By: Gino Sabato Around the end of September and the beginning of October the normally family friendly, zip-a-dee-doo-dah atmosphere in Central Florida takes on a much darker and eerie persona. It’s Halloween season, and there is no shortage of haunted houses and things that go bump in the night. I am not a huge fan of the standard haunted attractions with ghouls and monsters lurking around every corner. It’s just not scary when you know exactly what to expect. There are a few exceptions and Vault of Souls is certainly at the top of the list.
Vault of Souls takes the relatively common concept of scaring people, and turns it completely upside-down. The experience begins before you even enter the majestic Exchange National Bank building in downtown Tampa. The seemingly normal, yet somewhat dated, doorman appears perfectly average at first glance, however after a few moments you realize there is something creepy about the way he looks at you. Upon entering the building, your entire party has their souls thoroughly cleansed for the experience that awaits. You are then immediately invited to join the other guests for complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.