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I love Halloween and fall in general for several reasons. First off, I was born 15 minutes before Halloween. Missed it by that much! But it's not so bad… presents one day, candy the next! Good thing I was not born around Christmas, otherwise I'm sure I would get the birthday/Christmas combined gifts! I also love Halloween because it's the one time of year where it's ok to pretend to be someone or something you're not. Just an FYI: other times of the year you might get arrested for that. The colors, the crisp air, the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet… all reason I love the fall season.

When I attend a haunt, I want to be scared! It's a great adrenaline rush, much like a roller coaster ride. Some funny rooms or actors are ok if used in moderation. I love to see the creative details that some haunts put into their exhibits, some are works of art! But I also like the dark haunts, where you have to rely on your other senses to make it through. Strobes and black lights are ok, again if used in moderation.

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2011 Reviews

Please note: this review is for the 2011 season rather than the current season.

Terror on the Fox

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

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Low

Review

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



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



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



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



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



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


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

Signage / Visibility / Location


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

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


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

Actors' Performance


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

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


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

Length


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

Crowd Control


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

Most Memorable Moment


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

Summary

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

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A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

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

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

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

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

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

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

Signage / Visibility / Location


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

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


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

Actors' Performance


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

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The makeup, masks and props were all incredible!

Length


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

Most Memorable Moment


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

Summary

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

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Trail Of Terror

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

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

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



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



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



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

Signage / Visibility / Location


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

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


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

Actors' Performance


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

Length


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

Summary

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

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