I recently attended the Dark Manor Haunted House in Baltic with my girlfriend and it was a lot of fun!
The Dark Manor is a former old two-floor schoolhouse, which is scary enough for some people.
The schoolhouse was turned into a haunted house, morgue, mad scientist’s lab, and cemetery.
Some of the best aspects of the haunted house were the performances, makeup, and costumes of the actors and actresses.
The funniest room was the clown room with all the neon multi-colored paint. The clown was quite annoyed that he was unable to scare me and I merely laughed at him.
I also enjoyed the mad scientist, one of the friendliest characters. He invited people to check out the extensive labs in the basement filled with props including a doctor performing lobotomies.
The scariest character was the freak with the chainsaw who came after visitors only to be outdone by the element of surprise as creatures coming out of nowhere jumped out.
Yes, we screamed, and you will too.
The element of surprise and the silence are key factors in this haunted house. At times, you are waiting for the next unpredictable thing to happen especially when all you hear is the faint sound of music.
Even going between the various rooms, the small corn maze and haunted village was unpredictable, as it was difficult to see where to go next. Some areas were marked while others weren’t.
In short, there was a good variety of various creatures that will welcome you to the Dark Manor and I will leave the rest to your imagination.
This past Saturday night, there were only a few other people there, perhaps many were scared by the rain earlier in the evening or waiting until its closer to Halloween to attend.
For those who love photo opportunities, I recommend taking a picture of the monster at the side entrance along with the actress, near the building’s front doors, and taking a seat in the nearby electric chair.
The Norwich Bulletin calls the Dark Manor “the scariest haunted house in Connecticut”.
In its 8th year, co-owners Craig and Rick, who are two construction workers, build small wooden additions to the building to create the various rooms for The Dark Manor.
“We love doing this, it’s kind of fun scaring people. Basically, it’s an opportunity for two grown men to be able to play and not get in any trouble whatsoever.”
When asked what they like most, they said, “What’s nice is when the people come out after being scared. They say “that was great”. They might be screaming when they’re inside here but when they come out the front door they’re laughing.”
“We really try to scare you here,” Rick said, “and we really do!”