This month is the time for all spooky festivities and Halloween and autumn themed everything. It came by pretty quick, considering I just felt like it was just summer. Halloween is one of my favorite American holidays and back then, it was mostly because I had an excuse to dress up into a character, but it is more than that. It’s a holiday where you can get fun and creative and gather up autumn traditions with your loved ones. Aside from watching the leaves changing colors here in the East Coast, there are so many things to look forward to this season.
Last year, I went to interactive haunted houses and for the longest time, I never had the courage to go experience more of them since I’ve felt like I was scarred going to them when I was younger. If you’re unfamiliar with what haunted houses are, they are attractions just like haunted hay rides, mazes, and trails but take place in what appears to be designed as a home or a service building like a prison. It’s Americans’ favorite type of attraction to go to because somehow the idea of being scared to death is fun for us. Here are two places that you might want to have a scare in if you’re around the East Coast area:
Terror Behind The Walls
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this haunted house is called Terror Behind The Walls. It actually takes place in a real prison called The Eastern State Penitentiary. It was once the most expensive and most famous prison that is known to be haunted to many people. Since the early 1940s, many of the officers and inmates that stayed inside have reported of eerie experiences and since then, many paranormal investigators come to visit the prison to study it. It is known to be one of the haunted places in the world. The prison hosts a haunted house during the Halloween season and for about $30 per ticket, you get access to all of the parts of the haunted house. What I like about this Haunted House is that each different part you get to is a different theme (Blood Yard, Machine Shop, Lock Down, Break Out!, Quarantine) and it gets scarier and gets your blood pumping on each round. My friends and I enjoyed this haunted house last year and it was well worth it.. and I feel like I couldn’t stop holding onto my friends.. Also, you have the option to be touched if you wear a glow stick necklace around your neck.
I discovered this haunted house when I saw a short clip of Jimmy Fallon and the comedian Kevin Hart going through this haunted house in New York. I decided to go the following week. Located in Manhattan, New York, this haunted house features themed rooms that you can walk through from room to room. The place appears to take place randomly in an apartment as you have to go up a couple levels to get to the place but it’s eerie once you’re in. You won’t be touched by the actors scaring you but they can come close to you to shout at you or surprise you. You also might be waiting outside in a long line and have actors coming up to you to scare you while you wait. It’s pretty entertaining but being inside there is a good way to get your heart pumping and hands sweaty for sure! It’s about the same or close to the price as Terror Behind the Walls.
How to Make Halloween Themed Jello Shots
I don’t usually share some recipes that I’ve experimented with on my blog but I decided to do something different in celebration of the Halloween month! Jello shots are the most fun way to drink (responsibly drink, that is) and really, who doesn’t like jello?! I never made jello shots before until last year when I attended my friend’s Halloween party and my boyfriend and I made some. A lot of the guests liked it and it was actually the first thing to go. Originally, I wanted to use gummies in the form of ‘eyeballs’ but it was hard to find so I went a long with gummy worms. I like to call these ‘guts with parasites’ treats.
What You Need:
- 2 packages of strawberry flavored Jello packages
- Short container cups
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup of Peach Schnapps liquor
- Gummy worms package (or you can use eyeball gummies if you find them)
What To Do:
- Boil water for a couple minutes
- Add one package in the boiled water and stir
- Add in the one cup of Peach Schnapps and stir
- Repeat above to make another batch with another package of jello (especially if it’s for a larger party)
- Fill each short container cups with the jello mix, make sure the cups are inside an aluminum tray (that way it’s easy to transport them)
- Place a gummy worm in each cup
- Put the aluminum tray of the jello shots in the fridge and let it cool inside to harden
And that’s it! It’s simple and easy. Maybe try making them for your Halloween party next time?