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2011 Review Crew

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The Haunted Barn Stoughton - CLOSED

by DarkWolf1088 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 28, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

This was my first experience of The Haunted Barn in Stoughton. On first impression this haunt looked exciting. The grounds were abuzz with visitors and screams could be heard throughout the grounds. Needless to say, all in all, this haunt did not disappoint.

Easily located off of Hwy. 51 in Stoughton this haunt is easy to find. After turning on to Hwy. 51 all you need to do is look for the flashing arrow sign and you will be guided in by staff from there. Parking is a plenty and you will easily find the ticket booth to begin your adventure.

As I already mentioned this haunt was BUSY. Even so the wait time was roughly 15 minutes. Don't worry though even while you are waiting your actors will be around to keep you entertained. At no time was the wait ever boring, which is certainly a nice change of pace. Even if the actors weren't out and about the screams of your fellow haunters would do the trick.

All in all this haunt was a fun time. There were times were I was disappointed. Spacing was a major issue (although you must remember this was Halloween weekend that I attended). Throughout the haunt I kept running into the group before me and the group behind me kept running into me. At one point I had to stop because several groups got held up in the house. Although we eventually had an actor that kept us entertained while the groups were being spaced out it took awhile.

At one other point the groups bumped into each other but we were able to keep moving. The other issue was the lack of actors in some areas....especially the woods. I know first hand that it is not easy to scare people in an outdoor environment but even in the house there were areas that an actor could have made an excellent scare but there was no one around.

Other than spacing and times of no scaring or interaction this was still a fun haunt. The scenes and props were simple but enough to "set the scene". Of most important note was the actors. Although some scares were not powerful the actors were having fun. This was contagious. It made the whole haunt that much more entertaining.

 

Summary

As I have already said, all in all, this was a fun haunt. Not including wait time the whole haunt took about 40 minutes to get through. This IS a indoor/outdoor haunt (don't let the word barn fool you), so dress accordingly. This was a good time and a good way to wrap up the Halloween season.

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Trail Of Terror

by majorXpsycho (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

Oconto Jaycees Trail of Terror is a frightening HANDS ON experience. What I like the most about smaller town haunted attractions, such as Trail of Terror, is that they do not rely on the use of popular animatronics and props. All of the props at Oconto Jaycees Trail of Terror are original and appear custom made. Trail of Terror is a lengthy guide through a very dimly lit forest located about 20 minutes North of Green Bay. They are located right off of 141N on Cty Rd J. You will know you have arrived by the roaring bonfire and numerous vehicles parked on the road. The Trail of Terror is probably one of the longest Trails in the State of WI and YES you can EXPECT the actors to fall from the sky and grab you at ALL times.

Signage / Visibility / Location


They are located right off of Hwy J, which is a simple left off of HWY 141N. About 20 - 25 minutes North of Green Bay. The setting is in a very spooky and LARGE forest. There is a sign proclaiming the location and you can not miss all of the vehicles parked on the road.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


In the Wait area you can enjoy refreshments around a HUGE bonfire along with tons of ghouls wandering about.

Actors' Performance


Trail of Terror has by FAR the MOST amount of actors I have ever seen at a haunt. You should expect to be grabbed, caressed, and jumped on by at least 3 - 4 actors at a time. The actors are really what MAKE this haunt frightening!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


All of the sets and scenes are original and custom made. You will notice REAL dead animals (careful those who are afraid of blood). There are several unique scenes set throughout the entire trail.

Length


The entire trail from start to finish took us an HOUR to complete, making it one of the LONGEST trails (and attractions) in WI!!

Crowd Control


You are led by a very SLOW moving guide, so you will never run into other attendees ... you will only hear their screams in the distance!

Most Memorable Moment


There were several memorable moments, but the most memorable was an actor that literally fell from the sky and felt like he almost landed right on me ... I still have no idea how he did it, but it still gives me chills!

Summary

In conclusion Oconto Jaycees Trail of Terror is for those who are looking for an "original" Haunted Attraction that allows the actors to touch and grab you. If you live in Northeastern WI, this is definitely a Haunted Attraction you will want to attend!

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A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

by HocusPocus (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Low Fear Factor: Medium

Review

I’ll admit to this upfront, my experience at Nightmare factory was more of an unfortunate nightmare than a frightfully fun time.  As a result my review of this haunt may be a little unfair to a haunt that many have reviewed favorably.  (Although honestly of the 6 haunts I’ve been to this year I don’t think I would have placed this one in the top 5.)  Here’s what went wrong with my experience…it’s probably unlikely that you may experience the same misfortune as me but for what it’s worth….

Nightmare #1…the waiting line incident.  It’s mostly outside and unfortunately while I was waiting a car driving by decided to hurl an egg into the crowd.  My guess is that they were trying to hit BoBo the Clown who was nearby but they missed…and hit my friend standing next to me.  With no local law enforcement patrolling the area and numerous parked cars along the street obstructing you from getting a clear view of the street (including a large snack wagon) there appears to nothing in place at this haunt to discourage incidents such as this.

Nightmare #2…the dark hallway incident.  This haunt, like a few others, features a few really dark hallways.  Typically you don’t find ghouls dashing through these hallways but at this haunt there was.  Have you ever wondered if the ghouls in these dark hallways can see you when you don’t see them?  I’ll admit, I have always been a bit curious.  Unfortunately for me, I found at the hard way when a little ghoul ran right into me in the middle of a dark hallway.  OUCH!  The incident knocked the wind out of me but at least the little ghoul was nice enough to apologize and turn on a flashlight to show me the way through the rest of the maze.

Nightmare #3…not every ghoul may know you’re in the room.  As a result of Nightmare #2 I arrived in the next room a few seconds after my group.  The ghoul in the room had already jumped out and was waving an object with a long wooden handle…not exactly sure what the object was but as he spun around in a move that I originally thought was meant to scare me the long end of the handle caught me square in the stomach.  In hind sight the ghoul obviously had no idea I was there as he was just as surprised to see me as I was at being struck.  No apologies from this ghoul though…just a surprised look and then he continued to carry on with the show.

Nightmare #4…when these ghouls smell blood, look out!  I’ve never seen this before at a haunt.  There were a few ghouls at this haunt who were perfectly positioned to scare those stuck in the back of the group.  In every instance these ghouls actually intentionally walked right past those in the back just to scare the group members in the front.  Admittedly the girl in the front of our group was really scared and it was fun watching her get freaked out but on the other hand everyone else in the group paid to be scared as well.  As a result of this and being stuck in the back of our group there wasn’t a single instance at this haunt where anything made me jump.

Other than these misfortunate instances The Nightmare Factory is a decent haunt.  The 3D section is pretty cool visually and features a trick or two but it doesn’t have much in terms of scare factor.  The non 3D section does contain a little gore and has a few cool concepts but it lacked the oomph to make me jump.

Signage / Visibility / Location


It’s really hard to miss this location as your drive by.  Strobe lights flashing in the windows, search beams illuminating the sky and a great big snack wagon parked just outside of the entrance.  Street parking was plentiful and I heard rumors that there was a parking lot nearby.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Bobo was VERY entertaining…by far the best actor I’ve come across this year.  Wait area REALLY stinks.  The waiting line is mostly outside which appeared to be totally unnecessary.  The line moved every 15 minutes and only about 25 people were taken from this line at a time.  Once you finally reach the front of this outside line you are taken into another waiting area inside.  Not sure why this haunt needs two different waiting lines where other haunts get by with one.  Also, waiting in line is totally old school…many other haunts have incorporated a ticket numbering system so you don’t have to stand in one place for an hour.

Actors' Performance


Outside of Bobo the remaining performances were brief but adequate.  The sets at this haunt are not ‘skit’ style so not much theatrical acting was required.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The 3D rooms were sharp but this haunt lacks the jaw dropping and eye popping special effects found at other haunts.

Length


At the onset of this haunt we were informed at the pre-haunt instructional that the haunt would last about 45 minutes.  After touring the entire facility my watch read 24 minutes.  Approximately 16 minutes for the upstairs haunt and 8 for the 3D haunt.

Crowd Control


Outside of a roped line and one costumed actor there was nothing else present in terms of crowd control.  Patrons were left on their honor to respect the line and those around them.

Most Memorable Moment


Bobo and his antics.  Definitely the MVG (Most Valuable Ghoul) of this haunt!!

Summary

My experience at Nightmare factory was more of an unfortunate nightmare than a frightfully fun time. The Nightmare Factory is a decent haunt but lacks the oomph to really put a good scare into you.  The 3D section is visually entertaining and features a trick or two but it doesn’t have much in terms of scare factor. 

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 2:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Ever wonder what the Salem Witch Trials were like? How a chat with Charles Manson would go? Check out the House of Bathory and you could experience these and many other nightmare scenarios. Every turn takes you into a different situation throughout various dark times in history. The dialogue and interaction with the actors make you feel like you stepped back in time. There are plenty of scares along the way. I never knew what to expect the whole way and even to the frightening end which had us running out into the street.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Just about 10 minutes off the freeway by downtown Manitowoc and easy to find with navigation. We had no problem spotting the place since it had three hearses parked out front with various ghoulish decorations.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is waiting on the side walk. There weren’t any live actors for entertainment when I was there, but the hearses had many displays to keep you occupied. The storefront type windows leading to the haunt had displays and music was playing.

Actors' Performance


Probably the best I’ve seen this year. We were taken into all kinds of different eras and scenarios throughout the haunt. Each was heavily acted and each one pulled off their character perfectly. The children acted well, whether they had spoken dialogue, creepy singing or just grabbing your ankle for a fright since touching by the actors was allowed.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The interior decorations and props were excellent in taking you into a different world, and there were plenty of them. There was excellent detail from the walls to the costumes. They even added heat and smoke at one point to add to the terror of the situation they were creating which I won’t ruin. Props included a vortex and a cool slide down to another level.

Length


The length was approximately 20 minutes. The scenes they took you to had plenty of dialogue and the haunt encompassed three floors so it lasted and was worth $15.

Crowd Control


There wasn’t much of a crowd when we arrived but they had someone out there communicating with the people in line and making sure things were flowing fine.

Most Memorable Moment


There were many moments I enjoyed but I think the one I loved best was right in the beginning. When a little puritan girl “befriended” us, then when we walked into another room with two adult puritans, she grabbed my wife’s hand and told one of them she was the witch. Which lead to a trial and many frights.

Summary

Overall it was a unforgettable and a truly scary haunt. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the outside felt more like a storefront instead of a house, but as soon as we were lead up the stairs we were taken into a past world. We then moved on through all floors of the building to other worlds and situations. The acting was impeccable and I loved how we were involved in the situations, dialogue and then sent screaming. The House of Bathory is one of my favorites this year and I’ll go back next year.

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by HocusPocus (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

If you enjoy interactive skit style haunts that make you occasionally jump out of your skin then you’ll love the House of Bathory!  This was my first time visiting a Dead by Dawn Productions haunt.  They’ve been in the Haunted House business for 22 years now and it really shows.  Rooms are very well thought out and 100% original….with the exception of the Vortex room which you’ll experience at just about every haunt these days.  (Although I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of walking through a Vortex.)  To Dawn’s credit she does add to this Vortex a unique twist I haven’t seen at any other haunt.  I really enjoyed the skits found in each room.  The acting was superb and the actors were comfortable enough to involve haunt goers in the action.  What I really, REALLY liked about this haunt was that regardless of where I was in the group (first, last, middle….) the scares definitely me jump and I’m certain they will make you jump too!

I won’t spoil any of the scares waiting for you at the House of Bathory but the premise of this haunt is a journey through time with each room featuring a unique skit pertaining to a period of history.  From the pilgrims to the 70’s and featuring the likes of Charles Manson and Hitler…the skits, costumes and décor for each of these themes were masterfully orchestrated and performed admirably by spirited actors.  While this may not be the scariest or goriest haunt you attend you’ll definitely enjoy yourself and experience a few really good scares along the way.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The location of this haunt is located right on the main street of downtown Manitowoc. While the haunt itself wasn’t obvious to me…it’s located at a costume store which by the way has some exceptionally cool decorations…it was hard to miss the 5 hearses that were parked along the street and the ghouls that were patrolling the sidewalk leading up to the haunt.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting line is located outdoor so dress appropriately.  Portions of the waiting line are located under the store canopies that appear on each of the store fronts along the street.  There were ghouls and eerily decorated hearses along the street although I didn’t not get a chance to interact with them

Actors' Performance


The actors were a lot of fun and performed their roles admirably.  They were certainly comfortable enough to involve haunt goers in the action.  I particularly enjoyed conversing with a few of the ghouls over a game of Monopoly…that is until they nearly scared the crap out of me!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Sets are creative with a lot of subtle detail that may go unnoticed if your not paying attention.  Particularly enjoyed a few exceptional special effects that made me jump as well as the acoustics/sound of many of the rooms.

Length


It took our group approximately 17 minutes to complete our journey.

Most Memorable Moment


There were several...but I particular enjoyed the very unique and surprising twist to my experience with Hitler.

Summary

If you enjoy interactive skit style haunts, The House of Bathory is a must see!  This haunt oozes with imagination and creativity and younger audiences will definitely enjoy themselves as much as adults who crave wickedly creative entertainment.

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Terror on the Fox

by wm (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at about 3 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Low

Review

I'll admit it, up until now I have boycotted Terror On The Fox.  I'm a lifelong resident of Green Bay, and TOTF is basically a local
landmark in it's own right.  The house itself has been around forever at numerous locations, well before the 15 years it now celebrates at the National Railroad Museum.  Year after year, there's tons of hype for this well promoted house... yet I was a let down the many times I visited.  That, dear readers, was several years ago.  Now things are different.  New management.  Lower prices.  A 'back to basics' approach.  I'm part excited, part leery of how this experience will unfold.



