Canada’s Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, has been terrifying visitors for over 30 years.
Nightmares Fear Factory is also known for sharing hilarious photos of its many guests, captured by several cameras hidden inside its building.
Ahead of Halloween this year, take a look at 19 candid shots of people walking through this famous haunted house below.
Located on Victoria Avenue in the Clifton Hill Tourist District, Nightmares Fear Factory is a popular destination for thrill-seekers in Ontario.
The haunted house has been in operation for over three decades.
According to the attraction’s website, walking through the entire haunted house takes an average of 10 to 15 minutes.
The company says some visitors don’t even last 10 seconds in the building.
At any point in the experience, visitors can choose to leave.
All they have to do is stop and scream, “Nightmares!” At that point, a staff member will take them out of the haunted house.
But they will be added to the haunted house’s “Chicken List.”
At the time of writing, 154,406 visitors have “chickened out” so far, according to the attraction’s website.
Like all haunted houses, Nightmares Fear Factory comes with its own ghost story.
Legend has it that the haunted house is built on top of an unsavoury site.
According to Nightmares Fear Factory, an “eccentric old man” named Abraham Mortimer once owned a coffin factory at the top of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where the attraction is now located.
According to the urban legend, Mortimer used to roam around the coffin factory every night.
The factory owner watched closely over his business, Nightmares Fear Factory says.
The story says that the factory owner was often taunted by young neighbourhood kids.
The adolescents are said to have pulled pranks on the elderly man.
According to Nightmares Fear Factory, Mortimer would chase the troublemakers away from his property.
Fans of urban legends probably know where this story is going.
One fateful night, the factory owner confronted a particularly “rowdy group of thrill-seekers.”
Spoiler alert: This story doesn’t end well.
A struggle broke out and Mortimer was crushed to death under a stack of overturned oak coffins, according to the urban legend.
As the story goes, the group of troublemakers ran away and were never caught.
Following the factory owner’s funeral, his coffin was found unearthed and empty, Nightmares Fear Factory says.
A twist that never bodes well for anyone in a ghost story.
To this day, Mortimer is said to walk the halls of the haunted house for revenge.
If you want to experience the urban legend in real life, you won’t be able to go alone.
For safety reasons, the haunted house does not allow strangers to enter the building together. It also forbids individuals from joining larger groups.
“It is Nightmares policy to only let family and friends enter together,” the company writes on its site.
The policy continues as follows: “Nightmares isn’t like other haunted houses, and the experience is more personal for some people. When you are going through the haunted house, you have to stay together and [hold] onto each other. People do not want strangers holding onto them and grabbing onto them in a scared fit.”
The haunted house lets a maximum of six people in at once.
But Nightmares recommends entering the haunted house with a group of four.
You should also know that the haunted house has a strict policy against refunds.
Don’t expect to get your money back if you leave the attraction early.
You can find out more about the attraction on its site.
You can also read first-person accounts left by visitors to the haunted house.
And if you do end up visiting Nightmares Fear Factory, you’ll be able to take a photo of yourself home as a souvenir — for $US8, that is.
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