Recommendations

Here are our recommendations for more scary fun in the city:

The New York Times called the Merchant’s House “Manhattan’s most haunted house”!  We love the Museum because it offers the most authentic experience of life in the mid-1800s, since virtually all of the furnishings in the house belonged to the family that lived and died there over nearly 100 years -- and some of them haven’t left. Paranormal activity became known just two months after the last family member died in the house in 1933 and it continues to this day.  The staff doesn’t deny the claims; in fact, they work with a paranormal investigative team led by Dan Sturges of Sturges Paranormal, who conducts regular investigations at the Museum in order to collect hard evidence of the inexplicable events.  Visit the house Thursdays – Mondays, Noon to 5 p.m.  You never know what might happen. To learn about the ghostly activities, and Sturges’s remarkable findings, don’t miss the Candlelight Ghost Tours on the 3rd Friday of every month. 

Catch it while you can! Sleep No More is a macabre, refreshing theatrical experience.  Macbeth is retold mostly through dance in the style of film noir.  It’s decadent fun.

WALKING TOUR of 19th Century NoHo: Glamour & Greed, Money & Murder 

Join them for a journey back in time to the elite ‘Bond Street area,’ home to Astors, Vanderbilts, Delanos — and the Tredwells, who lived in the Merchant’s House.  Their tour passes by iconic landmarks such as the imposing Colonnade Row, the Public Theater, and The Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his ‘right makes might’ speech. On the bustling Astor Place, imagine the drama of events that led to the Opera House riot of 1849, among the bloodiest in American history. And visit the site of the scandalous 1857 Bond Street murder of Harvey Burdell, one of the City’s still unsolved crimes.

Enjoy the thrills of Halloween all year round at Times Scare on 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.  Take in the magic show and a drink in the Dexter inspired bar for a fun evening.  The Haunted House made me scream!

If you are serious about Halloween, you can’t miss a trip to Salem, Massachusetts.  This town offers fun activities all of October, but reservations must be made months in advance.  

A little closer to New York City is the village of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irvington’s muse and resting place.