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Pittsburgh Haunted Attractions: The Scarehouse reveals their 2014 haunts

This year The Scarehouse says that they are building their most ambitious haunt ever.

That’s a pretty grandiose claim. My ears and eyes are listening. Or rather like. OK maybe my eyes aren’t listening. For example, if…

Let’s just move on.


TL; DR: The Scarehouse revealed their haunts for this year so boom:

NEW: The Summoning: Our building has stood for nearly 100 years. But the secrets from October 1932 can no longer be kept.

UPDATED: Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out! Pittsburgh Zombies is longer, darker, and scarier than ever. The lights are going out. The zombies are getting in.

Creepo’s Christmas in 3-D: He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. Put on your 3-D glasses and enter Creepo’s twisted tale of Holiday horror! It’s a eye-popping nightmare of demonic elves, killer toys, and mutant snowmen. Santa is dead, Creepo lives.

The Basement: One of America’s most intense and notorious fear experiences! You will be touched, restrained, and hooded. You will be tormented, challenged, and scared out of your mind. Separate ticket purchase required, this attraction is not included with admission into ScareHouse. Limited tickets available each night, and this attraction sells out frequently. Note: You MUST be 18 years or older to enter this attraction, and willing to sign our waiver. No exceptions. No refunds given to anyone under 18 who attempts to enter. You will be screened by security.

Final Thoughts:

These guys do a very good show so I am interested to see what they come up with for this year. I normally absolutely hate black out haunts and I am tired of Zombies. If this were anyone else I’d be zinging them about that but these guys actually did a dark section and used zombies of their haunt in past years and got it right. The Scarehouse and Eastern State Penitentiary Terror Behind the Walls are, as of this writing, the only 2 haunts that I have been to in the entire country that managed to do a dark haunt right because they kept the lights dim and did not use darkness as an excuse to save money. Yeah, I remember that one at Night of Terror in NJ that was just some dude in a dark room hitting a bucket while people tripped over each other. I do not expect that this is what will happen here.

The Scarehouse is also probably one of the few who got Zombies right. Again, that’s probably because the set was custom designed with narrative in each room and it wasn’t a costuming budget cut.

It all comes down to the fact that I believe The Scarehouse uses these concepts to create, not to save money. Too many haunts in America do these concepts as gimmicks to solely to save money and I can see through every one of them. There is nothing wrong with saving money, but if you do it past a certain threshold that impacts the detail and integrity of the attraction you have a haunt that just plain bores me more than a monkey ass. I am confident in saying that you won’t find that ballhockey at The Scarehouse.

But they do tend to make things up so I can’t promise you there will be no monkey ass. I’ve seen some weird shit in there. I can just tell you that if there was a monkey ass it would be a really well done monkey ass that entertains you.

Creepo’s Christmas is always good so having that return is pretty great. I don’t know what The Summoning is yet, but I have a feeling they’ll tell us in a handful of days. I am getting a Day of the Dead vibe off the logo. Here’s hoping.

The Basement is actually the one thing that I routinely get pulled aside to answer questions about in my travels. I can be in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, or New York City and the second people hear I am there they want to ask me about my opinion on this one. I’ll corroborate their claim of The Basement being notorious. I am almost tired of answering questions about it. Almost. Not quite yet. 🙂

Curious? Read my reviews of The Scarehouse (including The Basement) over in the Haunted Attraction Review section.

2 responses to “Pittsburgh Haunted Attractions: The Scarehouse reveals their 2014 haunts”

  1. Netherworld in Atlanta has done some really interesting things with dark mazes. It’s been eons since I’ve been there, but their concept in…what, ’03? ’04?…was to break up the almost-dark with a scene/scare. Very effective. I personally hate black-out mazes, a LOT. I think it’s a cheap out, even though people seem to love them nearly as much as chainsaws and zombies..but having it set up so that the customer finds varied scares/scenes was pretty great.

    • I almost got to Netherworld last year but didn’t quite have the time. When I get the budget to fly I’ll be able to add them in. I really want to see their show.

      Dark haunts, chainsaws, and zombies = you just named the 3 things I am extra harsh on because they, and clowns are the Photoshop lens flare of haunts. If I wanted a black out haunt I could close my eyes and let out some farts. But Scarehouse really did it right. I was entertained the entire way through their dark section. I did not expect that.

      Bates impressed me last year with his vintage clowns. that was something you don’t see every day.

      The question I have is – how much has The Basement changed? We’ll see.

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