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Rigor Mortis Haunted House

Score: 8.56/10

Review Date: November 12, 2022


If this attraction’s name, meaning the stiffening of the joints and muscles of a dead body a few . . . hours after death, doesn’t give you the chills, we assure you the two haunted houses inside will. Located in McMinnville, Tennessee, Rigor Mortis Haunted House offers two haunted houses for one price. The first attraction, based inside an abandoned movie theatre, ventures through Corpse Light – The Curse of Ghalico, where things will never be the same. Some say Ghalico was a murderer, while others called him a magician; perhaps he’s both? The second attraction drops guests into the McMinnville Mortuary, where a mysterious body marks the beginning of unexpected events within Jane Doe Say My Name. Are you brave enough to twist through the terrors of Jane Doe to learn her name? For those that have never visited, Rigor Mortis takes place within 40,000 square feet of horrific encounters. 2022 marks their 4th season. Our team doesn’t get to travel to TN very often, but the time allowed this year, and this haunt was graciously able to keep their doors open a little longer to give us a fright. Boy, are we glad they did! We honestly had no idea what to expect, but as we narrowly escaped the exit, our racing hearts and raw throats gave a heavy nod of approval for what we had just experienced. Not only does the owner of this attraction have magical tricks up his sleeves (he’s a magician by day), but he also has tricks in the form of scares. So, boils and ghouls, you won’t be falling asleep in this theatre; be prepared to scream!

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Mountain Mayhem

Score: 7.99/10

Review Date: November 5, 2022


Mountain Mayhem is the only permanent haunted attraction within a two-hour radius of its area in . . . Southeastern Kentucky. Located in a deep, dark holler down in the backwoods, this classic, old-school haunt is sure to reach down and touch your every fear. In recent years, Mountain Mayhem has found its place among notable haunts in Southeastern Kentucky. In its few years of existence, it has been established as a favorite among locals and non-locals alike. Ticket prices are $12.00. The haunt itself is indoors, but the queue line is outside.

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Netherworld Haunted House

Score: 9.2/10

Review Date: November 4, 2022


While in Atlanta, GA this weekend, we jumped at the chance to once again see the world-famous . . . Netherworld. Every year, this award-winning haunted attraction presents two houses (in addition to some other surprises) and the themes and stories for each of those change from year to year. This year’s houses were The Undying Horror and Parasitic. This was Netherworld’s 26th year of operation, and they show no signs of slowing down or failing to come up with amazing bits of lore and story to completely surround and entertain their guests. The Undying Horror is a wonderfully horrific romp through an apocalyptic world beset by strange tentacled monstrosities and undead victims looking to spread the corruption to those who pass through their domains. Parasitic offers a similar theme of spreading chaos and infection as guests venture through a futuristic lab where some strange experiment has gone awry. While we obviously escaped, we can’t be too sure about anyone else.

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Castle of Chaos Haunted House

Score: 7.36/10

Review Date: October 30, 2022


Being the only self-proclaimed castle within the state of Utah, this haunt is truly one of a kind. . . . They say it best on their website when describing themselves as an underground labyrinth of classic and modern-day horror. This haunt has such a variety of options one can get lost quickly so allow us to guide you through them. The General Admission is the same across the board. But there are a variety of scare levels for your hands-on experience, if you dare, that is.

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McCalls Haunted Farm

Score: 9.59/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


Located in the nice little town of Moriarty, New Mexico lies McCalls farm. By day, families can . . . visit the country store, visit the pumpkin patch, and get lost in a massive corn maze. But when the sun sets, the farm takes on a more sinister form as it transforms into the Haunted Farm. While waiting for their timed entry, guests can play carnival games, go through the Curtain Chaos attraction, play zombie paintball and enjoy the many excellent food and drink. When it comes to the haunts, guests have two different haunted attractions that await to terrify them, The Field of Screams and The Haunted Barn. When your time comes these two haunts will make your fears and nightmares become a reality.

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Factory of Terror OH

Score: 9.0/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


Some things can be described, and some must just be experienced firsthand to really get the scope of . . . them. Walking into the Factory of Terror is one of those things. The Factory’s entrance is bold and brash, ominous lights and rock music roaring throughout, which is the vibe from the start to the finish. Factory is unapologetically in-your-face authentic horror. Monsters here are a little more intense, sound effects seem to echo louder, darkness descends faster than you can prepare for it, and everything just seems to come on a little bigger and better. The Factory is capable of creating worlds that fully suck you in, but it’s also uniquely placed to utilize its surroundings to create a literal factory of terror.

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Avondale Haunted Barn

Score: 9.11/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


Avondale Haunted Barn has truly impressed us this year with their changes and improvements! They . . . added many more scenes, scares, and props to add to the length of the haunt. They are now an indoor-outdoor attraction that is in a two-story barn. The legend is that Jubal and Eliza Pickett once lived in this barn while their son joined the military. He died in the line of duty, and the Picketts could never retrieve their son’s body. They became hostile and angry because of what happened to their son and took it out on the town’s residents. People started to go missing, but no one ever investigated the Picketts. Time went on, and people forgot about the Picketts. But, the train track that ran through the Pickett’s land brought a carnival to town. The carnival was cursed from the moment they set foot on the Pickett’s land. To this day, people still hear carnival noises coming from that land when October comes around. All who enter Avondale Barn are doomed. Will you escape, or will you be forced to join the cursed carnival or become a victim of the Pickett’s hostility?

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Screamville Haunted Attraction

Score: 8.6/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


Screamville Haunted Attraction has made some amazing changes this year! They appeared to have added . . . detail and creativity to each scene. We even noticed a lot more blood and gore and if you have a sensitive stomach, be careful when entering Screamville. We really enjoyed the performances of each actor or actress, they were very willing and ready to scare us through the entire haunt. The legend is that Virgil and Sarah Branson used to live in a small home near the cornfield with their children. Over time, Sarah began hearing strange sounds and seeing ghostly figures in the corn. Virgil came home late one night and couldn’t find Sarah or their children. He looked out to the cornfield to find Sarah hunched over on her knees. Once he got closer, he realized she was covered in blood and his children’s dead bodies lay near her. She wept and told Virgil, The corn made me do it! Screamville is now home to a cursed cornfield that contains various creatures and demons alike. Are you brave enough to face the cursed creatures within the haunted cornfield?

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Abattoir A Haunted Attraction

Score: 7.54/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


Abattoir is Vincennes, Indiana’s first and only haunted attraction. This is still a reasonably new . . . haunt, as 2022 marks its third year of bringing some great scares to life. This haunt offers two floors of disturbing encounters to terrify you to death! This year, the freakshow and clowns have come to town, seeking refuge within Abattoir: Carnevil. What goes bump in the night, thrills with fright, and disorients with delight awaits brave visitors when they least expect it. This haunt offers a great mixture of high-end effects, more common Halloween props, and some of the most unique ideas we experience each season. By the way, Abattoir is French for slaughterhouse; don’t let the guise of a freakshow fool you.

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Unreal Nightmares

Score: 8.14/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


With each visit to Unreal Nightmares, we’ve noticed the lines get longer and longer. Now entering . . . its 5th season, this hybrid haunted house/escape room puts guests to the test. Inside, you must try to make it out of a suspenseful series of clues and hidden passages, all while intimidating inhabitants hunt you down! The SDA, Supernatural Detection Agency, needs the public’s assistance. Something is taking over the building from inside the walls, and it’s up to you to find the security breach. Are you ready to go on a supernatural investigation? You’d be hard-pressed to find another haunted attraction like Unreal Nightmares. Not only is it one of the most unique out there, but it also remains one of the hardest haunts to escape alive. New this year, Unreal is offering an optional touch option. We chose the touch route, so this review will reflect the full-contact experience.

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Niles Scream Park

Score: 8.84/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


If you are looking for a fun family night of spooks and scares, Niles Scream Park in Niles, MI, is . . . where you want to go. Erected 49 years ago (yes, you read that right, 49 years ago), this attraction has a deep-rooted history in the community and continues to help local non-profit groups, having donated over $2.2 million over the years. It is the second oldest haunt attraction in the nation and is ranked as one of the best time and time again. Comprising both volunteers and employees, this attraction can have anywhere from 150 to over 200 busy workers a season and is always growing. Multiple generations of volunteers and staff fill each attraction and booth to assist patrons in any way they can. The operation sits on over 44 acres of land, with 15-20 of those acres set aside for parking, with plenty of room to maneuver. They even have a light show for guests as they wait to enter the park and some monsters who would love to be your new friend. We had the pleasure of heading out to Niles Scream park last Saturday; neither one of us had been before, and we were more than excited. Having six major attractions plus escape rooms, ax throwing, shops, projector movies, and a sprinkle of ghoulish decor, you have yourself a little Halloween town. Carnival-themed food vendors line the back, the smell of elephant ears filled the air drifting you back to your childhood… Although we will talk about it below, Hooded has not been scored since this attraction is an intense horror experience that fully removes all vision from its guests.

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Cemetarium Haunted House

Score: 8.51/10

Review Date: October 29, 2022


Cemetarium Haunted House has haunted the Greater Sacramento Area for 20 years. Throughout it all, . . . Frankie Babcock has forged away at keeping his haunt alive. The first incarnation of Cemetarium began as a fundraiser for Frankie’s son’s school in 2002. It was a yearly event until the school decided to discontinue it after 2009. Determined to carry on his haunted attraction, Frankie took his ingenuity from the school fundraiser to create a home haunt in 2010. Feeling the time was right, Frankie took the leap into professional haunter in 2011, and has been opening every haunt season since. He even found a way to get local government approval to open in 2020, the pandemic year. Currently, Cemetarium Haunted House is located in the Sacramento suburb of Orangevale, in an outdoor field near the Orangevale Community Center. There are three main attractions: Zombie Heights, Psycho Circus, and the Cemetarium signature attraction. This year, they added a fourth attraction, a little kid’s haunt for those who are too intimidated to enter the Big Three. Debbie and I did walk through the kid’s haunt, and though there were no actors in it, they did have some cool sets and props. We aren’t going to score it in our review, but we think it is a good idea to groom the next generation of haunters. Of the Big Three, Cemetarium was our favorite, then Zombie Heights, and finally Psycho Circus.

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Akron Haunted School House and Laboratory

Score: 8.69/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


So monstrous this year that the church had to send a protester to stop it, The Akron Haunted . . . Schoolhouse and Lab towers over a valley echoing with screams. This institution is one year away from their fifty-year anniversary, and we cannot wait to see more of the modern additions they’ll put onto this grand vintage haunt. From the moment you climb the stairs in the Schoolhouse and step into that first classroom, there is a pervasive air of the macabre that envelops you. Haunters come crashing through doors, walls, and occasionally from just straight nowhere in their effort to hunt you down. Sights that can be witnessed nowhere else in the world are buried within these two haunts. The Akron Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory is a local favorite for a reason.

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Hysterium Haunted Asylum

Score: 8.51/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


Since last year, the hysteria infection inside Hysterium has only grown stronger. Inside and out, . . . the crazed staff and patients have simply lost their ever-loving minds! Did you know that the CIA A.K.A Leroy is in your toe? See? We told you. In 2022, Hysterium is celebrating their 25th season of haunting Fort Wayne (they did the Haunted Cave from 1998 – 2013 and Hysterium from 2014 to now). For returning visitors, they’ve made some new changes inside and out that you don’t want to miss. From the moment they demanded that we have a seat in the first room, they put us to the test. This is an actor-driven haunt filled with some of the most energetic cast members this season. They were all up in our business and eager to show us their different doses of crazy and chaos. During our visit, they gave us a complete treatment of gyroscopic therapy. The question is, what is it, and did it work? Keep reading to find out.

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Stillwell Manor

Score: 7.84/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


The ghosts of Stillwell Manor stir in the night, waiting to give guests a good fright! Located in . . . Anderson, Indiana, Stillwell Manor offers three differently-themed attractions at one abandoned movie theater. Sneaky spirits, repulsive rats, boisterous birds, deranged dentists, zealous zombies, and everything in between lurk amongst Stillwell Manor, Forsaken, and Tantibus. In Stillwell Manor, guests can find the ghost of General Stillwell guarding his most prized treasures. Don’t even think about touching them, or he will curse you! Forsaken is a freak show by Dr. Barnabas Stinson, who has gathered (and created) as many freaks as possible to entertain you – if that’s what he wants to call it. Finally, Tantibus Labs (Tantibus) is a worldwide leader in producing anti-fear medications. You can expect to encounter an array of fears as you tour the testing facility. Now, let’s talk about all the horrific encounters inside, shall we?

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Psycho Path IN

Score: 7.33/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


In the countryside of Sleeping Bear Retreat in French Lick, Indiana, lies Psycho Path Haunted . . . Attraction, an old-school-style, actor-driven haunted trail with many denizens dying to ea- we mean, meet you. Our first visit was back in 2020, and we were excited to make a return in 2022. Although we did attend Psycho Path’s last night open, we’re still going to tell you if you’re anywhere near this part of Indiana during the haunting season, you need to visit them. Not only does Psycho Path wind guests through a deep, dark, wooded path (their Trail attraction) with creatures lurking within the darkness, but they also offer a unique on-foot, first-person, shooter-style Zombie Shoot trail. The zombies are fast as you try to keep your group alive while traversing the path. They will come up and fully grab you, so we hope you’ve got good aim! In addition, the haunted trail leads guests to a complicated outdoor maze unlike any we’ve seen before. They will push you to your limits should you take on this outdoor adventure. We came out sweating and laughing from the rush they gave us inside. This review will look at the Zombie Shoot as one attraction and the trail and maze together since guests go directly from the path into the maze.

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Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs

Score: 8.49/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


Looking for a weekend excursion suited for just about anyone? If so, be sure to put The Resort at . . . Glade Springs on your list! Not only do they offer a spooky, fun haunted house, but also overnight lodging, plenty of restaurants, a spa, movies, bowling, indoor swimming, various daytime outdoor activities, and escape rooms. They even offer a shuttle service to guests, so you can park the car and let the resort take care of everything else! Just down the road are The New River Gorge National Park and more opportunities for outdoor adventures. Now on to the focus of the review: Fright Nights. Fright Nights is located both inside and on the grounds of a repurposed 20,000 sq. ft. equestrian barn. They have five main attractions: House of Wax, Freakshow, Camp Kilamee, Hexed, and Ghost Town. Once we got inside the barn, we went through the haunted Old-West town inhabited by skull-faced cowboys, bank robbers, miners, and a captured innocent. Immediately, we were run out of a BBQ shack and into the next part of the haunt, Camp Kilame. Here, we were treated to the 80’s campy horror show. We weaved through a maze of crazed councilors, cooks, and campers at an outdoor camp to the corn maze. An upstairs climb back inside takes us to the Freakshow with ticket booth personnel, a stiltwalker, and energetic clowns. Afterwards, our path led us to the new attraction this year, House of Wax. We were entertained with some fun horror movie easter eggs, and met the twisted soul who makes such lifelike creatures. Carefully making the trip downstairs, we completed the final attraction, Hexed. Summoning witches, tortured creatures, a nasty cook, and gravediggers awaited us. This year they scheduled a Night of Exile event featuring opportunities to go through the haunt solo or with a friend, and also a choice of a high or low-intensity experience. The final night celebration includes a Lights Out experience. Another addition to the line-up this season is an escape coffin experience that will have you feeling your way through the dark to get out, for a $5 upcharge. Lines to enter the haunt are virtual, so physically standing in line has been replaced with a simple text message when it’s your turn to go inside. They have also partnered with a radio station so that patrons can listen to some Halloween fun over the radio before they get in line for the main attraction(s).

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Nightmare at Stagecoach Hollow

Score: 8.11/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


The Nightmare at Stagecoach Hollow (NASH) is finishing up its second season. They sure do a lot . . . right for a sophomore attraction! This dark and foreboding trail mixes in a corn maze and a walkthrough in and out of spooky structures to get the blood pumping and mouths screaming. Proceeds benefit the local Kiwanis Club to support that organization’s good works. The attraction will be open on Friday & Saturday, November 5-6, 2022.

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Harco House of Horrors

Score: 8.3/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


Embarking on its second decade of haunting, HARCO (short for Harrison County) House of Horrors makes . . . its home in a former school building. Unlike other old schoolhouses we have been to, bygone school days are not a theme here. Instead, it’s a kaleidoscopic trip through many and varied scenes of phantasmagorical dark fantasy settings stacked one after the other. We made our first visit here in 2022, but it certainly will not be the last! Splendid effects, a great cast, and a satisfying sense of value combining a long walkthrough with a low admission price all marked our highly entertaining experience. In years past, the attraction also offered a corn maze, but that did not happen this season. This is a charity haunt benefiting a kids’ basketball league and other local causes.

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Evil Intentions Haunted House

Score: 9.39/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


Evil Intentions is labeled as a top-of-the-art haunted house in the state of Illinois. This is quite . . . true as they are highly actor-operated and low-tech. We see everyone get more intense and terrifying, and we are thrilled to see what craziness they bring this year. The detailed sets will leave you speechless, and the actors will leave you shaken up.

