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Mayhem Mansion

By Stephen Carter-Novotni · October 20th, 2010 · Halloween List
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The winding drive through the dark woods only intensifies the mood for this haunted venue that is supposed to really be haunted. The scare starts via a video with the house’s history of carnage by owner Robert Haverford who, legend says, slew a houseful of guests. After entering through the upstairs window, you wind your way though a series of dark tunnels and rooms.� Almost immediately you’re in the thick of it with the revolting versions of the undead doing their best to unnerve you.

You’ll pass through a maze of haunted rooms in the mansion decorated in perfect period style; a study complete with a deranged librarian, a kitchen with a meat cleaver wielding ghoul, a music room with a crazed pianist, a bar with the undead doing shots of blood and several bedrooms where the seemingly deceased come to life just in time to completely rattle you.

Most terrifying are the dark rooms with no apparent exits that leave you trapped with the grabbing, screeching undead.

There are some great tactile moments walking through the meat locker and a series of cobwebs. And be careful where you turn: Everything isn't as it seems and, as always, beware of dark corners. The hard-working ghouls are especially satisfying with some of the more realistic and grotesque make-up you’ll see.

New this year, Haverford’s Hollow Trail features a walk through an eerie wooded path filled with creepy characters. Be ready to run as the undead will pursue you through the path. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a hanging. Great value for ghoulish fun!

THE WAIT: The lines can be 15-30 minutes during peak times. A Fast Pass gets you to the front of the line for an extra charge. The house takes about 15-20 minutes to tour. The trail is about the same (time can be reduced if you’re being chased).
DETAILS: The mansion is open 7 p.m.-midnight, Fridays-Saturdays through Nov. 6, 7-11 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28 and 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Haverford’s Trail is open 8 p.m.-midnight, Fridays-Saturdays, through Nov 6, 8-11 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28 and 8-11 p.m. Oct. 31. 13966 Decoursey Pike, Morning View, 859-392- 0027, www.themayhemmansion.com
THE DAMAGE: The Mansion is $12; Haverford’s Hollow Trail is $8; combo ticket is $18; re-entry one attraction (same night) is $5.



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