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2016 Review Crew

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Please note: this review is for the 2016 season rather than the current season.

Zombus

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at about 7:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

Zombies have been around for many decades, but they have taken on a surge of popularity due to the hit TV show 'The Walking Dead'. It shouldn't surprise anyone then that there's a haunted attraction based solely on zombies, and this one is completely interactive! For whatever reason, it's never been reviewed here on Haunted Wisconsin, either by anyone on the Review Crew or by a visitor. That is, until now!

I wasn't sure what to expect as I pulled up to Zombie Shoot. We had to park on the road as there were many visitors on this clear and cool Saturday night. A local dj was spinning the tunes, while several creatures danced to the beat and entertained those in line. The actors walking around were not really scary, but they were extremely entertaining and fun to watch! There was a good half hour wait just to get the tickets, and this was before the main waiting area. I would highly recommend the fast pass and also order your tickets online to save you time. Although people were here obviously for the Zombie Shoot, I was surprised to learn that there were two other activities: Zombie Laser Tag and Haunted Wicked Woods.

Zombie Shoot: Wow, the wait for this attraction was quite long. With all the people here... I'm still amazed that I've never been here! Again, there is a fast pass option you might want to consider as the wait this night was several hours. When we were done waiting, we boarded a bus and sat in front of mounted paint ball guns aiming out the windows. After going over the brief ground rules, the bus departed and we were on our way. It started out slow at first with the zombies, a few here and there. But as our ride continued they were coming from everywhere! There were some pretty incredible moments that I do not want to ruin for our dear readers, but trust me when I say that this was a extremely fun and cool experience! As a avid haunt fan, this was a first for me and I loved it!

Zombie Laser Tag: We decided to go to the laser tag area as the line appeared to be shorter. We waited about 45 minutes to play, which dragged because we were not near the entertainment. If you've ever played laser tag before, this is not much different. With that said, I never have played it outside at night, so that was a fun experience. At one point a zombie popped up and gave a few players a good scare.

Haunted Wicked Woods: While this area also did not have an organized line like the Zombie Shoot, it did have a covered wait area that people were lining up in. Once in, we started on the trail into the dark woods. There were a few torches, but for the most part it was pretty dark. Your eyes will adjust just enough so you can see shapes and shadows which can be extremely unnerving when you see a dark shape coming at you! Although the Zombie Shoot gets all the glory, this was my favorite part of the night. It is definitely a home-made 'haunted woods' but it was done well and the actors were incredible. I was jumping and laughing the entire time!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It's right off Hwy 41 on an access road, but it still seemed like it was in the middle of no-where. You won't have a problem finding it with GPS or the directions.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


While the Zombie Shoot had a structured wait/line similar to waiting for a roller coaster, the other areas were wide open and a bit more chaotic The wait area for the Zombie Shoot is more thought out than the other two areas. Those areas also do not have any sort of entertainment. .

Actors' Performance


All the actors did an excellent job and were all very entertaining. The Zombie Shoot was not very scary, but extremely entertaining. The actors will scare you good in the woods!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets and the FX for the Zombie Shoot were awesome. The other areas were good as well!

Length


The Zombie Shoot was about 20 minutes. Both the laser tag and the woods were about 15 minutes each.

Crowd Control


See comments above. It seems the main focus has been on the Zombie Shoot, which is great. A little more attention to the other events will put this haunt over the top!

Most Memorable Moment


There are several moments on the bus that have you asking "Did that really just happen?"

Summary

I didn't expect to spend the whole night there, but I was surprised how many hours passed since we arrived. Time flies when you're having fun... and more so when you're having fun and getting scared! When you attend the Zombie Shoot, make sure you go to all three, as they are well worth it. All in all, I had a blast and enjoyed all their activities. I hope to go again in the future!

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Shockwave Haunts

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at about 10 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Medium

Review

So many mixed feelings about this haunt! Shockwave Haunts is located in rural Whitewater, which when you get there seems like a world away from the college town I think of as Whitewater. Shockwave is comprised of 4 haunts, all of which have their own theme. We arrived at Shockwave around 10, let me just say that parking is a nightmare there! We entered the lot, and waited for two cars to figure out how to exit a lot, this took literally 5 minutes or so. They were SUPER confused that we were waiting at the entrance for them to move so we could park in one of their spots. The lot is more of a grass/gravel area with no distinct spots, so you can imagine our displeasure when were were leaving and we had to maneuver our car because the person who parked next to us decided he was going to park at the opposite angle as us and leave his rear end out far enough that if we backed straight up we would have hit his car... annoying!

ANYWAYS, we walked up and saw a sign which read concessions and restrooms, but that's the only sign we saw. Where do we buy tickets??? No clue! We went into the building with the restrooms, it's a big building with Christmas trees decked out with orange lights, and a bar/Halloween costume store. In here you can purchase an Amy Winehouse wig and a Captain & Coke if you so wish. They actually had a pretty good selection at the bar, and if I weren't on official Haunted Wisconsin business I might have indulged and let you know how the service was! But still no ticket sales. We left this building and walked over to a fire pit and a young woman asked if we knew where we were going. Finally someone who wanted to help us! She pointed us in the direction of the ticketing area, which was absolutely not labeled, and not common sense by any means. We bought our tickets, $20 for all of haunts and headed back to the helpful woman, as it still wasn't clear where to go. She took us to our first haunt, which was back in the building with the restrooms, and located through a door which was not labeled, but instead guarded by a young lady sitting at a desk. This was called St. Leah's Last Rights Nursing Home, or "Comedy" so the map says (which we found affixed to a wall).

St. Leah's
The theme of St. Leah's was old super heroes, and this was their nursing home. Was it funny? Sure, but here's the deal, I'm anything but the "I'm appalled guy" but this was a little much. Their blue humor seemed to be shocking simply for the sake of shock value. It seemed like a "we can swear in here and we are going to do it to be edgy" thing, and it got old real fast. Each room of this section had a super hero that was of a certain age, or a nursing home employee, most notably Nurse Double D... Yup, she's exactly what you'd think she is. At a certain point I found myself thinking "I get it, you are edgy" but it just kept going. This section definitely isn't for kids. Hopefully they have enough control to not use that humor if kids come through. We were in and out of this area in about 10 minutes.

Blood Manor
The next haunt was called Blood Manor, and was a pretty cool haunt. But before we can get to the cool haunt I must tell you, this was the MOST DISORGANIZED line I've experienced in my 7 years of reviewing! We walked up to the "line" which was a herd of people with no rhyme or reason to what was going on. The line was made up of what I'm guessing was high school kids and college freshmen, and this proved to be frustrating because friends would find friends towards the front and start chatting, which would make them part of the line. We were at the end of the line for a good portion because it seemed like everyone knew each other and cuts were encouraged. We were behind two high school girls that were trying very hard to be "mature" and the one was assuring the other to just swear because her mother wasn't around, and it wasn't like she cared anyways! Oh kids! The herd lead into a set of stairs that eventually lead to the haunt. You don't know living until you've seen groups of teens apparently under a black light for the first time ever! Oh the amazement!

Blood Manor is a dark maze; that's the gist of it. It has actors jumping out, and some sets. One set we went through had an actor who broke character and told us that around the corner there were some teen girls and he wanted to know if they could join in behind us because they were scared. We met up with them, and as you could guess, it was the aforementioned swearing teens. It was fun listening to them scream and get scared, but by this point the one teen had taken her friend's advice and was all about shouting out curse words. Super annoying, but it was fine. This haunt took about 7 minutes.

Nightmare at the Carnival
Next we decided to check out a section called Nightmare at the Carnival, yep, a carnival themed haunt. This is the hot ticket this year, clowns! We didn't actually know where this haunt was at first as there was no line waiting to get in, and we needed an employee there to knock for us apparently? Well, we found it because we saw a couple girls headed that way, and an employee who let them in. We hustled over there because like I said, no line! We got into it and who would have known, the girls we saw walking were the high school girls from before. They decided to join us again. There wasn't much difference between this and the last section, aside from this one having clowns. Dark mazes bookended by clowns jumping out at you. I enjoyed this area, but it was short, maybe 7 minutes total. Again the girls were pushing and swearing, but I made sure I took my time, if for nothing else to make their horror last longer!

Mystery Haunt
Lastly we checked out the final haunt, which was simply titled Mystery Haunt. No teenage girls would be joining us for this haunt, but we did have a group that was positively HAMMERED behind us. This is the price you pay for having a bar at your attraction (well, I hope they got drunk there, if they drove there, yikes!). This haunt was very unique, as it was 95% crawling. I loved this concept, but it was very short. It was just dark, no jump scares except one point which was awesome, but I'll keep that to myself as I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I'll just say that it was very surprising! Like I said, this area was very short, and as we exited I questioned whether we had taken an emergency exit on accident because it seemed like it should have lasted longer! In all this area was no more than 5 minutes. Maybe the thought was that some people couldn't handle crawling that long, but I wanted more!!!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Shockwave is located on a VERY dark road, but fortunately you can see it as you drive up, it is well lit and the name is written in lights. Like I said, this place is in rural Whitewater, so plan on taking a few back roads, and make sure your high beams are in working order!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait areas were up for interpretation, each line had zero control, and if you weren't with a group, you better be forceful! No line entertainment was present.

Actors' Performance


The actors in the haunts were entertaining. This haunt was more about dark mazes than actors, but it had it's fair share, and they were good.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Mostly dark, but the sets I saw were okay. Not a lot of FX.

Length


All told, expect to spend an hour or so here. Lines are lengthy, and the attractions are short.

Crowd Control


ZERO!!! No employees helping with the disastrous line situations! Very disappointing!

Most Memorable Moment


The jump in the crawling haunt! Nicely done!

Summary

Shockwave is 4 haunts that seems to be put on by high schoolers and early college kids, FOR high schoolers and early college kids. It has a lot of potential, but lacks enough substance to make me want to go back. The line situations were so disappointing, I most likely won't return any time soon. Take my warning, you must have patience when attending this haunt, there is a lot to be improved upon here.

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Soul Reapers Haunted House

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

First year hiccups aside, Terror at the Fair impresses! Being a southeastern Wisconsin guy I was psyched to see that new for this year, the Kenosha County Fairgrounds was putting on Terror at the Fair. The descriptions intrigued me, so I had to review this one. Aside from a few very fixable issues, this haunt has extreme staying power!

We arrived at at Terror just after 7:00, well when I say arrived I mean after we drove down a road that lead us to some locked gates (thanks Apple maps!), turned around, took a left, drove past the entrance (which was a barely lit up sign and a $9.99 strobe light above said sign that I only noticed when we actually entered the grounds... it was tiny!), turned around and finally entered the fairgrounds. The first thing I noticed was there were maybe 15 cars in the lot. Sweet, no need to pay the extra $5 for the fast pass, this should take no time at all! Boy was I wrong! We purchased our tickets and proceeded to the line area, a stable I think, which was hazed with fog and music courtesy of a DJ! He was playing season appropriate tunes, this was a nice touch. The waiting area had a few clowns that terrorized those waiting in line, a timely treat as we all know clowns are the it thing (based on the news at least!). The were entertaining to say the least, and they knew EXACTLY who to mess with!

