Where can you find a scarily good time in and around Prague?
The Czech Republic is catching on to the idea of Halloween. It is now fairly common to see carved pumpkins in front of restaurants, particularly in the tourist zone, come October. Halloween-themed items are found on sale at various stores – scented candles, costumes, candy, etc.
You don’t have to wait until October 31, however, to get your fill of scariness. Attractions that are open all year have come to the area, giving horror fans a chance to scream, clutch one another, scream so more, and then change their soiled undergarments at any time of the year.
Prague Fear House is located right in the center of Prague. The attraction has an interestingly written back story, claiming that the premises were a butcher’s shop during the 15th century. The butcher (so the website says) gave Vodičkova Street its name. Much later, in the twentieth century, the space was occupied by a German doctor who performed gruesome experiments on children. All of this, if you believe the website, led to the premises becoming terribly haunted – just right for a haunted attraction.
Fictional tales aside, Prague Fear House offers up a good dose of scares. This year’s events have included an “exorcism”, two evenings with a Nightmare on Elm Street theme, two more evenings with a Scream theme, and an Addams Family event.
The haunted attraction itself is offered in two variants – Regular, and Hard Core. The Regular experience lasts around 15 minutes. This is a group event, with a maximum number of 4 people per group. Participants not accompanied by a parent must be at least 15 years old.
The Hard Core experience, which must be booked in advance, is for single participants. Bodily contact is involved, and the length of the event is approximately 25 minutes. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Another offer is the Halloween experience, which takes place outdoors (at an unspecified location). The price includes transportation to and from the site and one free drink. Again, participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Horror Mill opened in May 2016. The mill takes approximately one hour to complete, and more than a few visitors stated afterwards that the experience was so intense, they were unable to complete it. Reservations are made online or by phone, and it must be noted that no individuals are allowed. This is a group activity, from 2 to 4 persons per group. Entrance is forbidden to those below the age of 18.
As of this writing, the admission fee per group is 1,599 crowns. The website offers a few tantalizing photos, including a man covered in blood and sporting a maniacal grin, and a dark, forlorn female shape in a narrow room with tiled walls.
The mill, dating from 1863, is located outside Prague, in Brandýs nad Labem. Although the website claims to have an English version, clicking on the “EN” link just reroutes you to the Czech text.
You needn’t wait until Halloween to get your fear on – try one of these attractions!