Extreme Halloween Thrills by the Numbers


8426586108_da768d7e57_zFor $65, you can participate in what the New York Times is calling, "The extreme theater event of the year."

The Blackout Elements' Haunted House, which has locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, forces participants to walk through alone, and be part of a hands-on (literally) nightmare.

No one under 18 can participate, and participants must sign a waiver prior to entering!

Inside is a maze taken to a new level, which the creators describe as "longer and more intimate," and lasts for 30 minutes.

Participants encounter violent and sexual situations, crawling, physical contact, and water, among other things, and can scream but cannot speak.

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1078676_614581391895650_68083808_oWhy not try your hand at creating some extreme ghoulish makeup this Halloween with one of Goldiestarling's 76 tutorials?

While you can find many different videos, one YouTuber, Goldiestarling has made a niche out of doing halloween makeup videos.

Some of her most popular looks are: Davy Jones from Pirates of the Carribean, Winifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus, Edward Scissorhands, Jack the Ripper, Van Gogh, and Alice in Wonderland.

If these looks aren't up your ally, there are plenty of tutorials that recreate the most gruesome of effects to the prettiest of makeup for costumed partygoers of every kind.

To see Goldiestarling's index of makeup tutorials, click here.

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5043324432_aee2b0e721_zKnott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA has been running their Halloween attraction, Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt for 41 years now.

The 160-acre farm transforms into a living horror movie, complete with 10 mazes, six shows, five intensely scary zones, and a cast of a thousand "monsters" scattered throughout, looking for their next victim.

It is the largest Halloween event held at a theme park  that is offered in the U.S. Horror-lovers can save by buying tickets online -- a single admission ticket starts at $38.

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3759386243_f60f87d781_zThomas Whaley,  an entrepreneur in San Diego, built his own house in 1857.

While it was remarked upon as the "finest new brick block in Southern California" by the San Diego Herald, the site of the house sat where gallows once stood, which was the setting for the hanging of "Yankee Jim" Robinson.

Soon after moving in, heavy footsteps were heard throughout the house, which sounded like "the boots of a large man." Whaley believed it to be Yankee Jim, as two tragedies occurred in the house: the Whaleys' second child, Thomas, Jr., died of scarlet fever at 18 months old, and their fifth child, Violet, committed suicide in 1885.

The home has since been designated a California State Historic Landmark, and is open to public tours. If you'll be in California, check out the events they offer in October.

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3284148301_86cd69fa20_zThis was the year "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" debuted, which is a British musical comedy hoary film. It gained notoriety as the longest-running theatrical release in film history.

The movie, which has gained an international cult following, features a couple's strange encounter with a cross-dressing space voyager.

Movie-goers and show viewers interact with the movie screenings, especially during Halloween, by screaming at specific lines and dressing up as characters from the movie.

Take a look at these Rocky Horror Picture Show events, happening around Halloween.

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3009870398_f0103b15bf_z22 -- the number of movies the Ouija board has made an appearance in.

Why not go old school and break out the creepy board game this Halloween?

Though experts say the board is guided  by involuntary muscle movements, the game is still spooky with its creepy nature. Psychics say that the board encourages evil spirits to make an entrance, so this game isn't for the faint-hearted.

Turn off the lights, put your hands on the planchette, and see what the Ouija board has in store for you this Halloween.

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