New Yorkers have fun with costumes and haunted houses. Alicia Powell reports.
The meaning of Halloween can mean anything from fun to fright, and in New York there are numerous ways to celebrate. People looking for a scary good time hit up "The Uninvited: Awakening," New York's largest immersive haunted house, where organizers say guests will hear, see, smell and feel fear. SOUNDBITE: Dalton Dale, creator and producer of The Uninvited: Awakening, saying (English): "As you go through it, it's all about storytelling and you get to be immersed in this really , crazy, scary world, where the spirits are full contact. Which means they will touch you, you do have to sign a waiver and of course, you're in purgatory." The experience has 45 actors roaming around 25,000 square feet all in the hopes of spooking guests to so-called, code levels. SOUNDBITE: Dalton Dale, creator and producer of The Uninvited: Awakening, saying (English): "Last week we had a code brown and I'm sure you can imagine what that is. The poor audience member got scared so much they just went to bathroom all over their self, all down their legs. Which is really great because I buy the actors pizza if they call a code brown." Marketing director, Nika Cadet, at Abracadabra in lower Manhattan, say costume trends always follow pop culture. SOUNDBITE: Nika Cadet, marketing director, Abracadabra, saying (English): "There are tons of political things because that's going on right now. And there are a lot of Suicide Squad, which is very popular movie over the summer. But New Yorkers are very creative and innovative, so we prefer to take one thing and make something else and sort of make a mollage of random costumes." For Maya Blanco, the day is a chance to escape from reality. SOUNDBITE: Maya Blanco, shopper, saying (English): "If you're working and have an office work, or something like that, this is one of those opportunities that you can just do anything and be anyone." But Cadet's best advice is to just enjoy the day. SOUNDBITE: Nika Cadet, marketing director, Abracadabra, saying (English): "It's all about having fun. I think people take Halloween too seriously. Just relax, I've seen couples fight and argue over what costume to be. It's just a day guys, relax, just have fun." Halloween is celebrated around the world on October 31. Happy Halloween!