NYC's Most Intellectual Haunted House

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Don't worry, we're not quitting our Halloween coverage any time soon, so watch this space for more ideas to get your 31st on right. While we've given you some pretty gory ideas for fierce frights, wethinks there's nothing wrong with getting a little does of culture with your screams. Enter Dominic Huber's Hotel Savoy, which may just be All Hallow's Eve's most intellectual attraction. Presented by P.S. 122 and the Goethe-Institut NYC at an 19th century townhouse across from the Metropolitan Museum, this installation art-cum-theatre piece is based on Joseph Roth's novel of the same name. "Guests" check into the empty hotel, where they're lead on a solo tour of public spaces, meet past employees (a young maid, an elevator operator), and encounter spirits in unreal hotel rooms. The hour-long tour is more of a journey into your mind than anything else—you don't really have to do anything, but the actors' banters and the unusual props will definitely have your mind churning. It's a refreshing change of pace from, say, the usual blood-sucking vampires that are no strangers to the city's other haunted houses. Not that we have a problem with vamps...

"Hotel Savoy" runs until October 31; Wednesday to Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Goethe-Institut New York, 1014 Fifth Avenue (near East 82nd Street); 212-439-8700