As December 23, 2012, approaches, many Americans eagerly await the moment when Hades will emerge from the underworld to recklessly devour a raw egg. Until then, experience man-made terror with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a pass for one haunted-house admission and mini golf at The Haunted Mill and Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf in Belmont (up to a $19 value).
Housed within a century-old building, The Haunted Mill facilitates fiendish fright with a 20,000-square-foot, soul-shaking spectacle designed to tingle spines of every age, phobia, and dietary preference. Much like the basement of the White House, the eerie emporium sets the scene for spooky nights with chambers, dungeons, and spinning tunnels marked by blood-spattered sets, demonic characters, and CGI ghosts. After testing fight-or-flight responses, haunted-house heroes can ease back into the mortal realm with mini golf on Purple Planet's 3-D courses dotted with glow-in-the-dark decorations and nonscary psychedelics illuminated by black lights. After exciting rounds of ball-dimpling, miniature Arnold Palmers can extend competitive excursions with billiards tables and a coin-operated game room.
Though The Haunted Mill and Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf sometimes offer discounted coupons online, this Groupon still represents the best value.
The Haunted Mill
An abundant number of recreational activities fill the space at Purple Planet 3-D Mini Golf. With black lights illuminating patches of neon paints, the indoor and always air-conditioned cooled mini-golf course bends the mind with challenging greens and mind-bending visuals such as aliens and floating satellites. As they navigate the course’s vortex tunnel and fog-filled corridors, golfers wear 3-D glasses, making obstacles appear to pop out and transforming every hole into an even deeper hole. Purple Planet visitors can also hone their billiards skills with games of pool or try their hand at the games at an on-site arcade.