Monday, October 22, 2012

REVIEW: Scared Haunt For Charity Haunted House

It's been 13 years since I have been inside a haunted house, and I broke that stretch by going to Scared Haunt For Charity. It was absolutely frightening and fabulous! As always, parents know their children better than anybody, and will know if this is too scary for their child's age. My personal recommendation is for ages 10 and older. 

I went with my hubby, 9 year old daughter, 7 year old son, and 10 year old cousin. My kids were way too scared to go in, so my 10 year old cousin went in with me while my hubby stayed outside with my kids. It was my cousin's first time ever in a haunted house. There is a screen set up so that those that don't go in, can stand and watch for their friends going through the haunted house. 

Because it's for charity, admission into the spook alley is a can of food for the Utah Food Bank, or the Humane Society. They also accept cash donations.

Step inside this coffin to enter
Scared Haunt!
For those that are a little bit scared, like I was, you can purchase finger lights for $1. If you get too scared of the monsters inside, shine the light on them, and they leave you alone. I am super glad I had my finger light, because I was even terrified with it on! I don't think I turned it off even once while walking through, and the spooky girl that whispered to me "Your light won't last forever!" was absolutely terrifying! 

This isn't one of those haunted house where you walk around a corner, somebody jumps out and says boo, then same thing around the next corner. Scared Haunt has special effects that add to the thrill. When you first walk in, you see a ghost child walking towards you, and wonder how they did it and if it just might be a real ghost! Another part you have to crawl through a tunnel to get to the next area, and if you look below, you will see somebody reaching up to get you. 

Scared Haunt has a lot of kids in their spook alley, and I am amazed at how well they are able to stay in character. They do a fantastic job, and I think that's what makes it so spooky! I had to keep telling myself "They're just actors.....they're just actors" to keep from freaking out! I made the mistake of calling my 10 year old cousin by name, and the actors immediately picked up on that and used her name to try and get us to come over to them. It was super creepy!

Check out Scared Haunt before the season is over! The only dates they have left this season are October 26-27, and 29-31, 7:30pm to 11pm each night. Make sure you bring food for the Utah Food Bank, or cans of animal food for the Humane Society. They have collected a lot of food for the people, but the animals are still in need. 

The people behind Scared Haunt:
In 2010, Max Burton built a small haunted house in his daughter's yard in Midvale for the neighbors to enjoy.   Because of its great success, when he purchased the house across the street in 2011, he built an even bigger and better one. Because he had to build walls and other enclosures for the  haunt, Midvale city tried to shut him down. Because it was for charity, and many people love the haunt he did the previous year, the community and media rallied behind him, and the haunt was allowed to continue. This year the haunt is nearly doubled in size, and continues to see success with food donations for the Utah Food Bank and Humane Society.

The creators and actors at Scared Haunt have many years experience at such local haunted houses such as Castle of Chaos, and Rocky Point Haunted House. This isn't just a small neighborhood spook is put on by people with years experience, and know how to make you scream!

A HUGE thanks to Spencer Mears for inviting Enjoy Utah to check out this haunted attraction! It is one we will definitely be returning to year after year!

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