I know it sucks that Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year and we were all forced to do our costumed drinking and celebrating this past weekend instead of on or closer to the actual holiday. There is a silver lining, though: most haunted houses are still open this week, and some are even running through next weekend.
Indy Mojo attended a grand total of seven* haunted houses this year. Based on the experiences and opinions of the other members of the Indy Mojo spook staff, I’ve ranked them from best to worst for the 2012 haunting season. You’ve still got a few days left to get scared; read on for our recommendations on where to go and click the links to read the full review.
Southside Massacre was my personal favorite for their extreme interactivity, authentic actors, and overall intensity. If the idea of a monster grabbing your shoulder or chasing you around a medical table with a drill is simply too much to handle, Indy Scream Park is the best around for a well-balanced scare that leaves victims feeling like they got what they paid for.
The Scream Park’s five haunts and Monster Midway make it easy to spend an entire evening hanging out and getting scared, while Southside Massacre’s attractions move you though in a shorter amount of time but will leave you feeling equally exhausted from the unceasing adrenaline rush.
Last chance at Southside Massacre: this Tuesday 10/30 and Wednesday 10/31
Last chance at Indy Scream Park: this Monday 10/29, Tuesday 10/3, and Wednesday 10/31.
Second place: Corpse Manor
Why: mix of humor and terror, professionally trained theatrical actors, detailed props and scenes, no-touch policy
Last chance at Corpse Manor: this Monday 10/29, Tuesday 10/3 and Wednesday 10/31
Third place: Frite Lodge
Why: locally sourced (mostly handmade) props and materials, volunteer actors who truly love to scare, tight aisles that utilize small space well, no-touch policy
Last chance at Frite Lodge: officially closed for the 2012 season
Fourth place: Fright Manor
Why: scary animatronics, original scene ideas, no-touch policy
Last chance at Fright Manor: this Monday 10/29, Tuesday 10/3, Wednesday 10/31, Friday 11/2, and Saturday 11/3
Fifth place: Asylum House
Why: an absolutely terrifying graveyard, expansive outdoor grounds, extended periods of no scaring, a boring corn “maze”, do-touch policy
Last chance at Asylum House: this Monday 10/29, Tuesday 10/3 and Wednesday 10/31
Sixth place: Hanna Haunted Acres
Why: poor acting, very few scares, fun hayride, no-touch policy
Last chance at Hanna Haunted Acres: this Monday 10/29, Tuesday 10/3, Wednesday 10/31, Friday 11/2, and Saturday 11/3
*I also attended Necropolis, even though they didn’t respond to Indy Mojo’s request for a press pass. There’s no review to read because the haunt is exactly the same as it is every year, except for the omission of several of their best classic scenes. The Zombie Inn and Dark Terrors, their subsequent follow-up attractions, fail to meet expectations and left me feeling unsatisfied after the thrills that the opening haunt delivered.
What was your favorite haunted house that you attended in during the 2012 season? Tell us which one and why in the comments below.