Spine-Tingling Shows

Show-Score | By Raven Snook

The scariest productions slaying around town—just in time for Halloween.

Those creepy clowns aren't the only things haunting New York City these days. In honor of this macabre month, many theaters are mounting monstrous shows, from horror classics like 'Frankenstein' and 'Dracula,' to retro freaky fun like 'Kurios' and 'The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman.' And there are some long-running immersive spine-chillers, too, like 'Sleep No More' and 'Paradiso: Chapter 1.' Buy tickets now...if you dare!

Cirque du Soleil presents an eye-popping, steampunk-themed spectacle about a 19th-century inventor who creates a machine that can reshape time, space, and reality itself.

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'Kurios' plunges audiences into a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor trying to reinvent the world him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down. Expect the jaw-dropping circus acts the troupe is famous for paired with a whimsical, retro-futuristic aesthetic. Performed in the Grand Chapiteau, state-of-the-art big-top tent on Randall's Island.

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A unique award-winning theatrical event: a site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece by Britain's Punchdrunk.

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Running at the long-abandoned McKittrick Hotel on the extreme western edge of Chelsea, 'Sleep No More' is an adaptation of Macbeth. This piece of environmental theatre is comprised of an indoor promenade performance in which the audience walks at their own pace through a variety of theatrically designed rooms for up to three hours.

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Be Bold! Productions revives its musical adaptation of Mary Shelley's horror classic. Obsession, desire, and ambition are explored through the eyes of a mad scientist and his ungodly creation.

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This musical brings the beloved novel to life with steampunk flair. It follows the ill-fated life of the ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates a monster and is forced to face the monster within. 'Frankenstein' features songs by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell played by a live chamber ensemble.

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Just in time for Halloween, the Hideaway Circus Troupe debuts this dark and twisted interactive horror show featuring awe-inspiring circus artists. Who lives? Who dies? You decide!

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Set in a gritty, neon-lit environment and underscored by electronic pop music, 'Slumber' follows a breathtaking girl squad of elite international circus performers and dancers on the last night of their lives. The show takes the audience on a terrifyingly fun ride as they watch best friends get killed off by one of their own. Ages 21 and up only.

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Immersive theater pioneer Michael Counts created this unique experience, which marries escape-room entertainment with interactive theater.

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Loosely inspired by 'The Divine Comedy,' 'PARADISO: Chapter 1' drops 10 audience members into a noir-styled, futuristic nightmare that they must navigate through. With a company of actors guiding the experience, 'PARADISO' features a narrative structure that makes audiences feel as if they have entered a world where the circumstances, characters, risks, and drama represent an immersive 'reality.' A multi-layered story unfolds complete with actors, 3D holographic projection technology, and special effects. From the team behind 'The Walking Dead Experience' and 'Play/Date.' Ages 13 and up only. Exact Midtown Manhattan location provided upon purchase of tickets. 

La MaMa presents the world premiere of this horror-themed puppet spectacle, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Randolph Curtis Rand.

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A rainy night in a Genevan castle. Debauched poetry and too much wine. A teenage girl writes a spooky story. On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s creation, 'Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus,' 'Phantasmagoria' assembles a swirl of puppetry, biography, and storytelling into a market of ghosts. Part of La MaMa's 2016 Puppet Series.

Coney Island USA revives its Halloween creepshow, a demented story told by the '70s night watchman of the isle's infamous Presidential Wax Works.

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Be warned: Audiences who take this after-hours, crack-pipe smoking, hallucinogenic tour though the Hall of Presidents will be exposed to excessive swearing and encounter graphic violence, including a shooting gallery reenactment of the Kennedy assassination, zombies eating Richard Nixon's brain, and a funeral interrupted by a booger hanging off of George Washington's nose. No one under 10 admitted, and those ages 11 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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