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Haunted Hills Hospital

Score: 9/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


Haunted Hills Hospital has been through some renovations since our last visit in 2020. They have had . . . to move slightly south from Lake Station, IN, to their new home in Crown Point. On top of the move, they have adapted to make this attraction more than what it used to be by producing 2 new attractions, a bigger midway, photo ops galore, escape rooms, concessions and vendors, arcade games, movies playing, pumpkin chucking, and likely 10 other things I will get to in this review!

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Killdare Haunted City

Score: 8.01/10

Review Date: October 28, 2022


We are happy to see Killdare Haunted City back for its second year running at the Bridgeview Park . . . District. Using their given open space in the park and making a path out in the woods, they have shown to be going in the right direction. The actors also played a role at making the haunt more believable and keeping the customers more engaged. Killdare Haunted City proves to be reaching for the stars and their hard work is paying off.

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Deranged Haunt

Score: 8.21/10

Review Date: October 27, 2022


Deranged Haunt has been around for a while and exceeded our expectations this year! The story states . . . nearly 700 campers went missing and never made it to Camp Zika. Within the campgrounds is Lake Zika, where hazardous chemicals were dumped, causing rabid creatures to inhabit the remnants of the camp. Deranged is an entirely outdoor attraction as you wander through the woods on dark nights, you will stumble into many decrepit buildings housing the morbid mutated creatures of the land. Deranged is a scary good time to be had by those who are brave enough to maneuver through the campgrounds. Several living and not-so-living beings will stalk you through the woods within Camp Zika. The mosquitos are the least of your worries!

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The Haunted Farm NC

Score: 8.89/10

Review Date: October 23, 2022


Keeping in mind the old maxim “location, location, location,” The Haunted Farm in Hendersonville has . . . prime real estate as it sits next to an actual graveyard. Here one can make their way through the Lively Farm and remember why nothing good comes from dealing with the damned or young teenage love. This is a place where the nightmare shifts from Voodoo priests to insane asylums, and you see a whole world of cursed scenes spread out before you. Details abound in all of these terrifying places, and you must make your way through the monsters to get back to the safety of the parking lot. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes with a good grip because you’re going to climb up through the woods and then down into the depths of hell.

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Dark Castle Haunted Attraction

Score: 8.89/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


There is no other haunted house in the world like the Dark Castle Haunted Attraction. Every piece of . . . this dramatic tale is unique and bespoke to the house. The majority of the characters wandering these grounds are original to the Dark Castle and it is a sight to behold. Some haunts come across as very generic and by the numbers but the crazy folks running Dark Castle are unstoppably good at their own quirky brand of horror. This is not a PG show, and scenes are packed with terror and off-color jokes and banter. All three of their haunted attractions are action packed, from the terror-filled tomb at the front to the outdoor Zombie shoot to the Dark Knight’s trail, there is no end to the twisted and macabre fun you can have screaming in the Elgin woods.

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Dead Mans Farm

Score: 8.55/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


Dead Man’s Farm has once again impressed us with their fantastic haunted attractions! They have 2 . . . haunted attractions on-site: The Bludgeon House and the Clowns of the Corn. The Bludgeon House is an indoor-outdoor attraction that hosts grandpa Bludgeon, his crazy relatives, and many creepy creatures. The Clowns of the Corn is an all-outdoor attraction that holds deranged clowns that derailed off the train tracks. Can you survive the Bludgeon family and all their creatures they let loose within the Bludgeon House? And can you make it through the Clowns of the Corn without becoming trapped within to become a part of their show forever? Face your fears at Dead Man’s Farm!

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House of Terror

Score: 7.34/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


Located at Beachfront Adventures in Panama City Beach, Florida, House of Terror is a small haunt . . . that offers a taste of big haunt experiences. If you are looking for a scary, realistic haunt but don’t think you can handle being scared for long periods, this haunt is for you. This haunt is incredibly smart in its design. The creator of this haunt may have a small space to work with, but he utilizes effects in that space brilliantly. You will swear that the haunt is bigger than it is, and in doing so, your experience time is also lengthened. Great performances with strategic sets and effects make this a great haunt! This haunt will prove that size doesn’t always matter when creativity and strategy are implemented! The bonus is that this haunt is located at a family fun park. You can spend a whole night enjoying Halloween activities for all ages. There are flip-and-spin bumper cars, go-karts, mini golf, a hay ride, a kiddie maze, a monster paintball, a concession area with themed food and drinks called Goblin Grub, and our absolute favorite… their Buried Alive Coffin Experience! It is a unique virtual reality adventure that is so much fun!

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Blind Scream Haunted House

Score: 8.79/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


Blind Scream Haunted House is celebrating 13 years of scares in Sonoma County, and for such a lucky . . . numbered anniversary, they have opened The House of Superstitions. Blind Scream is the brainchild of Drew Dominguez and Judy Groverman Walker, who were independent haunt owners that met at the Transworld Halloween Tradeshow in St. Louis, and decided to join forces. Through the years, Blind Scream has developed a story of the evil family of Doc Hunter, and every haunt season features his family exploits. There is only one attraction at Blind Scream this year, and that is The House of Superstitions. As Drew Dominguez says, We don’t claim to be the scariest, we claim to be the most Halloweeniest, and there are traditional Halloween icons, such as black cats, witches, and jack-o’-lanterns. But with an array of scares, animatronics and visual effects, Blind Scream once again delivers a memorable haunt experience.

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Carnival of Chaos

Score: 6.71/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


We traveled down to Medford, OR, ready to hit a triple feature of haunted attractions. We began our . . . evening at the Carnival of Chaos, which is currently a part of Nightmares on the Rogue. Carnival of Chaos, formerly Circus of Screams, is under new management this year. We visited on a dark and not quite stormy night. Despite the rain, there was a decent crowd lined up to get scared by the demented circus and we hopped right in to join them. The experience was a nice warm-up to the rest of our evening and we look forward to seeing what else the haunt can bring in the future.

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Nightmares on the Rogue

Score: 7.09/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


Have you ever had an apprehensive feeling while entering a place where you don’t quite know what to . . . expect? That’s what you’ll find at the Nightmares on the Rogue, as you descend from the streets of downtown Medford, OR, into the Haunted Mines. Considering that this attraction is in its first season, this haunt feels more seasoned than it actually is. We were greeted with the sound of a piano playing ragtime, interspersed with broadcasts welcoming everyone to the mine tour. Our tour of the mine twisted and turned a few times as we went through the haunt experience. The tour ended back next to where we began. The proximity to another haunted house could make for a good evening out in the Medford area. Note: This review will use Nightmares on the Rogue and Haunted Mines interchangeably. We are referring to the same attraction.

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Spook Hollow

Score: 8.35/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


Our central Illinois trip led us back to some amazing haunts, both new and return visits. Spook . . . Hollow happens to be the longest-running outdoor haunted attraction in Illinois and it wouldn’t feel like a complete season without seeing what the team there had in store for 2022. The Marquette Heights Men’s Club of Central IL volunteers their time and efforts into acting, building, setting up props, scenes, makeup, and every other aspect of running a successful attraction every year of which 100% of the money that is made through the season is given back to the local communities. There is no doubt why this haunt has such a cult following every year with lines that wrap around the park during its short season.

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The Nightmare Chamber Haunted House

Score: 7.06/10

Review Date: October 22, 2022


In its fourteenth year, Nightmare Chamber brings screams to downtown Medford, OR. Nightmare Chamber . . . planned to be closed for 2022, but after strong community support and an amazing 2021 season, the haunt was able to remain open. This season, Nightmare Chamber brings vampires crawling out of the shadows to charm, scare, and delight crowds. Throughout the attraction, we were introduced to a wide variety of vampires. Each group that we encountered had its flair for what a vampire is, from high society to circus freaks. We took a wonderful tour through their dark and twisted world, filled with equal parts death and fear.

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Spookshow Haunted ScreamPark

Score: 8.26/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


The Spookshow Haunted ScreamPark is a dream created by a giant family of people from the surrounding . . . area. The two owners spoke of an all-volunteer staff and family dinner before opening. This new Haunt based in Price, Utah, is a mere two years old and the entire staff from last year returned again this year. 100% of them. It was built over the summer of last year and will continue to grow with each year to come. Within the scream park this year is the main haunted house and a punk rock axe-throwing garage. We recommend axes first to really get that blood pumping before entering the haunt. Don’t worry there is nothing scary that will jump out at you in this room. Mutants of all kinds overrun the desert wasteland that is home to this haunt. With disappearances from the neighboring towns, locals speak of cursed earth underneath the full-size chapel that resides in the center of the haunt. The isolated location is perfect to enhance this storyline they lay before you. So take a deep breath because you’ll need it when they throw a bag over your head and escort you to the brutal Spookshow Haunted ScreamPark. This review is based on their full contact RedBand experience, where guests could be put in a trap, isolated, and maybe even… covered in blood.

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Scream Acres

Score: 8.39/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


A winding trek through the darkness in man’s heart awaits the brave and adventurous in Bishopville, . . . SC. Here at Scream Acres, you’ll find yourself diving into a house of country horrors, set perfectly in the middle of nowhere. Once you’ve made your way through the winding halls and high-ceilinged rooms filled with monsters and gore, you find yourself in a cheery midway with food, drinks, a fire to warm up to, and a souvenir shop. Here you can take a moment or plunge onwards into the darkness of the woods. The hayride is where Scream Acres really shines, offering a number of nightmarish scenes each decked out with its own special effects and pyrotechnics. High energy horror is mixed with a maze of giant pines and screams echoing hollowly across the dark space. As always, the walking trail is a beautiful touch with local flavor added in, and the new additions to the hayride and the second house have really put this year’s performance over the top.

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The Scariest Place on Earth

Score: 4.82/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


When driving down a busy street near downtown Albuquerque, one might see smoke billowing out the . . . door of a boxing studio. Worry not; the building is not on fire; this is The Scariest Place on Earth. This haunt has been bringing frights to the citizens of Albuquerque for many years.

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Scare at the Fair

Score: 8.08/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


The moon peeked between the clouds on an unusually warm October evening, and what could be more fun . . . than heading to the local fair? However, something isn’t quite right with these residents; the fairgrounds are filled with cannibal clowns, abrasive aliens, zestful zombies, and gleeful ghosts waiting to assault us unsuspected guests. You never know what your will encounter at the West Alexander Scare at the Fair. West Alexander Scare at the Fair is celebrating its 10th year of Haunting the local fairgrounds. Scare at the Fair is a unique haunt that embraces the old-school haunt style of the 80s and 90s, focusing on fear, frights, and fun, paying homage to retro horror and sci/fi classics like Killer Clowns from Outerspace, Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th and more.

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Trail of Lost Souls

Score: 6.43/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


A new haunted trail embarks upon Hardin County, Kentucky, eliciting screams throughout the woods. . . . Going into only their second season in 2022, Izzy’s Little Creepers, LLC presents Trail of Lost Souls. This all-outdoor spooky Halloween event takes place through the winding woods of Short Creek Farm in West Point, KY. The trail was filled with actor-driven, old-school-style scares that an extensive range of customers could enjoy. Their passion was evident as we made our way through, and everyone was welcoming and ready to ensure guests had a great time. Are you ready for your appointment with Dr. Spillblood? Ready to meet the Killer Fluffy bunny?

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Irvington Asylum

Score: 7.49/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


Just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, awaits a sanctuary of invalids (or seemingly so). But these . . . are no ordinary subjects. Upon stepping through the front door, mischief and mayhem were turned loose upon us, comprised by not just the patients but their doctors, too! A new haunt has taken over a wing of the Old Irvington Elementary school in Irvington, Kentucky. It just so happens they’re looking for new interns. For a first-year attraction, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, our first day on the job as interns for Dr. Ulrick was a success. We will be better prepared to deal with irate and intense patients next time. Despite this being a brand-new attraction, the creators have had experience putting on haunted attractions and working for them. If you’ve been to the Hatler Home Haunt in Louisville, you may recognize some of the staff. The asylum is currently an actor-driven haunt where you will become part of their story. If you’re looking for a good time with some even better scares, look no further; they have a treatment plan for that. It’s time to test your limits.

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Laurels House of Horror

Score: 9.08/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


Laurel’s House of Horrors (LHH) exhibits haunt maximalism. This place has everything – ghastly hotel . . . scenes, a crazed preacher at the pulpit, freak shows, possessed prisoners, and so much more. Set in a unique abandoned movie theater, this haunt takes its patrons through scene after scene of horror as you wind your way through the expansive space. Thematically, a lot is going on – we started out inside a haunted hotel that evolved into a graveyard, hillbilly home, cultish church, and finally into a freak show. There is something to scare everyone at this haunt. Though what truly helps make this haunt special is the fact that the space itself is actually haunted, according to the previous owners of the cinema complex. Various paranormal groups have come to affirm the signs of supernatural activity, which automatically adds to the scare factor of this haunt in our books. Because of its setting, this haunt definitely pays homage to the horror movies that have shaped the last hundred years of horror. Each immersive scene gives a taste of a classic horror theme. Managers and actors alike clearly love what they do – scaring people!

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The Final Resting Place Haunted Junkyard

Score: 7.17/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


When you think of scary places to visit during the Halloween season, you probably picture a haunted . . . mansion or an old creepy cemetery. But what if we told you that you could visit a real-life junkyard in the open fields of Sabina, OH? Now in its 10th season, these haunted grounds are littered with some terrifying inhabitants, and they’re out for blood. Do you have what it takes to escape Grandma Millie and her misfit family, or have you reached your final resting place? Final scores by Haunt: Junkyard: 7.8 Grandma’s: 6.93 Maze: 6.8

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FrightWorks

Score: 8.26/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


FrightWorks is an all-indoor haunted attraction located in Powell, Tennessee. They are going on . . . their 20th season of terrifying the people of Powell. FrightWorks is home to Vault 67, which contains the most dangerous creatures and entities known to the world. If you dare to enter this vault, you should be able to get through without any harm done. Each creature is trapped or contained in ways that will prevent any risks to your well-being. Can you brave Vault 67 and inspect all the beings within, or will you become trapped to never see the light of day again?

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Cinema of Horrors Haunted House

Score: 7.76/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


Our team stopped at Cinema of Horrors, using our long trip further south as an excuse to visit the . . . haunted attraction. We had never quite had the opportunity to visit despite being in the area many times, but this year we were determined to change that. And, boy, are we glad that we did. Cinema of Horrors is a wonderful haunt full of an energetic cast, well-made sets, and non-stop scares from the moment we entered. And if you’re as lucky as us, you’ll make a little goblin friend along the way.

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Baldwin Asylum Haunted Attraction

Score: 9.07/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


Baldwin Asylum Haunted Attraction (BAHA) is in its tenth and final season. One would assume that . . . this would be a coasting season, like someone putting in their two weeks’ notice for a job and just taking it easy, doing the minimum. This could not be further from the truth! Our visit happened to be just close to the night we visited and to have their team still perform with such high energy was a fantastic thing to see.

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Aura Haunted House

Score: 8.4/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


Aura Haunted House is located inside the old Peoria State Hospital district in the former Pollack . . . Hospital. This building was the wing that treated tuberculosis. Now in the hands of new owners that have taken months to build a haunted house in it from scratch, the scares keep going with the help of its haunting presence inside.

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Screamin Acres Haunted Houses

Score: 9.31/10

Review Date: October 21, 2022


If there ever is a place that personifies day and night, it is Eugster’s Farms’ Screamin Acres. By . . . day, it is an all-American Farm with fall festivals, corn mazes, and pumpkin/cornstalk-lined driveways. When darkness falls, follow that same drive a bit further and discover a whole new world of rolling fog, roaming beasts, and terror-filled screams! With four horror-filled attractions, Splatterhaus, Lockup, The Last Resort, and Side Effects included in your one admission and an additional Death Trap that plays with your mind and senses, you may be numb to the world if you make it through this one sane.

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Purgatory Haunted House

Score: 7.17/10

Review Date: October 20, 2022


Located on a creepy dirt road in an isolated part of Albuquerque, New Mexico, lies a haunted . . . attraction that locals might recognize from years past. Before the pandemic, there was a haunted house that I heard about when I moved to Albuquerque, that was an intense experience. In 2022, this haunt re-emerged when the opportunity arose. Taking over the Bernalillo County Sheriffs’ posse lies a sprawling haunted attraction with several surprises hidden inside. Walking up, you can smell the fog and hear the screams coming from inside. Once you purchase your ticket and maybe enjoy a treat from one of their food trucks it is time to venture inside.

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The Nevermore Haunt

Score: 9.07/10

Review Date: October 16, 2022


The Nevermore Haunt provides a sinister twist on Baltimore’s history. This haunt takes participants . . . back in time to visit a dark past inside an abandoned furniture factory. We deem the theme broadly as “creepy late 19th century Baltimore.” Overall, this haunt’s dark and winding indoor structure keeps visitors terrified and guessing what will come next. Nevermore embraces their Baltimore locale to make truly creative and gruesome historic scenes.

