Signage / Visibility / Location
The location is not hard to find & the directions located on www.hauntedwisconsin.com and the haunts website are good. Also, mapquest is useful as well. It is located next to the Waukesha airport. There is a big sign for the Waukesha Expo center & that is the location of Morgan Manor. Follow the little signs in the parking lot and look for the group of cars.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
Dress appropriately for those chilly October evenings. The wait area is semi-outside; it is covered, but open. The evening of this review, the temperature was a chilly 35 degrees. I suggest purchasing the Scream Pass. This pass well worth the additional cost for a couple of reasons:
1. If it is chilly outside and you do not want to face the elements;
2. If you want to visit another haunt that same evening, this pass will save you time especially if there are LONG lines.
Manor House does a good job entertaining the waiting guests with wandering ghouls that REALLY play the part! There were at least 4 or 5 scare-actors that were entertaining the guests. The costumes and makeup of these scare-actors were AWESOME!
What surprised me most was the quality of the costumes and makeup. These were not simply masks that were just slid on; they were full-blown, well-made costumes that were very detailed. The costumes were very unique and it must have taken them a lot of preparation time to just get the costumes and makeup done.
Additionally, there were not repeat characters. Some haunts will have two of this character, two of that. Not Morgan Manor! Each character was unique in its own right and each character went out of their way to give a good performance.
The scare-actors were really into character and did not break character at all. You will definitely see some unique characters and not the usual cloaked creatures. Again, the performance was VERY good; many LOVED the smell of fear and would follow you and follow you and follow you. . . Not much else can be said I was impressed by ALL of the actors performances.
One of the most interesting and worth while parts of this haunted house is the waiting area. After the initial wait and entertainment of the scare actors, you are ushered into some holding cages. While in these waiting cages, the scare actors come into each cage and interact with you. After this, you are lead into the entrance where the actors continue their performances.
This haunted house is quite interesting; the props are not as detailed as some that I have seen, but the performance and the uniqueness of this house more than compensates for this.
The size of the haunt is also a plus. It took us about 20 minutes to complete the house.
One thing about this house was that is was very popular, which means it was very busy. There were times in the house when we were in a line of people and were just walking along. This took away the intimacy of the haunted house because you were sometimes standing there, scooting along with other people. When the first people in line got approached by the scare actors, it took away the surprise for the rest.
Also, for those of you that suffer from coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), I would rate this a 2-clown haunt, meaning there were 2 clowns present.
All in all, this was a very good haunted house, with very good actors and props. Get the Scream Pass because as we enter the end of October, you will be VERY happy that you purchased it!!!