Please note: this review is for the 2007 season rather than the current season.
after attending on Friday, October 19, 2007 at about 1:15 p.m.
Submitted: Sunday, October 21, 2007
Signage / Visibility / Location
Signs showing directions to the haunted house are set up pretty well. I've been here many times before though, and didn't need directions.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
House of Shadows does a good job with many extra actors walking through the group waiting to go in. They also have a large tent with picnic tables and classic horror movies projected onto one wall. I brought several young kids to go to the "not so scary" house before another group of us went through the "very scary" house. When we first got there, there were very few people at the house and we got in right away. Concessions are also served. It would be nice if there were something else going on for the waiting audience, and I've seen more interaction during previous years.
The best room was the "lurker from above?" There was also an interesting "birthing room."
I went through the "not so scary" house with some young kids first. This was done very well, monsters didn't do any attacking, talked nicely if spoken to, just sat there in full makeup trying not to be too scary. We were given a flashlight which made the kids braver. The house is decorated very well as usual.
During the "very scary" house the actors did an awful lot of staring at us, and not a lot of "booing" They only got me once. Monsters were in character and did a pretty good job bantering back and forth when spoken too.
I was pretty disappointed with this year's house. For some reason they were trying to cram too many people through too fast. Our group of 4 had to stop and wait about 6 times going through the house. We were even passed by a large group once. This was very frustrating and I hope they fix this issue ASAP.
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