Frite Lodge is named so because it’s housed in the basement of the Masonic Pleasant Lodge 134 Craft Club on the city’s southeast side of town. The haunt prides itself on heavy engagement with local residents and a strong dedication to giving back to the community. Frite Lodge is also distinctly characterized by a do-it-yourself feel. From unique, handmade props to unpaid, volunteer actors who truly love what they’re doing- Frite Lodge puts a lot of heart into producing a great haunted attraction with an impressively low budget.
Frite Lodge employs a no-touching policy and strives to bestow no discomfort onto any of their patrons. When I inquired about a memorable portion of last year’s haunt that required victims to crawl, the haunt’s organizers cited negative feedback from their customers as the reason for its absence in 2012. The only activity required to make it through the haunt this year is walking.
Frite Lodge further distinguishes itself by constructing a sizable, single attraction rather than utilizing the popular marketing ploy of multiple haunts. There are no mazes, no rotating black light tunnels, no chainsaws, no rooms full of Jason masks, or any other derivative of tired, overused haunted house elements. The Frite Lodge is pure creativity and passion at its best.
Here’s what the rest of the Indy Mojo spook staff had to say about Frite Lodge:
Indy Mojo Street Team Captin Gwen Wilson:
Frite Lodge was by far the haunt that moved us the most. Not only is it locally sourced, but everything put in and out of the lodge is donated, volunteered, or handmade. Every year they attempt to do something different and new- with the exception of the amazing entry way with a mini-garage door that opens up before the next group of victims enter the haunt. The waiting hallway is filled with deviant art created by a local artist who also contributes to the sets and costume makeup. Furthermore, the hallway is filled with great music to get your adrenaline rushing and nerves alert before you enter.
Avid Indy Mojo supporter Brandon Connolly a.k.a. Puck:
The Frite Lodge is a quaint, intimate haunt on Indy’s Southeast side. Don’t let its size fool you – not one square foot of space is wasted in the planning and layout of the rooms. The lodge is run by the local Freemasonry chapter and the quality of their craftsmanship shows in every detail. There is a fire outside for the workers, but it’s nice to know you can enjoy its warmth and chat with the haunt’s close-knit staff (they are all community volunteers, by the way, for the love of the scare and not the paycheck). The different rooms all had personality because each room belonged to the monster or ghoul who worked in it. Their individual suggestions and requests about each of their rooms are taken in to account by Frite Lodge organizers and it shows. Not one worker showed any signs of boredom or indifference. They were neck-deep in their genuine efforts and you could tell they loved every minute of it. My favorite had to have been the hanging room where a poor soul is put to death by way of lethal suspension. It looks real and I couldn’t help but feel the urge to grab their legs and save them.
Indy Mojo Street Teamer Nike’ Nicole:
I enjoyed this haunted house so much. The staff was extremely friendly and kind, and made it clear all of the proceeds go towards enriching their own community. Each room contained something different that allowed you to see the personalities of the staff members in the room who each had realistic and unique costumes. I was scared or caught off guard more times than I could count. It was cool that such a small place and community could compete with the big dogs! I highly recommend visiting this haunted house.
If you want to support a haunt that is affordable, truly local, and fueled by an obsessive love for scaring people, be sure to swing through Frite Lodge before they close this Saturday October 27th.
7525 South Acton Road