We Dare You To Enter…

The Legend of the Waldorf Estate…

The Waldorf Hotel Entrance

Ask anyone in Palmerton about Oliver Sommersby and they’ll tell you about what happened that gruesome night in 1929. The night he stole the lives of everyone inside the Waldorf Hotel and then disappeared into thin air. But… ask the folks of Forest Inn about Oliver and you’ll get a different story, one you won’t forget.

In 1955 a seemingly wealthy gentleman from California, built an establishment along Route 209 in Lehighton. A pub and restaurant with rooms to rent, calls it the Waldorf Hotel, a place for the middle class people to be merry and rest their souls…but rest…their souls never will. Over the next 10 years this “gentleman” from California tortured and killed at least 25 innocent people; women, children, whomever he could get his hands on, the ones he thought no one would miss until… he picked the wrong little girl.

Ella, a beautiful, sweet girl. The prized possession of her father, Thomas, the town’s new butcher. Thomas just wouldn’t stop until he found out what happened to his little girl. He searched night and day for two weeks before he ended up here, at the Waldorf Hotel. Fatherly intuition told him this was the place he would find his daughter. He tore into the pub, searching every room until he came across the mysterious man from California crouched in the corner of the attic with a grin on his face. At that moment, Thomas realized that the man before him was none other than Oliver Sommersby!! He lunged at Oliver but came to a sudden hault when he saw what was lying beside him. It was the remains of his beloved daughter, maimed and nearly unrecognizable in death. Before Thomas had any time to react, a flash of pain ripped through his chest. Oliver had stabbed him in the heart. But Thomas refused to be taken down so easily, he WOULD avenge his child. With this thought came the strength enough for Thomas to rip the blade from his own chest and plunge it into Oliver’s. There, they both would die in mixing pools of blood on the floor.

This tale of good versus evil should have ended there, but it doesn’t. It will live on forever, as all who enter will come to witness on their own, for the souls of all killed remain here still, restless and looking for revenge! You may even come to witness the ghost of Oliver Sommersby himself! Will he come to steal your soul too? Think you’re brave enough to find out? Come inside, we’re all waiting!!!!

Meet the Staff

The Bellhop
The Bellhop

The Bellhop is one of the oldest entities that lurks within the shadows of the Waldorf. Wallace was a clean-cut young man fresh out of college when he began working at the hotel. Eventually, he grew close to the mysterious owner of the house, Oliver. Their closeness would prove fatal when Wallace stumbled upon the wicked secrets that lie in the dreaded basement. Oliver influenced the bellhop to kill. In the twilight hours on October 12, 1956, Wallace took a rubber mallet from the utility closet near the lobby, crept up to the second floor, and bludgeoned a husband and wife to death. In a frenzied bloodlust, the Bellhop pursued 3 other guests through the house, managing to kill a third in the bathroom. He was closing in on his remaining prey when Oliver emerged and plunged a blade deep into his abdomen. Shortly after, guests began to cry out about a ghastly figure harassing them in the night. The ghost of a clean-cut young man dressed in a bellhops outfit. Though it has been many years, the reports still persist to this day. Many have been proven to be false, and yet some...have no conclusive answer.

The Maid
The Maid

Lilith, the head of housekeeping at the Waldorf, always prided herself on the sparkling clean hotel. But what people didn’t know is all her hard work was to learn the affection of the owner, her dearest Oliver. Oliver used this to his advantage, relying on her to clean up after his messes. One October evening Lilith decided to confess her love to Oliver and she soon discovered that he was capable of loving no one but himself! Devastated, she took her own life. It is said that Lilith still walks the halls making sure the hotel is sparkling clean trying to win the affection of her true love... Oliver.

The Chef
The Chef

Shortly after Oliver opened the Waldorf he hired twin brother chefs, Edwin and Robert. Robert would help Oliver with his evil deeds and Edwin would try to save them from Oliver. One night inside the kitchen the brothers finally had enough of each other and started fighting until both lied unmoving and dead. Both brothers suffered brain damage and Robert's face was bashed beyond repair. Oliver being the twisted mind he was used Edwin's body as a vessel for both brothers' brains. They are continually fighting for control of the one body they share now even in death.

