Review of Nightmare on Main Street Haunted Attraction

Review of Nightmare on Main Street Haunted Attraction

Review of Nightmare on Main Street Haunted Attraction

Nightmare on Main Street

Nightmare on Main Street is a Haunted Attraction located in Willimantic, CT.

411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT 06226
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Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Indoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction, Family Friendly

Team Hallowoosh reviewed this attraction on October 23, 2016.

Final Score: 7.74


The Wyndham Textile Museum in Wilimantic, CT revisits the past to a scary time period in the 1800s when many women were wrongfully institutionalized. The conditions in these domiciles were offensive and gruesome which we experienced as we walked through. This is the 2nd year that the museum has brought to life the true horrors of the past. The focus of the 2016 season was to bring to light the horrible conditions of asylums, prisons, and reckless medical treatments that occurred in the late 19th century. This is not your typical haunted house experience. Upon entering the museum, the staff wants you to know that this will be a night of education, that the main goal is to educate you on the real life horrors during this time period. The use of some of the elements of a traditional haunted attraction make this a seasonally appropriate way to learn about these horrors of that time.

Cast: 9

Although the cast is made up of volunteers you would swear that they came from the local theater district. Each scene had extensive dialogue that made you feel for the characters. It almost felt unethical to laugh or enjoy the performance. After all, they were portraying the terrible and unfair treatment of countless lives. Upon entering, the host makes it abundantly clear that in no way are they mocking mental health issues. The goal was to show you how terrible these conditions and places were for these poor souls. Outside of the textile museum they have set up a more traditional haunted attraction which featured the fictitious ghouls and monsters that you see in the more traditional haunts.

Costuming: 7

Every actor inside Nightmare on Main was dressed their part accordingly. You won’t find any monsters or zombies or ghosts inside the museum, only portrayals of real life historical characters. Outside in the more traditional haunted maze, you will find a few hooded ghouls, perhaps representing the poor souls who lost their lives inside the dark dismal asylums.

Customer Service: 7.8

The production manager, Beverly, couldn’t have been a better host. She worked hard to make sure everyone was on the same page and that the greeters were ready to appropriately set the tone. The textile museum has ample, free parking across the street. Although most of the building and outdoor maze are dimly lit, a large snack tent provides sufficient light which let me know that the event was being held there, making it easy to find. Tickets come in the form of a wrist band, each labeled as a different accusation for asylum confinement or medical treatment. I apparently fell off a horse during the war and hit my head, while others were confined for things like simply reading a book. The wristbands provided a soft and subtle, yet effective way to get their guests to understand how easy it was to be admitted. The ticket booth and waiting line are located inside the gift shop of the museum. The gift shop primarily consists of books and textile gifts.

Atmosphere: 7.5

The first level of the museum treated us to four scenes from four different actors. Each one had extensive, interesting dialogue about the true nature that was late 19th century medicine to early 20th century prisons. The dialogue helped mask the fact that the sets were of very simple design and we were still clearly in a small town museum. White curtains draped over the displays of the textile museum and it naturally made me wonder if it was part of the act or simply just to hide the artifacts that were not part of the show. Upstairs the mood changed a little bit. The historic dialogue faded and became reenactments of the torture that most women had to endure in these terrible times. However, the rooms themselves were very small and could fit at most five people. Perhaps it is better to get up close and personal.

Special Effects: 6.8

There were very few effects in this attraction as it was more geared to educate. A woman is electrocuted in a chair with no sound effects or lighting effects. A Styrofoam head is lobotomized. A girl sees her own shadow move back and forth on its own. Outside there is a strobe light or two and maybe a few surprises.

Theme: 8.8

The theme was made very clear once we entered the building. From the ticket takers to the greater, to the person that tells you “don’t touch and don’t take pictures,” they all wanted us all to know what the goal of this attraction was. I would say that anyone who might show up out of curiosity without being told what the attraction was before going in might be displeased. The goal was to educate and display the horrors of asylums, medicine and prisons.

Fright Effect: 6

The most frightening moment of the night was when we had to stuff ourselves into a tiny washroom with an insane woman smiling and whispering to us. I believe the scene was to demonstrate what happens to women after they have been confined to an asylum for so long. Clearly we were not supposed to scream or laugh and although it was hard for us not to, it just felt unethical. Outside we could scream all we wanted. Some folks had only gone through the outdoor maze and were screaming bloody murder. Quite a switch from the educational style to the fear entertainment style.

Value: 9

Tickets are only $10 a person for a twenty minute history lesson and about ten minutes of good old, haunted, Halloween fun. In 2017 they plan to explore the history of witches. If you are looking for the biggest scares then you have come to the wrong place with the wrong attitude. There are tons of places in New England to get your fixing of screams, but it is nice to take some time to explore the history of what makes us scream.

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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