I attended on a Sunday night, which leads me to believe that they were lower staffed than if I would have went the prior few nights.  There was only one actor on the train, and it seemed like he was making small talk more than trying to get some screams out of the
passengers.  The train ride is one of the most unique parts of this haunt.  When they first started offering it 15 years ago, it was much more spooky.  There was no strobe or loud music.  Sitting in a dark train as it travels through the woods at night, with monsters creeping around you.  Now THAT was scary!



Before heading to the main attraction, you're directed to several large tents (IF you purchased the combo or VIP pass).  The first up was the 3rd Dimension of Fear, "Carney Rampage".  There was no rampage there.  It was short and disappointing, with no scares and lots of glow in the dark colors.  The actor tried his best to be funny, I'll give him that.



Next up was The Void.  Now this was very well done, and it proves that your imagination can be more scary than anything you can see.  It's pitch black, you can't see a thing!  Just a dark maze with some actors in it, but we jumped a few times!  I think they had on night vision goggles as their timing was spot on.  We must have looked so goofy to them as we walked around in circles.  After leaving the dark Void, we came to the Vortex.  If you've ever been to the Terror On The Fox, then you'll know of the multi-color tunnel that plays mind tricks on you.  In fact, most haunts have something just like it now, or something similar.  TOTF was one of the first to have it, if not the first...  but maybe it's time to retire it?  Maybe it's time to take back the claim of the area's best haunted house with something new and original.      



Up next is a short walk in the woods before you come up to the house.  Another part that used to be much more scary, as they used to have actors jumping out at you as you walked by.  But again, this was a Sunday night.  I hope that is something they still do on their busy nights.  Now, walking up to the house is impressive.  The location, the look of the house, the lights and actors...  it definitely has the WOW factor going for it.  I'm glad to see they went back to the 'run down' look for the house, and
not the neon day glow paint job it sported a few years ago.  There were two actors moving to the music, looking extremely creepy while still keeping the beat.  Not an easy task!



I want to take a minute from this review to address a particular actor that was in front of the haunted house.  Picture a pale Aaron Rodgers wearing a black cowboy outfit.  I don't think I've ever been as offended by an actor in an entertainment setting before as I was this night.  He was extremely rude and demanding.  I get it, this isn't a kiddy ride.  But this isn't my first rodeo either.  He crossed the line several times by screaming in our faces with his demanding tone, talking down to us.  I also didn't
appreciate his holding a straight blade to my throat multiple times, real or fake.  You were way out of line A.R., this is SUPPOSED to be entertaining.  I ended up ignoring and walking past him into the house after several minutes of him berating us.  I digress...


We enter the house in all it's glory.  It really is something to see if you've never been there.  The amount of detail that's there is incredible.  I wish I could have spent more time in each room, taking it all in.  Some rooms I remember from before, but I didn't mind as they really are very impressive.  There was at least one actor in each room, and most did a good job at entertaining us.  There were only a few that actually scared us.  These were the sneaky ghouls that were actually hiding and jumped out when we approached.  'The Boss' near the end didn't have to hide though, he was terrifying just standing there.  The last room featured another TOTF classic, which maybe should also be considered for the retirement party at the end of the season.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Extremely easy to find, with lit signs as you approach. 

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


They have a nice concession stand and snack area.  Being it was on a Sunday, we really didn't have to wait.

Actors' Performance


All the actors stayed in character and some did a great job of getting us to jump!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This is where the Terror On The Fox shines.  Nobody can touch their scenes and visuals that they create.

Length


The 3rd Dimension of Fear was about 5 minutes.  The Void was about 15 minutes.  The main house is about 20 minutes.

Crowd Control


They do a very good job keeping the groups from bumping into other groups.

Most Memorable Moment


I don't know what was in that toilet, and I don't think I want to know!!

Summary

Terror On The Fox is a ton of flash and eye candy, one that should really be seen if you're in the Green Bay area.  It's put together very well, and seems to run very efficiently.  Unfortunately, it doesn't change much year after year.  I have seen some GREAT positive changes since the new management has taken over.  Now it's time to get those creative juices flowing and bring something new to the table.  I'm sure it's not easy try to scare the same community year after year.  But they did it once, they can do it again!   

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Mars Haunted House - CLOSED-

by katie_kiesow13 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at about 4:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Low

Review

Mars Haunted House is a good haunt in the Milwaukee area. The makeup and the actors outside were incredible! It's a little shorter than some haunts, but some of the rooms were really quite interesting and worth the visit.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find with some signage out front. Located on the upstairs level of the building.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


It was pouring rain outside when we visited this haunt, so it was really unfortunate that the wait area is all outside on the street/sidewalk. I would have really liked some covered areas to wait under.

There were two actors outside in the rain with us who were by far the best actors in the entire haunt. Their makeup/masks, costumes, demeanor and acting were absolutely flawless and they were definitely my favorite part.

Actors' Performance


Inside the haunt, none of the actors talked to us. They mostly walked around creepily and jumped out at us threatening us with wicked stares and weapons of all sorts. I was a little disappointed in the lack of interaction or script of any sort.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


They rooms were interesting and different, but a lot of space was filled with just dirty broken furniture that didn't really fit the haunt for any reason besides taking up space. Some of the props were interesting and fun, but a lot of them  were things I had seen before - nothing really unique and different here.

Length


I would say that we waited to enter the haunt for about 10-15 minutes and we spent about 15 minutes inside. However, the reason we were inside for so long was because we kept taking breaks and stopping in the middle of the hallway to avoid running into the group ahead of us.

Crowd Control


A true disappointment. I understand that we were there just before closing and they probably wanted to rush us through to go home... but there weren't that many people there and we ran into the group ahead of us several times and the group behind us caught up with us, then, too. They really need to work on spacing groups out better.

Most Memorable Moment


Definitely the actors outside the haunt were the best and most memorable. I wish we would have seen more of them inside the haunt as well.

Summary

Not the most terrifying of haunts, but a good one to visit if you're in the area. I would suggest visiting early in the evening to avoid big lines and running into other groups.

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The Haunted Barn Stoughton - CLOSED

by dubstyle_2k (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

This was my first trip to the infamous Haunted Barn, and it lived up to it's legend!  Just hop, skip, and a jump from Madison, The Haunted Barn is easily the best haunt in the area.  Parking was ample, although I would suggest you take it slow through the lot, as it is all dirt and grass, and is easy to bottom out if you are not careful.  After we got our tickets, we entered.  The haunt is separated into 3 areas, 2 houses and an outdoor trail.  Both houses were frightening, relying on sensory tricks to spook you.  The trail was long and you were guided by lights which led you from house 1 to the second house.  Ghost and ghouls jumped out and got got some good jumps out of us!  We found ourselves taking a lot of time enjoying the detail they put into the haunt, it seemed like they take a lot of pride in their work.  Actors were great, playing it up the whole time!  As we exited, we were quickly greeted by Beetlejuice, who in true beetlejuice fashion, proceeded to goof on me for quite a while, it was great!  This haunt was fairly lengthy, which is pretty nice, just make sure you plan accordingly, as the line to enter was long!  In all I would say The Haunted Barn is one haunt you don't want to miss!

Signage / Visibility / Location


A marquee sign is illuminated, making The Haunted Barn hard to miss!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Actors roam around the waiting area, interactions were fun!

Actors' Performance


A+! Great job to all, they really know their craft!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Top of the line sets and props made it a visual masterpiece

Length


40 minutes plus line wait

Crowd Control


No problems

Most Memorable Moment


Beetlejuice, I love a good roast!

Summary

Haunt fans, this is one you don't want to miss.  It's central location makes it pretty reachable to a lot of people.  Bring comfy shoes and all your nerves, you are going to need them!  The Haunted Barn is a true haunted masterpiece!

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The Wisconsin Fear Grounds

by spookshow babe (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

It's hard to write a review when you are left speechless! Where do I try to begin...
I remember many years ago, when Splatter Haus was considered one of the best and scariest haunted houses in the area, and at that time, it was very true- however, over the years  they have lost that title and I truly feel that The Wisconsin Feargrounds has taken it! I remember going to this haunt years ago when it was just The Darkness and later when it became Morgan Manner. Even it's first year it was very impressive, with detailed sets, props and great make up/actors. As years went on you could see the passion they had for giving haunted house enthusiasts a whole new fun and yet scary experience. It has been wonderful watching this haunted house grow over the years and become the masterpiece in real horror and fun that it is now!  It deserves being voted #1 two years in a row, as one of the greatest haunted attractions in the Midwest. You can tell they put a ton of effort and thought into there attraction and it will leave you speechless!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Pretty easy to find, just look for the brightly lit expo center, there is a sign, however is wasn't lit, so be sure to watch for it.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is covered which is nice in case of rain or a windy night. They had plenty of great monsters working the waiting area to scare people and keep them entertained. They literally seemed to come out of nowhere at times scaring even the guys in line trying to play it cool.

Actors' Performance


The best I have seen in a haunt this year. They do an amazing job of scaring you by the "bait and switch" method.. there are plenty of monsters EVERYWHERE in the haunted house, not just in rooms, so they really do a great job of catching you off guard. I love that the females didn't just scream in my ear, I really hate that in haunted houses, these actresses actually acted and had wonderfully creepy things to say. Another thing I loved was that there was one or two that would keep reappearing in other rooms which really threw me off guard.. how did they get there? Did I see them before? Did I back track? It was such a great method!!!!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets and props, again, the best I have seen in a haunted house yet! They were incredibly detailed and felt very real, they did such a great job of taking you out of reality and into there twisted world.  The make up effects on all the actors were very quality, using foam latex, contacts, high quality masks and wonderful costumes that you wont find  at a Halloween store, they all looked amazing and not of this world. They could just stand there and creep you out by there appearance alone! Some of the props in the 3rd haunted house were so gross and realistic looking I did not want to touch them, but had to in order to pass through the hall.

Length


I did all three, and you really should to! They were all very, very good and for all three is took about an hour to get through them, not counting the lines.

Crowd Control


Crowd control was great. The monsters kept people entertained, and we never bumped into another group while in the haunts. Also, they kept the groups small which was really nice and everyone was kept within there groups as well.

Most Memorable Moment


The whole thing was memorable. But my most memorable moment I won't share for the reason being that I want you to experience it without expecting it, that would ruin it. Another moment is less of a giveaway... All the actors inside were GREAT, but the ones who followed us around were exceptional. They really freaked you out after a while because it felt like they were really following YOU and never going to leave.. they followed all the way though all three haunted houses from the very start while waiting in line! I think maybe they had several actors in the same costume to achieve this, but either way it was really creepy! Made you feel like they were stalking you... I loved it!

Summary

This is hands down the best haunted house here and if you are a big fan of haunted houses, being scared, adventurous, or just looking for something fun and scary to do for Halloween you NEED to go to this one, you will NOT be let down! I will say that it is more expensive than most haunted houses, but you honestly get your moneys worth and then some! Another thing you may want to consider, is this one IS scary so I really don't think children should attend this haunted house, it is more suitable for late teens and adults.

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Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex

by dubstyle_2k (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Burial Chamber has been, and remains to be one of my favorite haunts.  This would be the dictionary definition of mega-haunt!  Three haunts in one, along with a coffin ride, it was well worth the ride.  The three haunts, 2 indoor and 1 outdoor, are different, and offer frightening fun around every corner. 




Let's start with Phobia Haunted Woods.  In Phobia you take a leisurely stroll though the darkest wooded trail around!  Uneven terrain and backwoods creeps keep you on high alert the whole time.   Bushmen, zombies, rednecks, oh my!  No doubt you will approached and asked to squeal like a pig!  Creepy!  Definitely bring shoes for a hike, sandals or heals will not be your friend in this haunt!



Next we have "Insanity"  Which is everything I love in a haunt, scary and creepy!  They market it as "a haunted house on crack", I can't agree more!  It's essentially a haunted fun house, killer clowns, visual effects, and disorientation.  Insanity is my favorite of the 3!



The last haunt is "Adrenaline", which is your run of the mill, haunted house, well maybe not run of the mill, as Adrenaline is beyond frightening!  Sensory deprivation and overload all in one!  Dark, loud, bright, quiet, this one combines everything a haunt should have, and does it without flaw. Hmmm, maybe this one was my favorite! 



In addition to the haunts, Burial Chamber offers "The Last Ride", a burial simulator.  You are 'Laid to rest' in a luxurious and spacious (not really!) coffin, where your final resting place is simulated.  The coffin bounces, shakes, and booms as you listen to the program.  Last Ride is fun, I HIGHLY suggest you remove your jacket before entering the coffin, I was boiling in there, which makes the ride less enjoyable.



It's hard for me to give an honest answer when I have to pick my favorite haunt, everything about Burial Chamber is great, it is what a haunt should be.  The staff at Burial Chamber continue to be the best of the best, putting everything they have into making sure you get your moneys worth, and giving you the best scares of the season

Signage / Visibility / Location


Burial Chamber has plenty of signage, it is hard to miss.  Marquee signs and flagmen are a plenty. 

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting areas at Burial Chamber are great!  Actors interact, Big screens showing movie clips and music videos are all there to entertain you.  Hey, do you want to see a guy on stilts playing the bajo?  Yeah, they have one!

Actors' Performance


Dedicated!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


No surprise here, Burial Chamber spares no expense.  Everything was excellent!

Length


You will make an evening of it!  Each haunt is roughly 20 minutes long.

Crowd Control


No problems

Summary

Value/Time=AWESOME!  You can go to all the haunts in the area, you wont find a better one.  Bring a coat and comfortable shoes, it's going to be a long fun night!

