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The Scarehouse 2016 Review

Haunted Attraction Reviewed: Scarehouse

Location of Attraction: Etna PA

Date of Review: 10/22/2016

Total Number of Attractions Available: 3 plus THE BASEMENT!

Overall Haunted Attraction Rating (scale of 1-10): 8

Entertainment and Food Rating (scale of 1-10): 6

Actor Rating (scale of 1-10): 8

Makeup and Costume Rating (scale of 1-10): 9

Props Rating (scale of 1-10): 8

Overall Scare Factor Rating (scale of 1-10): 7

Overall Feedback: Scarehouse is conveniently located about 10-15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Parking for this haunt is not located at the actual attraction. All customers must park at the Pittsburgh Zoo and then be shuttled to the location of the haunt (parking is still FREE). Scarehouse utilizes timed tickets to help keep wait times as minimal as possible. All customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online where you can choose which date and time you’d like to attend. Besides, tickets are a few dollars cheapier when purchased online. Scarehouse offers three attractions in their regular admission ticket. The three haunts are Infernal, Nocturnia, and The Summoning. Once inside the haunt the attractions are completed one after another with no wait time in between. This means that everyone will wait in the same line but once you begin your journey, you will receive close to 30 minutes of non-stop laughs and screams! Scarehouse had very smooth transitions from one attraction to the next with an obvious change over to a different theme. Not having to wait to enter each haunt helped to carry the frightening atmosphere from one haunt to the next. All three attractions at Scarehouse featured great props and animatronics, a lot of pop scares, actors who interacted with their victims, and yet each attraction still has the ability to greatly improve. The actors encountered interacted with their customers and provided a great scare at each scene. Costume and makeup was a highlight of the night for us. Each and every actor had a costume that matched the theme of their scene and we can’t even describe in words how realistic the makeup and costumes were. We also thoroughly loved the amount of detail put into all of the scenes. We truly took as much time as we could to walk through this haunt just so we could admire the detail and uniqueness of each scene/prop. Scarehouse definitely had scenes where more actors could have been utilized but the quality of the actors they had definitely made up for this. All of the scenes at Scarehouse could easily have more than one act/skit, which allows them to shake things up throughout the night. Across the board something that a lot of haunts struggle with is to carry a consistent theme throughout the entirety of each attraction and this is something we feel that Scarehouse nailed!! A consistent theme through each scene made for a more frightening and eerie atmosphere. The only big downfall of the night was the large crowd/turnout, which isn’t a bad thing at all. This just lead to groups catching up to one another just moments after entering the haunt and this made for a less frightening time. Don’t get us wrong, there were definitely moments that had great scares but more could be experienced if groups were spaced further apart. When you catch up to another group, you simply see the scare happen in front of you and therefore you already know what to expect. And we assume that due to the large crowd/turnout, groups were entering at a faster rate to help keep the lines and wait times down. Oh, and we can’t forget that Scarehouse also features THE BASEMENT which is a EXTREME haunt! The Basement is definitely not your typical haunted attraction. All patrons entering The Basement must sign a waiver and be at least the age of 18. Once inside, expect to be touched, restrained, blindfolded, exposed to electricity, encounter tight spaces, and so much more! You are definitely tormented, challenged, and scared out of your mind in this haunt! All of the actors in The Basement were truly insane and featured some of the most deranged actors we’ve encountered all season. The Basement is definitely not for those who are afraid to have their personal space invaded as the actors get very up close and personal!! The Basement is definitely a one of a kind experience and we encourage all haunt enthusiasts to participate in this extreme haunt. Scarehouse isn’t an all night event as it only takes about 25-30 minutes to go through so we strongly encourage you to check out the plenty of other great haunts within 30-45 minutes of Scarehouse. Overall, all haunt fans should put Scarehouse and THE BASEMENT on their must see attraction list as they definitely do not disappoint!! When you visit Scarehouse, make sure you tell them that York Fright Review Squad sent you their way!!

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