Please note: this review is for the 2008 season rather than the current season.

Hartford Jaycees Haunted House

by scare_girl19 after attending on Friday, October 10, 2008 at about 5:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Low Fear Factor: Low

Review

This haunt was not easily visable from the road, but with following signs we eventually made it there. There was adequate parking. The waiting area was in the basement of what appeared to be a barn. It was cold and cramped. We were waiting for about an hour before our numbers were called even though there didn't appear to be large amounts of people waiting. When our numbers were finally called we went and waited in a tent outside (again cold). The rules were said but not clearly stated or posted. When it was finally time for our group to go in, we were given vauge directions on where to go.

We were sent off into a forest which was dark and spooky. There were many good unpredictable scares in the woods, but there were also many actors standing around. We were then instructed to go through a tank. We couldn't figure out how to get in until we saw the duct-tape arrow pointing us to crawl.

Once we were through the tank we were to knock on the door three times and wait for an answer. We knocked at least ten times and were waiting out in the cold for an answer, which finally came after about three minutes. When we were finally let into the house it was hot, humid, and smelly. The rooms were small and cramped and there were many sheets hanging in the way of walking. There may have had good effects, but it was hard to see because sheets and fabric was always in the way. The house was full of loud, obnoxious noises and there were strobes in almost every room. It became predictable. There were very few actors in the house, and I heard 3 of them talk. The rest of them were just there to lead you through the next door. If you are at all claustrophobic, or even if you're not, you may have major problems in the house. The house seemed to go on forever and with few actors and misplaced effects (animatronics were used in nearly every room and they were poorly timed and placed) it became annoying. When we exited the house (out of a smelly cellar) there were about 7 monsters standing outside. We were ready for them to chase us to our cars (like the previous haunt we were at) or maybe even just give us a little scare. Instead, many of them were standing against the house and were in circles talking amongst themselves.

Summary

The forest was a good touch, but by the end of the house I was hot, annoyed and just wanted to get out. The entrance fee of $12 was steep and honestly it wasn't worth the money or the wait.

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May 23rd, 2019 10:57 p.m. CDT 1.6.3