Please note: this review is for the 2005 season rather than the current season.

Hartford Jaycees Haunted House

by evil13guy after attending on Friday, October 21, 2005 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Medium


Signage / Visibility / Location

Signage on the highway was visable but not very specific.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment

a few "roaming" actors that did little to scare and more to annoy. Waiting/Ticket area is too small and poorly organized to handle a crowd of any size.

Most Unique

Walk in the woods. Set up a mood prior to entering the house. The setting is also good, old house, old shed...just looks a bit creepy from the start.

Actors' Performance

A few actors were good and enhanced their scare, others were too busy "putzing" around or too "burnt out" to deliver more than the overused "get out", "help me" or growling.(tip: NOT SCARY..just annoying) Not the performance we expected based on the reviews.

Appropriate For

preteens to young 20"s


We had high expectations for this event based on the reviews. What we found was a staff overwhelmed and unable to deal with the crowd at every turn and a rediculous wait time for the crowd size. The Haunt itself was OK but like many events we have seen this year they seemd to borrow from other haunts with ideas we have seen done better at the original events in past years. The scare factor was diminished by poor timing and actors that used the basic lines "get out" and "help me" too often. This event was better than past years but still not on the level of some of our favorite haunts in Wisconsin. For an event that was rated well this year, we expected better.

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June 2nd, 2020 9:25 a.m. CDT 11.11d