Review: Mountain Top’s Fear Hollow makes you wait, and it’s totally worth it

A nurse turns from watching reruns of static in the doctor’s office waiting room at Fear Hollow in Rice Township. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

The folks behind Fear Hollow know how to create a haunted house.

Before your key leaves the ignition in the parking lot, a shadowy scarecrow figure is hovering over your car. Roll down the window and ask if you should move your vehicle and empty eyes will stare you down without uttering a word. He’s a gentleman, though: After the ticket booth, he escorted ladies to the line kicking off the haunt.

Unlike some haunted attractions where you are rushed through so quickly you end up jumbled in with the groups in front of you, ruining all the scares, Fear Hollow makes you wait. Groups are sent to face their fears a full four minutes apart. (This may result in longer waits, but tiny skeletons tapping on the sides and poking their faces through holes in the tent where visitors await their fate will keep you entertained.)

Your ticket gets you into two attractions: Fear Hollow Haunted House and Deadwoods Haunted Trail.

You start off entering Dr. Frankenstein’s workshop, where he is diligently working on bringing his bride to life … if he could only find the power source. Once he fills you in on the details, he discovers power. A few clangs of thunder and some flashing lights later, and you are met with a very unhappy bride. You quickly rush through a small door and fumble through a closet to continue on.

You find yourself in a little girl’s bedroom as she cries in the corner because “he is going to hurt you.” You stumble through a bloody kitchen with very unsteady floors. You’ll get lost in a maze where little children warn you to turn back because “he is going to find you.” When you finally pass through a glowing room of toxic chemicals, you’ll breath a sigh of relief because you have escaped unscathed, only to find the real fun is just getting started!

While Fear Hollow was good, Deadwoods easily was our favorite.

A path guided by lights will take you into Mountain Top’s scariest woods. Bodies hanging from trees will block your path to freedom. You will make your way through a graveyard where zombies litter the trail. Freddy Krueger will direct you to a tunnel that is filled with so many twists and turns that you are bound to get lost. You maneuver your way through a narrow mine shaft. You enter a hospital where a dazed and slightly dead nurse stares at a television playing static, while you try to find the correct door out of three to continue on.

Eventually, you will make your way to momma’s house. She seems like a breath of fresh air after all the frights. She proudly shows off pictures of her three boys: Jesse, Junior and Bubba. She even smiles at the memory of the night they all had too much fun and ended up in the pokey. The only problem here is, the county came and put the main road right through her home. To exit, you’ll have to leave through Bubba’s room. Just don’t wake him.

Fear Hollow was a blast from start to finish. This haunt offers a mix of everything: a haunted house, Deadwoods, mazes and theatrics that are made better by monsters that live to scare you to death.Tickets are a steal at $15 for both attractions, and with the price of admission, you’ll be helping the Mountain Top Relay for Life.

Rating: 4 Tombstones out of 5

A nurse turns from watching reruns of static in the doctor’s office waiting room at Fear Hollow in Rice Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fearhollow.pngA nurse turns from watching reruns of static in the doctor’s office waiting room at Fear Hollow in Rice Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Fear Hollow

Address: 1600 Church Road, Mountain Top

Details: fearhollow.com or 570-261-0333

Attractions: Fear Hollow Haunted House, Deadwoods Haunted Trail

Review date: October 3, 2014

Reviewers: Jeric Foulds, Jennifer Leshuk