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The Haunted Road

Score: 7.35/10

Review Date: October 16, 2022


The Haunted Road is revved up for its third season in Central Florida and has gone under the hood to . . . bring new experiences forward for all daring enough to make the drive down The Haunted Road. The attraction first began in 2020 in the middle of the global pandemic while businesses were trying to find safe ways to bring haunted attractions back. It’s a contactless drive-thru Halloween experience and one of the most unique attractions in the Central Florida area. For 2022, The Haunted Road has expanded and is now a three-part experience. First, you start with The Haunted Road: A 30-minute drive down one of the last remaining haunted roads in Orlando, Florida, to witness infamous ghost sightings and weird happenings. This year, it’s a human slaughterhouse filled with murderers ranging from a pig butcher to a fox that prefers to murder people with poisonous gas. Following your drive, you walk through the Human Slaughterhouse, which is a 3-5 minute walk through a haunted house in a barn. Finally, celebrate surviving The Haunted Road and Human Slaughterhouse at The Afterlife Party featuring a DJ, pop-up performers, food trucks, themed alcoholic beverages, and a Haunt Market to pick up some unique souvenirs.

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Basement Of The Dead

Score: 9.09/10

Review Date: October 16, 2022


Basement of the Dead (BotD) is a special spot on our season’s list. Why? Simply because Halloween . . . is a legitimate EVENT during operation here. The entire moment anyone steps onto the grounds it can be overwhelming to see a live DJ, actors galore, free giveaways, photo ops, oh, and a new 26-foot pumpkin bigger than our apartment. This season was proof the team behind BotD was hard at work during the off-season… we have tons to go over!

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Disturbia Haunted Attraction

Score: 9.04/10

Review Date: October 16, 2022


After our visit to Aurora, we made the 30-minute drive to Basement of the Dead’s sister haunt, . . . Disturbia. This attraction has been upcoming for the past few years and continues to expand and grow into a staple in Chicagoland. Disturbia uses successful methods adopted from BotD and knows how to bring a party to life with a very similar setup of a live DJ and a plethora of queue actors to equal entertainment to a level of guests not wanting to leave after walking through the attraction.

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The Massacre Haunted House

Score: 9.37/10

Review Date: October 16, 2022


Massacre Haunted House is an example of a well-rounded haunt that uses different scenes to keep the . . . scares going. While there is not an exact storyline, one certain thing is that every room is guaranteed to give you the fright of your life. Following their social media, you get to see a glimpse of their upcoming season. Seems like there are a few new characters this year!

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ScareHouse

Score: 7.86/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Over the past few years, as autumn approaches, the Pittsburgh Mills Mall has transformed – a shadow . . . of its former self. It is not only haunted by past stores but has now become inhabited by the ghouls that reside in the nearby Scarehouse. The Scarehouse has a strong reputation in Pittsburgh and is well associated with the city as the Steelers of Heinze are. Scarehouse continues to make improvements as it becomes more comfortable at the mall location, providing on-site parking, an indoor waiting area with music, snacks, dedicated line actors, an arcade featuring retro video games and pinball machines, an escape room, plenty of photo-ops, and a gift shop with more photo-ops. With all that being said, does the ScareHouse live up to its name?

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Dread Hollow

Score: 8.9/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


The Dread Hollow crew originally operated the Haunted Cavern in Ruby Falls. After years of setting . . . up and breaking down that haunt each season, they moved to their current location in Browns Ferry Village shopping center in Chattanooga. This is the 5th year Dread Hollow has operated from this location. In addition to the haunt, Dread Hollow offers three 30-minute escape rooms which stay busy! About 150 people attempt the haunt-themed escape rooms each night. During the haunt season, Dread Hollow offers special nights such as a specially themed Date Night package for two, which includes a psychic medium reading, gourmet chocolate, a specially themed rose, a photo, and a meet and greet (and, of course, admission for two into the haunt!). The staff and crew work diligently to change and update the storylines for the haunt each year, adding something new for their repeat customers. This year Dread Hollow has three storylines running through its city: Krane Toys, Blood Harvest, and Rikkets’ Revolt.

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The Haunted Mine

Score: 7.96/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Returning for its second year after a decade-long hiatus, bigger and better than ever, The Haunted . . . Mine, located in Tarentum, PA, is a very unique haunt as it primarily takes place in, you guessed it, an abandoned mine, that is also said to be genuinely haunted. Legend has it that twenty-eight miners lost their lives in this stone labyrinth, with three bodies never recovered from this rocky tomb. Now guests can explore these claustrophobic corridors, encountering many disgruntled souls of the lost miners trapped by a mine that seems to have a mind of its own.

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Harringtons HAAunted House of Horrors

Score: 7.81/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Harrington’s HAAunted House of Horrors is a production of the nonprofit Harrington Arts Alliance . . . (hence the “HAA” in the moniker) based in Loveland, CO, that provided a great opportunity for the youngest members of Team Hauntarama to cut their teeth and test their mettle! Although this show targets haunt goers who aren’t looking for an intense or gruesome experience, it still takes its haunting mission seriously and uses it to raise funds for its ongoing work. If you’re looking for a great experience in Loveland, Harrington’s HAAunted House is the place to be!

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Camp Sauble Cages of Carnage

Score: 4.55/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Camp Sauble: Cages of Carnage has a long history dating back to 1960 when it started as a . . . minimum-security work camp housing inmates. After operating this way for over 20 years, the inmates successfully set fire and burned down a large portion of the prison. After being rebuilt, the prison became a Shock Incarceration and Bootcamp program diverting young offenders from jail. With this tumultuous history in tow, you can feel the eerie presence of the inmates who once lived in those cells. Cages of Carnage has two separate walk-throughs, Night Terrors and Prison Break. Both involve going through a maze-like path indoors and walking around the prison’s exterior. This attraction is 100% volunteer, and all proceeds go to local fire departments. Cages of Carnage delivers a fun, good time for the whole family. Make sure you stop by this family-friendly attraction and support the community!

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Cayo Industrial Horror Realm

Score: 8.53/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Another year, another eerily realistic premonition of the apocalypse by Cayo Industrial Horror . . . Realm. Josh and his team are back at it in 2022 for their 20th season. Every time I come back to see this show, it gets a little bit better, a little more polished, and a whole lot creepier. Outside of haunt season on select nights, Cayo is home to Atrophy Escape Ward, an intense hour-long escape experience set in a 1960s style asylum. Both of these shows are at the top of their class, and are some of, if not the best post-apocalyptic themed experiences in the north-east US, if not the entire nation.

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Fright Manor

Score: 7.24/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Fright Manor is a family ran haunted attraction located in Indianapolis, IN. This low-budget horror . . . event has been scaring patrons for exactly four decades, which is longer than any other haunt in the area. To put things into perspective, Fright Manor has survived various historical events, such as the birth of Wall Street, the invention of the cell phone, and the Brady Bunch reunion. Look no further than Fright Manor if you’re in the mood for a Halloween event reminiscent of your youth! Grab your family and friends because this classic haunt is ready to make you scream!

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Fear Fair

Score: 8.89/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Whatever you fear most will be invoked at Fear Fair! They are back with a vengeance for the 2022 . . . season, ironically their 22nd year with new scares and a haunting intro that is to die for! Consisting of a single tour through four differently-themed areas, FF will delve guests deep within various nightmares. After you plummet into Ancient Evil, you will find yourself within the establishments of Bourbon Street in Leveau’s Curse, an unearthed Egyptian area of Ramses’ Wrath, and finally, you will need to make a commissary donation to get past the inmates in Rockford Riot. For those looking for a more interactive experience, Fear Fair offers glow necklaces that attract the monsters even more. Those brave enough to don the device may be grabbed or shaken more than other guests. Fear Fair is constantly evolving and changing with each visit. This year, they’ve continued to expand upon their monstrous midway by offering another ride and more games. Are you ready for your extra dose of fear? We certainly got ours!

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Phobia Haunted Trail

Score: 8.48/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


ECO Center, in the farmlands and cornfields of central Ohio, is a kind of conservation camp where . . . kids can learn about things like green living and natural resources management. Their declared mission is: ‘To provide safe, fun, outdoor experiences through environmental education and hands-on learning opportunities.’ Something we should all be able to get behind. When the night air becomes crisp and thoughts turn to witches and weirdness, ECO Center transforms into Phobia Haunted Trail. Its mission could be stated like this: To provide (make believe un-)safe, fun, outdoor experiences through totally mental deaducation and hands-on-your-last-nerve screaming opportunities.’ We can get behind that, too! And now, without further ado, let us speak of the dancing nun.

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The Dead Woods

Score: 8.26/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


The Dead Woods offers a walk through the dark forest. Sinister creatures line the path, ready to . . . snare the unwary. It is an old-school attraction, in the best way. But what do we mean when we talk about old-school? This term is tossed around a lot in haunt reviews. Sometimes it is used in a denigrating manner to refer to a certain cheesiness of presentation with a lo-fi/lowbrow approach to effects. In a positive sense, to us, it is the application of an old-fashioned (it should be understood this phrase is used in a favorable light) approach and aesthetic that emphasizes actor interactions enhanced by homemade props, cleverly employed lighting and audio, and careful use of tactics to provide scares. In essence, a simple (not to be confused with easy!) and stripped-down (thus impactful, robust, potent) medium for delivering fun and frights aplenty. It is the legacy of prominent haunt sensibilities from 40 to 50 years ago. The Dead Woods totally nails this style and spirit. Nostalgia is hard to beat. As a tail-end Gen Xer who grew up as a haunt fanatic in the Jaycees-dominated 1970s, finding a place like this is enough to make the author’s eyes tear up. Our team wore smiles on our faces the whole way through. Often interrupted by our own screams, but still. For cast, crew, owners, anyone associated with The Dead Woods who are reading this, we would like you to know we appreciate what you’ve created. The passion and love show through. We hope you feel proud to be prime practitioners of a disappearing American artform. Just as we felt glad to (re-)experience it.

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Literally A Haunted House at Culbertson Mansion

Score: 8.14/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Every season, writing our review of Literally, A Haunted House at the Culbertson Mansion is a . . . bittersweet moment for us. Not only was this the first haunted house Nora attended (and the one that got her hooked), but it was also the first attraction our review team, Team Zombillies, ever reviewed 12 years ago. Now in their 37th year of delivering scares for 2022, they’ve created an all-new theme this year: The Coven of Anguish. Let us tell you; it’s one of their most intense yet! Literally, A Haunted House is the largest fundraising event by The Friends of Culbertson Mansion, INC., where proceeds go towards helping restore the interior of the historical site. If you’re a willing sacrifice, you too can join them for a night of terror and frights. The ritual is about to begin; did they induct us into their family?

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Fenders Farm Haunted Activities

Score: 7.03/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


During the day, Fender’s Farm arranges kid-friendly activities, but at night, they provide more . . . sinister entertainment for the people looking for something more intense. These haunted activities are not recommended for children. Fender’s Farm Haunted Activities has three attractions: Insane Inn, Buried Alive, and Field of Screams. Insane Inn is all indoor and houses many disturbing scenes and characters that would only appear in your nightmares. Buried Alive is a small indoor location included in the combo ticket and has some ominous scenes. Finally, Field of Screams is outdoors and has many frightening creatures within the corn. Each attraction doesn’t seem to have one particular theme; however, if you fear clowns, be careful when entering any of these places!

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The DAM Haunted Woods

Score: 8.62/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Each year, The DAM Haunted Woods changes their theme to entice people to come back for new and . . . exciting scares. This year they are featuring Hillbilly Hell! This attraction takes you on a steep hike through the haunted woods and is not ADA accessible as it is way too steep. However, you will get your exercise if you choose to visit. Beware! This haunted trail is not for the weak-minded, as they will offend and disgust you. Do you dare make the quarter-mile trek through the haunted forest and face the craziest hillbillies around?

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Trepidations Haunted Attraction

Score: 8.25/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Trepidations Haunted Attraction in Seligman, MO, is celebrating 3 years of operation, and for our . . . first time visiting, we can’t believe we haven’t visited sooner! With heavy attention to detail and a talented, hardworking cast, they packed in many creative and innovative scares even with the shorter walk-through time! Everyone takes great joy in what they do, and it shows from inside and out of the attraction. Trepidations offers unique immersive moments that make it stand out amongst other haunts, and it’s a must-visit! Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!

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Pirates Of Emerson

Score: 9.02/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


For 31 years, Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park has scared and entertained the Bay Area and has . . . become one of the best-known professional haunts in the nation. This haunt began as a home haunt at the house of Karl and Patty Fields, with their son, Brian. Over time, they grew into a professional haunt that has remained open every Halloween Season, including the 2020 pandemic year. There are four haunted attractions in this year’s Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park: Demented Dolls, Halloween Hell, Seesawz Circus, and Pirates of Emerson. The price of admission also permits you to enter Frightmare Oddities, which is more of a museum exhibit of true crime newspaper headlines, grotesque paintings, and haunt-related props. Pirates Of Emerson Haunted Themed Park has always been a must-see for Debbie and me, and once again, they did not disappoint. We really enjoyed the Pirates of Emerson attraction the best because we could see all sorts of new props and animatronics. We also enjoyed Demented Dolls and Seesawz Circus very much. Though we were satisfied with Halloween Hell, it did not stand up as well as the other three.

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HellsGate Haunted House

Score: 9.42/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


The darkness inside Hellsgate Haunted House has taken in a few familiar faces that have escaped from . . . Statesville Haunted Prison. However, the rumored abandoned mansion in the middle of the woods was not abandoned. ZAP is very well known for putting out great video content for the world to see its storytelling come to life in the palm of your hand using social media platforms. With the significant number of actors, highly detailed rooms, and immense dedication, it’s no wonder that HellsGate Haunted House has become world-renowned.

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The Expelled Haunted House

Score: 9/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Within the small town of Huntsville, AR, resides The Expelled Haunted House! It was our first time . . . visiting this attraction, and we were unprepared for all the surprises and terror in store! The Expelled Haunted House is having its grand reopening in 2022 after being closed in the previous two years due to the COVID outbreak, and they are coming back with a bang! With a high-energy, interactive cast, unique set designs, and non-stop scares from beginning to end, this is a wild experience that you must see for yourself! Do you think you have what it takes to make it through The Expelled with your life? Read our full review to know what to expect before you visit!

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Faristons Haunted Forest and Myrtle Manor

Score: 7.78/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Fariston’s Haunted Forest has been providing scares to the people of Southeastern Kentucky for over . . . two decades. Their reputation of being one of the favorite haunts in the area keeps people coming back year after year. Myrtle Manor has been added in the last couple of years and is quickly becoming an added favorite among guests. Like many of the other haunts in Southeastern Kentucky, Fariston’s Haunted Forest and Myrtle Manor are located deep within the hills, in the middle of nowhere. One will get an eerie feeling just driving the road that is the final stretch of travel to get to the haunt. Myrtle’s Manor is located right behind the ticket booth, right in view of the main queue line. The forest provides an additional queue line where we waited for the hayride. We knew we were in for a treat when we were loaded onto a cattle trailer pulled behind a tractor and taken deep into the forest. The hayride itself proved to be just as scary as anything we encountered, as some “additional guests” hopped on the trailer with us halfway through the ride. We were dumped off in the middle of nowhere and had to find our way back among the winding dirt path through a mixture of cornfields, hay, and dense forest. You have the option of doing one or both of the attractions once you arrive. You can purchase individual tickets for the attraction of your choice or get a combo. Tickets for Fariston’s Haunted Forest are $15.00 and Myrtle Manor is $12.00 if you choose to do only one attraction. A combo ticket can be purchased for $22.00, which gives you a $5.00 discount.

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The Old Joliet Haunted Prison

Score: 8.89/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


We had the pleasure of visiting the Old Joliet Haunted Prison (OJP) for our 2022 season. What makes . . . this haunt special is that it takes place inside a legitimate old prison that held many prisoners during its operation. Some of the most notable are Richard Speck, a famous serial killer of the 60s in Illinois, and the infamous Pogo the Killer Clown, John Wayne Gacy. Being on the prison grounds made for an unusual feeling that lingered throughout our visit. It’s sort of a feeling that no number of props or actors can bring and is just an odd ominous vibe that truly dawdled both inside and outside the prison. The haunt as a whole is 3 different attractions for one ticket: Ghost Chamber, The Abominations, and Tormented. We will break down the rest of the review into 3 parts when needed.

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Nile Nightmares

Score: 7.27/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


Nile Nightmares is a haunted attraction that guides guests through several themed sections. Each . . . section touches on almost every phobia that people could have – making for an entertaining night out. The areas between these themes are more cohesive than they were from one section to the next. We visited Nile Nightmares last year in 2021 and enjoyed our time. We decided to revisit to see what changes they have made over the past year. Before, we wrote about the one thing that makes Nile Nightmares great is the party atmosphere and ever-growing midway. The improvements made to the midway were noticeable. The beer garden was pushed out into a large tent next to the ticket booth. Under the tent outside the beer garden, there were tables and chairs set up, allowing people to sit and enjoy food from the food trucks. The expansion of the midway helped spread out the activity where last year, it was concentrated on a paved area next to the pole barn.

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Hush Haunted Attraction

Score: 9.01/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


When our team got invited to join Hush Haunted Attractions, we were super thrilled to go. This haunt . . . has been going strong for years, and our team leader was familiar with the older building before it finally got a revamp, a new building, and more to offer its guests; thus, hearing of this news, we were extremely eager to get inside and see what was in store. Upon arriving on this early Saturday evening, the building was already flooded with guests, the line trickling around the building. There were characters of different guys bellowing the terror that awaits guests once entering, leaving patrons to stew in their own sweat and anxiety for what is to come. Once through the metal detectors, the entryway opens up to a beautifully-built New Orleans French Quarter-esque alley known as HUSH Falls Midway. Neon signs illuminated the first of their three hidden bars, shops, voodoo boutiques, and more lined this area. The well-planned design funnels guests into line ques to bring the feeling of the passing of strangers when walking down the New Orleans streets. Monsters lurked around every corner, some altering you to their presence, some silently stalking you so close they could smell you. Beads rain down on you from a mock balcony while you await your fate, bringing more of the vibe, and amping you up to what lies in store.

