Interactive theater offers surprises around every turn, much like doing literally anything blindfolded. Delve into the darkness with this Groupon.
$18 for Admission to Nightmare (Before Christmas): The Experiment (Up to $30 Value)
Held on the second floor of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, this 55-minute interactive horror-theater show invites select audience members up on stage to participate in the cast’s terrifying experiments. Nightmare (Before Christmas): The Experiment admits no one younger than 10, and visitors between the ages of 10 and 15 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian. See a list of FAQs here. Shows take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., with an additional show on December 21 at 11 p.m. Choose from the following dates: December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, or 23. Please note that admission is $15 on family-friendly days—December 22 and 23.
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Timothy Haskell is no stranger to scaring folks: The Daily Beast considers his Nightmare series "one of the most frightening haunted-house productions in New York City." But when he teamed up with haunted-house vet Steve Kopelman, Timothy didn't want to keep populating creepy corridors with imaginary ghouls. At Nightmare: Killers2, the duo tap into the true terror inspired by historical and contemporary serial killers to explore the monstrosity of their actions and the celebrity and cultural obsession surrounding them. The New York Times lauds the attraction as “a taut, assured production that knows exactly what it wants to do (scare the hell out of you) and performs its task with ruthless, coldblooded precision."
In the lobby, "The Killer Acts Stage" hosts rotating performers who prime guests with Grand Guignol-style horror entertainment. At the front of the line, personnel can mark any willing visitor’s forehead with an optional scarlet X, which will grant the actors permission to interact with those victims for the next petrifying 20–25 minutes. Inside the haunt, rooms depict scenes based on Aileen Wournos and Charles Manson, with the occasional cameo from pop culture’s most fearsome fictional figures. To heighten heart rates even more, visitors will also have to navigate twists and turns, fog, and uneven footing as they desperately try to avoid becoming each psychopath’s latest victim.