Alright, here we are, it's been 10 minutes, the line hasn't moved yet. At least there was line entertainment to keep up from falling asleep! Another 15 minutes goes by, OOOH! Two people enter! alright, we're in business! 10-15 minutes more, two more people enter. Does this open at 8 and they are just letting a few people go through as a test run? Nope, the website says 7, what's going on? We wait probably another 15 minutes and I decide to step out of line and see if we can pay the difference and trade our tickets in for fast passes (I have another haunt to get to, and at this rate I wont even get into the haunt until after 10!). On my walk I genuinely enjoyed the look of confusion on the actors faces as they asked me where I was going. I replied that it was already too scary, and they were confused by this! If they only knew how much it took to actually "scare" me! The ladies at the ticket booth were more than happy to exchange our tickets, and we were on our way to the front of the line! I can see now why it was taking so long, as we arrived to the fast pass area there was a couple that they were letting in, and then they let us stand at the entrance. If you buy a fast pass they aren't letting ANYONE in until you've entered! That line was never going to move if people kept shelling out the extra 5 bucks. I get the idea, you pay the extra and you get the perks, but you gotta let some general admission folks in between fast passers or that line is never going down. But I digress, we waited for another 7 minutes or so, being entertained by the lady at the door with her demon baby that she told me was an "it" after I asked the sex of her beautiful child, and one of the clowns that was legitimately making us laugh out loud! Finally we were able to enter the haunt.

This haunt was super surprising in that they had some of the best actors I have experienced in my tenure as a Review Crew member! Little to no animatronics, which is a good and a bad thing because I truly like them when used sparingly, but they relied on genuine human interaction to get you jumping, and they excelled at that! The sets were pretty good, and they had a good mix of sets and darkness. A really well put together haunt. I don't mean to keep bringing it back to the actors, but I was taken back at the commitment and the willingness to put caution to the wind so they could make the show memorable for the visitors. When I say caution to the wind I mean each and every one of them is going to have the WORST sore throats in the morning! I've never been screamed at quite like these actors screamed at us! It was jarring to say the least, and to the 3 "little girls" that were in that haunt, kudos to you! Funny and terrifying at the same time! The haunt revisits a theme that was pretty popular 5-6 years ago, and that is 3D. The use of glasses and and 3D paint is a fun effect, and the second section is full of this. It was nice to see this again, as I enjoyed it quite a bit years ago when it seemed like every haunt was doing this.

The only con I can say the actual haunt has is that it is WAY too short! We were in and out in less than 15 minutes, and I'm a slow mover in these things, I like to take it all in. The price and potential wait just doesn't jive with the time spent in the haunt. The space is limited, and I really hope they expand on it in the future.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Terror at the Fair is located at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, so if you know where that is, you're golden. I was born and raised in Kenosha, but haven't been to the fair since I was a child, we were relying on GPS, which got us in the area, but led us down a road that had locked gates! The signage was weak, dark and when you are driving down the road you might miss it.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is fun, with a DJ and roaming actors. As I stated in my review, be prepared to hang out in this line if you opt for the general admission pass, it's going to take a while! The actors were fun by the way!

Actors' Performance


Some of the best I've seen! Committed and fun! For the most part they seemed young, but they acted like seasoned vets. A+

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets and props were good, but the haunt was short, so there weren't that many to comment on. As far as FX, animatronics were little to none, but the 3D area was awesome!

Length


Wait- TOO LONG!!!
Haunt- 15-20 minutes

Crowd Control


The Line area was well controlled and there wasn't much room for chaos as the lines were visibly and physically controlled.

Most Memorable Moment


Definitely the three "little girls" that was to play! They are LOUD, and funny!

Summary

Terror at the Fair is the surprise haunt of the season! Wait times are ridiculous, so get the fast pass no matter how many cars you see in the lot. This short haunt is pricy for the length, but bang for your buck, they bring it inside! I really hope they continue this in future years, I can't wait to see what they do to improve it! Go support this upstart haunt, It's got amazing potential to be one of the best in the area!

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Splatterhaus Presents - HELLWORLD

by Captn_DeathSchlager (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: High

Review

New location...new scares...same great scaretastic experience! Just to set record straight, here are 3 items of interest for those who haven't already checked out splatterhaus.com (1) HELLWORLD, which is presented by Splatterhaus, has moved back to Sheboygan. (2) This year’s haunt is located in semi-trailers so it's considerably more intimate than its predecessors. (3) This haunt is still presented by Splatterhaus. Rest assured that the fright fanatics who have masterminded Splatterhaus' uniquely terrifying experience in that past are still 100% dedicated to scaring the crap out of you!

From the outside this haunt looks very uninspiring. Upon arriving you will find a desolate but well-lit parking lot with temporary fencing, a small convoy of semi-trailers parked side by side, a shuttle bus proudly displaying a Zombie Assault banner and a dimly lit window with an illuminated "Tickets" sign. While there are no signs or wandering ghouls to indicate that you have found HELLWORLD the unmistakable sound of blood curdling screams will assure you that you're in the right place.

As one might expect with this venue, HELLWORLD is comprised solely of a maze of intimate creeped out corridors and hidden passages. What HELLWORLD lacks in size it more than makes up for with smash mouth style in your face scares. (Note: nothing actually physically smashes you in the face but take note of the facial expressions of the terrified haunt goers as they exit.) If you've attended a Splatterhaus haunt in the past you've certainly experienced their immersive sound experience and techno-scares. HELLWORLD certainly does not disappoint on this front...in fact this haunt is so LOUD you'll likely not be able to think! A nice mix of intimately dark corridors, explosive sound, elaborately costumed characters and terror-technology make HELLWORLD uniquely electrifying. A noteworthy point for those concerned about a haunt comprised of semi-trailers...there's no place to run or hide when the ghastly ghouls greet you inside HELLWORLD!

While waiting to tour HELLWORLD and following my adventure I had the opportunity speak with several haunt goers who ranged in age from 10 to 60+. Interestingly they all shared similar comments. (1) They were initially concerned that HELLWORLD would not meet their expectations but afterwards they were pleasantly surprised. (2) All agreed that the $10 admission fee was a bargain! (3) Note: I wound up touring this haunt with the 10yr old and his father. Judging from the 10yr old's experience and the intense nature of the scares in this haunt I, nor the haunt goers I spoke with, would recommend this haunt for pre-teens!

Zombie Assault. While I wouldn't recommend touring HELLWORLD with a group larger than 3 the Zombie Assault attraction seats 8...and there's not a bad seat on this ride! All the windows on this bus simulator bus are pimped out with video monitors that not only look like realistic windows but give you the perception that the action surrounding the bus is live. An immersive sound system, hydraulic suspension system and a few additional techno-scares make this a uniquely terrifying thrill ride that puts you right in the action!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Be sure to study your maps or set your navigation system prior to traveling to HELLWORLD. The signs leading you too this haunt are not illuminated....but there are a few for those with keen eyes.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Tickets are purchased outside in the elements as is the waiting area. There were no ghouls present to entertain you while wait when I was there.

Actors' Performance


The actors encountered at HELLWORLD were not there to entertain you. Their sole purpose is to scare the crap out of you...and their quite good at it!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The technology and sound packed into these semi-trailers is VERY impressive! How they can power their arsenal of animatronic wonders has to be one of the marvels of the world!

Length


Took my group 10 minutes to complete the tour through HELLWORLD

Crowd Control


The waiting line was clearly fenced off with several volunteers present to ensure those waiting to tour HELLWORLD did not fall victim to any of the hell hounds attempting to escape the haunt.

Most Memorable Moment


At one point I thought I could avoid an apparent scare by proceed along the adjacent wall before I was un-relentlessly jolted by a techno-scare. The experience made me realize that there's no hiding or escaping a scare when you're in tight quarters...cleverly done!

Summary

New location...new scares...same great scaretastic experience! The intimate corridors, immersive sound and arsenal of animatronic wonders found in HELLWORLD provide a unique smash mouth in your face frightful experience.

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Spooky Stalks Haunted Cornfield

by kariniepow (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

Spooky Stalks continues to be a yearly scare I have to visit. They never disappoint in screaming, anticipation, terror and are a classic in my book. This haunt combines a corn maze and a haunted house beautifully! You walk through the maze and into buildings with specific haunting themes. The best of both types of haunts. The actors make this place scream!

Signage / Visibility / Location


This haunt is easy to find, right off the freeway. The house is lit up with a fantastic graveyard in the front yard.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Out of all the haunts I’ve been on, this waiting area is the best. It is covered, warmer and the decorations set the stage to get creeped out! We went on a Friday night and the crowd was minimal. We were briefed on the rules by a creepy character who was also very kind to take a group photo of us. Plenty of restrooms too!

Actors' Performance


This is a haunt full of ghosts that love their job. The characters were dedicated to the element of surprise, some humor and most of all, wanting to eat you! There was a young boy that did an amazing job sneaking up on us.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Very cool use of lights to confuse and disorient you through the maze and scare tactics full of anticipation and surprise!

Length


We walked at a slower pace and it took about 20 minutes.

Crowd Control


There were staff members showing you where to go and it was nice to see the police department was there to keep us all safe.

Most Memorable Moment


Picture this… The moon is full and a light breeze moves amongst the corn stalks making them appear to tell you to run in the other direction. As you walk further, a tall, hooded figure appears out of the corn field that looks exactly like a Dementor from Harry Potter! We were frozen in fear.

Summary

Spooky Stalks is a great haunt that scares and excites a wide range of haunted house goers. A must see for 2016 haunts and easy to find.

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Dead by Dawn Dead & Breakfast

by LyleisWeird (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at about 6 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Have you ever stayed at a “haunted” hotel? Some old, dusty place with a half remembered ghost story tacked on? Like any well reanimated shambler, I seek those places out. I’ve had some good times, but nothing anywhere near “haunted”—except some errant scratches and likely squirrel nests. Most so called “haunted” hotels are just so in name alone. Well, time to exorcise that noise and get down to Manitowoc for Dead by Dawn’s Dead & Breakfast.

It’s hard to describe this haunt without giving away the goods. The concept of a haunted house you can spend the night in is totally unique. Expect to get the best, worst night of sleep you’ve ever had. The experience is totally immersive, from the family that doesn’t break character—even while suggesting vegan-friendly restaurants in town—to the fully decorated rooms. They manage to balance the comfort and friendliness of a high-end B&B with the mind-wrenching fear of a professional haunt.

The entire building is decorated in a way that would make Morticia jealous. Some of the props are custom made by Dawn and they are mind blowing. There are three themed bedrooms you can spend the night in: Clown, Nightmare, and Pirate. Clown and Pirate are the larger of the two and have a more consistent theme while Nightmare is simultaneously cozy and a phobia-ridden joy ride. The props may be fantastic, but it’s the actors that steal the show.

