Haunted Hollow Reimagines Your Worst Nightmares in PA
Every once in a while we stroll across a hidden gem, and that’s exactly what happened when we traveled off the beaten path to Haunted Hollow in Pennsylvania. As one of the most anticipated haunted houses to visit in 2018, Haunted Hollow is reimagining everyone’s worst nightmares! Located in Rockwood, PA, (70 miles Southeast of Pittsburgh) Haunted Hollow offers six unique attractions, including the Milford Asylum as well as an escape room, both new for 2018.
The attraction is located on farm land in Southwestern PA and has been scaring guests for the past 21 years. In 2018, brothers Doug and Mark Huston decided to take the attraction to the next level teaming up with known haunted house producers Dan Hower (Haunted Attraction Association) and Alyssa Schipani (Design By Aly). Together, they have added tons of new scares, a new asylum attraction from ground up, and also revamped much of the former show creating Hollywood style sets and one of the most anticipated haunted houses in 2018. All of the radical changes are paying off as Haunted Hollow was recently named one of the top haunted houses in the country by Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, Travel Pulse, MSN, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Philly Magazine, The Haunted Attraction Association, and more.
Tickets include entry to five unique haunted attractions: Bruner Boarding House, Milford Asylum, HollowWood Haunted Hayride, Toxic Wasteland and the Dead End Cornfield. Throughout the attractions, guests will encounter a variety of scares from actors and actresses, animatronics, pneumatics, screens, sound effects and scents. More than 100 actors and actresses are used each night to create the scary environment. One of the things that makes Haunted Hollow stand out is the realism. It’s authentic circa 1800’s farmhouse, the red blood color of the acid mine drainage, the rotting smell of swamp gasses the wagon ride across desolate moonlit fields etc, all create the perfect atmosphere for a haunted attraction.
“We try to immerse you into our world and dehumanize the characters as much as possible. We want guests to be entertained – not everybody will be afraid, but as long as we’re entertaining you, we’re doing our job. We want you to go home and say that was a lot of fun.” said creative director Alyssa Schipani.
“We have created some of the most horrific and highly detailed sets to date, and it’s only going to get better from here on out” said Dan Hower, show producer. Horror fans that pay attention to detail will want to make multiple visits. Every time you pass through one of our attractions, you’ll find something new that you’ve missed. Patrons are really getting an awesome experience for a great value at our show”.
Once you’ve completed all of the attractions, guests are encouraged to stick around the midway to enjoy food and drinks as well as live entertainment, DJ’s, bonfires, and even a prison bus to hang out in. And don’t let the outside fool you, this isn’t your average run of the mill public transit bus, inside is a full blown mobile dance club complete with LED lighting, tv’s, a rockin’ sound system, DJ booth, and even a bar!
Typically it takes about an hour to complete all 5 haunted attractions, but with the other activities, and how long you decide to hang out on the party bus, guests may spend 2-3 hours.
If you have a large group, Haunted Hollow offers very nice Private Group Tents for parties of 20 or more. The spacious military tents are the perfect way to gather and enjoy a get-together with friends, family, a team, organization, or co-workers! Your group will be able to relax around the campfire, eat, socialize, and have fun together all evening before and after touring Haunted Hollow’s attractions!
Patrons can expect the exhilarating adrenaline rush of a good scare and a fun evening out with family and friends. “It’s a perfect date night where boyfriends and husbands show off by protecting and comforting their terrified dates — or by using them as a shield to protect themselves from chainsaw wielding maniacs!” said co-owner Doug Huston.
- Bruner Boarding House – Step inside the Bruner Boarding House, located in Milford Twp. The desolate hollow deep in the Appalachian Mountain is home to boarder who came to work the local coal mines and sawmill or to help with the annual crop harvest. A horrific accident left Mae, the Bruner’s adopted daughter and house mistress, disfigured and she has not been the same since. Each of her rooms had a wicked surprise awaiting her unsuspecting victims. While guests had a sense of a dark and evil presence lurking in the rooms and hallways of the Boarding House, they couldn’t imagine the horror that awaited those that were snatched from their beds by Mae’s evil caretaker Willie and dragged screaming into the dark cavities of the walls where they were brutally tortured and mutilated. Once word got about “Mad Mae” and her cruelty, no one ventured our near the Boarding House for fear of becoming a permanent guest. Now the house lays abandoned, though some say her spirit still walks the property, making sure all of her guests sleep like the dead.
- Milford Asylum: New for 2018- Many residents of the Milford area were unable to handle the desolation combined with the dread and anxiety surrounding the Bruner House. As a result, many began to develop psychotic symptoms and the Milford Asylum was born. Soon though, the focus went away from healing and the patients were forced into unconventional experimental procedures including amputation, bloodletting, skull boring, extreme isolation and violent shock treatments. It wasn’t long before the staff began to slip into their own depravity and the line between staff and patient blurred. The makeshift morgue was quickly overfilled and the stench of rotting corpses filled the air. Bodies were buried in mass graves and their tortured spirits continue to seek revenger on anyone unlucky enough to stumble upon this house of horrors.
- HollowWood Haunted Hayride- Climb aboard a covered wagon for a hayride you won’t soon forget. The dark claustrophobic hayride will take you across black fields on your way to the Toxic Swamp. As you travel, you’ll find yourself traveling back in time and face to face with some of Mad Mae’s earliest victims as they try to escape the Haunted Hollow. Will they be able to get away? Will you? Or will you be doomed to join them?
- Toxic Wasteland- The Bruner House was once home to many employees of the mine, but as the coal seams played out and the mines were abandoned, the water began to flow orange with vile and acidic mine drainage. The boarders who were brave enough to venture into the area were exposed to the toxic pus and suffered horrible mutations. The hideous creatures continue to prowl the swamp, lying in wait for unsuspecting visitors.
- Dead End Cornfield- This cornfield is never empty. As thick fog rolls in and the scarecrows come alive, all you can see is the trail ahead of you. But beware, lurking in the dark are the tortured spirits who are doomed to spend an eternity harvesting souls.
- Haunted Hollow Escape Room: New for 2018- You’ll find yourself trapped in Willie’s shack. With only 15 minutes to escape, you must race against the clock to find clues and solve puzzles. Can you escape before Willie returns?
Admission to the new Haunted Hollow Escape Room requires an additional fee. Reservations can be made on their website. For tickets and more information, visit the official Haunted Hollow website by clicking here.
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