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I Couldn’t Stop Screaming Inside One of NYC’s Scariest Haunted Houses


I cowered and jumped throughout the house as clowns, bloody doctors, and undead maids popped out of the darkness. Now I can’t wait to make this an annual tradition.

A bloody maid spooks guests on October 22, 2022.

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The frights started while we stood in line, as blood-soaked characters came out for photos and jump scares.

Bloody characters stood calmly in line, scaring guests as they walked into Blood Manor on October 8, 2021.

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As I entered the haunted house, a bloody character told us the rules — no cellphones, no touching the actors — and sent us on our way.

Blood Manor guests walk through the haunted house on October 8, 2021.

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When we entered one room, the door shut behind us, and the entire space was pitch-black. A character eerily told us to follow the sound of their voice until a loud pop and rush of air scared us into the next room.

A character at Blood Manor hides behind the corner on October 8, 2021.

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Special effects like spooky music, loud sounds, and lighting help build tension in the space. As my heart raced, there was no time to catch my breath from one room to the next.

A dead astronaut scares on October 21, 2022, at Blood Manor.

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Owner Jim Lorenzo told Insider that this is by design. “When you build a haunted house, if you’re in a large, open, outdoor space, mother nature does a lot of it.” But when you’re in Manhattan, you have to manufacture the spooky atmosphere.

A hallway lined with skulls photographed on October 8, 2021.

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The frights were ideally suited for a horror lover like myself. But I advise anyone who hates blood and gore — especially kids — to opt out since nearly every character was drenched in fake blood.

Multiple rooms featured dismembered body parts and blood dripping from the special effects makeup.

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In one particular hallway, our group had to walk through hanging, dismembered-looking body parts in a meat-locker-inspired scare. We ducked and dodged the body parts as I laughed to distract myself from the overwhelming fear.

A spooky doctor stands in a bloody room on October 8, 2021.

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