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Camp Tapawingo Haunted Voyage

Score: 8.00/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


This haunt will take you back to your childhood summer camp days, but I guarantee you have never . . . been to a camp quite like this. This camp forever closed in 1962, but regional folklore assures you there is still a lot of activity at Camp Tapawingo, which was built a mile away, and they are anxious to receive visitors. Designed and produced by Garret Zima, a special effects artist from the Chucky franchise, his passion for creativity and detail in his haunt did not go unnoticed. Grab your backpack camper, it’s time to head to Camp Tapawingo.

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Scare USA

Score: 8.94/10

Review Date: October 15, 2022


On the banks of the East Twin River in Two Rivers, WI, this all-volunteer haunt provides . . . professional-level scares and sets that are built to perfection and as detailed as some in the movies. The actors are top-notch, and the box office offers ticket sales, apparel, and other trinkets. Food is available onsite or in the next-door bar. Be ready to be fully immersed in the haunted atmosphere as soon as you enter the grounds. To the fright-filled sets and the ill-omened characters, this is a definite not miss of an attraction for the holiday! Watch the sky for the beam of light marking their exact location, and be ready because, as they say at Scare USA, Halloween lives here!!

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Jail of Terror

Score: 8.09/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Halloween isn’t Halloween without the ghosts, so what better place to get into the Halloween spirit . . . than to spend some time in a haunted building? The Historic Licking County Jail is currently the site for Jail of Terror, a haunted house featuring the beautiful building and unnerving past of some of the inhabitants. To appreciate the overall theme here, it helps to understand how this historic building was set up when it was used as a jail, as this drives home the theme of the ghosts and evil about the place. Built in 1889 as a jail for any inmate, the building also includes the sheriff’s and family’s living quarters and the matron for the ladies and juveniles housed on the top floor. According to the website, there were 22 confirmed deaths here, many by suicide. Featured on the history tab on the website is the murder (in the line of duty) of 17-year-old Carl Etherington by an angry mob. Using this potential ghost sighting info as a backbone for the theme, we began our Halloween tour by meeting a ghost hunter displaying a nervous tick or perhaps “coming down with something.” We were informed about “potential” ghosts of the building and even got a chance to check out some paranormal equipment. From here, we got the opportunity to walk through the jail hallways, open cells, and the basement, all the while dodging the sketchy characters coming our way. When not doing a Halloween haunted house, customers can come out to join paranormal investigation tours. The jail has been featured on Travel Channel’s hit show “Ghost Adventures” in 2014 and also in the film “God Don’t Make the Laws.”

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Castle Blood

Score: 8.83/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Castle Blood in Monessen is back with its unique charm and interactive theater; a unique haunt not . . . only for its location (an old funeral home that hosts real spirits of the past) but for its interactive story-driven game(s), deep character development (these creatures have deep back stories), and interplay with guests. Gravely was gracious enough to let us mortals celebrate their 30th anniversary with him and those that roam the castle. Now obviously, these ghouls are way older than 30, but they have only allowed mortals to visit Castle Blood for the past 30 years, and in this time of studying us, they found out some of us have ‘the dark’ in us, a gift so to speak, which explains why we are drawn to the castle. So tonight, we will find out why we are the ‘Chosen.’

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Dragons Dreamland

Score: 8.34/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Located off Route 66 outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, exists a haunt that has been around for . . . many years and is well known. Dragons Dreamland, home to Dragons House of Horror and Gateway to Terror, is located off a creepy dirt road. This was the third year I have visited this haunted attraction; each year, they offered a completely different haunt in a different location. Both of Dragons Dreamland’s attractions offer excellent frights to fill your evening.

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Haunted Angelus House

Score: 7.92/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Now in its 11th season, Haunted Angelus House in Indianapolis, Indiana, continues to scare for a . . . good cause. For those that aren’t aware, they raise funds for the Angelus, a Cerebral Palsy group home in Hudson, Florida. This year, they’re offering one haunt at one location for the haunting season. Angelus is a fun haunt with some fully fledged-out scenes and energetic cast members, and for 2022, they’ve added 15 more pneumatic props! So be prepared to scream, dodge monsters, and lean into your darker side as you traverse through a home, a clown invasion, a swamp, a doctor’s office, and more!

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The 13th Hour Haunted Trail

Score: 6.51/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


The 13th Hour Haunted Trail is an all-outdoor haunt going on their 7th year of scaring the locals. . . . This year, they decided to go with a CarnEvil theme inside the cornfield. There are clowns and freaks aplenty within the corn. Be careful if you decide to enter, because it may be your last chance to see daylight!

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The Haunted Hydro

Score: 8.75/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


The Haunted Hydro is a stone-cold classic on the Ohio haunt scene. This longtime staple is situated . . . in a decommissioned hydroelectric plant reported to be genuinely haunted. Now 33 years in, the Hydro starts from scratch every season with a new layout and new theming. The theme for 2022 is ‘Evil-ution.’ We definitely received an evolution in the experience here. We’ve never before felt the kind of intensity awaiting us at the Hydro this time. Part of that can be attributed to the new touch pass (in the form of very stylish glasses, as you can see in our pictures), but even aside from that, the unleashed actors were totally off the chain!

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Lake Eerie FearFest at Ghostly Manor

Score: 7.77/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Lake Eerie FearFest (LEFF) is a seasonal expansion of the well-known year-round haunt Ghostly Manor. . . . It is actually just one part of a bustling family entertainment center featuring other fun activities like mini-golf and roller skating. Being an all-year attraction, Ghostly Manor is stocked with some very nice props and detailed sets. At other times of the year, Ghostly Manor is staffed by just one or two ghouls who zip around behind the scenes to deliver scares in different rooms. But in October, more actors crowd into Ghostly Manor, and two other attractions are added. Dead in the Water employs an unusual and really well-done nautical theme. You don’t see that in many places besides the few boat-based haunts like USS Nightmare. There are active water effects in here, to the point visitors receive a poncho to put on before entering! Dead in the Water and Ghostly Manor are separated by a dark maze called Darkmare. Now let’s jump into the review; the water’s fine! (Well, it’s actually kind of cold this time of year…)

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Terror in the Corn at Anderson Farms

Score: 9.57/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


As the top haunt nationwide in 2021, we knew we had to head back to Terror in the Corn this season, . . . and, suffice it to say, we weren’t disappointed! This year, the crew at Anderson Farms decided to focus on the haunt itself rather than stretch itself with zombie paintball, as they had for years. That allowed the haunt itself to grow in size (and it was already a mile last year!) and let the demented duo of Michael Edwards and Bart Butler focus their talents on making both changes and improvements to the haunt, and making the customer experience even better!

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The Thirteenth Hour

Score: 8.92/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


In 2022, The Thirteenth Hour celebrates five years of fear at an all-new location! This season, . . . visitors can experience four haunted house themes all within this single venue in Indianapolis, Indiana. Have you ever wanted to travel across time to a place where the living walk amongst the dead? Once the veil is at its thinnest, Cartocker Expeditions can do just that. Join Lady Cartocker in her time machine, but remember, she has a 75% failure rate. So, there’s a 25% chance you may not lose a limb, a soul, or something else you brought in. Time is ticking, and a sacrifice must be made. Once your group enters the chamber, you will be transported into the Thirteenth Hour, where the Widows Walk Cemetery, The Cathedral of Souls, and Mine No. 13 await your arrival. Who among you will sacrifice themselves to the Master?

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Waverly Hills Haunted House

Score: 7.78/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


The Waverly Hills Sanatorium has made its name over the years for its unexplained paranormal . . . activity. This haunted establishment has been attracting fans of the metaphysical from across the world for decades. What was once a tuberculosis hospital is now a world-renowned hotspot for supernatural occurrences. On this night, however, we are on a journey through the historic buildings’ seasonal haunted attraction. Join us as we traverse through demented laboratories, dark dungeons, and a cemetery of the dead. Grab your rosemary, and your sage, because shit is about to get really spooky! Do you have what it takes to survive?

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Hadji Haunted House

Score: 7.46/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Welcome to Hadji Haunted House! A non-profit haunt that has been putting the scare in Pensacola for . . . seven years. Occupying the beautiful Shriner’s Hadji Temple, those who dare to enter this horror experience are in for a treat! Hadji’s haunted attraction takes you on a frightful journey through 40 themed rooms that change yearly. And with the commitment of their volunteer event managers and designers, it grows more extensive and more elaborate every year too. I will be sure to come back next year to see the sinister scares they implement! Hadji is both beloved and embraced by the local community. It is steadfastly committed to raising money for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association. The net profits are split between the two charities, and to date, they have raised over $200,000. And given their drive to support those with medical needs, they ensure their entire haunt is handicapped-accessible. They are also a “no touch” haunt for the same reason. They told us that their goal, aside from raising money, is to scare to entertain.

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Nightmare Realm

Score: 8.97/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


We had the pleasure of returning to Kalamazoo, Michigan, to experience a great up-and-coming . . . attraction for their second professional season. Nightmare Realm (NR) has taken steps in the right direction to assure an immersive experience as best as possible. To say the least, we were easily surprised by the huge developments throughout the attraction that helped tell the story of Trista and the torment of her life (both old and new) in the small town of Cypress Hollow…

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Dominion of Terror

Score: 8.05/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, The Dominion of Terror has been scaring people around town now for . . . 48 years in one location or another! This 45-minute jaunt is full of Jaycee volunteers from as far away as Lacrosse and Wyoming. With a line out the door, it has indoor/outdoor waiting, bathroom facilities, concessions, and an area inside to purchase haunt swag. With a throwback weekend, $10 tickets, a kid’s matinee, and even a separate escape room attraction, it offers many opportunities to get your horror fix. Also, according to the Haunt chairman, this 2-level haunt fully changes the upstairs portion of the attraction every year! Do you have what it takes to delve into this nightmare?

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Frighthouse Station

Score: 7.48/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


We eagerly arrived at Frighthouse Station, full of curiosity about their new theme. This year, . . . Frighthouse Station teamed up with the HP Lovecraft Historical Society to present From Beneath. We don’t know if it was the theme that brought everything together or the other updates to the haunt, but we were blown away by how much they had improved from our visit last year. From the cast to the sets, everything seemed to sing this year and we loved our time at Frighthouse. You absolutely should not miss the chance to visit Frighthouse this season.

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Hanna Haunted Acres

Score: 7.13/10

Review Date: October 14, 2022


Hanna Haunted Acres is a haunted scream park with six differently-themed haunted attractions, all at . . . a single location in Indianapolis, Indiana. For 2022, the attractions include their namesake Hanna Haunted Hayride, Acres Manor Haunted Mansion, Descension, Freakshow, The Horror Fields, and Cannibal Chaos. New for this year, they’ve added a Scare Zone complete with bonfires, more food, carnival games, and vendors. They also have the DeadZone Virtual Reality walk-through. In addition, they also added some decked-out photo-op booths for guests to have fun with. Hanna Haunted Acres already offers a lot with their varying attractions, but this year, it’s easier to spend a whole night with everything that’s going on. So bring your appetite and get your lungs ready to scream; it’s going to be a frightful night.

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Stage Fright

Score: 8.36/10

Review Date: October 13, 2022


Have you ever entered a theatre and thought, “This would make a fantastic location to hold a haunted . . . house?” Well, Stage Fright has turned this question into a reality each October, and the results are stunning. Located at Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg, FL, Stage Fright is back for 2022 and is larger than ever! This year’s theme, Manor of Madness, tells the story of Greta and Grundy Harris, their two children, and the butler and maid. The entire family lived in a Manor that burnt down 200 years ago after Greta, Grundy, and the children were gruesomely murdered. Now, on the 200th anniversary of the tragedy, their spirits still roam the area and the graveyard out back, and we’re the unlucky guests who decide to go explore the remnants of what remains. Team Floridead interviewed the creators of Stage Fright in early September to learn about what it takes to put on a haunt in a working theatre and how Stage Fright began in the first place. The haunt first opened in 2017 on the 2nd floor of the Opera House in downtown Leesburg. Unfortunately, in 2020, the Opera House was no longer being rented and Stage Fright was forced to come up with a plan B. The haunt took a hiatus in 2020 and reopened down the street at the Melon Patch Theatre in 2021 to a crowd of 1000 guests over the course of two weeks. As you can imagine, building a haunt in a theatre has several advantages. Lights, sound, and flats are already inside the theatre and the flats are continuously repurposed and used in the next show the following month. An added bonus is the crossover of actors who act on the mainstage throughout the year and then in the haunt for October. Considering the success of the haunt, Stage Fright is now a part of Melon Patch Theatre’s 2022/2023 season. Even though Leesburg is a solid 50-60 minutes from Orlando, it is more than worth the trek to experience the horrors residing on stage at Stage Fright this year. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing the proceeds from your tickets go towards supporting the arts community in Leesburg.

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The Haunted Forest

Score: 9.56/10

Review Date: October 12, 2022


The Haunted Forest in American Fork, Utah, was a dream that came about while riding horseback . . . through the Utah mountains in the summer of 1990. This year, they celebrate 30 years of being open and celebrate they did. With an all-new forest every year that spans over 1 million square feet, this is one of the longest haunts in the United States. With real swamps, mine shafts, and more trails than you can imagine, The Haunted Forest will not disappoint you or anyone brave enough to go with you.

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Midnight Terror Haunted House

Score: 9.02/10

Review Date: October 9, 2022


Oak Lawn, Illinois, has been the home of Midnight Terror (MT) for many years now. Within the . . . building it resides in, MT is a constantly evolving beast that seems untamable, constantly pushing the boundaries of its own walls and finding ways to spew onto the outside parameters to continue to wreak havoc all throughout the night. It was October’s Hunters Moon during our visit and was a definite warning for things to come…

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Forest of Screams Haunted Attraction

Score: 8.4/10

Review Date: October 9, 2022


Forest of Screams is back for its sixth season. This multi-attraction brings a triple threat of . . . terror with a very entertaining hayride, a trail, and a house. The Forest of Screams haunted hayride is long and entertaining with lots of theatrics, the fun Nightstalkers Trail is midsize and prop-filled, and the Mortuary Haunted House is short but packed full of frights.

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Wells Township Haunted House

Score: 8.88/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


What do a knight’s tomb, a reanimation, and a Twitch stream have in common? Not a damn thing, but . . . you will find these themes and more at Wells Township Haunted House in Brilliant, Ohio. Wells Township is back again with its over-the-top, extreme, and non-sequitur haunted attraction with new rooms, kooky characters, and heinous horrors. This house will literally chew you up and spit you out.

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Panic Attack Haunted Attraction

Score: 8.64/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Panic Attack Haunted Attraction (PA) sits in the farmlands and swamps outside of Nakina, North . . . Carolina. A winding walk through different themed sections, PA has grown even larger than in previous years. A huge stage commands the queue area, blasting music while a variety of queue actors stalk the crowd and occasionally burst into bouts of dancing. Much of the sections within the haunt are based around water and the sea – from a fish market and cursed pirates to chanting vodouns and a journey beneath the waves. Amidst all of this are also the familiar tropes of haunted abandoned houses, cannibal butchers, spooky crypts, and murderous clowns. Because of a hurricane the previous week, our visit was during the opening weekend. Fortunately, the haunt itself weathered much of the storm, but a new children’s section (Boondocks Farm) is having to be rebuilt.

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Nightmares Haunted Trail

Score: 8.48/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Nightmares Haunted Trail (NHT) outside of Nakina, North Carolina, is a great example of a classic . . . old-school Southern haunt. Packed to the edges with banging clowns, horror movie characters, and screams of fright, this haunt is not to be missed. While horror movie fanatics will likely find some of the scenes especially notable, even those who aren’t familiar with the staples of slasher films will find something along the trails to elicit screams. While you might not find big-budget animatronics or first-in-the-nation new props here, you will be greeted with a ton of passion and enthusiasm from a wide cast of characters. NHT came through the recent hurricane and survived with seemingly little impact, though that is more a testament to how hard the crew worked at repairs than the severity of the storm. NHT also has a new third trail behind its walls, a major expansion that drags guests through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Add that onto the traditional haunted trail and the incredibly long dark maze, and it’s not hard to see how Nightmares Haunted Trail keeps bringing in guests year after year.