The actors at the Dead & Breakfast are incredible. The cast is a handful of people playing about a dozen characters. It was like visiting with the Adams Family. Before your haunting begins, you can hang out with the (g)host family in a retro Tiki parlor and have a few drinks. (They have a mixed drink called “Smurf Blood.” Let’s just say Gargamel was right, Smurf’s are delicious.) We had some eerie conversations and some good laughs.

I won’t spoil anything about the actual haunting. There’s a cavalcade of nightmares portrayed by one, or two, actors with phenomenal talent. My wife and I were the only couple in that night and we got a full force haunting. The actors quickly picked up on what was working and what wasn’t and played to our fears. We’re excited to go back on a night where other couples have booked. Having three rooms full of scared guests is definitely the way to enjoy this haunt. This in’t just a haunted attraction, it’s an experience like none other.

If that doesn’t motivate you to get over to Dead by Dawn’s Dead & Breakfast. I’ll leave you with one of the notes I took during my stay:

“2:30 A.M. Don’t know where the sound of chains rattling is coming from… (giant pen scratch from being scared out of my mind as I was writing)”

A note on the cost:

At $299 a stay the price may seem a little steep, but after you break it down it’s actually pretty reasonable. A normal haunted attraction is about $15-25 for, maybe, 20 minutes of scare. Dead & Breakfast comes in as way more cost effective since you are essentially buying some scare in bulk. Also, as a B&B, Dawn and her family are just great. They accommodated, helped us find things in town we needed, and introduced us to people in town. They put Manitowoc on the map for my wife and I. Dead & Breakfast is well worth the price.

Summary

If you are the adventurous type of soul and want to try out a haunted attraction like nothing you've ever been scared in before, then I can't recommend this enough.

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Abandoned Haunted House Complex

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2016 at about 10:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Here it is, my yearly review of the Abandoned Haunted House Complex! A favorite year in and year out, I've attended and reviewed every year since it's inception. I've been marking the calendar for a year now, waiting and anticipating this season because I knew that brand new for this year they are introducing a haunted corn maze called Stalker! The best haunt in the area is adding an awesome corn maze?!?! It doesn't get any better than that! Well, we arrived at Abandoned and obviously got tickets to all three attractions. Oh, did I forget to mention that Abandoned has THREE attractions in one location? Well it does, two indoor and the aforementioned outdoor corn haunt.

Stalker
We were advised that we’d better check out Stalker first, as that one closes before the indoor haunts. Great, that’s what I was looking forward to; let’s get it done with right away! Stalker was, well, unsatisfying. It pains me so to write that, but it is true. The whole maze is pathways leading to little indoor staging areas. You’d walk a bit through the corn, then you enter a scene inside a built up shack. The scenes were great, but the walk through the corn was just plain boring. I don’t know if it was an off day, but I can count on one hand the number of times something jumped out of the corn at us. This was just disappointing; I was really looking forward to being spooked in the fields, not shacks. I really hope my experience is not typical, there is so much potential and I’m looking forward to the future and what they can do with this area.

Hysteria & Ambush
The indoor haunts were once again second to none. Both haunts must be purchased together, as one house leads right into the next, there is no separate wait line to get into each haunt. Both Hysteria and Ambush are classic long maze style haunts with amazing detail and sensory overloading effects. Both haunts are dark, and feature some amazing actors jumping out at you at just the right time. There are a few sections where interactions happen with actors. Some of the sets and props in these haunts are jaw dropping. I found myself asking myself “How did they get this in here?” and “How did they make that?” Abandoned once again steals the show with their attention to detail!

Signage / Visibility / Location


You can't miss it! Spot lights illuminate the sky, and it's unmissable from I94, as it's right on the frontage road.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is outdoors, so the night sky adds to the experience. Ghouls roam the premises keeping you entertained along with their giant movie screen showing videos.

Actors' Performance


The best in the business! No character breaking at the haunt!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Again, this place is the creme dela creme! No expense was spared in putting this haunt together!

Length


Stalker: 20 minutes
Hysteria & Ambush: 30 minutes

Crowd Control


The lines are well maintained, no issues.

Most Memorable Moment


Still that moment when I see that they got that one thing in there, and I can't believe it! Such a great scene/prop! (You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it!)

Summary

Year in and year out Abandoned proves to be the best haunt in the area. I would bet it's one of the best in the country. It's obvious that this place is run by people that love what they do, it shows all over their product. If you're planning on going to one haunt this season, you should make sure this is the one!

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Dwelling Of Despair

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2016 at about 8 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Medium

Review

Here we go, it’s that time of year again! It’s October, which can only mean it is haunt season! My first haunt of the season took me to Slinger, WI, that’s where Dwelling of Despair is located. Dwelling of Despair, which I will refer to as DoD from here on out, was a little off the beaten path which if you aren’t paying attention, is very easy to pass right up. When we arrived at DoD the first thing I noticed was the signage isn’t great by any stretch of the imagination. Fortunately for them the only people on the road they’re located on, are there for them. No need to be fancy if nobody is going to see it.

It was strangely dead for a Friday night, we were given our tickets and told go wait. But wait where? There were a few places that looked like they could be the waiting area, but wasn’t really told which was right. We walked past an empty room with refreshments; could this be our waiting spot? Probably not, it was, like I stated before, empty. Ah, there was a built up room with benches and a few “dudes” sitting, we’ve found our waiting room! After not gaining entrance because it was roped off at both ends, I finally decided to ask where we were supposed to go. I was brought back to the front of the room and a guy let us in. Kind of annoying when you get no direction right off of the bat. By the time we got into the waiting area the aforementioned “dudes” were gone, so it was just us there. The gentleman working in the waiting area was very friendly and asked if this was our first time at DoD. He also told us to sit, as it would be a little bit (we probably waited 80 seconds, I totally could have remained standing!) I was a bit confused about the lack of an attendance. The man explained where we would walk, and sent us on out way.

The haunt itself is comprised of an outside and an inside. In the beginning you walk through some woods, which is always awesome in my mind! Something about that crisp autumn air and the anticipation of something jumping out at you always excites me. This area was pretty good, and was longer than I figured it would be. You’ll eventually end up at a door that you’ll need to knock on to gain entrance. I was pleasantly surprised by what greeted me, and unfortunately that would be one of the only highlights of the inside section.

The inside was pretty cookie cutter haunted house, they had all the decorations, and they used them well. The problem I had with this section was the underuse of actors and the overuse of animatronics. I’m a huge fan of animatronics; in fact I’d say I’m a sucker for them! I love a good technology based scare, but this place had too many, and they were unfortunately either old/over used or cheap.

At one point we walked into a room, a vampire looking fella lifted an unidentifiable box and something was there, just waiting to pop out. We waited for a good 15 seconds for something to happen, then it did… Super anticlimactic, as the vampire remained silent until it happened. It was equally sad and embarrassing. One room we entered had an actor dressed like a vampire as well. She asked if we wanted to meet Dracula, we of course said yes. She asked us for the password, and I, being the polite boy that I am, said “please.” She told me I was wrong, and said the password started with a “D” and rhymes with “acula” Duh, the password to see Dracula IS “Dracula”. We entered the room where we were to meet the great Count Dracula, and… and… No Dracula to be found. Wait, what? Why go through all that trouble of a password if there isn’t even a Dracula in the end.

The actors they did have in there were okay. My biggest issue, beyond the shortage of said actors, was the number of bad masks I saw on them. More than one actor jumped out at us, said something and all I could focus on was the mouth that never moved. I get wanting masks to avoid time consuming makeup sessions, but cheap masks are a terrible substitute.

A couple of the actors ruined the moment for me, the first of which I’m not going to blame completely. We entered one room and the actress in it was really great! Problem was there was a walky talky in that room and it kept going off. Someone wanted to know were someone was really bad, and we all found out that he was in the house working. The actress tried her best to play it off, doing the whole ‘she’s not crazy, we are the crazy ones for saying that we heard something’ routine, but after while she had to drop it and said someone left it in that room and she apologized.

The second moment ruiner happened after we exited the house. There’s a pretty fantastic maze you’ll hit right after the house, and it is SUPER foggy! I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be that foggy, but it was that night, and it was really hard to find your way. I liked this because you really had to feel around, it wasn’t easy. Well, it wasn’t easy until someone came up behind me and said “You gotta go that way” and hurried us out of the maze, which was the end of the haunt. Uggg, whatever redeeming qualities that maze gave to the haunt itself, that person took it all away. Let me figure it out! In all I’d say DoD is a less than great haunt with some chincy flaws that made it not one of my favorites. I think this place would be perfect for haunt novices that want to jump but aren’t into heart pounding tense attractions.

Signage / Visibility / Location


This haunt is tucked away, in a park area away from any main roads. There are no signs on the main road, the only sign I saw was the lit up sign on the building.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There wasn't anyone in the wait area when we went, and there was no entertainment. They do have a lot of benches in this area, so if it were busy there are plenty of spots to sit.

Actors' Performance


The actors here are good, unfortunately a lot of them were behind cheap masks, which, pardon the pun, masked their performance.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets were great, the props were kind of cheep looking and overused.

Length


From start to finish we were probably in there 25 minutes.

Crowd Control


N/A. There was no crowd

Most Memorable Moment


The super foggy maze at the end!

Summary

Dwelling of Despair is a small haunt that seems like they are trying too hard to be more than it can be. It's lengthy and not boring, but not elite at all. Dwelling of Despair is a good started haunt, not the best, but definitely not the worst! If you're in the area, it's worth a check.

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Misery Haunted House/YARD

by BrittanyAnnBula (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Two great haunted houses; 1 great price! Order online and received a discount on your tickets.

As you enter Escape your night mare you will have to guide yourself in the dark to the room of strobe lights and confusion! The beginning of this house is frustrating and working to find your way through to the next room and not knowing when the next monster will great you; the house keeps you in suspense with every turn you make! You walk in expecting something and get nothing, but boom something you didn’t expect. To floors moving, to the creatures coming out of the floor will leave you waiting for the next turn!

If you made it Hollowed Chambers you are now entering the 2nd haunt! You enter a nasty hotel and are greeted by the front desk to sign in. After you sign the guest book you are free to enter the hotel. The bug infested, dirty, and creepy hotel. I’m not sure if the decorations or the characters scared me more. They special effects that this house had were second to none! Walking in a hall of cockroaches to dirty laundry and the smell made this haunted house feel like you were living in the slums!

This haunt takes about 45 minutes to complete both houses and it is worth your time to do both! I thoroughly enjoyed the startling moments and the long dark hallways where you are just anticipating something and get nothing to your surprise! The characters are fantastic and make scaring you a top priority, even multiple times!

Signage / Visibility / Location


There are signs and flashing lights once you have arrived!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The entertainment in the waiting lines were limited. We were there on a non busy night, so it could be different when it is busy.

