Top Five Local Haunted Houses and Forests

Everyone (almost everyone) loves a good scare and what a great way to celebrate the Halloween season by visiting the area’s most frightening haunted places.

Below is a list of the spookiest, craziest and downright scariest haunted houses/forests in the Catskills and Hudson Valley.

1. Headless Horseman Hayrides

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is located in Ulster Park, NY, part of the Historic Haunted Hudson Valley. The property incorporates over 45 acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. 2012′s hayride theme is “The Cult of the Horseman.” The 20th year haunted attraction celebration will also include: The Lunar Motel, Glutton’s Slaughter House, The Root Cellar, Dark Harvest Corn Maze, Nightshade Greenhouse, The Feeding, Dahlia Blood’s Manor, and new for 2012 Dr Dark’s Black Spider Sideshow.

Note: October 13 from noon – 3:30pm is their Children’s Day event.

2. Forest of Fear

The Forest of Fear, located in Sterling Forest, Tuxedo Park, NY, has been voted
one of the top ten haunt attractions in the U.S.! See if you can survive a walk through the Slaughterhouse. Ghosts, ghouls and fiendish freaks lurk in the shadows inside one of the most terrifying haunted houses around.

3. Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is one of Americas oldest Halloween attractions. In 1977 the gates of  Dutchess County’s Bowdoin Park opened, along with The Haunted Mansion. Now its its 36th season The Haunted Mansion takes fear to a new level. The only attraction of its kind in America that  has guests participating in ways never before experienced.

4. Dark Forest Fear Festival

Oct 12-27; Fri & Sat @ 7:30-10:30pm (groups leave every 5-10 minutes); $13/person

Dark Forest Fear Festival is a Haunted Walking Trail and Halloween Festival on the 20-acre grounds behind the historic Burn Brae Mansion in Glen Spey, NY. Visitors can expect the trail to take approximately 20 minutes and should be prepared to be outside and walking through the woods.

5. Horseman’s Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to eleven evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman.

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