‘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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IndyMojo.com Spook Staff at Scarevania with Jingles the Clown

Any first timer to Scarevania will be impressed with the attention to detail that clearly goes into the haunt’s design. From spinning art on the outside walls to larger-than-life creep show relics on the roof – the props and design of Scarevania are over the top. Moreover, any returning victim who has visited in the past will be even more impressed at Scarevania’s ability to provide a nearly unique experience every year.

scarevaniaExpect a fairly long line if you hit Scarevania during peak hours; we found a 10 or 12 minute wait behind a couple of groups in front of us. However long the wait seems, it’s truly worth it once inside and you’re the only victims in the haunt with hardly any risk of running into the group ahead of you.

Luckily, there’s a new creepy stage outside to provide entertainment for patient line-waiters and scaredy cats too afraid to go through the haunt. Expect to see suspension acts, fire breathers, bands, and other live entertainment performing on the stage, in addition to movie screenings and scaryoake.

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Scarevania’s Carnival Cabaret

The first room of Scarevania is perhaps its most memorable, as victims are held captive for several minutes while acclimating to their new environment – plenty of time to examine the thoughtful placement of props from ceiling to floor, from the front of the room to back.

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.

Tipsy The Clown provided comedic entertainment from the stage as he stumbled over his own words when reminding us not to touch the actors. A creepy man-baby of a clown who goes by the name Jingles (ask him why) lingered in the corner, offering a childlike laugh at opportune moments.

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.

The second half of Scarevania takes victims outdoors on a trespassing jaunt where they’re promised not to make it out alive. In a completely different twist from last year’s shadow-filled graveyard trail, one recurring character steals the show with perfectly-timed scares. The outdoor portion of Scarevania has doubled in size, ending the trip on a desolate trail that ends in the longest, most intense chainsaw chase I’ve ever seen.

Gwen StaffAfter attending last year, I was eager to see what would be next for this Muncie haunted house. The heavy metal music paired with tons of terrorizing monsters and sick staging proved yet again to be a winning combination.

My favorite moment came with the rattle and smell of a chainsaw. Usually you can hear and anticipate the moment that you will sprint off without your group however, that was not the case this time. I ran, I ran so fast I didn’t know what was behind or ahead of me. – Gwen

 

dan2As a new contributor to the Spook Staff I did not know exactly what to expect. Scarevania was extremely well organized and managed. Eerie music played as we waited to enter that effectively set the mood to get scared. I liked that half of this haunt took place outside and included children in an interesting way. – Dan

 

 

ziziThis haunted house was set up with quite a bit of imagination and had a “Devil’s Rejects” meets “Nightmare Before Christmas” vibe to it. But, before I knew it, that vibe was gone and I was on the haunted trail outside, which led us through a graveyard of rusty, broke-down campers, RV’s and tall, grassy, unlit paths filled with chainsaw fog. I love chainsaw fog and everything, but I can’t say that I didn’t see or hear the guy coming. They definitely pull all the bells and whistles at Scarevania. Well, all the bells and whistles that they could pull without touching me… which was really the one thing missing from here – hands on interaction. – Zi Zi

 

ramzThey really spent some time on the scenery. We were weaving in and out of some well thought out areas outside. It allowed for actors to interact multiple times through the journey. It felt relatively tame after going to haunts that can touch you. I didn’t realize how much of an impact it has on the fear factor when you know actors aren’t allowed to get into your space; they’re no longer a threat. There were a few actors who stood out, though, such as the creepy little kid who followed us for quite a while, seeming to reappear out of nowhere. He was easy to lose track of due to size. Overall, I think it was a good haunt, especially for the low price of $12. – Matt

Scarevania Haunted House

1911 N Granville Ave
Muncie, Indiana 47303

Thu: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 8:00 pm – 12:00 am

$12

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The Scarevania Haunted House in Muncie won major kudos from the Indy Mojo Spook Staff for their exquisite theming that’s consistent from the second you step foot outside your car until the moment you come running back to it in terror. Elaborate, menacing props adorn the rooftop of the building that houses the Scarevania haunted house. A fat, bearded lady and sinister devil on top of the room eye patrons from their vantage point as they approach the entrance. Carnival-style concessions and quirky signage further enhance the freak show format of Scarevania.

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scarevaniaA roaming pair of clowns entertained us while waiting in line- one overwhelmingly flamboyant and chatty, the other uninterested and totally silent. Inside, we took in as much of the detailed rule-reading room as we could before being shooed into the haunt; clever signs and props lined the tall walls while the leader of Scarevania’s freak show posed for a photo and warned us not to touch the actors.

Scarevania employs a no-touching policy, but makes up for it in sheer numbers. Every room had at least two monsters, some as many as five or six. With constant attention coming from every angle, Scarevania’s indoor haunt leaves its victims feeling disorientated and overwhelmed. Special attention to costumes and makeup also solidifies Scarevania’s freak show format; our favorite characters included Pigman and the opening room’s nightmare baby.

An outdoor graveyard rounds out the Scarevania trip of terror. The spooks and scares are not as constant or jarring as the whirlwind of surprises inside but when they get you, they get you good.

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Spook Staffer Morgan Brooke loved the intensity of Scarevania:

morganThis haunted house went above and beyond–literally every three steps and around every corner there was something new and horrifying to continually keep us on edge. From the second we walked into the heavily-decorated, creepy building, we were instantly startled by the scariest looking child who sent chills down our spines. Every step of the way we were on look-out and these characters never ceased to execute on a scare. With several different disturbing scenarios, it was a mix of being in Saw, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Ring all at once. We got an all-around scare and the actors made sure we felt like it was real. Scarevania is definitely worth the drive to Muncie if you want a good spook, but if you’re looking for something to last for a while, this one is short and you’re in and out before you know it.

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Spook Staff veteran Gwen Wilson sums up her Scarevania experience as follows:

Gwen StaffIf you ever wanted to be in a Rob Zombie movie, this is the place to go! The sick and twisted world of Scarevania left me in utter terror. The hunted attraction literally taps into everything freakishly grueling and gives their guests an uncomfortable constant scare! The acting was amazing, especially the demented cemetery girl that rushed at us in convulsions and spasms. This haunt is for people that can handle true gore and horror!

Though some would argue that the trip to Muncie from Indianapolis isn’t worth the 20 or 30 minutes of entertainment you’ll find at Scarevania, we would still encourage anyone looking for something new to gather a group of their friends and head north.

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Scarevania

1911 N. Granville Ave., Muncie, Indiana 47303

October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, & 31; 8 pm – 12 am weekends; 8 pm – 11 pm weeknights

$12