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Lister F/X Presents Monster Mayhem Haunted Laser Tag (CLOSED)

by dubstyle_2k (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 14, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

I have traveled all over this region, attending the "biggest" and "best" haunts you can find... Monster Mayhem blows them all away!  I attended Mayhem two years ago, and was pretty impressed with the time and effort they put into it, so I wanted to check it out again, I wasn't let down.  When I attend haunts, I often find myself paying so much attention to detail and crowd reaction that my enjoyment takes a backseat, Monster Mayhem made it impossible for me not to have a great time!  Is Monster Mayhem scary?  Yeah, it has some good moments.  Is Monster Mayhem fun?  YES YES YES!  Laser tag with zombies and ghouls, how can you beat that‽ You can't!  The story line is interesting, a security breach has taken place and the area has been taken over by ghoulish creatures!  We were split into teams and the fun began.  Our goal was to shoot the other team members more than they shoot you, simple right?  Oh yeah, there are spooks hiding around every corner to throw you off your game!  Run, shoot, jump, scream, repeat over and over!  The play area is large, and there are plenty of spots to hide and attack.  The actors are all very believable, and coupled with the thrill of the hunt, our hearts were pumping and adrenalin was at an all-time high!  After about 20 minutes, our game was over, the scores were calculated (I did not win btw!) and we were taken to see the doctor for decontamination!  We had such a great time we went in for a second game!  After all was said and done, we walked out of Monster Mayhem sweaty and smiling!  If you are looking to have a good scare coupled with an exhilarating, fun time, Monster Mayhem is the end all, be all!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Because I attended Monster Mayhem two years ago, I knew were it was located, had I not, I may have had a hard time finding it.  I can't recall seeing a distinguishable sign at the entrance, which I think would help out a lot.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting area is a pizza restaurant, not much you can do there.  Actors can't roam and spook you.  You can, however, enjoy a delicious pizza while you wait, so that's pretty awesome!

Actors' Performance


Top notch!  They really sell it.  Dedication seems to be job one with them!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Professional and impressive.

Length


Each game lasted roughly 20 minutes, long enough to work up a sweat!

Crowd Control


No issues

Most Memorable Moment


The whole thing!

Summary

My favorite haunt of the season!  I plan on going one more time before they close!

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Lister F/X Presents Monster Mayhem Haunted Laser Tag (CLOSED)

by katie_kiesow13 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 6 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

This was genuinely one of the most unique haunts I have ever visited. It is completely different than last year and the concept is so interesting that we had a blast! The haunt concept: they put you right in the middle of a civilian training facility where they train you to kill the zombies and monsters that lurk on the levels below Paulo's Pizzeria. The most interesting? You actually play laser tag. They strap you into the suits and you get your instructions and off you go into the dark and scary twists and turns where monsters and zombies are around every corner. Although not entirely scary, it was so much fun that we really enjoyed it!!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Quite easy to find. Located in the basement of Paulo's Pizzeria. You have to go to the back of the restaurant to buy your tickets though, a little confusing with not much signage for the haunt.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


We were there just before closing and there weren't any groups waiting before us, so we went right in. Not sure if you wait in the restaurant area if there is a line, but it doesn't seem like there's anywhere else to wait.

Actors' Performance


There were not a ton of actors in this haunt. Due to its setup and theme, they didn't need many. The actors who played the army general guy, the young girl zombie and the alien/dinosaur/monster-type thing... they were all excellent!!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Again, due to the theme and setup, they didn't require much, but what they had was pretty good. It took me at least 10 minutes of walking around until I realized I missed about half of the layout so I quickly walked through the rooms to make sure I took it all in - it's pretty massive.

Length


I would say that we waited maybe 5 minutes to go in and we were in the haunt for 20-25 minutes when all was said and done. A great length since so many other haunts are about half that. We really enjoyed how long it lasted.

Crowd Control


We were the last group in, so we didn't have to worry about anyone else. I'm not sure how they handle it when there's more people there, but I would guess that only one group goes in at a time. Fantastic.

Most Memorable Moment


A friend of mine and I were instructed by the army officer to push two buttons at the same time and of course failed to do so and we let the alien-like monster out of it's cage. Creepy! Also, the young girl zombie was excellent. Don't want to give away too much.

Summary

Definitely a must-see since it's such a unique concept. It's a lot of fun and good for all ages since it's not completely terrifying. The actors did a good job, but sometimes I was less concerned about them and much more concerned with laser-tagging the other team. Overall, a great time had by all!

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Hubertus House of Horror

by katie_kiesow13 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 4:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

We had a great time at this haunt! It was completely different than last year. There were a few rooms that were incredibly unique and interesting that were really enjoyed. I would suggest going early in the evening to avoid a wait since the later it gets the longer the line is. Definitely a good house to check out, though.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find using GPS. It's right on the main street in Hubertus. Plenty of signage and parking available.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is in the school cafeteria so it's nice and warm (yay!) and they offer concessions which is convenient. We got there about 9:30 pm and the wait was just over an hour and a half. There were a few actors walking around in costume, but otherwise nothing creepy or "setting the mood" while we waited.

Actors' Performance


Overall I thought most of them did a good job. A few actors had a hard time remembering lines but others had a good time with improvising and interacting with our group, which I liked.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Most of the rooms were really well done - very creepy! I really liked that they used more interaction with actors and less animatronic scares. They use more masks than they do makeup, but it still worked well. My favorite room was definitely the autopsy room - the set and f/x in that room were incredible.

Length


It took roughly 20 minutes to make it through the entire haunt. It seemed like it took even longer because they stop you in each room to talk to you and interact instead of just shuffling you through quickly.

Crowd Control


We were the first group through after a quick safety check, so there wasn't anyone in front of us. The group behind us caught up to us once, but one of the actors left the room and held them back so it seemed to work pretty well. There was a little difficulty with the group size. They put you through in groups of 8 and it seemed a little big because we were constantly waiting for everyone to fit into the rooms, so that was a little tough.

Most Memorable Moment


Between the autopsy room and the tunnel. Everyone I was with had a really tough time walking through the tunnel without falling over. I always love those. Both rooms were great!

Summary

Definitely a must see. I suggest for everyone 12+ (unless you scare easily... then maybe a little older). It was a lot of fun!

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The Wisconsin Fear Grounds

by lazysmurf97 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

I went to the Wisconsin Fear Grounds with 5 friends on a Saturday night. We were excited for a scary and good time and we were not disappointed! Everyone was really friendly and went out of their way to help us.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints in our group, we were only able to visit 1 haunted house, Morgan's Manor.  I would recommend going to all 3 to get the full experience.  We got the fast passes, which were amazing. I highly recommend getting them. We basically had no wait time once we got our wrist bands. They gave us an awesome coin to enter the haunt, which we all wanted to keep but couldn't.  Once we entered the haunt, time seemed to fly. We were not disappointed with the sets or the actors. 

Signage / Visibility / Location


It was very easy to find. We used a GPS and it took us right there. We did see a large sign on the road to help us. We were coming from Madison, so every bit of signage helped!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Luckily we were able to get fast passes otherwise the wait would have been about 90 minutes. I would recommend getting one. The ticket line was intimidating  but it moved really fast so don't worry.  We didn't really have any line entertainment until we reached the front.

Actors' Performance


The actor's did a good job. The gentleman at  the front of the line stayed in character very well.  I wish there were more actor's but the ones who were there were enjoyable.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This was very well decorated haunt. Not too much blood and gore, but lots to look at.  Each room had a theme and it was decorated accordingly.

Length


As I mentioned, we were only able to do 1 of the 3 haunted houses. It took us about 15 minutes to do the whole thing once we were inside. 

Crowd Control


Very good crowd control! There were lines and ropes directing you where to go. There were several ticket windows available to make the line go faster. You are able to purchase advance tickets online if you don't want to wait in the ticket line. We saw lots of people taking advantage of this option.

Most Memorable Moment


For us, there were really two memorable moments.  When you first walk into haunt there are some figures that you assume are animatronics. That is, until they try to chase you!  The second moment is along the same lines. There is a chair. That is all I will say so I don't ruin the surprise!

Summary

I would definitely recommend going to the Wisconsin Feargounds. It is worth the wait and the drive.  There is food and drink available if you are hungry.  Everyone is really friendly and helpful to guide you on your way to enjoyment.  Once inside, expect to be frightened!

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Terror on the Fox

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

A very wonderful and unique haunt that capitalizes on the fact that they are at a great location.  Terror on the Fox located at the Railway Museum in Green Bay, WI, is a first-rate unique haunt that will entertain a large range of age groups.  Scary, funny, outrageous, these are just a few of the words I would used to describe this haunt. 



This was my first year at Terror on the Fox and I will come back.  It was fun, creepy, and had things that I really hadn't experienced at any other haunt before.  This is a great area that includes free parking, a creepy train ride, 2 smaller houses (3rd Dimension of Fear and The Void,) which you can add on for an extra charge and a creepy walk through the woods and the main event a large traditional looking haunted house with surprise guests outside for line entertainment. This final house is called Ominous  Sanctum.  I had a very good time and believe you should see for yourself.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Easy to find, you should have no problems and once you get close there are big signs for the Railway Museum which is where the haunt is located.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Ticket purchasing is pretty average.  They do have a small gift shop and a place with pizza for sale.  The wait in line looked like it could have been awhile but we were in a VIP group and we warm next to a bonfire waiting for our train to pull up and let us on.  The people who worked the ticket booth and who escorted us around were very friendly and helped us out with anything we needed.  Some of the line entertainment consists of riding on the train, creepy ghouls lurking, and there might be a surprise type of entertainment during the wait into the main house but I will not give it away.

Actors' Performance


Very good I did not encounter one who wasn't in character and didn't stay in character-way to go ghouls and booys!  Their make-up and voicing were done very well. Funny and creepy the best combo you can ask of haunted house actors.  I must give a special "Thumbs-Up" to the creepy man who allows you to enter the final haunt, Ominous Sanctum.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Props or lack there of (as in the Void,) are well placed and work well in the haunts.  My favorite prop in any of the areas was, well I don't want to give it away, but it does involve an unfortunate run-in, for one young lady, with a shovel.

Length


This haunt took about an hour from lining up for the train until we came out of Ominous Sanctum and headed back toward our car.  The train ride is about 10 min, 12 min for the 3rd Dimension of Fear and The Void and about 25 min the entire Ominous Sanctum, including a short walk through the woods.

Crowd Control


Very well controlled and organized.

Most Memorable Moment


My most memorable moment was when I was ghoul-knapped away from my party and secluded by a creepy ghoul into a tiny room.  He had me walk down a very short room and then when I turned around a new door had opened and I walked out separated from my group. It completely turned me around and walked through in a big circle through areas I had already been and then finally found my party again and they were behind me?  How cool!

Summary

Overall a worthwhile ride into a creepy haunt that has been doing a great many years-I believe it is 15 years now!  Good for you Terror on the Fox.  Now, everyone else quickly and safely get  to Green Bay and visit Terror on the Fox

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Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 21, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review


I attend The Burial Chamber Haunted Complex every year.  I have never had a lackluster experience at Burial Chamber.  Every year there is some new ghoul impressing me with their acting skills or a new fun prop or special effect.  Burial Chamber is huge and there is something for all haunt lovers.  The complex includes two traditional-style haunts,  a spooky haunt through dark woods called Phobia,  and a simulated casket ride!  An amazing amount of actors, outside entertainment and of course everyone's favorite (or at least mine) the mini-doughnut truck-YUM!


Trust me when I say, if you have never been to the Burial Chamber you need to go and if you have been there-go again.  I hear if you bring your bracelet from the previous year you get a dollar off of admission.  This is a haunt you have to experience!

Signage / Visibility / Location


The signage and visibility for finding The Burial Chamber is always excellent and every year Yahoo Maps directs me with no problems or worries.  Parking is free and you may get to park close or a tad further away if you come around the time I was there-because it was already packed with people.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Waiting lines are separate for each of the four haunts. Be assured that depending on whether you chose to purchase the VIP package, where you get to jump the longer lines but still will wait on a busy night, you can wait for up to an hour plus for one haunt or another. I recommend splurging on the VIP but if you can't watch the videos, short TV/movie clips, and enjoy the rest of the line entertainment.

Actors' Performance


Just like every year the actors at the Burial Chamber did not disappoint.  They are quiet and creepy, loud and intimidating, and keep to character wonderfully.  The costumes and make-up are equally pleasing.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


There is plenty to look at while in these haunts and the props are  very high quality.  Some of my favorite scenes are the autopsy room  and the entry room for Insanity, in which you watch a video and then exit the room in a non-traditional way.  Fun, fun, fun!

Length


The Burial Chamber takes about 15-20 minutes for each of the three main haunts and about 5 minutes for the Last Ride Burial Simulator.  Excluding the line waiting and other stops for bathroom and refreshments; the haunts take about a total of one hour.  We were there for almost 2 hours from parking to getting back into our car.

Crowd Control


Crowd control is great at Burial Chamber with plenty of people to help out.  I love how it is so well controlled and set-up without looking like you are in a corral with security all over.  Security is there but is friendly and not overtly visible.

Most Memorable Moment


This year I would have to say my most memorable moment was going in the Burial Simulator.  I have been before but for those of you like me-give it another chance, it is slightly different and just as creepy.

Summary

Overall, it was another wonderful year at the Burial Chamber with scares, laughs, and a smile all the way home-after I remembered it was all just pretend...wasn't it?

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The Wisconsin Fear Grounds

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

I have attended this event in the past and continue to be impressed with the production.

I will detail some specifics of the haunt in the effects section, but I want to be careful not to foreshadow too much of what you will experience at the Fear Grounds.

The Fear Grounds is one of the more highly decorated attractions in the State, and rightfully so.

I attend a lot of Halloween productions around the nation and the Fear Grounds presents on a high level.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The Fear Grounds are located on the grounds of the Waukesha Expo Center.

Follow signage to the Expo Center to your destination.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The Fear Ground wait area is a covered barn, of sorts. You will wait in corrals before being sent in small groups to enter the attraction.

Actors will visit you along your way as you wait.

