02 Apr Thrillvania Haunted House Park Scares Off the Competition
Thrillvania has added even more thrills, chills and mind-boggling spooktacular dioramas this year, making it Hauntworld Magazine’s number one pick for Scariest Haunted House in America.
A veritable smorgasbord of creatively themed indoor and outdoor haunts, Thrillvania combines elaborate, movie quality sets, pyrotechnics, giant spiders, complex animatronics and live monsters that come at you from all sides in six amazing attractions on nearly 50 haunted acres. From their flagship World Famous Verdun Manor to Cassandra’s three-dimensional psychedelic Labyrinth of Terror, the haunt literally has something for everyone from 2 to 92.
The labor of love of haunted industry icon Lance Pope, Thrillvania started out in 1996 with just Verdun Manor, 8000 square feet of decaying mansion whose living room is a “dying room,” where skeletons play a ragtime waltz on the piano and ominous, macabre décor is the order of the day.
Carpenters, set designers, creative artists and evil geniuses have all been working the graveyard shift, adding more footage, more carnage, more dark humor and things that go bump in the night to get Thrillvania ready for the 2013 season. From the thick foggy swamps of the Voodoo Bayou to Sam Hain’s chilling Trail of Torment, the eerie darkness of Thorn Hall and the rabid clowns of Cassandra’s Labyrinth of Terror (something you might want to avoid if you have a fear of clowns), the illusions, special effects and animatronics are hairier, scarier and more electrifying than ever before.
For younger guests and fraidy cats, Granny Lupus’ Séance Theatre supplies a tamer set of thrills, and a midway with games and refreshments is always a safe place to hide out. But for the bravest of the foolhardy, Verdun Manor is still the haunt to die for, and people literally run out the back door screaming – that is, if they manage to make it out at all. Enter at your peril!
Thrillvania waits, just 33 miles east of Dallas on a dark country road.