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Local Haunt is worth a Jaunt

By Ryan Rabac, Staff Writer

Cancel your travel plans to Halloween Horror Nights or Howl-O-Scream—the only haunted house you need is right here in Tally. Located on 826 W Gaines St., Terror of Tallahassee is a local entertaining Halloween experience convenient for students and Tallahassee residents.

Having grown up close enough to Universal Studios and being a horror movie fan, I felt pretty prepared for this small town haunt. I wasn’t even intimidated when I found out I would have to be last in our group. With that being said, the actors in the house got me pretty good a few times.

Even if it doesn’t scare the bravest, there is still plenty to appreciate. The costumes are elaborate, and the different rooms are all uniquely detailed with spooky props. The actors do a fantastic job trying to keep guests on their toes, and will give guests personalized attention. A few of the illusions are just really interesting, rather than scary.

The best part is the experience lasted longer than I expected. When I thought it was about to end, there was still more. When it came time for the maze portion, I was legitimately lost for a little while. For the good job they do, it is worth the price.

Sure, some rooms just don’t have any scares in store, and a couple are typical (i.e., the spinning hallway). Don’t let your guard down, however. Before you know it, some type of creature will be creeping behind your back.
Be prepared to wait in line. It’s nothing like the hour-long waits of Halloween Horror Nights, but you’ll find yourself wondering why they take so few people in at once as you wait out front. Have patience, because it makes it a better experience for everyone.

The people behind Terror of Tallahassee have been in the haunted house business since 1999. The current iteration has been going since 2003, but the website warns it could be demolished any time to make room for student housing. I highly recommend experiencing their hard work while you still can this year.

Terror of Tallahassee is located on 826 W Gaines St. It will be open on its two final nights from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Halloween and Friday, Nov. 4. The last Lights Out night is purported to be an even darker, scarier experience. Tickets are $15. Visit www.terroroftallahassee.com for more information.



Read the 2009 Tallahassee Democrat Article.

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