This year’s theme Fairytales takes you to a land with no happily ever afters.
As of this writing I have made “three walks” thru – one on opening night and two this past Friday. I have been a devoted Nightmare fan since my first visit on November 1st 2007.
Now you are probably going to read several reviews before making your decision to go. One thing I want to tell you before I get on with my own: there were a few delays on their very very crowded opening night. Everything was worked out very quickly. I went through with two groups Friday night, and everyone had a great time screaming “Burn Witch Burn”, watching the Executioner’s ax fall, running from the Billy Goat’s Gruff, and lookout for Rumpelstiltskin – he’s just sick. And that’s just three of the characters you’ll meet on your journey. Oh and beware the wolves – they’re everywhere.
A lot of research goes into these shows. The fairy tales are being presented with their original intent: to scare children and the child in us straight . Let me tell back in the day they just didn’t say the Boogeyman will get you, and leave it at that. These folks are the grimmest of Grimm’s tales.
The sets and costumes are all designed and made by Psycho Clan led by NYC’s Fearless Leader of Fright Tim Haskell. Aaron Haskell – Tim’s bro – created some amazing puppets this year. Look for the tiny red shoed dancer and a huge black wolf whose growl alone had me looking for an exit sign.
After your walk through the past, you’ll fast forward to the very modern 4D Experiment. Remember just push yourself toward the light when the walls of blackness engulf you. And when in the lab – please follow the doctor’s instructions carefully – we wouldn’t want any accidents.
Nightmare is more than just a BOO house – it’s an interactive experience.
Don’t forget to stop in at the Suffolk – a cafe with pool table right in the lobby.
Hope to see there, because I am going back with friends at least twice more.
Nightmare Fairy Tales Official Page
I Scare You – Tim Haskell’s Blog
The Jaded Viewer – awesome reviews of all things horror +