Weekend Getaways: Ice Castels & Snowboarding

Yet another long overdue post. What’s new right? I always do this to myself. There’s so much I want to do.. stream on Twitch, update my blog, create content for my Youtube channel and of course, do my school assignments. But the thing is, I can only focus on one thing at a time and leaving the rest unattended. When I’m working on the things for my Twitch live stream channel, I’ll spend so much time on it that I don’t do all the other things that I’m also supposed to do. Same goes to the times when I’m working on my Youtube, blog posts, etc. Le sigh. Anyway…

J brought me up to New Hampshire a few weeks ago to see the ice castles and go snowboarding. I needed that weekend break. Things have been moving so fast for me that it’s hard to slow down, and every now and then, I seek out short getaway like that to keep myself sane. Usually, I’d be the one planning the trip but this particular one was special because it was J who planned it all (he was even the one who suggested for us to go for a trip). That, ladies and gents, is something so very extremely rare because J just doesn’t plan things, lol.

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Review: Spooky World – Nightmare New England

BOO! Halloween is just around the corner and I’m SO excited! How are you lovelies doing? Been awhile, but I’m back and this post is dedicated to horror and haunted houses lovers like me! A couple of weeks back, a few other bloggers and I were invited to visit Spooky World’s Nightmare New England (thanks to Blog and Tweet Boston!). You bet I was beyond excited. Why you may ask? Well, aside from the fact that I got to bring J with me (he was in charge of catching or pulling me before I fall on the ground. Yep.), I’ve been to Spooky World for two consecutive years now and it is definitely my favorite haunted house attraction in New England!

It was a raining throughout the evening, which was a bummer but you know what, the rain added to the spookiness! Plus, Spooky World had plenty of ponchos to give out for free so the rain wasn’t a problem at all! One thing for sure, the VIP tickets are definitely worth your every penny and I’ll let you know more about it later on. Anyway, right when you enter the area, you’ll be greeted by the ladies who will take pictures of you and your group! You’ll be able to see and purchase the pictures at the end of your visit.

We were given the super cool opportunity to check out the trailer where the actors get their make-ups done! Each actor takes about twenty-minutes to get all spookified and they kind of take turns with one another to get their make-ups done. It was so interesting to see how normal, good-looking actors being turned into scary, grotesque monsters/zombies/ghosts.

Next, the owner of Spookyworld, Wayne Caulfield, took us for a lights-on tour around one of the haunted houses, The Brigham Manor. He was telling us that the front look of the manor is just a facade and that the ‘haunted house’ itself is built under a massive tent. The building process took about three months which is pretty quick I must say.. considering all the details. It was a totally different experience walking around the house with the lights on.. but believe it or not, some of the actors still managed to get a scream (or two..) out of me!

Even with the lights on, each room still gave me the heebie-jeebies. When the lights are off, it’s hard to appreciate the details that are being put into each of the haunted houses. And to be given a chance to see every single detail under the lights.. I have to say, it was such an awesome experience. A little fun fact, most (if not all) of the props used for the haunted houses are purchased from the local Broomfield Fair. Just think about the stories behind each of those props… A bit creepy, but wicked cool above all!

I’m fully aware that props are props.. but seriously, some of them look incredibly real especially those that are gory and bloody. Like, real to the point that it makes me want to barf. Scariest part was the meat room. So. Gross. As for the actresses, we were told by Mr. Caulfield that there are about 140 actors and actresses each night and they’re all spread out throughout the different haunted houses as well as outside in the open, roaming and creeping amongst the visitors.. Unfortunately, due to the rainy weather that night, we didn’t get to see that many outside.. but usually when it’s not raining there’ll be plenty of them just chasing after those who are scared or creeping on those who are unaware and all you’ll hear is scream after scream after scream…

After we were done with the lights-on tour, it was time for us to get spooked. But before J and I went on to explore the haunted houses, we decided to grab a quick noms. There were plenty of carnival food stalls that you get to choose from and we settled for some delicious steak and cheese. It was so good! Perfect for the cold and wet weather, haha. The same stall also had plenty of juicy turkey legs.. but we didn’t get to try it. I guess we’re saving it for next year, right J? Hahaha. Aside from all of the food stalls, there was also a game stall for those of you who’re in the mood to win some stuffed toys or even Boston’s Bruins or Patriots jerseys!

