Please note: this review is for the 2010 season rather than the current season.
Submitted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The House Of Bathory is unlike any haunt I've ever been to. Across the board, they stand out from all the others. I was a little worried with the location being downtown Manitowoc. I like my haunts in the middle of no-where, as it helps set the mood! But what they lacked for in location, they made up for in creativity!
One of the big differences is the theme of the haunt. It centers around Alice In Wonderland. I never really thought of that story as spooky or even remotely scary. That all changed after attending this haunt. It's very interactive, making you a part of what's happening.
As we were about to enter the haunt, something happened where they said it would still be a few minutes. As we waited, one of the employees entertained us with a baby monster puppet. It was great! I don't know how many times she had to put on a little show like that with the puppet, but she was great. I was highly entertained!
Once we were allowed inside the haunt, we were ushered into a room where we sat down at a large table. The mad hatter was there, as well as the rabbit. They made small talk and really took the time to set you up for a big scare that was about to happen. This happened several times! Tweedledee and Tweedledum also set us up for another scare. I sure wasn't expecting it when it happened!
One thing to note: At this attraction, they are allowed to touch you. I can't recall the last haunt I've been to where that was allowed. It startled me!
Another strength of this haunt is their use of sounds and music. This was the only haunt that I attended this year that played some old school, scary music. Loved it! They also used several iconic monsters throughout, mixing the Alice In Wonderland story with more of the traditional monsters that we associate Halloween with.