There is a snack trailer at the Fear Grounds, as well.

Expect long wait times. This is a popular attraction.

Actors' Performance


Comparatively speaking, the actors at the Fear Grounds give you quite an inspired performance.

They make efforts to attend to the guests and interact in attempts to scare and startle.

Dialogue is witty and we were impressed with the make up and characterizations of the performers.

The presentations were quite polished.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Morgan Manor in particular is very elaborate and highly detailed. Try to be sure to look about you when you visit to appreciate the efforts of the producers.

Morgana's Torment presents an extensive series of mazes to confuse and disorient the guests. This makes for a distinctive, different and challenging Halloween experience.

Unstable is probably the most interactive with the actors and their dialogue is amusing. The theme of this haunt is redneck, hillbilly country life and you will pass through numerous sets where you will get to experience their chores, first hand.

Length


Completing all three attractions at the Feargrounds took us about an hour.

Be sure to allow ample time for your visit.

Crowd Control


Crowds at this attraction can get quite large.

Crowds are moved through a series of corrals before being led into the attractions in small groups.

Law enforcement is present on site, as well.

Most Memorable Moment


I have a hard time thinking of one particular moment to highlight as I enjoyed all of my time at the Fear Grounds.

If I were forced to pick a highlight, I would say the entire passage through Morgan Manor.

I appreciate detail and the entire route through the Manor provided much to attend to, which just increased the startle values for me since there is so much to notice.

Summary

The Feargrounds is rather expensive compared to its peers, but it provides a high caliber entertainment experience and three separate attractions for the price of your admission. This is a highly recommended stop for Halloween enthusiasts. This is certainly one of the premier haunts too experience, if you can. It may be too intense for young visitors.

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Terror on Rural Street

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 14, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

Terror on Rural Street has been almost entirely re-done since last year's production. That effort is always appreciated.

The creators of this event put much time into the development of the haunt and much attention is taken to present a safe, secure and fun event.

This year's haunt, per usual, features elaborate and intricate displays and high attention to detail.

The actors interact with the guest and are loaded with amusing dialogue.

Along your way, you will meet various creatures of the dark and have to squeeze your way through a maze.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Terror on Rural Street is located just off of Highway 60 running through Hartford.

There is a flashing sign to direct you to your destination.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Terror on Rural Street has a spacious, heated and covered waiting area.

We appreciated that they provided a television in the waiting area that had the Brewer game on during our visit.

Actors entertain you while you wait and that lighting affords you the opportunity to appreciate the excellent make up effects that this haunt executes.

Terror also now holds the distinction of being the only haunt with a concession stand that serves...wait for it...BEER. Candy and hot dogs are available, as well.

Actors' Performance


Terror's crew of volunteer actors always provide enthusiastic performances.

They are equipped with clever dialogue and let the guest know they care about their entertainment role.

My group really enjoyed their efforts.

Their make up staff is excellent.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Terror on Rural is always an elaborate production. Be sure to try to pay attention to the detail along the way.

Length


It took about 25 minutes to complete the attraction.

Crowd Control


Visitors wait in a separate building than the actual attraction. When their ticket numbers are called, they move across a decorated courtyard to the attraction where groups of about 6 or more go in at regular intervals.

Crowd control is a non issue and there are police present, as well.

Most Memorable Moment


My group really enjoyed many aspects of this year's haunt.

There was much commentary on the excellent make up of the actors, the elaborate masks and sets and the overall aura of the attraction.

Personally, I appreciated an area in the attraction that featured spinning lighting effects that are quite unusual.

Summary

Personally, I visit Terror on Rural Street every year and have been coming for many years. The reason I return is because of what a dependably pleasurable experience the producers of this event provide. This is not the most intense scare you can get, but you will get a quality production staffed with invested actors and a lot of seasonal fun.

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Haunted High presents Dark Carnival

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at about 3 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

This was my first ever visit to the Haunted High and I found it quite enjoyable and distinctive, as did my group.

This production makes use of an abandoned school and provides a rather lengthy tour.

The haunt is themed around the progression of a school day and takes one through such stops as a detention hall, the weight room, the sick room, shop class and many others.

You begin your tour following a bloody trail into the attraction and there is a lot of detail to attend to along the way.

The producers of this event took good attention to staying in theme and that has resulted in a very believable presentation of a haunted school with remembrances of students past.

There are some very clever themes and nuances put into this haunt that I will leave you to discover yourself.

I especially appreciated the final acts of the haunt.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The attraction is on a side road off of a main entry road into the city of Oconomowoc.

If you are not familiar with the area, you may have some difficulty finding it, but we found there was fairly significant traffic flow to it that one can follow.

It may be somewhat difficult to locate without a GPS.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is a gym and the producers of this attraction supply the customers with projections of movies on the walls to watch while you wait.

The School was quite busy when we visited.

Actors' Performance


Relatively speaking, my group felt the actors were solid, but a bit more reserved than many other haunts we have visited.

They were attending to a large group of people, however.

Overall, we were pleased with the effort of the crew.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The School is very novel in terms of what it presents to its visitors.

I have yet to see a structure this large to have a production in.

The scenes were detailed and thematically solid and that made for an entertaining trip through the darkened hallways.

Length


It took my group about 40 minutes finish the tour, however, it was a pleasurable trip with ample distractions along the way.

Crowd Control


Crowds are well regulated in the gymnasium and there were police present, as well.
Visitors moved efficiently through the attraction in groups of about 6 or so.

Most Memorable Moment


As has been mentioned in other reviews, the Haunted High has a very entertaining last act in store for you.

Summary

Haunted High is a recommended stop. As was mentioned, it has its own niche and its theme is clever. If one is looking for intense scares, this is a more mild stop. If you want distinctive Halloween theater in the literal sense, this is your place. See if you can graduate from the Haunted High School at the conclusion of your visit.

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Hubertus House of Horror

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 14, 2011 at about 2:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

The Hubertus House of Horror makes use of an old house on the grounds of a school to produce its haunts.

Because it is a house versus a warehouse, it has its own, distinctive charm and Halloween mystique.

The home has undergone significant updating since last year, which is always appreciated.

This year's house begins with a bus ride and progresses through sets where you will meet Little Red Riding Hood, rednecks and zombies, a monster factory and several other themed rooms.

You will also get to experience a different twist on what I call a "squeeze maze".

Signage / Visibility / Location


The house is located in the town of Hubertus and once in the area of it, there is ample signage to find your way.

In addition, there are restaurants very near the attraction in the event you should want to have dinner before or after your trip.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Hubertus supplies its guests with ample parking, restroom facilities and a covered waiting area in the school gym. There is also a concession stand.

Actors' Performance


Hubertus' actors routinely give good performances and this year is no exception. The staff show investment in their roles and in trying to startle their customers.

Staff interact with the guests and there is some dialogue that is clever.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Much effort was put forth in coming up with new themes and decor this year. Make up was quite good. Be sure to try to appreciate the work of their make up artists, if feasible during your trip.

Length


It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the house.

Crowd Control


Groups of about 6 are let into the house at regular intervals. Crowd control is a non issue and staff route people through the home efficiently.

Most Memorable Moment


On your journey, you will have an interesting elevator ride as well as an interesting, interactive scene looking out of a window.

Summary

The staff at the Hubertus House always put forth a good production. There is care put into the development of the home and that is apparent. Hubertus continues to be a recommended locale for Halloween scares. As has been mentioned, Hubertus is not a particularly fearsome attraction, it is still a fun stop.

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A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

by wm (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

This was my first time to the Nightmare Factory, but it won't be my last! From the moment we walked in the haunt, it was on!

The factory is really broken down into two completely different types of haunts. The first is the old school, scare the pants off of you. They mix old school scares with some modern technology that will have you screaming for more! This lasts for about 25/30 minutes, and we enjoyed every second of it.

The second part is the 3D section. I'm normally am not a fan of any sort of 3D haunts. They, as a rule are more visually appealing but not scary. With that said, we jumped a few times! This section was another 15 minutes in the factory.

We walked out very impressed with almost every aspect of the Nightmare Factory. I can't wait to see what other nightmares this factory produces next year!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Finding the huge factory was easy, it's the parking that might be a bit more tricky. We parked in a small lot on the other side of the railroad tracks.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There were two separate waiting lines. One outside, and then one inside before you enter the haunt. The wait total was about 20 minutes. There was merch and food for sale also.

Actors' Performance


WOW. Top notch acting across the board. Some of these actors know that sometimes you don't need to say anything. Maybe a growl in your ear, or just darting out at you when you least expect it. Everybody was on their game!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The makeup, masks and props were all incredible!

Length


You get your money's worth here! It took about 45 minutes to work your way through the three floors of terror!

Most Memorable Moment


Definitely in the hospital ward. We were shocked in the labor room!

Summary

The Nightmare Factory has it all: a great location, excellent actors and costumes, awesome props and scenes, and scares to be had the whole way through. Encore!!!

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Trail Of Terror

by wm (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

It was a clear night, perfect for a nice drive to Oconto.  But this is no joy ride…  it's literally a Trail of Terror.  (insert sinister music)  Situated on farmland in a heavily wooded area, it's the perfect Halloween setting in the middle of no-where.  As we drove up, we saw a crowd of people with glow necklaces being led to their doom.  Just that sight alone, in this environment, got my adrenaline going.



You walk into the ticket building and are instantly handed a glow necklace.  I'm normally against any sort of glow sticks or LED handouts at haunts, but I'm sure this helps the actors locate their customers in the extremely dark woods.  After purchasing your ticket, you are led out to a large open field.  The wait area had a nice fire and concession/merch booth, but it really could have used some music and a few actors trying to scare people.  There wasn't that big of a crowd the night we went, but the wait was about 45 minutes.  The time seemed to drag without any sort of entertainment.  Once your number is called your group is led into the woods and your adventure begins. 



One thing to note is that there is a guide who leads you through the woods.  Although this is a great idea so you don't get lost, it does take away from the 'we're in the middle of nowhere and all alone' vibe that you would get otherwise.  The guide is not one of the actors, he's strictly there to get you along the trail.



Throughout the walk, there are a series of skits performed by their actors.  Most are humorous in nature.  They make use of the darkness quite well, and the skits are paced far enough apart to keep the walk interesting.  Although I don't rate the scare factor high, they definitely make it fun and interesting!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It was pretty easy to find, right off Hwy 41 with a lit sign.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was a nice wait area with a fire and concession stand selling shirts and food.  There was a fire, but no entertainment.

Actors' Performance


Kudos to the young actors who stayed in character throughout the night!  There were plenty of actors throughout the walk.  Most of their performances were scripted, but a few ad-libbed and were very funny!

Length


The Trail itself takes about 25 minutes to a half hour.

Summary

If you're looking for a fun haunt that is light on scares, the Trail of Terror is for you.  There's a lot of great potential for it to be a SCARY haunt.

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Hubertus House of Horror

by HocusPocus (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 14, 2011 at about 6 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Medium

Review

If you enjoy participating in your haunted adventures and enjoy being ghoulishly entertained chances are you'll like this year's Hubertus House of Horror.

This haunt features a mix of young (some very young) and adult actors in a variety of skit orientated rooms as well as some descent special effects.  Quite a few of the effects were carry overs from prior years but they were still executed well enough to entertain and in some cases even make you jump.

I was grouped with several haunt goers that were aged between 17-24.  While everyone in my group agreed that they enjoyed their tour of the Hubertus House nobody admitted to being particularly scared or surprised enough to jump at any point.  ...although one couple did admit to clunking heads pretty hard in one of the dark mazes so perhaps they may suffering from a slight case of amnesia.

Personally I really enjoyed their elevator and Vortex rooms...which by the way may be the best executed vortex in the state.  I also enjoyed participating in the skit orientated rooms.  Unfortunately, like my fellow haunt goers I never experienced anything that made me jump during my tour nor did I particularly enjoy the pitch black mazes.

Signage / Visibility / Location


This may not be the easiest haunt to find but if you're on the right road you really can't miss it. Also, if you come across a mass of parked cars in what feels like the middle of nowhere you've probably found the right place

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


One of the best wait areas around! The Hubertus House leverages a school gymnasium to keep you warm, well fed and entertained while you wait. The concession stand was well stocked with sweets, popcorn, drinks and even burgers. Costumed actors also popped in occasionally to heighten your anticipation of what was to come

Actors' Performance


A good mix of adult and young actors delivered entertaining performances. None of them totally freaked me out but they were still very entertaining. A few of them were good at adlibbing and allowed you to interact with them

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Some really unique sets and a few outstanding special effects.  Hubertus House haunt goers from prior year's though may not be as dazzled as new thrill seekers.

Length


Approximately 15-20 minutes. Once again I was so disorientated after the Vortex I completely forgot to stop my watch until I had regained my balance in the parking lot

Crowd Control


No problems with crowds this year. We purchased tickets earlier in the evening and then came back after checking out a few of the other haunts in the area. We were allowed to jump in line immediately as our ticket numbers had already been called.

Most Memorable Moment


The elevator ride and the room that follows it....I won't give it away but the sequence of these rooms was genius!

Summary

Perhaps not the scariest haunted house around but a very solid performer year after year.  A few creative new sets and entertaining effects make this a fun haunt to attend.

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Terror on Rural Street

by HocusPocus (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 14, 2011 at about 4:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review


Bravo!! Hands down I'd say this is the best Terror on Rural street they've had since it opened 11 years ago. I typically tour between 8-10 haunts a year and I'd say arguably this year's Terror on Rural Street is probably the best haunt in SE Wisconsin and certainly in the top 3 around the state. Seriously, you may find different kinds of scares at other haunts but you'll be hard pressed to beat the quality and attention to detail that you'll experience at Terror on Rural Street.


Elaborate sets, high tech scares and professionally made-up monsters. This haunt features effects so detailed and gruesome you'd swear they were real!