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Your Worst Nightmare Haunted House

Score: 8.46/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Your Worst Nightmare (YWN) met our expectations for being a visually stunning haunt, but they . . . surprised us with their quality of actors. The malicious doctor that eventually greeted us has a plan to make everyone’s dreams… or rather, nightmares… come true. After dosing us with his latest formula, we were unfortunately locked in a padded cell. But through our dreams, we were able to escape! Into a series of nightmarish scenes populated by a wide number of denizens. By the time we were seeing clowns, the gas had started to finally wear off. The clowns asked us one last hallucinogenic question and then we were out the final door and free! For those that don’t know, YWN is put on by Little Spider Creations. Little Spider creates a lot of large (and small) props and set pieces for amusement parks, haunted houses, and more all over the states and beyond. Knowing this before we arrived, we were expecting to see some amazing sets and creepy internal decor. Let us tell you, they did not disappoint. This is more of a theatrical haunt, telling a story through a variety of scenes (and the occasional monologue). There are still plenty of scenes of gore or unease and a few jump scares, but primarily this haunt sets out to put visitors center stage in an interactive play that moves with them through the haunt.

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Hill of Terror

Score: 7.33/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Now in its 13th season, Hill of Terror is a massive, semi-interactive outdoor trail through the . . . woods of central Kentucky. This 45-minute-long attraction is stationed at the midway point between Louisville, KY, and Nashville, TN. Because of this, HoT brings in large crowds on a nightly basis and has generated quite a following. Appropriately named, this haunt sits on top of a massive hill and one hundred acres of pure terror! Enjoy the party while it lasts because your descent to the bottom is anything but a celebration. These hills have eyes, and they’re searching for their next victim.

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The Empty Grave

Score: 8.5/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


The Empty Grave is again haunting downtown Longmont, returning to an industrial building next to . . . Wibby Brewing. They provide a great experience for folks seeking to get scared while starting their first day as new employees at the sordid factory. It was clear the brains behind the haunt used the past year ruminating on the space available, as this year’s build not only provided a lengthier experience but also, more fantastically, the haunt itself felt longer than our clocks said it was.

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Infernum In Terra Hell on Earth

Score: 8.37/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Infernum In Terra is back for its fourth season. It’s still a fresh face in the area, but Sean, the . . . owner, is no noob to the haunt industry, having worked in haunts in the past and creating some amazing props and masks for haunts all over the country. Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, at the location of an old meat packing plant, Infernum looks very unassuming from the outside but inside hell hath run wild. Vile creatures and tortured souls wait for the living to enter giving them a chance to attach to the living and escape. This year’s theme is centered around atonement, atonement for our sins because the road to hell looks very unassuming as well.

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The Scream Chamber

Score: 9.48/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


The Scream Chamber made some amazing upgrades this year! They completely gutted the Cleage Mansion . . . and created their own path, which lengthened the house by 5 minutes. Many scenes were different, and they incorporated many new types of scares. Once again, my team was highly impressed with everything this attraction did. Samuel Cleage has haunted the Cleage Mansion for the past 200 years. In 1826, as the mansion was built, over 600 employees mysteriously disappeared. As people bravely explore the mansion, the spirits of the deceased employees are becoming angry. They are coming back as hostile spirits and attempting to remove these daring people… permanently! Can you survive the Cleage Mansion and the evil that lurks within?

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The Trail of Nightmares

Score: 8.76/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


True to its name, The Trail of Nightmares delivers a walk in the woods with imagery right out of . . . your worst dreams. The trail winds in and out of structures like shacks and huts. It’s a satisfying experience with great actors, well-done sets, and a bunch of jump-out-of-your-boots scares.

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Blood Prison

Score: 8.95/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Blood Prison makes its home in one of the best settings in Ohio for a haunt. The Ohio State . . . Reformatory is a historic prison building and an incredibly impressive edifice. Its stonework exterior is rather awe-inspiring, especially for first-time visitors. It looks like something out of a classic Frankenstein movie. And in fact it is something of a cinematic star, having been featured in many TV shows and movies – most notably The Shawshank Redemption. First used in 1896, it closed down nearly a century later in 1990 due to poor conditions. Its long and bloody history includes hundreds of inmate deaths. As devotees of paranormal investigations know, the reformatory is a hotbed of activity and renowned as one of the most haunted environments in the country. It’s open throughout the year for tours and investigations. Is there a more apt backdrop for a haunted attraction? We think not. If you’re unfamiliar, read up on the reformatory before your visit. Then you can treat yourself to some extra squickiness when you walk between its walls and consider whose spirits you might be disturbing as you tiptoe past the cells.

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Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park

Score: 8.81/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Frightmare Farms in Palermo, New York, is celebrating 10 years of fear in 2022. Regular visitors . . . will recognize several major changes, including a new box office queue, gift shop, and the all-new adrenaline rooms. The staff and cast are some of the most talented and hardest working individuals in the haunted house industry, and the accolades they have received over the years are very well deserved. In 2020, Frightmare opened their newest attraction, the Frightmare Forest Haunted Hayride. This 10-minute ride takes visitors through Hollywood-quality theatrical sets populated by all manner of ghosts and ghouls. The house, labyrinth, and trail attractions have been updated with new scenes, props, effects, and layouts to keep even the most seasoned veterans on their toes. We received a review request during the middle of the 2021 season, and I had to push it out to the following year. This happened for a few reasons – primarily, my schedule was already a bit chaotic with haunts and travel already lined up. There was also a question of if I was eligible to review Frightmare since 2021 would have been three years since I had worked there, and finally I was a little bit concerned about my own bias. Not that I would give artificially inflated scores, but that I would be too critical, knowing how much potential the Corpse Crew has.

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Ravens Cross Haunted Village

Score: 8.75/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Raven’s Cross, a once-flourishing village, has been afflicted with a grim and mysterious curse. The . . . Black Death and a string of unsolved murders brought unimaginable terror to the shire. The townspeople initially turned to the church, hoping to find consolation for their fears. Powerless, and unable to come to terms with reality, the community blamed witchcraft for the grim happenings and undertook one of the most extensive mass killings in the history of the world. In fear for their lives and carrying nothing but the clothes on their backs, the townsfolk fled their homes to seek refuge in the neighboring settlement of Sleepy Hollow. The alien villagers settled amongst the natives and integrated into the community. On the face of it, life seemed to be returning to normal but, beneath the surface, Sleepy Hollow had its own secrets. It didn’t take long for disease and death to catch up to the people of Sleepy Hollow. Rumors of supernatural occurrences have begun to circulate, and bodies have been found littering the streets, causing residents to begin pointing fingers at one another. Anyone accused of these heinous acts will be subject to torture in an attempt to force a confession. Those found guilty will be killed on the spot. And the news only gets worse. Word has it that an infernal horseman has been spotted in the shadows, beheading those who challenge him. Can you make it out alive? We doubt it. Note that the real Raven’s Cross is distinct from the location of the same name that was abandoned by its residents for Sleepy Hollow in the framing story. The remainder of this review uses “Raven’s Cross” to describe the event location rather than the fictional one.

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Hauntophobia at Blackberry Creek

Score: 8.17/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Have you ever had nightmares about being completely immersed into your most terrifying horror movie? . . . That fear comes to life at Hauntophobia at Blackberry Creek. You will travel through scenes of old-school favorites such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. Will you finally face that clown fear head-on as you face the Killer Klowns? For those in your group who prefer their frights from more recent decades, you will also meet the Nun, among others. This year, a new and very popular scene lands you right in the middle of the Upside Down. Can you escape the demogorgons? Hauntophobia at Blackberry Creek is located in an old abandoned elementary school right in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. This haunt is off the beaten path, but it is well worth your drive to get there. Hauntophobia is in its fourth year of existence and keeps improving every year. This haunt also prides itself on being very accommodating to guests. For several years, one part of the haunt required patrons to crawl through a maze. This year, haunt-goers have the option to crawl or walk, as there are entrances clearly labeled for whichever fate you decide. You know you are in for a treat when, upon arrival, the merch places are selling “Underpads for $3.00.” I can confirm that someone in our group probably needed to make this purchase, so this is actually a nice thing to have. Perhaps other haunts could take note! The haunt is all indoors, so don’t let bad weather deter you. The queue line is in what was at one time the school’s cafeteria. This is also where you can visit the concession stand for a nice snack. Regular tickets are $23.00 if you pay with cash or $24.00 if you use a card. Speed passes are available for $40.00 cash or $42.00 if using a card.

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Nightmare on 13th

Score: 9.46/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


In 1990 when Nightmare on 13th first opened, it was known as The Insititute of Terror and, over the . . . years, evolved into what it is today. There is a 6-man crew working together all year long to redo the haunt every season. They want people to come back year after year, and it shows. From the moment you see the outer side of the building, you can see the hand-painted horror up and down the walls and it continues elegantly throughout the entire haunt. There are three sections within Nightmare on 13th. You first enter the Nightmare Courtyard with actors roaming about for scares and plenty of photo ops. They have built multiple scenarios you can become a part of and post on any social platform you choose. New this year in the courtyard was a HUGE skeleton torso and head that tower over the warehouse and greets you with a booming voice. Then, once inside, you can go through the entirety of the Nightmare on 13th haunt and if you are brave enough, you can add on a ticket to the brand new Insitute of Terror within the walls of the haunt. A nice homage to their former self. If animatronics are your things, Nightmare is the place for you!

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Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus

Score: 6.58/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


Since the early 1900s, there have been traveling circuses’ or freakshows, as they were also called. . . . Strangling Brothers lore spins stories of missing children and a despised and torturous ring leader that was eventually mutinied by his own collection. Rebranding as the Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus, this creepy crew went on traveling in search of new victims. This American Fork based haunted is trailer after trailer of vivid colors, creepy clowns, and screams galore. With a tagline reminiscent of the P. T. Barnum days of “The scariest haunted house on earth,” Strangling Bros has packed as many scares as possible into their circus train.

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The Hill Has Eyes

Score: 8.46/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


The Hill Has Eyes is located in Franklin, Wisconsin, about 20 minutes from Downtown Milwaukee. They . . . are Wisconsin’s largest outdoor haunted attraction, featuring four large outdoor walkthrough haunted attractions: Failed Escape, Hunger Hollow, Carnivore, and Dead End. Defining themselves as “45 acres and 60 minutes of sheer terror”, you will experience mutant hillbillies, killer clowns, and an extensive nightlife party in their waiting area! This attraction has been growing year after year, starting in 2012, when they took an old, abandoned waste dump site and turned it into this substantial outside haunted attraction it is today!

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Rutledge Corn Maze

Score: 7.22/10

Review Date: October 8, 2022


We decided to revisit Rutledge Corn Maze, a haunt that we had also reviewed in 2020. Rutledge Corn . . . Maze is an agritainment farm in Olympia, WA. There are plenty of family-friendly activities during the day. But at 6:00p on Fridays and Saturdays, Rutledge opens a more sinister attraction, the Haunted Maze. Your ticket is valid for both the Haunted Maze as well as their massive, no-scare corn maze. (This year’s maze theme was a Tyrannosaurus Rex with active volcanoes in the background.) During our last visit to the Haunted Maze, we enjoyed the energy and engagement of the cast. But, the sets were somewhat underwhelming. Since 2020, there have been many improvements made to the nighttime attractions on the farm. The cast is still the energetic and interactive group that we enjoyed during our first visit. The scenes were upgraded throughout the entire attraction. There is also the addition of a Western-themed shooting gallery on the opposite side of the midway. Keep on reading for more details about our visit to Rutledge Corn Maze.

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Shadows of Fear

Score: 7.82/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Shadows of Fear is a haunted trail/maze in Pleasant Grove, Utah. In 2019, they started at a . . . different location not far from where they stand now, and had 1100 square feet to work with. In just three short three years, they have moved to a new space and now boast of a 5-acre property complete with corn mazes, swamps, and a junkyard with full-size cars. Built by lovers of the haunt world, the Shadows of Fear demonstrates perfectly what hard work and commitment to something you love can accomplish. Those working at creating this haunt are lifers in this industry with decades of experience. Take a trip with us. From hospital to graveyard and scream to scream. Let’s visit the Shadows of Fear together.

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Extreme Fear ScareGrounds

Score: 8.24/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


We traveled out to the Extreme Fear Scaregrounds (EFS) on the Lenoir County Fairgrounds outside . . . Kinston, North Carolina, and had a blast. Though this is only EFS’s second year, it has a dedicated team with a ton of experience behind it; that experience and talent shows through at this haunt. It should be noted that the weekend of our visit coincided with the local county fair – this does have an impact on the haunt. However, it’s not entirely negative. If families are looking for an evening out, visiting the fair and stopping to go through the haunt before heading home is a great option. On other nights, when the county fair isn’t running, expect the darkness and intensity of the denizens inside to amp up the scares. EFS has three internal sections – the Nixon Asylum, the Insanity maze, and Mayhem – a 3D clown-filled romp.

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Nightmare Factory

Score: 9.02/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Nightmare Factory (NF) out in Havelock, North Carolina, is an amazing night of entertainment, fun, . . . and fear that we had the joy of experiencing recently. NF has been around for over 15 years, and each year seems impossibly better than the last. An old-school traditional haunt, the crew of NF obviously love what they do and pour every bit of that love into delivering the best possible show they can. With an expansive street presence and a thrilling crew, Nightmare Factory is a show that is not to be missed! The first two hours of each night, from 7 to 9 pm, are great for families with younger children; after 9 pm the haunt transitions into its adult show with slightly more intense acts and scares.

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Taylorsville Terror

Score: 5.76/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Located deep within the winding hills of Taylorsville, Kentucky hides a clan of crazed clowns and . . . vintage horrors. If you’re looking for an old-school-style Halloween adventure that’s appropriate for younger audiences, Taylorsville Terror (TT) delivers just that. Returning after our most recent visit in 2019, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. A lot has changed since then! One of the stand-out aspects of their show was their signature bus ride, and we’re happy to report that it has returned as one of their attractions, Chuckles’ Bus Load of Fun, with a unique twist. Taylorsville Terror advertises three other attractions: Taylorsville Terror 1984, Trails of Terror, and the Corn Maze. Depending on the path you choose in each of the mazes, your group could easily spend well over an hour just experiencing the haunts. It’s always great to take in a variety of attractions at a single location. TT offers that with indoor attractions, a ride, and an outdoor walk! But who knows; you may even run into your worst nightmare!

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Haunted Hoorah

Score: 8.15/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Ever wondered what it would be like to participate in a super secret government experiment? Well, . . . now is your chance! Our government has always publicly rejected the slightest suggestion of any form of human experimentation of any kind but, we have all heard the whispers of secret locations and drug trials. One such facility has been discovered, the Joint Research Base Hoorah. It was believed to have been established during WWII by one of those many acronym agencies. This facility’s task was to create the perfect soldier. A soldier that would comply no matter the task, comply or die you might say. However, training and experiments went awry, and the program resulted in grotesque and unsettling side effects on its trainees. The program was nixed and any records of its existence destroyed, or so they thought… But the leading doctor on the program, ashamed of his failures, was determined to redeem himself. With a secret staff of nurses and former trainees, experimentation continued, and new subjects are always needed. It’s your turn to see if you can become the long-sought-after perfect soldier.

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AMS Haunted Attractions

Score: 7.75/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


AMS Haunted Attraction is going on their 3rd year in Maryville, Tennessee, and is entirely an . . . outdoor haunt. They offer an optional touch pass, but if you do this, be prepared to get a little dirty. The actors, it seemed, wanted us to be a part of the show too. This was our first year attending this haunt, and we were not disappointed and have decided to add it to our library of haunts! Get ready to face your fears in this prison/asylum. Everything was running smoothly at Hillside Penitentiary and Asylum until one day the executioner lost his mind and decided to recruit prisoners and mental patients alike to kill anyone and everyone they came in contact with. We decided to brave Hillside and just barely escaped the clutches of the executioner. Can you escape too?

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UNdead In The Water

Score: 8.13/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


UNDead in the Water, a haunted house set aboard the American Victory Ship, is back for its fifth . . . year of nautical terror in Tampa’s harbor. Titled UNDead in the Water V: The Gathering, the story follows an evil spirit and her cult who have taken over the cargo ship. As you make your way through the WWII ship, you’ll encounter members of the cult hunting you and the remaining crew members down to be sacrificed or become members of the cult. UNDead in the Water changes its storyline every year so it’s never the same experience, which only makes the haunt that much stronger. The American Victory Ship is 1 of only 4 fully-operational WWII ships in the country and is such a fantastic location for a haunted house. The confined, long hallways, vast rooms, dank smells, and dark corridors heighten the claustrophobia and dread you’ll feel onboard the ship. It’s one of the most unique haunts in Florida and we recommend the trip for what is sure to be a haunted experience you’ll never forget.

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Folklore Haunted House

Score: 8.41/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Folklore Haunted House is located in Acworth, Georgia, just north of the downtown district. As you . . . arrive, you will emerge from a quiet, residential section of Main Street and see flashing blue lights (an Acworth police vehicle) and an industrial-type set of buildings surrounded by a tall chain link fence. Folklore does not occupy all of these buildings, but the building used by Folklore was once a sock factory, then a toy factory. Folklore has been haunting Georgia for a total of 13 years. Originally opened in Dallas, GA, Folklore relocated to its current home in Acworth 8 years ago. During these years, the attraction has opened annually for the Halloween haunt season, Christmas, My Bloody Valentine, and for various specially-themed openings throughout the year that give a salute to movies of the 80s, Grindhouse, and slasher movies. For their 13th season, they are offering 2 attractions: The Manor: Winter’s Estate and Maximum Overload.

