3801 Madison Ave.
Hanna Haunted Mansion endeared itself to me because they successfully pull off a terrifying surprise gag in the first two minutes, which I always imagined would be a brilliant and horrific act of entertainment at a haunt, but have never seen before. It is a lower-budget haunting than many of its counterparts around the city, but it's also lower-priced, and has a distinct advantage; it has a "real" legend of haunting. They start with an ominous tour of the historic mansion itself, which is slightly kitschy, but amusing. Patrons are then led to the basement for the "commercial" portion of the event, which features masks, special effects and props. Some of the frights are mildly predictable to a haunted house veteran, but the mansion is great group fun for a wide span of ages, and it is a local historical event that is actually exciting, at a fair price -- $12. Through Oct. 31. www.thehannamansion.org