Nightmare from North Street
would fall into the category of a more family-friendly haunt. In keeping with
the tradition of Santa’s Village as a family oriented amusement park (and one
oriented more towards younger kids), the haunt provides some decent starts and
perhaps a couple of unexpected scares, but it’s not in your face or intense by
That is not to say that the
haunt is not interesting. It is enjoyable and provided some good laughs and some
decent sets. I just wanted to make clear that one should not expect to see very
highly detailed sets, lots of intense actors, or lots of blood and gore.
As mentioned, the haunt is
held in a barn at the back of Santa’s Village. Visitors have to walk around
one barn to the haunt barn, so it’s pretty well hidden from the general park
goers. Once inside, visitors are led into a small hallway where they watch a
rules video, then they proceed into the haunt. Most of the haunt consists of
long corridors with dark walls (although not a dark maze, as you can see
clearly) with various set pieces thrown in. The sets vary from the traditional,
like a cannibal kitchen, mental ward, and creepy clown area, to the more
creative, such as the first scene, which featured a graveyard with live actors
popping their head up from holes in the ground – a very nice effect and very
Other interesting scenes
included a zombie diner setup with sarcastic waitress and annoying customer.
Both were clever in their acting and made for some good laughs. There was also a
clever scene set in a living room, where a crazy actor kept exclaiming “he’s
coming! You’re gonna see now! Wait till he gets here!” followed by a
surprise from the next room which I won’t spoil here.
Additionally, there were
scenes involving being trapped in a cage, having to crawl through what looked
like a hamster tube, a room with video of horses eyes playing on the walls
(odd), and even an electrocution room where visitors had to sit on three
electric chairs to be “judged” by the executioner. Overall, while the scenes
were not elaborate and the actors were mostly teens, there were some clever
moments and the actors did all stay in character and provided some funny bits as
well as some instances where we were startled.
The end consisted of moving
through a narrow passageway formed by blown up airbags. Unlike a lot of haunts,
this passageway had hard airbags and it was most difficult coming through it.
Once we exited, the lady taking the tickets said it looked like she felt when
she was giving birth - a very apt analogy!
Finally, there was an amusing live actor at the
very end who thanked us for coming and made a few jokes. Overall, it was an
enjoyable haunt, and very well suited for people with kids looking for a haunt
that’s not too scary. Additionally, you can also walk around Santa’s Village
and go into things like the petting zoo and the aviary that they have there.
Basically, you can do anything at the park except for the rides, unless you buy
the combo ticket. If you’re looking for a decent evening out and you don’t
want to be too scared, Nightmare from North Street fits the bill.
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