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OUR COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES

OUR COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES

Frequently Asked Questions

Before calling us please read through our extensive FAQ.  We’ve heard it all folks.  Chances are your question is listed here.

When are the Haunted Houses Open?

A: During Halloween season Click here for calendar, and for special event nights in Dec, Feb, March and May.  If you miss the Halloween season and/or these special event nights, the haunted houses are not open, even if google says we are.

Our Escape Rooms and Axe throwing are open YEAR ROUND, Tues-Sun.  Reservations are required.  You can book HERE

Where Are You Located?

A: We are located at the BACK of 2 Brighton Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055. If you see a “Manhattan Marketing” sign at the top of the building, that is the FRONT, and you must make the left and come around to the back side of the building. Click here for directions

How Much Does it Cost?

A: Click here for admission prices

TIP: When the FAREHARBOR page opens, click your desired activity, then click your desired date of attendance.  Then choose the time you wish to attend.  Only after doing so will the ticket types, prices and descriptions populate.

Is there an age limit?

A: No.

TIP 1: Any children who attend cannot be carried, and must walk on their own.   There are no refunds if they don’t make it through or even into the attractions.  

Do you open if its raining?

A: YES.  We are open rain or shine.  PLEASE bring an umbrella or rain gear.  We DO offer some coverage from the rain on our queue lines but we are not able to cover our over flow queue areas.  Please be prepared.

My Ticket is for 9PM. Do I get in at 9pm? When should I arrive?

NOTE: Timed ticketing is a wait reduction strategy only. Your ticket time is an arrival time, not an entry time.  Wait times vary based on each night during Halloween season.  To reduce your  wait time further, attend earlier in the month, on a Thursday/Sunday, or purchase a fast pass or immediate entry pass.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the time stated on your ticket.  Allow extra  time for parking.  Arriving drastically earlier will only extend your wait time.  Guests are not allowed to enter their timed slotted wait area until 15 minutes before the time stated the ticket.

Off site parking lot with shuttle bus available during haunted house hours only at 199 Scoles Ave (The Learning Center) in The Clifton, NJ 07012.  Park there and ride the shuttle bus 4 minutes to Brighton Asylum. Service to and from the Asylum are provided free of charge.  This service is available 1 hour before we open until the last guest is dropped back off. 

What does my Ticket purchase include?

General/Fast Pass =  includes all 3 haunted houses

Scared Stiff Package =  includes all 3 haunted houses, plus admission to The Horror Museum, one Fear Pressure escape room and AXEsylum glow in the dark axe throwing (3 axes).

Our 60 minute escape rooms and 60 minute axe throwing must be purchased separately, in advance online. These experiences typically sell out before we even open for the night so if you are interested in them, please purchase them in advance.  We also have a an escape room/axe throwing combo you may purchase.

Are there discounts for children?

A: No. We scare everyone equally.  Additionally, all children must walk through the attractions on their own 2 feet, and cannot be carried.  An adult must sign their waiver.

Are group rates available?

A: Yes.  Group rate tickets can be purchased here

  1. Click on the “haunted houses and experiences” box
  2. Click on the calendar
  3. Choose the date you wish to attend
  4. Choose the time you wish to attend
  5. Choose “Group Rate” ticket from the list that populates
  6. You must choose a minimum quantity of 20 tickets
Is it indoors?

A: Yes. All of our haunted attractions are indoors and we are open rain or shine!. Our queue lines are located outdoors. DRESS WARM.

We also have a huge outdoor festival area filled with Instagram/Snapchat worthy photo ops, escape rooms, merch store, Queue line entertainment, glow in the dark axe throwing, and so much more!  Brighton Asylum is the ultimate Halloween experience for the whole family.  Please dress appropriately for outdoor weather conditions.

What is a "Contact Night?"

NOTE: CONTACT NIGHTS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19.  

NEW FOR 2018! Now, we offer this more intense OPTIONAL experience each and every night we are open!  Simply accept a glow necklace to opt in, and discard it to opt out.  COMPLETELY SAFE for those who do not like contact. Rease below!

A: In the past, these were special event nights where guests were given a glow necklace at the gate (entirely optional). If a glow necklace was accepted, our creatures, zombies, patients, and undead could PHYSICALLY interact with you!  These nights could also be attended by those who did not want to participate in the contact as the contact was entirely optional.  These were for our hardcore fans who wished to take the scares to another level.  Now we offer these optional experiences each and every night.  Don’t worry!  Those who do not like contact are completely safe!  Only those wearing the glow necklaces will be targeted for this more intense experience.  Those too scared to participate can sit back and watch all the fun!

