I have a dedicated fondness for high intensity situations. I love romance because it's thrilling, I love moving because it's apprehensive and impulsive, and I love baking because it's ambitious and demanding.
I love Halloween because of the unexpected and bizarre, because it is treacherous and risky, and because at no other time and in no other situation would any of the things that occur on, and around Halloween be even remotely realistic or acceptable... precisely, the reason I find Haunted Houses so welcoming.
The problem is: I don't really get scared. Not exactly... I infrequently have a propensity to momentarily lose my cool and allow my perception of reality to become distorted. And I will confess, Inside tops a very short list of scary movies that has ever sent me beyond the curtain of certainty. Though I keep trying-over the past seven years Gabriel and I have visited at least 12 Haunted Houses that I can recall. One of our family traditions is to visit a Haunted House every spooky season, more than one if we are lucky, and I am pleased as punch to finally be able to say,
through a black and white checkered maze
with disorientating lights that not only flash off and on,
but periodically turn on and off,
while being harassed by, laughed at, and spat upon
by unrelenting deranged and insane clowns,
you've never truly patronized a Haunted House."
This is the Haunted House.
Nightmare on 13th
300 W. 1300 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Monday - Thursday 7:30 pm -10 pm
Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm - 12 am
This is the Haunted House that will affront you with a deluge of stimulating and arrestingly haunting images and villains that will scar your mind and your senses. This is the Haunted House that will intoxicate and cajole you, that will envelop you and spit you out, that will frighten and amuse you. For some, it might even make you cry.
2009 marks the 20th operating year for Nightmare on 13th. USA Today ranked Nightmare as one of the top 13 Haunted Houses in the entire United States, agreeing with Haunted Attraction Magazine, Haunted House Association, Travel Channel and America Haunts. Each year the attraction is updated with scenes and haunts from the years most chilling movies and cultural influences. This year, more than $75,000 dollars was spent in upgrades, revamps, special effects and costumes.
Be prepared for over 40,000 square feet, and a torturous hour of freaky, scary, inhumane, disturbing and disconcerting attractions including a greeting by Freddy Kruger and the Exorcist, having to squeeze your way through fresh intestines, being pushed off a ledge by a collapsing brick wall, navigating a body bag maze, an encounter with the Saw Puppet, Vampirista's claiming that his Master would love another Golden Bride, cold and damp bloody sheets, and maggots.
Nightmare on 13th features the standard Nightmare for $15, and the Xtreme Nightmare for $20. Purchase your ticket online, and save $10! Nachos and candy are found at the end of the show for a fair price ($1.50-3.00) in an eerily lighted room with wandering zombies. Children 8 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Sister that Spook Pammy had a different experience involving crying in the parking lot. Want to hear what happened? Scream your way over to her blog post.
As for me... I'll be going back to the nightmare tonight - scare you there?