For the first time, Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail (an independent attraction in Plant City) is hosting a SPOOKY CHRISTMAS EVENT! With two creepy haunts and lots of activities like axe throwing, an escape room, and laser tag; haunt fans can look forward to a night of scary, holiday fun! Last night we were honored to attend a special media preview of this event, and it was AWESOME! Thank you, Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, for inviting us out! Now, let’s take a closer at all there is to see and do at Sir Henry’s Haunted Christmas!
The main attraction for any spooky event, Sir Henry’s Haunted Christmas features two holiday-centric stories: Krampusnacht and A Christmas Haunting!
In a small rural town, many families are enjoying the rewards of a bountiful harvest during the winter season. But many of the children in the village have become spoiled rotten. Taunting, bullying, and disrespect is rampant. With Christmas approaching these children are not worthy of the presents Santa gifts. Little do they know they have more than coal to worry about. It’s Krampusnacht and Krampus will have his way with these terrible children and anyone else who is on the naughty list.
There is so much that I love about this trail. Let’s start with the very beginning. While I won’t give away any spoilers, I will say that the first few scenes of this haunt are quite seriously the strongest opening sequence I have ever seen in a spooky attraction. Instead of feeling like the traditional distract/scare sequence, this introduction feels more like walk-through theater. In fact, there are several moments in the house focused on observing a scene and taking in the story instead of simply startling you forward. It was a beautiful way to tell this infamous tale, and I loved every minute!
Also adding to the storytelling were incredibly fabulous costumes! In addition to the Krampus performers (who looked amazing, of course), there were some unexpected creepy characters (like a demented snowman) that really added to the holiday terror!
Finally, Krampusnacht featured a large amount of beautiful holiday lights as part of its decor. I simply loved the way the cheery holiday displays clashed with the spooky setting and story. It’s so disorienting and exactly what I’m looking for out of a Christmas-themed haunt! While I loved both trails – the enhanced storytelling, trail introduction, and decor themes make Krampusnacht my favorite!
A Christmas Haunting
Robert and William Worthington owned the lucrative Worthington Toy Company. They could never see eye to eye on how to share the profits. On Christmas Eve Night, the brothers had a heated discussion that soon turned into an all out brawl. Robert in a moment of greed and impulsivity killed his younger brother and made it look like an accident. He closed down all the charitable organizations that William had been giving to, even leaving his wife and children destitute. Now, many years later, it’s Christmas Eve night. Everyone in the town is invited to Robert Worthington’s Christmas party. Although, to everyone it looks like Robert has the perfect life, little do they know that he barricades himself in his cellar every Christmas Eve night. For he is visited by the ghost of his brother and all those he has wronged. So while his guests are filled with joy and merriment, Robert is alone with only ghosts and his guilt to keep him company. Waiting for the day his life would finally end.
Wow! Another amazing trail, these actors create one of the most realistic depictions of a haunting that I have ever experienced! While there were plenty of jump scares in the house, there were also lots of creepy stares, spooky voices, and ghostly apparitions randomly appearing within your line of sight. It really felt like the house was full of spirits – malicious, angry, confused, and ready to exact their revenge!
As impressed as I was with the beginning of Krampusnacht, I LOVE the finale of A Christmas Haunting! While I, once again, won’t give away any spoilers – know that the ending sequence offers a figuratively dark, super creative, and visually stunning conclusion to this creepy story!
Gingerbread Attack Laser Tag
It’s every person for themselves in this free-for-all laser tag game! For five minutes, your group will get to enjoy Sir Henry’s arena, complete with hiding places and barricades. But watch out for the killer Gingerbread Man! He’s a wild card – equally trying to distract and scare all players.
House of Mischeif Escape Game
Oh no! Some mischievous elves have booby trapped this cabin, and there’s no way Santa can deliver gifts in time for Christmas morning! Your group’s mission: solve the riddles to find the necessary code before your time runs out!
Before trying this attraction, I was worried that we wouldn’t make it out in time. With only two of us, I thought it would be too difficult to figure out the clues in just a few minutes. Thankfully, this escape room was a good balance of challenging yet achievable tasks. I really enjoyed it!
A new addition to Sir Henry’s activities, their axe throwing booth offers the opportunity to hurl seemingly sharp objects at a small target. (Fair Warning: You might want to stand back. I’m not very good at this!)
Each purchased round gives you nine throws with a combination of hard plastic axes and ninja stars. I had a lot of fun trying to hit the mark – even though I never got anywhere close! And since Sir Henry’s uses smaller, safer versions of these weapons, younger guests (and clumsy people) get to join the excitement!
Like every Sir Henry’s event, Haunted Christmas offers a variety of live, walk-around characters and entertainment. In between trails and activities, don’t forget to chat with spooky Santa and Mrs. Claus or snap a picture with Krampus. You can even find a group of naughty elves causing havoc around the central courtyard!
There’s a lot to fear at Sir Henry’s Haunted Christmas, and all that terrifying activity might stir up an appetite! If you need a refreshment, stop by the Spooky Eats booth for holiday-themed treats like Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, or even a bag of roasting marshmallows!
Sir Henry’s Swag Shop
Don’t forget to stop by Sir Henry’s Swag Shop for specialty merchandise – including Haunted Christmas sweatshirts, t-shirts, and even holiday ornaments!
Sir Henry’s Haunted Tales
Along with exclusive event merchandise, you can find copies (including autographed ones!) of Sir Henry’s Haunted Tales – an anthology novel featuring the origin stories and complicated histories of some of the attraction’s most beloved original characters. Debuting earlier this year, Sir Henry’s Haunted Tales has received stellar reviews and reception. Written by local horror author Amanda Rosenblatt (with contributions from her husband Brad Acevedo), this book is a treat for those of us who appreciate spooky stories and Florida flair. If you’d like to learn more about the book, read my previous interview with the story’s authors.
If you aren’t able to buy the novel while you’re at the event, you can also find it on Amazon!
Freaky Thoughts: Sir Henry’s Haunted Christmas
With two immersive haunted trails, horror/holiday-themed entertainment, and so many great activities; Sir Henry’s offers a fabulous night out for fans of the dark and spooky. I was so impressed by the trails’ storytelling abilities and thrilled to experience a wonderful mash up of holiday cheer and Halloween fear! I highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys haunted houses or themed entertainment. Sir Henry’s Haunted Christmas runs select nights December 10 – 19. Be sure to buy your tickets online ASAP as they will not be sold at the door.
Know Before You Go
- You MUST purchase your ticket online. No admission sales are available at the gate.
- These trails take place outside on unpaved paths. I highly suggest wearing closed toed, comfortable shoes.
- Just like anywhere in Florida, there may be bugs! Wear bug spray for your comfort and protection.
- Sir Henry’s is a popular Florida haunt and likely to experience busy evenings. You can purchase a Front of Line ticket for faster entry into the two trails.
2837 South Frontage Rd
Plant City, FL 33566
Select evenings Dec 10-19 (See calendar below)
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