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GHOST LAKE MULTIVERSE OF FEAR, CONNEAUT LAKE PA

Ghost Lake is a hidden gem of Northwest Pennsylvania. The Google rating doesn't at all properly portray the nine element classic/retro/DIY masterpiece that it really is. It may not be Hollywood but, it's a lot of fun!

RECOMMENDED ONE-NIGHT DRIVE RANGE

Customer Service and Navigation

    - There was this confusing parking attendant at a

       driveway before getting to the ACTUAL parking lot

       and we turned in there first

   

    + More parking than might be needed

  • Owner Tara

  • Her Husband Bob

 

    + Excellent characters

Atmosphere and Lobby/Midway

Key Lobby and Midway Amenities

  1. Concessions

         + Delicious Loaded Fries

  1. Merch

         + Gloves at the Admission Booth

  1. Video

  2. Music

         + Loud 2000's Hard Rock

  1. Seating

  2. Bathrooms

  3. Games

         + Actual Carnival Games

  1. Stage

  2. Photo Ops

  3. Queue Line Actors

         + Stilt-walker and Sliders

Bonus:

  1. Metaphysical

  2. Pyrotechnics

  3. At least one HUGE set piece

Facade Quality

Blood Moon Meat Market

    + Cattle Corral General Admission queue

    + Deep walkthrough Hillbilly Shack

Clown Town Reborn

   +/- Facade exists but, is sometimes not used

Death Row

    + Old White Prison or Castle looking building

    + Bubbling Paint

Down the Rabbit Hole

    - Just two ramps up to a black flap door

Phobia

    + Spooky, janky staircase up the front of another

        old, white building

St. Lucien's House of Evil

    + An actual beautiful old house

The Devil's Den

    + Canopy extending from the ride

    + Classic old fire and brimstone paint job

The Devil's Playground

    + Canopy over the queue

    + Exit around an outer deck lit with string lights

The Hollow

    + Another Hillbilly Shack

Use of Existing/Surrounding Environment

    + An authentic old-timey amusement park

    + Clown Town Reborn weaves around some of the

        rides

    + Old dilapidated buildings used for Death Row,

        Phobia, St. Lucien's House of Evil and The Devil's

        Playground

    + An actual Concrete Lion Grotto in The Hollow

Actors and Acting

Energy

    + The most wild cast of the season so far

    + Zombies scooting across the floor

    + Female Mourner running at you through the

        upper hallway of St. Lucien's

    + Cannibals slinging knives in Blood Moon Meat

        Market

Costuming and Makeup

   +/- Definitely not Hollywood

    + Despite using a lot of basic black costumes which

        is a big no-no in other haunts, Ghost Lake

        features a lot of camouflaged scares

Lines and Vocalizations

    - Lots of Screams and growls

    - Lots of cliche lines

    + The sound in the cave of The Hollow

Theming and Design

Lighting

Blood Moon Meat Market

    + Makeshift "Boo Pedal"

Clown Town Reborn

    + Lasers

    + Cotton Candy Colors

Death Row

    + Swinging Bright White lights

    + Strobe lights

Down the Rabbit Hole

    + Blacklights

Phobia

    - Dim Lighting

    + Lamp in the Kid's Room

St. Lucien's House of Evil

    + Central lighting through broken walls

    + Dotted Line of bulbs in Upstairs Hallway

The Devil's Den

    + Lasers in a Classic Dark Ride

The Devil's Playground

    + Dark Flap Maze

The Hollow

    +/- Dim Solar Lighting

Sound

Blood Moon Meat Market

   +/- Country Music

    + Flies and Squealing

Clown Town Reborn

    + 2000's Hard Rock

Death Row

    + Same 2000's Hard Rock

Down the Rabbit Hole

    + Calliope Music and Remixes

Phobia

    + Same 2000's Hard Rock

St. Lucien's House of Evil

    + Sinister Strings

The Devil's Den

   +/- Just banging around

The Devil's Playground

    + A whole plethora of different music

The Hollow

    + Crickets

Set Dressing

Blood Moon Meat Market

    + Excellent balance of gore

    + Multiple  well-distressed shacks

Clown Town Reborn

    - No distinct exit   

    + Weaves around existing rides

Death Row

    + Old walls with patches, peeling paint and other

       aging

    + Wanted Posters up the walls of the Entry Stairs

Down the Rabbit Hole

   +/- Most of the animatronics in the whole show

 

    + Fluorescent wall panels from various artists

Phobia

    - Wide open Rooms with dressing against the walls

    + Old walls with patches, peeling paint and other

        aging

St. Lucien's House of Evil

    + Old walls with patches, peeling paint and other

        aging

    + Center staircase with open walls

    + Ritual Room

    + Upstairs Hallway drapes

The Devil's Den

    + Classic Dark Ride paintings

    + Classic Dark Ride props and cages

The Devil's Playground

    + Indoor fencing

    + Mirror Hallway

The Hollow

    + Light up Wendigo Prop

Special Rooms

Blood Moon Meat Market

    + Boo Pedal room

Clown Town Reborn

  • No actual rooms

Death Row

    - No rooms that stand out

Down the Rabbit Hole

    + Animatronic through the mirror

    + Bubble Room

Phobia

    - Rooms are too wide to stand out

St. Lucien's House of Evil

    + Central Staircase

    + Central Upstairs Hallway

    + Possession Room

The Devil's Den

    + Everything

The Devil's Playground

    + Puppet Room

    + Flap Maze

The Hollow

    + Cave

    + Tilted Boardwalk

Entertainment Value

Fun

~ 30 minutes of Retro/DIY Halloween goodness

Scares

+ Actors are camoflaged or hidden in the darkness very well

 

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