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Elysburg Haunted House - 2020 Review

Haunted Attraction Reviewed: Elysburg Haunted House

Location of Attraction: Elysburg PA

Date of Review: 10/30/2020

Total Number of Attractions Available: 1

Overall Haunted Attraction Rating: 8.5/10

Entertainment & Food Rating: 9/10

Atmosphere Rating: 9/10

Overall Costume & Makeup Rating: 8/10

Overall Cast & Crew Rating: 9/10

Overall Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 8/10

Overall Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 8.5/10

Overall Feedback: Elysburg Haunted House located in Elysburg Pennsylvania is easily one of the longest running haunted attractions on the east coast! It’s 2020 and Elysburg Haunted House is back for their 44th year of providing a frightfully fun experience! We arrived on the property shortly after 8pm on a chilly Friday evening. As you make your way towards the midway area you are immediately immersed into the upbeat and spooky fun atmosphere. The midway area featured at least half a dozen food trucks to satisfy any and all of your cravings, ample seating areas, upbeat music, and numerous roaming spooks!

Elysburg Haunted House is a fundraiser for the local fire department(s) in the Elysburg area. Despite not having a large budget for construction and marketing purposes, these folks have crafted a truly legendary and must-see haunted attraction experience! For just $15 you’ll receive a solid 35-40 minutes of in attraction experience, easily the best bang for your buck haunt wise in the area!

Once ready to experience Elysburg Haunted House you’ll hop into the socially distanced queue line and wait for the experience that lies ahead. Eventually the queue line will lead directly past the ticket booth where you’ll snag your tickets and head forth to the opening scene. Make sure to have your face mask on as they are strictly enforced while on the property. A lovely witch character read us the rules of the attraction and then sent us forth on our journey! Despite having a rather large crowd on hand, the Elysburg team made sure to leave lots of space between groups, ensuring you’ll never encounter another group during your journey.

Elysburg Haunted House consists of one large massive indoor walkthrough smack dab in the middle of two lengthy outdoor trails. Be prepared to encounter literally everything and anything along your journey, ranging from a Satanic Church to a Skunk House to a Witches Hut! From start to end we were thoroughly impressed with the originality of the scenes at Elysburg Haunted House! All of the sets and its contents were clearly handmade and delicately crafted. While you won’t encounter massive animatronics or loads of special effects, Elysburg Haunted House has plenty of special tricks up their sleeves that are sure to startle even the most experienced haunt goer! Stationary props come to life, walls converged to trap guests, trick doors, and many other unique tactics were utilized to disorient guests.

The 2-story house walk-through looks deceiving from the outside, but be forewarned, it’s not for the faint of heart! Step into the elevator and take an exhilarating ride to the dark and eerie depths of the cellar. You’ll then slowly traverse through the 2-story house, receiving countless spine-tingling scares along the way! By far one of the best scares of the season took place in the Doctor’s office, where a few of our members nearly lost some limbs! One of the most unique scenes was easily the rainforest section featuring large snakes, gorillas, and several other creatures!

With being a true old school style haunted attraction, Elysburg Haunted House uses little to no animatronics or high end special effects, relying heavily on their cast and crew to deliver the scares! One thing is for certain, Elysburg Haunted House had no shortage of scare actors, as this place was crawling with spooks and had legitimately ZERO areas of dead space! The cast and crew here at Elysburg Haunted House was by far one of the most energized and passionate crews we’ve ever encountered in the 65+ haunted attractions we’ve visited over the past 5 seasons! These folks have a true passion for haunting and we were shocked when we found out their entire crew is made up of volunteers! These folks were energized, interactive, and provided phenomenal performances, succeeding countless times at providing blood-curdling startles!

After exiting Elysburg Haunted House we had the pleasure of chatting with the owners and managers that make Elysburg Haunted House the top-notch attraction that it is. These folks were oozing with passion for Halloween and clearly love what they do! We even had the incredible opportunity to go behind the scenes in some of the areas and got to learn more about the history and evolution of Elysburg Haunted House!

Elysburg Haunted House is by far the best kept secret in the haunt industry and is truly what we’d call a HIDDEN GEM! The experience Elysburg Haunted House provides is unique, immersive, and just downright frightfully fun! Elysburg Haunted House is a MUST-SEE Haunted Attraction as it’s sure to please all varieties of haunt goers! If you’re a haunted attraction guru and you’ve yet to visit Elysburg Haunted House, make sure you pencil them in for the 2021 season, you won’t be disappointed! Job well done to the entire Elysburg Haunted House team! Thank you for all that you folks do for the community and keep providing that old school spooky fun experience! We were truly blown away by the experience Elysburg Haunted House offers and will most certainly be visiting yearly for years to come!

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