The 7th Street Haunt (Louisville, KY)
“Bluegrass Terror Times 2”
By Noah Wullkotte: Jollypumpkin@aol.com
The 7th Street Haunt is a 25,000 square foot house of horrors that is waiting for you to enter. A crazy old woman known as “Nana” wants to show you her BIG D and loves to scare you with her invisible chainsaw. Don’t ask her to twerk or pole dance because she’s up for the challenge. The 7th Street Haunt consists of two attractions which are Ft. Harmony’s Revenge and The Experiment.
Both compliment each other quite well. Ft. Harmony’s Revenge is an old school haunt that focuses on unique scenes and great acting. The Experiment is full of high tech animatronics, intricate set pieces and plenty of detail. The first haunt we toured was the experiment. 2015 was its first season, but it was a home haunt prior to that.
This is a haunt where the scares come from every direction and you’re going to see some great animatronics. There are lunging zombies, chained doors that open by themselves, a CGI mirror featuring Bloody Mary, an animated psychopath in a straight jacket and so much more. Many of the props use step pads and they’re activated when you step on them. The Experiment does a great job with its theming. One section focuses on the Nevermore Doll Factory while the second half focuses on St. Mary’s Hospital.
The Experiment features a unique secret passageway and plenty of creepy dolls. Some are life size and they’re ready to attack. St. Mary’s Hospital is definitely not a place you want to visit for medical care. The cook is serving up some delicious skin for supper and you’re spot is reserved at the morgue. The legs sticking out of the cold storage refrigerators was a nice touch. The baby hitting the glass in the maternity ward was also a nice surprise. The Experiment is a bone chilling haunt with some very animated actors. One crazed lunatic bashed her head up against the wall. It made my head hurt just watching. Total tour time is 15 minutes, but this depends on how fast you walk or run.
Ft. Harmony’s Revenge has you exploring different parts of the town of Ft. Harmony. You’ll walk through the courthouse, schoolhouse, prison and more. The carnival features a unique cast of characters. You’ll meet the bearded lady, a crazy clown and you’ll see some oddities like the Feejee Mermaid. This was one of P.T. Barnum’s most well known oddities. It was essentially a mummified corpse of a monkey that had animal fur and a fish skeleton attached.
Gary is Ft. Harmony’s beloved pervert and is one twisted son of a bitch. He has a sick obsession with Reba McEntire and wants you to sniff some panties and stroke his poll. Watch out ladies because he loves red heads. Ft. Harmony’s Revenge has some unique characters like a human puppet, a voodoo priest, the killer florist and much more. The 7th Street Haunt doesn’t stick to one specific theme which makes it quite unpredictable. My favorite new scene is the glowing greenhouse.
Ft. Harmony’s Revenge is roughly 20 minutes long and there are very few dead spots. Tickets are $20 to see one attraction or you can purchase a combo ticket for $28. You would be a fool not to purchase the combo ticket. The combo ticket includes admission to Ft. Harmony’s Revenge and The Experiment. Get $4 off with work ID, School ID or Military ID. There are various concessions such as snacks, Halloween gifts and more. A local ghost hunting group called Paranormal 502 Society has a booth setup for those who might be interested in what they have to offer.
You can get buried alive in The 7th Street Haunt’s Casket Ride simulator for a $5 upgrade. If you’re claustrophobic then you’re going to feel uneasy being 6 feet under. You can also take the Institutionalized Challenge for a $5 upgrade. You’re strapped to a custom wheelchair as you explore Ft. Harmony like never before. You’re no longer in control as you’re wheeled through the haunt. This unique side attraction is only available on Sunday nights. Don’t forget to get your picture taken at the photo-op station. Pictures are $15 a piece or $20 for two. You can help save Santa at The 7th Street Haunt’s kid friendly Saving Santa event on December 9th and 10th. Tickets are $10 and a portion of proceeds benefits Crusade for Children. A Very Scary Christmas takes place on December 16th and 17th. Admission is $15. The 7th Street Haunt has two quality attractions and you can’t go wrong with either. They’re both fun and scary.
Ft. Harmony’s Revenge: Length-9 Design-8 Props/Animatronics-8 Acting-9 Scare Effect-8 Final Stab: 8.4
The Experiment: Length-8 Design-9 Props/Animatronics-9 Acting-7 Scare Effect-8 Final Stab: 8.2