Actors' Performance


They actors really put great effort in to scaring you and did a great job on all aspects.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Very good! Made you feel like you were at a real place and not some building made into a haunted house!

Length


45 minutes to complete both houses

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Terror Trail

by BrittanyAnnBula (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at about 9 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

As you start your journey on Terror Trail be ready for anything! Crawling, sliding and limited visibility on a winding trail through the woods! S you enter the Trail you go through a brief orientation that explains your will be needing to crawl at some point….hmmmm… not the typical expectation when you are at a haunted house or trail, but a great change of pace that’s for sure.

Once through the rules portion you are set free to get out of the woods alive! In the first portion you are required to crawl up and go through a passage to slide into the next room where you are greeted with several characters that come out from nowhere…literally! This set the pace for the rest of the Trail as many more obstacles will be in your way; preventing an easy escape.

The best part of the Terror Trail is the change in pace and scenery. You go through small rooms and then you are released out on the wooded trail and following the Jack-O-Lanterns until your next scare. You are always on your toes right from the beginning; you never know when the next monster will be larking in the trees or falling for you! You really must be ready for anything; from any direction.

The cast and crew really put in all efforts in this haunt and it shows in their attitudes and the amount they act so in character. The other thing the characters are allowed to do is to touch and grab you! So that adds to the creepy feeling that they are always so close to you.

This Terror Trail is definitely worth the $15 ticket and you won’t be disappointed when you leave! You definitely aren’t safe until you are in your car with the doors locked! Beware they are everywhere!!

Signage / Visibility / Location


There are flashing lights on site. No sign leading you there and we didn't see a sign while paying.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There were several characters around the fire place and wondering around.

Actors' Performance


Amazing Job! A+++

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Very good job with scenes and making some acts seem so life like. Excellent job!

Length


Plan for about 30 to 45 minutes. We were in the trail for quite some time.

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The Dark Carnival

by spirit44 (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

When you hear that you are going to a haunted attraction called the Dark Carnival your mind begins to conjure one thing, and you get gripped by coulrophobia (fear of clowns). Well let me tell you, this attraction will not disappoint you there. You are in for a heavy dose of clowns, including one that may be the creepiest I have seen at any of the haunted houses I've ever been to. But a Carnival is so much more than clowns alone. The Dark Carnival really exploits the possibility of a carnival gone horribly, horribly wrong. They stay very true to the theme throughout, and give you many unique twists on the terrifying characters you could find in a normal traveling show.

While the design of the sets was kind of basic, it did contain elements of some rooms that really were able to grab your imagination. You would enter a room and were visually drawn to certain focal points and they would hold your attention long enough for the suspense to build, then in what kept feeling like your last breath you let out a scream as another creepy crawly jumped out of some unseen hiding place.

A couple of the things I would have said were well done with this attraction was first the appearance of the characters. The details in many of the costumes was outstanding and convincingly transformed the actors into the ghastly individuals they portrayed. The other thing that I felt was very well done was the execution of the jump scares. They were so well placed and timed, that even the ones you felt were obvious, still managed to give you a great adrenaline rush.

Signage / Visibility / Location


It was very easy to notice when you arrive at the Dark Carnival, there is plenty of signage and a big circus tent next to the building.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting area is a large circus tent, it really puts you into the mood as you enter to buy your tickets. There are plenty of actors walking around the lot outside of the tent and walking through the tent interacting with the guests as they wait in the queue. The staff was extremely friendly and really seemed to enjoy interacting with everyone.

Actors' Performance


The actors performance was a little intense. There were some that really captured the essence of their character, but there also were some that seemed a little over the top. Although, since the theme is a deranged carnival, maybe they were actually dialed in at the right level.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets were fairly basic, however were pretty interesting in concept and design. There were a couple of rooms that really drew you in though. And for a few moments of your journey through the carnival, you wanted to pinch yourself to see if you could wake from this nightmare.

Length


The trip through the attraction took us 17 minutes.

Crowd Control


There was armed security on the premises. We felt safe and secure all evening, well that was until we entered the carnival, then we did not know if we would make it out.

Most Memorable Moment


There were a couple of characters through the haunt that I thought were just creepy and outstanding. But there was one room that we entered that really stood out to me. While the actors were becoming more and more menacing, the big scare of the room came from an unexpected source A mutilated body that looked like there was no way possible for it to do anything, sprung to life with a very cleverly placed actor.

Summary

This was a fun haunted attraction. We came to this one last year, and will probably return again. It has been a fun time, every time.

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Scare USA 2018

by PaigeBerrier (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

I visited Scare USA in a group of 4 on a Saturday night at 9:30. They had very visible signs and a lot of open parking with someone directing traffic. This haunt is cash only, but is located right next to a bar with an ATM. This was also the first haunt where I was asked to remove my bag (a bag I use specially for haunts or festivals, as it hugs very close to the body). However, once I was inside, I immediately understood why, at this was one of the most narrow haunts I have been to!

Although it definitely added to feelings of anxiety (and therefore, it’s scariness) I would not advise Scare USA for anyone with extreme claustrophobia or those who are a bit heavier – I myself am a plus-sized woman and I was squeezing through some areas. For those who don’t mind, though, the tight corridors and corners will only add to the feeling of apprehension that Scare USA created. With great timing and a willingness to be close, their actors also gave it their all, and even those just standing in the way had to be edged around, sometimes covering or guiding us to hidden exits and doors. They definitely took advantage of all of their space, using the halls and lights to truly disorientate. They also covered all the senses with their scares – there were a lot of vivid, gross smells and elements that almost “fell” onto us.

It was also a fairly long haunt; about 30 minutes or so. We had almost no wait on a Saturday night and it was very reasonably priced. We also enjoyed visiting the bar/restaurant located next door to the haunt afterwards!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find, with guided parking. Also located next to a friendly bar/restaurant.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Not a lot of entertainment but it was a very short wait, with not many people on a Saturday evening. They had a clean bathroom as well!

Actors' Performance


I appreciated that these actors really got in your face with their scary masks and makeup, and they had great timing on all the jump scares. They built a lot of anticipation up with darkness, coming in at the right moment to really startle you. I also appreciated edging around them in the tight space – it was really uncomfortable and you wondered if they would, at any moment, move.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


As I said before, the hallways were very narrow, taking advantage of a lot of space and adding to a feeling of claustrophobia. Some areas were open so we could glimpse actors we had seen, or would see. They also used elements like spraying water and very distinct smells to create a multi-sensory experience. This haunt didn’t need a lot of props with its maze-like structure and smart use of lighting.

Length


Fairly long, especially for the size of the building; 30 minutes or so

Crowd Control


No need, but they had staff waiting and directing people

Most Memorable Moment


Animal masks; strobe lights; extremely skinny hallways and turns so tight you could not go in straight!

Summary

A surprisingly long but very narrow haunt that uses tight spaces, smart lights, great acting and strange smells to scare and surprise the attendee.

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Dominion of Terror

by PaigeBerrier (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at about 7:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

I visited the Dominion of Terror around 7:30 on a Saturday night during their “throwback” (only $10!) weekend. We had no trouble finding it – they have lots of signs visible from the roads and the haunt itself has a very distinct, three-story façade. After parking in a lot next door, we bought our tickets (using a card) and only had to wait about 15 minutes or so before entering. During our very short wait we were entertained by monsters and were given an opportunity to buy some fun trinkets from their store, including glow-in-the-dark beads and flashing pendants. My boyfriend and I grouped up with some new friends in line and entered the haunt in a group of four.

This was a long (30 – 40 minute) haunt that encompassed 3 different floors, climbing up and down stairs as we went. We began our journey on the first floor funeral home, and ended up traveling through scares including an autopsy scene, several scary churches, creepy kids’ rooms, and a maze-like greenhouse. Without giving away too many specific areas, I can say they were several rooms that made me very uneasy, from both their setting and the amazing acting. In addition to climbing and descending stairs, we had to crawl several times and find our way out of rooms. The actors were fantastic and fully committed to their performances. They used their voices, their close proximity, and at times, their silence to really create anticipation and fear. Jump scares came often and were well-timed, and I felt like they varied who in the line they were scaring. There were so many amazing elements to this haunt – the intricate, varied rooms, the twisting path they set around each scene, the strange smells, and the use of a lot of different types of lighting (including strobe lights and sometimes none at all).

Additionally, I can honestly stay there was a moment in this haunt that frightened me more than any other I’ve been to! The ideas and concepts are very creative and also very scary, and the acting just set it over the edge. It was a great experience – very inexpensive (a steal, honestly), very long, and with a very short wait! Awesome haunt!

Signage / Visibility / Location


DOT had lots of signs leading up to the haunt (billboard-like) as well as very visible red sign. The building is also very distinct; it has three stories and incorporated flashing lights. There was no one to guide parking but it didn’t seem to be an issue –a large field full of parked cars sits right beside the haunt and we had no trouble.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Their lines between general and fast pass were very clearly marked and monitored, with plenty of entertainment provided by the actors. We only waited about 15 minutes on a Saturday night. I also thought they were clever to have their store amidst the wait line, and I saw many people taking the opportunity to purchase inexpensive, fun accessories like glowing beads and flashing pendants. Although they were happy to take my card, cash might be advisable for a quick transaction. Our wait was also outdoors, but they seemed to have an area for an inside wait as well, but the night was clear and nice to be outside.

Actors' Performance


There were some amazing actors in this haunt. Not only was their timing impeccable for a ton of great jump scares; they used silence and restraint to add apprehension in their scenes. I also thought they did a particularly good job of varying who they “got” in the group; it was not always the first person. There were also a lot of variety of characters, including a lot of creepy kid scenes, and they were not afraid to get close to us to the point of it being uncomfortable, sometimes breathing or yelling in my face (love it!). Every actor was very professional and in character at all times.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


There were a ton of great scenes throughout the haunt. I loved that it spanned over 3 stories, and some areas involved crawling, or squeezing through. Some rooms as we got higher seemed to be also constructed differently, some with slatted wood ceilings. There was a lot of variety in the types of scenes, and we particularly enjoyed some in a church like setting, and a padded tunnel. There was also one scene in particular that scared me worse than any before! Some doors were hidden as well, which I always love. Another very interesting and cool feature were some strange and bad smells!

Length


Long; about 30 – 40 minutes with a very short wait. I never felt rushed and we never encountered another group.

Crowd Control


They were very organized and everything was clearly marked; also every single person we interacted with was very nice and helpful. All in all, it was a very professional setup.

Most Memorable Moment


My scary moment (don’t want to give it away!); several areas where you couldn’t tell who was real, who was fake, or who was about to move; and one scene that involved a “victim”, someone who seemed like they could have been “really taken”.

Summary

Very large, long haunt that encompasses several stories and involves finding a way out of rooms, crawling, scary smells and crazy lights. Very scary acting and creative, varied sets – one of the best haunts I’ve been to, super spooky, and a bargain of a price!