More info on our Contact Nights HERE

How Long is the wait in line?

A: This question cannot easily be answered. When we first open for the Halloween season, the wait is typically much shorter. In fact, there might not be any wait at all. The beginning of October, Sundays, and Thursdays will see less crowds as well as earlier in the night and later in the night as crowds dissipate. As it gets closer to Halloween, specifically on a Friday or Saturday night, the wait is longer.  It is best not to make additional plans for “after” your visit to Brighton Asylum as we cannot guarantee when you will be “finished” unless you purchase a fast pass or immediate access pass.  General admission tickets of any kind are subject to general admission wait, even with a timed arrival.

TIP: The only way to eliminate your wait is with a FAST PASS.  Timed ticketing is not a wait elimination strategy it is a wait REDUCTION strategy.  The time on your ticket is not the time you enter.  It is your arrival time.  Only Fast Pass guests have priority entry.  

Is there parking and do you charge for it?

A: During Halloween season, We have on site parking, free of charge. On busy Friday and Saturday nights later in October, please allow extra time for parking. In addition to our on site parking, we also offer a large off site parking lot available at 199 Scoles Ave, Clifton NJ 07012 for your convenience, FREE OF CHARGE. Park there and ride the shuttle 4 min to Brighton Asylum. Shuttles pick up and drop off every 10 minutes or so.  At this time there is no charge for this convenient service.  You can also type “The Learning Center” into your phone’s navigation system.

The off site lot is ONLY open during our haunted house operational hours for the Halloween season, and opens 1 hour before the haunted houses open and closes after the last guest has been dropped off.  During the off season (Dec-May), only our on-site lot is available, and street parking if needed). 

Where is the waiting area?

A: The waiting area for all attractions is outdoors (main queue areas are weather protected.  Overflow queue areas are not.  Please be prepared for weather conditions). All the attractions themselves are INDOORS.  WE ARE OPEN RAIN OR SHINE! Please keep an eye on the temperature/weather so you can dress appropriately before coming!

How long does it take to go through?

A:  We expect that you will experience heart-pounding action long enough to feel VERY satisfied, and worth the trip.  Guests report that it routinely takes them between 40 minutes to 1 hour to complete all 3 haunted houses.  Its hard to say exactly how long it takes to navigate all 3 haunted houses because this is not a timed ride.  It’s a walk-through attraction where guests are free to experience the attractions at their own pace.  This vastly affects the amount of time guests are inside the attractions.  Guests who get scared easily and run through the attractions are inside for far less than those who really take in the environment and take their time.  Those who purchase our premium “scared stiff” ticket will be with us even longer, experiencing multiple add ons including our horror museum, axe throwing, and an escape room. Needlessly to say, Brighton Asylum is a world class haunted attraction experience, and has received numerous recognition, including visits from The Today Show, Cake Boss, actor James Franco, as well as winning top haunt awards from Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Haunted Attraction Association, and many more.

TIP:  The time it takes each group to navigate the attractions will vary from group to group. 

NOTE: Please dont call us with this question because we are going to give you the same answer as above 

How many people enter at one time?

We allow up to 10 guests at a time to enter the haunted houses.  If you have a larger group, we simply split your group for a better experience.

We are a group of 11, can we all go in together?

A: We cannot make exceptions.  Our max capacity is 10 people per entry time.   You may bring larger groups. A group of 15 will enter as a group of 7 and a group of 8.

Is Brighton Asylum Handicap Accessible?

A: Yes. There are a couple areas that may have to be by­passed; we provide by­passes for all guests that cannot go through certain rooms of the haunted house. Please make sure that you check in with an Event Staff employee and they will help you through the houses!

NOTE: The Bleeding Grounds on the 2nd level is not wheelchair accessible.

NOTE: we do not allow anyone with medical braces to enter, such as casts, leg braces, crutches, as a pre-existing medical condition could be made worse by these events. Those with a medical brace in a secured wheelchair will be granted entry with a guide

Do you have a lot of strobe lights in the haunted houses?

