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The most nightmare-inducing haunted houses in NYC

Published On 10/22/2013 Published On 10/22/2013

It doesn't matter HOW many "No Fear" t-shirts you still own from middle school -- haunted houses can be truly frightening places. We scoured the city to give you the five that will produce the kind of nightmares previously only experienced by people playing behind the Giants' offensive line.

Nightmare Killer's 2

Nightmare Killer's 2
Where to find it: Lower East Side
Why it will give you nightmares: For its 10th anniversary, Nightmare is revisiting the "Killers" theme, which focuses on real murderers like Charles Manson... but not in a "romanticized or glorified" way... which hopefully doesn't mean there will be, like, actual murders, because that would be scary and super-illegal.

Blackout Haunted House

Blackout Haunted House
Where to find it: Chelsea
Why it will give you nightmares: Blackout doesn't release many details in advance, but based on their previous reputation, they aren't going to hold back. One year they straight-up waterboarded people, so... yeah, be prepared for anything.

Blood Manor

Blood Manor
Where to find it: Hudson Square
Why it will give you nightmares: The actors throughout the maze get uncomfortably in-your-face, and this year they've added new attractions like the "Shocktorium", "The Carnival of Souls", and "Jungle Terror", where if you "enter the cave, you'll never return". Editor's note: you will most likely return.

Then She Fell / Adam Jason Photography

Then She Fell
Where to find it: Williamsburg
Why it will give you nightmares: This "fully immersive, multi-sensory" experience takes place in an old hospital ward and loosely interprets the works of Lewis Carroll by transforming the space into a "dreamscape" where you'll explore solo, and encounter "performers and hidden scenes"... which all sounds almost highbrow and literary until you realize you're in a SUPER CREEPY WEIRD HOSPITAL!

Darkside / Jonny Meola ©11:11 Studios

Darkside
Where to find it: Riverhead, Long Island
Why it will give you nightmares: Beyond the fact that it's on Long Island, this haunted village will lead you through rickety old fences that won't appear capable of keeping chainsaw killers from getting in your face... not to mention the blood-covered, pig-faced madmen with axes. Like we said, Long Island.

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1. Nightmare: KILLERS2 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Revisiting the Killer's theme which focuses on real murderer's like Charles Manson, this spookfest is actually terrifyingly realistic.

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2. Blackout Haunted House 164 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Want to get waterboarded? Want to have absolutely no idea what you're getting yourself into before you go, because their PR people don't share details on-purpose? Yeah, then this is your place.

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3. Blood Manor 163 Varick St, New York, NY 10013 (West Village)

To set you right back to your childhood fears, "The Carnival of Souls" is waiting for you. With like, lots of clowns, and creepy balloons (are balloons creepy? Really bro?), and maybe some dolls... to rekindle the terror of when your older sister used to "force" you to play with her.

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4. Then She Fell 195 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

If you're into multi-sensory theater experiences that ALSO happen to terrify the living-daylight out of you, then head to Then She Fell. It's in a rundown, old hospital and it smells.

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5. Darkside Haunted House 5184 Rt 25A, Wading River, NY 11792

Indulge in a pig-faced madmen chasing you with a chainsaw, and run through a maze of broken white picket fences. It's like a Long Island Stepford nightmare!

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