Following my tour through this year's haunt I had the privilege to get a behind the scenes tour. I was totally amazed at how much time and effort is invested into the nightly operations. Professional theatrical make-up artists with over 25 years of experience, a maze of corridors supporting the haunted hallways & rooms, a warehouse full of additional props, rooms cram packed full of costumes and a totally amazing tech room overflowing with electronics and video feeds that totally blew me away!


Speaking of video feeds....those of you who are particularly interested in the quality of your haunted experience or may just be wondering "how did they do that?" may find this interesting. Each room and hallway is under constant surveillance by staff members with a very keen attention to detail. These staff members remain in contact with the ghouls and monsters lurking in the shadows and rooms around the haunt to ensure they are always perfectly positioned and timed to scare the bajeezus out of you and your fellow haunt goers.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Right off the main drag (Hwy 60) in downtown Hartford. Look for the flashing sign to point you to the parking lot. Great location. An abundance of well lit parking and a warm place to hang out while you wait. The court yard between the waiting area and the entrance really set the tone nicely

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


A heated indoor waiting area protects you from the elements.  The waiting area concession stand is also a bonus.

Actors' Performance


We had a lot of fun interacting with the performers.  Elaborate costumes and finely detailed make-up really enhanced their performances.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


A nice variety of sets and some pretty descent special effects. For those of you who traditionally checkout a few different haunts every year you'll appreciate a few of the rooms which showcase some creative concepts and had the look feel of a genuine movie caliber set. Compared to other haunts, a few of the rooms here were relatively quite spacious....a nice perk for those who don't particularly enjoy being squeezed into a room when your grouped with complete strangers

Length


On the plus side of 15 minutes.

Crowd Control


Waiting room with concession stand is fairly spacious.  Plenty of room in the court yard to also wait.  Patrons are free to roam about until the Reaper calls their number to be assembled for final preparations before entering the haunt.

Most Memorable Moment


Several to choose from for me...  I really enjoyed exploring the multi-level set of the trophy room, the visually captivating lazer effects and interacting with the ghouls in the dining room.

Summary

Arguably the scariest and most visually captivating year ever for Terror on Rural Street.  A fantastic venue along with a nice variety of sets, creative ideas and exceptional special effects make this the best haunted venues in the state.

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Lister F/X Presents Monster Mayhem Haunted Laser Tag (CLOSED)

by spookshow babe (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at about 4:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Low

Review

I can honestly say that though this is not one of the scarier haunts I have attended, it is certainly one of the funnest/most creative haunts I have been to and for that I did really enjoy the experience.  It is a haunted attraction that both children and adults can enjoy. They have a different approach than the usual haunted house that adds a lot of fun and excitement to the experience by including everyone inside, actors and patrons!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It is located in the basement of Paulo's Pizza / Pub, and though there are some signs for the haunt, you will have a better chance of spotting it by the restaurant sign. Paulo's is on the corner of 51st and Howard.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Make a dinner date! They have great pizza you can order and enjoy while you wait, or for adults, you can order a few beers while you wait to enter the attraction!

Actors' Performance


I was a little disappointed by the lack of actors in the haunt at first, but the ones that are inside do a really great job of staying in character and encouraging you to introduce a little extra anarchy of your own to the others that lurk and roam inside this haunt. I found it very fun and a creative approach that you don't normally find in most haunted houses. Other than being spooked by the actors you get to spread the fear as well by taking part in scaring people!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


They did a pretty decent job, it felt very industrial overall and I would have liked to see a little more diversity in the rooms. I did like the fact that you could explore any room you happened across openly.. made it feel a little more organic rather than being moved along room to room.

Length


It took me about 15 minutes to get through the haunt.

Crowd Control


It is well controlled for the most part, but you need to keep in mind that it is inside a pizza parlor/pub, so you definitely get an interesting mix of people, but the crowds we were with were respectful, as were the people already inside that were still exploring the haunt and trying to scare a few people. The monsters inside did a good job of encouraging others to move on if they were lingering a little too long.

Most Memorable Moment


I liked that I was able to play along with the actors and scare a few people myself, again, most haunts don't have this or allow it, so it was a fun change of pace.

Summary

I would encourage family's to attend this haunt if they are looking for something fun to do after a family dinner. The pizza was good and the haunt was a lot of fun, but not very scary. If your looking  to be afraid and a more detailed and spooky atmosphere, this may not be the haunt for you. This feels more family friendly than other haunts.

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Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions

by majorXpsycho (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Green Bay Fear is the haunt that everyone is talking about this year!  The Beja Shriners have done a great job marketing the haunted house from the very creepy commercials ran late at night on TV to the very cool T-shirts I see past victims wearing out and about.  The commercials were so professionally done that the anticipation of attending Fear was almost as great as the scares once you arrive.  When you arrive at the haunted house you have the option to purchase a general admission ticket for $15 or a RIP/VIP ticket for $25.  The house itself is great and well worth the $15, but for $10 more you can't afford NOT to go RIP.  You get to skip the lines, socialize, eat smores, have unlimited hot cocoa, sit around a cozy bonfire and listen to an AWESOME live band on a creepy stage.  There were people of all ages hanging out in the VIP area.  The outside of the haunt with its large structure and broken wooden fence help to create a frightening atmosphere.  As you enter the haunt, a creepy actor helps instruct you to put on the 3d glasses that are not NEEDED, but definitely compliment the haunt perfectly. 
Green Bay Fear is a MASTER in 3d effect.  Most haunts rely on the heavy luminescent colors to create scares, but Green Bay Fear using the 3d effect to enhance the already very scary sets and props.  The detail in each room is very realistic and the actors are very well placed, I'm not even certain if some of the noise coming from the actors was human.  It has been a LONG time since a haunted attraction has made me scream, but Green Bay Fear accomplished this goal not once, but TWICE. 

Signage / Visibility / Location


Fear is located right off of Hwy 41 and Shawano Ave.  (on the corner of Taylor on Bond St in Green Bay).  There are signs guiding you to the entrance as you get close, but not until you get closer.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There are two different options for the wait area ... RIP (VIP) or general.  In the VIP area you can experience a HUGE stage with a live band playing ghoulish tunes, unlimited hot cocoa, bonfire, smores and much much more.  For only $10 more this is the BEST VIP in the Midwest!!  My only concern with the VIP is that eventually EVERYONE may want to go VIP style and the wait for VIP may become long.  This was not the problem at ALL for us when we attended, but I can foresee it possibly happening in the future. 
I walked over the general admission area and I believe I saw they had a PSYCHIC doing readings in the wait area along with other entertainment.  The wait is outside so please be conscious of the weather! 
As you begin to the haunted house there is a very awesome haunted trail that is dimly lit with torches.  The trail lasted about 12 minutes and the ghouls are very well placed for maximum scare. 

Actors' Performance


The actors did a phenomenal job.  They climbed up walls and dragged their bodies on the ground.  There was never a moment any actor was out of character, they had great follow through and managed crowd control perfectly.  The costumes and makeup were above and beyond and helped complete the entire experience.  I also loved that the actors didn't only go after one person in the group, they had no favorites ... everyone got scared!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


From start to finish there is not a single area that hasn't been decorated in great detail.  The fluidity from room to room was perfect and the 3d effect is definitely their forte.  Most haunts that do a 3d effect focus on just the fluorescent colors, but FEAR combines detailed sets with just the right amount of luminescence to help compliment the overall effect.  

Length


The walk on the trail leading up to the house/vip area lasted about 12 minutes.  The house lasted around 25 minutes (perhaps longer), at one point you are led outside and then redirected back into the haunt for MORE scares!

Crowd Control


Crowd control was great, the actors entertained you while they made sure you never ran into another group. 

Summary

In conclusion all I have to say is that Green Bay Fear is a must see this year and if you like being entertained and scared then you can not afford to miss Fear this year!

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Terror on Rural Street

by katie_kiesow13 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

I enjoyed Terror on Rural Street just as much this year as I have in the past. They always do an exceptional job! We were really early in the season, so the wait was quite short, but don't expect the same to be true if you're visiting closer to Halloween - they tend to get quite busy. As usual, the make-up, costumes and effects were incredible and had my group terrified at every twist and turn.

Signage / Visibility / Location


It's located in the Activities Center in Hartford, so it's quite easy to find. Plenty of parking.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


As I mentioned, we didn't wait in line very long, but they do have a few actors walking around scaring people. The wait area is heated with benches, so that's nice. Also, they serve concessions (including beer!) now, so be sure to check that out.

Actors' Performance


For the most part, I thought they did a good job. I just wish there would have a bit more actor interaction (i.e. conversations and a story line instead of just jumping out at us).

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This haunt provides some of the most sophisticated sets, scenes, props and FX that I've seen in the state. They really put their heart and souls into making this haunt great!

Length


We waited about 15-20 minutes to get into the haunt and it took us about 20 minutes to walk through the whole thing.

Crowd Control


There wasn't much of a crowd to control, so I'm not sure how they'll handle more groups during the busy nights, but we've never had problems in the past.

Most Memorable Moment


There are a couple of areas in the house where you're in complete darkness, surrounded by inflatable walls where you literally feel like you can't go anywhere. A nightmare for a claustrophobic person like myself!

Summary

Overall, as usual, an excellent haunt that I suggest to anyone in the area. I'd even say it's worth the drive if it's kind of far for you. Keep your eyes open - you won't want to miss anything in this haunted house! Be cautious - there are creatures everywhere...

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by x0char0x (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

The House of Bathory has been my favorite haunt for the past couple of years. This year once again it remains at the top of my list. They have always been one of the only haunts left that has an "old school" style haunt. I have always loved the interactions that take part in each and every scene. By doing these interactions, it makes you feel as though you are part of the evil doings that are happening around you. I will warn you they are not afraid to touch you in this haunt. Dead by Dawn Productions chose a history theme for their haunt this year which I have never seen done by any other haunt I've ever been to. From the minute you walk up the steps in the House of Bathory till the minute you exit I felt as though I have traveled back in time to witness and take part in the horrific events that have happened in the past.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The location of this haunt is located right on the main street of downtown Manitowoc. It is very easy to find just look for the Mad Hatter sign that's in the window.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


This haunt does have an outdoor wait area so with the unpredictable weather of Wisconsin make sure to dress appropriately. They did have a magician for your entertainment while you wait in line.

Actors' Performance


The actors really did an excellent job at assuming their roles of people from history. They all fit their roles perfectly and executed them without any flaws.

Length


It took about 25 minutes to walk the entire haunt.

Summary

Overall, this is a must see haunt. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 15 just because of the more adult nature of some of the scenes and the scares that wait inside.

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Haunted High presents Dark Carnival

by dubstyle_2k (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 3 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

In all my years of attending haunts, this was by far the biggest surprise I've come across!  The idea of a haunt put on by a school or school district always makes me a little leery. Haunted High has caused me to reevaluate that thought!  Frightening, intriguing, and awe inspiring, this haunt has it all.  When I think of what made Haunted High stand out, one word comes to mind, innovative!  Crazy terrain tricks, dedicated actors, and an ending that is nothing short of amazing!  I don't know what the budge for Haunted High was, but it's safe to assume they used every penny wisely!  I would recommend Haunted High to anyone looking to have a spooky fun night!  Bravo Haunted High, Bravo!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Haunted High lacks in the area of signage.  I drove right past it, as it is set back from the street, and the gigantic high school across the street diverts your attention from it.  The haunt is well lit, and once you spot it, it is very noticeable, but an illuminated sign would do it wonders.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Awesome waiting area!  A big screen shows horror movie trailers, which is my favorite waiting line time waster, and an extremely weather damaged gym floor makes for a fun walking adventure!  A few actors were also available for spooking.  In all this was a great waiting area!

Actors' Performance


Dedicated and playful, the actors in Haunted High were top notch!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The best of the best!  I was surprised numerous times, and the finale was so impressive words can't describe it! I don't want to give anything away, just know that the finale blends two pop culture items I could care less about, and made a show that I sat through in amazement!  Truly remarkable stuff!

Length


Times vary, depending on how long you sit though the final act.  We sat through the entire show, so we were in there for a good 45 minutes.

Crowd Control


The crowd was controlled the entire time.  There were no chances for out of control behavior!

Most Memorable Moment


Definitely the finale.  Like I stated above, this was truly remarkable!  You have to see it to believe it!

Summary

Haunted High is the best haunt I have attended in some time!  Innovation mixed with dedication and technical skill, Haunted High does it as well as the best haunts around.  A+

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A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

by x0char0x (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Nightmare Factory is a haunt that I have added to my must see list. I have always been a fan of them when they were located in Oshkosh and now that they moved into an actual Nightmare Factory it has completely blown me away. Room after room is filled with things that would only be created in a nightmare factory. I was left completely surprised and impressed around every corner.

They start you off at what looks like the loading docks of an old factory. Once inside you are lead up an old stairwell and leads you to the 3rd floor of the factory. Once the door opens you are thrown into a world that only the dead would live in. About half way through, you reach a point where you enter a 3-D effect style haunt. The 3-D effects usually don't do much for me but I was actually impressed by theirs. They kept with it the entire way through and each scene contained scenes I would never think to put into a 3D style haunt.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The location of this is very easy to find. They have a giant spotlight out front and it is located right off of the main street of downtown Manitowoc.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


We did end up waiting in line for approximately 20 minutes. In those 20 minutes, we were thoroughly entertained by BoBo the clown with his crazy jokes and antics. He definitely knew how to entertain a crowd.

Actors' Performance


The actors in this haunt did a very good job staying in character. It was like they actually became their particular character in the haunt. They knew exactly when to surprise you and what to do to really get under your skin.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The scenes in this haunt are typical haunt scenes but you can definitely tell the extra time and effort that was put into them. They are set up extremely well and laid out perfectly.

