Halloween Guide

Best Haunted Houses and Scream Parks in the Hudson Valley

In the mood to get spooked? Here are the Valley’s top terror parks and haunted houses


One of the creatures you wouldn’t want to mess with at Tuxedo Park’s Forest of Fear

Photograph by Ron Frary

Think you’ve got what it takes to handle a coffin simulator, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, or an endless corn maze? Leave the kiddies at home and test your tolerance for all things terrifying at one of these scream parks.


Fright Nights at Pierson’s Farm, Middletown

This natural beef farm in Middletown hosts a series of five “Fright Nights” — on October 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27. Minors (18 and under) are not to be admitted without the company of an adult as strobe lights, chainsaws and “live corpses” will be a part of the show, which begins at 7 p.m. each night.


Goblin's Hollow, Newburgh

Formerly known as Terrordome, Goblin’s Hollow intends to bring “a new breed of terror” to the Hudson Valley. The site features three haunted attractions, including “Flashlight Woods,” “Barn of Terror,” and “Zombie Tag.” The gates open in October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If you want half priced tickets come on opening night on Sept 29. On all other nights tickets are $24.99. 


The Barn of Terror, Lake Katrine

For 16 years The Barn of Terror has been scaring visitors who dare to walk through their haunted house and corn maze. The barn is darker than black and require visitors to cling to one of the walls to find their way, but what you might touch on the wall isn't stone or brick. Enter at your own risk. But if you love a good trill this is the place for you.  


Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses, Ulster Park

Boasting an extensive calendar of horror, the Headless Horseman — which, year after year, is named one of the best scream parks in the country by Haunt World Magazine — features six different haunted houses, one horrid 45-acre hayride, a cold corn maze, and a wicked walk-through. Tickets range around $40; children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Horseman’s Hollow, Sleepy Hollow

Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. This is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Tickets: $15-$25, advanced tickets required. Not suitable for small children or the faint of heart. 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. www.hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow


Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion, Poughkeepsie

Celebrating its “39th year of fears,” the Haunted Mansion boasts a fright trail, a new attraction dubbed London After Midnight, and, of course, its signature haunted house. Beginning Friday, October 2, the McCurdy Mansion stays open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout October, with Kids’ Days — in which little tykes can paint pumpkins, enjoy magic shows and arts and crafts, and trick-or-treat alongside friendly monsters — on October 12 and October 25. General admission, which includes access to all three separate attractions, is $25. 38 Sheafe Rd., Poughkeepsie. www.thehauntedmansion.com


Pure Terror Scream Park, Monroe

Monroe’s blood-curdling Pure Terror Scream Park opened up on Friday, September 25 and intends to spread its horror through Sunday, November 1. Tickets can be purchased online or on the premises (booths open up at 7 p.m. each night). Prices range from $40-$60, with various discount deals and VIP offers. 299 Museum Village Rd., Monroe. www.pureterror.com

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