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Please note: this review is for the 2009 season rather than the current season.

The Dark Side Haunted Adventure

by Twilight after attending on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Holy. Crap.

*No spoilers, read on*

Amazing. Really freaking amazing. My fiance and I just got back, and sweet christ. They really know how to scare people- it's no joke. They have amazing pyrotechnics, and you definitely get your money's worth. We went to Bear Den woods for Halloween night last year, and we agreed that this trip was even better. You get a sort of 'haunted house' with the mine shaft, and a great nighttime hayride. I'm 25, and this one was definitely not for the faint of heart- definitely not for young kids either. From the time we got there to the time we left, we spent about 2 hours. Waited in line about.... 15 minutes maybe?

Tips: With respect to the actual event... we loved it! It was fantastic- best money we've spent in a long time. However, we did get lost for an hour trying to find the place- be careful to follow the directions closely once you get within 15 miles- it can be easy to accidentally miss the turn-off for 67N. There are also some loud noises in the mine shaft- I won't give away where they are, but if you have sensitive ears there was a loud hissing noise that rendered us deaf for a few seconds.

Not a spoiler, but just a general watchout with respect to the hayride- watch out for tree limbs and low-hanging beams. Basically tall people and people sitting on the side of the hay-cart beware of nature- I have a couple of welts because we were in the very back of the cart and got whipped by the people in front of us letting the tree branches go- plus it's pitch black so you can't see anything and you're suddenly whipped in the face. And like I said about the tall people- there are some man-made things you will travel under, that are specially made to be close to the cart, but I'm pretty tall and I almost knocked my forehead into some of them unfortunately, so pay attention to what's coming.

The corn maze at the end that is included in the haunt isn't really a maze at all- pretty short in fact, so if you're chilly like we were by the end- it's not very far to the end once you enter the cornfield. The actual cornfield maze apparently takes 2 full hours to get through, and isn't related to the haunt- it's just a maze people go through at night with flashlights; so if you're interested, just realize that it's separate from the haunt, isn't haunted at all, and they stop letting people in a lot earlier because it can take people a long time to go through.

And get the hot cider for waiting in line- it's chilly out there!

Summary

Honestly, best haunt we've been to in a good long while. Worth the hour drive from Milwaukee, even with the extra hour of being lost. (follow their directions- they really are in the middle of nowhere) People with sensitive hearing beware- you will get loud noises. INCREDIBLE PYROTECHNICS. Just, wow. Incredible amount of entertainment for your money, and they don't go for the cheesy factor either- they just straight out try to freak the heck out of you- it's awesome!

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October 17th, 2019 1:32 a.m. CDT 1.27