Literally, a Haunted House at Culbertson Mansion (New Albany, IN)
“Celebarting 30 Years of Classic Terror”
By Noah Wullkotte: Jollypumpkin@aol.com
When there’s no room left in Hell, the dead will walk the earth. Rain beats down on a large carriage house shrouded in mystery and believed to be truly haunted. An evil clown has a smaller clown attached to him as he torments people waiting in line.
The nearby cemetery is quiet until something evil rises from its grave and wants a little nibble. The carriage house is very intimidating and you must enter in order to witness its true horrors. An old woman wants to put an end to the evil that has inhabited this place of torment, but she instead brings back something that’s not quite human. Escape through the fire place and hope that there’s a way out of this place.
Literally, a Haunted House celebrates their 30th anniversary by featuring the best rooms of the past and some new rooms that are sure to scare the pants off of you. Two scenes this haunt is well known for is its unique coffin ride and its spinning box. Enter a box where you must hold on to the bars as an actor on the outside spins it around and around. Unfortunately I’ve never been chosen to lay down in the coffin for a ride like no other. A person in your group will be chosen to lay down in a padded coffin before an actor pushes it. It’s like nothing else you’ve experienced. You’ll be transported to a room with a 3 headed freak and more.
Literally, a Haunted House has a variety of scenes that are sure to raise the dead and make you wonder if evil really exists. Their exorcism room is pretty unique because it doesn’t just focus on the battle between the priest and the possessed girl. There’s also some creature that’s hiding underneath the bed that wants to grab your leg.
Literally, a Haunted House lasts around 13 minutes, but there’s not a dull moment. The dentist scene is both scary and humorous. A poor patient gets a little more than she bargained for as she’s bludgeoned to death. The dentist’s bald assistant has a nice collection of bloody teeth and wants you to donate some of your pearly whites.
Literally, a Haunted House doesn’t have a specific theme this year, but just about every scene will entertain you in some way. A mental patient moves violently in her padded room and a lonely clown squirts you in the eye with his flower. This is definitely a spooky haunt with scenes that will have you shaking your head in disbelief. Why does that girl keep beating her teddy bear against a school desk and is that really a corpse mother holding her corpse baby? Did that statue just come alive and what’s that sound I’m hearing in the distance?
Literally, a Haunted House is a charity haunt, but don’t let that fool you. It’s one of the scariest places in the area. There’s a reason why they keep track of personal dampenings, quitters, pukers, craptastrophies, criers and those who black out. Tickets are $14 a person which makes it one of the cheaper haunts in the area. Throughout the season, there are other events that take place at Culbertson Mansion such as storytelling, Full Moon Ghost Tours and Halloween Tea. Please visit www.hauntedculbertson.org for more information on these events.
Over the years, Literally, a Haunted House at Culbertson Mansion has quickly become one of our favorite attractions in the area. The actors don’t let up, the design is unique and its hard to replicate the spooky atmosphere of the carriage house. Literally, a Haunted House is one of the longest running haunts in Indiana and one of the best.
Length-7 Design-8 Props/Animatronics-8 Acting-9 Scare Effect-9
Final Stab: 8.2