Please note: this review is for the 2011 season rather than the current season.

Horror in the Dark at Olin Park: The Castle

by Budda after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at about 3 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High


This haunt is located in a sprawling park, on a hilltop where an old pavillion stands. The building contains a well designed haunt with a room layout that is dark, atmospheric and uses every square inch of space to good effect. Visitors are carefully spaced out so we could hear others screaming all around us, but did not bump into the folks ahead of us. We encountered a large cast of actors in costume and they created plenty of scary encounters. This haunted house is unique in our experience this Halloween season, as actors are permitted to touch and bump into the visitors. It took about 20 minutes to make our way through this excellent haunt.

Once outside, visitors may walk along a haunted trail in the woods. The trail is wide and there was just enough light with a nearly full moon to stay on the trail, and barely see the figures along the trail ahead of us. Costumed actors were well hidden and ambushed us repeatedly, making the haunted woods trail a good match for the inside haunt.


At $8 admission this haunt is a real bargain, and was a highlight of the Halloween season among the four haunts we have visited thus far. Between the haunted house and the haunted trail we probably spent 30 minutes in the fun zone, well justifying the 20 minute wait to enter.

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January 27th, 2021 6:55 p.m. CST 13.2