One night a year, Field of Screams (FOS), Mountville, PA, becomes a genuinely unhinged "scream-park" of insanity that goes from "scary" to absolutely "terrifying," embracing its moniker of "Extreme Blackout." First launched in 2015, the "Extreme Blackout" event has had its strong seasons and weak seasons, and in 2020 it returned to its horrific glory as a mainstream representation of an "extreme" haunted attraction focused on fear.
Closing out its 44th Season of Fear, the legendary Elysburg Haunted House (Elysburg, PA) is a must-visit "old school haunted house" experience for those who love the spirit of Halloween. Despite serving as a "charity haunt" and not having the most massive construction/marketing/performance budget, the Elysburg Haunted House is a regional tradition and one of the most legitimately terrifying attractions anyone can visit
Hellstead Manor (and “The Wretched Woods”) has improved its entire show from previous seasons, focusing on realism, creating a dark, gritty experience that relies heavily on psychological fear to build constant tension and genuine apprehension the unknown. For the most part, realism and actors did a great job of using their environments to scare augmented the already impressively designed scenes and outdoor sets featured by this attraction. A lengthy journey, Hellstead Manor has abandoned its more "theatrical" storyline and, in its place, is realistic yet surreal and focused on scaring and disturbing each visitor brave enough to visit!