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WNYC's Halloween Preview: Timothy Haskell Likes to Scare People
This "professional haunter" knows even the most cynical New Yorker has a weak spot
Monday, October 11, 2010
At Timothy Haskell's haunted house, they have a theory: Real men scream. Haskell, who has been haunting New York audiences for seven years with his "Nightmare House" creations, says "the guys who are completely comfortable with who they are, they let themselves scream. They paid their money, and they want to have a good time."
When he was 8 years old, Haskell thought he was one of the cool kids when he went out with his older sister to the local haunted house. "I chickened out in the very first room," Haskell admits. "I just couldn't do it. I wanted to do it so bad! And I vowed from that day forward that I was never going to let a haunted house defeat me again."
In fact, Haskell went on to become what he calls a "professional haunter," and along the way, he has figured out what really scares people.
Haskell says the trick is to separate people from the group without tipping them off. "If I can figure out clever ways that all of a sudden, they turn around, and they figure out they're by themselves, I feel like that is the most successful thing we can do in terms of scaring any cynical person," he says.
Haskell's "Nightmare House" is all about superstitions this year and runs in SoHo through November 7th.
Here's a short list of New York City Halloween events:
Blood Manor Haunted House, 542 West 27th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, Manhattan
Nightmare: Superstitions, 623 Broadway at Houston Street at Mercer Street, Manhattan
New York City Halloween Haunted House, 115 West 27th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, Manhattan
After Dark at Madame Tussauds Haunted House, 234 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, Manhattan
Trapped In Purgatory Haunted House in Staten Island, 5050 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island
Steampunk Haunted House, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan
New York's Village Halloween Parade, from 6th Avenue and Spring Street to 6th Avenue to 21st Street, Manhattan on Sunday, October 31st 7 p.m. on
Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, Manhattan on Friday, October 29 at 7 PM and 10 PM
Annual Haunted Forest and House at Inwood Hill Park, Inwood Hill Park, 218th Street and Indian Road, Manhattan on Sunday, October 31 at 6 PM