Spooky is the most neglected of the five basic human emotions, the other four of which are joy, sorrow, grouchy, and wet. Get horror glands pumping with today’s Groupon. For $10, you get one admission to Amhurst Asylum, a more than 20,000-square-foot scream factory in Valparaiso, IN. A more mature house of horrors, Amhurst Asylum advises that no children under the age of 10 attend, and requires that all children aged 13 and under attend alongside a legal guardian. This Groupon expires on October 31.
Amhurst Asylum tingles the spine by stripping away all the strobe lights, fake cobwebs, and novelty gags of traditional haunted houses and placing its visitors in what is rumored to be an abandoned insane hospital. Creep down the corridors and its dimly lit spaces, coming face-to-face with nurses whose mouths have been sewn shut in an attempt to keep the dark past of the premises, as well as winning lottery numbers, a secret. There are 15 gut-wrenching rooms throughout the asylum, with walkthroughs taking approximately 25 minutes, or about one terrifying episode of Frasier. No matter how bold the action may get, all living, breathing monsters and performers maintain the asylum’s strict no-touching policy. Likewise, in the interest of comfort, all entrance lines form in the comforts of indoor areas. Amhurst Asylum’s doors go alarmingly ajar Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. until October 31. Check out the online schedule for complete information.
Inside Amhurst Asylum, which is rumored to have housed a real psychiatric hospital in the 1920s, things have gone terribly awry. Those who venture into its depths find remnants of what Dr. Amhurst was experimenting with before the asylum was shut down. His experiments were far ranging and often involved gruesome transplants of limbs and organs, all in the hopes of saving his wife from a degenerative disease. Some of his patients still roam the halls, and attempt to reclaim their phantom limbs from unsuspecting visitors in the asylum's darkest corners. The grounds are so scary, in fact, that only the most seasoned adventurers may enter—children younger than 10 aren't allowed in, and children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult or Poltergeist-protection vest.