The eastside’s Haunted Angelus House is the sister haunt of their flagship attraction in Hudson, FL. Both events benefit The Angelus, a Cerebral Palsy group home in Hudson, FL. As such, many props are donated or handmade and the cast inside are all volunteers so that the highest possible donation can be made to the cause. Despite their tight budget, Ron and his staff have created an elaborate haunt with an unpredictable assortment of themes from graveyard to church to backyard camping.
The attraction does a remarkable job of acclimating its victims before throwing them into the haunted halls of The Haunted Angelus House. The haunt begins in a rickety, old saloon where rules are read, photos are taken, and a fun card game is played- all before leaving the first room of the haunt. Each of the Indy Mojo Spook Staffers made note of the card game in their review; suffice it to say we’d advise being cautious about who you’re standing next to when the game begins.
The Angelus house is packed with a lot of traditional jump-out-say-boo! types of scares, but also utilizes a less-common form of startling that creates the sensation of getting crushed under heavy, falling objects. After the indoor haunt, an outdoor maze completes The Haunted Angelus experience. Combining pitch dark feel-your-way-through segments with sporadic spooky scenes and classic monsters hidden along the way, the maze provides a less-tailored, but equally as fun, second half to The Haunted Angelus.
Spook Staffer Matt Ramsey never quite got the jolt of adrenaline he was looking for.
I thought they put too much focus on ‘cheesy’ props in too many areas, leading me to believe it was geared more toward a younger audience. It made the haunt larger and longer, but ultimately led to extra down time as we walked through waiting for the next real surprise.
Spook Staffer Molly Weiler appreciated the no-touch policy and admits she never felt truly unsafe:
I’m sure I’m not your typical haunted house attendee. I enjoy Halloween because I get to dress up and have fun with my friends, but I don’t generally enjoy getting scared. Every year for the past several years, though, I have made a point to always face my fears and go to at least one haunted house. This year I went to Haunted Angelus House Indy and I left feeling like I had been on a roller coaster ride. Middle School/High School me would have been TERRIFIED; adult me was creeped out, and left with sweat on the back of my neck and a smile on my face.
Spook Staffer Cody Sammons recaps his experience on an optimistic note:
We were warmly greeted upon showing up to Ron’s Halloween shop Friday. Vladamere was charming and gave us a run-down of the history of the Haunted Angeles. You can definitely tell that the people who organize this haunt really put their hearts into it. The opening room was lavish and had an unexpected initial twist. Plunged into the darkness soon after, we were twisted around and drug outside through a maze of props and well-built scenes that set this haunted house apart from most others in town. For the Haunted Angeles’ second year, they are on the right track to being a contender in years to come. I am looking forward to what the future holds for this up-and-coming attraction.
8829 E. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
October 11,12,13,17,18,19,20, 24,25,26,27,29,30,31 & November 1
Fridays & Saturdays 7pm – Midnight
Thursdays & Sundays 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Kids 5 – 10 $10
Kids 4 and under are Free