Nightmare on Edgewood continues to be Indianapolis’ most intense haunt. Their unique do-touch policy ups the scare factor in a big way. Getting through four distinct attractions is no walk in the park at this haunted house, where every room presents a new challenge to overcome while being poked and prodded by monsters from every angle.
Indy Mojo Spook Staffer Kristen Bond points out that Nightmare on Edgewood is not appropriate for young children due to the touching policy and aggressiveness of the scaring. But for adults, it’s often their favorite aspect of the haunt. “The fact the actors actually touch and sometimes shock you is perfect! There were many times I was actually frightened. There were a lot of actors hidden in random places to jump out when I least expected it instead of just standing in front of me making noises in my face.” Indy Mojo Spook Staffer Matt Ramsey agrees, “The use of little buzzers that shocked us in the dark, giving us a slight adrenaline jolt, kept us on our toes at all times. Lots of grabbing at our ankles and knees in the dark provided some extra jumps to our group as well.”
The opening haunt, Old School Fright, was my personal favorite this year, as my group chose to sacrifice me when a very large man blocking our path demanded someone get into his car. Before I could protest, I found myself locked inside of the car by myself in the middle of a zombie wasteland as I watched my crew file by one by one. I won’t spoil any surprises, but let’s just say I learned that I’d never be fast or clever enough to survive the zombie apocalypse. Kristen recalls, “It was great how they locked Danielle in the car and forced us to go on without her. We were all shocked and curious as to how long they were going to keep her there!”
Total blackout mazes appear to be a trend in local haunts for the 2013 scare season, but Nightmare on Edgewood’s maze, Pandemonium, has been a staple of their repertoire for years. Here, your group will twist, turn, and shuffle their way through a blindingly dark maze stocked with roaming creatures in nearly every corner. Kristen appreciated the difficulty of the maze and says, “I feel as though their pitch dark maze was much better than the Angelus House. We actually got lost a few times and it took us quite a while to figure our way out!”
Matt Ramsey also points to Pandemonium as one of his favorite parts of Nightmare on Edgewood.
It was very easy to get disoriented as we fought to stay together and at some sections bumped into another group that had entered the area AFTER us. Toss in some actors guiding us down the wrong paths to purposefully mislead us and you have quite an interesting situation on your hands.
The fourth and final haunt, Southside Massacre, is a startling adventure through a wrecked, bloody home that’s still populated with casualties of the carnage. As patrons come face-to-face with cold-blooded murderers looking for their next victim, real life suddenly feels like a scene from a horror movie. Skillfully built steps and ramps give the haunt depth and add to the authenticity of raiding one’s way through the aftermath of a gory massacre.
Ramsey commends the massacre’s maximization of space (there is never a sense of openness) and sleight of hand. He explains, “As I walk into a room, I typically give a quick analysis, looking for what’s real versus just a prop, and the Edgewood cast did a great job blending in. Either I couldn’t see them, or they disguised themselves really well. In one room in particular, someone was actually in the wall behind a prop, giving quite a surprise to people who passed it off as just another accessory to the room.”
New to Nightmare on Edgewood in 2013 is their 4D attraction called The Last Ride. For an extra $5, patrons can undergo the experience of being buried alive. After taking a surprisingly comfortable seat inside of a specially-outfitted coffin, the lid is closed and the pitch-dark ride begins. Without their sense of sight, patrons rely on sound, scent, and feel to keep their sanity as they endure the unique attraction. The line moves slow for The Last Ride, however, and while we all enjoyed the experience, The Spook Staff suggests skipping it if they’re backed up.
Indy Mojo Spook Staffer Cody Sammons is a long-time fan of Nightmare on Edgewood and declares,
This place never ceases to impress me. The whole journey through the haunting grounds was impressive, to say the least. The absolute best part about this place is the sheer enthusiasm that each individual involved portrays. These girls and guys truly enjoy giving their time to scare folks. This is one long thrill ride from start to finish. If you manage to go to just one local haunt this year, this is absolutely, hands down the best in the city. DO NOT MISS NIGHTMARE ON EDGEWOOD.
6004 Camden Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217
October 11, 12, 17*, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31*; Nov 1* & 2
*optional “go it alone” nights
Regular admission: $20 (includes all four attractions but not The Last Ride)
VIP admission: $30 (all four attractions & skip the lines)
The Last Ride: $5