Review of Frightmares IN Haunted Attraction

Review of Frightmares IN Haunted Attraction

Review of Frightmares IN Haunted Attraction

Frightmares IN

Frightmares IN is a Haunted Attraction located in Linton, IN.

688 NW A Street, Linton, IN 47441
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Free Parking, Food/Concessions, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Indoor/Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction, Family Friendly

Team Zombillies reviewed this attraction on October 28, 2016.

Final Score: 7.21


Frightmares Haunted House in Linton, Indiana has returned for their 6th season in 2016 and, this year, they are taking you back to their original theme: “Your Worst Nightmares!” What exactly do those nightmares involve, you may ask? Well, let’s see… spiders, tight areas, dolls, ouija boards, clowns, untrustworthy flooring and a chainsaw are just some of the things you will experience inside. Keep an eye out though; like one character you may come across, you just never know who or what may sneak up behind you. They also had us summon the spirit of Satan too, so prepare for that as well! Frightmares remains one of the lowest-priced haunts out of all of those we visit, so if you’re in their neck of the woods (err… town), do be sure to stop in! Oh yea, be on the lookout for the occasional wascawy wabbit too!

Cast: 6.71

Upon arrival, we were clued in on the fact that they were short-handed on crew members during our visit, but despite this, a few of them did a good job at taking over several roles. The eyeless lady did this effectively and ended up being among the most believable. Our tour guide was very familiar with the scenes and knew just when to trigger some of the scares. The clowns were arguably the most energetic while we made our way through the nightmares, but unfortunately the rest of the cast weren’t quite as enthusiastic, which made them less believable.

Costuming: 6.8

Many different costuming pieces were noticed along our journey this season. However, we couldn’t make them all out due to being in dark areas or not being able to see the entire bodies of those tormentors (they were hiding behind the walls). Quite a few latex masks were used and, while most of them seemed to “belong” on the characters wearing them, it was harder for us to hear what they were saying when we passed through their areas. Makeup was mostly minimal, but the clowns looked very well-covered and blended in with their scenes wonderfully. The lady with no eyes had “the blank stare” routine down pat and our tour guide had a bloody, unzipped face. The most intricate and believable of the costumes at Frightmares included a very “realistic” statue and a rabbit that we stumbled upon in the Toy Shop!

Customer Service: 8.91

Multi-colored lights, a large, color-changing sign near the road displaying the haunt’s logo, a hearse and the noticeable “Open” sign made it pretty hard to pass up Frightmares. Parking around the building is limited, but free, and the owner has informed us in the past that additional (also free) parking can be found in the Southern Indiana Workwear parking lot nearby. The ticket booth serves as both the ticket window and concessions stand during your visit; they offer pop, chips and candy. The general admission line and VIP are marked, so figuring out where you need to go should be pretty simple. Friendly staff can be found in the ticket booth and at the beginning of the house in case any questions are to come up and your tour guide can, ultimately, assist you if you have any issues while you’re going through the haunt. There are a few stairs and ramps that must be traversed once you get inside, so be sure to watch your footing. A free photo op can be found upon exiting the attraction near the hearse. Videos and a few staff entertained the queue line during our visit to help pass the waiting time.

Atmosphere: 8.25

The multi-colored lighting that was illuminating the building, and the presence of the ticket/concession booth pretty much led us to believe we were at a haunted house. But, the hearse out front, signs and coffin definitely confirmed that we were. The owner greeted us in full costume, so that was an added touch for this trip. From the first time we visited this attraction several years ago, their outside atmosphere has improved quite a bit! Appropriate, Halloween-type music could be heard throughout the queue area, which helped set the tone of the attraction. Every now and then, a group would come barrelling out the haunt’s exit, which increased our anticipation to enter so we could be chased out too!

Special Effects: 6.78

Most of the effects that you’ll encounter here have been created and built in-house, so you may see some things you’ve never quite seen before. A perfect example is their ouija board/levitating table effect. All we know is we were told to use the planchette to call out to Satan. When one of our group members (reluctantly) placed their hands on the planchette, it would light up and go back dim upon removing their hands. Shortly after, the table beneath the ouija board started levitating! Now that’s very unique and cool! When it comes to the sounds, we didn’t hear them everywhere. But, when we did hear them, most were appropriate for the scenes we heard them in. The carnival music in the 3D area was a bit more reminiscent of something more happy that you would hear at an amusement park though, so it came off as a bit odd. The 3D portion’s scenes were very vibrant and had some effective artwork that helped in providing unexpected surprises. Additional effects that we came across include an elevator that couldn’t make up it’s mind, potions, a filleted little piggy, a loud horn, a vortex tunnel, toys and a screaming saw!

Theme: 7.72

Your worst nightmares may be found lurking inside Frightmares Haunted House this season. From clowns, the dark, evil spirits and summoning the dead to butchered bodies, spiders, tight spaces and toys, a large variety of scenes can be experienced here. Because this theme can carry such a wide assortment of characters and themes, we didn’t really notice any one, particular storyline that was being followed, so everything seemed to fit what they were aiming for. Their goal was to include something that would frighten everyone and they sure went all out on trying to find the “smallest” of fears!

Fright Effect: 6.84

Frightmares had several different fright techniques to show us during our visit, although we must say that the air surprises were encountered the most often. An interactive game did quite the job at providing an unsuspecting surprise as well as the the first room of the toy shop. We won’t say too much about either of those so we don’t ruin them! If you are afraid of tight spaces, clowns or the dark… well, they have you covered in those areas too! What about Satan? Although we never did run into him, a hovering table signified his presence and proved to be a little creepy. Several unique hiding spots within the walls and panicked dialogue left us wondering what lied ahead of us. When you near the exit, make sure you keep all your limbs tucked in close to your body, for if you don’t, you just might get one sawed off!

Value: 6.2

General admission to experience the nightmares that await you within Frightmares will cost you $10.00 per adult or $8.00 per child (10 and under). Do keep in mind, they are known to “keep people’s children” on occasion though! If the line is long and you need to get through in a hurry, VIP tickets can be purchased for $20.00 and will greatly minimize your wait in line. Although each group’s tour time may vary, it took us 10 minutes to navigate the haunt in its entirety. That brings the amount of entertainment received per dollar spent to right at 1 minute per dollar, which is below average this season (“average” is 1.5, calculated from all the haunts we were able to visit last year). Frightmares always has some unique tricks up their sleeves, so if you are in the Linton area, stop in and pay them a visit!

Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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2016 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - Eyeless Lady (Given by: Team Zombillies)

2015 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - "The Gorilla" (Given by: Team Zombillies)

Actor Shout Out Award - Madam Rue (Given by: Team Zombillies)

2014 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - Dot Guy (Given by: Team Zombillies)

Actor Shout Out Award - Madam Rue (Given by: Team Zombillies)