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Blood Manor Review

A Terrifying Night at New York's Premier Halloween Haunted House

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If nightmares of Freddy Krueger, Chucky, or Dracula have ever kept you up at night, you’ll be bound to lose some sleep after visiting New York’s premier haunted Halloween haunted house: Blood Manor.

The popular Halloween haunted house returns for its sixth year on Manhattan’s West Side, although it wouldn’t be surprising to hear screams as far away as Central Park. It’s that scary.

From clowns with chainsaws to a butcher who mans a human slaughterhouse, there’s no telling who (or what) might pop out of hidden nooks and crannies throughout the 5,000 square foot corridor that attendees must navigate by foot. The lifelike costumes and makeup provide a skewed sense of reality. Unlike many Halloween exhibits, in which you feel like you’re watching a horror show, Blood Manor makes you feel like you’re part of the action.

Although cast members are instructed to keep their hands to themselves, only inches separate blood spewing zombies from horrified patrons. Once the lights go out, it’s just a little too close for comfort. Towards the end of the attraction, the action becomes even more realistic when you’re handed 3D glasses.

It takes about 20 minutes to make your way through the themed rooms and labyrinth of passageways. Stops include the wolves den, vortex laser tunnel, and vampire’s lair. Groups of about six people typically walk through together. Fear seekers should stick towards the front of the pack.

Standard tickets cost $30 online (plus a $3.50 handling fee), but you can visit www.bloodmanor.com for information about discounts. Students, for example, can get in for $20 on select nights. Considering that a ticket to see a scary movie can cost up to $14.00, your best bet is to check out Blood Manor. Or else…

Blood Manor

Where: 542 West 27th Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue. Take the C or E to 23rd Street (and 8th Avenue) and walk west.

When: October 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31. November 5 and 6. Hours are 7:30PM - Midnight on Thursdays, 7:30PM - 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays, 6PM - 11PM on Sundays, 7:30PM - 1AM on October 27-30, and 6PM - 2AM on Halloween Night.


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