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Brett (wm)

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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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2017 Reviews

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

The Morgue (CLOSED)

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

The Morgue has been around long enough now that it's become a staple haunt in Northeast Wisconsin. One would assume that an old school, homemade haunt could not compete against the large, corporate haunts that are always advertised as 'the best'. Well... that will teach you to assume!

I've been to the Morgue at least a dozen times. The first several years it was the best kept secret in the Green Bay area. Most experiences were great, and a few were mediocre. For a while it seemed as though this haunt was stuck in a rut. It's been several years since I've last visited. Would this trip renew my love affair with the Morgue?

I’m thrilled to say that the Morgue did not disappoint! It’s everything that it was in the past with some great additions. The staples of the Morgue are still there: The ominous walk in the woods, the great wait area with a huge bonfire, and the unique ending. So what's different? Since I've last attended, a lot!

This haunt always starts off with a nice walk through the woods. One change that I noticed as soon as I drove in was the structure that you have to walk into to start your journey. Music was blaring, and several ominous figures hung out above the entrance. I assumed they would be moving to the music like they do at other haunts. These two gents did nothing of the sort! They just hung over you. Looking down on you as you waited and ultimately walked under them. Sometimes pointing, but mostly just staring you down. Kinda creepy! Once in the woods you start your dark journey to the bonfire that awaits. The woods seemed a little under staffed, but the those ghouls were excellent. This haunt can lay claim to the darkest woods walk by far!

After waiting by their fire and having a treat from the snack bar, it was our turn to make our way up to the house. Once you’re near the entrance, there’s was about a 10 minute wait to get in the front door. This is subtle, but brilliant. It gives you time to look around at the great props that they have out. It also gives you time to think about what you’re about to encounter. Once in the front door, you’re greeted by the Morgue Witch. Another staple of the community! She plays a quick video regarding the haunt as her white eyes stare into those that dare look back. Then, it’s time to begin your journey as you enter the elevator.

I’m not sure if the elevator was going up or down, but it sure was a rocky ride! As we exited the elevator it was complete darkness. This haunt is not for the faint at heart. It’s part obstacle course, part haunted house! Much of it is DARK. Each room was different from the last. There’s plenty of opportunities for them to scare the pants off you, and that’s just what they did.

Signage / Visibility / Location


It's very easy to find, with a big lit-up sign in front of the haunt. Lot's of parking in a open field.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The Morgue has one of the best wait areas in Wisconsin! There's a huge bonfire for those chilly nights, and a great concession area for food and drinks. No waiting in line here, they call you up to the haunt by groups 4. No waiting in line means you can go by the fire, the food stand, or anywhere else when you're waiting! They also have a fun live 'video game' you can play that triggers a scare upon an unknowing participant making their way through the Morgue! I did not see any actors in the wait area, but they did play videos/music on the side of building for those waiting.

Actors' Performance


They all did a great job this year!!! These are volunteers, and my hats off to them. Some jumped out right at the right time, others waited for you to pass before they made their move. Some screamed at us, others whispered in our ears. A haunt is only as good as their actors, and everyone went all out.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Many rooms were dark, but the rooms we could see were impressive. Rooms that I remember from previous visits, but are very impressive, are the funeral parlor and the kitchen! One thing to remember is that this is a HOMEMADE haunt. There were a few places where we tripped over things. Some spaces were very tight. A few times, we had no clue which direction to go. Like any haunted house, use caution but have fun!

Length


It took us about 25 minutes to make our way through the Morgue.

Crowd Control


They do a GREAT job at crowd control. Everything seems to be timed out perfect the way they call groups up.

Most Memorable Moment


There was a room that was so creative, I've never seen it before in a haunt. We walked from a very dark (pitch black) room into a room that was the exact opposite. So bright that we were squinting! The room was covered in a heavy, thick fog. The contrast was amazing. What awaits you in the fog? You’ll have to find out for yourself!

Summary

I have a soft spot for the Morgue. It's an old school haunt with homemade props and costumes. It's dark, spooky and creative. The price is old school as well! Cost of admission is a fraction of what you’d pay at some of the other local haunts. Checking out this haunt is a no-brainer, even zombies would agree!

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

Scare USA 2019

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 6, 2017 at about 7:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

A damp, chilly Friday night drive to Two Rivers. A town I have not visited in at least 5 years. Two Rivers was once home to THE scariest haunt in all of Wisconsin. But that was then. And since then, I’ve heard for a few years that there’s a new haunt in town. Hello Scare USA, pleased to make your acquaintance!

We arrived about 20 minutes after their opening and were the first victims. There was really nothing going on at first. That is, until Francisco decided to show up and get some people jumping! It took some time for them to start things up, and then the rain started coming down. We entered the haunt a little before 8pm. I didn’t really know what exactly to expect. Walking in, it sure felt like the unrelated Haus of old. But in the first few minutes I realized that this was different. This was a mash-up of many different haunts I’ve seen over the years. A monster mash if you will. (Yeah, I just went there!)

Love narrow, twisting turns? Dark room where you can barely see or not see at all? Other rooms with strobes, loud lights? Air guns? Creatures above you, or below you? Some areas with very low lighting or fog? Some pretty bad smelling… ? I really don’t know what I was smelling, and I don’t think I want to know! If you said yes to any of those, then Scare USA has you covered. They’ve have certain elements from other haunts and crammed them all into one warehouse! There are also some very original props and sets! The ending was a little predictable, as they are showing a video during your wait in line that gives it away.

This haunt is also heavily promoting Don't Be A Monster. This campaign aims to stop bullying in schools with a creative approach. I fully support this cause and I love that haunts are embracing it! http://dontbeamonster.org

I'm not going to go into to much detail here. Reviews that give away all the surprises scare me. But I will say that this is an old school haunt with elements of modern ones. If you've read my reviews over the years, you'd know that I prefer the old-school haunted houses. Dark and spooky! This warehouse has that. They also have some loud music at times, strobes at other times, etc.. Considering how many different things they were including, they were able to make it flow very well! We left Scare USA knowing we would be back again someday!

Signage / Visibility / Location


The signs for this haunt are very small but it's pretty easy to find. If you end up in the river, you've gone too far!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


We were the first to arrive, so there was no line. By the looks of it, they are set up to hold a good number of people in their line. There was only one monster roaming around on the night we attended and he was great!

Actors' Performance


Some actors were a bit off on their scares. Others were spot on. Overall I’d grade the actors a solid B. Most of them didn’t speak which I found interesting.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Some great things to look at in this haunt! There were some rooms that were lit only by 'candlelight', which I loved. Overall, it's a very dark haunt. One thing to note: There are some VERY narrow hallways in this maze.

Length


It took us around 20 minutes to make our way through. Again, we were the first ones in line. I would think it would be closer to 30 when there's a crowd going through.

Crowd Control


At the time, we WERE the crowd! There were over 20 actors in the warehouse, so I'm sure they can slow up a crowd if need be.

Most Memorable Moment


We heard a noise throughout the haunt. As we continued making our way, the noise was getting closer. I didn't expect what we eventually met! Trippy!

Summary

This haunted warehouse has a lot going for it. Seriously, there's something for everyone. It will be interesting to watch how it develops over the years. If you haven't visited yet, make sure you check this one out!

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