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Haunted Houses In Utica – Halloween 2012

When it comes to Halloween, nothing beats the soul-crippling horror of a good haunted house. For some, it’s the thought of a monster creeping in the depths. For others, they find joy within the fear of seeing what’s lurking around every corner. And, for some of us, it’s the near-coronary we get from knowing that an actor is only one mistimed step from slicing us in half with a working chainsaw.

No matter how you get your fear-induced adrenaline, Central New York has a lot of fantastic haunted houses and ghost walks to help you achieve your rush. The best part? Many of them are in our own back yard.

Cayo Industrial:

It wouldn’t be Halloween in Utica without a trip to Cayo Industrial. The two for one haunted warehouse provides a trip into the world of apocalyptic mayhem, using the theme of war and a future of “broken minds and frail bodies demoralized of intention.” This year, Cayo offers up the popular Warehouse of Biotech and joining it will be the Warehouse of Revelation.

If you happen to have kids under the age of 13, you may want to leave them at home, since even adults are left with a feeling of shame and dread. The actors are extremely talented, the warehouses are insanely detailed and fraught with the perception of a war-torn and emotionally battered populace.

Cayo Industrial is situated at 811 Broad St., and is fairly easy to get to. The cost to visit one of the warehouses is $10, but a combo ticket can be purchased for $15 and the cost can be lessened by bringing a can of dog or cat food for a dollar off. This year, Cayo is open every Thursday-Sunday during October, and during the entire last week of the month. Hours are 6:30-10:30 and sometimes later.

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Halloween House, RACC

Halloween House At RACC:

If you’re looking for something a little less in-depth, then the Halloween House at the Rome Art and Community Center might be more up your alley. For two weekends in October (October 12-13, 19-20), you can pay $6 for the haunted mansion tour and for the kids there’s the $3 Casper’s No-So-Haunted House.

Other activities include Trick-or-Treat Street, the Pumpkin Bounce House and other games. Family tickets are also available so everyone can take part in everything the RACC has to offer. Kids can also see the Witches’ Kitchen, the Fortune Telling Shack or sit and listen to some Fireside Ghost Stories.

If the nighttime fun isn’t enough, RACC is also hosting the Eeekstravaganza on October 21, from 2-6 p.m. Families are welcome to take part in all kinds of great Halloween and fall themed activities.

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Photo from Halloweekends Facebook page.

Halloweekends at Sylvan Beach:

During the summer, Sylvan Beach is home to good times, a nice beach and some of the scariest rides around (I’m looking at you, Galaxy Coaster). But, when the leaves start to fall the amusement park takes on a more sinister feel. Thus, we get the Halloweekends at Sylvan Beach.

Visitors can take in all kinds of great scares as they rummage through Laugh”less” Land, the “Blood Bath” Haunted House, and experience a haunted roller coaster, that frankly, I don’t think can get any more terrifying than it is during the summer.

Costs range from $8.95 up to $24.95, but with every dollar you’ll get more of the experience. Halloweekends begin on October 5th, and will be open every Friday and Saturday night from 7-11 p.m. They will also be open on Sunday October 7th from 7-11 p.m.

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Scott LePage, flickr

Cazenovia Ghost Walk:

If haunted houses aren’t really your thing, there’s always the chance to join your friends in a good old fashioned ghost walk. The Cazenovia Ghost Walk is one of the premier events in the area and makes for a frighteningly good time each year.

Throughout October (13, 19-20, 27-28), adults and children can try to interact with ghosts while touring parts of the two century old town. Ghost walks take place at 7 and 9 p.m., and cost $15 per adult, but only $10 dollars for children under 12 and college students with IDs.

To join in, registration is required. Call (315) 662-7904 to reserve your spot and find out where the group will meet. Those attending should wear warm clothes and walking shoes for the walk.

Ghost walks connected to Cazenovia will also take place on October 19-20 at Fort Ontario in Oswego and at the Landmark Theater on November 3rd. For more information, call the number listed above.

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