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Sarah (majorXpsycho)

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2016 Reviews

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

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

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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