By Lori Perkins
I am not sure if many parents’ nostalgic Halloween memories are of taking their kids to immersive haunt experiences, but for my son and myself, we have been doing this for two decades, with that unfortunate pause during the COVID years.
I was thrilled that TERRORVISION: Haunted House has opened a pop-up for the Halloween season as of September 13 in Times Square, and I was equally thrilled that my now very adult son still wanted to go to this with me, for old times sake. It was well worth it.
It’s a half an hour experience of immersive horror theater around the theme of a haunted movie set presented by “Horrorwood Studios.” Your small group (we were eight) enters an elevator led by a zombie bellman in a red and gold uniform, and you wend your way through dark corridors that lead to various rooms where you will recognize horror movies of the past (Sweeny Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, etc.) as one or more of the extremely well-made up actors try to make you scream. It’s classic Halloween fun that runs through November at 300 W. 43rd Street, right before the Port Authority Bus terminal.
There are three tiers of exploring, according to the press release:
General Admission - This is the standard level of scary, heart pounding fun.
“Chicken” ticket - This allows guests to wear a special amulet to become “invisible” to the monsters. This is perfect for those who do not want to be touched by the ghouls, though still get some residual scares.
Ultimate Terror – Suited for the bravest guests only, this upgrade will ensure you’re targeted throughout the experience. Bring a change of underwear, you’re going to need it.