Sanitarium is a haunt that sticks to its themes. It’s always a great experience to feel a sense of cohesion to a haunt as that can really help me feel immersed. This haunt delivers that, though in a somewhat unexpected way.
We started out in a hospital, like you might expect, but once we got into it things took a sharp turn for the weird and freaky. The sets were well done and on theme. We looked into the reception area, operating rooms, and so much more. There were no gaps or areas that felt unfinished, really. The actors did a fantastic job. There’s one scene in particular that I just loved. They had a victim in with one of the doctors and they both did a great job, both interacting with us and each other well. There were a number of victims that really helped with the whole hospital scene.
The second half was freak show themed. Normally that doesn’t do much for me, but I really liked how they approached it. After our trip through the hospital this was our walk through madness. I found it interesting because, while there were jump scares, that didn’t really seem to be the focus. Overall, and especially in the second half, we were incredibly entertained, but there wasn’t much of the normal haunt tactics. It was bright and there were clowns, but they weren’t openly murderous. Instead there was this undercurrent of insanity. Like, if we made the wrong move, they would stop talking to us about bubbles and rip us apart. It a very different experience than we see in a lot of haunts and a very fun experience.
There’s not much to critique about this haunt. There were a few sets that needed some filling out, but it’s all small stuff. Nothing really stood out to me or detracted from the experience in a major way. I would just really love to see all of this good stuff refined.
Overall, Sanitarium is a walk through some very creepy and crazy places. They had some great methods of interacting with us and managing our speed through the haunt. It’s something that’s really built into the experience in a way that was fun for us and provided some great back and forth with the actors. A very fun experience overall.
Hidden within an abandoned mall lies a haunted house complex. Ghouls Gulch and Sanitarium 3D sit across from each other in a world of their own. You can see creepy crawlies and be entertained by the great actors that wander through the midway. These excellent haunts have been bringing the frights to Colorado Springs for many frightful years. The great thing is that you get admission to both haunts with your ticket. As soon as I entered the line for the Sanitarium the facade and screams from within got my blood flowing. What lies inside is another world that has to be seen to be believed.
The scares within Sanitarium 3D are perfectly timed, the short breaks, allowing the suspense to build, really adds to the intensity. The scare tactics throughout this haunt are incredibly clever and you never know where the next startle will come from. Walking through this attraction you feel as though you are really going insane, and the defining line between reality and imaginary blur.
The patients that reside within this Sanitarium are very creepy and unsettling. Each character you come across has a fully formed personality and they will engage in a creepy conversation with you. I loved the elevator host; she was creepy and made me afraid to turn my back on her. One of the great acting uses that this haunt utilizes is having victims, it really adds to the realism of this haunt. The acting in the cell room was also phenomenal, I loved how these actors were asking questions and were quick on the draw to answer questions, and they had me concerned for my own well being. The acting in the second half were also outstanding, they are funny and scary at the same time. The makeup was also very detailed and I love how the makeup in the 3D portion really popped off the actors faces. The clowns in the spinning room and the stilt clown were some of the most interesting characters in this haunt.
Sanitarium 3D is full of beautiful sets and unique props and special effects. From the second you enter this domain you are fully in the story. The first half of this haunt looks and feels like an asylum and you are the new patient. Everywhere you look there are great details to see and gruesome displays of carnage to bear witness to. The laboratory and operating rooms really stand out here, look at the shelves to see what surprises beg to be seen. The 3D paint in the second half really pops out and it’s hard to tell what is painted and what is a prop. Also the actors interacting with the 3D art is great and it adds a new level to this haunt. There are also some great surprises hidden throughout this haunt. The length of this haunt is also perfect. I highly recommend visiting this haunt and Ghouls Gulch, as always Colorado Springs has found haunt nirvana.
Pros: Great sets and the best use of 3D I have seen, great acting with defined characters, some unique props and techniques I have not seen anywhere else
Cons: some of the pressure pads for effects and animatronics were exposed
|3910 Palmer Park Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO. 80909
|Fridays & Saturdays September 16th – October 8th 7pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday October 13th – 30th 7pm – 10pm
Halloween Night – 7pm – 10pm
2016 marks the 13th year of professional haunting for Ghouls Gulch Haunted House. The thirteen years has included a number of benchmarks and accomplishments.
Going back in time twenty years, we started out with a “home haunt” that initially started out as just our front yard. As the years progressed, the haunt did as well. The following year included the front yard and the back yard. The year after that included the front yard, back yard, and garage, which we made into a mini haunted house attraction. After that, my wife said, “You are not taking over the house”, so I knew we had to find a commercial location if we were going to continue, and Ghouls Gulch was born.
Our first professional haunt was a partnership with UCCS Theaterworks in which we created our first attraction, Dante’s Inferno, a haunt that is still considered one of the most ambitious to this day. It spanned 18,000 square feet and utilized 75 actors each night in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Over the years since that time, we created the first haunted house attraction at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, “Dread Manor”. We also had the pleasure of working with Ed and Marsha Edmunds, owners of Distortions Unlimited in Greeley, Colorado and stars of the TV reality hit show, “Making Monsters”. We worked with them to create and operate five haunted houses in Greeley, with an opening night appearance by Alice Cooper. Eventually we landed at our current location at Palmer Park and Academy, and 2016 marks our sixth year at this location.
The quality of our haunts have not gone unnoticed. Over the years, we have been voted “Best Haunted House in Colorado” by FrightFind.com and by Spooky Colorado, #2 “Must-See Haunted House” by OnlyInYourState.com, and “Scariest Haunted House” by HauntWorld.com. We’ve been featured on Fox 21, KKTV- 11, and KRDO-13 TV stations. We’ve also had featured stories in the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Independent, as well as nationally in Hemispheres magazine on United Airlines, and in Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine. We are a yearly featured participant in the Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs, where we have won ten trophies, including Fastest Time, Best Coffin, Best Entourage, and Best Emma.
We are also proud to be part of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association’s annual Ghoulfest Poker Run, the Galaxy Fest convention, and the Haunted Brew Fest. We’re proud members of the Haunted House Association, we’ve been honored to have parts of two movies filmed at our haunted house, and proud to have been the selected location for several photo shoots. These include the Denver Umbrella Corps, the (biker magazine), and local photography groups and artists. We’ve also had both a marriage proposal and a wedding held at our haunted house. Our current location has also been certified as haunted by the All Girls Paranormal Society. 2 Our passion and love of all things haunted make this a truly fun endeavor. Our current location includes Ghouls Gulch Haunted House, Sanitarium Haunted House with 3D, and the Von Kitsch Collection. We look forward to entertaining you this Halloween season!!