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Please note: this review is for the 2006 season rather than the current season.

Bear Den Haunted Woods - CLOSED -

by vegasbound365 after attending on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at about 3:15 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Low

Review

Signage / Visibility / Location

The location is not hard to find, but it is not that easy either & the directions located on www.hauntedwisconsin.com and the haunts website are good. The only signage available is right at the haunt. If you are not careful, you may miss it, but with the amount of cars attending when I reviewed this haunt, I did not have trouble finding it. Because of the popularity and location, the traffic was backing up. Please be courteous of local traffic. If traffic is backing up, do not block the road for oncoming traffic.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment

Dress appropriately for those chilly October evenings at this haunt. The wait area is outside; and is not covered. The evening of this review, the temperature was a chilly 35 degrees and the wind was picking up, so wear a coat! There was not any entertainment in the waiting area; however, there is a pumpkin stand next to the line where tickets are purchased. Also, once you enter the building, there is a small gift shop. As I said, there was not any entertainment in the waiting area but the entertaining part was the hearse that would drive you to the actual entrance of the haunted woods. This was quite entertaining as the driver was very friendly. Concerning the wait, I visited this haunt on a Saturday evening, at around 8 PM and there were already about 150 people waiting in line for this haunt! The approximate wait was around 2 hours. When I left, the wait was 3 hours plus! This is definitely a popular haunt. Plan your time accordingly, especially if you are planning to attend any other haunt that same evening.

Most Unique

The most unique part of this haunt was the location it was mainly located in the middle of the woods which add to the scare factor. Also, the ride in an old hearse was very unique and fun. Be aware that the operators try to fit about 14 to 15 people in the back of the hearse, so it will be a very tight ride, but only for a short time.

Actors' Performance

The actors performance was less than what was to be expected. The costumes were not that unique and mainly consisted of masks. Some scare actors actually broke character because of the amount of people that were walking into the woods they had to ask them to remain for a minute so that they would not catch up with the rest. This was good and I was glad that they broke character to do this it added to the intimacy of the haunt, but it also took away from the scare factor. Apart from the occasional boo and grr many scare actors just followed you or banged a loud pipe. There were also a few VERY loud chainsaws and a shotgun blast.

Appropriate For

10+

Summary

The hearse ride was the most interesting part of this haunt. The props were less than average. This is related to the vastness of the area the haunt covers. You will walk a lot and I do not believe that it is possible to put props at every turn. The props and building that were included were average and could have been more detailed.

For the size of the haunt, I would have expected more scare actors. There was a handful present for the entire haunt.

The end of the haunt came somewhat unexpected by me and many others. As I exited the haunt, I heard many say, That was it? There was not a build-up, nor was there a lot of attractions in this haunt, so as we entered from one building to another, that was it, it was over. I also heard some say that the best part of the haunt was the ride in the hearse.

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.

Happy Hauntings!

Johnny

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June 26th, 2019 7:41 p.m. CDT 1.7.5