Indy Scream Park’s six separate attractions have always been a great mix of intense indoor horrors and epic outdoor screamfests. Last year, though, they really went all out, completely changing half of their attractions and substantially updating the other three.
They take full advantage of natural horror
How many great horror movies start with the main characters headed away from the city and into the empty country? At Indy Scream Park, those characters are you. It’s only 30 minutes from the city of Indianapolis and 5 minutes from the freeway, but by the time you get to the entrance, dense forest, thick cornfields, and empty darkness surround you.
The first attraction, the Monster Midway, plays perfectly off this natural setting. The lights, tents, bonfires, music, and horror-themed carnival games stand out as a beacon of civilization amidst the darkness. Too bad the midway is also sports a healthy population of monsters ready to scare you out of your wits.
Journey into another world with 2 outdoor haunts
It’s hard to tell just how far Indy Scream Park goes. The two outdoor haunts cover acres of land with no end in sight. Haunts located in cities often have the reality they work so hard to create broken by the office building next door, but not here. Beyond the darkness is more darkness, as if we’re only touching the edge of the horrors.
Backwoods is a long-standing favorite of Indy Scream Park. The half-mile trek through a dark, foreboding forest passes through the land of the horrifying Tate family where you witness their horrors first hand—and try to avoid becoming one of their victims. The 2015 updates in special effects, makeup, and sets pumped the horror up to that next level of realism.
Zombieland Apocalypse was brand new for the 2015 season, and the Scream Park scaremasters went all out to create a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. The path takes you through a junkyard fortress where the insane Jebs wrangle the zombies that are trying to kill them, and you. An incredible level of realism, great acting, and well-designed effects brings the reality of this attraction home.
3 indoor haunts create 3 horrifying worlds
With enough outdoor space to spare, Indy Scream Park uses their indoor haunts to take you on a journey into horrifying confined environments. Instead of trying to seem as if the walls disappear, they use the walls to contain visitors, giving them a feeling of being trapped that ramps up the horror.
Updated for 2015, Brickmore Asylum has a next-level realism filled with rich sets and incredible props, like an enormous Tesla coil that rips apart the air around it. That realism takes the madness of the asylum to that extra horrifying level.
Rage 3D is a brand new attraction that is a well-planned assault on the senses. Insane 3D clowns is always a good scare, but Rage 3D takes it to the next level with optical illusions, psychedelic features, and interactive elements that create a completely different horror experience with every visit.
The last haunt, Blackpool Prison, was also a new addition in 2015, and is an interactive haunt. In this world of criminally insane inmates, you can actually opt-in to have the actors touch you, pull you into jail cells, make you crawl through boilers, and truly ramp up the horror. Opting out is as easy as pulling off your glowing necklace. Obviously, this scare is incredibly dependent on the actors, and the actors at Indy Scream Park pull of the effect in spades.
Indy Scream Park has adopted variable ticket pricing, which is becoming common in many attractions. There are only a limited amount of tickets each night, and the sooner you get yours, the lower the price is. On the bright side, once you’re there, your ticket is good for unlimited entrance to the haunts, which is a nice change from the “pay per visit” model most haunts use. Also, the limited amount of tickets helps cut down on the crowds.
- Tickets, VIP, & parking passes can all be bought online. Print them out, bring them with you, and you’re good to go!
- Remember that you will be outside in the fall, so dress accordingly. If you do get cold, don’t worry. There’s plenty of bonfires and warm drinks on the Midway.
- Despite its rural location, Indy Scream Park does accept credit cards onsite.
- To get the best price, buy your tickets early online.