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Dwelling Of Despair

by Captn_DeathSchlager (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2016 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

The Dwelling of Despair Haunted House & accompanying Forest of Fear is a self-guided, interactive ghoulish attraction known for its awesome animatronic special effects, elaborate decor, skilled actors, unique monsters, unusual themes and chilling detail! Now in its 31st season the Dwelling of Despair has prided itself in providing a creative and ghoulishly good time to all haunt goers along with a few (ahem, more like several!) frightful moments. 2016 marked my 24th visit to this haunted venue and similar to prior years I was once again amazed at how many of the sets/themes have changed. While you may notice a few similarities along your terrifying tour outside of this haunt what awaits inside will torment and twist your mind in new ways. Highlighting the changes this year are more in your face chills, thrills and scares than the skits that traditionally tormented you in the Dwelling of Despair. Rest assured though, this haunt still offers opportunities to interact with the demon’s inhabiting the Dwelling of Despair and retains the same Halloween charm that has brought guests back for the past 31 years!

The 2016 edition of this haunt presents two horrifying sections to test your wits and your desire to survive. The Forrest of Fear kicks off your terrifying tour on a dark and twisted path patrolled by evil spirits and several fiendish ghouls. Survivors from prior years will notice the addition of new frightful fiends as they approach the door steps of the Dwelling. If you're lucky enough to slip past these gorish guardians the entrance of the 3 story Dwelling of Despair awaits from the 3rd floor balcony. To escape the nightmares found within the unfriendly confines of the Dwelling of Despair you must successfully navigate a maze of uniquely themed rooms and hidden passages through the bowels of the entire house. Along the way you are sure to encounter each and every inhabitant of the house...some fun, some helpful but most of all they are all quite frightful!

Signage / Visibility / Location


This may not be the easiest haunt to find. If you’re on HWY 60 in Singer look for the lighted portable sign with a flashing arrow on the north side of the road. Fireman’s park is an immediate right turn after you make turn north off of HWY 60. The Haunted House is actually tucked away after a short winding drive into the park.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


This haunt offers a heated wood shack with a concessions stand to comfort you while you anticipate the horror that awaits you. A tented staging area provides shelter from the elements as you undergo last minute preparations before your terrifying tour through the woods.

Actors' Performance


A great mix of adult and young actors delivered very entertaining performances. A few of them allowed you to playfully interact with them. Less veteran haunt goers looking to get freaked out will not be disappointed. All haunt goers will be certainly be entertained.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Some really unique sets and a several outstanding special effects

Crowd Control


Numbered tickets allow you to purchase your tickets and assemble wherever you’d like while you wait. No long lines to stand in at this haunt. VIP tickets allow you to avoid the wait and skip to the front of the pack.

Most Memorable Moment


Several to choose from…. I don’t want to trick anyone out of experiencing the sensational surprises but I particularly enjoyed the acting performance of The Butcher and mind bending maze patrolled by the jolly jesters.

Summary

The Dwelling of Despair provides an exceptional balance of scares, ghoulishly gratifying visual treats and interactive entertainment making this haunt a fun Halloween destination for both kids and adults alike. The indoor waiting area complete with concession stand make this a howling good time regardless of the weather. The Dwelling of Despair & Forest of Fear is the total package - an extremely high quality immersive event that merges SCARY, FUN and COOL into a safe environment. Highlighting this year’s haunt are new scares, characters, story lines and an extended terrifying tour.

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A & J's Halloween House

by LyleisWeird (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at about 9 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

Once, every four years, Halloween coincides with election season. Awkward presidential masks and bumbling commentary abound. A & J’s Haunted House is a great example of how to incorporate election season without succumbing to these pratfalls.

A & J’s built some amazing props for their haunt. The custom podiums for their monster candidates stand out as having memorable, Burton-esque design. Their model White House is mind blowing. I have no idea how they put that together, but I’m inspired. The windows are even decorated with the silhouettes of classic horror icons. (Elvira for president.) Towering over everything is a haunted Washington Memorial that gives everything an epic scope. The scene is really made by all the small details. The skeleton security and zombie paparazzi make it feel like you’re really at an undead presidential debate. The design is fantastic, but the best parts of this display only happen after dusk.

The Folks at A & J’s have a strong understanding of how and where to light their haunt. Nothing washes out or is over or under lit. So many little details and surprises only happen after they flip the switch and the lights come on. Let me know if you can find Jack and Sally—they're well hidden.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Conveniently located in Milwaukee's spookiest neighborhood, Bay View.

Summary

Bay View is a great place for home haunters. Block after block of eerie decorations build up like spider webs as we approach the spookiest day of the year. Make sure to stop by and see A & J’s Haunted House and get some inspiration for haunting your own house!

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Twisted Realms Haunted House - CLOSED

by PaigeBerrier (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at about 7:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

Let me start by saying that I was blown away by this haunt. This is a great experience for those looking for something more interactive, but there were some truly scary moments as well.

I went to Twisted Realms on a Sunday night, right as they were opening. Although a little hard to find initially, the Elkhorn Flea Market grounds offers a lot of area to work with and clean, working bathrooms (yes!). The waiting area for this haunt is a separate room with bleachers, so no waiting in line! They also have scary carnival games available to play ($1) for prizes and a photoshoot area with a creepy throne, as well as actors to entertain. Each group is called in using a ticket number.

Within the haunt, we were first told the rules gathered around a fire, being "read tales" from a creepy witch. I thought this was not only unique but it made sure people understood what they could and could not do. After that, our haunt began! As we made our way through the haunt, we encountered some tight areas, but mostly it is larger rooms, giving everyone a chance to see and, in this case, touch! You have to find your way through the haunt looking for hidden doors, crawling through areas, and pulling on elements to reveal passages. We were offered (not at all obvious) advice by actors when needed. There were several truly scary concepts for these rooms, and all of the actors gave an amazing performance - they never broke character, screams were LOUD, and all of their warnings and musing told a cohesive story of a cult gone way, way bad.

This is a must visit. As their story continues year to year, I can only imagine this haunt will continue to improve! I was EXTREMELY impressed with every element - handling the crowds, the creative themes of the room, all of the ways we had to exit different areas, the costumes and acting of the performers, and the length and visuals. Amazing!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Unfortunately, this was the one area lacking in this haunt. It is at the Elkhorn flea market grounds, which is a large and somewhat unmarked space (but a great area!), so they definitely could use some signs by the main road. However, once in the right area things were clearly marked. I also called after being confused about their location and the staff was very friendly. One thing I really appreciated about this haunt is their full, well-lit, clean bathrooms!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


I cannot say enough good things about this portion of the haunt. The wait area is in a separate building which is circular in shape and has bleachers along the walls, giving people waiting a (huge) space to sit in their groups. They do entrance by ticket numbers, so there is no waiting in line. They also featured four carnival games for $1 each! Three games were based on skill (throwing) and one on chance. They offered prizes of (weird! creepy!) stuffed animals to those who won! Not sure if this is standard (we arrived literally when they opened on a Sunday night) but they offered to exchange 15 prizes for a t-shirt as well. They ALSO had an area with a throne and mist for photoshoots, which the staff was more than happy to pose with.

Actors' Performance


I was very impressed with the actors in this haunt. Several of the actors had amazing, shrill screams and they did not hold back! There was also a range of ages participating, so there was a lot of variety in characters. There were lots of jump scares at key moment, and the actors had a great grasp on timing. One actor even managed to separate our group (of four) at a crucial moment for a few minutes, which really added to the experience!

The actors never broke character even while our group was attempting (and failing) to exit a room. They were helpful without being obvious, and the time spent figuring out the escape route allowed each character to have their own individual "performance" that we could appreciate.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This unique haunt is centered around solving puzzles and finding doors and secret entrances to get into the next section, and I was absolutely blown away with the creativity (and creepiness!) of some of the scenarios. Our group had to work together to get into the next section. We also liked how each area was a room rather than a hallway, so everyone could see and touch around. We were encouraged to touch and move things.

They were also very consistent in their storyline (The Cult) and the haunt reflected that. We went through several different themed sections, including one that briefly went outdoors.

Length


We spent over an hour and a half throughout the waiting area (intentionally, we were playing games!) and the haunt. They were happy to let us take our time walking through did we were never rushed, only given (not obvious) hints when it was needed.

Crowd Control


We didn't experience a crowd on this night, but it was obvious they were prepared, and had an amazing system in place to handle a large crowd. I loved their waiting area!

Most Memorable Moment


There were so many memorable moments at this haunt, but I wouldn't want to give away any of the secret exits! Suffice to say we were SHOCKED with some of the reveals!

Summary

An extremely creative, interactive haunt with an amazing wait area and staff! Truly an expected gem!

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Hill Has Eyes

by PaigeBerrier (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Medium

Review

We went to the Hill Has Eyes on a Sunday night around 9:30. Timing was a bit of a question within our visit: according to their website, their box office closes at 10pm, but when looking at their Facebook, they had 11pm listed. Their official closing time is stated, with their website stating they close approximately one hour after the box office closes. This is just something to be aware of when planning your trip – get there early to avoid both crowds and the box office closing times. We bought our tickets online ahead of time, which allowed us to bypass the box office.

Although this haunt is very long with a lot of different areas, they didn’t seem like they had their full staff that evening, probably due to the fact that it was a Sunday night. Fewer actors meant a lot of moments for scares were missed and we spent a lot of time walking alone. As a primarily outdoor haunt, there is a less of a sense of anticipation for what's to come (as you can see it in front of you), and less control of lighting, sound, etc. I also felt they utilized props in areas that actors could have performed better. There were also missing some key elements that could have really improved our experience. For example it had rained the day before, and the ground was still extremely muddy and slippery – some hay on the trail could have helped improve safety. Another thing to note would be the restrooms, which even on a slow night, didn’t seem to be receiving a lot of attention from the staff, so make sure you bring hand sanitizer along with you.

CONTAINMENT: A HOODED EXPERIENCE
This was shorter than I remembered from my last visit in 2014; a brief walk through some halls with a dark hood. In previous years, they had a string or a handrail to hold on but there didn’t seem to be one this year – just a feature I would approach with caution. Nothing popped out on while we were hooded, and soon we were removing the hoods. From this point on we walked through semi-indoor halls with a few medical scares until entering into the first waiting area. Unfortunately I felt this was the first example of a continuing theme – presenting areas with a lot of anticipation that didn’t meet expectations.

FAILED ESCAPE
This area has some great moments, including scary makeup and amazing animal masks. The story was a bit muddy, but we enjoyed walking through the salvage yard (particularly the bus) and the actors we encountered along the way. This area and the next one were a little blurry in their themes, although they had a stop in between of them.

