Please note: this review is for the 2009 season rather than the current season.
by Grey Knight after attending on Friday, October 16, 2009 at about 3 p.m.
Submitted: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
For $8, the Haunted Barn provides you with a long stroll - indoor and out - through numerous mazes and paths. The tour relies heavily on live actors to deliver the scares, and they do so very well. The real entertainment value is in the actors and not the animatronics, unlike more 'commercial' and 'carnival-like' attractions. The "organic" touch really enhances the experience as each player seems genuinely interested in their role.
*Spoiler Alert* There were even moments where the animatronics came alive to reveal that they were living people the whole time, which really added to the spook factor.
I also appreciated how the players didn't just do their piece and wait fo you to leave the area. Being dogged by a machete-wielding maniac down the entire length of the hallway, around the corner, and into the next room, while he was slashing and slamming it against the wall, was a great "motivator."
The ONLY thing I would have done differently would have been making the final walk back to the concession area a little more event-filled.
Thanks, Haunted Barn and personnel. You gave me a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
I have been a part of or helped out with 4 Haunted Houses in my life, and this one put to shame any of the ones I was involved in.
With a huge staff on hand, lots of role players, ample live interaction, a vast array of props and animatronics, refreshment vendors, and great costumery, The Haunted Barn is not just an attraction, [b]it's an event.[/b]
A tremendous value for your admission money.