Joseph Rufflo Nov. 2022
Best This Year: I am a haunted house fanatic—and have been for over a decade. I have been to Burial Chambers, Screaming Acres, The Haunted Forest, Dr. Scary's (now closed), etc.. One year I went to more than 10 haunted houses during the October season. I'm preluding my review with this because I want to make it clear that I've had many experiences with haunted attractions and can spot a gem from the coal (subjectively, of course). My experience at this location was unique and the best I've had so far this year. Their tickets are reasonably price, the staff are incredibly friendly, the makeup and acting in the haunted house was on point, it had a reasonable length, and we regretted not buying a double pass because we wanted to go through a second time right after finishing the walk through. This haunted house epiphanized me as to what more established haunted houses have begun to lack. Burial Chambers, for instance, which I love (no hate), had a multi-hour wait, lacked actors, I was forced to enter with around 20 people we didn't know, and was $80 for two people. The attraction was too dark, so an individual couldn't quite enjoy the setting in the manner one would may have liked. When I arrived to Skully's, it looked tiny, me and my fiancée were legitimately the only customers there besides two other people, and I had LOW expectations. From the outside it looked tacky, it wasn't loud and flashy, and was just overall low-key. But MY GOD, on the inside it had the perfect amount of lighting were you could see things just enough while also feeling vulnerable. Each of the many rooms had at least one actor. You could really engulf yourself into each rooms theme without an actor quickly pushing you out. The rooms were unique, and there was a swamp room which contained elements I have never seen anywhere else -- ever. Because this is an unrecognized gem, they waited to send us through the haunt (10 minute wait -- which felt like 2 minutes because the worker at the door was talkative and personable), and it was just the two of us. It felt like the haunted house was built for just us, which I don't think I could experience anywhere else in this state. I value my time as I have been a busy premed for many years. This was well worth every second and penny. I am grateful for this experience and I wish this attraction the best luck moving forward. I know I will be back soon.
PS: It is a blessing when they limit how many can enter an attraction as it creates a more vulnerable and less rushed atmosphere.