The Librarian
The Librarian

Be quiet in the library… or you may feel the wrath of the Waldorf Hotel’s very own librarian. In her time at the Waldorf, she dealt with many loud obnoxious tourists. No matter how hard she tried, the guests just wouldn’t hold their tongues. In the night, after the tragedy that struck her employer, Oliver Sommersby, she suffered a heart attack due to all the overwhelming stress surrounding her job along with Oliver’s passing. Now she has all the time in the world to tell guests to shut their mouths… or she will shut it for you.

The Attractions

The harvest begins October 1st…the soul harvest. Oliver is weak and has one month to collect the souls that he needs to survive the year in Abaddon. Lucky for him, he has the damned, who still wander the halls to do his bidding for him. You see many check in but only the fortunate check out. Will you survive your stay? Find out this October…your room is ready!

The Waldorf hotel is full of high-tech lighting and tricks but most of all enthusiastic, highly energetic, live actors that will have you screaming for your mommy. So check in…we DARE you!

Come face to face with your favorite horror movie villains in this outdoor walking trail. Our realistic sets will have you thinking you just stepped inside your favorite horror movies. Will you survive a trip to Summer Camp or wake up from your nightmare? Find out in our newest attraction which will surely have you screaming!!


Our walking trail weaves you through our infamous corn field lasting approximately 20 minutes (depends on the speed of your group). Please wear appropriate footwear since you will be walking on uneven ground, up and down stairs and through the woods.



The apocalypse has hit and you find yourself fighting for your life in a zombie infested wasteland when a survivor offers you refuge. He locks you in for safe keeping while he goes to look for more survivors but are you truly safe? Your room holds up to 10 survivors who have 30 minutes to solve the riddles and clues that lead you to the key to get out before the undead get in. This is a medium level escape game recommended for 12 yrs or older. Reservations are suggested since availability is limited.

This is your chance to enter the famed Abaddon Hotel from the Hell House LLC franchise. With only a flashlight, you and several other victims will have 30 minutes to explore the rooms where all of the horror takes place, even the BASEMENT. Will you survive inside the Abaddon or become a permanent resident like the others before you?

Join Palmerton's hometown paranormal investigation team, High Spirits of Palmerton Paranormal, for an exclusive small group paranormal tour inside the infamous Hell House. Slots are limited to 20 (two groups of 10). There will be two lead investigators available with advanced equipment to enhance your paranormal experience. Investigate with the team or on your own, your choice.

Limited quantities of equipment will be available for rent on a first come first serve basis.

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Fright Tickets (Pick 1)

  • The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel - $20
  • Terror in the Corn - $20


Scream Package - $30 BEST VALUE! (Save $10)

  • The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel (included!)
  • Terror in the Corn (included!)


Terror Package - $45 Limited Availability

  • The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel (included!)
  • Terror in the Corn (included!)
  • Apocalypse Escape Room (included!)


VIP Upgrade - $15

Add a VIP upgrade to any ticket and gain entrance through a shorter line.


Escape Hell House - $25

  • You have 30 minutes to solve how to escape the room.
  • Please note that this is a separate attraction from the other two, requiring timed tickets.


Apocalypse Escape Room - $20

  • You have 30 minutes to solve how to escape the room.
  • Please note that this is a separate attraction from the other two, requiring timed tickets.


Haunted Hell House: A Paranormal Experience - $50

Limited Availability. Equipment rental is extra.

Paranormal Weekend Bundle - $80

Calling all ghost hunters!! This bundle includes:

  • 1 - Scream Package (both haunts)
  • 1 - Haunted Hell House: Paranormal Experience
  • 1 - VIP


Hell House Weekend Bundle - $100 (Save $30)

Calling all Hell House Fans!!! This bundle includes:

  • 1 - Scream Package (both haunts)
  • 1 - Haunted Hell House: Paranormal Experience
  • 1 - Escape Hell House pass
  • 1 - VIP


Ticket Booth Purchases

Prefer to purchase tickets when you get there? Our Ticket Booth is CASH ONLY and all sales are final. For your convenience, there is an ATM available on site.

