Written By Grave Reviews Staff
The Nevermore Haunt is located at 450 Mott street, Baltimore, Maryland. The four-story building, which is considered historical, use to be an old general department store owned by a business man named Isaac Benesch, who had a series of stores including this one in the early 1900s. According to sources, Benesch was most notably known for hiring and serving people of all colors in a time when racial tensions were at its peak. Since then, the building has seen various owners and subsequently became abandoned for more than a decade from the writing of this article. Today, the first floor of the building inhabits The Nevermore Haunt. Walking up to the haunt was very creepy and added a nice dimension to the attraction. However, as all neighborhoods change over time, my first impression was that the neighborhood did not appear to be very safe.
The Haunt which is generally active in the month of October, opens at 7 pm and continues until either 10 pm or 12 pm depending on the day. I had purchased a Fast Pass Ticket for $32.00 (regular tickets priced at $25.00 generally) and was greeted by two unfriendly security guards. The guards asked me to empty anything in my pockets which was fairly routine. However, my keys which are contained in a “pocket knife-like” fashion called “Key Smart” caused some issues. Security said you can’t take that in the haunt, believing it was a pocket knife. However, once I told them it was just keys, they told me to show them. Although I wasn’t intimidated, the “on guard” attitude and general mannerism the guards demonstrated made me second guess the surrounding neighborhood.
As I entered the Haunt, there were very few props decorating the wait line inside. Rather than play off the abandoned state that the building was already in, black drapes were placed on the walls, which was disappointing. The shear history and decayed state of the building would have provided a nice theme to the entrance of the haunt.
One of the first and most powerful scenes in this Haunt was a scene where you hear a mother singing to her child. All you can see is the shear fabric surrounding the bed. As you walk around the bed, the mother appears holding a demon like baby. This scene could have been a show-stealer but fell short of the mark, with no climactic end.
The remainder of the rooms were sorted and did not leave any kind of impactful impression. As far as the actors, I didn’t feel particularly scared. One actor was a doctor holding medical tools and put them in front of my eyes, which seemed more like a bullying tactic rather than an attempt to scare me. Unfortunately, the actors and actresses were lost in translation taking the attraction in its entirety.
In total, the attraction lasted somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, exploring each room at a slow pace. As stated above, the building is four stories. Considering the amount of space that is available, the Haunt should have been longer, and additional space could have been utilized more efficiently.
There are not many haunts in Baltimore. If your looking for something to put you in the Halloween spirit, you should check out the Haunt, but proceed knowing this haunt will leave much to the imagination. If you are interested in this attraction, you can check out the Nevermore Haunt HERE.
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