A haunted house is born from a past tragedy, be it a grisly murder, a mysterious disappearance, or a long-forgotten bologna sandwich buried beneath the floorboards. Sign on for a spooky tour of an eerily cursed residence with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a VIP ticket package for two to Times Scare New York City (a $103.90 value). The package includes:
- Two tickets to Halloween-themed haunted house
- VIP entrance bypassing entry line
- Two drink tickets good for one drink each at either of two themed bars<p>
Times Scare New York City serves up year-round frights to patrons of all ages in a blood-curdling haunted house attraction modeled after the Halloween film franchise. Brave souls assemble in groups of six to eight along 8th Avenue, tentatively tap-dancing under Broadway billboards before entering a psychiatric ward populated by psychopathic patients. Visitors explore the mind of Halloween icon Michael Myers, journeying through a medley of his menacing memories while avoiding the killer himself. Emerge from the nightmare of Myers’s mind into the offices of psychiatrist Sam Loomis and check to see if the coast is clear, then borrow his copy of the DSM-IV and begin diagnosing acquaintances. VIP ticket holders will be able to bypass the line to enter, allowing speedier access to the terrors within. After wandering through a villain’s psyche, patrons age 21 years and older flock to two themed bars fully stocked with unique libations. Layers of sake and green tea comprise the residual haunting ($12), and the signature ginger- and apple-cider-infused Myers!!! ($12) recalls the pungent apple beverage that seeped out of every Halloween III DVD case. Drinkers can carry powerful concoctions to a lounge bathed in blood-red hues and decorated with gothic candelabras.
Times Scare NYC
When Sherri Shepherd, one of the leading ladies from ABC’s The View, came to visit Times Scare NYC, she asked her husband, “Are you scared?” and he replied, “I’m not afraid of ghosts. They’re afraid of me.” One insane doctor and a felon armed with a chainsaw later, he had changed his tune. “If I run,” he said, “you run behind me.” Later, when interviewed by her View cohosts, she told them she had screamed so much, she lost her voice. Or perhaps New York City’s only year-round haunted house scared it away?
Time Scare is rumored to be legitimately haunted. In the 1920s, it was a crematorium. Today, more than just a few ghosts are rumored to linger in the labyrinthine house and in one of the macabre bars.
Even if there’s nothing sinister afoot, there’s something wonderfully menacing about the bar’s cocktails with names such as the Black Death and Dracula’s Kiss served in front of what looks like the cold-storage drawers in a morgue.