Rosemont Manor is a hand-built annual community yard haunt in the heart of Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood, on the 2100 block of East 5th Street, between Osborne and Ridgeway.
It’s being postponed until Friday, November 1st, because of the weather on Halloween. It will start at 6:30 p.m. The end time will be around 10:30 p.m.
It’s FREE to attend.
Everyone remembers THAT Halloween house from childhood – you know, the one with lighting, fog, tombstones, ghosts, and adults in costume passing out candy. Today, home haunting has gone extreme, with truly original, spooky experiences – for free! Nation-wide, home haunters meet at conventions and via on-line forums to share tips on building props, designing pneumatics on the cheap, and optimizing small spaces.
Variously called “yard haunts” or “art haunts,” the home haunters’ displays are eagerly awaited by local communities each year.
And we have one in Elizabeth! Homeowners Matthew Clark and Kristen Johnson spend the better part of two months building the one-night-only event.
Each year, new attractions are added – last year, a 28-foot whirling vortex tunnel led the way into the total experience. This year, they have collected a huge stack of branches, and have framed out the porch with 2x4s – the purpose, they say, is a secret until Halloween night.
In addition, their haunt features animatronics, live performers (fire-eaters!), a realistic thunder-and-lightening show, and (debuting this year) a psychedelic room requiring 3D glasses.
Named for the historic Charlotte neighborhood Rosemont, Rosemont Manor is at the 2100 block of East 5th Street (between Ridgeway and Osborne), and annually draws over 1000 visitors of all ages and from all over the Charlotte area, who wait in line for a chance to go through the whole haunt.
The street gets shut down, and the line extends down the sidewalk. All this “just” in their yard and porch – small enough to be palatable for the easily scared, just the right size for a few thrills.
Open ONLY on Halloween starting at 6:30, the yard display is appropriate for all ages; the enclosed porch and separate tents are at parents’ discretion. Rosemont Manor is always free, but the Greater Charlotte SPCA will be on site collecting donations for their rescue efforts, and various concessions will be on sale (all proceeds to the GCSPCA).
Want to enjoy a dinner out while visiting Elizabeth?
Here are some restaurants to try:
- The Fig Tree, 1601 E. 7th Street
- Carpe Diem, 1535 Elizabeth Avenue
- Customshop Handcrafted Food, 1601 Elizabeth Avenue
- The Crunkleton, 1957 E. 7th Street
- Viva Chicken, 1617 Elizabeth Avenue
- Cajun Queen, 1800 E. Seventh Street
While you’re in the Elizabeth neighborhood, check out the Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall, at 721 Clement Avenue.