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Black Orchard Haunted House

Score: 8.36/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


The rumors are true. Something dark lies within the Black Orchard Meats family business. What’s . . . inside the barn isn’t the only thing you should worry about; it’s what’s inside their family’s secret recipes! If you’ve previously visited Black Orchard in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, you may be familiar with their ever-changing storyline encompassing the barn and the family that resides within it. And if you’re not, they will let you in on some secrets. However, those following Black Orchard’s story may notice that brothers Theodore and Stitch have flown the flock. Instead, some new family members are in town, and they may be more demented than their predecessors. Now, before we go any further, there are some things you need to know. #1: Although the kinfolk passionately praise the buzzards (yes, the ones that fly in the sky), that does not make them a cult; they prefer to be looked upon as a congregation. #2: Living in a barn with your family in the hills of Kentucky doesn’t make you incest; don’t call em’ that. #3: Don’t try the solid milk – this one should be a given, but we’re warning you just in case.

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The Fear Complex

Score: 8.97/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


The Fear Complex is Colorado Springs’ newest and biggest haunted attraction, featuring four . . . different themes running throughout its labyrinthian layout. Fear Complex is a sister attraction to Hellscream, the Springs’ other major haunt, and is run by the same fearsome family of sordid minds. Fear Complex combines the well-known Haunted Mines with a medical setting in the Sanitarium area, the macabre Sinister Manor and the always identifiable 3-D Carnevil into a single haunt that fills the building. Speaking with some of the Fear Complex crew, we learned that the move to Fear Complex was quite the endeavor. Starting the move out of Haunted Mines’ former digs on November 1, 2021, the hard-working crew dug in, filling and emptying dozens upon dozens of semis full of stuff and moving it into the newly purchased building. We later learned that the building itself seems to have a mysterious history, including the soundproof interrogation room on the second story with unexplained occurrences both there and just down the hall. In any case, having accomplished the incredible undertaking of recreating and building a heart-stopping haunt, the Fear Complex folks were able to put on an awesome show, packed with some of the coolest décor and props we’ve encountered and an abundance of high-energy actors, each of whom were their own unique character. The Fear Complex already provides a great experience, but, equally exciting, is the potential for the future, as the Fear Complex takes root in its permanent home. If you’re in the Pike’s Peak region and you like getting scared, don’t miss the Fear Complex this season, and make sure to get the combo ticket, which also gets you into Hellscream. Even if you’re in Denver, Pueblo, or nearly straddling the Kansas line in Burlington, the twin line up of Fear Complex and Hellscream is worth the drive. At one of the best minute-to-dollar values we’ve seen in years, it’s almost like they’re even pitching in on gas! So do yourself a favor and head to the Fear Compex this weekend!

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Hellscream Haunted House

Score: 9.26/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Having last been to Hellscream a few years ago, we knew we were in for a treat, as the haunt had . . . undergone a few changes. But despite that knowledge, we weren’t prepared for the powerhouse production that was put on by the crew. Hellscream has always been a great haunt, but this year’s experience was truly something to behold. In addition to proving itself as one of Colorado’s (if not the nation’s) best haunts, Hellscream doesn’t break the bank, coming in at almost double the minute-to-dollar value as other similar haunts, and that’s without accounting for the additional savings for haunt goers who purchase the combo pack, consisting of a ticket to Hellscream and one to its sister attraction in the Springs, Fear Complex (and make sure you check out that review too!). Overall, Hellscream is one hell of a haunt that should not be missed!

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Field of Screams Haunted Forest

Score: 8.22/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Field of Screams Haunted Forest is in Phase Four, marking their fourth season in Nixa, Missouri, at . . . the Summers at the River. I have been visiting them since 2019 when they first opened, and I am happy to say that 2022 is their scariest season yet! FOS actively changes it up year after year, and this season is no different. The Haunted Forest is a ¾ mile trail where nightmares come to life, with all-new set designs and an impressive cast! The Lost Trail is a 3-acre corn maze with lots of monsters and chainsaws lurking within the dark! While only being around for a short amount of time, this attraction has made a name for itself in the Ozarks. Continue reading the full review to see what to expect for FOS in 2022!

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Terror on Rural Street

Score: 8.7/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


This former canning factory in Hartford, Wisconsin, is indeed the Terror on Rural Street! With its . . . volunteer cast and creepy detailed scenes, they scare people into giving to their charitable causes – all in good fun, of course. Since 1998, this attraction has been welcoming folks to give them great scares while showing their community how much they care. Open every Friday and Saturday in October, they also have a special lights-out night on October 29th that is not for the faint of heart. Need any extra information on this haunt, well check out their website or Facebook page for any and all new information. Come out and treat yourself at the concession stand or take a picture with one of their wandering creeps while you wait.

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Sir Henrys Haunted Trail

Score: 8.93/10

Review Date: October 7, 2022


Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, located in Plant City, Florida, features three haunted trails, two escape . . . games, and laser tag all in one frightening location. Billed as I-4’s Premier Fear Park, the haunted attraction certainly lives up to its name and should be on everyone’s list in the Central Florida and Tampa Bay area. For 2022, the three featured haunts are Headless, Final Cut, and Rapture of the Deep. Once you’ve survived the three haunted trails, try your hand at both escape games and laser tag (separate tickets required) or grab a bite and beverage and take in the surroundings of the town square area, which connects the entire event. Sir Henry’s continues to up the ante year after year and 2022 is no exception. This is the strongest we’ve ever seen the event and we have our fingers crossed that Sir Henry’s will return for the Christmas and Valentine’s layover events.

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Fear Factory SLC

Score: 9.35/10

Review Date: October 2, 2022


In the late 1800s, the buildings that Fear Factory now occupies were home to the Portland Cement . . . Works. It was a manufacturing plant complete with hot liquids, gears, and all sorts of other machinery. There have been 11 documented historical deaths at this location. After the plant closed its doors for good, the building sat vacant for many decades until it was revamped into what we know as the Fear Factory. The Fear Factory contains six buildings, spans six stories, and has two tunnels that run underground! You get to explore all this during your time at the haunt. Within the walls of the warehouse is a giant maze of actors, animatronics, and screams galore! You go upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, and even under the earth. There are giant open spaces followed by crevices you may have to duck to get through. There is a huge variety of scenes and characters you will encounter as you make your way through. This giant attraction will not disappoint. But wait, there’s more! Not only does Fear Factory do the regular haunt, but they also offer blackout nights which is an event where they turn off all of the lights within the haunted house, hand you one small light of your own, and send you on your way. They also offer real-life ghost tours with Salt Lake’s very own Grimm Ghost tours. Put on some comfy shoes that can get a little dirty and check this place out for yourself! Oh, and be sure to ask about George while you’re there.

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Crawford School of Terror

Score: 8.85/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Lots of pencils, tons of books, horrible teachers’ dirty looks; Out for summer, back for fall, you . . . might not make it out at all. Crawford School of terror has returned for another semester of intense education in fear, where they focus on teaching students the three “S’s”: screaming, sobbing, and sh!tting their pants. Margaret is waiting for you.

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The 13th Floor Haunted House

Score: 8.35/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Celebrating its 15th year, the fine folks at 13th Floor Entertainment deliver another top-quality . . . haunt for 2022 at the 13th Floor Denver!

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Booger Jims Hollow

Score: 8.19/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Nestled in the hills of the Cherokee Falls community outside Blacksburg, South Carolina, is the . . . source of the legend of Booger Jim. Sixteen years ago, a local entrepreneur tapped into that legend to advertise their own haunted attraction, Booger Jim’s Hollow (BJH). Since that time BJH has been growing, adapting, and building a reputation. This is a great, old-fashioned, low-tech southern haunt… with a bit of a twist. We ventured out to BJH after the 2022 hurricane had passed and had a great time, built some amazing memories, and enjoyed the scares and screams of Booger Jim’s. The haunt offers a brief hayride (around a glowing coffin) for a small additional charge per group of guests; though not a necessity, it did take us on a winding little trip around the narrow town streets. Three attractions lie within Booger Jim’s Hollow – the Haunted Trail, the Doll House, and the Clown House. Though these individual pieces don’t directly tie into the legend of Booger Jim, the whole small town on an isolated mountainside serves as the setting for the various pieces that make up the evening of entertainment available here.

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The Fear Farm

Score: 8.63/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


At the start of October, we headed out to Blacksburg, South Carolina, to visit The Fear Farm (FF) – . . . where fear grows. This upstate SC attraction draws in guests from all across the region. After parking, we made our way to the well-lit ticket booth before heading down the long dirt path to the FF midway. This waiting area was being blasted with a mixture of rock tunes courtesy of a live guest band while scores of guests wandered between carnival-style games and the concession stand, waiting their own turn to be called into the line. The Fear Farm has five attractions inside, but there is just one line that winds through the creepy settings; however, it should be noted that each of the internal sections has its own little queue-line to help regulate the flow of traffic through the haunt. Fast pass/VIP ticket holders can skip ahead to each of these lines – a worthy consideration on a busy night. Within the doors of the haunt, we ventured through the Abyss – a winding dark maze, the Mineshaft Mayhem – a brief trip below ground, Experiment 13 – a medical laboratory and asylum gone awry, Twistyz Tricks and Treats – a section full of carnival décor and hyper clowns, and the Farm House – an inbred family’s rustic abode filled with its own secrets and scares.

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The Darkness

Score: 8.4/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


The Darkness is St. Louis, MO is one of the most well-known haunted attractions in the US for good . . . reason. Celebrating their 29th Year of Fear, our team visited for the first time during their Halloween season and we were not ready for what it had to offer! Not only does The Darkness have some of the best animatronics, special effects, and set design in the industry, but really proved themselves more than just a flashy display show. They brought the scares in this amazing horror experience! With two floors of horror newly renovated for 2022, several all-new attractions, and LOTS to see outside the haunt for free, you can expect a full night of fun and terror when you visit The Darkness. Delivering the scares even outside their regular haunt season with special events such as Krampus Haunted Christmas and Valentine’s Bloody Date. If you are a fan of haunted attractions, this is a MUST-SEE haunted attraction that’s unlike anything you’ve experienced. Want to know what to expect? Keep reading to find out!

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Fright Farm

Score: 8.33/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Fright Farm is a longtime favorite haunt of ours; it opened in 1989 and is in Smithfield, . . . Pennsylvania. During the day, the Fright Farm masquerades itself as a nursery, but as the sun sets, darkness consumes the land, and a host of creatures emerge from the night. Fright Farm’s theme this year is nightmares featuring a journey on the hayride of no return, a tour of the frightmare mansion, and an exploration of the grounds, all of which will leave you trembling in fear. Join us for our story of what Nightmares we experienced on this dark and stormy night.

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Necropolis Underground Haunted Attractions

Score: 8.27/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


A city infested by the dead eagerly awaits your arrival beneath the streets of Indianapolis, . . . Indiana. It’s known as Necropolis Underground and is said to be one of the nation’s biggest haunted houses. Necropolis delivers four diverse haunts, all under the same roof (or floor, rather). Each targets its own focus of fearful frights from crazed citizens in Nightmare House, the conjured corpses in Cemetery of the Dead, overnight occupants in the Dead and Breakfast, or medical misdeeds within The Bunker. For returning visitors, new surprises have seeped through portions of the attractions. For example, the Dead City Festival area is back, bigger than ever, offering midway games, axe throwing, escape games, and a tarot booth! We recommend visiting right at their opening time so you can witness their opening ceremony; it sure amps up the scary vibe! Necropolis is literally all beneath the ground, so once you’re inside, the weather isn’t what you should worry about there. Instead, Dr. Cutter is now a roaming actor. Just because he can’t see doesn’t mean he won’t follow you all the way through.

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Slaughterhouse

Score: 8.66/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Slaughterhouse is one of the longest-running haunted houses in Nashville, Tennessee and we can see . . . why! It’s an old-school, thrill-a-second, haunt! At every turn, there’s another startling scare as well as enough dark, tight, and twisting mazes to make you dizzy! It opened in 1986 in downtown Nashville, but in 2014 Slaughterhouse moved to its current location in an abandoned movie theater. The old Courtyard Cinemas became the Full Moon Cinemas, and the haunted house was built in 5 of the 8 original theaters. One of the theaters is set up with cafe tables and chairs, and offers dinner and a movie (usually horror) on a weekly basis, as well as regular showings of vintage horror films. Besides the basic haunted house tickets, Slaughterhouse also offers a haunted house + movie option as well as a haunted house + dinner + movie option. And the Full Moon Tattoo Shop is here too in case you want to get some new ink or a piercing the same night!

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Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods

Score: 8.63/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Miller’s Thrillers is a family-friendly PG haunt located on the outskirts of Columbia, Tennessee. . . . This season, Miller’s Thrillers offers two main attractions: Hillbilly Hollar and Zombie Hayride Reloaded, as well as entertainment in their midway on two stages all night long. We were blown away by the opening of one of the shows (we won’t spoil it here for your visit!). The main haunt is Hillbilly Hollar, which is a 40-minute walk-through haunt in the woods. It definitely offers something for everyone! During our visit, we were able to experience Hillbilly Hollar and the Entertainment Zone, so those are where we will focus our attention for this review. We simply didn’t have the time (or energy) to try out the Zombie Hayride due to travel time and late hours… but from the outside view it looked well-organized. Miller’s Thrillers recommends Hillbilly Hollar for ages 10 and up depending upon how adapted or sensitive your 10-year-old might be to startles and scares. It certainly isn’t a cartoony or soft kind of experience, the haunt just doesn’t show scenes that depict blood or gore, making it a bit more appropriate for a younger crowd. You will still have plenty of opportunities for startles and scares. One of the last requests as you depart from the queue line is that YOU try to refrain from swearing in reaction to scares to help maintain the PG environment.

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Frightworld Americas Screampark

Score: 9.15/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


Frightworld is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and boy, oh boy, do they have the . . . skills and talent of a seasoned haunt. Every set, scene, and character is masterfully created with an eye for the smallest details. This is the standard for an award-winning haunt and a model for everyone else. The actors are interactive, the props look real, and true masters of horror set the mood. This is absolutely, without a doubt, a cannot miss haunt. Frightworld offers five attractions this year: Eerie State Asylum, Insanity, Grind House, Nightstalkers Reloaded, and the new attraction for 2022 – Carnival Boneyard.

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Nightmare at 3008

Score: 8.41/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


You enter the haunt, and an imposing behemoth bellows the rules and warns of what is to come. Turn . . . back now or suffer the consequences. If you dare to move on, you immediately encounter a grated skywalk. As you begin to tread lightly ahead, you can feel you are being watched. You look down and realize that creatures are below, staring and waiting anxiously for you. No time to worry too much about that because at your feet is a chute. You cannot see where it leads, but there is only one option, you must descend blindly into the depths of Nightmare at 3008. Located 15 minutes North of Birmingham in Fultondale, Alabama, Nightmare at 3008 has been haunting the area since 2012. They started with a small piece of land and then moved further down the street to an old bowling alley flanked by a thickly wooded area. However, you would never know just how massive this haunt is from the queue line near the entrance to the haunt. It took over 40 minutes to experience this entire multi-level, indoor/outdoor haunt. And management said that their goal is to get to 60 minutes! If you are looking for your scare fix outside of the Halloween season, they have My Bloody Valentine, A Dysfunctional Christmas, and other events throughout the year that serve as fundraisers for a variety of charities. A canned food drive in November and a toy drive in December are just a few of those special philanthropic events. And a portion of their profits goes to Children’s of Alabama Childhood Cancer Research.

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Nightmare on Edgewood

Score: 9/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


For the 2022 season, there’s a new kid in town at Nightmare on Edgewood. The sanitarium is gone, and . . . a mysterious compound has tainted the water supply. For this only being Edgewood’s second year in this location, we were majorly impressed! Nightmare on Edgewood consists of three terrifying attractions. First, replacing the sanitarium this year is an all-new haunt: Containment. As you make your way through a supposed safe sanctuary within a high school, it quickly becomes evident that contaminated water is not the only thing you should fear. Second, Charlie’s Revenge has taken over the former House of Trepidation house. Trust us, there’s a reason for this, and Charlie prays for blood! Last but not least is the Conley Farm. You will witness some of the largest animals you’ve ever seen inside, as the Conleys don’t take too kindly to regulation. NoE is a full-contact haunted house. You may be split up, moved towards flailing props, eaten, or placed on the chopping block. Yes, an actual chopping block! Due to its intense nature, Nightmare on Edgewood remains one of the scariest haunts we visit annually. Now, let us explain how we nearly didn’t make it out. But whatever you do, don’t drink the water!

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Sacramento Scream Park

Score: 8.7/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Sacramento Scream Park returns triumphantly for the . . . 2022 Halloween Season. If you don’t recognize their name, then you most likely remember when they were known as Ultimate Terror Scream Park. Along with their new name, Sacramento Scream Park features three new attractions: Louisiana Catacombs, Blind Asylum, and Skull Ripper Haunted Mansion. We were invited by owner Nathan Polanco and greeted by General Manager Denny DeCamp, with his assistant Will. Upon visiting, we could tell that the downtime since their last opening was not wasted. There were several new scenery pieces, and the haunts seemed longer. Several actors had well-timed scares that caught us off-guard. One disappointing note that Nathan Polanco warned us of was that the front decorative façade was not ready at the time we visited. Although we missed that, we got to see the beautiful new permanently-installed lighted sign with the haunt name and logo, and a picture of the California State Capitol Building. Whereas most haunts hang a banner with their name, Sacramento Scream Park takes it to the next level. The ticket booth sat directly underneath the sign and also sold swag. There is no midway, so upon entering the building, we automatically arrived at the first attraction, Louisiana Catacombs. There’s a brief waiting area after leaving the first attraction before entering the second, Blind Asylum. Another waiting area lays before the last attraction, Skull Ripper. We did miss this haunt over the last few years and enjoyed our visit.

