Please note: this review is for the 2006 season rather than the current season.
after attending on Friday, October 6, 2006 at about 2 p.m.
Submitted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Signage / Visibility / Location
We live in West Allis, and the haunt is located in Hartford -- it took about 30 minutes to get there. It was pretty easy to find using the directions from the website as well as some signage that is located near the haunt. There was a hard time finding parking and we had to park way in back of the lot -- there is a recreation center next to the haunt and they also share the parking lot so plan accordingly and be prepared to do a bit of walking.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
The line? WHAT line? We were the second in line. You wait until your number is called, and we were second in the door. Our wait was less than 10 minutes since there were not many people that visited that evening. Even though there was no line, the operators of the haunt still ensured that a -- scare actor -- came in to amuse the guests. The costuming was very good; it was an undead guy wrapped in bandages. VERY well done.
The BEST part of this haunted house is the detail -- the haunt really took time to create props and scenes that are very detailed -- and gory at times. They also had some scenes that I have never seen before, meaning they seem to change from year to year. Some scenes were creative. (How did they get that school bus in there?)
Performance was somewhat expected.
My favorite part of the haunt was the size of the haunt -- there were 13 rooms, but my least favorite was the lack of variety in the -- scare actors -- within the haunt. There were too many cloak wearing actors with either face paint or a mask that you can pick up at Walgreens. But with the amount of work that went into the scenes, this was easily over looked. Some of the -- scare actors -- followed you for awhile while staying in character.
Also, for those of you that suffer from coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), I would rate this a 3-clown haunt, meaning there were 3 clowns present.
Additionally, this haunt is not handicap/wheelchair access friendly because there are some tight turns and an area where you have to bend down and almost squeeze through.
All in all, Terror on Rural Street is a yearly favorite of mine that never fails to entertain. From the detail, to the size of the haunt, Terror takes the time in the off-season to prepare a haunt that many will enjoy -- and it shows.
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