Best Hudson Valley Haunted Houses, Hayrides, and Halloween Scream Parks in 2013
Ghouls and goblins abound at the region’s haunted houses
Ghoulish fun at Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion
Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion
85 Sheafe Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-297-2288; www.thehauntedmansion.com
Scary Staple: Gruesome, gory ghouls terrorize any who dare step inside the mansion.
New Frights: Guests go back in time to the dark and gloomy streets of 19th-century London where Jack the Ripper, Mr. Hyde, and Sweeney Todd are on the lookout for unsuspecting tourists.
Bloody Good: Now in its 38th year, the park is one of the longest running haunts in the country. And the $25 general admission price won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Beware: As the 31st draws closer, wait time can stretch as long as 45 minutes.
Pure Terror Scream Park
1010 Rte. 17, Monroe. 845-391-0071; www.pureterror.com
Scary Staple: Four attractions horrify visitors, a favorite being Butcher’s Revenge (a psychotic, meat cleaver-wielding butcher terrorizes guests).
New Frights: Everything is new this year: The park moved to a new location in Museum Village. Never-before-seen haunts include the dismal Crypt and Phobia, where all your fears are realized.
Bloody Good: $25 gets you into all four houses. Speed passes let you skip the crowds.
Beware: Said speed passes cost an extra $10, and the fact that you might need one means that lines can get lengthy during peak hours (Friday and Saturday between 8-9 p.m.).
Kevin McCurdy’s pumpkin goblin
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
778 Broadway (Rte. 9W), Ulster Park. 845-339-2666; www.headlesshorseman.com
Scary Staple: The grizzly rider chases your wagon on a one-mile hayride.
New Frights: Gruesome Alice in Wonderland and flesh-eating chimpanzees are dying to get their hands on you.
Bloody Good: The site consistently is voted one of the nation’s top attractions by Halloween authorities like HauntWorld.com, and was featured on the Today Show in 2011.
Beware: It’s a heavy hitter in the haunted house world, so the $37.95 price can get a little steep if you show up with a big group. Most of the fun is outdoors, so the no-refund policy leaves you at the weather’s mercy. Tickets are known to sell out quickly.
And don’t miss these other establishments that wreak haunted havoc:
Forest of Fear
Sterling Forest. 800 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo Park. 845-351-5174; www.renfair.com/forestoffear
TerrorDome Scream Park
84 Lakeside Rd., Newburgh. 845-476-8268; www.terrordome.com
Greig Farm. 216 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook. www.grimsmortuary.com