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2017 Reviews

Please note: this review is for the 2017 season rather than the current season.

The Haunted Barn Stoughton (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)

by kariniepow (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 20, 2017 at about 8 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

The first time we went, we had just paid for our tickets and the power went out. Thankfully, the staff took our name and let us come back a different night. When the power went out, they followed their protocol and handled everything likes pros. They kept the line actors in character to guide guests out of the waiting area and haunted barn. We were really happy to be back!

This haunt combines a haunted house with a haunted woods! Well done all around! You begin the haunt in a mine and end up in the woods, surrounded by freaks and creatures of the night! The haunt combines actors, props and animatronics in a unique way that leaves you uneasy and happy to get back in your car AND lock your doors. I've had the privilege to experience this haunt over the years and they topped themselves this year! It is a drive from the Milwaukee area but well worth it.
The haunt has fast pass, Zombie Paintball and Knocker Ball - you know, the big balls that fit around you? Yeah, they have that! It was a riot!

Signage / Visibility / Location


There is a lighted sign pointing towards the haunt. It is easy to find right off 51

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area includes food and beverages (bring cash), paintball shooting and knocker ball. The waiting area to get into the haunt was well done for traffic control and covered for the elements. It was a busy night and took about 30 minutes of waiting. It was no problem because the line entertainment was epic! Pee-Wee the Clown stole the show! He was so dedicated to his role, energetic and even worked an onion into his performance. We had a great time waiting and it went by fast.

Actors' Performance


The actors were spot on! The one room with the hospital beds had a woman that would not let up! She had this amazing ability to click and snicker while holding eye contact the entire time. We were terrified! The actors love to scare you and it shows.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The props were excellent! Sadly, the spacing in the haunted woods ruined some of the animatronics that were timed. The barn was well done and made you feel as though you were in a mine, rainforest and hospitals to name a few. There was a mixture of mazes, optical illusions, labs, classic fears scenarios and a graveyard.

The zombie paintball was more fun than I had thought! You can shoot targets and knock them over or just blast one target. We did it after the haunt because there is no waiting system to get in the haunt. Knocker Ball was in a field and you got to run into people and knock them over! There was a group of younger guys that were really tearing it up! We were just busting a gut!

Length


The haunt took over 20 minutes to get through, perfect! The paintball and knocker ball were about 5 to 10 minutes.

Crowd Control


During the start of the haunted barn, they did a great job but it fell off in the haunted woods. The group ahead of us was very slow so we kept catching up to them and ruining some of the haunt's timed scenes. We were still scared but the element of surprise was lost on some of their scenes.

Most Memorable Moment


Watching Pee-Wee the Clown mess with everyone. He even made it into the haunt and scared us. He has an energy that excites you and makes you extremely uneasy. He literally shows up out of nowhere. I am pretty sure there is only one but he seems to be everywhere at once! The pig man almost had me falling down the trail. Bravo!

Summary

This haunt combines an inside haunt with the natural creepiness of the woods. The weather was perfect with clear skies and a strong breeze that swept over the field creating sounds to terrify. The Haunted Barn did not disappoint this year. We left scared with plenty to discuss on the ride home.

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Please note: this review is for the 2017 season rather than the current season.

The Dark Carnival (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)

by kariniepow (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Where to begin?! This haunt takes you through the carnival of the senses, disorients and terrifies its victims. From the start you feel uneasy as the wind blows the tent around. The skeleton allowing you access was not shy about picking at your fears and the rest of the haunt hit about every fear a person could have. Hold onto your group because the ghosts in the haunt hate odd numbers and did their bidding to dwindle our group from 5 to 4...

This haunt was the best way to kick off haunted house season and will be added to my list of must attends from here on out!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Pay attention and be on the lookout for a small sign, store front display and a large circus style tent hidden off to the side of Wisconsin Ave. It was windy so the sign had fallen over.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


It was surprisingly dead when we got there, ha! We waited about 15 minutes in line but there was an emergency inside the haunt so that is why it was longer. Thankfully that person is ok!
You enter a circus tent complete with the infamous red balloon. The waiting area is covered with line entertainment. The staff selling the tickets were great! A really cool backdrop lets you take a really eerie selfie!

Actors' Performance


These actors were next level! The skeleton taking tickets was so calm when he told us what was to come and he was right! Each actor kept to their room's theme and never let up.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


I tend to rush through haunts but promised myself that I would keep my eyes open and take it all in. The Dark Carnival did not disappoint! Every detail down to the moss was executed perfectly.

Length


It took over 20 minutes to get through. Hold your haunted house buddy tight and remember they don't like odd numbers.

Crowd Control


The wonderful Oconomowoc police and EMTs were onsite keeping us safe. The EMTs were needed as someone didn't make it through the whole haunt.

Most Memorable Moment


The smoldering body at the morgue was disgusting and stunk! The ventriloquist dummy made an appearance and watch out for the dragon. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Summary

This haunt incorporates all your nightmares into one spot. It was well run, with excellent actors and high end props to make this a permanent spot on my haunted house tour.

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April 24th, 2024 8:33 a.m. CDT 24.05