By Matt Mattei - [email protected]

Review: Gravestone Manor in Plains Township delivers elaborate story, fun scares

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Guests are always welcome for dinner at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
A portrait of the lovely Mrs. Van Chappel hangs on the wall at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The Manor’s 2016 story line puts the Van Chappel family in the middle of a frightening mystery.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
The butler at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township will see to your every need. He is one of many characters who will greet or get the jump on visitors during their tour.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
The grandfather clock tolls for the victims of Gravestone Manor. Elaborate set designs make the Manor as fun to look at as it is to be scared.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
‘Here lies Detective Fox’ inside Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The detective’s demise plays a big part in raising money for the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Vincent Van Chappel relaxes in the Gothic Chamber inside Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The patriarch of the Van Chappel clan is up to something sinister this year.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

More mystery theater than jump-scares and gore, Gravestone Manor offers a fun take on the haunted house concept and provides entertainment suitable for the whole family.

Located at 1095 State Route 315 in the Trion Warehouse, Gravestone Manor presents its 18th season of Halloween theatrics. The 2016 plot follows an unhinged detective, who is investigating a car crash and a missing persons case, right to the doorstep of the whispered-about Van Chappel family who the detective believes is at the root of the problem.

Customers line up and are greeted by a horror character, which, on opening night, was an extremely stoic and perfectly silent Michael Myers. He elicited some early screams from the youngest children in the crowd.

At the box office, patrons pay a $10 admission. Profits support the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Friendly, if spooky, volunteers lead thrill seekers into a waiting area/movie theater where they watch simple but spine-tingling horror shorts while they await their fate.

Once the show starts, at 7 p.m., Gravestone does a great job of efficiently moving groups through the attraction. No one waited too long to take their turn in the manor, and the horror shorts made the waiting time fun.

Once inside, groups of seven or eight follow the kooky gumshoe through scene after scene connected by tight, dimly lit hallways where freaks and creatures could be lurking.

After investigating the scene of the crash, groups enter the Van Chappel residence, where they encounter a satanic dining room, a grimy bathroom and a chilling courtyard.

Set design is elaborate and creepy down the the finest detail. The atmosphere is entertaining to the eyes and raises the heart rate a bit.

The believable aesthetics, however, are far from the only thing that makes this attraction frighteningly entertaining.

There are plenty of scares and harrowing characters to meet.

All manner of creeps and demented entities inhabit the manor. Patrons happen upon various members of the Van Chappel family, biological and supernatural.

Although scares are frequent and ghouls could be hiding anywhere, Gravestone Manor has a no contact policy, so boos stop only the hearts of customers not their strides.

Overall this is a fun attraction that delivers an intriguing story to follow along with an expertly designed maze of fun yet scary scenes.

Gravestone Manor recommends all customers be over the age of 8, but the attraction provides Halloween season fun for virtually all ages.

While Gravestone might not scare the daylights out of every adult to enter its walls, depending on the individual’s tolerance for fright, it will certainly spook the adventurous and entertain the whole clan.

Rating: 4 Coffins out of 5

Guests are always welcome for dinner at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TTLNEPAHaunts2016_GravestoneManor_4-1.jpgGuests are always welcome for dinner at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

A portrait of the lovely Mrs. Van Chappel hangs on the wall at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The Manor’s 2016 story line puts the Van Chappel family in the middle of a frightening mystery.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TTLNEPAHaunts2016_GravestoneManor_2-1.jpgA portrait of the lovely Mrs. Van Chappel hangs on the wall at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The Manor’s 2016 story line puts the Van Chappel family in the middle of a frightening mystery. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

The butler at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township will see to your every need. He is one of many characters who will greet or get the jump on visitors during their tour.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TTLNEPAHaunts2016_GravestoneManor_1-1.jpgThe butler at Gravestone Manor in Plains Township will see to your every need. He is one of many characters who will greet or get the jump on visitors during their tour. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

The grandfather clock tolls for the victims of Gravestone Manor. Elaborate set designs make the Manor as fun to look at as it is to be scared.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TTLNEPAHaunts2016_GravestoneManor_3-1.jpgThe grandfather clock tolls for the victims of Gravestone Manor. Elaborate set designs make the Manor as fun to look at as it is to be scared. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

‘Here lies Detective Fox’ inside Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The detective’s demise plays a big part in raising money for the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TTLNEPAHaunts2016_GravestoneManor_5-1.jpg‘Here lies Detective Fox’ inside Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The detective’s demise plays a big part in raising money for the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Vincent Van Chappel relaxes in the Gothic Chamber inside Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The patriarch of the Van Chappel clan is up to something sinister this year.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TTLNEPAHaunts2016_GravestoneManor_6-1.jpgVincent Van Chappel relaxes in the Gothic Chamber inside Gravestone Manor in Plains Township. The patriarch of the Van Chappel clan is up to something sinister this year. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Haunted attraction tells eerie story through scary theatrics

By Matt Mattei

[email protected]

Gravestone Manor

Address: 1095 State Route 315, Plains Township

Details: gravestonemanor.com or 570-821-6500

Attractions: Haunted House

Review date: Oct. 1, 2016 (opening weekend)

Reviewers: Matt Mattei

Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651 or Twitter @TLArts

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Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651 or Twitter @TLArts

Gravestone Manor

Address: 1095 State Route 315, Plains Township

Details: gravestonemanor.com or 570-821-6500

Attractions: Haunted House

Review date: Oct. 1, 2016 (opening weekend)

Reviewers: Matt Mattei