Long considered one of the scariest and most immersive Halloween attractions in the Monmouth County region, the Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) “Haunted Theater” has grown in both size and scope this year, offering brave visitors more twists, turns and frightening surprises than ever before.
The attraction – which is designed, built and operated by more than 100 Brookdale theater students, staff members and local actors and alumni – now offers its longest course ever, packing more themed rooms, pitch black corridors, interactive experiences and unexpected frights into the PAC complex.
Centered on the theme of “The Condemned,” the 2016 Haunted Theater features a host of ghouls, monsters, evil clowns, zombies, dangerous asylum inmates, chainsaw-wielding killers and other characters who inhabit a haunted, quarantined building. Visitors must navigate their various haunts, including intricately designed prisons, mad scientist labs, haunted funhouses and a 3D blacklight maze, on their way to freedom.
Outside of the PAC, however, visitors must remain on their toes, as more than a few escaped zombies patrol the Lincroft campus.
“You will encounter a lot of odd creatures and unexpected scares as you navigate the maze,” said PAC supervisor Sherri Vanderspiegel. “Our students put a lot of work into this year’s Haunted Theater, and it shows.”
Due to popular demand, the attraction has expanded from two to three weeks of operation this year, offering residents more opportunities to brave the Haunted Theater. In its first two weekends alone, Vanderspiegel said, the Haunted Theater drew more than 1,200 brave souls from across the state.
The Haunted Theater is open from Oct. 28-30, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. General admission is $12. Seniors, Brookdale alumni and staff can attend for $10. Attendees 17 and under can attend for $8 and current Brookdale students can attend for $5. Large groups are welcome.
The PAC also offers a family friendly, “no-scare” experience titled “The Mystery of the Missing Candy,” which will run from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30. Young children are welcome. Admission is $5 for everyone.
The Performing Arts Center is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Parking is in lots 1 and 2. For more information call 732-224-2411 or visit www.brookdalehauntedtheater.com.
Check out more photos of the 2016 Haunted Theater here.