Review: Harveys Lake’s Walk of Terror is small in size but big on fright and intrigue

Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

A lot of things get taken into consideration when doing a review: size, number of attractions, wait time, etc.

But, most importantly, was what you experienced worth the ticket price?

In the case of Walk of Terror, the answer is a resounding yes.

Tickets are only $10, so you may not have high hopes about what to expect once you’re inside. But once you’re in, you’re at the actors’ mercy.

Walk of Terror’s haunted house — a collection of incredibly well-done trailers — is super-small compared to others in the area, and it takes about 10 minutes to experience everything. But, if you’re a Halloween thrill-seeker, you may find those are the best 10 minutes of your day.

Walk of Terror brings a scare literally around every corner, and the attraction’s excellent actors seem to take it personally if you stop screaming. “Are you scared? Only a little? You should be scared a lot” one actor taunts as you run past him. A lot of the actors here are young, and their main mission for the evening is to make you come close to needing a change of underwear.

There are no really big props here. There’s more of a home-grown, grassroots type of feel — and it works really well here. There’s a little girl that gives a very high pitched-scream and, if you don’t act scared, she cuts you off and does it again. In another room there’s a little goblin who gives you a “Boo!” and then tries to go after you, but the big goblin she’s with holds her back. It’s equal parts fun and endearing.

One of the best rooms simply involves mirrors. You just aimlessly walk around, trying not to run face first into your reflection and, the entire time, some kind of creep is lurking in the shadows, waiting for a prime opportunity to pounce.

Other standouts include Santa Grinch, who stares at you ominously from his chair, and Fluffy, the least-friendly pet we’ve seen.

And then came the clowns. It’s fantastic when clowns just come charging at you and, over their shoulders on the wall, you read “Laughter if the Best Medicine.” So good!

Overall, this attraction is surprisingly family-friendly.

One walk through costs $10. A second trip costs half that. Proceeds benefit the Harveys Lake Fire & Ambulance Company.

Rating: 4 Coffins out of 5

Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WalkOfTerror_81.jpgWalk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WalkOfTerror_51.jpgWalk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WalkOfTerror_41.jpgWalk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WalkOfTerror_31.jpgWalk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Walk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WalkOfTerror_11.jpgWalk of Terror, shown here in this 2014 photo, packs a powerful punch into tiny spaces. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Walk of Terror

Address: Route 415 at Brier Crest Road, Lehman Township

Details: harveyslakefire-amb.org or 570-639-1919

Attractions: Haunted House

Review date: October 2, 2015 (opening day)

Reviewers: Sandy Tomcho, George Spohr, Jeric Foulds