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Local Frightful Attractions


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Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 26, 2017

By: Nicole Winans

Edge of Insanity Haunted Attraction

For the past two years, Edge of Insanity has been named a top 10 rated attraction by indianahauntedhouses.com. Located in Kokomo, Weitle’s Asylum is open every Saturday and Sunday in October 8-11 p.m.

The attraction does warn that a two-hour wait will be common on Saturdays closest to Halloween and recommends visiting early on a Sunday for the shortest wait times. General admission price is a $10 donation that supports the many scholarships and charities Edge of Insanity supports including the Thomas Ingham Memorial Scholarship, Camp Angel, ​Pals for Paws, Cops 4 Kidz and ​Don’t be a Monster.

Photo by: Logan Lawson

Photo by: Logan Lawson

For more information email info@weitlesasylum.com or call 765-210-1557.

In its 10th year of operation, Edge of Insanity Haunted Attraction originally began as a joint venture between Walt Ingham and his girlfriend (now wife) along with his brother, Thomas Ingham. After much planning and creation, Thomas Ingham passed away unexpectedly the day before the opening of Edge of Insanity. Now, in memory of his brother, Walt and his wife open the haunt as a fundraiser. The funds raised go toward the Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in Thomas’ name. In dedication of Tom, the haunt and the fundraiser continue to grow bigger and better each year, Walt said.


Hysterium: Hysterium Haunted Asylum in Fort Wayne is open every Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.-midnight Sept. 22-Oct. 28 and 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 26, 29, 30 and Halloween night.

Regular admission tickets are $13 and fast passes are $20. Participants can also try to escape the Tool Shed for $5 per person and get immediate access to Hysterium if they escape.

Upon entering the asylum, participants are immediately immersed into a waiting room full of the patients and nurses, and will have to navigate their way out. Hysterium will also be open Nov. 3-4 for a special blackout event. Each group will be given a small light source to navigate the haunted house full of monsters in the dark during blackout.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hysterium.com, email creeper@hysterium.com or call 260-436-0213.

Haunted Hotel

2017 marks the 50th season for the Haunted Hotel in Huntington.The hotel is open every Friday and Saturday Sept. 23-Oct. 28, Halloween night and November 3-4 for blackout.

The Haunted Hotel partners with Hysterium and offers $34 combo tickets for both attractions. Regular admission tickets for just the hotel are $13 and fast passes are $20. The hotel is unique in that it is character based with no blood and very little gore. The experience is in 3-D and complimentary glasses are provided. Haunted Hotel: 13th Floor also supports the Don’t Be A Monster nonprofit anti-bullying program.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hauntedhuntington.com, email hauntmaster@hauntedhuntington.com.


Haunted Castle and Black Forest

Located in Fort Wayne, the Haunted Castle and Black Forest has been in operation since 1980. It is currently open Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 29 and on Oct. 31.

The castle opens at 7 p.m., and the forest opens at dark with both closing at 9 p.m. Sunday and Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Single-attraction tickets are $10 and combo tickets for both the castle and forest are $16. Family and group deals are also available for purchase.

The Haunted Castle consists of several haunt scenes and two slides, and the Black Forest is an outdoor haunt through the woods. Both are staffed primarily with youth and adults with the St. Vincent’s Boy Scouts.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hauntedcastle.com, email hauntedcastle@hauntedcastle.com or call 260-489-1763.