 This Is Real, Brooklyn
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This immersive experience may be the most terrifying of them all. Ghosts and zombies are scary, obvi, but we all know they aren't real, so the more-probable simulated abduction experience is the one that will have you sleeping with the lights on for the next year. You have 70 minutes in this warehouse with a murderous lunatic to try and stay alive. Bet you'll be wishing you stayed at home watching Netflix instead.


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3 New York Haunted Hayride, Randall's Island
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Part hayride, part haunted house, total heart-racing horror. Board a tractor-drawn hay wagon and encounter a backwoods hillbilly country full of demonic possessions, a neighborhood ice cream ripper, and other surprises guaranteed to make you want your momma. If you make it out alive, it's time to enter the House of Shadows, a dark maze where your only aid is a low-voltage lantern — but that may help the maze's inhabitants see you before you see them. Gulp.

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4 The Gravesend Inn, Brooklyn
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Checking in? This haunted house uses high-tech tricks to scare the living daylights out of you. This is the only house on this list that's child-friendly, but we'd probably think long and hard before toting our kiddos along on this harrowing adventure.


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