Ghostly Manor ranked in nation’s top 10Written by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | email@example.com
Sandusky’s family owned and operated Ghostly Manor began as a labor of love for Bill Criscione. Opened in 2000, Ghostly Manor opened as a seasonal haunt and has grown dramatically into a year-round attraction.
Ghostly Manor was the first of what turned into five indoor haunted attractions, known collectively as Lake Eerie Fearfest. Listed as one of the 10 best haunts in America by Forbes magazine, Ghostly Manor’s grounds host not only the haunts but also a roller-skating rink, a 4-D theater and other family attractions.
According to operations manager Criscione, the Fearfest complex occupies 6 acres of land and boasts 48,000 indoor square feet of scares. All five haunts are built to scare in different ways.
Caged uses strobe lighting and heavy fog to disorient visitors. This makes for a tense and confusing open maze-style haunt. It’s nearly impossible to know when an actor will jump out and give you a decent dose of “I just peed a little.”
Darkmare will have you trying to feel your way through a gigantic haunt filled with actors who know how to time scares just right.
If deathly dark and hauntingly foggy haunts aren’t your style, you may enjoy Quarantine. This modern haunt is dimly lit, but you can see what is around you. Props, animatronics, sound and air combine to create a fantastic misdirection haunt. While you’re looking at a skeleton that has just jumped from a high wall, actors brilliantly use shadows and your lack of peripheral vision to sneak up and get a good scare.
Eerie Chateau is another modern haunt that uses its space wisely to create disorienting and confusing moments fit for a jump scare. The walls are covered with holographic art and obstacles to give the sense of being underground and it is nearly impossible to know which wall will open to release a lunging demon or bloody-faced banshee.
Ghostly Manor is an incredible amalgamation of everything scary. From dedicated clown rooms and horrifying scenes of butchery to floors that feel as though they will drop from underneath you, the manor seems to morph into a different attraction every two minutes.
For those looking for the haunt that has everything, the drive to Sandusky is well worth it. For hours of operation, pricing and other information, visit ghostlymanor.com.