Connecticut partners create mobile haunted attraction

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — Halloween and horror-fanatics Robert Besaw and David Belas have created a unique mobile haunted attraction.

Besaw, of Bristol, and Belas, of Southington, own Evidence of Evil LLC, a company that specializes in design and production of haunted houses, including actor training, set design, and audio.

Belas and Besaw recently crafted “The Chamber,” their first mobile haunted escape room. They are able to take down the room and reassemble it at another location in a few hours.

Patrons have 5 minutes to try to solve a series of puzzles to escape a serial killer’s den.

“Our goal was to create something not only scary, but stressful,” said Belas. “We’re looking to tap into people’s fears and put them into situations they don’t want to be in.”

Belas and Besaw each have more than 10 years of experience in the haunted attractions industry. It took them about three months to design and construct the mobile room.

Groups of four to six people enter “The Chamber” together with hoods over their heads so they can’t see the room at first.

“You’re basically locked in a serial killer’s den where you see his corner where he dissects his victims and there is a corner that he locks his victims up so (they) can’t escape,” said Besaw.

“The Chamber” was set up Friday and Saturday at the Nightmare Corn Maze in Glastonbury and will be set up on Oct. 28 and 29 at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Part of the proceeds will go to the Beardsley Zoo, Belas said.

The haunted attraction is also available to rent.

“We came up with it because a lot of the escape rooms are mystery, and we wanted to bring horror into the escape room,” said Besaw.