Review of Haunted Town Hall Haunted Attraction

Review of Haunted Town Hall Haunted Attraction

Review of Haunted Town Hall Haunted Attraction

Haunted Town Hall

Haunted Town Hall is a Haunted Attraction located in Lafayette, OH.

103 S High Street, Lafayette, OH 45854
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“Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Family Friendly

Team Mysterious Misery reviewed this attraction on September 24, 2016.

Final Score: 8.59


Haunted Town Hall was reopened 5 years ago after a 4 year hiatus and we are glad they did! Ned Baughman and Dave Neff own, operate, and partake in the activities at their haunt. This is a two-story, indoor haunt based on true stories of the evil Mayor Henry Joseph and the sickness that corrupted those in the town of Lafayette. You will find this haunt located at 101 S. High Street in Lafayette, Ohio and open from September 9, 2016 through October 29, 2016, 7:30 pm-12 am every Friday and Saturday night. This is a haunt that will make you want to get in the car with all of your friends and take a road trip there! It is a classic, story-telling haunt that puts you in the middle of the action. It will likely make you pee your pants one way or the other, either by scaring the Hell out of you or by making you laugh so hard at someone in your group. We are glad we were able to experience this haunt and hope that you get to also.

Cast: 9.12

Haunted Town Hall has an amazing cast that was not only horrifying but also entertaining. On an average night they have about 20 actors filling the haunt. While making my journey through the haunt, those 20 cast members made their presence known, although I felt like I interacted with and saw more than that. Some of the cast are paid but many are volunteers. They work at the haunt because they are passionate about it and love to scare all of you. Each cast member knew their character and worked to enhance each scene. The cast at Haunted Town Hall were amazing at improvising and being put on the spot. They could ask me a question and I could respond and we could have a conversation while staying on topic. It almost gave it a personal feel. I truly enjoyed each interaction with each cast member making it hard to pick ones that stood out because they all did. However, a few of them include Steven Spees who worked hard that night on keeping us guessing how to get out and randomly popping up in places. Nate Army plays Bobo and he was a highlight for me. He called me Sarah and told me to stay away from the skeeters.

Costuming: 8.83

Haunted Town Hall has a story to convey and they make this happen with the help of costuming. You will see hardly next to no masks in this haunt as each character is an original. Their makeup is well done and when I asked about it I was shocked to when I found out they do their own. They also try to teach the craft to newcomers in the industry so that the art never dies and they can learn new techniques from one another. Their wardrobes were complete from head to toe with no missing elements. Their attire also matched the scenes we encountered them in and helped keep the story-telling at an all-time high.

Customer Service: 7.35

Ned and Dave are proud of their haunt and do what they can to keep all of their future victims happy. They are up to code with safety procedures and have plans in place for emergencies. They have people located in random spots to ensure you are helped if you have questions or concerns and need to speak to someone. The night we visited they had 92.1 The Frog doing a live broadcast with music and more. However, the haunt itself being located where it is has some drawbacks. One problem is there is no designated parking area so patrons park on the sides of streets where they can. So please keep that in mind and make sure you lock up all your valuables. It is in the middle of a small town so the sidewalks are far and few between, so many patrons walked in the street. The haunt itself is well-lit but the areas around it are not, so just be aware of your surroundings and maybe put the cellphones away until you are in line so you can pay attention to where you are going. Other than the ticket booth there were no additional food or merchandise items available for purchase.

Atmosphere: 8.15

Nothing like driving through old towns picturing how amazing they were in their prime. Right in the middle of the town stands one of the oldest buildings. It is lit with shades of orange and red that cast shadows on the bricks. You can see the giant opening at the top where it is rumored that the evil Mayor jumped from many years ago. After seeing all this, you know it will be a good night. You get your tickets and stand in a calm, dark line, where occasionally someone will be out to greet you. You watch the story on a video playing while you are waiting in line so that you know what your fate holds when you step into the big white doors of the Haunted Town Hall.

Special Effects: 8.25

The Haunted Town Hall utilizes special effects, big and small to help the story come to life. You will see the usual special effects such as the vortex tunnel and the collapsible walls. Even though you have seen these in numerous haunts, they are placed in locations that enhance this haunt. Hidden doors and exits are an area of expertise for these haunters. You cannot escape the nightmares that you must face until one of these exits decides to appear, but they sure will keep you guessing! Word of advice, some exits will have you getting low! Other effects were small such as the self-writing pen or the spirit picture frame but their effectiveness wasn’t as small as they were. There were also a few effects that weren’t necessarily freighting but very entertaining.

Theme: 9.23

Haunted Town Hall is based on a true story and the theming throughout the attraction helps recreate the story so patrons can live the nightmare. It is great to see a haunt being able to stick with a theme at this kind of level. Not many haunts are into the story-telling this day in age but that is what you will get here. At one point, this was a working Town Hall in the middle of Lafayette, Ohio where eventually a sickness and the evil Mayor Henry Joseph took over. The building was built in 1899 and is one of the oldest buildings in that area. It has been used as a town hall, fire station, police station (with the actual jail cell still there and being used in the haunt), a school, playhouse and library. Haunted Town Hall incorporates everything into the haunt while maintaining its theme throughout. This is one haunt that does theming well and it is impressive.

Fright Effect: 8.35

I found myself wandering through pitch black hallways that went uphill, downhill on an angle and I felt cold air being sprayed at me while I let out a scream. Yes, I screamed as it was totally not expected and it got me from out of nowhere. Well-hidden actors appeared just in the nick of time to scare the hell out of you. Hidden exits make it to where just when you think you can get out…. guess again. The exits will eventually appear, but only when they are done with you and want to let you go. With the awesome cast who are so good at what they do, they keep it on a personal level, making the whole thing that more creepy. The haunt utilizes all of the space in the haunt which leaves no dead zones so your senses are always on alert. You will get low, you will climb stairs, you squeeze through narrow areas and you will be scared around nearly every corner.

Value: 9.45

Haunted Town Hall is a two-story, indoor haunted attraction with an evil Mayor who will always be looking for you. The cost of tickets are $10 per adult and $8 for kids 12 and under. If you have a Haunted Town Hall flier, bring it with you to receive an additional $1.00 off your visit. With many haunt prices in the industry at the $20 and $30 range, we find that their ticket price of $10 is a steal! We found this haunt to be worth the hour and forty-five minute drive it took us to get there and at such a low price per person, you need to load up your friends for an awesome road trip… where not everyone may come back alive!

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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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