This Haunted Tavern Will Give You More Than Booze Near Westchester

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Scares and libations abound at the traveling attraction making its way to the notably haunted Marte Hall in Brooklyn.

As spooky season looms upon us, it is never too early to get ahead of a few good scares — especially if they come with themed booze companions. The Haunted Tavern, a traveling attraction that is scaring its way across the country, has found a temporary residence just a train (and subway) ride from Westchester: Brooklyn’s Marte Hall. The show takes place in what the event dubs as “one of the most haunted venues in Brooklyn,” so get ready for a few chills and thrills.

 

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For Marketing Director Ryan Wieczorek, that uneasiness is, well, kind of the point. “We research the area and pick places that have haunted history behind them,” explains Wieczorek. “The more haunted the venue, the better the experience.”

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A chorus line of candles set the scene as you enter the red-light-tinged room. Once seated, the first cocktail of the night is served: the poison appletini, a lemon and green apple potion with a syringe full of non-lethal poison (so, vodka). The first ghost story is told, and the next cocktail is brought out. “We took time to develop cocktails that we thought would pair well with the stories we were telling,” says Wieczorek. “They’re also served in a format where they get heavier as the event goes on.”

 

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Well decorated and heavily poured (and without giving away all the surprises), the other three ghoulish cocktails have elements of black cherry, coconut, and even peanut butter. But don’t let all the imbibing distract you — keeping your head on a swivel while listening to tales of haunted happenings at the venue and a ghost that never left is imperative. When asked if any of the local spirits ever come out to play during an event, Wieczorek answered with an astounding, “of course, all the time.” Sometimes, these interruptions aren’t just meek “Boo!”s akin to a Halloween store decoration. “Some people have even gotten so afraid that they have to leave during the show.” With that in mind, maybe drop any ghosts that have attached to you at the Taco Bell drive-thru on your way home.

The Haunted Tavern will be lurking around Marte Hall in Brooklyn from October 12-15. The experience lasts approximately an hour and a half, and attendees must be at least 21 with a valid ID to attend. Tickets are now on sale.

 

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