A: Yes. We have many strobe lights throughout the entire haunted house. It is not recommended for people that have Epilepsy to go through the haunted house. We also don’t recommend people with asthma, heart issues, pre existing medical conditions of any kind, back/neck problems, and pregnant women go through the haunted house. Those with medical braces of any kind will be denied admission.

Is there Security?

A: We have security on staff every single night including police officers, retired police officers, and SORA licensed security.  You will have to be wanded by a security officer before you will be allowed to enter the park.

Can we take photos/video inside the haunted houses?

A: No. Photography and video recording (including GoPros) are not permitted as it causes guests to stop inside the attractions (which is not permitted), it blinds our actors when the flash goes off, and people lose dozens of phones per night.  It also causes massive back ups and keeps our lines moving very slow.

NOTE: We will not stop the show and go back inside to look for your phone if you drop it.  We will only go back to retrieve it once the last guest is out of the attractions for the night.  We are also not responsible for the condition of your items once found.  IF found. Secure your phones and personal items.  

TIP: Take all the video and photos you wish in our outdoor midway area where we have  Hollywood level photo ops, Queue line performers, and so much more! 

Can I bring my purse and/or shoulder bag into the haunted house?

A: We do not have lockers or a coat check at the haunted house. We DO allow small purses and shoulder bags into the attractions but we will not allow large backpacks or oversized purses as they have the potential to get caught on moving sets, walls and pose a safety hazard to you or other guests.  We suggest you leave your purse in your car.  If you are worried about expensive items in your purse, leave those items at home before attending or bring an alternate purse with you that will be acceptable for passage.

Will the actors touch us? Can we touch the actors?

NOTE: ACTORS WILL NOT TOUCH GUESTS AND NO OPTION TO PROVIDE CONTACT WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SEASON DUE TO COVID-19. 

A: No. Actors will not touch you unless you are wearing a free glow necklace (provided at the entrance) which opts you into physical contact. You may opt out at any time by discarding the necklace. Please be respectful and do not touch the actors back under any circumstances. Incidental and unintentional contact may occur. Touching the actors will get your group ejected from the haunted house without refund.  If you are interested in “contact”, please read about our contact options here

LIVE VIDEO RECORDING IN ALL HAUNTED HOUSES, AT CONCESSIONS, SECURITY CHECK, AND PARKING AREAS.

Can pregnant women go though the haunted house?

A: We do not recommend pregnant women to go through the haunted house. So if you insist on going through pregnant, you do so at your own risk.

If I have asthma, can I go through the haunted house?

A: Even though large fog effects are not used at Brighton Asylum due to NJ state regulations (caution: We still use fog), we still do not recommend those with asthma attend our show due to other ways asthma can be triggered, including, but not limited to: anxiety, fear, physical exertion, etc. You enter at your own risk.  If you insist on attending, and you have asthma, please bring your inhaler.

Who should not attend Brighton Asylum?

A: Brighton Asylum is not recommended for those with known, unknown, and pre-existing medical conditions including, but not limited to: breathing, heart, psychological, joint or muscle conditions, pre-existing medical conditions, back, neck or skeletal problems, any activity made worse by physical exertion, or if you are not physically fit, anxiety, sensory disorders, neurological disorders, etc.  Attractions require guests to walk great distances over a winding pathway with moving floors and walls.  Stair cases are present at multiple locations inside the attractions.

Do not attend this event if you are suffering with a fever, flu-like symptoms, or have suffered with flu-like symptoms in the past 48 hours.

WARNING: Guests assume all risks and liability for taking part in this activity.  This is a haunted attraction and with this activity, there are risks, known and unknown, associated with its participation.  Injury or death can occur as a result of taking part in this activity.  Brighton Asylum, its affiliates, its management, owners, landlord, or sponsors, assume no liability for injuries resulting from taking part in this activity.  By purchasing a ticket and attending, you agree to hold harmless Brighton Asylum, its management, owners, landlord, cast, crew, and affiliates and assume all liability for taking part in this activity.   A waiver is required prior to entry.  All participants must sign.  Parents or adult guardian must sign for minors. 

Can I bring my dog?

A: Sorry, we know dogs are welcome at most places in New Jersey, however, it’s just too darn scary for our furry friends at Brighton Asylum. They would probably be more comfortable at home with the other scaredy cats…err humans.

Will you pay for my clothing if it gets stained, ripped or ruined in the haunted house?