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Creepyworld

Score: 8.95/10

Review Date: October 1, 2022


It was our first time visiting Creepyworld in Fenton, MO, and we went in completely blind. They . . . completely went above and beyond our expectations! Creepyworld features some of what the folks at ScareFest are known for with incredible set design and animatronics but also features a terrifying cast that makes this an elevated experience. With 7 attractions included with one price, plus other add-on experiences like the Trick R’ Treat Haunted Hayride, Jack-O-Lantern Spooktacular, Tomb of the Vampire Coffin Escape, photo-ops, and more, Creepyworld offers everything to bring alive that Halloween spirit that isn’t too intense to draw people away, but also just the right amount of scary to scratch that spooky itch! Continue reading if you want to learn more about our first time experience at Creepyworld!

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The Devils Dungeon

Score: 8.37/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Devil’s Dungeon, situated just east of downtown Nashville has been scaring unwitting souls in . . . Tennessee for 22 years. Devil’s Dungeon has occupied its current location for more than 6 years. Their building overlooks the Cumberland River, and it started its life as a factory, storing and processing cotton in the 1800s. The building has since been renovated and surprisingly has apartments on the first and second floors, right above and beside the haunt! This building has a huge basement which provides an ideal spot for most of the demonic activities at Devil’s Dungeon!

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Wicked World ScareGrounds

Score: 8.43/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Deep within the valleys of Kentucky lurks a terrifying, haunted theme park! Located in . . . Nicholasville, KY, just outside of Lexington and consisting of three separately-themed attractions, Wicked World Scaregrounds is a destination to add to your fear-loving list. The variety of entertainment provided here makes this a unique one-stop shop for your screaming needs. From gravely encounters, demonic entities, and a transition to the other side within Valley of the Dead to the zombified encounters in The Hunted and a wild nightmare ride through a sadistic town in Nightmare Haunted House, we’re sure there’s something here that will get beneath your skin. For returning visitors, WW has completely rebuilt The Hunted. Guests can slay zombies via laser gun for double the time spent in previous seasons! That is, as long as you get them in the head before they bite you. In addition, they’ve added tons of surprises and decoys inside, making it nearly impossible to predict what’s around each corner. General admission tickets are priced at less than $10 per attraction making this one heck of a steal. So get your rosary and anything you use to ward off evil; you’ll need it. Good luck warding off the clowns. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Nashville Nightmare

Score: 9.4/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Nashville Nightmare is located just northeast of Nashville, TN, in the Madison Town Center shopping . . . center. They’ve been successfully offering scares at this location for 12 years. Nashville Nightmare makes annual changes and improvements to up their scare game for new and returning patrons. By melding together fantastic sets, and an array of special effects, Nashville Nightmare creates various eerie environments for your fearing pleasure. Of course, none of this could work without a dedicated cast and crew. The general manager cited the teamwork and commitment of the cast and crew as the most important factors of this haunt’s success. This haunt season Nashville Nightmare offers five differently themed haunts for one ticket price: Midnight Mortuary, Horror High-All Hallow’s Eve, Cursed Legends of the Deep, Vector Research, and Outcast Carnival. In addition to their Halloween haunts, Nashville Nightmare opens for Christmas and Valentine’s Day haunts and a couple of other special events throughout the year.

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The Frightmare Compound

Score: 8.56/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Having opened their doors first in 1984, the Frightmare Compound has been scaring the metro Denver . . . area ever since. Situated in an area of Broomfield where farms and open spaces once surrounded, the Frightmare Compound has watched the city grow up around them. Nevertheless, a quick turn down 108th and you’re still able to find a bit of that rural ambiance that is a staple of many of Colorado’s oldest attractions. Nostalgia aside, the Frightmare Compound provides visitors with a truly frightful experience as only a haunt that has settled into itself for decades can do.

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Hells Dungeon

Score: 7.51/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


You are standing at a doorway littered with the remains of those who dared to enter before you. You . . . hear screams echoing throughout the hallways, signaling the demise of other travelers. The door swings open. Growls reverberate off the walls and through the narrow corridor; you’ve reached your final judgment. Rufus, the gatekeeper of the underworld, arises from his throne, sniffing and appraising his next victims. He can smell our fear. He makes a deal: salvation will be ours if we escape these unhallowed grounds. But should we fail, our souls would forever become prisoners in Hell’s Dungeon! The screams continue, and the ground trembles, a brief foreshadowing of the terrors ahead.

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Ghoul Brothers House of Horrors

Score: 9.01/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


We’ll get right to the point. Over the last five years, Ghoul Brothers has transformed itself from . . . an excellent newcomer to a can’t-miss, top-tier haunt in Ohio. It deserves to be mentioned alongside the attractions commonly cited as the best in the state. It’s one of those strip mall haunts that goes way far above its pedestrian environment. There is no theme or storyline, just a seemingly never-ending cavalcade of nightmarish but incredible sets, beautifully awful props and makeups, excellent effects work, and actors who delight in being all over their visitors as they relentlessly pursue scare after scare. But Ghoul Brothers still seems to be flying underneath the radar of many haunt enthusiasts, so let us describe what makes it so great.

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Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse

Score: 8.71/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Housed in a real former school building, Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse is a near century house . . . (originally built in 1924) that serves as a playground for creeps ‘n’ creatures to enjoy their eternal recess roaming the fx-filled environs. The owners made the jump from being home haunters and have curated the site with a wild and fun menagerie of props and effects. It’s always a pleasure to see room after room packed full of handcrafted gruesome, gory goodies. Themed sections at Mohican Haunted Schoolhouse (MHS) include Dead & Breakfast, the outside pallet/cornstalk maze/horror harvest festival of Slaughterville, Carnevil, the forbidden science experiments of Contagion Industries, and ghastly school environs, all experienced in one continuous and long walkthrough. Study your lessons in fear here!

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Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror

Score: 9.35/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


The Edwards Hotel sits just outside of town in Springfield, Ohio. The structure, deteriorating from . . . neglect, has been handed off to new management. Locals believe that the building is haunted by the children of the original founder, Margaret and Walter. Suspicious events have continually plagued the establishment; multiple missing person cases are being brought forth along with various unsolved murders. The bodies of butchered guests have been found scattered throughout the rooms of the hotel, beaten and tortured by the groundskeepers themselves. Legend has it that the townspeople know exactly what happened to the Edwards family on that cold autumn day, and the souls that roam the halls have secrets to tell. Will you Face your Fears and help solve the mystery at the Hotel of Terror? Note: Our review is based on the upgraded “touch pass.” The “no-touch” option may result in a different experience.

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Fear Columbus

Score: 9.29/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Wanna see what happens if you spend a lot of time with cultists? Ever thought about how to survive . . . in a post-apocalyptic world while dodging monsters of various shapes and sizes? Like the use of dramatic lighting, excellent set design, and sound effects that feel like a movie? If you answered yes to any of these questions, look no further than Fear Columbus in Ohio. This season, they pulled out all the stops to create a top-notch, immersive, two-attraction haunted house we’ve been talking about for days!

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Dark Matter Scream Works

Score: 7.98/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Dark Matter Scream Works has been around in some form for at least the last 20 years, and the . . . current iteration shows the years of craftsmanship in the sets and scenes. Located in the Greece Ridge Mall in the greater Rochester, New York metropolitan area, an unassuming storefront becomes a great haunt for families and enthusiasts alike. The attention to detail is incredible, and the people behind it all are professionals in their own right.

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Carnage Haunted House

Score: 9.11/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Carnage: the flesh of slain animals or humans -Merriam-Webster Dictionary Welcome to The Bayou! The . . . voodoo priestess is not your friend. She has cursed the Bayou and will most definitely you too! She clearly relishes in her victims’ impending doom. If you survive her monsters, you will have to face a growing dark force in The Entity driving everyone mad. Do you have what it takes to make it out alive, or will you stay and become part of the carnage?

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Cougar Creeks House of Horrors

Score: 7.14/10

Review Date: September 30, 2022


Team Terror Techies took a trip up to British Columbia on the first weekend of October. We were . . . excited to be visiting our Canadian neighbors and experiencing one of their haunted attractions for the first time. We were not disappointed. Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors is a three-in-one haunted attraction in Surrey, a short jaunt from Vancouver. Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors has three separate themes for this year’s attraction: Echoes of Abbath; Zycho Zerkus; and New Year’s Evil. Echoes of Abbath is a journey into the bowels of the underworld to fight the undead army of the Dark One. New this year, the Zycho Zerkus has a carnival-like terror within bright and colorful black lit scenes. New Year’s Evil is an ill-fated NYE party where guests in a desolate hotel room rung in 1971. When the ball started to drop, so did the bodies of the guests slain by a serial killer. We were impressed by the details within the queue line and the short performances that the line actors put on while we waited. Within the haunt, we had a fun time and enjoyed what House of Horrors had to offer on its opening night. Continue reading as we detail our visit to Cougar’s Creek House of Horrors.

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The Beast

Score: 8.24/10

Review Date: September 25, 2022


The Beast lives up to its name in Kansas City, Missouri. This haunt was truly a beast in terms of . . . how involved it was from start to finish on their second opening night. For our first visit, it truly impressed us with its amazing animatronics, unique set design, and all of its twists and turns that none of us expected. The Beast will take you through many different eras to escape from, blow your mind with its excellent use of high-end technology, and leave you with a unique experience that makes it stand out amongst similar attractions! Keep reading to find out more!

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Bloodview Haunted House

Score: 7.81/10

Review Date: September 25, 2022


Forty years. That’s a long damn time! Especially in the haunt world. The northeast Ohio area around . . . greater Cleveland boasts three special places that have reached this milestone. 1) Hudson Haunted House, a nostalgic trip down memory lane that will ring a lot of bells for those old enough to remember when the Jaycees ruled the haunt roost. It’s now over 50 years old and, like Bloodview, it is a charity haunt. 2) Akron Haunted Schoolhouse, knocking on the golden anniversary door itself. A true classic and rightfully considered a legendary attraction. 3) And the relative puppy among them at just over 40 years, Bloodview Haunted House. Bloodview’s calling card has always been its crack acting troupe, the Legion of Terror. Well-trained, proud of its long history, and dedicated to improvisational and interactive performance, L.O.T. is the lifeblood of Bloodview. If you visit on a night when the cast is hitting on all cylinders (which is most of the time going by our experience, and, by now, our visits are probably in the dozens), you’re bound to be entertained and scarified in equal and large measures. The trip through Bloodview starts with a walk under its iconic illuminated archway. Your walkthrough of the attraction proper leads off with an outdoor section featuring many neat sets and structures. That’s followed by the house portion, labeled the House of the Damned.

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The Haunted Pyramids

Score: 7.64/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


The Haunted Pyramids (HP) outside of Lawndale, NC, have been around for 25 years. This haunted . . . attraction is an old-school haunt built over many years. Folks frequently talk about a haunt family to refer to the closeness that a cast at a location develops, and HP definitely has one of those. Everyone on site seems to know one another, and they all work well with one another. Originally built out of what was once a chicken farm (that housed over 14,000 chickens at one point), the owner of the HP has instead turned the site into the kind of motley backwoods traditional haunted attraction that we love to visit. There is something on site for just about anyone and everyone. When we arrived, sometime before open and before dark, we were welcomed in as if we too were family – if family includes a variety of roaming zombies, maniacal clowns, and other ghoulish folks. The HP consist of a number of separate attractions though all of them are included in the single ticket price including the titular Haunted Pyramids, the Monster Mill, the Carnival of Terror, Abanoned, and Dr. Venom’s Snake Pit. There is also an escape room on site for a small additional charge. Most of October is also taken up by varied cast of guests and celebrities ready to meet with the public.

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Lake Hickory Haunts

Score: 8.72/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


Lake Hickory Haunts (LHH) is a large, multi-attraction haunted trail in Hickory, North Carolina. . . . Situated above and around a small lake, LHH has expanded a bit since our last visit in 2020. Our arrival later in the evening meant we showed up just as things had kicked into high gear. The parking lot(s) were nearly full, and a crowd of excited guests was ready to feel the fear. We were led from the new box office to the first Midway, a graveled lot filled with music, concessions, and some additional attractions, all situated above the lake. Guests can wander this midway while waiting their turn to venture down to the second midway and the entrance line (or for a small additional charge, use fast pass or the RIP pass to skip ahead to the front if waiting is not something that one wants to do). Boasting over ten themed sections along the walking trail around the lake, Lake Hickory Haunts is known for its highly detailed scenes that surround guests on all sides as they move around and over the lake and under the hills.

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Phantom Fright Nights

Score: 6.66/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights has returned for its 20th season offering some new thrills and . . . chills for the fall season. Since 2002, during the autumn season, the Phantom and his minions have taken over the park as darkness falls. Now guests can visit the park all day getting the best of both worlds’ rides and play during the day and frights at night. During the day visitors can enjoy rides, new fall treats, games, kiddie land, and other fall activities. As the moon ascends so do the ghouls, bringing 5 haunts, 4 scare zones, 2 add-on haunted attractions, a complete Halloween esthetic, and creatures lurking around every corner of the park. Whether you are a horror fan or a thrill seeker Kennywood has something to scare you.

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Maniac Mountain Haunted House

Score: 8.05/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


Surrounded by the mysterious Appalachians, Maniac Mountain has continued to startle and entertain . . . its guests with three main Halloween attractions: Death Metal, Hell House, and Killing Fields, for three years. Death Metal, also called the junkyard, is home to the mountain maniacs whose solitary purpose in life is to wreak havoc on any outsider who dares to cross their path. Hell House is an authentic 1920’s historical home where torture and killings continue to this day. Trying to escape to the Killing Fields haunted corn maze will prove unsuccessful, as the maniacs lie waiting for you there. See if you can survive!

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Malice Manor

Score: 8.61/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


A horned creature with a sinister scowl guarded the door to the manor. As we cautiously waited our . . . turn, we realized just how dangerously dark Lord Rancor truly is. He wasn’t a beast of many words, but his collection was. The adventurous treasures and thrills of Malice Manor in Clarksville, IN, pulled and tugged at our deepest fears, only to get stronger as we ascended further into his darkness. Our visit during the 2022 season was not only a heart-pounding one, but it’s the best show we’ve seen from this crew yet! Malice Manor is an entirely-indoor haunted attraction, including the waiting line, that uses a light sense of touch. If you haven’t been to Malice Manor yet, you’re missing out, and when you go, you’re in for a hauntingly-good treat. So come with us, if you will, into the depths of the manor to experience many things, living or not, that reside within it!

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The American Horrorplex

Score: 9.12/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


Have you heard of the haunted hospital in Kentucky where the cure is the disease? We found it, and . . . it’s just a stone’s throw away from southern Indiana in Louisville! Inside The American Horrorplex awaits the scorched history of the Bracken-Hart Institute for the Criminally Insane. For those that don’t know, during Operation Paperclip, the government brought two German doctors to the institute, Doctor Hans Rudi Bracken and Lena Hart. They were at the forefront of researching the creation of human soldiers. However, their research wasn’t exactly humane. The American Horrorplex exposes the shocking story, many inexplicable experiments, and dreaded discoveries during a visit to their institution. We will never forget some of the grueling treatments and tests we encountered. This haunt has made some significant changes since our last visit. They are an indoor and outdoor attraction with an interactive waiting area and much more that guests can experience besides the haunt. They’re also offering a beer garden this season! We can guarantee there are things inside this haunt you haven’t seen before. Do you know what a Fleshlumpkin is? See? We told you! The sadistic scientists inside were interactive and happy to show off their findings. Whatever you do, don’t touch, lick, or eat anything inside. Once a Fleshlumpkin becomes one with your body, you lose all control!

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Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Score: 9.63/10

Review Date: September 24, 2022


Creepy Hollow Haunted House is not just another haunted attraction but an all-night horror . . . experience. They have racked up many awards over the years; you will know why when you walk through the gate. With three full-contact haunted attractions, multiple stage shows, shops, food trucks, photo spots, and over 100 actors roaming the grounds, you are in for a frightfully good time. You need to know something else about them that many do not: how philanthropic they are. Active duty military and police officers always get complimentary admission, and to date, CHHH has donated 1.2 million dollars to local charities. Two of the charities they support are Lake Jackson Lions Club and Home Delivered Meals. To quote their website directly: Come out, show your support, and be ready to scream because even though we have a soft spot for charities, we WON’T have one for you! We Scare Because We Care!

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Hundred Acres Manor

Score: 8.65/10

Review Date: September 23, 2022


The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and the manor has reemerged. Hundred Acres . . . Manor, one of the most well-known haunts in Western Pennsylvania, has returned to terrify any who enter its walls. HAM located in South Park, PA, revives its five unique themes from last season, with added tweaks, for us strayed individuals to experience. A perfect fall night, an intense experience, and a fun time kicked our haunt review season off with a scream!

