Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CMH Haunted House gets RAVE reviews

 from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Catholic Memorial haunted house gets A+ in the scare test
Freeman Haunted House Reviewer 

WAUKESHA – The exterior of the former convent and mental institution on Catholic Memorial High School’s property at 601 S. College Ave. was creepy enough, but once we headed inside with our tour group, we knew we were in for a terrifying trip.

Put on entirely by students, this haunt featured a great mix of spooky ambiance enhanced by the Gothic architecture inside the building, combined with some hair-raising scares from actors who were clearly putting their souls – and hearts (possible spoiler alert!) – into their craft.

Monday night, several parents and others with connections to the school went through the haunt at a dress rehearsal before its official opening on Friday.

“It gets better every year,” said Ann LaMarche, whose daughter is a freshman at CMH, and whose son is an alumni who came back to help out.

The haunt began six years ago as a service project for CMH students, who used the event to raise money for veteran-related charities as a hat-tip to the school’s 1949 founding
 as a memorial for 23 soldiers who died in World War II, said event organizer Mary McNulty. To date, the haunt has raised and donated $54,845 to various charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Project, Hebron House and Vets Place Central. This year’s proceeds benefit the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight.

We thought the haunt had vastly improved this year, with lots of creative plot twists, disorienting dark hallways and gruesome scenes. The “tour guides” that accompany guests through the haunt lend some sense of security as well.

We’re giving it 3.5 ghosts because we felt it’s appropriate for a slightly younger age group than some of the other haunts we’ve been through, and are recommending it for ages 10 and up.

 Friday & Saturday this week; also Oct. 25 & 26.

 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with family-friendly hours from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on both Saturdays.

 $7 per person, with proceeds benefitting Stars and Stripes Honor Flight

Photo credits: Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

Top - Visitors to the Catholic Memorial High School haunted house are met by an evil clown.

Bottom - A costumed character in a strobe-lit room inspired reactions from a visitor to the Catholic Memorial High School haunted house Monday.

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