You have to LOVE October, the one time of the year when almost everybody’s down with being scared within an inch of a heart attack. Should you find yourself in a such a mood, there are a few places in and around the Delaware River Towns where you can scratch that itch. You could probably follow the screams. Or just keep reading.
Farm of Horrors | Flemington
Here’s the thing about haunted houses: Even if you scare easily and were talked into coming against your better judgement, deep down, you know you can grin and bear it because it’ll all be over in, like, 10 minutes. Not the case here. Farm of Horrors is actually four separate haunted attractions rolled into one long nightmare. A hayride drops you off in the middle of a 200-acre farm. The path back will lead you through some dark places and, ultimately, deposit you at the Massacre Maize, which is obviously no good. Any sense of invincibility will be gone by the time you emerge, but you’ll need to pull it together for one more gauntlet, the Carnevil of Chaos.
House in the Hollow | Newtown
“Authentic” isn’t a word we tend to lean on in our descriptions of scary stuff, yet it’s exactly what we’re craving from our haunted attractions. And it oozes from House in the Hollow. Well before anyone in a spot-on period costume and makeup tries to spook you, it’s clear that something terrible happened at this house. Even once common sense kicks in, you’ll be impressed every time you turn a corner at the degree of detail. You’ll also never feel safe because of it, and therein lies the black magic that is House in the Hollow.
Thanks to the pandemic, the experience has been expanded well beyond the manor itself. Now you can also wander around the ruins of the entire compound, which includes subterranean catacombs, woods, and a cemetery. Surely, nothing menacing could be lurking in any of those dark places.
Rocky Horror Picture Show | New Hope
For some (like us), Halloween is more about dressing in drag and singing out loud to what is arguably the greatest cult musical of all time. The Bucks County Playhouse is offering an intriguing twist on that experience this year with The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show, featuring the Instagram-famous Skivvies (Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina) playing stripped-down and mashed-up medleys from the iconic score. It’s one night only (Oct. 28), so buy your tickets now and worry about your costume later.