Thanks to the Winter-esque weather we are experiencing here in Colorado this week, the week of Halloween, it can be quite a daunting decision as to whether or not you want to spend your time out in the cold for a simple haunted house. Sometimes you might be spending an hour or two outside waiting in line just to experience a fun activity that will be done and over with in the blink of an eye. Of course, that's not to say the event itself will not be fun, as going through a haunted house is a joyous occassion, if for nothing else, just to witness the production levels that went into its attempt at scaring your pants off. Whatever the case may be, these little attractions can get quite expensive, and if you are on a budget, more often than not, you have to weigh your options, "To go or not to go, that IS the question!"
Fortunately, for every big budget production haunted house in Colorado such as The 13th Floor and The Asylum, there are other, cheaper alternatives. That is not to discredit either of those locations as both are outstanding. The amount of detail that goes into their houses is exceptional, yet, with tickets at nearly $50 a piece, the long wait times you will most likely undergo unless you spent even more money to skip the extensively long line to get into the shorter long line, only to find yourself being chased out by a chainsaw wielding maniac 15 minutes later, one has to wonder if they are even worth it. Hence why sometimes it is better to look hard and long to find some additional options even if they are not the most advertised of places. Sometimes you never know what you may come across unless you try hard enough to find it.
The first of these is a slightly well know place to residents of downtown Littleton at a costume shop known as Reinke Brothers. Here, they have a kick-ass haunted house deemed the "Haunted Mansion" located within the store itself. In their "Haunted Mansion," you will get to see the same type of production values the aforementioned duo have to offer, spend about half the price, and still come out having a good time. Not to mention that the mansion entrance is situated within the store itself, so unless you get there when it is mightily packed, you won't have to wait outside in the decimating cold.
As if that isn't enough, you can take a little jaunt to a local neighborhood about 20 minutes or so away from Reinke Brothers where a local horror buff has turned a part of his own home into a haunted house that is full of home made props and sets. The "Horror Theater Haunted House" may only last about 5-10 minutes, but we once again have another haunted house that will give you the same amount of tension and suspense the others do, and most importantly, this one is free. That's right, you read that correctly, this one is FREE! Thus, it is hard to really complain about the short length when you didn't even have to pay a single cent for it. And if you enjoyed yourself enough with it the owner does have a tipping box available, which let's be fair, he is running it himself, in his home, paying all of the electric bills to empower your fear factor, so a nice little donation is a great way of saying "Thanks."
At the end of the day, your money and your time are what you choose to do with it, but when you are looking to have a good time, you should always strive to get the best bang for you buck, which both the Reinke Brothers' "Haunted Mansion" and the "Horror Theater Haunted House" can definitely provide.
For more information on the Reinke Brothers, visit their site here at: https://www.reinkebrothers.com/reinke-brothers-haunted-mansion/
As for the "Horror Theater Haunted House," you can find it here: https://www.thescarefactor.com/haunted-house-directory/colorado/horror-theater-haunted-house/