Massacre Mansion Haunted House 2018 Attraction Review

Location: West Scranton Little League Field – Oxford St. & S. 8th Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18504

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Massacre Mansion Haunted House is a “gem” of an attraction for those seeking out an old-school classic haunted house that is a modern throwback to the 1970’s-1980’s. Over the past several years, what started as a small charity-based haunt has steadily grown into an innovative funhouse style attraction, an authentic experience that is quite possibly one of the last of its style. While best described as a classical “throwback” haunt in nature, the design team has continuously, yet cautiously upgraded the attraction to include modern scares that blend perfectly in within the context of the classical nature of the haunt.

Despite its unassuming appearance, the attraction itself is a lengthy, featuring a brand new outdoor (under a tent) adventure entitled “Pumpkin Wrath” and “Massacre Mansion” trailer-based walk-through.  “Pumpkin Wrath” is a rather unique experience in which an ominous, taunting “Pumpkin King” encourages exploration of an indoor-outdoor hybrid attraction. Effects such as creepy “frozen” bodies, as well as a sudden visit with an outdoor “butcher”, build a level of surprise into this custom built, classic haunted attraction.

Ongoing rehabilitation of this 1960’s style haunted attraction continues to stylistically add modern animatronics, special effects and an intense soundtrack that defines each scene. The transition from a carnival-themed funhouse to classic horror movie inspired scenes fits the attraction perfectly. Representations of horror icons from legendary films such as “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Hellraiser,” add to the “fun” aspect of Massacre Mansion. Furthermore, Massacre Mansion pays tribute to the recent movie sensation, “Stephen King’s It,” in an authentic, disturbingly creepy manner.  Funhouse inspired gimmicks such as walking through mini-mazes, over “rats”, and sensory rooms creates a constant sense of anticipation. Within the attraction, a variety of “theatrical” scenes also take place such as a creepy visit with “Krampus”, emphasize the diversity displayed within this attraction.

Perhaps no other attraction has done more with less in terms of building a custom-built experience like this attraction as one can feel the passion for haunting around every corner. Custom built corridors, an impressive maze-like design that hides scare actors and shockingly effective special effects and soundtrack’s make this attraction a truly special place.

The vintage design coupled with modern scare tactics create an experience that must be witnessed to appreciate. Fans searching for haunts of generations past will appreciate the style, and approach to scaring and for those looking for a modern scare, you will be able to appreciate the intricate designs, talented volunteer actors and interactive sets featured at Massacre Mansion Haunted House. As this attraction continues to grow each year, we implore you to visit, to experience a unique haunt unlike any other and support the work of an attraction that continues to grow and improve each season while respecting the history and style of its one-of-a-kind attraction!