reviewed this attraction on September 30, 2017.

Final Score: 8.28


Edge of Insanity is a charity home haunt on the outskirts of Kokomo, Indiana. When I say ‘charity’, I mean that every penny they make with the haunt goes to various charities across the city, state and country. They support charities such as Pals for Paws, Cops for Kids and Don’t Be A Monster as well as a memorial sponsorship in the name of the brother of the haunt’s owner, Walt Ingham. All upgrades and renovations on the haunt come out-of-pocket throughout the year; and we were fortunate enough to pay them a visit on opening night of their tenth season.

Cast: 8

Edge of Insanity is staffed completely by volunteers and we were amazed to see and hear about their staff’s dedication to what they are doing. Their dedication was also evident in the performances they gave throughout the night. From the actors that roam the queue line and on through the asylum’s mental patients and the hillbillies out back, every actor was focused on their character. They all made great use of their respective scenes and only missed their timing a couple of times. If we had to pick a memorable character in each section of our visit; the male clown would take the queue line, Dollface would be for the asylum and ‘Jeb’ would be our pick for the hillbillies. The interactivity and dialogue in most areas was fantastic, but there were a couple of times that an actor just kind of screamed at us.

Costuming: 8.5

The costumes are all well done. The haunt Mom, Tammy Ingham, is adamant about the costuming and there not being things out of place. The patients all looked like period-correct patients and the hillbillies were definitely hillbillies. In fact, we heard that one of the hillbillies does not wash their costume all season’for authenticity. It definitely smelled authentic. One particularly elegant costume was that of Dollface, a large man wearing a beautiful dress, with shards of glass protruding from his skull. There were, however, three characters that we were not entirely sure how they fit in. Two clowns and a guy in a gory rabbit mask made appearances in various spots. While they were cool characters, they just didn’t make sense to us.

Customer Service: 8.75

Even though this is a home haunt, it is not thrown together in home haunt style. Edge of Insanity takes the safety of their patrons very seriously. Everything is built and secured properly and there are no dangerous hazards or activities going on. Scares are kept well away from the stairways, which are brightly illuminated and there are a few emergency exits as you pass through the asylum. If you have GPS, you should be able to find it okay. However, it can be a little tricky to see from the divided highway that it sits adjacent to, even though they do have a couple of signs by the road. The queue line actors keep you from getting bored while you wait and all non-acting staff was very friendly and helpful.

Atmosphere: 8.83

This year, they upgraded a bit and added a sound system to the outside waiting area. The speakers are a bit crackly but, they were pumping some music through them for us as we waited. EOI is housed inside of (and behind) a large barn behind the owners’ home and it is difficult to disguise that fact. But, they fill the front of the building with plenty of decorations and displays to let you know that you are definitely at a haunted house.

Special Effects: 8.06

If there was a soundtrack playing throughout the asylum, we can’t tell you. The intensity and volume level created by the actors inside drown out any semblance of a possible soundtrack’and that’s alright. We were walking through an old mental hospital, screaming patients is exactly what we would expect to hear. Out back, in Hell’s Half Acre, the only sounds you will hear are the ones nature provides and the persistent ‘threats’ and ribbing from the hillbillies. Edge of Insanity also contains a vortex tunnel that was pretty effective and entertaining. It was fun to watch people starting to walk weird or tipping over, thanks to the tunnels giving their equilibrium a twist. They also have a custom built shock therapy scene that was very unique. It presented shock therapy in a way that we have not seen done before. You should definitely check it out!

Theme: 7.3

There are basically two separate, but connected, themes going on at Edge of Insanity. The first is an asylum, where doctors perform ghastly experiments on patients, and patients (Patient 25 in particular) seek revenge. The second half of the haunt delves in the realm of hillbillies that have set up a homestead on the back half of the property. They squatted there, some time ago, and never left. The characters and d������cor throughout both sections tie in nicely to their surroundings. The only area of concern for us was the blacklight room and vortex tunnel areas. They seemed out of place, even knowing that they are meant to be your experience of one of the doctor’s psychotropic drugs. It is hard to read that, without something to give you that idea first.

Fright Effect: 8.33

They kept us on our toes throughout the majority of the haunt. The graveyard and pathway out to the hillbillies seemed to be dead spots, even though you would occasionally get one of the hillbillies along the path. They did a great job of not focusing on one person in our group and went for each of us at one point or another. Inside the asylum, they keep your attention moving all over the place so it is difficult to try and predict where the next scare might be coming from. Out in the open field that the hillbillies play in, that is not really the case; although they have gotten really good and being able to sneak around out there, using each other as a distraction.

Value: 8.48

It took us around 20 minutes to make it through the entire haunt which, for a $10 ticket price, was pretty reasonable. We basically got 2 minutes worth of entertainment for each dollar we spent, well above the average. They do pretty well at using up the room that they do have. There could be a bit more in the graveyard area and throughout the path to the hillbillies but, overall, it was really well done.

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