By Cecilia Deignan
Howe Caverns has been keeping adventure and exploration alive for more than 175 years. In fact, it was during the 19th century, that Howe Caverns was described as one of the most “remarkable curiosities” in the U.S. Today, it is the second most visited natural attraction in New York, just behind Niagara Falls and continues to enthrall visitors of all ages with cave adventures and so much more.
This Fall, Howe Caverns introduces The Underworld, the first, fully immersive cave haunt featuring an underground boat ride below the earth’s surface. It’s available to guests who dare to descend among the Keepers of the Cave from the last weekend of September through the last weekend of October.
Howe Caverns has hosted Halloween events in the past, however, this year’s transformation will feature the magic of Michael Santos and Kyle Thompson of Midnight Studios FX and take adventurers to a whole new level 156-feet below ground. “The caverns that were formed more than 2 million years ago create the most amazing backdrop, and without question, this event will be the showstopper of all showstoppers in the haunted attraction industry” says Santos.
Kyle Thompson, an award-winning special effects artist, was brought in to consult on this transformation by unleashing the most amazing creatures imaginable. His work is featured around the world, at places like Six Flags Universal Studios and Netflix productions. This includes several of the haunted attractions along the I-95 corridor in New York State and New England. “If you do nothing else this year for excitement, don’t miss this all new event at Howe Caverns The Underworld. This will shake the haunted world to its core,” Santos proudly told us.
For more information: Tickets to The Underworld are limited to 500 per night—Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only—beginning September 25th and can be purchased for $50 in advance at HoweScary.com. Reservations are all-inclusive for a specific date and time to increase scares and decrease lines with no additional fees or upgrades necessary. The Underworld haunt is not recommended for children 10 and under. Guests under 14 years old must be accompanied by at least one parent. Please note: The Underworld will be closed on October 31st out of respect for the Keepers of the Cave!