Story-based haunt Hellstead Manor promises scares


Just outside of Hallstead, PA stands a house that is synonymous with all that is unholy and dreadful.

Hellstead Manor is a new story-based haunt created by Eric Lusk and Craig Owens.

It follows the story of a doctor from abroad who gets stuck in Hallstead and much evil ensues.

The attraction features a number of character guides who explain the story, along with plenty of actor scares, animatronics, lights, sounds and smoke machines.

Lusk owns the 1851 James T DuBois home that also once served as a sort of nursing home.

He interweaves some of the home’s actual history into the storyline.

“There have been many deaths that have occurred here when it was a convalescent home.  Also, when it was the DuBois home itself,” said Lusk.

Lusk, who is originally from this area, has had a successful career as a comic book and TV animation artist, but now focuses on makeup and prosthetics for television and movies.

Hellstead Manor is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

It will also be open on Halloween night.

Admission is $20.

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