Please note: this review is for the 2009 season rather than the current season.
by HocusPocus after attending on Friday, October 9, 2009 at about 2 p.m.
Submitted: Saturday, October 10, 2009
This haunt totally rocks! I attended the 3 Hartford area haunted houses along with 11 of my friends and this one was the unanimous favorite. 4 of us also attended 3 in Milwaukee last weekend and this one topped the list of all six!
What rocks about this haunt is the following:
** Length: it took 19 minutes for our tour group of 6 to complete the haunted adventure. (this is nearly twice as long as the Milwaukee haunts!)
** Venue: A haunted forest complete with a terrifying tunnel of torment prelude your adventure through a 3 story house. The journey through the house takes you from a 3rd story balcony all the way to the bowels of the basement.
** Sets / Scenes / Props / FX: Both the haunted forest and house are crammed packed with props and special effects. If you have an eye for detail you'll be blown away with the elaborate decorations found throughout this haunt. ...in fact, the venue is almost packed full of props and sets to a fault as some of the rooms become a bit cramped with 6 adult bodies in the room. The house features several secret passages, trap doors, live actors, animated mannequins, holographic images and even a vortex.
** Actors' Performance: I wouldn't go so far as to say every acting performs blew my socks off but I'd certainly nominate the actor performing in the dining room for an Academy Award....definitely the best actor I've seen this year. Honorable mention also go to the clown and actor welcoming you to the house.
** Sound: Not once was I distracted by the sounds coming from an adjacent room during our tour. Given how many rooms are packed into this house that fact just blows my mind. All rooms appear to be well insulated and equipped with a more than adequate sound system to make you feel as if your group has been totally isolated from the outside world.
If you go to just one Haunted House this year make it the Hartford Jaycees Haunted House! (...which is in Slinger...) Compared to the other haunts in the area, the Hartford Jaycees Haunted House was the unanimous choice of everyone in our group of 12. Sets are elaborately designed and will entertain even those with the most discerning eyes. The length of the haunted tour and the number and variety of sets allow you to maximize your entertainment value.