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Apr 5, 2011
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The first thing I'd like to point out that its a non-profit house. Its proceeds go to the March of Dimes. I want to point this out because I think that it's an important factor when discussing the house. It's only one walkthrough maze, but its priced as such at only $12 (once again, for charity). It's located in the Military Circle area of Norfolk, VA and for some might be the scariest aspect of the house. I'm going to try to avoid spoilers here, but I won't be able to do it 100%. If you want to avoid them, I'll just say right now that its worth your time and money and you should check it out.

This is a guided tour. The guide will escort you through most of the house, which is uique around here and helps with the pacing of the maze and helps the actors get proper scares in. You're taken between rooms with different themes that are standard haunted house fare (cult, clowns, butchery, ect). The props are decent, and the costumes can be good, but nothing really high budget here. If you factor in the charity aspect, I think this is perfectly acceptable since the scares here are effective and I'd rather see the money go to charity than expensive props.

Another thing of note that you don’t see too often is that the actors not only touch you, but will grab your legs, physically block your way and separate you from your group, ect. None of these are forceful or aggressive, and most of the time they’re teens so its not like you’re in any danger, so it felt safe enough. I’m happy to see these places still exist.

In some of these rooms there's a smallish skit that is performed that are ultimately a setup for a distraction scare by people hidden in the room in various ways. This is a great and effective tactic, but the problem is that it repeats itself too much. After the third or fourth time that it's not effective anymore. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but I will say it's actually very scary and is pretty unique. I loved it! The only drawback is that everybody might not be able to do it since it requires a bit of movement that might be restrictive to people with bad back or leg problems, but I'm sure they have some work around.

Overall, considering in the price and its for charity, I walked away from here pretty satisfied. If you’re in the area, I certainly recommend checking out Spooky Acres.
 
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