A: Sorry, we will not.  Please do not wear expensive items to the haunted attraction.  Our make up used in the attraction is water-soluble and will come out with simple washing.  However, we just dont know how these items will react with your particular clothing, and therefore, cannot make any guarantees.  Please do not call us about these situations, or say you did not read the FAQ.  We will not pay for your damaged clothing or your lost or damaged items.  Please leave these items at home.  Thank you

We ran into the group in front of us, can we get a refund?

No.  Like large concert, theater and sporting events, there are no refunds of any kind.

If having a more “alone” experience is important to you, attend earlier in October, or on a week day.  Groups are spaced out before entering each of our 3 attractions.  You will notice an event staff with a stop watch.  Every group is timed at the appropriate pace.  Adding more space between groups will not do anything to prevent groups from running into one another (but it WILL increase your wait time substantially).  It happens because one particular group is walking VERY fast, and another group is walking very slow.

Once that initial timing has been done, we do not control the pace at which guests navigate the attractions.  If you get a bad group in front of you, we cannot do anything about it.  Some people walk slower than a pack of zombies and some run through it.  It is inevitable that some catching up will take place. Brighton Asylum is designed to be scary and entertaining regardless of the pacing as our actors are trained to scare in large groups.

Is there any specific dress code to enter the Brighton Asylum?

A: Yes. No high heels (we have stairs inside the attraction), no backbacks or bags, no props or masks with costumes (costumes are permitted), and we highly recommend not wearing expensive clothing due to the potential for them getting stained, wet, ripped, etc, inside the attraction.  WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, STOLEN, DAMAGED PROPERTY.

TIP: We are unable to go back through the attraction to look for your phone, or other items you WILL  drop because you insist on getting that video after we tell you there is no video recording or photography once you enter.  Likely, your phone is gone forever, even if you constantly email us to tell us the beacon says its still there.  Leave the phone in your pocket where it belongs.  

If I have a problem, can I just complain and get a refund?

A: We do not offer refunds for any reason.  We will not respond to refund inquiries for any reason, under any circumstances. Not for emergencies, family emergencies, personal circumstances, your fish died, your tickets were scanned but for some reason you left the line (someone tries that every year), it doesn’t matter.  Once a ticket is purchased, that ticket cannot be refunded.  Once that ticket is scanned, it cannot be scanned or used again.

If you have an issue, PLEASE report it to us ON SITE, the night of your attendance.  Please report it to the ticket booth.  We will work with you closely to resolve your issue.  Please don’t email us or call us days later to report an issue.  We may not be able to help you.  We need to hear from you the SAME NIGHT you attend, and work with you on that same night.  Please understand, refunds are not part of resolving that issue.

Can I get out if I'm too scared?

A: Yes. There are emergency exits around most corners. Simply follow the emergency exits signs out of the haunt (without refund.  If we scared you that quickly, we did the job you paid us to do, and promptly!). We have staff in these areas to assist you. However, If you use these emergency exits, you will not be allowed back into the haunt. These emergency exits are for emergency only.

Are there refreshments at Brighton Asylum?

A: Yes. Refreshments vary night to night but we typically carry water, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, packaged snacks and more!

Can I show up drunk, stoned, and wreck your haunted house and assault your actors?

A: You should ask the police on duty this question. Every season (without fail) we have to escort someone out of our haunts into the arms of the police. We do not allow aggressive behavior, pushing, weapons of any kind, alcohol, touching our actors or staff, etc. We have a list of rules just like any other business that must be adhered to for your own safety. Please go through the attractions in a civilized manner and everyone (including yourself) will have a great time.

NOTE: No outside food or beverages of any kind will be permitted past the security checkpoint.  All water bottles, coffee cups, etc, must be thrown out prior to entering. Additionally, we refuse entry to anyone who appears intoxicated, or openly aggressive towards our staff/actors.  

Can I work at Brighton Asylum?

A: We have a limited number of positions available each season. Check the “work here” tab for information on how to apply. Please keep in mind, we are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and reliable people to be a part of our time. If you are simply looking for extra money, don’t have a passion for this genre, or are trying to pass the time, this is not the job for you.  You must be at least 17 years old by Nov 1st, 2020 to apply for our upcoming Halloween season.

My question isn't here. How can I contact you?

A: We can be reached at brightonasylumoffice@gmail.com. We cannot answer emails or phone calls during hours of operation so please leave your questions for us ahead of time.

Hotline – 201-848-2517

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