Sometimes length is what really counts.
Hauntville in Elyria stands by that rule with a trio of haunted houses sewn together into one big monster. The walk-through takes 30-45 minutes, depending on how fast you’re scurrying.
“We put ‘em all in one spot, but we don’t want to waste your time and put you in three separate lines,” owner Derek Vitas explains. “So, we put you in one line. Instead of all that waiting all night, you have fun. Wait in one line, go through all three and have a good time.”
Not that quantity is all they have to offer. The professional cast eeks out several shrieks, frequently using the trick of standing still, letting you get close and then suddenly springing to life. The animatronics and gory set pieces are top-notch too.
Though essentially strung together as one long attraction, the varying themes in each of the three haunts is apparent. As a result, you don’t feel slighted.
“We have Cell Block 13, a prison-themed haunt that’s high energy, high startle. Then we have Psycho Manor. It’s themed as a 1920s, Victorian-style mansion. And we also have The Dark Abyss where anything and everything from your childhood that scared you could possibly come out and get you.”
The scares are intense and Vitas says they don’t even sell kids tickets. For the adults, the appeal of avoiding long lines will be worth the $15 admission, as is the Hauntville experience itself.
The chained-together triple feature of haunts provides not only a long scarefest, it continually changes how it scares you. Length is great, but you’ve gotta switch it up your style or it gets boring.