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Top Haunted Attractions

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Bae and I at Horseman’s Hollow

Everyone knows I absolutely LOVE Halloween.. I have been going to Haunted Houses for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a Halloween tradition so I try to hit up as many attractions as I can.

These are my fave that I have been to and I recommend checking out:

Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary : Looking for a reason to visit Philadelphia besides grabbing one of there famous Cheese steaks.. here you go. A huge haunted house located inside a Real  Abandoned Prison. At this attraction they can also touch you, grab you, send you into hidden passages, and put you in on the show. It’s totally up to you to opt in you make this decision before you enter.  I did and was taken away ..put into secret passages.. and was part of the show(lucky me) several times. Check out my earlier blog on Scare Me Philly.

Horseman’s Hollow: Sleepy Hollow in Tarrytown, NY is notorious when it comes to Halloween. This attraction takes you on the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow located in Phillipsburg Manor..  I love how local it is 10 minutes from my house! Click here for  my blog post from my experience.

Headless Horseman: Located in Ulster Park, NY(boondocks). Its been rated the #1 haunted attraction for years and I agree. They have a one mile long hayride, a labyrinth-style corn maze, and 7 haunted houses. Lines are long and it gets cold up there so bundle up!

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Getting strangled and liking it at Terror Behind The Walls

What are some of your favorite haunted attractions?

Fall #HVRW

#HVRW is upon us..I love trying out new restaurants and Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do so. It runs Nov 2- 15th, $20.95 for lunch and 29.95 for dinner and it includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert from a special pre fix menu. I have researched the choices and these are my top picks from looking at the menu’s and other fellow foodie input. After I try each restaurant I will update my blog and let you know what I think!

The Parlor – Cute lil pizza place in Dobbs Ferry, NY. I came here for lunch with a friend. Started with the dirty salad( fresh mozzarella, sopressata, sesame seeds) followed by a delicious brick oven Sopressata pie(they give you scissors to slice, very cute )! Ended it with the Brookie (warm gooey cookie topped with vanilla ice cream ) 

    
    
 River City Grille in Irvington, NY: I had a great dinner with my family at this restaurant. Delicious food and great service! For starters I had the fried calamari, my entree was the  braised beef brisket that was highly recommended by the waiter (so glad I listened) and finished with  a classic Creme Brûlée .. 

    
    
    
 Red Hat on The River also in Irvington, NY. I have been dying to try this restaurant but I could never get a reservation. I stopped by for a late Lunch this Friday and luckily enough there was a table for me.. Hostess and wait staff were so friendly! Beautiful restaurant and comfortable seating! I had the vegetable soup (butternut squash, potatoes, carrot, parsley, and thyme) to start since it was a windy day I wanted something to warm me up.. It was delicious! For entree I went with the Steamed Mussels swimming in a garlic wine sauce and Frites(soo good!). Then for dessert I had a pumpkin caramel custard that reminded of flan..and I love flan! Wine list was incredible I chose a red wine from Portugal. This was a big hit and a great way to end #HVRW! 

    
    
   
 Zuppa in Yonkers, NY – Their pasta at the Best of Westchester Party had me wanting more!

L’inizzio’s   Ardsley, NY – I have heard such great things about this place and thanks to #intoxikate #forkthis I will be checking it out!

Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry, NY – I have been dying to try their Shrimp and Grits.. also going on a Wednesday is a plus! Oyster Night and Live Music! My fav cocktail is the Hudson Daiquiri !

You can also check out where I was last Spring during HVRW by visiting here

** Don’t forget to fill out the survey’s on HVRW and post your pics on FB, instagram, and twitter using the hashtag #HVRW for your shot of winning a gift certificate (I won last year!)**

Horseman’s Hollow in Sleepy Hollow

This was my second year attending The Horseman’s Hollow. I think this year was even better than last! I ordered my tickets online. They have plenty of free parking. This attraction is located at Philipsburg Manor. You walk along a lighted path to the attraction. They have plenty of actors in costumes as you wait in line to entertain you and take pictures with. They bring you in groups and I happened to be in front of the group as they guide you into the attraction. I screamed quite a few times as actors popped up. They even have a corn maze that you walk thru. At the end of the attraction you see The a Headless Horseman! The actors, costumes and make up were amazing and they did a great job scaring me! I will definitely make this visit every October!

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Scare me Philly

I wanted to go to Eastern State Penitentiary this year for Terror Behind The Walls. So I figured for the 2 1/2 hour drive we would make a day out of it. Jim’s on South Street was recommended by a friend of mine. We stopped there first and we waited about 25 minutes on line. I ordered mine wiz wit..extra wiz. They also sold beer. I grabbed my cheesesteak and beer and headed upstairs to the seating area and feasted on my cheesesteak. It was delicious and by far my new fav cheesesteak place. (Better than Pat’s and Geno’s)The steak was so juicy and flavorful with just the right amount of cheese wiz and onions! After that we walked around South Street. They had a bunch of cool shops to wander in. We then headed to Reading Terminal Market, we strolled around and purchased fresh hand rolled doughnuts from Beilers Bakery. The line was pretty long. I ordered half a dozen donuts..banana cream, salted caramel, glazed, apple fritter and maple nut).soo sooo good! After that we took the short drive to Eastern State Penitentiary and found parking right out front. (Try to find parking on street before paying to park at the zoo and take the shuttle)We had time to kill so we stopped at Jacks Firehouse and had a few beers and a spiked apple cider (warm apple cider with Captain Morgan and Brandy).
For the haunted penitentiary, my suggestion would be to get quick pass then you are able to bypass the long lines!($10 more per ticket)We got our tracking devices (glow stick) around our neck, and while on our way in, they drew an X with fake blood on your face. You have an option of wearing a tracking device and I recommend you get one! That way they can interact with you. I was grabbed, taken away from hubby and “marked” in a secluded cell(not for long) and I went through secret passages and tunnels. It was a great time! It is crowded and I suggest you keep a distance from the people in front of you if you want a good scare. When you leave there are actors dressed up and you can take pictures with them. They also do dance performances which is pretty cool. On the way home we stopped at Tony Lukes and got yet another cheesesteak. I will definitely return next October! IMG_6249.JPG

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Hello October

One of my Fav Months! This is what I’m planning on doing this October:

1. Haunted houses, hayrides, and trails: Since I live close to Sleepy Hollow I will prob return to the Horseman’s Hollow. Also there is Headless Horseman out in Ulster Park, NY they have a hayride, corn maze, and house to go thru(bundle up it get’s cold out there and lines are long!) I’m also thinking of checking out Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. They have six attractions and you have a choice to interact with the actors (they can grab you, and take you into hidden passageways.)

2. Apple/Pumpkin Picking : We try to head out to pick our own apples and pumpkins. But all the apples are usually gone by mid October so we check out the pumpkin patch. There are plenty of places in Hudson Valley to do this like  Barton Orchard. Also, Wilkens Fruit Farm in Yorktown Heights. There is always Stew Leonard’s and they have a hayride for the kiddies with a great selection of pumpkins and their Apple Cider Donut holes are pretty awesome!

3. Pumpkin Carving: Every year we carve pumpkins. We each pick a pumpkin and find a free stencil on the internet to use. We try to do it a few days before Halloween so we can put them out on display for the trick or and they won’t be rotten.

4. Halloween costumes: I have been trying to get more creative the past few years and I try to put together my own costume. This year I will be a Flapper..so I’m on the hunt for  sequined headbands, pearls, and a fringe dress.

5. Halloween party: Any reason to dress up and try to win a Halloween costume I am there! This year I will be attending the Brotherhood Vineyard for a Halloween ball!