If you like your haunts loud and over the top, you better visit Hauntfest in West Allis. Be prepared to be inundated with loud music, sound effects, bright lights and movies... And that's all before you get into the haunt!
The entrance into the haunt itself is a 'moving' elevator that goes haywire, we were closed in with with a girl who played her part with manic intensity and perfect timing to what was going on in the scene. It was the high point of the haunt, but don't take that to mean it was the only fun to be had.
This was my first experience with inflatable walls, luckily the other girls in my group had no qualms with pushing me and I easily discovered the way through. There were numerous dark areas with surprise scares to keep you on your toes.
Keep in mind, Hauntfest is a "Don't touch" Haunt but that doesn't mean that the others in your group won't push, pull hair, grab shirts or do other things with reckless abandon. You might want to try and ensure you know everyone in our group so you aren't surprised like I was. I simply wasn't prepared for 4 women I don't know to go on a crazy rampage the second we were in until the moment we were out. You have been warned.
Hauntfest is as much an 'Event' as it is a Haunt, passing on the creepy atmosphere and going for the loud carnival. There were LOTS of young kids & teens to which I think that suited them well.
Signage / Visibility / Location
Hauntfest is at State Fair park, who doesn't know where that is? Find gate 4 and listen for the haunt sounds/music.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
There was a large wait area with some seating, movies played on a large inflatable screen and refreshments were available. That's good, because the wait was very long at about 90 minutes. Actors were present, most of the screams heard were for the guy with the chainsaw jumping up on people.
Let me first state that the actress in the elevator at the entrance was great, she gets groups for a captive performance was the best throughout. There were a few others that did stand out but some rooms we entered had the haunters standing together talking until they saw a group come through and then darted about, which was a bit of a disappointment and not really gonna scare someone.
Sets Scenes / Props / FX
The balloon walls & ceiling were fun but the best was the shock wall. Again, the elevator was great but otherwise nothing of note stood out.
Going through the haunt took about 20 minutes. We were delayed in some areas to keep the groups separate and we didn't see any other visitors while were were in.
The crowd was large, but with Hauntfest security and police present there weren't any issues.
Most Memorable Moment
Some of the darker areas had 'shock walls' and the group we were with were pushing me into the walls but the most memorable was the elevator at the entrance.
The loud, over the top atmosphere wasn't exactly for me but if you are looking for a wild night to meet your friends and go through a haunt this is the place for you.