The tour began with a
nice intro scene. Sitting at a table, behind a draped red
velvet curtain, a character dressed as the Phantom of the Opera
read the rules of the haunted house. To enhance the
atmosphere of the scene, there was a backlit stained glass
window along one wall and a couple of candelabras with flicker
bulbs. It was a nice presentation and it helped
establish the proper mood for the rest of the attraction.
The Terror on Washington
Street haunted house consisted of numerous scenes with assorted
themes. A number of paths followed the perimeter of the
building, and the real stone foundation & brick walls served to
enhance the eerie feel of the attraction. The
funeral scene featured an open casket behind a red velvet rope.
Inside the casket was an actress in make-up and there were
flowers draped across the bottom half of the casket. The library
was one of the most detailed areas in the house, with bookcases
lining the walls, vintage furniture throughout the scene and
cobwebs everywhere. The scene was accented with spooky
flicker lighting, to enhance the mood. In another area
there was a witch sitting in a rocking chair on an old country
porch. In front of her was a cauldron, with a glowing
"fire" beneath it. In the Autopsy Room there was a body on
a metal table, morgue drawers along the walls and a blood-filled
IV bag hanging in the corner. Upon entering this area, an
actor came out of a great hiding place. Another one of my
favorite areas was the detailed graveyard. Patrons
walked through the middle of the scene and there were tombstones
behind wrought iron gates on both sides of the path, along with
some realistic-looking trees. Since the top was covered
with camouflage netting, this area had somewhat of a
claustrophobic feel. There was one area that I found
particularly creative, where they really played on people's
fears of being separated. An actor was splitting up
groups, making some people go through one door and the rest of
the group to go through another. Unbeknownst to those in
the group, both doors eventually led to the same path and
everyone would be reunited in a short time, but you should have
seen the initial reaction of some of the people who didn't want
to be split from their group!
attraction, all of the actors stayed in character. A lot
of them were more passive, playing out their roles within the
house, unaffected by patrons walking through. In fact, quite a few of them just stood there and
didn't approach you. It did seem that the actors were a
little more low-key than they had been in previous years, which
made them more creepy than scary.
Well, it was another
good performance by the Terror on Washington Street crew.
Their yearly changes and unique ideas always make this a fun
event to come back to, year after year. Since it wasn't an
overly intense experience, this event would be appropriate for
most audiences. With the modest admission price of only
$7.50, it is definitely a bargain. Be sure to add this
event to your list of Haunt visits.
here to find out more about this event.