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October 3, 2013

Halloween attractions asking guests to take part

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Konopelski also planned a haunted house tour where guests could walk through in the nude. Local officials put the kibosh on the concept, but you can still go through wearing underwear. The lack of clothes, he says, “heightens the vulnerability of the guests.”

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, an abandoned prison and historic landmark that hosts an annual “Terror Behind the Walls” Halloween event, this year is offering visitors a glow-in-the-dark necklace that marks their willingness to be more than passive observers. Necklace-wearing guests can be grabbed by actors, sent into hidden passageways, and separated from their group.

In case you can’t manage to take a selfie while you’re scared out of your wits, the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, Mich., is taking a page from theme parks that sell pictures of roller coaster riders. Erebus has mounted 48 cameras in a single room where visitors typically scream their heads off, and they can now purchase 180-degree images of themselves in the throes of terror.

Here are some other Halloween-themed destinations, events and attractions around the country.

NEW YORK HALLOWEEN PARADE

Because of power outages and other issues from Superstorm Sandy, organizers were forced to cancel last year’s Village Halloween Parade, which typically attracts 2 million spectators and 50,000 costumed marchers. The parade now faces a funding shortfall; as of early October, more than half the needed $50,000 had been raised on Kickstarter. If the balance can be secured, the parade is scheduled for Oct. 31, kicking off at 7 p.m., Sixth Avenue between Spring and 16th streets.

NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans’ annual Voodoo Music Experience festival often coincides with Halloween but this year takes place immediately after, Nov. 1-3, in City Park. Coming from a range of musical genres, headliners include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure and Kid Rock.

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