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Happy Halloween week Bees!
Being so close to Halloween always gets me thinking about the hauted houses we’ve visited. I’m talking about man-made ones, but truely haunted houses are awesome too! My mom and I love them! The best one I’ve seen was at the Hammond Castle in Gloucester, MA. It’s very close to Salem (they have many great haunted houses there too!). They went all out the years we went. They changed the lights in the pool to red and had a fog machine blowing smoke over the pool. They set up a fake fireplace (in a doorway maybe) and a girl would drag herself through it only to be suddenly pulled back by someone unseen. They had a great Hannibal Lector character there. One year they set up one of the bedrooms with a trapped child and an evil Santa. It was creepy to just walk up the spiral stone staircase in the dark or to walk through the garden at night.
My second favorite isn’t put on anymore. The owner of a local, active funeral home had a kid in high school so he turned the funeral home into a haunted house as a fundrasier. They had a man outside using huge knives to cut up real meat. Obviously they had lots of coffins but the creepiest part was the basement! The had one room they turned into a scene from the Grudge and the girl in there was too convincing! They had a doctor working in another room with real looking blood. The thing is, they could have tried half as hard and it still would have been creepy because it was a real funeral home and there could have been real bodies someplace. (They probably would have moved them but it was still creepy to think about!)
One of my favorite haunted house memories though is from when I chickened out in Salem once when I was about 13. My mom and younger brother went through. I happened to be looking at the exit when my brother jumped out, backwards, knees pulled up, with his arms in a defensive position, total panic on his face. Being an older sister, I didn’t let him live it down for a long time. 🙂
Where was the best haunted house you’ve been in? What made it great?
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I no longer live in Michigan, so I have been in this one in a few years but it was awesome when I did go. Moving walls, glass floors, amazing costumes, multiple levels, and trivia questions. Worth the cost to go at least once.
Post # 3
- Wedding: The Mansion at Valley Country Club
Pennsylvania has some great ones.
One of the best is Terror Behind the Walls, of course — produced at Eastern State Pen, already a scary place.
I used to live close to another fave: Pennhurst Asylum. That place was fantastic.
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Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly.
they converted a no longer used prison into a haunted experience
I’ve always wanted to go to West Virginia Penitentiary where you just get free range to roam around the prison overnight with a group of people.
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Witches of New Salem in Dorr, Michigan. They have a haunted forest that has all of these little sheds that you walk through that have different themes. They also have a haunted cornmaze. It’s fun because you hop on a hay wagon and take a nice long ride out there. There are creepy people jumping out of the corn at you! 🙂
I love Halloween! It’s supposed to rain here though so hopefully we still get some kids!
Post # 6
Halloween Horror Nights put on by Universal Studios Hollywood is amazing. It’s super crowded and filled with teenagers so it sometimes kills the vibe, however the production quality is fantastic.
In San Diego we have the Haunted Hotel which is a lot of fun. I have definitely ran out of the last two rooms as fast as I could before. They do a really good job of pacing the groups that comes through.
The Trail of Terror is also really fun although the production quality has been downgraded through out the years.
As far as historical haunted houses, if I never have to go into the Whaley House ever again, I think I’d be okay with that. I’ve had one too many experiences in that house for it to be okay. The last time I toured the house, my friend booked it out of there because she was being poked at the entire tour.
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I was, years ago, visiting a friend in her upstairs flat, and waiting for my policeman h. to come and collect me . We heard the street door open , his footsteps up the (only) stairs and her front door handle was turned and shaken . He didn’t come in when we called out to him and when we opened the door, there was not only no one there , but the street door was still locked from the inside .
She had had, and continued to have many more creepy, poltergeist experiences in that flat which she had not told me of. It had been owned by an elderly bedridden misogynist man who died there, and the activity only ever happened when she was alone or with other females . Hence her husband had never experienced anything and was hightly sceptical.
Post # 8
I’m way too much of a baby-grandma to have any desire to go to a haunted house. My husband want to go to Halloween Horror Nights one year since we live in FL but I am always afraid I’m gonna be too scared!! I have a vivid imagination with very vivid dreams so I know I would have nightmares, I get them when I watch too many murder mysteries or get stressed out. Going through a haunted house would be way too much for me!! I had nightmares about the flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz until I was 15!!!! LOL!!!
Post # 9
Knott’s Scary Farm is SoCal is pretty fun, a whole theme park to run through. I haven’t been to that many haunted houses, but that was a good one.
Post # 10
I’m not a big haunted house fan so I’ve never actually been to it but I love seeing the pictures from this one in Niagara Falls Canada http://www.nightmaresfearfactory.com/pics-and-video
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Ghost Lake at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania.
You get 13 levels of fear, and a ride on a roller coaster in complete darkness! Granted, the “scarers” are not that great but the atmosphere of the early 1900s amusment park gives it a creepy aura. All of the haunted houses are done in old, condemend buildings and also an awesome tour of the old Hotel Conneaut.
We go every year!
Post # 12
Another vote for Eastern State Pennitentiary!
Post # 13
There’s a theme park where I used to live that does halloween themed nights leading up to the 31st at night. In addition to the haunted houses and decorated rides, they had very realistic characters dressed up as freddy, jason, leatherface, hannibal etc. who would go around and tap people on the shoulder or come up right behind them and make noises so they’d turn around. It sure freaked people out.
Post # 14
We don’t really celebrate Halloween here but last year we were in Florida in September and went to Universals halloween nights thingy. I am not really a fan of ghost houses/trains not because of the gore/horror but the anticipation of people jumping out.
There was one house full of creepy dolls with their eyes just staring at you and then people jumping out of pules of dolls. Yeah I near wet my pants.
The most horrorifying parts of the night were the ticket prices and the lines! OMG those lines.
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The makeup jobs look amazing!!
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Maybe next year I could take a trip to see East State Pennitentiary.
Oh wow, you are so right. Those pics are hilarious!
Maybe I should start trying to talk DH into a vaca. to Michigan some October soon! Hauntedpontiac.com looked great too. I never get trick-or-treaters and DH works, so my mom and I walk down a street where tons of kids go just to see the costumes and decorations. I’m always worried someone will think we’re creepers but we look really nice and normal. Haha!
I’d love to go to the Universal Studios sometime. I can’t imagine being poked like that!
Oh wow! I love the fake scares but I think I would have to move if things were only happening when I was there.
Lol, I don’t blame you for not wanting to go in them. Maybe I’m lucky that I rarely remember my dreams. I still can’t stand the scene in the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie where they are in the boat and the huge snake is on the wall.
If I’m ever out there again, I’ll have to check it out!
I love it when they use an already creepy place. That one sounds cool. Their website said it is the longest in the World!
That sounds really fun!
Lol! Something’s not right when the lines are longer than the attraction. I would not have liked the dolls either! That sounds horrible (but fun).
Thanks everyone for all of the info! I just wish I had the budget and vacation time to go see them all!