Indy Scream Park, if you ask us, owns the Midwest Haunt scene. Every year they A) include something brand new to their park B) Update their fan-favorite houses or C) do both! Indy Scream Park (ISP) understands that what separates an armature haunt from a professional one is the story, setting and immersion of the houses. Indy Scream Park nails all three of those facets, year in and year out.
Located just outside of Indianapolis, Indy Scream Park is surrounded by creepy cornfields and dark woods. A short drive off the interstate takes you on a quick winding trip through the countryside, kind of like driving through the opening credits of a horror movie.
Best of all, Indy Scream Park limits the number of people they allow through every night, preventing the overcrowding close to Halloween that can ruin the effects.
The Circus is Coming to Town
If you live anywhere near Indianapolis, you’ve probably already seen the eerie clown staring down from you from a Billboard.
This year’s haunt is showcased by Killgore’s 3D Circus. A Circus-themed clown haunted house that tells the tale of a mysterious circus that travels the country and well… has its way with the denizens of the towns they visit. The whole thing is run by a ringmaster named Killgore and it’s looking to be quiet the show.
You can expect clowns, blood, death, maniacal laughing, face paint, and maybe the smell of popcorn as you try to escape the big top!
We hate(love) clown haunts so we cannot wait to try this one out.
What’s Old is New Again
The rest of the houses are reimagined favorites that we’ve seen in past years. They took out what people didn’t like and improved what people did.
You’ll be able to trek through the Backwoods as you avoid being eaten alive by the Tate family. Last year we the Tates do some awful things to “guests” that took a step off the beaten path. We just know they are going to amp it up even further.
Zombieland is back for its sophomore year and all the amazing zombie talent, special effects and commitment to realism is expected to be there. Someon from ISP told us that it is even crazier and people are going to want to come back to the Outpost (the name of the area in the attraction) multiple times to see everything.
If crazy woodspeople and zombies aren’t your thing, you’ll be glad to hear that Pandemic: Mutation is returning to prove once again that all scientific advancement comes with a cost… that cost being your limbs being eaten by whatever mutated thing the government decided to test on this year.
Last but not least is Brickmore Asylum. One of the older houses at ISP but certainly one that has been perfected over the years. All we should have to say is “asylum” and we expect you to be in line already. There’s nothing more terrifying that losing your mind… and then being sentenced to a prison-run institution/slaughterhouse. Yikes.
Indy Scream Park uses the increasingly popular variable ticket pricing. There are only a limited amount of tickets each night, and the sooner you get yours, the lower the price. Once you arrive, your ticket is good for unlimited entrance to the haunts—a nice change from the “pay per visit” model most places use. The limited amount of tickets also helps cut down on the crowds.
Remember that you’re outside in the country in the fall, so dress appropriately. Bonfires and warm drinks on the Monster Midway can help you warm up if you get too cold.
Even though you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re not completely isolated. There are ATMs available, and Indy Scream Park accepts credit cards.