HUNGER HOLLOW
I found this area to be the most confusing. I enjoyed the "mutant" makeup, but there were several moments of religious-type scares that didn't really make sense to the story. This area definitely seemed the most "random" in terms of the people and sets they had to scare people. In either this section or the one before it (hard to remember because these two did blend together), we received an electric shock. I remember this situation from 2 years ago when I last attended, but I was shocked (literally!) at how strong the feeling was! This is definitely something to be prepared for when coming into this haunt; as we were feeling it still several minutes later.

SCARE LIFT
I found this area to be the biggest disappointment. It is an amazing feature of this Complex, a real ski lift that is really long and goes over an amazing creepy hill. However, on our night, the laser tag that goes on underneath it didn't seem to be going on at all (whether from lack of interest or not operating, I don't know), so it was simply a ski lift ride. I definitely think adding some actors or props to the ski lift itself, as well as the event below would add significantly to this element. This element is especially frustrating to me because it is so unique and has so much potential for scare.

CARNIVORE
Some great actors in this area, but once again, a lot of opportunities missed, particularly in the maze portion of the haunt. We experienced 1 or 2 jump scares when going through the entire house, but it does include a spinning room. We realized after that we were the last people coming through the haunt for the night (of the maybe 15 other people we saw), and I felt like the actors were a bit checked out. Right after we exited (this is the last area) they started coming out and going down the hill to go home, which I felt was a bit unprofessional. Some of them kept acting and taking photos and things with us, but most of them were taking off elements of their costume and walking to their cars.

Signage / Visibility / Location


This haunt is at a large Sports Complex, however, I still felt they could have used more signs. Once you started into the Complex they did have people directing parking and a large sign. There are people around to ask if you need guidance.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Very large wait area, covered, with a DJ and a bar. We saw no actors before the haunt, other than those guiding us in. They also have a fire going before the entrance to the first section. Throughout the haunt as well there are regular stops with bathrooms (portable). On the night we went, (a Sunday), none of the stops throughout had entertainment or a bar, although when I went years prior on a busier night, both of these things were there.

Actors' Performance


There were several awesome masks and makeup jobs, and some actors were really great, staying in character and going all out. However, I felt the acting was confusing in content. Some the things they were yelling seemed sort of random; they didn’t seem to be adding up to a story. There were a lot of moments for jump scares missed.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This haunt is primarily outdoors, so it was muddy and slippery, as it had rained the day before. Use caution when walking through and make sure you are dressed appropriately in boots or sneakers you don’t mind getting dirty.

There are five separate areas of this haunt, which does provide a variety of scenarios. However, I felt they didn't utilize some of their sets to the best of their ability (no jump scares, a lot of build up with nothing happening, etc.) With it being primarily outdoors, I felt the sets suffered from a lack of intentional lighting or sound.

I also did not care for the shocks and felt they were a bit too intense for the average attendant. They are hard to avoid as well.

Length


Very long; took us about an hour and a half to get all the way through, with some stops.

Crowd Control


There was no crowd on this night, but they did have staff waiting.

Most Memorable Moment


Getting shocked; creepy animal masks.

Summary

This is a very long, mostly outdoor haunt with 5 different areas, including a hooded portion and a ski lift. Although they have a high production value and a great space, the haunt is potentially dangerous to navigate, and, in general, they didn't follow through with their scares.

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Haunted Cornfield at Meadowbrook Pumpkin Farm

by LyleisWeird (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at about 10 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Well boils and ghouls, it’s that time of year again! Pumpkin spice is in the air and hauntings are revving up to full, spectral force. What better way to kick off the season, and the first day of October, with a haunted cornfield? When my wife and I heard about Meadowbrook Haunted Cornfield we were all ears.

The first night we tried the haunt we got rained out. They had still been setting up and the rain had delayed their opening. We spent about 20 minutes chatting with Rick, the proprietor. After a spell, we decided to just come back the next day rather than wait around. Rick seemed generally let down that we couldn’t stay. As a manner of apology, he gave us a jar of Meadowbrook pickles—they pack a punch!

The next day made a huge difference. The whole place was lit up with spooky goodness everywhere and a pumpkin patch with some of the most impressive gourds I’ve seen in a while. The unassuming cornfield from the night before was alive with eerie lights and the waling of the damned. The ground was still muddy, but the haunt was pretty steady with victims, er, guests, tromping through the pumpkin patch and lining up for some scares.

The haunted cornfield itself was out of this world—sometimes literally. You'll follow the winding path and run through a variety of themed encounters. It's almost like getting a few haunts for the price of one. The haunt has great pacing, giving you just enough time to catch your breath before scaring it right back out of you. The haunt's design tells a tale of an abandoned mining town before opening up to all your wildest nightmares. Far from feeling hodgepodge, it's like a measured decent to madness. As it says on their website, the haunt is physical. Be ready to stoop down under spider webs, squeeze through looming corn stalks, and crouch through tight passage ways. You can skip the gym after this one.

I shambled into this haunt with the expectations of quality scares and low budget charm, but what I got was a haunt that can rival some of the big budget productions. I don’t want to give much away, there are surprises around every turn, but at one point you will board a haunted ship and flee from an animatronic prop that would give Cthulhu nightmares. If you're looking for a frightfully good time, the Meadowbrook Haunted Cornfield is the place to be.

Signage / Visibility / Location


You might miss the turn off the main road heading to the haunted cornfield—keep your eyes peeled for the large, pumpkin-shaped signs. When you first pull in to Meadowbrook Haunted Cornfield you pass their wild assortment of pumpkins with the mouth of their haunted cornfield looming in the distance. The parking area could use some lighting, as it was a little dark; nothing dangerous, just keep someone's eyes peeled for signs and staff, and drive slow. You’ll be fine.

Actors' Performance


The actors do a killer job with their roles. They chased, jumped, screamed, crawled, and tormented us through every winding turn of the haunt. They put their hearts and souls, and maybe some other people’s hearts and souls, into their acting. We were literally chased back to the parking lot. That’s the kind of dead-icatation that’s hard to dig up.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The prop work at this haunt is on its own level. The aforementioned animatronics steal the show, but the rest of it is nothing to shake a stalk at. I would not have been disappointed to see some of these special effects at a big budget, pro-level haunt. The unassuming, bucolic farm belies the interactive props, motion sensors, and immersive sets. Rick and his team have the chops to give any haunt a run for their money.

Length


This is going to be some of the most terrifying, frantic, and enjoyable 40 minutes of your life. Their website says to expect 45 minutes to get though the haunt. We made it in just about 40—but we were running for our lives for a good portion of that.

Most Memorable Moment


I won't spoil the horror for you, but, at some point, you'll be lost in a maze with a clown that just, really, really wants some friends to play with...

Summary

I can’t recommend this haunt enough. In spite of the 40 minute drive from Milwaukee, my wife and I plan on going back at least one more time this season. 10/10 Children of the Corn recommend this haunt.

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Abandoned Haunted House Complex

by Captn_DeathSchlager (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Abandoned Haunted Complex - Burial Chamber’s sinister sister haunt is sensationally sick!! For years I’ve been proclaiming the Fox Valley’s Burial Chamber as Wisconsin’s scariest haunted attraction. While I’m not quite ready to recant this proclamation (yet!) I will admit that Abandoned has done something that no other haunt in Wisconsin has been able to do…quench my insatiable thirst for more of the unique thrills made famous by Burial Chamber.

2016 marks the 6th season for Abandoned but was the first year that I have toured the Haunted Complex. Here are some devilish details that I acquired from my terrifying tour…

This haunt features 3 haunted attractions: Ambush, Hysteria and Stalker. Both Ambush and Hysteria reside inside while Stalker consists of a mix of disturbing dwellings connected by a creeped out corn maze. The layout of Ambush and Hysteria are similar in that they are both comprised of a seemingly endless maze of cleverly crafted corridors consisting of a variety of themes. The journey through both Ambush and Hysteria progresses continuously without stoppages for elaborate skits. Rooms here are more like themed corridors than rooms and your pace through these haunts are determined more by how quickly you walk than it is by the creatures lurking in the shadows. The ghouls throughout are unrelenting in their quest to scare each and every visitor regardless of their position within a group. Yes, you read that correctly…you will be terrorized regardless of your position in your group as there is no place to hide from the menacing monsters lurking throughout the haunts. Sets were lit effectively…dim enough to encourage you to keep your scare guard up but light enough so that you could appreciate the amazing attention to detail with the sets and costumed actors. Gore and special effects were plentiful with several visual abominations that will torment your mind long after your exit. Laser lighting, black lit rooms, a vortex, strobe lights, and trick floor were just a few of the visual stimuli offered up.

Bonus note for those familiar with Burial Chamber but not Abandoned….the journey through Ambush and Hysteria is continuous unlike Burial Chamber’s Adrenalin and Insanity where you exit one and are required to get in line for the next one.

Unlike Ambush and Hysteria, Stalker incorporates a creepy corn maze with occasional petrifying passages through eerie dwellings found along the way. Rustling corn and sinister sounds heighten your anticipation of what’s to come as you proceed along a moon lit path. Similar to Ambush and Hysteria, the monsters in Stalker were menacing, highly motivated and acrobatic doing an exceptional job of appearing out of nowhere to scare each and every member the tour group regardless of position.

The haunted complex also offers a side attraction, Shoot-a-Feak, that allows you to shoot a ghoul with a paintball gun. A large courtyard with a ginormous movie screen, bumpin’ sound system and a concession stand can be found directly behind the main complex. A nightly parade of ghouls also takes place here every night at 6:45pm.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find as it’s located on the frontage road running alongside of I-94. The sheer size of this complex combined with several parking attendants flagging you into the parking lot make it nearly impossible to miss this place.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Come dressed for the elements as portions of the wait lines for Ambush, Hysteria and Stalker are outside. As you near the entrance to Ambush and Hysteria the waiting lines are covered. A courtyard with ginormous movie screen, bumpin sound system and a concession stand along with a few costumed actors help to build your anticipation while you wait to enter the haunts. Be sure to arrive early and check out the parade of Ghouls which takes place nightly at 6:45pm. If you don’t like long lines and lengthy waits be sure to purchase VIP passes to take advantage of the shorter VIP lines.

Actors' Performance


The actors were very skilled at providing quick and unexpected scares. Only a few actors performed on sets that provided an opportunity for a theatrical display and in these situations they did not disappoint! I particularly enjoyed the performances in the Chapel Room, Gas Chamber/Shower Room and the Stalker Intro room.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Brilliant use of shadows and dimly lit hallways/rooms to maximize scare and creep factor. Set designs were very effective in immersing you into the theme of the haunt. Not the most elaborate set designs I've seen but definitely better than the average haunt. Enjoyed some of the unique concepts and special effects. Trick floors, vibrating walls, tripped out laser lights….there’s a little bit of everything to keep you on your toes.

Length


Took my group 25 minutes to complete Ambush/Hysteria and 25 minutes to complete Stalker

Crowd Control


Waiting lines for both Ambush/Hysteria and Stalker were clearly marked off along with the separate VIP lines.

Most Memorable Moment


Several great scares...the Chapel Room wins the ‘how the heck did they do that’ award!

