Terra del Monstrum
Fall is that magical time of year when nature sheds it’s leaves and grocery store aisles across the country are filled with Halloween paraphernalia. For many of us, it is the month of October that is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Haunt season is now officially in full swing and the public is out hunting for the best haunted attractions available to them.
Amongst the top haunted attractions in the country, Dark Hour Haunted House is ranked #4 by USA TODAY. We may have proven our value to select voters across the country, and we are open year-round, but there is something far more exciting that makes Halloween season at Dark Hour that much more spook-tacular. If you’ve been to the Halloween show before this year you may have experienced, Terra Del Monstrum. For the Haunted House aficionados, Terra del Monstrum is a must-see haunt! Sadly, this year is the last chance you’ll have to visit this attraction while under the Dark Hour roof.
Terra Del Monstrum first moved to Dark Hour in 2013. However, the show first opened ten years prior in 2003 under the name ‘Terrain of Terror’ in Allen, Texas. In 2004, the show moved to Balch Springs, but then changed its name to ‘Trail of Terror’ for their 2005 debut at Screams Halloween Park. Each year the haunt would change themes bringing fresh horrors to all its victims. The Trail of Terror quickly became a fan-favorite.
In 2013, the ever-changing haunt moved to Dark Hour under the name ‘Terra Del Monstrum’. While Dark Hour includes the implementation of animatronics from the industry’s leading manufacturers, some thought that Terra could not compete with a show of that caliber. Allen Hopps, the Show Director of Dark Hour Haunted House and partner in Terra del Monstrum, had a plan. The answer was to have a show that is completely different in every way. The powers that be settled on a black and white tribute to the Universal monsters from years ago. Terra del Monstrum was then designed to include minimalistic sets mixed with your favorite classic, iconic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Nosferatu, Wolfman, and several others.
Terra Del Monstrum is painted in grayscale to match the look and feel of a classic Universal monster movie. Every monster inside dons black and white costumes and makeup, fitting them perfectly into their classic cinematic environments. In it’s own way, Terra is a love letter to the Halloween season, saluting the monsters that started it all.
This Halloween season marks the final year for Terra del Monstrum. Come and see this nostalgic, old school haunt at Dark Hour Haunted House this weekend, before Terra del Monstrum makes its way back into the shadows… perhaps forever.
Photography by Scott Browne, Terra del Monstrum