Lost Soul Asylum 2023 Review

Lost Soul Asylum (Aurora, IN)
“Welcome to the Dance”
By Noah Wullkotte: jollypumpkin@aol.com

The night was young and we were ready to get scared to death at Lost Soul Asylum in Aurora, IN. This small haunt benefits the Aurora Fire House. It’s fun, but rather short with a total tour time of around 5 minutes. General admission is $10 which makes it $2 per minute and that’s pretty pricey even though it’s one of the cheapest haunts around.

Lost Soul Asylum doesn’t have a specific theme. It’s a haunt full of random rooms and characters. You’ll meet the Spingwood Slasher himself, Freddy Krueger. This is an all volunteer haunt with a pretty young cast. Freddy is played by a child who does a terrible job. It’s a cardinal sin for an actor to yell boo and that’s exactly what he did. A more seasoned actor would be able to pull off this character. Jason Voorhees can be seen inside the woods near the cemetery. The Friday the 13th soundtrack would definitely make the character more intimidating since all he did was stand there. Michael Myers was at the end of the haunt taking pictures with people.

Lost Soul Asylum has a lot of potential, but it falls short when it comes to acting. Every classic haunt has a dedicated cast of characters. It’s a haunt’s bread and butter. At Lost Soul Asylum, the older the cast the better the performance is. Beetlejuice was great and caught us off guard with his loud horn. You’ll come face to face with a drop panel monster, a screaming girl, clowns and more. This review is rather short because the haunt is rather short. If I was to discuss all the scary details then I would spoil the entire experience.

I don’t want to be too critical since Lost Soul Asylum is a charity haunt and their hearts are in the right place. But on the other hand, I need to be honest. This is a haunt that’s great for someone who doesn’t have enough nerve to visit something scarier. It’s perfect for a young child’s first haunt. Does Lost Soul Asylum have potential? It absolutely does. More time needs to be spent on the detailing of rooms, the acting and of course the props. I understand that this is a low budget haunt, but it lacks creativity. The building is very creepy though and like I said, their hearts are in the right place.

Tickets are $10 and there are concessions available onsite. This includes hot dogs, chili dogs, chili, walking tacos, soda and more. They’re some of the cheapest concessions we’ve seen all year with an average price of $3. There are 13 games available to play at the fire house and tickets are $5. You might be lucky and win a prize. The Lights On event takes place on November 3rd and 4th from 7:30-8:30 PM. Kids will be able to go through with the lights on without the scares and they will receive treats. Lost Soul Asylum fails to make a big impact and there’s tons of room for improvement. Hopefully one day, they make big changes and realize how special this haunt could be.

Length-5 Design-5 Props-5 Acting-5 Scare Effect-5

Final Stab: 5.0