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USS Nightmare

Score: 8.93/10

Review Date: September 23, 2022


Loose lips sink ships! You better keep them tight before boarding the USS Nightmare in Newport, KY, . . . or you’ll end up on the menu! This haunted dredging vessel once served the purpose of keeping the waterways of the Ohio River clean. However, for the past 30 years, it’s provided a much different goal; to scare the ship out of all who enter! The crew has diligently worked towards making their quarters a more immersive, dark, and historical experience. After all, the boat has been shrouded by deathly events, 112 and counting! Years ago, the William S. Mitchell mysteriously broke free of its confinements, wreaking havoc for miles down the river. Guests can still witness the destruction to this day. With each visit to the Nightmare, we’re more familiar with what happened on that dreadful day. Some say the boat was empty during the Massacre, but the truth lies aboard the vessel. USS Nightmare offers multiple ticket options. Guests can board the ship as a general crewman or choose to participate in a more immersive visit with the RIP Experience. With RIP, guests will be given a glowing red necklace, signaling the crew of enhanced bravery. We had a choice as we stood on the bank of the Ohio River, gazing at the carnage from the Mitchell Massacre. Were we taking on this tour as general admission guests, or were we taking on the RIP Experience? Of course, we chose to face our fate in style! This review will cover our RIP Experience through the many quarters of the boat. RIP is interactive. We had to do things to progress. Some of us were separated, we were touched, and we needed to solve some games to keep our group members from becoming permanent ship staff. For their 30th season, the tides have taken a twist, and a new reign is about to begin. The question is, who did we fear the most? The Captain or his daughter, Anna?

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Brimstone Haunt

Score: 8.09/10

Review Date: September 23, 2022


Looking for a night out with a spooky twist? Then look no further! Brimstone Haunt has everything . . . you need and more! From vampires to witches to the undead, these haunted grounds have something for everyone. Now in its 6th season, Brimstone Haunt has become a staple in the greater Cincinnati area. The masterminds behind this haunt were once associated with the now-defunct Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog, a haunt that served the community for 20+ years. “Newish location, who dis?” The perfect way to start your haunted adventure here is at the hayride. Let the ghouls and ghosts set the tone for the night with unexpected twists and turns, followed by an excursion into the woods on their very own haunted trail, filled with creatures of the dark. End the night with a loud scream inside their Psychosis haunted house to test the limits of your sanity. If you’re wanting to take a break from the scares, there are plenty of other activities to suit your needs.

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The Dent Schoolhouse

Score: 8.93/10

Review Date: September 23, 2022


As we faced the boarded-up windows and front door of the Schoolhouse, we thought, what could . . . possibly be so bad inside a school that they need to board it up from the outside? As in, to keep things from getting out? As we traversed the classrooms and halls seeking an answer, they replied! The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, OH, has been swinging its front door open for 26 years! Boys and girls, that means they know how to put on a great haunted house. That’s your lesson for today, don’t forget your homework which is reading the rest of this review! For the 2022 season, the Schoolhouse staff has conjured up some incredible updates. Upon exiting the haunted house, they’ve replaced their outdoor haunt, Queen City Slaughteryard, with a monstrous Monster Midway! Guests can now partake in an extensive variety of fall foods, test their skills in up to four escape rooms, and more! It’s becoming more apparent that the Schoolhouse is actually haunted. As they say, Charlie is the most well-known spirit to haunt the Schoolhouse, but he is not the only one. As fate would have it, we’d need to enter the front door to discover how many ghosts haunt the school’s walls.

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Hotel of Terror

Score: 8.17/10

Review Date: September 23, 2022


Since October of 1978, the Hotel of Terror, located in Springfield, Missouri, has been striking fear . . . into hearts as an intense, menacing experience for those brave enough to enter. Offering four floors of fright, this attraction will have you squeezing past tight spaces, finding your way through the dark, and crawling your way out to the final slide that drops you from the top floor to the bottom! With new tricks up their sleeves, the Hotel has something fresh to offer to new and recurring guests alike. Hotel is the terrifying older sibling to Dungeons of Doom, and has built a name for themselves in their nearly 45 years of operation. Are you brave enough to check-in to the Hotel of Terror? Keep reading to see what’s in store for 2022!

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Dungeons of Doom

Score: 8.26/10

Review Date: September 23, 2022


Tucked away underneath North Grand Ave in a seemingly abandoned warehouse lies one of the oldest and . . . scariest haunted attractions in Springfield, MO: Dungeons of Doom. They brought new life to the Dungeons this 2022 season with redesigns, fun photo-op opportunities, a 16 ft live snake, and so much more!! Guests can expect an aggressive, in-your-face experience with many disturbing twists and turns, and recurring guests like myself will experience all the newest additions and changes that give it a fresh coat of paint! Dungeons of Doom is one of two haunted attractions, but it stands on its own as a genuinely frightening experience. The monsters within are waiting for new victims to claim, each with their special way of toying with guests who dare enter. Want to know what’s new and what to expect? Keep reading to find out more!

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Madworld Haunted House

Score: 8.25/10

Review Date: September 17, 2022


Madworld presents an amazing variety of spooky-themed activities to keep the whole family . . . entertained. From a bevy of entertaining queue actors who walk the line of the attraction’s midway to music and trivia, from a variety of food vendors to carnival games and mini-golf, there’s a little something for everyone at Madworld. This is Madworld’s 12th year of operation and their crew has worked hard for months to update and refresh what has become a destination haunt for the southeast.

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Sweet Dreams Scare House

Score: 8.21/10

Review Date: September 17, 2022


Sweet Dreams Scare House (SDSH) is a haunt that keeps on surprising and, as such, is one of the . . . haunts that we most look forward to every year. This year, we were able to visit them on their opening weekend in mid-September, and as usual, they did not disappoint. A winding trail that leads from a carnival compound before the haunt begins leads into a dilapidated shack before dumping visitors out into a series of backwoods scenes – barn butchers, cannibals, meth addicts, moonshiners, backcountry preachers, and a carnival (carn-evil) finale that leaves guests running out into the parking lot, SDSH offers a little bit of everything with a high energy and high intensity that is hard to beat.

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The Devils Attic

Score: 9.18/10

Review Date: September 17, 2022


The Devil’s Attic was the highest-rated haunt in Kentucky last year, and they’re continuing the . . . beatings until mortal morale improves! Located in Louisville, Kentucky, DA is slinging saws into their 13th season. Horror movie lovers, you’re not gonna want to miss this show in 2022! Bloody Mary, Pinhead, Leatherface, Ash, and Dr. Frankenstein are all mythical villains, right? WRONG! Satan has collected these foul beings and is keeping them inside the walls of The Devil’s Attic. We came face to face with every one of them, along with many more! We’re here to tell you that walking within the brick walls of the Attic is like stepping onto a real-life horror movie set. The madmen, psychos, murderers, and mythical beings were all set on one thing: unleashing their hellish fury upon our souls! The Devil’s Attic keeps climbing higher and higher on our list of rankings each season, and they blew us away again this year. The inferno has ignited, and his harvested souls eagerly await. Are you ready to live the nightmare?

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Dead Acres Haunted Hoochie

Score: 8.81/10

Review Date: September 16, 2022


Vulgar. Obscene. Outrageous. All these words are synonymous with the Haunted Hoochie, and deservedly . . . so. Due to the vein this haunt hits, they’ve proven to be polarizing. The goal is to get you as far out of your comfort zone as possible with foul language, gore, and mature subject matter. And no, they will not apologize for it. Just so you know, this is a touch haunt, so the actors will touch guests. This haunt is a Bucket List Haunt for the extreme haunt crowd, but be aware that you will be tested!

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Indy Scream Park

Score: 8.1/10

Review Date: September 16, 2022


Located north of Indianapolis, Indiana, Indy Scream Park is back, bigger and better for the 2022 . . . season! With so much to offer at one location, guests can expect to endure an entire night of fright! So whether you want to chill in the midway, enjoy some beverages from Bonzo’s Beer Garden, mingle with monsters in the midway, scream inside the haunts, or stuff your face with fair-fare food, we’re sure there’s something here for everyone this season. ISP features five separate haunting attractions, the Monster Midway and the Zombie Paintball Assault ride. This review will cover the haunted attractions and the park’s features each guest may encounter while visiting. Three haunts are indoors, including Killgore’s 3D Circus, Mutation, and Nightmare Factory: Blackout, while the other two, Backwoods and Zombieland: Unchained, are mostly outdoors. Each winds guests through a series of twists and turns, conveniently spitting them back into the Monster Midway for a break in between. For those 18 and older, you can mark yourself with a glowing necklace signifying that you’d like to participate interactively inside Mutation and Zombieland. This necklace allows the monsters within to touch you, possibly remove you from your group, and more! One of our group members chose this option in one of the houses, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more! Our team hadn’t visited in two years, so we were impressed with the changes we encountered!

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Wentz Brothers Festival of Fears

Score: 8.07/10

Review Date: September 15, 2022


What haunted adventure will you choose? To get lost among the killer clowns in Shriek Show? Join the . . . fight against time and zombies to save yourself and the world in Protocol Z? Or confront deranged mutant toys and face your childhood fears in the abandoned Lazurus Toys shop? Or are you bold enough to make it through all three? Back for their second year, The Wentz Brothers Festival of Fears is bigger and better than ever. They have gone from one attraction to three and added a midway and concession area. Disturbing to gory and everything in between, there is something for everyone. If you are with a group that has some real “scaredy cats,” there are options for them too. And the Wentz Brothers shared with us that they have big, bold plans for many years to come, so we will be keeping our eyes on them. We look forward to returning every year to see what they have in store for all of us next!

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Land of Illusion Adventure Park

Score: 8.09/10

Review Date: September 10, 2022


We love starting our yearly reviews by going to Land of Illusion’s Haunted Nights. What better way . . . to spend the beginning of haunt season than at a haunted scream park with six terrifying attractions to scare the crap out of you all night? Plus, they have concessions, mini donuts, snow cones, a few rides, The Stage of Rage, and micro wrestling on the night of our visit; what more could you ask for? ‘At Land of Illusion, they know how to dial up the dread’ within their haunting attractions, including Phobia, Temple of Terror, Killer Klowns, the Middletown Haunted Trail, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, and new for this season, Dysphoria (previously Big Momma’s Revenge). This review will cover each of the attractions above. We will break them down within some of the categories below if you don’t have time to visit all of them. Also, for returning visitors, we noticed some significant changes to the Trail and the Estate this year! Our group arrived at the park at their opening time, and we stayed until they were closing the doors. So if you want to plan a visit to an attraction where you can experience an entire night of fun and fright in one place, add Haunted Nights to your list, and you’ll have a screaming good time!

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Howl O Scream Orlando

Score: 7.12/10

Review Date: September 10, 2022


After a successful Inaugural Fear in 2021, Howl-O-Scream has clawed its way back to SeaWorld Orlando . . . for a second year of fright! Coming up from the depths of the lagoon are the Sirens, this year led by Scratch, the Siren of Blood. She and her sisters have brought forth 5 haunted houses (2 new – Siren of the Seas & Blood Beckoning, 1 reimagined – Dead Vines: Root of All Evil, and 2 returning – Captain’s Revenge: Drowned in Darkness & Beneath the Ice), a whopping 7 scare zones (3 new – Sea of Fear, Cargo Carnage, and Terrors of the Deep, 4 returning – Cut Throat Cove, Frozen Terror: Alive in the Ice, Witchcraft Bayou and Deadly Ambush), 4 shows (2 new – Lurking in the Depths: An Adventurer’s Tale and Lost Souls Hideaway, 2 returning – Monster Stomp: Slasher Alley and Siren’s Song), 5 themed bar experiences (1 new – Allura’s on the Rocks, 4 returning – Tormented, Longshoremen Tavern, Poison Grotto, Sirens’ Last Call), 3 roaming haunts (The Sirens, Siren Minions, and Camo) and rides in the dark. While we did not factor the four live shows into our final score of the event, we’d be doing the event a huge disservice if they weren’t mentioned. Monster Stomp: Slasher Alley is back and better than ever. Now that the actors are no longer performing in face shields, their vocals can be heard clearly throughout the theater. In addition, the fan-favorite skeleton dance number has been expanded and is now double the length. The only show with no noticeable changes is Siren’s Song. While it still fits the theme of the event, we would have loved to see some tweaking for the second year, perhaps with more focus on Scratch as she is the main icon of the event this year. If you haven’t seen the show yet, make it a must-see on your list. Lurking in the Depths: An Adventurer’s Tale is outside in a mini-amphitheater featuring explorer Sam Hud Hudson and his encounters with sirens. We thought the concept was there but the show didn’t end on a strong note and left the entire audience wondering if there was more. If SeaWorld brings the show back for 2023, we’d like to see a stronger ending to really tie everything together. Finally, for $10 extra, you’ll receive admission to Lost Souls Hideaway, a drag cabaret featuring Serpentina Moráy. The performance is show-stopping and should not be missed. You can pre-purchase your time slot online before you arrive and we highly recommend you do so. Pro tip: Arrive 15 minutes before the performance time. Seating is outside at small tables and is not preassigned in advance. There is a bar serving exclusive bites and drinks that you can only purchase at the Lost Souls Hideaway. As this year’s tagline states, We’re just scratching the surface. Indeed, Howl-O-Scream Orlando feels exactly where it should be for its second year in operation and they’re bringing everything to the table. Shortcomings from last year have been improved upon and you can really begin to feel the event finding its footing amongst the competition in the area. One of the most exciting operational changes this year is the park no longer dead ends and makes a complete circle. It really expands the footprint of the event and drives guest movement forward. One thing that’s remained the same is the value for money. Howl-O-Scream Orlando is one of the best deals in town and, with tickets originally as low as $24.99 a night, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another event that provides that much entertainment and scares for the price tag. As attendance continues to grow and word of mouth spreads, it’s going to be a wild ride to see where SeaWorld takes the event for 2023.

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The Haunted Hotel KY

Score: 9.01/10

Review Date: September 9, 2022


What better way to start our haunting adventures for the season than running in fear while dodging . . . demented denizens, drenching situations, and gut-wrenching scenes? The Haunted Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, is back, and there’s hell to pay! Before entering, the Prophet warned us of three things we needed to do to join their family; we’d have to endure a little pain, a little bit of agony, and there was something deep within us all that we’d need to find… FEAR! The owner and proprietor of this fine establishment, Thomas Gribbons, is determined to find a way to fix all things that are broken, including those of society that bravely cross the Hotel’s threshold. Apparently, Mr. White led them astray for those that visited last year, forcing Gribbons to enforce his tactics. Before entering, he warned us, ‘Blood doesn’t make you family; loyalty does.’ Heed our warning. As advertised, this is an extreme haunted attraction. You may endure explicit language and grotesque scenes. The actors may touch you, you may be removed from your group, and you may even get wet. In our case, we all got soaked! For the 2022 season, the hotel offers a few new amenities for its guests, both inside and out. We recommend leaving your heels, sandals, and good clothes home for this one; you won’t need them. The hotel is grungy and nasty; you never know when you may leave wearing some of it. However, what you will want to bring with you is your courage; you will need it! If you’re going to the Hotel for the first time, you may not want that information to slip out to them. You’ll find out why later!

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Halloween Horror Nights FL

Score: 8.06/10

Review Date: September 9, 2022


Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is back for its 31st year of terrorizing Central . . . Florida. After a daytime event in 2020 and a year with COVID-19 modifications in 2021, the event has returned to full force in 2022 and is one of the strongest years to date. For their 31st year, traditional Halloween and everything that makes the holiday so great is at the front and center of the event. The Pumpkin Lord, a character from last year’s hit haunted house, The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin, is back and presides over the event. Perched in his pumpkin at the entrance of the scare zone Horrors of Halloween, he’s there to kick off the event each evening and has brought forth the terrors in the street this year: Killer scarecrows (Scarecrow: Cursed Soil), a sorceress and her minions (Conjure the Dark), the spirits of a cemetery (Graveyard: Deadly Unrest), and children turned murderous by a candy company’s sweets (Sweet Revenge). The event features 10 houses with a healthy mix of original content and intellectual properties, five scare zones, and two shows. The shows at HHN31 are not factored into our scores, but we did want to bring them up. The first, Ghoulish!: A Halloween Tale, takes place in Universal Studios’ lagoon. This water show narrated by the Grim Reaper features lights, sound, water, and projections all blended together for 15 minutes of pure fun. It’s a guest favorite at the event and we recommend finding a spot roughly 15-20 minutes before the show begins. The second show, Halloween Nightmare Fuel: Wildfire, is a tighter version of Halloween Nightmare Fuel from 2021. The show is filled with pyrotechnics, illusions, aerial works, body contortions, and enough fire to burn off your eyebrows. We recommend arriving 20-30 minutes before the show begins to ensure a seat for this popular show. It’s hard not to get teary-eyed when the gates of HHN open for the first time each year. The event has won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for 13 years now and it’s rightfully deserved. While you won’t get the intimate feel of a local haunt and you’ll be surrounded by thick crowds, you’re going to feel like you stepped into the horror movie of your dreams. HHN 31 is going to be one for the books and a year that many fans look back on. Welcome back, Halloween Horror Nights. It’s good to have you home again.

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