‘Tis the season for screams and scares!

The IndyMojo.com Spook Staff have been busy checking out central and southern Indiana’s best haunted attractions to help you find a haunt that matches your intensity preference and budget.

Here’s a summary of our 2014 reviews; click through to read all the details.

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Feair Fair: Where Your Worst Nightmares Come To Life

Unlike many local haunts offering combo tickets for multiple themed attractions, Fear Fair is one single haunt, but it’s so damn good you won’t need to seek anymore thrills… if you even make it out alive.

  • Seymour, IN
  • Actors DO touch
  • General admission: $20; fast pass (WORTH IT!): $25

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Run For Your Life: Review of Nightmare on Edgewood

Consistently ranked one of Indy’s premier haunts, if not the top-dog, NOEW offers a smattering of freaky frights that will probably hit home with even the bravest soul. Ranging from demented clowns to cannibal butchers, this haunt promises certain fright to anyone who enters.

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Actors DO touch
  • General admission: $20; fast pass: $30

 

See also: Behind the Scenes at Nightmare on Edgewood


 

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Mike Kaiser’s Poor Farm: Central Indiana’s Best Haunted Corn Maze

Tall stalks of corn offer adequate cover for the countless actors wielding chainsaws throughout, waiting to jump out when you least expect it. Different types of indoor stations along the way create a sense of smothering stuffiness, contrasted by the vulnerability of walking through a corn field – something you simply can’t experience in the city. If you run from a monster in a corn field, you really have nowhere to go.

  • Franklin, IN
  • Actors DO NOT touch
  • $10

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Scarevania: Muncie’s Own Devil Rejects

Scarevania upholds a no-touch policy but that doesn’t mean they won’t interact with you. Those who aren’t scaring are clearly pissed off or mentally disturbed and they’re keenly aware of your presence.

When we entered the haunt an immediate assault of all senses immediately began: blaring death metal music, shrill screams from all angles and enduring performances that felt authentic as we stumbled by, totally in shock of our surroundings.

  • Muncie, IN
  • Actors DO NOT touch
  • $12

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Get Your Money’s Worth at Cedar Rock, the Midwest’s Longest Haunted Trail

Set back in the woods and over a mile long, this haunted trail and its two other attractions really created an immersive and erie experience with plenty of scares and surprises. It was thrillingly nerve-wracking sliding down narrow, winding hallways with the Walking Dead theme playing loudly on loop and zombies growling in my ear the entire time. The maze isn’t hard, but that’s a good thing since it’s a real challenge to solve puzzles with a biter breathing down your neck.

  • Jamestown, IN
  • Actors DO touch
  • $25 combo ticket; $17 haunted trail only; $36 fast pass

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Indy Scream Park: Scares Around Every Corner

With a whopping five haunted attractions (three indoors and two outdoors), Hollywood-quality props and production, and a carnival-themed Monster Midway Indy Scream Park is a haunt enthusiast’s playground.

  • Anderson, IN
  • Actors DO NOT touch
  • General admission $28; fast pass $44

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Scaring for a Cause: Haunted Angelus House

The Haunted Angelus House is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it is also relatively family friendly. There were terrifying moments that may, or may not, have involved evil clowns. Also, some of Hollywood’s scariest bad guys were seen thoughout the place. However, it was not pants-wettingly horrifying, so take that into consideration when planning.

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Actors DO NOT touch
  • General admission $20; child’s ticket $10; unlimited entry for one night $30

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Kokomo’s Twisted Darkness Lives Up To Its Name

The first half of Twisted Darkness lives up to its name, winding attendees through dimly lit hallways, tunnels and dungeons. Some actors stalked us as we moved about in the haunt, while others played their role from their distinct room. We especially loved one particularly flexible patient in the psych ward portion of the haunt.

  • Kokomo, IN
  • Actors DO NOT touch
  • General admission $15; fast pass $25

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Hanna Haunted Acres Introduces Hooded

The aptly-named Hooded requires a signed acknowledgement of the risks involved in the unique do-touch haunt that puts patrons in an opaque hood, robbing them of their ability to see. Stumbling blindly through a possessed dungeon of death, victims must feel their way out via a rope that leads the way.

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Actors DO touch in Hooded; DO NOT touch in all other attractions
  • Combo pass – $29.00 at door or $27.00 online; fast pass – $40.00 at door or $38.00 online
  • We recommend taking advantage of Hanna Haunted Acre’s online-only tickets for a single pass to Hooded or the haunted hayride.

 

 

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Hanna Haunted Acres has a new attraction this year unlike any other haunting experience in the city.

The aptly-named Hooded requires a signed acknowledgement of the risks involved in the unique do-touch haunt that puts patrons in an opaque hood, robbing them of their ability to see. Stumbling blindly through a possessed dungeon of death, victims must feel their way out via a rope that leads the way.

The experience creates a completely new sensation that’s both terrifying and exhilarating.

Kristine

Kristine

Hooded was the most unique haunt I’ve ever been to. The creatures can touch, grab or breathe behind you the whole way through.

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln

Lincoln

The coolest attraction by far was Hooded. The actors can touch you, which always makes the scare a little more real. While there is not much to see, your other senses take over and take the scare to another level!