Length


This was one of the longer haunts that I have been to. It is located on 3 different floors so it takes a little while to walk through the entire thing. I would say it was about 40 minutes of scares.

Summary

Overall, this is one of the best haunts that I have ever been to. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 14.

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Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Looking to hit up a few haunts in one night? Why not go where you can hit three in one stop? The Burial Chamber offers three high-quality and high-scare haunts, as well as a coffin simulator all in one place! Two of the haunts, Adrenaline and Insanity, take place in a huge warehouse and Phobia takes place in the woods. The coffin simulator places you inside a real coffin, which moves and shakes while playing sounds of your own burial. All offer different and unique experiences that will have you terrified and completely entertained. This is THE place to go if you are an avid haunt seeker. Get there early and enjoy the terror that awaits you!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to locate. Just about 5 minutes off Hwy 41 in Neenah. The complex is easy to see from the road with plenty of signs, flags and decorations. The multiple-beam spot light should be a good tip that you’re in the right place!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Since there are three haunts, there are three lines. All had actors to scare and amuse, as well as movies playing. I would strongly advise to get there early, especially if you are going to more than one haunt there. A VIP option is available to skip the wait, it can be pricey but it can save you hours of time. A timed entry is also available online and might be worth checking out.

Actors' Performance


All of the actors did an outstanding job and put in a great effort. Throughout the indoor haunts the actors did not skip a beat in scaring you when your attention is turned somewhere else. Some of the actors were very athletic. Many have the ability to jump up, swing, climb on walls, or crawl past you in a hair-raising fashion. The Phobia outdoor haunt had actors that were a little hokey with their use of a hillbilly accent. Still they all kept in character and were keen on sneaking into your group for a surprise fright. The actors tend to target the people in the group that are very afraid and timid.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Everything was extremely well done, great details all the way down to the cobwebs. The Adrenaline took you into a world where you felt like you were actually in a haunted house and not a huge warehouse. Their use of props, effects and a vortex made for a very good scare. The Phobia haunted woods gave you an eerie feeling with cricket sounds and a pond that put you in a Blair Witch world. Insanity had some of the best props, or should I say vehicles, I’ve ever seen. You do not know what to expect and these haunts do scare you. My only problem with Insanity was there was no ceiling set and you were able to see the ceiling of the warehouse. Though it did give the actors another place to scare you from…..

Length


Each haunt took you at least 15 minutes to get through. I liked that they had a set amount of time before they’d let another group through. It was very nice not to run into the group before you and have the frights ruined. The burial simulator lasted about 5 minutes.

Crowd Control


There were several lines, with three haunted houses, burial simulator, VIP entrances, concession and merchandise booths. The lines were easy to find and everything was clearly marked.

Most Memorable Moment


There were many but a moment I loved is when we somehow kept going through the same door into an autopsy room, we’d exit out of a different door but ended up in the same place again. Members of our group were asking if we were going the right way or asked if we had already been in the room. It gave you a feeling of actually being lost and not being able to find your way out.

Summary

Overall each haunt was excellent and each had my wife, and members of our group, screaming, running, jumping, sometimes falling and scared out of their minds. Each haunt was unique, scary, worth the money and the wait in line. The burial simulator was OK, it wasn’t too scary but if you want to know what it feels like to be in a coffin before you have to be in one, check it out. Burial Chamber is definitely a great night of entertainment. I would recommend getting there early and go with people that will help make the wait pass quickly. We noticed many people having a great time in line. Line entertainment also helps! Without the VIP passes you could easily be there until midnight, but believe me you will not leave disappointed. My wife has been going for 3 years and we will continue to go back each year.

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Mars Haunted House - CLOSED-

by HocusPocus (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Very High

Review

If you're looking to totally immerse yourself into a nightmarishly good time, look no further. This year's Mars Haunted House once again offers an immersive experience that will excite your senses. Sets and passage ways are elaborately decorated with a keen attention to detail to provide ample visual stimulation. Encounters with ghouls seeking not only to scare the bajeezus out of you but also to creep you out make for both a bloodcurdling and chilling experience.

Traditionally I have declared this attraction to be Milwaukee's Scariest haunt. This year's edition of the Mars Haunted House once again makes a good case to continue as the area's top attraction. If you've enjoyed Mars in the past or if your just looking for a good scare or two you certainly won't be disappointed this year.

If you're into evaluating haunts with your senses you might find this helpful:

* Sight: Elaborate sets with great attention to detail. Lighting and
special effects were frequently used to surprise me even though I was expecting
it.

*Sound: Superb! The sound experience allowed me to become totally
immersed in many of the rooms….especially immediately upon entering this haunt!


* Smell: Ever wonder what death smells like?  …you’ll know the answer by the time you
depart this haunt.

* Touch:  Feel the splatter of
blood or a reaper breathing down your neck!

Signage / Visibility / Location


If the hearse parked by the front door and the elaborately dressed ghouls meandering along
the sidewalk don't catch your attention you may be dead already...but if you're not you probably wouldn't be the first person to drive past the site.


Wait Area / Line Entertainment



Be on the watch for Stiches & Violator! Words won't do justice for these ghouls…but trust
me, when you encounter them you'll know it! Elaborately dressed ghouls interact with you to heighten your anticipation while you wait to enter. The waiting line is all outdoors...so dressing for the weather may be a good idea if you're attending during peak haunting hours.


Actors' Performance



The performance of the characters outside was exceptional! Inside the haunt the actors’
focused more on scaring the bejeezus out of you than entertaining you.


Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Definitely worth checking out! With the total immersion and interaction with the actors and
sound in each room it's very easy to miss some of the attention to detail found in each room.... there are plenty of outstanding effects to keep you visually entertained when you’re not jumping out of your skin.  As was the case last year…at the risk of giving away one of the best effects found at this haunt the ”Laser Vortex” is definitely worth checking out.


Length


About 10-12 minutes


Crowd Control


Waiting line is clearly roped off and patrolled frequently by ghouls.


Most Memorable Moment


In addition to stimulating your sense of sight, sound and feel the Mar’s Haunt this year also excites your sense of smell. The smell of death was quite prevalent through many of the rooms I visited. The stench was so strong it seemed to linger in my nostrils well after my departure.


Summary

Once again, an outstanding attraction for those who like to be scared. While not completely redone this year, if you've enjoyed Mars in the past or you just plain like to be scared you certainly won't be disappointed this year.

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Lister F/X Presents Monster Mayhem Haunted Laser Tag (CLOSED)

by HocusPocus (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Low

Review

This year's Monster Mayhem is definitely unlike any other Halloween attraction I've ever attended. By far it was the most fun I've ever had at a haunt.

Taking participation to a whole new level Monster Mayhem not only allows you to roam freely through rooms and hallways it also allows you to hunt and be hunted by the creatures lurking around the maze of rooms. As a bonus, you can also go rogue on your fellow haunt goers and hunt them down as well. (...this practice is actually encouraged.)

Also unlike other haunts this attraction offers fun for all ages...kids, parents and grandparents alike. I must admit, I was a bit nervous when I entered with a group of 12 as in most cases this results in being crammed tightly into small rooms where you struggle to see the action. But this venue
accommodated our group easily and the large group size actually made the action even more enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed watching a spirited mother of several young kids hunt them down and then shoot them cold heartedly in the back....several times! (...she did later admit that she may have gotten a bit carried away.)

While Monster Mayhem may not be the scariest haunt you visit this year it will make a strong case for being the most fun haunted attraction you attend this year!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Located in the basement of Paulo's Pizza / Pub. There are signs for the haunt but they're not nearly as obvious as the signs for Paulo's. Located right on the corner of 51st and Howard you can't miss Paulo's....but you may miss the signs for Monster Mayhem.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Doesn't get much better than this! While you wait....order a pizza, have dinner, play a few games in the arcade or listen to music in the pub

Actors' Performance


Granted, there aren't a lot of actors involved with this year's Monster Mayhem but the ones you interact with do a superb job of getting you involved in the fun.  I especially enjoyed the doctor...great job of adlibbing and if his accent wasn't real it certainly sounded like it.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


These guys really have a keen eye for technology.  If you're into techno props you'll enjoy the sets at Monster Mayhem.

Length


Beginning to end my adventure lasted about 15 minutes which included a little setup instructional time to get us operational.

Crowd Control


Given that the venue is at a Pizza Parlor / Pub the logistics of how the Haunt patrons mix with those from the Pizza Parlor Pub may be interesting....this is the fourth year I've visited this haunt and I've never experienced any crowd control concerns...I suspect that they've worked out any potential bottlenecks with the flow of traffic through the establishment.

Most Memorable Moment


Chasing monsters and then being chased by others...a very entertaining change of pace!

Summary

If you enjoy participating in your Halloween ventures you definitely need to checkout Monster Mayhem.  I've seriously never had more fun at a haunt.  Fun for all ages and for the who family!

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Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 2:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

What else is there to do in Green Bay when the Packers are on the road? Check out the Green Bay Fear. It’s part party/part haunt for a spooky good time. For an extra $10 you can get the VIP treatment and more entertainment, which I cover below in the Wait Area section. Whichever you choose, both take you through the haunted woods to the haunted mansion. The walk through the woods includes scares along the way. The mansion looks impressive on the outside and all the way to the inside. You begin with instructions from a man with his mouth sewn shut, so getting instruction was interesting and fun. You’re given a pair of 3D glasses that bring out colors and markings on the wall and the glasses keep you feeling uneasy. The actors go to great lengths to keep with their characters and make the haunt memorable.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Just minutes off of Hwy 41, easy to navigate to, and find, with plenty of signs and parking.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The people at the ticket booth, as well as the clown giving instructions, were entertaining and funny. I got the VIP package which instead of waiting in line you’re sent through a haunted path into the woods. You end up in a large clearing with a warm fire, seating, hot chocolate, a free t-shirt, a movie and a live band. As one visitor put it “this is freakin awesome!”

Actors' Performance


Terrific job and effort put forth by the performers. They perfected creepy movement and many had a perfect skin crawling giggle. Some just knew when to be quiet, stand there and look disturbing. The actors with dialog delivered with conviction.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The exterior is awesome, perfectly looking just like what you’d expect a haunted house to look like. The impression continues on the inside, very eerie and well decorated. Props, decoration and the actor’s costumes all fit the effect of the room and the theme they were creating

Length


Fairly long and worth the money. One point during the haunt I thought we were done since we were outside through a haunted courtyard. An actor creepily said, “oh you’re not leaving…you’re going baack insiiiiiide.” I didn’t believe her until we we’re back inside for more.

Crowd Control


There wasn’t much of a crowd when we arrived, but there were quite a few in the VIP area enjoying the band. There was plenty of staff to move things along. Though at times it was confusing on which path to take. We had to ask for direction a couple of times.

Most Memorable Moment


My personal favorite part was a hallway with chains hanging from the ceiling. Some of the chains had glowing hockey masks attached to them. The 3-D effect made the masks jump out at you and some of the masks weren’t attached to chains…

Summary

Overall it was a fun experience. Probably a good haunt for a big group of friends who are up for a variety of entertainment with the haunt. The haunt itself was well done. Settings and actors were excellent. The startling frights seemed limited. I usually can gage how scary a haunt is by how much my wife screams, jumps and uses me as a shield. She rarely did walking through this haunt. The group we walked with seemed to laugh more, or comment how cool it was, instead of scream. I also took off the 3-D glasses half way through the haunt. The effect they provided wasn’t worth the detail I was missing and they kept falling off anyway. We all enjoyed the entertainment.

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Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions

by Truebie31 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 3 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

This haunt was exactly all that I expected & more!  I attended with my 13-yr old & her friend on Friday the 7th.  It was very easy to find using the map on my cell phone.  There was plenty of parking & the lady shriners not only pointed you in the right direction, but also wished you luck & hoped you made it out alive!  You can purchase the general admission for $15 or the RIP admission for $25.  I highly recommend the RIP because you get a few nice perks, including getting bumped ahead of the general admission line, a cool Green Bay Fear t-shirt & before entering, you can enjoy a local band & sip hot cocoa.  After being admitted into the woods by a big, ugly clown, you will meet plenty of evil creatures lurking about. They will continually harass you (in a good, fun way) until you reach the point where it splits into the RIP & general admission lines.  Upon entering the RIP area, where your wrist band gets checked again, you are given your tshirt, $5 off coupon to Halloween Express & a cup of hot cocoa.  We sat by one of the fires & listened to the rock music for about a half hour before heading on the path to the house.  Groups of people are lead up the stairs to the porch to wait for the "butler" to usher you inside.  By the way, his mouth is sewn shut but he still tries talking to you.  This is a 3D haunt, so you are then given your 3D glasses which you must wear throughout the entire walk.  There are a lot of twists & turns & plenty of good scares.  When you think you have reached the exit, it just leads you through an iron maze outside & back into the house through another door.  

Signage / Visibility / Location


A wonderfully secluded forest location that is very easy to find.  There are also a couple of signs pointing you to the parking lot.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The big ugly clown who admits you also walks around terrorizing the crowd.

Actors' Performance


Excellent performances from these mostly high school students.  I was very impressed with how well they stayed true to the haunt & their characters.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This is a true haunted house & the sets, scenes & props were very authentic looking.  

Length


The walk through of the house itself takes about 25-30 minutes, but if you purchase a RIP admission, the length can vary.  We were there about an hour total. 

Crowd Control


There wasn't too many people there when we first purchased our tickets, but I heard there was a group of about 80 coming through so I was glad we got through before them!  In the 2 lines, there were roped off paths to wait behind.  I also did see some people with "Security" written on their shirts so that I found reassuring as the gals marking our bands before entering the house itself were a little older & don't think they could have handled a drunk or disorderly person.

