Soap Factory's Haunted Basement 2013: There will be crud

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Courtesy of the Soap Factory
"It's sort of like a strip club," the guide at the top of the stairs said before ushering our group down into the pitch-black depths of the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement. "They can touch you, but you can't touch them."

It was nothing like a strip club.

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For years, the Soap Factory has frighted thousands of visitors in the Haunted Basement during the month of October -- horrifying enough to make a few unlucky souls wet themselves along the way. This year, they're baaaack.

As our brave group of four waited in line, we realized that the folks lined up by the stairs in heavy-duty masks and baggy jumpsuits weren't working at the gallery. They were there to descend into the darkness just like us.

Unlike other years when rugged attire and a pair of sturdy shoes were sufficient enough to plunge into the basement maze of spooks and spirits, this year is markedly different. "You're gonna get dirty," a few people leaving the Soap Factory post tour, warned us. Take that warning seriously.

"Have you introduced yourselves?" asked a volunteer.

We realized that through all our idle chit-chat and efforts to diffuse nerves, we'd only determined that half the group were Haunted Basement vets (having gone together the last three years in a row) and the other half were first-timers, me included. It's a good idea to know everyone's names, because you're about to get a whole lot more acquainted.

We shuffled into over-sized and undersized jumpsuits with faded names embroidered on the chalky fabric. Then, it was time to pull on our masks, wiped mostly clean of a greasy, wet substance by the faithful Soap Factory volunteers.

"Oh, what is that? Are those guts? Are we going to get guts thrown at us?" someone asked. Our answer would come soon enough.

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514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN

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dorothythul
dorothythul

I went for the first time this year, now, you have to remember that the soap factory is an art gallery, and the haunted basement is a "scary art tour" the artist make their own "area"  and thats that. You get to see each one.  I thought it was unique and one of a kind. I wasn't scared no, but It was very weird and interesting. I would love to be a part of it and make a super scary "area" to show off. If you like art then check it out!

jennietwee
jennietwee

I was so disappointed...again! All there was was wandering around in the dark (do they not have enough people volunteering? On Hallow's eve?!) looking lost or faced the wall and wait. NOTHING EVER HAPPENED! The past couple of years have been really lame and this year was the last chance. Sorry to say but I don't think I want to spend $30 next year....

jayhop
jayhop

Overrated and confusing. I have not been there since the second year -gave it another try this year, and was disappointed. I got wet, someone tried to pull my shirt off (I would not let them have it) My wife had paint dumped into her shoe. It was not frightening, just embarrassing in an uncomfortable "confrontational theater" way. At almost 30 bucks, it is a let down. Save your money, and go to a different haunted house!

peakbiz
peakbiz

Not Scary ! More confusing than anything. They shoot paintballs at you and then separate your group just so you can wander with some other group. They pulled my wife's hair and forced me to take off my shirt and pants. It's like some sort of homosexual wet dream. Not scary or fun. If your single and like to walk around in the dark room with someone that you didn't come with then go . More for single gay men looking to meet other gay men with there shirts off.

Justine Moser
Justine Moser

i still have never been but would LOVE to this year.

BioBeing
BioBeing

I was about to purchase tickets until I read that we would a) get dirty (are they throwing blood on people?), and b) Patrons agree to the use of photography and video recording in The Haunted Basement and authorize the release of those photographs for publication.

I'm not sure I want The Haunted Basement to own my image and voice for use of publication.  I hope they provide those patrons whose images they use with incentives.  

Dean Gatzmer
Dean Gatzmer

the actors can touch you, bring some wipes and something to barf in.

Merete Larson
Merete Larson

Word to the wise: Cally Knowlton. Spread the word

Jane Boots
Jane Boots

Heard the screams last night!! I live right behind the Soap Factory and it was a noisy night!

cdoenges15
cdoenges15

How long does the whole thing take?

peakbiz
peakbiz

@Justine Moser DONT GO

peakbiz
peakbiz

@BioBeing THEY SHOOT YOU WITH PAINTBALL GUNS > FEELS MORE LIKE BEING CONTROLED

tcraine
tcraine moderator communitymanager

@cdoenges15A "tour" of the basement ranges between 20-40 minutes. A group (of four people) is scheduled to go down into the basement every three minutes. My tour was a little over 35 minutes -- but it felt pretty fast in retrospect.

apaul1321
apaul1321

Yes I agree DON'T GO!!!! I went for the first time and was really looking forward to it because I love goin to scary things like that around Halloween and it was a huge disappointment especially being a girl I felt like I was being sexually violated and my bf felt like we were in some kinda gay sexual thing, they made him take off his shirt and almost the pants too!! And I had some freak bothering me in inappropriate ways and it was very stupid and awkward. I can't believe I was actually looking forward for something like that!

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