Please note: this review is for the 2013 season rather than the current season.

House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at about 4:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High


This has been my 3rd year attending the House of Bathory. It’s always been one of the most scary and unique haunts I’ve attended. This haunt is heavy on dialog, interaction and intense scares. Once again, I wasn’t disappointed.

There’s indoor waiting in the basement area of the building, with plenty of room and a movie playing. What’s unique is if the wait is long, you can leave your cell number and they’ll call you when you’re next up. Which is great if you want to check out an area business or location. Once ready, you head to the front of the building and inside you’re explained the rules. Which are different for the House of Bathory than most haunts in which touching is allowed. No inappropriate touching but actors will grab ankles, grab a shoulder and get pretty close to you. It adds to the intensity.

The theme to this year was a loosely based Disney theme. Though it’s not the Disney you’d expect, unless you expect Snow White with a chainsaw or a creepy chant of “It’s a small world after all.” You start with an excellent scene of a hotel lobby, with faulty electricity and great dialog. Then the scares start and you’re off. Coming across various scenes, some scary, some disturbing but all of them entertaining. Creeping out guests or leaving them screaming. The woman we walked through with several times covered her face and tried to get out of the room as soon as possible. The House of Bathory also requires interaction on your part. Whether it’s talking back to the actors, crawling over a cage, sliding down a ramp or sitting down next to a freak. It keeps this haunt intense and is not uncommon to see guests running up the street screaming.

Once again, the House of Bathory has been my favorite haunt so far of the season and I strongly recommend it. It’s a unique and intense haunt that will stand out this Halloween season. 

Signage / Visibility / Location

Easy to find with simple directions. There's a big sign and a creepy store frontage to let you know you're there.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment

The wait area is indoors with a movie going for entertainment. You can also leave your number and go to a local establishment to wait.

Actors' Performance

The acting once again was some of the best you'll find. Including intricate dialog and interaction. 

Sets Scenes / Props / FX

The decorating and scenes were once again awesome. Pitting you in to all kinds of situations and settings. In some cases you're almost challenged to conquer a fear to move onto the next room.


It took about 15 minutes to get through. 

Crowd Control

They offer plenty of time between groups so you never come close to another group or the actors aren't set in time for you. You never hear anyone else but the actors intending to scare you. 

Most Memorable Moment

 Meeting Buffalo Bill from the move The Silence of the Lambs. He had some choice words for us and a member of our group couldn't get out of there fast enough. If only she would have put the lotion in the basket sooner. 


Once again, this is my favorite haunt of the year so far.  The House of Bathory includes a lot of dialog, interactions, intense and unique scenes. Since the actors are allowed to grab and touch you in this haunt it adds more depth to the scares. There's constant heart pounding scenes and situations you are put into around every corner. Highly recommended. 

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May 18th, 2021 1:53 a.m. CDT 13.5