Most Memorable Moment


This had to be when we were being "harassed" in the woods. I told the demon that was up in my face that he needed a tic=tac for his bad breath to which he replied, "I've been in these woods for over 400 years, what did you expect."  :-)

Summary

I was very impressed with this haunt & would recommend it to all.  I would also highly recommend purchasing the RIP tickets for the extra perks.  Just sitting & listening to the band was worth the extra $10.  The Green Bay Fear & the Beja Shriners put on a great show!

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Mars Haunted House - CLOSED-

by spookshow babe (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Medium

Review

I would say that Mars Haunted House has done a really good job this year again. Keeping things fresh, it was nice to see some new added sets and props from previous years as well as new actors and characters. It is also nice to see some from previous years make a return as well. I feel Mars Haunted House's has some of the best actors working the waiting area. They are always done up in the BEST costumes and do a great job at keeping you entertained and they add a lot to the fun! Inside you will find very detailed sets and good props as well as edger actors ready to frighten you! I would say this haunt is best for teens and adults, but they do have a day where you can take kids and the scare factor is not as high as on a common night. I would say this is a haunted house worth  checking out if you haven't already and since I have been going for 8 or 9 years, it is obviously one I feel is worth revisiting as well!

Signage / Visibility / Location


There is a hearse parked outside the haunted house with the name on it that is visible. It is on a very well lit street and there are plenty of actors outside roaming the line that will grab your attention.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


I was very impressed with the actors scaring people in line. My favorite of the 3 was a silly redneck clown called "Stitches". There is also a vampire and another evil clown, They do a wonderful job of adding a few laughs to the scares and do a good job of getting you excited to go in the haunt!

Actors' Performance


Most the actors did a really good job at timing when they would jump out to scare you and some came from unexpected places. One crawled out from under a bookshelf which I did not expect and it did startle me a fair bit! They did a good job of staying in character, and walking after you after you left the room which added to the scare.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


I liked a lot of the sets and the props were well used in the sets. A lot of it was reused from previous years, but it was nice to see them used in a different way. My only complaint was that in 2 of the rooms they used something to make the rooms smell REALLY bad, so bad that I found myself rushing out of them and rushing along to the next room, though it was good to keep the people moving I guess, it was very unpleasant and took me out of the experience... I just wanted to get out. I didn't have a chance really to enjoy those sets much either because of that. If they were going for an "uncomfortable" feeling, they succeeded, but it was not something I would want to go through again! Another minor thing, was that the floors were very uneven throughout the haunt. In the past people have used pillows and such to create this effect, and it felt to me there were just a lot of lose boards and broken up wood on the ground. It was a nice effect, but in a haunted house where its very dark, it seemed a little unsafe. I almost tripped twice and husband did trip into me once. Pillows are a little better for this I feel, you still are stable and if you do fall its not going to be a hard landing.

Length


It took us about 15 min to walk through it.. this could be because I walked a lot quicker through the smelly rooms though.

Crowd Control


It was good. It was just my husband and I and they let us go in the 2 of us. They seemed to let a lot of people in just with the groups they came with which is nice, and we didn't bump into another crowd in the haunt.

Most Memorable Moment


I really liked the opening of this haunt, or the first room you enter. You get a little history about the building being REALLY haunted which adds to the fear I think. They do a good job of getting you excited for the ride!

Summary

I have been going to Mars Haunted House for 8 or 9 years now and I am always pleased with it. The actors do a good job, the make up is well done, they have some really great masks they use and the sets are always different year to year and well designed. I was a little sad to see out "bearded lady" friend was not in it this year, he was always very funny from previous years, but the big guy wondering the hallways was pretty scary and could be my new favorite in this haunt, as well as "Stitches" working outside. I was also sad to not find our Devil friend from last year, but maybe he was not working that night. I think everyone in the haunt and working outside it does a good job and adds to the experience however, I just have some personal favorites. I would recommend this haunt to people looking to get scared, but NOT too scared and who enjoy a good creepy atmosphere. I only warn you about the really smelly rooms and the uneven ground.

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The Wisconsin Fear Grounds

by DarkWolf1088 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review


Welcome to Wisconsin Feargrounds were all your nightmares come true. From ghoulish beasts, to crazy hillbillies, this haunt has it all. Wisconsin Feargrounds has consistently remained one of America's and Wisconsin's top haunted attractions. I now can see why.



This was actually my first year at this haunt and I was excited from the get-go. Although this haunt may appear over the top a lot of time and energy went into throwing you into a very twisted and dark world. I was incredibly impressed by the scenes, props, and special effects. Even if you "don't get scared" this is a haunt just to check out for incredible attention to detail, fun obstacles, traps, and passageways.



What is also amazing are this haunt's prices. When some single haunts are charging 15 to 20 dollars for entry, Wisconsin Feargrounds has 3 (yes three) haunted houses available for only 30 dollars. That is surprising in and of itself without even being inside the houses yet. Being able to walk through a different world, while being scared by professionals...that is what I call a deal.



Now on to the nitty gritty. How were the haunted houses? Well let's break them down.



Morgan Manor


This is your "classic" haunt. Morgan Manor leads you through a once proud mansion that has now been corrupted by evil. Morgan Manor uses some of the classic haunted house tricks and scares. All the actors were top notch and stayed in character throughout. This house was fun and the scenes were absolutely amazing, detailed, and realistic. If this is the only house you do it will still be a fun night.



Morgana's Torment


I'll be honest I did not know what this house was. This house is full of obstacles. From pitch black corridors, to walls that squeeze you tight, to disorienting lighting effects, I never knew where I was. I only knew I had to keep going forward. The actors use this confusing labyrinth to their advantage and made some great scares. Just the mere fact of being "lost" and constantly turned around is enough to frighten some people. Morgana's Torment is quite simply a really twisted version of a fun house.



Unstable


I don't know what was scarier in this haunt. The crazed hillbilly farm hands running around or some of the aromas that I smelled inside of Unstable. Again the attention to detail by this haunt operator is shown quite well. There is no question that you are in a stable from sight AND smell. This winding and twisting haunt provides for some really good scares especially as, you alone, try to figure out what is just an empty stable and what is the actual path through the barn. This haunt was fun, and the actors really put there all into forming a world right out of a horror film. A word of advice...hold you nose at Unstable's hillbilly restroom and, oh yes, give Bezel my regards.

Actors' Performance


5 out of 5. There were times that I wish the actor would of not just talked to me but was rather lying in wait to scare me, but from the actors that talk to the actors that scare, this haunted house will feel as real as it gets.

Summary

If you are looking for a full night of scares, for a great price, Wisconsin Feargrounds is the place to go. Everything is done professionally and, even if you don't get scared, you will be impressed by this haunt.

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Terror on Rural Street

by lazysmurf97 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review


Terror on Rural street is a fantastic haunt.  Everyone was super friendly and organized.  The haunt was well thought out and produced.  It was very high tech. There were plenty of actors and animatronics everywhere. We never experienced a dull moment or lull in activity.  The gore and costume effects were fantastic.  Just when you think the haunt is over, there is even more beyond the next turn!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It was very easy to find this haunt. We used a GPS and it took us straight to the location. There were signs off the main road that pointed the way.  Once we were in the parking lot, there were even more signs.  There was plenty of free parking available as well.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was a heated wait area with benches. This haunt serves concessions that includes food and beer.  Also, they have a designated smokers area and port-a-pottys available. They have a nice graveyard scene that is lit up with Halloween lights.

Actors' Performance


I thought the actors did a great job.  The man who lines you up to enter the haunt stayed in character the whole time. The makeup was very well done. I especially enjoyed the dental victim's face makeup. The very first room was an old time bar scene with a bartender offering deadly bloody Marys.  It was very well done.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets were fantastic. You went through lots of different rooms and each one was done completely different.  You couldn't tell in some of them if it was a real actor or something 'else.'  Many of the rooms played tricks on your senses and that made the haunt even more frightening.  Everything was perfectly decorated to match the theme of the room. The special effects were great too. There was plenty of blood and gore to go around. We enjoyed the claustrophobia maze the best!

Length


It took us about 20 minutes to go through the entire haunt.  There were three people in our group. Toward the very end, the group behind us did catch up to us.

Crowd Control


Each ticket to the haunt had a number on it. They would call  numbers up to enter the haunt so that everyone was spaced evenly.  I think this was very well done. The security officers were very friendly. At one point, a group of children needed to be helped out because they were too frightened. The security guards did a good job of helping them. Also, they have cameras throughout the haunt so if you need assistance, they can help you right away.

Most Memorable Moment


The most memorable moment for me came in the monster room.  I am not going to say more because I don't want to ruin the surprise, but it was great.

Summary

I would highly recommend going to this haunt. It is appropriate for everyone 10 and older.  There are some dark, tight places to go through and also some stairs so make sure you are able to maneuver through that sort of thing.

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Haunted High presents Dark Carnival

by DarkWolf1088 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

Ah yes. Nothing like enjoying the fright season by traveling to an abandoned high school in the dark of night with your girlfriend. Haunted High is your "classic" haunted house with flair of the modern era. If you are looking for the scare tactics of yesteryear such as moving floors, trapdoors, sound scares, and simple but great effects this is definitely the haunt for you.

This is a perfectly themed haunted house. Haunted High takes place in an abandoned high school and that theme is kept throughout the entirety of the haunt except for a few areas. I was impressed with how much the haunt operators really pulled you into this world without going over the top and creating a sensory overload.

I had A LOT of fun at this haunt. So did my girlfriend. There were definitely moments of good scares but it was more than that. This haunt is HUGE. It felt like an adventure and from finding your ways through dark hallways to getting scared in the Nurse's Office everything was pulled together nicely to create a very fun "ride".

This is a haunt that everyone can enjoy. Even if, like me, you looking for the "hardcore" haunt you WILL have fun at this event. Give Haunted High a try...if you don't mind going back to a much darker version of school.

Signage / Visibility / Location


As long as you MapQuest or plug the location into your GPS, once you get in the area you cannot miss it. Just look for the school bus that has Haunted High on its front and side. There is also a sign along E Forest Rd. Also once you pull into the parking lot, attendants will guide you into a parking stall. Then just walk along the length of the school and you will find the main entrance.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The front desk is very well organized. It is split up according to what you will be using as payment. All you got to do is find the right desk and you will be good to go. After you receive your tickets you will have horror movie clips that you can watch as you wait.

The waiting area was wide open and neither my girlfriend or I ever felt constricted or pushed. Once you get to the front of the line you are greeted by a crossing guard that had a very unfortunate accident. The guard will take your tickets and sort you into lines all while make every attempt to creep you out.

Total time waiting in the line was 20 minutes but because of the openness of the waiting area and the entertainment provided by the crossing guard it did not feel nearly that long.

Actors' Performance


Most of the actors did a good job of sticking to character, making a good scare, and generally making the haunt fun. There were exceptions however. Some actors seemed tired and others just did not put in any effort. The biggest disappointment was when Angie and I ran into a few actors that were not prepared for our group coming through and others that missed their mark and missed an opportunity to make a great scare.

Luckily these "hiccups" were few are far between, and for a haunt that does not hire professional actors I was pleased with the scares that the actors did make. Not to mention that some scares were so exceptional Angie almost cut the circulation off in my arm.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Simple and not overpowering. The haunt used what was already provided by the abandoned school to their advantage. Add in a few effects, blood spattered walls, and some ghouls to walk the hallways and Voilà!, you have a haunt that really pulls you into the environment. It really did not feel fake. Practically everything in this haunt in terms of rooms are rooms that you could find in any high school. This haunt is a prime example of using the environment to your advantage.

All the scenes, props, and special effects were set just perfect to provide an amazing atmosphere. All the effects and trip lines were set to provide the best possible scare. This haunt did a great job with bringing an old high school, quite literally, to life.

Length


For 15 dollars this haunt may seem pricey but, not including wait time, this event was 45 minutes long. Also, as I have already said this haunted house is huge. The haunt takes over the entirety of the old school which just adds to the fun. You are going through an actual building, people. You not going through something that was put together in an empty shed. This haunt is long so make sure you set aside some time.

Crowd Control


Waukesha County deputies were available on site. So should anyone at the event try to ruin it for others or create a disturbance the problem would quickly and easily be taken care of. Also, as I already mentioned, the wait area is open and so are many of the rooms in the haunt. Thus you should never feel uncomfortable in terms of space.

Most Memorable Moment


All I will say on this one is that you never really graduate until you walk out those doors.

Summary

One word. Fun. From those that get scared easily to those that are seasoned "haunters" this event will satisfy everyone.

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Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions

by x0char0x (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

This was my first year attending Green Bay Fear and it is a haunt that I will definitely be returning to. They have combined a way to incorporate all the things that leave you nightmares. As you enter, you are lead down a path in the woods. You never know whats lurking in these woods. After the woods you are lead to a very detailed haunted house set into the woods. As you enter, you can just feel that there is something not right with this house. From the beginning, you feel as though there is a chance that you will not make it out alive. As you tour the house, you are lead into room upon room that is filled with things you can't even imagine.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The location of this haunt is very easy to find. They have signs out front and people standing by the drive directing you to the parking area.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Being the beginning of the haunt season there wasn't much of a wait but they do have a very creepy clown waiting for you. If you opt for the RIP admission they have a live band for your entertainment as well as hot chocolate as you wait to enter.

Actors' Performance


I felt as though the actors did an outstanding job. They stayed in character the entire time and truly made you feel as though they lived in this house.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The scenes in this house were very unique. They actually made it look like a house of your nightmares.

Length


It took about 30 minutes to complete the entire haunt.

Summary

Overall, this was one of the better haunts that I have ever been to. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 14 that is looking for a good scare.

