The thrill is worth the wait in line at the Gallows Foundry of Fear haunted house.
Considering this year is the first the house has been organized, I was suprised our group waited about 45 minutes before entering. However, there were food and drink vendors, as well as vintage scary movies playing on an outdoor screen to keep us entertained. Some of the haunted characters from the house were also wandering in and out of the line eating our kettle corn and handing out candy.
As our group finally prepared to enter, we were questioned about any phobias we had; we each looked at each other and realized that we were actually scared to go in.
Before entering the maze, each visitor is warned by a girl wallowing on the floor yelling a warning not to enter. They are then marked with a bloody “x” either on the hand or forehead.
The haunt is a dark maze intricately designed with various rooms of gory and disturbing scenes with live actors, who chase you around and reach out to your group with bloody hands.
I was somewhat disappointed to have to pay $2 to park then another $12 for a ticket, but once I was inside, I appreciated what my money was going toward. The haunted house did not spare a dime on costumes, lights or set designs.
There was a mix of classic scare themes such as creepy clowns, an operation room with a mentally disturbed doctor, and half-human, half-animal creatures creeping behind you from the darkness. There were also men with chainsaws dispersing your group in a room of bloodied sheets, prisoners chained to walls, limbs hanging from ropes in the walkway, a family wanting to cook their guests and much more.
The entire walk-through lasted about 20 minutes, which is a long time compared to most haunted houses. Once it was over, I was left wishing I had not been so scared to rush through it so I could have observed how detailed each haunted scene was.
On its website, it is highly advised not to bring children, and I exited as an advocate of the warning. Though I think the actors were even more intense with our group because we were talking back to them and interacting as much as we dared, the setting overall is terrifying and violent.
I highly recommend anyone looking for a frightful Halloween weekend read the storyline of the house on its website then venture over to Christiansburg. Gallows Foundry of Fear is located at 137 Warren Street NW.