The Ticket booth will close promptly at 10:30.

Dates and Times

Calendar of Dates and Times

We are open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-11 pm.

Other Special Events:
Haunted Hell House - A Paranormal Investigation

September 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
October 2, 14, 21, 30

Paranormal Team Nights

Select Saturdays
October 1, 15, 22, 29

Escape Hell House

October 9, 16, 23

Check out the Events page for more info.


Our Ticket Booth and parking lot will close at 10:30 but we run until everyone is through.

We have FREE parking and food vendors.

Ticket Booth purchases are CASH ONLY and all sales are final. For your convenience, an ATM is avilable on site.

Some attractions are weather permitting. Please note that we are not handicapped accessible. We can be contacted at 610-82-HOTEL, on Facebook or contact@waldorfestateoffear.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: There is no age limit, parents must use their own discretion. Our rule of thumb is 12 and over!
Q: How long does it take to go through the attraction?
A: Each attraction takes 15-20, plus wait time. Upgrade to a VIP to save some time!
Q: Are there physical restrictions?
A: Terror in the Corn is a walking trail outside and the Hotel has staircases and crawling.
Q: Do you have refreshments?
A: Yes, we have food vendors.
Q: Do you have a bathroom?
A: Yes, we have portable facilities.
Q: Do you accept credit or debit cards?
A: No, our Ticket Booth is CASH ONLY. For your convenience there is an ATM available on site.
Q: Are you open if it rains?
A: Our attractions are weather permitting, if it is raining the walking trail will be closed. We can be contacted at 610-82-HOTEL if you have questions.
Q: Is it scary?
A: Come find out for yourself!!!

Midway Massacre

Featuring the Following:

  • High Spirits of Palmerton Paranormal
  • Refurbished Goods
  • Livin Hella Good Flannel Co.
  • Jammy's Custom Designs and Gifts
  • Wild Buds
  • P.F.G. Pizza
  • Taco Town
  • Traveling Curbside Grill
  • Tripps BBQ
  • Uncommon Grounds Mobile Cafe
  • Strohl's Woodcrafts & More
  • Zombie Brain Smash
  • Zombie Paintball Hunt Training Camp
  • Skeleball


We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:

  • Chamber of Haunters
  • Photography By Lynn


Public Paranormal Investigations

During your public hunt you will have the opportunity to investigate the entire set of Hell House. This is NOT a guided tour. This is a public ghost hunt with a limited number of tickets sold! The investigation timeframe is from 8 pm to 2 am. Bring your own equipment. HSPP team members WILL be on site to assist IF NECESSARY. The building has no heat and no air conditioning so dress accordingly. This is a large location with plenty of room to roam inside and out. Please be respectful of other investigators.

Team Paranormal Investigations

Calling fellow paranormal teams! Come out and investigate the set of the Hell House, LLC, horror movies! This location HAS ONLY EVER been investigated by HSPP! Be one of the first paranormal teams to make your mark in the paranormal research filed at this new venue! The total per team is $600.00 for 6 hours ( up to 6 investigators) of investigating a highly active location here in the Lehigh Valley. Additional investigators or additional hours will incur an additional fee . Additional investigators are 100/person. Additional hours are 50$. Investigations will begin at 8 p.m. and run until 2 a.m.

Your team will receive an invoice within 30 days of booking the date for half the total due. Please make sure we have the correct email information to send the invoice to so there is no miscommunication and you do not lose your date to another team! Upon receipt of your date your remaining balance will be due 30 days prior to your investigation date. There are no refunds. If there are cancellation requests, we will do our best to find an alternate date for your team and work with you to resolve any date change requests. Questions or concerns should be sent to hs.palmerton.paranormal@gmail.com