 

 

 

 

Hanna’s classic hayride boasts a few updated scenes in 2014, with all your favorite classics still in play. This, too, is a one-of-a-kind attraction that can’t be found at any other local haunt. The tractor-pulled hayride crawls along slowly to give plenty of time to take in all the details along the way. Actors don’t touch, but they come out of nowhere and from all different angles.

 

Brendon

Brendon

I was very impressed by the hay ride at Hanna Haunted Acres. Even though it was not the scariest haunt that I have been to, the use of props, lighting, and timing really made it stand out from all other hayrides that I have been on. The part with a gigantic spider got a reaction from everyone on board.

 

 

 

 

Kristine adds, “I truly enjoyed the haunted hayride. It was more of an appreciation than an actual scare, but a lot of fun nonetheless.”

Lincoln concurs, “The hayride was classic and, even though you could clearly see the robotics of the scary creatures, it took me back to being a little kid.”

Alas, the remaining haunts on the $29 ticket ($40 for the VIP fast-pass) completely miss the mark with nonthreatening animatronics on timers and lots of dull actors. We recommend taking advantage of Hanna Haunted Acre’s online-only tickets for a single pass to Hooded or the haunted hayride.

Lincoln notes the missing scare factor in Saw, “The attraction was interesting, but it felt more like a creepy museum with recreated scenes from the movies than a haunt.”

Kristine advises, “I believe Hanna Haunted Acres would be great for middle or high school kids, but might not be the most exciting for adults.”

Hanna Haunted Acres

7323 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46239

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Fast Pass – $40.00 at door or $38.00 online
Combo Pass – $29.00 at door or $27.00 online

Each includes:

  • Haunted Hayride
  • Saw
  • Hooded
  • Outbreak
  • Scarecrow’s Revenge

Online Only Tickets

Weekday Haunted Hayride 4 Pack – $50 online only (valid Sunday through Thursday)

Scarecrow’s Revenge – $12

Single Pass – $19 online only

  • Haunted Hayride
  •  Saw
  • Hooded
  • Outbreak

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.

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First place: Southside Massacre and Indy Scream Park (tie)

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.

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What was your favorite haunted house that you attended in during the 2012 season? Tell us which one and why in the comments below.

My first visit to Hanna Haunted Acres was more than five years ago. I remember being excited at the idea of multiple haunted houses at a single location for one [not-so-low] price. I also remember leaving with feelings of deception after discovering that “multiple haunts” only meant a series of cargo trailers with minimal concept development and few opportunities to be scared. The haunted hayride was unquestionably the highlight of that night all those years ago.

So, when I returned this year after a long hiatus I had high hopes that Hanna Haunted Acres had improved leaps and bounds. While I’m happy to report that the individual trailers are gone and have been replaced with one large building and a second smaller one, the quality of the haunt has improved little, if at all.

Despite an elaborate entryway and a creepy actor calling for victims from the front yard, the Indy Mojo spook staff breezed through Hide and Seek without holding hands or emitting a single scream. Carnevil, Hanna’s three dimensional haunt, ups the ante with cool visuals brought to life by 3D glasses. Medical Malpractice’s hospital-visit-gone-wrong theme could have been an effectively scary adventure, but the actors’ continual lack of enthusiasm and originality missed the mark time and time again. With all three attractions housed in a single building, their sounds carry and mix together to create a sense of chaos, but never one of quiet eeriness.

Twisted, located in a smaller building all its own, is a blend of many scenes and themes. Much like Medical Malpractice, this haunt makes good attempt to frighten- and actually does occasionally- but errs on believability.

More than the average, uneventful trip through the woods, Hanna’s haunted hayride is full of spooks from actors who follow the wagon on foot and scare from all angles. The colossal animatronics are impressive- both for their intricate detail and behemoth size. Setting my friend up for the best scare of the entire hayride, I asked him to sit at the back and he obliged unknowingly. (insert evil laugh here)

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Indy Mojo Street Teamer Nike’ Nicole has similar feelings of dissatisfaction:

I was not impressed with Hanna Haunted Acres. The corn maze was closed due to rain and mud, but the other attractions (with the exception of the hay ride) left much to be desired. The haunted houses were sparsely populated with actors. The workers they did have lacked a certain enthusiasm that is commonplace at other haunted houses, as if they didn’t care if they really scared you or not. The grounds were spacious, but extremely muddy and hard to navigate. The one thing about Hanna Haunted Acres that I really liked was the hayride, where the actors were more convincing. It was exciting and extremely entertaining with twists around every corner.

Indy Mojo supporter Brandon “Puck” Connolly favored the hayride as well:

My favorite part of Hanna Haunted Acres was the hayride. It wasn’t as corny as I thought it would be. The animatronics were the best feature and you could tell a lot of money and work was put in to them. The actors didn’t exactly have their hearts put in to it, but that may have been because they were cold and wet. Hannah Haunted Acres is okay, but there’s a lot of hype with only massive animatronics to back it up. I didn’t experience the cornfield, but take your kids or friends and make them sit at the back of the hayride. Holy shit.

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At $12 per haunt, or a combo pass for $27, the only event that’s worth the money is indeed the hayride. Take advantage of the Weekday Haunted Hayride 4 Pack (four hayride tickets for $11.25 each) if you can, but the Indy Mojo spook staff suggests skipping the rest. They’re open every night from now through November 2nd.

Hanna Haunted Acres

7323 E. Hanna Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46239

317-357-0881