St. Patís has been operating for many years now, and it is always a good experience, provided the line wait is not too long. The haunt is held in the basement of the church that is next to the school, although the waiting area is in the school itself.
In the beginning of the haunt, visitors are led into a waiting area set up like a funeral parlor. They take a seat and are read the rules by a live actor. On our visit, the live actor was pretty amusing, and kept coming up with various jokes to occupy us while we waited. There is also a very clever surprise that happens while waiting, but I wonít spoil it. Itís not scary, but it is actually pretty cool!
Following this, visitors enter the haunt itself, and are welcomed into the catacombs by a live actor dressed like a ringmaster. The opening scene is set in a real boiler room, and visitors can hear the strains of the Nightmare on Elm Street theme music playing in the background as smoke and flame effects set up the atmosphere. It is actually somewhat warm and muggy in the boiler room, so it was a really nice effect overall.
After the boiler room area, visitors encounter various traditional haunt scenes, from mad scientists to a mirrored room, to clowns, to zombies. Some of our favorites included the mad scientist room, where the scientist was creating something very cool (which we wonít spoil), the mirrored room with creepy female actor in a dollís mask who walked backwards through the maze, keeping visitors in sight at all times, a cleverly done zombie area, and a nicely decorated swamp area with some unexpected inhabitants.
Additionally, there were scenes featuring hidden actors, an electrocution, and even a jail scene. All of the actors were teenagers or even younger, which limited the scares, but they did seem to be into what they were doing. Some were rather amusing, and some were creepy, which is a nice mix. One thing to note, there were a few scenes where we came upon actors with no masks on, who seemed to be waiting for the word that the haunt was in operation. We were the first ones through, so itís possible that word didnít really reach them, but the actors in the very first scene simply stood and stared at us as we walked by, as if they didnít know if we were haunt workers or visitors. This happened a couple more times throughout the beginning of the haunt, but by the end everyone was in character.
Overall, St. Pascalís is a decent haunt. Itís definitely not intense, but itís not intended to be. Itís more of a fun, enjoyable experience, where visitors can look at some creative scenes and yes, even be surprised by some of the clever actors and their hiding places. You have to know what youíre in for when you go Ė itís a school haunt populated by teenagers, so if you are expecting to be terrified, you will be disappointed. Itís worth a look, but if you get there late, or if itís on a busy night, youíd be well advised to get the VIP pass to bypass the line. $20 is a bit steep for the VIP, though, so the best bet is to get there before they open and that way the wait time will be much less.
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