Fall is officially here and, if you’re anything like me, that means you’ve already busted out the horror flicks, vamp hues, and midnight-moon rituals (okay, maybe the last one is just me). The point is this: it wouldn’t be fall without a couple of chills and thrills, which is exactly why I went to check out Laval’s Nights of Terror.
In case you didn’t know, Nights of Terror, situated in Laval, is the biggest haunted house in Quebec. It boasts a fully immersive and honestly horrifying experience that makes use of actors, props, pitches, lights, effects, and — of course — the thrill of human fear. In other words, it’s not for the faint of heart.
Combining dozens of horror-themed rooms, life-like animatronics, ghoulish actors, and basically all things scare-tastic, you’re quite literally thrown into the midst of a fright fest through which you need to navigate (or, better yet, survive). Simply put, it’s like an insane maze-meets-horror-mansion!
If we’re being technical, it boasts 15,000 square feet, has over 25 actors and — oh yeah — is the highest investment for a haunted house in the entire province of Quebec.
And while it’s my job to up the thrill factor, I'm not exaggerating one bit when I say I was shrieking from start to finish. In fact, as I’m writing this, I’m currently sipping hot tea to soothe my scream-strained throat.
In terms of the experience itself, before you even step foot into the haunted house, you can hear people’s shrieks and shouts, among many other eerie sounds — this alone is already enough to get your adrenaline pumping. Just by being outside, you can already feel that this is not your regular haunted house with all the little touches they added to get you pumped up.
Upon entering, you’re immediately thrust onto a dark path that’s only dimly lit, just enough to see what’s only a few feet in front of you — but nothing more.
That is, until, you turn a corner only to encounter what might be a zombie, a demonic clown, a slasher, or a mutilated carcass. And if it’s not one the animatronics or actors that send a chill up your spine, it’s perhaps the ominous acoustics combined with the all-too-real horror scenes like a post-apocalyptic landscape, a haunted asylum, a butcher shop masquerading as a hospital... you get the picture.
The sights and frights are seemingly endless. With over 50 rooms and 10 attractions, like a full-size pirate boat inside the building as well as a church, containment center, circus and much more — well, it’s no wonder why!
Needless to say, upon escaping what all too quickly became a living nightmare (in the best way possible, of course), I felt completely exhilarated. Certainly, it was a night to remember — or rather, one I’ll never be able to forget.
Laval’s Nights of Terror is owned and operated by Escaparium, a premium escape-game company specializing in unique escape scenarios and Hard Kore Fabrication, a team from the US with 10 years of experience the Haunt industry and considered to be one of the best builders in North America. Together they bring you a haunt that looks more like movie sets than simple rooms.
This fall, you can jump at everything that goes bump in the night by experiencing Nights of Terror's haunted house for yourself. Just remember to layer the deodorant (and possibly pack an extra pair of undies, too).
Nights of Terror's Haunted House
When: Until November 9, 2019
Where: 5545 Boulevard des Rossignols, Laval (Quebec) H7L 5S7
Cost: $31.99 per person