After we were done treating our tummies with the delicious noms, we started our spooky adventure with the first haunted house, Freak Show in 3D. It’s filled with crazy and evil clowns lurking in every corner. Oh, and most important part, each daring soul will be given a 3D glasses before they go into the mind-bending labyrinth.

Next we went to one of the three outdoor haunted houses, Carnage. It’s surrounded with old cars and junks, and of course, grotesque nightly scavengers and life takers that are waiting to take your souls…

We didn’t shoot any zombies this year, but the last two times I was there I did. And let me tell you, I get a certain feeling when I get to headshot some zombies. Makes me feel like I was one of The Walking Dead survivors. If you’ve never done it, you definitely should give it a try!

After hyper-ventilating a couple of times, our next stop was The Colony: A New Breed. It’s the second outdoor haunted house in the line and it is also where a new breed of flesh-craving lurker is waiting for its next victims…

Brigham Manor is the haunted house where we had our lights-on tour. And before I went on talking about the haunted house and my experience exploring it.. I want to share with you the reason why I think getting the VIP tickets is worth it. After going to Spooky World three times with VIP tickets, I can confidently say that I saved plenty of time by not having to line up in the regular ticket holders line which usually goes a long way for all of the haunted houses. Especially when it’s raining! Also, since the entrances to all of the haunted houses attractions are unlimited, you can go in multiple times instead of spending 30 minutes to an hour waiting in line for just one haunted house.

Moving on to the haunted house.. Although we went through it earlier with the lights on, it still gave me the chills just like the other haunted houses. Okay I lied, perhaps, not so much but because I knew what to expect, but still! The actors did such a great job in playing their roles and scaring each of the curious soul that dared to enter.

Anyway, moving on to the last haunted house that J and I went through.. The Ravens Claw: The Resurrection. You’ll walk through deep wooded area surrounded with crypts and tombstones, infested with rotting live corpses and zombies seeking to devour those who dare to enter.

After having my heart almost jumped out of my chest and hyperventilating multiple times by going through all of the haunted houses, we decided that it was time for us to wind down and enjoy the rest of the night by the bon fire while nomming on some more food! I got myself some chicken fingers and J got himself apple crumble.. Delish! I don’t know how you can go wrong with carnival food, haha. Anyway, for those of you who love to party it up, there’s a dance floor set up under a tent along with a bar where you can purchase your choice of beer.. Anyone is allowed to enter the tent, but of course you must be 21 or older to buy beer. And.. not only that, for those of you who love to get readings, there’s tent where you can get psychic and tarot card reading done. I wanted to give it a try, but J didn’t let me as he’s not into those type of things.. Perhaps next time, ha.

If for some reason you need a change of clothes or simply looking for a memorabilia to bring home, you can stop by the gift shop right located in the middle of the area. They have awesome t-shirts, glasses, and more. Or you may also choose to bring home the picture that was taken earlier when you enter (you can check them out at the photo viewing tent right right by the exit/entrance way). Either way, Spooky World definitely offers plenty of choices for everyone. Food, drinks, activities, gifts.. they’ve got it all covered.

Overall, I’m giving Spooky World a sold 5 out of 5 star fishes without a doubt and I’m totally recommending you to give it a try!

Currently they’re having various ONLINE discounts: Friday Night Fright (4 general admission for $100 or 4 VIP admission for $165), Buy 3 Get 1 Free general admission for $90 (Sun/Wed/Thurs), Buy 3 Get 1 Free VIP admission for $150 (Sun/Wed/Thurs) and more! Click here to for more ticket information. And if you’re looking for a different experience, you should try going on their Lights Out day, Saturday November 8th (general admission: $34.99, VIP admission: $59.99). All lights will be off, all you’ll have as a source of light is a glow stick. I tried it last year and I loved it!

Spooky World Nightmare New England
454 Charles Bancroft Highway
Litchfield, New Hampshire 03052
(603) 424-7999

Tell me, lovelies.. What’s your favorite haunted house that you’ve been to? Are you the type to freeze or flight when you’re scared?