Tormented Souls Haunt & Scream Park (Madrid, IA)
NOTE: A waiver must be signed by adults and minors in order to visit this site. See their website for a digital waiver you must sign before being admitted :)
2021 DMHH Notes:
Their website states "Not your typical haunted house experience. Give us your soul and we’ll give you the fright of a lifetime!"
Unlike most haunts in the area, Tormented Souls Haunt and Scream Park is a multi-attraction event. In addition to the one (large) haunted walk (containing enclosed "indoor" scenes and large open outdoor scenes), they also have the very first zombie paintball experience that was offered in this area. Zee-Pocalypse is a tractor-pulled trailer with mounted paintball guns. A small group gets to ride the route with a guide while they shoot at stationary targets and live actors (dressed as zombies in protective body armor). Round off the experience with a food truck (on busier nights) and live entertainment (this year featuring a fire show, on certain nights).
But the most interesting part about this haunt is probably how you get there... You do not drive to the haunt location. Instead, you park in a parking lot and a school bus (the "Terror Bus") arrives and welcomes you onboard. You are then driven away from town, past the cornfields, then eventually in to the woods before you arrive at the actual scream park location.
And for those curious, the location is called Zook Spur, and it is based on a historical mining town that once existed in the area.
If you have never visited Tormented Souls, it's worth the short drive to Madrid, Iowa. And, if you want a little extra fun, consider their "Seventh Sin Combo Discount" package. Instead of $20 for the haunt and $29 for the zombie paintball ride, you can get them both and save $5... which you can use to buy extra paintball ammunition while on the ride ;-)