Summary

If you’re looking for a totally terrifying experience in SE Wisconsin this Halloween look no further than Abandoned. The scares in Ambush and Hysteria come early and often thanks to an amazing arsenal of gruesome gore and visual effects that maximize scare opportunities. For those who thirst for more thrills Stalker offers even more horrific haunted mayhem.

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Green Bay Fear Haunted Attractions

by majorXpsycho (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Green Bay Fear has opened its gates with a whole “freak show” of attractions! There are so many different things to see at Green Bay Fear, that it might be overwhelming at first to decide which one you want to attempt first. Last year was the first year I had not attended Green Bay Fear and I am amazed at how much it has changed in just 2 years. The atmosphere reminds me of a Circus Carnival minus the “rides”. There is a live band that performs on the weekends, where you can enjoy live music and a multiple option of treats. The live band makes Green Bay Fear stand out because you can spend an entire night at this attraction, instead of just standing in line for a 15-minute walk through of a haunted house.

We started with Shawano Manor, the main haunted house. With everything going on outside, we had no idea there was so much horror inside! The house itself looks like that of an old haunted mansion and the inside carried that theme perfectly throughout. This mansion even has a movie theater inside and YOU are the main showing! There are plenty of spirits inside and their performance was theatrically perfected, maintaining a seamless theme throughout. There were no “dead spaces” and every inch was carefully covered to heighten the feeling of walking through a haunted mansion. The actors were able to twist their bodies into ways that made them seem supernatural. I will admit, while it is difficult to “truly” scare me, there were multiple times throughout the Shawano Manor that I was caught off guard and disturbed. The length of the house was perfect; it took 23 minutes for us to finally escape!

The next stop was the Twisted Trail, the haunted outdoor trail. The Twisted Trail is a winding path through multiple different outdoor buildings. The lighting they use is unique because it prevents you from being able to see the ghouls coming at you! There are plenty of ghouls and even an option to pay an extra $10 to have an actual psychic reading done. If you can spare the extra $10, I recommend the psychic reading by Psycho the psychic as she was very accurate and the memory stays with you. The ghouls and the sets throughout the trail were just as terrifying as the actors inside the Haunted House. The trail took much longer than most outdoor haunted trails, but we also detoured for the psychic reading so I do not have an exact length time. I am assuming without the reading; it would have taken approximately 15 minutes to make it through!

Up next, Mr. Jingles’ Funhouse, an added bonus indoor haunted attraction. If the parking attendant doesn’t warn you or the large horrific clown painting outside doesn’t give it away, the inside of this haunted attraction is filled with blood thirsty clowns. You twist and turn throughout the Funhouse all while trying to escape the grasp of the maddened actors. It took approximately 12 minutes to escape the Funhouse and if you don’t like clowns … you will WANT to run!

Finally, after listening to The Hamburglars on the main stage and checking out the Voodoo Hoodoo gift shop, we took a stroll through the Odditorium. The Odditorium is a small collection of strange and “freaky” artifacts. There are only about 12 exhibits, but the history and displays were strangely interesting, perhaps where the name “Odditorium” came from.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Green Bay Fear is located not far from Interstate 41 on the West Side of Green Bay. They hide the massive attraction very well as we were amazed once we stepped foot in front of the midway.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Green Bay Fear is most know for the amount of entertainment available throughout the grounds. There are live bands every weekend, a bonfire, plenty of seating, gift shops, lots of goodies to purchase and ghouls everywhere. There are also multiple attractions to go to and you can pick which order you want to do them.

Actors' Performance


The Actor's were some of the best I have seen in a haunted attraction. They went far beyond your typical "boo" and gargling screams. They were acrobatic, perfectly timed and almost seemed as if they were actors straight out of a horror film.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


There is a perfect combination of animatronics and finely tuned haunted rooms. No long dark hallways and special effects enhance the terror inside and out.

Length


Green Bay Fear overall has so many things to do an individual could easily spend an entire evening being entertained/frightened. The Main Haunt is longer than most haunted attractions and it is just one several different attractions.

Crowd Control


It was a rainy night and although there were multiple people in attendance, we never had an issue with running into another group. I believe that due to the amount of different attractions, the groups are split up and prevents overcrowding at any one particular area.

Summary

If you do not scare easy and appreciate disturbing horrors, then you will truly enjoy Green Bay Fear. You can easily spend an entire night at Green Bay Fear and never find yourself bored. The Carnival like multiple attractions to choose from and the live band are what makes Green Bay Fear stand out from other Haunted Attractions.

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The Morgue - CLOSED

by majorXpsycho (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at about 8 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

My experience at The Morgue last year was so great, that I had to attend again this year! It was opening night and I expected the rain would keep most away, but to my surprise, the parking lot was quite full when we arrived. The Morgue includes a haunted woods and a three story haunted house. There are a few things that make The Morgue stand out from other haunted attractions. First, the haunted house is inside a 1920’s school house that is terrifying without the addition of props. Second, the design and engineering is almost entirely custom, and you will not experience horror like that of The Morgue anywhere else. Finally, you do not have to “stand in line” waiting to enter the Haunted House; purchase your tickets and then you can enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs or a bonfire while waiting for your number to be called.

Immediately after purchasing tickets, we were directed to walk through the haunted woods. The walk was terrifying because you literally cannot see where you are going and you certainly cannot see the creatures waiting to “pounce”. It was so dark and “unknown”, that I actually grabbed a chainsaw thinking it was my husband’s hand! It took us a while to make it through the woods, approximately 12 minutes!

Arriving at the Bonfire, we checked out some of the goodies available for purchase and tried our best to avoid some of the ghouls wondering around. The exterior of the Morgue is exciting simply because you can tell it is an old building and it is not something that has been “fabricated” to look scary. While waiting, I received comments from some of the “veteran visitors” of the Morgue. They shared; “This is the best haunted house, way scarier than the other ones”, “This haunted house is kind of like a ‘fun house’ only scary, we only come to this one because it is so scary”. The journey through The Morgue is very much like a “fun house”, things are thrown at you, you are taken off balance, you crawl, climb and slide! However, do not let the “fun” fool you as The Morgue does an excellent job of turning your phobias into a reality. We had a 40+ year old in front of us that I tried to help through the house, but she just couldn’t take it, she was too scared and needed to get out.

Finally … the length!! This has to be the LONGEST haunted house I have been through. It took nearly 45 minutes to make it through. In the haunt industry, the ability to maintain heart wrenching scenes for that amount of time is rarely heard of.

Signage / Visibility / Location


The Morgue is located further out in De Pere (past the Airport) and if you do not use GPS or you are not familiar with the area, it might be difficult to locate. The Haunted House is located inside an old, creepy 1920’s schoolhouse which is a HUGE bonus in my opinion.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Best wait area around as there is no standing in line! You can enjoy a bonfire, seating and tons of reasonably priced goodies while waiting for your number to be called. Plenty of ghouls in the wait area to go around, so do not let your guard down!

Actors' Performance


The ghouls stayed in character the entire time, and their timing on their scares is perfect. I nearly lost my voice from the amount of times I screamed in surprise.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Almost completely custom made by someone who must be an engineering "genius". This means that floors move, walls move, everything is placed perfectly to create a horrific atmosphere.

Length


The length is one of the best things about this attraction. No worrying about waiting for a 5-10 minute scare, this one is around 45 minutes entry to exit.

Crowd Control


They do an excellent job of sending small groups in at a time, but we had a few groups ahead of us that were really scared and ending up stopping so many times throughout the haunt that we did catch up to them.

Summary

A terrifying "fun house" is the best way to describe The Morgue. Although, the fun is in the form of giant slides, blinding rooms, dangerous bridges, tight spaces and moving floors. The three things that make this haunted attraction stand out from the rest are: The length (45 minutes), the 1920's creepy old school house it is located inside and the custom engineered props and scenes.

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The Dark Side Haunted Adventure

by BrittanyAnnBula (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at about 8 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

The Dark Side Haunted House is one of the best haunted houses in Wisconsin! The crew at the Dark Side have put their heart and soul in creating an inviting plot that tells the story of their land as you move through the attraction. They have invested the time to include much detail every time you move you never know what to expect or what is waiting in the next room. Screams and laughter fill the scene while experiencing fear, excitement and pure enjoyment!

Zombie Expedition- The expedition is not included in your basic ticket so you will have to upgrade to include the Zombie Expedition, and let me tell you, you won’t want to miss it! As you walk to the location you will soon begin to get the creepy haunted feeling before even loading the double decker wagon to go on a 15-20 minute Zombie Expedition. Each person has a spot that is equipped with a paintball gun and a pre-loaded hopper with 75 paint balls. You then are transported around an abandoned town and as Zombies attack the wagon, you shoot! Don’t worry you won’t get all painted, they don’t touch you. This was worth the upgraded ticket and sets the mood for the rest of the haunted attractions.

The Descent- As you enter the mine and go on a quest to find missing family members you will be lucky if you make it out alive. The visibility is very limited and the creatures larking in the dark will leave you with chills. The actors will be hiding in every corner and you will never know what is waiting for you around the next turn. The mine will take about 15 minutes to go through and will lead you to the next adventure that awaits; the Hay Ride!

Twilight Nightmare- All aboard the wagon and be ready for a ride like you never expected. As you take a long ride to get to the haunted trail it has you in suspense; you are just waiting for something to come attack you’ but does it? You will have to take the ride and find out for yourself to find out. The trail is full of all kinds of thrill and suspense. Same details will make this ride one of a kind. The actors put their all into the portion of the trail by jumping, hanging and attacking you while you are on the wagon. You never know when another one is about to come out! The sharp turns will make you feel like you will end up in the trees. The hay ride takes about 20 to 25 minutes and it drops you off at your next adventure; Pine Forest Trail!

Backwoods Revenge- As you enter the trail; you are hoping to be able to escape the infected children that reside in the forest. The crew really uses its natural environment and makes it feels like you are just roaming throughout the forest. You will encounter different scenes from here and there, a bit of the time is just spent walking and living on your toes since you never know when the next creature is waiting for you! The experience is really unique and really uses the natural element of being outside and it doesn't turn it into a normal attraction. The outside, forest feel is with you the entire time.

Mephistopheles Lair- Once you enter the Lair there isn’t any turning back; well you may enter many wrong doors and get turned around and end up frustrated beyond belief; but at the conclusion of the maze you will have enjoyed every turn of it!

Schizophrenia- Just after you have escaped the last maze you will enter into a whole other world-A corn maze! You will be stalked and lead astray with hillbillies all over the place. Take care and hope that you don’t become dinner that night! The natural element of being in the country and living on the farm take full effect during this adventure. A corn field at night is a thrill all in its own; add some creepy and some characters gives corn fields a whole new level of scariness!

Foxglove Nursery- You have just entered your final attraction…a normal green house; or so you think! You will be walking a strict and narrow path that leads you right to the characters and there is no way to turn around and escape. You are forced to go right past them as you are in a green house and there are shelves and planters all over the place. This last attraction was a great way to end this whole experience; details until the very last exit never ceased to amaze me!

