“Fairytale Nightmares” gives Radford a scare

This October the abandoned sanatorium on the hill is turning your favorite fairy tales against you.

My family and I went just to see if it was worth the visit. An extensive haunted house full of crazy characters was ready to scare the pants off of us for just ten dollars.

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This October the abandoned sanatorium on the hill is turning your favorite fairy tales against you. Photo by Samantha Rorke.

After purchasing our tickets, we waited in line for about an hour. There was plenty to look at, such as the costumed actors that circled the crowd with chainsaws and sent young children scrambling for their mothers. Shadows and shapes quickly appeared and disappeared in the cracked upstairs windows and strange looking creatures crossed the lawn. The hot chocolate, coffee and popcorn that was sold while waiting to enter also helped to pass the time.

Once we finally reached the courtyard steps, a volunteer approached us to tell us the rules. It is a “no-touch” haunted house. All that means is that the actors aren’t going to touch you, and if you feel something, you might have a reason to panic. After the rules are given, you step into complete darkness. Some of the characters we saw included Snow White, Ursula, Jack Sparrow, Little Miss Muffet and Alice.

Without revealing too much, you’re led through the first, second and basement floors. I’m not going to lie, at certain points I was honestly scared. The theme is great and the volunteers work very hard! The element that really made the place scary was the feeling you got in the tight hallways and moldy-smelling staircases, a feeling that no amount of well-dressed actors and fake blood could give you. It was the feeling that you were in a place where you didn’t belong, where terrible things have happened. The history of the land is scarred with Civil War battles, the history of a brutal boys school and of course the sanatorium. So no matter the history, St. Alban’s is worth a visit next October.