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Terror on the Fox

by x0char0x (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2011 at about 2:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

Terror on the Fox is one of the largest haunts in Wisconsin. They have been around for 15 years adding more and more every year. They start you off on a train ride which is extremely unique. On this train you feel as though your worst nightmare is coming true as smoke starts to pour in and you will be left stranded in the middle of the woods with monsters and ghouls attacking you. After leaving the train you are lead down a path into the woods where if you bought the combo admission or just the regular admission you are divided. We got the combo admission so we headed to the 3rd Dimension. As you entered into the 3rd Dimension you are thrown into a freak show literally. You are at a circus that is unlike any circus you would go to as a child. After leaving the 3rd Dimension you enter the Void. The void was something I have seen done at other haunts but on a bigger scale. It'll definitely leave you with anxiety as you are walking through and you end up lost in the darkness. After the Void, you enter their 3rd haunted attraction Torment. As you are walking through, you enter room after room of a school like setting except its like a school for the dead. Finally, you are lead down another trail in the woods to the last attraction Ominous. It is a house unlike any house you have ever seen. This has always been my favorite at their haunt. You wind down hallways of terror and doom and you don't know what to expect around each corner.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The location of this haunt is very visible. It is located right on a major road and they have a lighted sign out front so you cant miss it.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There wasn't much of a wait when we got there but they do offer concessions. I didn't see any actors outside for entertainment though.

Actors' Performance


I felt the actors did a good job. There was a couple spots in the house where they were out of character which threw it off. Also, in the Void and Torment there could have been more. There were a few rooms that could have been a lot better with even just one person in there.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The scenes and props at this haunt are unlike anything I've ever seen before. You can definitely see the effort that was put into it.

Length


It took about 45 minutes to get through the entire haunt. They were about 15 minutes a piece.

Summary

Overall, it was a good haunt. In my own opinion, I feel as though they are trying to do too much with not enough help. I would recommend it to anyone who loves haunts over the age of 13.

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A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

Fear Factory will present you with two floors of attractions. One of the floors is exclusively 3D effects and is themed on various nursery rhyme characters.

The principle floor is more traditional in its presentation, but features some elaborate sets.

There were numerous live actors throughout the factory who gave good performances, especially considering it was an opening weekend. The dialogue was fairly witty.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Fear Factory has a lot of space to work with and they put a lot of effort into their project. There is a spotlight in front of the entrance.

We had no problem finding the Factory using a GPS.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There seemed to be some effort on the part of the operators to allow for gaps between groups being sent in.

Despite there not being many people in line when we arrived, we had to wait about 20 minutes or so to enter.

There was an actor at the entrance who played the roll of a bumpkin and made attempts to interact with people in line.

Actors' Performance


Among the characters you will meet at the factory are Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the Mad Hatter and numerous clowns.

The producers of the factory did a very creative presentation with their darker takes on nursery rhymes.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The attraction will take you through catacombs with walls of skulls, a graveyard, a walk through a swamp and extensive hospital scenes beginning with a mattress walk among the other environments in the haunt.

As was mentioned, one floor is devoted entirely to 3D effects.

The Factory made use of some interesting lighting effects and even featured a live guitarist at one point.

Length


It took a little more than half an hour to complete the two floors, walking at a leisurely pace.

There are some organizational problems with the layout of the house, however, as our group got off track several times and in one instance accidentally exited the main area and ended up outside the walls.

Crowd Control


The crowd was regulated by one staff person who allowed patrons to enter at fairly regular intervals.

It appears that if the line is long, it will exit the covered area inside the building and extend to an exposed area in front of the attraction, so be mindful of that in the event of rain.

There was one portable toilet inside the entrance area and a concession stand, as well.

Most Memorable Moment


My group agreed that two performances were the most remarkable experiences of our visit.

We found the person who affected the Cinderella character to have been particularly amusing. The clown who introduces you to the 3D area was humorous, as well.

Summary

Fear Factory is a large attraction and certainly worthy of a visit, if in the area. I haven't seen an entire floor of an attraction devoted to 3D effects before. The producers of the event put together a nice attraction and the actors gave invested performances. Good creativity was shown in the development of the sets and the overall concepts.

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A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

by Truebie31 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

Although this haunt is a mere 2.5 hour jaunt from where I live, it was well worth the drive!  I took my 13 year-old daughter with me and we arrived early so we did have to wait about 45 minutes before there was enough people to go with us in a group.  The staff was very friendly as we waited including the 2 witches in the box office booth.  One of the greeters, Bobo the clown, also followed us throughout the haunt, but was not scary & provided much needed comic relief.  First stop is the Insane Asylum which included plenty of darkness & gore.  The rest of the haunt includes a strobe light section, a neon, 3-D (glasses provided) section with some cracked takes on classic fairy tales, a vampire/zombie lair, a jungle scene & of course, a clown room, hosted by Bobo.  Without giving too much away, I do have to warn against the very end.  There is a long, metal slide to get back down to ground level & exit.  An older lady in our group had a little trouble with this, but made it.  I am not sure if there is another way out if you are unable to use the slide.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Never having been to Manitowoc, the factory is very easy to find.  It is on Franklin Street & there are a few signs to lead you there.  Also, out front there is a hearse & more highly visible signs along with a nighttime premiere light.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Since we were early, there was no long line to wait.  If the weather is cooler, I would suggest a jacket because the waiting area is not heated & goes outside.  With the wind, we were slightly chilly.  The line entertainment was great; included Bobo & a nasty hillbilly dude with "blood" on his face that messes with visitors.

Actors' Performance


Excellent!  I couldn't say enough positive things about the wonderful actors.  They stayed in character even if people messed with them. I tend to have a bit of a potty mouth when I get scared & that did not phase them a bit.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Very detailed sets & props.  We were warned before entering to not touch the props, actors, etc.  Everything was wonderfully & grotesquely decorated!

Length


Very long & well worth the amount of money ($20).  Since we were the first group in, it ran about 45 minutes, which was right on the 45-60 minutes advertised.

Crowd Control


I can't say much for this because like I said we were the first ones in & there wasn't a crowd.

Most Memorable Moment


This had to be when we went into the clown room & Bobo singled out my daughter & myself as being very good visitors & after hugging us, gave us a "I hugged a clown today" sticker.  I also got to play the neon-colored piano with Bobo; he played high notes & I played low then we played with our feet!  

Summary

Overall, an excellent haunted attraction.  It was very scary at first, but then became more fun toward the end.  However, we still got scared & I screamed even when I expected it!  I would go again & highly recommend this haunt!

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Terror on the Fox

by majorXpsycho (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: High

Review

Terror on the Fox is back again with their 15th year of fear!  Located at the
National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Terror on the Fox is home to 4
separate haunted attractions, including the ONLY haunted train ride in
WI and perhaps the Midwest!  It is the haunted train ride and large
collection of ghoulish props that keep visitors (including myself)
returning  every year.  I have been attending Terror on the Fox every
year since they first opened and it is great to see fan favorites such
as the vortex, claustrophobia, and giant room sized animatronics
returning each year.  There were quite a few "hiccups"  (lack of actors,
no 3d glasses, and props that were not working) when I attended this
year, but I am assuming that is because it was opening weekend.  

Finding the Terror on the Fox should be easy even to the foreigner as
there are huge billboards off the interstate boasting their existence. 
Parking is free and they have a very LARGE selection of souvenirs
available for purchase (including a haunted house night light).  I
purchased a hot cocoa and a LARGE cookie to enjoy while we waited  ...
but since the line was so short, we were asked to toss our beverages
before boarding the train.  Most of the wait is uncovered, so make sure
to dress weather appropriate and wear shoes that may get muddy.  While
you wait there are large projection screens displaying numerous ghoulish
videos to entertain you. 

The train is an old double decker passenger car and visitors can choose
to ride up top or on the main floor.  Smoke and strobe lights fill the
aisles while ghouls appear from beneath and above.  Passengers leave the
depot never to be seen returning.  The train ride lasted about 15
minutes and it takes you along the river, through a woods, and past
several antique train cars.

Once you exit the train, if you purchased a combo pass you are guided to
the entrance of "3rd Dimension of Fear", if you purchased general
admission you will do a brief walk through the woods and head straight
to the main house.  We chose combo and headed for the "3rd Dimension of
Fear". 

The wait was not long and soon we were inside the "3rd Dimension of
Fear".  I'm not certain if they were out of 3d glasses or if they had
not come in yet, but we were not given any 3d glasses.  The fluorescent
paints, props, and costumes looked harmless without the 3d effect.  The
"3rd Dimension of Fear" had a very creepy circus theme, but lack of
actors (only 2) left more to be desired.  If this particular attraction
had been in 3d and had more actors it would have made the extra $7 well
worth it!  The "3rd Dimension of Fear" lasted about 12 minutes.  As soon
as we exited the "3rd Dimension of Fear" we found ourselves entering
the "Void". 

The "Void" is exactly as it sounds ... completely void of anything but
darkness.  You will find yourself walking, arms stretched out, in a maze
of complete darkness.  You may even find yourself trapped and having to
retrace your path to find a way out.  The "Void" took us 9 minutes to
complete.  Once we exited the "Void", there was a brief walk through the
woods up to the main haunt, "Ominous  Sanctum".

Ominous Sanctum is the main attraction and worth far more than the $13 general admission.  The amazingly realistic design make this portion of the haunt seem as if you just stepped foot in to your worst nightmare.  The rooms are laid out perfectly and there is no "down time".  Every actor was right on cue and even when we got close to their face, we couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't.  You can clearly tell that years of hard work have gone into this haunt and it is time well spent!  The entire house took 25 minutes to go through and there wasn't a single repeated room or blank spot on the wall.  Ominous Sanctum definitely puts Terror on the Fox at the top. 

In conclusion, the total time it took us to complete all the attractions collectively was just over an hour.  I would probably skip the extra haunts and head straight to the main event, at $13 you can not find a better bargain for such a well planned house!  Although for an extra $7 if 3rd Dimension of Fear has 3d glasses and more actors I would definitely consider spending the extra money.  15 seasons and Terror on the Fox keeps getting better, I already can't wait to see how much they grow in the next 15 years!

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The Haunted Barn Stoughton - CLOSED

by x0char0x (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

The Haunted Barn is a haunt that I have added to my must see list. They have created a complete nightmare of horrors. From the beginning, you are left wandering in a world of darkness and surprise. There are monsters and killers lurking around every bend just waiting for you to entire their world. After walking through the first part of the barn, you are lead down a dark path leading into the woods. The woods really add to the effect of this haunt. You feel as though you are walking through some strange forest and you don't know who or what will get you. I will add that there were some dead spots in the woods. Just a few more actors, would have just blow it away. After the woods, you are lead back to the barn and enter more rooms of darkness and terror.

Signage / Visibility / Location


This haunt is very visible from the hwy. It has a lighted sign out front directing you into the parking area.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Being the beginning of the haunt season we didn't have any wait time to get in however, I did notice a few actors outside wandering around waiting for their next victim to approach.

Actors' Performance


The actors did a very good job. They always stayed in character and you never knew where they were lurking inside the haunt. I will say though there was a couple dead spots that would have been even better with an actor there.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The Haunted Barn has some very unique scenes inside their haunt. They have the layout set up where you don't know whats waiting for you around the next bend. Everything just leaves you with that eerie feeling and makes you think that you are entering a barn of terror instead of just a haunted house.

Length


It took approximately 40 minutes to walk the entire haunt. It is one of the longer haunts I've ever been to.

Most Memorable Moment


The most memorable moment I had at the Haunted Barn would have to be watching my future brother-in-law's girlfriend scream and get terrified around every corner.

Summary

Overall, the Haunted Barn is a very well put together haunt. You can see the creativity and thoughts that are put into it. I would recommend it to anything that loves haunts who are over the age of 13.

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The Haunted Barn Stoughton - CLOSED

by lazysmurf97 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

The Haunted Barn is a must see haunted attraction in Dane County!  The atmosphere was perfect for a haunted house and you never knew what to expect.  I really enjoyed the mixture of indoor and outdoor entertainment. At times, we felt like we were in a horror movie, especially while walking through the haunted forest.

I would highly recommend wearing good walking shoes and a jacket if you go on a cold evening.  There are many steps and bits of uneven ground to go through. Most of the steps are well lit, but we did stumble on a few that were not, so use caution. There is also a point where you have to crawl and a point where you have to walk hunched over, so if you are unable to do so, be aware. I appreciated that they did point this out prior to entering.

Signage / Visibility / Location


This haunt had the perfect location. It was easy to see off the highway. They had a large red light on the barn that could be seen from a distance and a large sign by the driveway.  It was located close enough to the city to be accessible but not so close as to lose the country atmosphere.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was not a line when we went so we were able to just walk up and go in. They did have several actors in the area to get you in the mood for the haunt. 

Actors' Performance


Overall, the actors did a good job.  A lot of the scaring came in the form of loud screaming.  The costumes were very nice and thought out. There was a lot of attention to detail with the makeup including creepy contact lenses. We enjoyed the twin clowns that escorted us to the entrance of the haunt. They were just the right amount of creepy!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This haunt had wonderful scenery. You  go through a barn, a haunted forest and then yet another barn. You never know what to expect ahead of you or behind you for that matter! It seemed like each area was well thought out and planned.  The barn itself added a spooky feel and smell to the whole place. The props also had a great deal of detail and the gore effects were phenomenal, with lots of drippy blood in some scenes. There were lots of different 'rooms', each one varying from easy to get through, to wall touching adventure.

Length


It took us about 30 minutes to go through everything. We were moving rather quickly, so expect to spend longer if there is a larger crowd. 

Crowd Control


We did see a security officier on the premises, but there wasn't much of a crowd when we were there. Unfortunately, when we saw him, he was coming out through a door with a light on and it kind of ruined the scariness of that section of the barn for us. He did apologize though. I think we scared him!

Most Memorable Moment


The most memorable moment for me came in the form of a man chasing us with a chainsaw.  He really frightened me and my friend just laughed at my reaction. It was great!

Summary

Overall, I had a great time at The Haunted Barn. I would highly recommend it to everyone.  As long as you dress appropriately and are aware of the physical requirements, you should have a great time.

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