Signage / Visibility / Location


There was one sign on where to turn off of County Road O to Hoard Road.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There were several characters in line entertaining you while you waited.

Actors' Performance


They put their heart and soul into scaring you and keeping you entertained!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Details and the feeling of being in the outdoors on the farm were fantastic. The whole adventure flowed amazing and it was one of the best ones by far.

Length


It took us about 90 minutes to complete the entire adventure.

Crowd Control


The lines were not that long so it wasn't needed.

Most Memorable Moment


The hay ride was what we enjoyed the most since we were in a group we were split up in all the other attractions; this one we got to experience as a group!

Summary

This adventure was fantastic and our group of 5 enjoyed every minute of it! I would highly recommend attending this adventure if you are looking to be scared, have fun and being out side trying to find your way back to your car! By purchasing the Zombie Expedition you will also have the fast pass and won't have to wait in line to long. They take 35 people at a time so the lines move quickly regardless!

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Terror on Rural Street

by spirit44 (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at about 7:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

The Terror on Rural street is located in Hartford, just a short drive north of Milwaukee, and well worth the trip. The friendly staff and comfortable waiting area make you feel very welcome, right before the creatures lurking through the rooms and halls of the attraction scare the bejebus out of you.

It was a very well done haunt combining some classic elements of haunts, along with some great original scares. The walk through will test your senses as you encounter uneven paths, optical illusions that disorient, walls that close in on you, and of course light deprivation. Some very detailed rooms will draw you in and give you the feel of walking through a nightmare. And as you get focused on the great sets, very unexpected jump scares give you a great rush. The original use of technology and animatronics really make your trip through the haunt a very memorable experience. While the detail of the rooms was fantastic, there were a couple of elements scattered throughout that could have used a little more work to get them to have the same professional look that the haunt had overall.

I would say the rooms of this attraction are what make it very memorable, but the real stars of this attraction are the actors. They do a terrific job of selling their characters without over acting and drawing away from the scene. As you go through the rooms they are very engaging and interactive, making you feel like you are part of the scene being portrayed. The only thing I would have liked to see with the actors was more use of prosthetics to give them as much detail in their appearance as the rooms they are in.

Signage / Visibility / Location


There were many signs on the roads leading to the attraction, including a lit up marquee at the entrance to the parking lot. The haunted house does share a parking lot with another building so the attraction does not stand out on it's own. The night we went there was an event going on at the other building which made parking pretty hard to come by. However they did have security walking in the lot that were using flashlights to guide people to open spots when they became available.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting area wasn't your standard waiting queue. It was a large open area with benches and concessions. We actually wished we had a little more time to enjoy the waiting area, but since it was early in the evening and in the season the wait was minimal before our ticket numbers were called to enter the attraction.

Actors' Performance


The actors were very engaging, and interacted with the guests very well. All were very convincing in their characters without over acting.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets were very well done. The rooms were nicely detailed and lit perfectly, with just enough light so that you could appreciate the intricacy of the scene.

Length


It took us 17 minutes to walk through the haunt.

Crowd Control


The night we went there was almost no crowd for the attraction. However they did have marked security personnel walking the parking lot.

Most Memorable Moment


Our entire family agreed that the most memorable moment of the haunt was the dining room scene. When you walk in to the highly detailed room, you enter into the middle of a discussion. It was so well done that it gives you almost a feeling of a ghostly encounter and is concluded with a very cool surprise exit to the room.

Summary

This was an evening well spent. Not only will I go back to this haunt again next year, but I am definitely recommending this attraction to my family and friends.

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Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, September 30, 2016 at about 9 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

The Burial Chamber has been around long enough now that it's one of the Halloween staples in the Fox Cities. Comprised of multiple different haunting experiences, I attended on a night where the rain kept the fair weather attenders away. But to me... the weather set the mood for a perfect night to attend a haunt.

We started out first with Insanity as it had the shortest line. Inside was a world full of clowns, dark corners and uneven ground. Did I mention the clowns? They were EVERYWHERE! I personally am not scared by clowns, and these clowns were more goofy than scary. But there were a few times that they were able to jump out at the perfect time and scare us. They use a lot of strobes in Insanity, which was blinding in some spots and ended up giving me a headache. Or was that from the clowns? Either way, the best part of this haunt was the dark, twisting obstacle course they put you through.

We headed to the outdoor attraction Phobia next, as the rain slowed down to a light mist. This attraction seems pretty much the same as previous years. I recognized many of the props and structures. But the actors made this haunt so much fun! Some will have you laughing, some will have you screaming, and some will have you wondering if these are really actors or actual outcasts that live in the woods! Phobia never disappoints and you are sure to jump multiple times.

Our last destination was Adrenaline. Again, this haunt has not changed much over the years. It would be nice to see different scenes and rooms for the repeat customers that return year after year. The one thing that gets me every time are the air canons. They have me jumping several feet off the ground every time one blasts by me! Out of all three haunts, this one seemed to have the most actors in it... and they were all great! They were around every corner and had great timing. Sometimes they were coming from above, sometimes they were at our feet. It was intense as they were everywhere and we didn't have much time to catch our breath before the next scare.

I did not go to the Last Ride Burial Simulator as I have a few times in the past. But if you've never tried it, make sure you check it out!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It's always easy to find the Burial Chamber with the huge light in the sky. This year though it's a little more tricky, as the exit I normally take off Hwy 41 is closed so I had to take a detour.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


It was raining most of the night, so the lines were minimal. Other than the actors at the front of the haunts taking tickets, there were no actors walking around.

Actors' Performance


The Burial Chamber actors always do a great job. Even on a slow, rainy night they were able to scare me many times! I noticed that some actors were scaring those in the front of the line, while others waiting to get those in the middle or at the end of a group. Very nice!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


As mentioned in my review... this is the one area that the Burial Chamber needs to change. Many of the same rooms and sets from previous years. If this would have been the first year I attended, then I would have loved it. Great looking haunts, just mix it up from year to year.

Length


Each attraction (3 total) takes about 20 minutes each.

Crowd Control


Not much of a crowd when I attended, so that wasn't an issue. Otherwise I know from past experience that they do a good job keeping the crowds moving without bumping into other groups.

Most Memorable Moment


The football player in Adrenaline! He was awesome, and kept popping up multiple times!

Summary

Overall, a great trip to the Burial Chamber! If you've never visited before, make it a point to this year. If you've been there in the past, you might be disappointed with most of the haunts appearing the same. But as I stated earlier, the actors definitely make up for it!

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Terror on the Fox

by majorXpsycho (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at about 9 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Terror on the Fox is among the best haunted attractions in the Nation. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group never takes the lazy route when breathing life (or rather death) into their horrific masterpiece. They devote a significant creative effort to the haunted train, woods and both houses; the resulting payoff makes visitors (experts and novices) panicked, terrified and greatly entertained. Terror on the Fox proves that with a sufficient investment of time and energy, continuing to expand a haunted attractions without losing momentum is possible! Without giving too much away, I am going to share my experience in the different areas of the attraction.

Haunted Train Ride and Woods: Seeing the massive haunted Double Decker antique train come screeching to a halt in front of you is something you will not experience anywhere else! The train ride itself takes 15-20 minutes. There are multiple disturbing creatures on board, perhaps "souls" that remain from the circus train "crash". One attendee near me asked "is that makeup, or is that 'thing' really that scary?". That is a great sign that you aren't going to find any "Walmart" quality masks at this attraction. The ghouls are not shy and don't worry, even if you are in the upper level or hiding in the smog and strobe lights, the actors WILL get you! The haunted woods is brief, but torches lighting the darkened trail make the walk seem longer.

(S)Laughter House: The (S)Laughter house is new this year! As the story goes; a train carrying circus clowns to Milwaukee derailed in Green Bay. The terrifying and hungry clowns now take residence in the (S)Laughter house and are seeking souls to devour. The (S)Laughter house took 16 minutes to escape and you want to get out quickly as the walls twist you right in to the hands of many blood thirsty ghoulish clowns. The (S)Laughter house is "intense", the kind of fear that makes your heart skip.

Dead House: The Dead House is Terror on the Fox's main attraction. If the massive exterior doesn't impress you, you probably lost all feeling while in the (S)Laughter house. The effects of the exterior provide a clear picture of the horror to expect once inside. The Dead House is an 18 minute walk through non-stop horror scenes. There is absolutely NO DOWN TIME or boring dark hallways. The Dead house uses special effects, animatronics and carefully placed creatures to create a non-stop terrifying experience. If you manage to open your eyes long enough, you will notice that there isn't an inch of the house that is not covered by disturbing props. The Dead House really is similar to something you would see on a Hollywood horror set ... only this is real ... and you are trapped inside.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Terror on the Fox is located at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, WI. While attending on opening weekend, we found individuals who had traveled all the way from Illinois just to experience the "hype" that is the "Terror on the Fox". Their comments after surviving, "This is the best haunted house .. and we go to a LOT"! With GPS, as long as you can navigate to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, you will not miss the giant train and flashing signs letting you know where to park. Being located at the National Railroad museum allows Terror on the Fox to offer something no other haunted attraction has, an actual antique Double Decker passenger train ride!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The moment you step on to Terror on the Fox's territory, there are ghoulish creatures everywhere. From ticket lines, to walking through the woods. You are not safe until you make it back to the parking lot! It was opening weekend, so not a lot of "goodies or treats" were available for purchase. I am not certain if this will change as the haunt season draws closer. Wait times are going to vary depending on when you go. I have been to Terror on the Fox later in the season and waited an hour, but I have also been there early and not waited at all. Terror on the Fox is popular, so expect lines to form. If you really can not handle waiting, just purchase the VIP tickets online and you can jump right in. They do a good job of moving groups a long. CAUTION: If the weather is rainy, the wait is OUTSIDE so expect to get wet/muddy.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Terror on the Fox uses special effects, animatronics and carefully placed creatures to create a non-stop terrifying experience. If you manage to open your eyes long enough, you will notice that there isn't an inch of the house that is not covered by disturbing props. This haunted attraction is similar to something you would see on a Hollywood horror set ... only this is real ... and you are trapped inside. Are the rumors true? Are there really catacombs with real human bones buried below the "Dead House"?

Crowd Control


Due to the reaction of other groups (some slow down when scared/trapped and some move fast to get out) it is likely you might run into another group. In my opinion, this is fine as "safety" comes in numbers. However, avoid immature attendees that might try to ruin the experience by saying really stupid things.

Summary

$25 includes everything; haunted train ride, woods (S)Laughter and Dead House. In my opinion this is a HUGE value given the fact that it is "all inclusive" and you do not have to pay for each attraction individually. Buy your tickets online at the website and you can avoid ticket lines. Add another $10 and you can skip to the front of the lines and enjoy refreshments and a bonfire.

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