I got the unique experience of going through Tooele’s Asylum 49 haunted house last week.
The facility in which the haunted house is held is in the former Tooele County Hospital on the corner of 100 E. 200 South. The hospital is believed to be haunted. Part of it is used for the haunted house attraction and the other as a care facility for the elderly.
Before I continue, I want to make something clear: I am the kind of person that watches a scary movie, screams and cowers behind a pillow, and yells at the main characters not to go into the basement.
My heart raced as I waited for the doors to open and for the workers to start letting people in. I don’t think I have ever been that nervous. When the doors opened, we were gestured inside to an area roped off with fake IVs. While waiting in line, there were creepy nurses and doctors coming and talking to you, giving you a good scare before you even go into the haunted house.
Gulping hard, I finally walked into the doors that lead into the haunted house. The lighting was dim. The props were convincing. The masks and makeup looked so realistic, I screamed like a little girl when I saw the first clown.
To make it even more frightening, the rooms were like a maze. The maze even led you outside at some points to really disorient you. It made it harder to run away from your fears. Then you had nurses, shadows, trolls and nuns trying to drag you away the entire time. I am glad to say, that while I was truly scared out of my mind, the characters did not hurt me. They were gentle and courteous about it while still scaring you. They even directed me if I got lost, while managing to stay in character.
They even dragged off my friend to a different room, so he had to start over. Just when you thought you were OK, they managed to trick you and scare you all over again. After screaming so hard I was hoarse the next day, I finally made it out of Asylum 49.
Although I was nervous before I went in, I was pleasantly surprised. The workers remained in character the entire time, giving me a good scare. Yet, they were nice enough to give me directions every time I got lost. Although there were times of contact, they were gentle. The occasional contact added to the scare factor.
The acting by the characters was excellent. I’m sure they could scare even Chuck Norris. Yet, as scary as it was, it was a family-friendly place. The owners were kind, as well as the staff, and they did not use any vulgar language or gestures. While they did scare people, they did not harass them. It was by far, the best haunted house I have ever been in.
Asylum 49’s hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27-28. and from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 1-31 (closed Sundays and Mondays). Operations will continue Nov. 1-2 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
General admittance is $20 per person and $25 per person for a special wristband that grants quicker access.
Asylum 49 gives most of its profit to the nursing home and the rest goes to paying bills, workers, costumes, etc.
Because there is occasional contact, patrons do have to sign a waiver before entering.
Peatross is a junior at Tooele High School.