So many wills these days require their beneficiaries to spend one night in a cobwebbed mansion full of groaning specters that lawyers simply refer to the stipulation as a “haunted housewarming.” Learn to suppress your fear long enough to secure future inheritances with today’s Groupon to Haunted House NYC’s Nightmare: Fairy Tales attraction located at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get one ticket to the haunted house (up to a $30 value).
- For $28, you get two tickets to the haunted house (up to a $60 value).<p>
Shows run every half hour; choose from the following dates and times:
- Thursday, November 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturday, November 5 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.<p>
Nightmare: Fairy Tales, this year’s eldritch incarnation of Haunted House NYC’s sinister walkthrough, nabbed a recommendation from the New York Times, has curdled the ink of a slew of other publications, and startled a response from online weekly GALO Magazine. Touted as the production’s most stylistic house to date, Fairy Tales leads blindfolded groups of 12–15 into a haunted forest where a series of quaint cabins houses gruesome versions of storybook characters such as Snow White and Rapunzel. Once guests are corralled in the sylvan nightmare, staffers remove their blindfolds to reveal the creatures torturing one another in grisly reenactments of the original versions of Brothers Grimm tales, initially designed to frighten naughty children with threats of sinister punishments and green beans for dessert. After screaming muscles have been adequately stretched to prevent painful cramping, visitors emerge from the woods to attend The Experiment, an interactive session that tests audiences’ tolerance for five kinds of fear. What those results may be is a mystery, since no one who has entered Nightmare: Fairy Tales has ever come out again … until about 25–35 minutes later.
Since Nightmare: Fairy Tales is designed to tap into an otherwise fearless adult’s sheer terror, it is too terrifying for children younger than 16 who are not accompanied by an adult and is off-limits to anyone younger than 10. Check the FAQ page for such common queries as “Will I be touched?” and “How many bad crypt-keeper puns am I allowed to make?”
While Haunted House NYC sometimes offers a discounted price, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
A lot of what went on inside Nightmare: New York is worthy of a Broadway stage. That is, if producers were willing to trade standing ovations for screams of terror. Psycho Clan, the artistic team behind this horrific attraction, has been going strong for more than a decade, uniting the talents of professional designers and theatrical stage directors. Along with talented actors, they craft a brand of terror worthy of dozens of theatrical accolades.
After years of creating and designing one of New York's premier haunted houses, Psycho Clan debuted "Nightmare Horror Show: New York's Most Terrifying Theater Festival": eight mini horror stage productions. Psycho Clan has branched beyond Halloween to events such as Santastical: A twisted wonderland with Santas of all kinds and Full Bunny Contact Extreme Egg Hunt: A battle against angry bunnies for prizes and candy.