Horror Hall 2021 Haunted Attraction Review

Introduction

Horror Hall (West Nanticoke, PA) is an iconic Northeast, PA funhouse style attraction that has not only withstood the test of time but is one of the most unique and an attraction that is a throwback to the boardwalk-style funhouses of the 1980s and 90s. Featuring numerous themes, hallways of darkness, Halloween-inspired soundtracks, and just an atmosphere of seasonal fun, Horror Hall is a generational gem. With a few upgrades/revisions, some more modern scare acting, and perhaps a revised “line management” system can really stand out as a premier horror event. There is a great deal of potential for even further evolution and horror-infused entertainment that modernizes yet keeps the vintage style and genuine creepiness that has made a Horror Hall such a regional staple and should be visited by haunt fans.

Horror Hall is a legendary attraction in Northeast Pennsylvania. Wait times can be lengthy due to a vintage waiting system in which guests are seated then escorted to the attraction.  While waiting, we watched the familiar pre-show entertainment featuring Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and a unique animatronic prop read an introduction and presented a storyline (very impressive special effects with this opening “talking” prop!). The attraction escorts guests into the attraction in small groups as guests are guided by flashlight upstairs into the main haunt, a staircase featuring psychedelic artwork augmented by “black light effects,” building anticipation for one’s entry into the actual attraction.

Horror Hall is designed in a maze-like manner, featuring dark corridors filled with various scare actors who engage in various startle/drop scares. Each passage is unclear, utilizes lighting effects and fog to distract guests. Auditory and visual distractions allow actors to generate “jump” scares, and a few more monsters would make the experience even more fulfilling. The set designs found at Horror Hall are classic; we love several of the classic scenes such as “Swamp Thing,” “Choose Your Fate (which features multiple interactive rooms and surprises),” “Prison Breakout,” and a creative fantastical-like trip through a chilling graveyard

In many respects, the attraction was ahead of its time, as many haunts are beginning to incorporate interactive scenes. Horror Hall was one of the first to do so, with collapsing rooms, bridges, and the infamous room of “saws” (which sadly was not totally functioning on our visit, but we could hear the sound of cutting). Horror Hall’s use of theatrical fog, shockingly incredible soundtrack, and blinding lights effectively disorientate guests as they make their way through a complicated, lengthy maze allowing for jump and startle scares. So many scenes are unique to this attraction (not found in larger haunts); they have become iconic, the “hall of saws,” heavy metal-inspired “hit by a truck,” scene and the already mentioned visit to a “Hall of Fame” for classic horror villains are yearly favorites. We applaud Horror Hall to construct and maintain an old-school funhouse style haunt that can continue to buck industry trends and present an enjoyable show that is one of the last of its kind.

Final Word

Horror Hall is perhaps best described as a classical boardwalk funhouse with long halls of dark periods where guests feel like they’re in dungeons and effective use of lighting to augment jump scares. Lasting over twenty minutes, most of the scenes featured are unique, some very familiar, but tradition sometimes enhances entertainment value. Some of the scenes could use some repairs and modern upgrades, but by and large, the classic designs effectively embrace the diverse themes associated with the season.

Those who visit yearly may know the attraction by heart, which does not hinder its quality and vintage feel. The set designs and scenes are some of the bests you will see in mainstream or non-mainstream haunts, feature impressive details and creativity that adds to the “fun” atmosphere generated by this haunt. Scenes such as the iconic “Hall of Fame” of horror icons, a creepy “swamp thing scene,” disturbingly real morgue, a jail break-out scene, an eerie graveyard featuring an impressive animatronic busting out of a tomb, and a “Stephen King’s IT” werewolf scene at the finale are unique, unlike anything you will see in more significant haunted attractions.

An iconic, old-school funhouse of fun and horror, Horror Hall is a legendary regional attraction that haunt and horror fans across the country would appreciate. A throwback to an era of haunting that focuses on surprise, fun, and fear, the commitment to quality and entertainment provided by the volunteer staff of this attraction is evident. We hope Horror Hall continues its legacy of terror for generations to come!

Tickets are available at http://www.horrrorhall.com!