Green Bay Fear is the haunt that everyone is talking about this year! The Beja Shriners have done a great job marketing the haunted house from the very creepy commercials ran late at night on TV to the very cool T-shirts I see past victims wearing out and about. The commercials were so professionally done that the anticipation of attending Fear was almost as great as the scares once you arrive. When you arrive at the haunted house you have the option to purchase a general admission ticket for $15 or a RIP/VIP ticket for $25. The house itself is great and well worth the $15, but for $10 more you can't afford NOT to go RIP. You get to skip the lines, socialize, eat smores, have unlimited hot cocoa, sit around a cozy bonfire and listen to an AWESOME live band on a creepy stage. There were people of all ages hanging out in the VIP area. The outside of the haunt with its large structure and broken wooden fence help to create a frightening atmosphere. As you enter the haunt, a creepy actor helps instruct you to put on the 3d glasses that are not NEEDED, but definitely compliment the haunt perfectly.
Green Bay Fear is a MASTER in 3d effect. Most haunts rely on the heavy luminescent colors to create scares, but Green Bay Fear using the 3d effect to enhance the already very scary sets and props. The detail in each room is very realistic and the actors are very well placed, I'm not even certain if some of the noise coming from the actors was human. It has been a LONG time since a haunted attraction has made me scream, but Green Bay Fear accomplished this goal not once, but TWICE.
Signage / Visibility / Location
Fear is located right off of Hwy 41 and Shawano Ave. (on the corner of Taylor on Bond St in Green Bay). There are signs guiding you to the entrance as you get close, but not until you get closer.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
There are two different options for the wait area ... RIP (VIP) or general. In the VIP area you can experience a HUGE stage with a live band playing ghoulish tunes, unlimited hot cocoa, bonfire, smores and much much more. For only $10 more this is the BEST VIP in the Midwest!! My only concern with the VIP is that eventually EVERYONE may want to go VIP style and the wait for VIP may become long. This was not the problem at ALL for us when we attended, but I can foresee it possibly happening in the future.
I walked over the general admission area and I believe I saw they had a PSYCHIC doing readings in the wait area along with other entertainment. The wait is outside so please be conscious of the weather!
As you begin to the haunted house there is a very awesome haunted trail that is dimly lit with torches. The trail lasted about 12 minutes and the ghouls are very well placed for maximum scare.
The actors did a phenomenal job. They climbed up walls and dragged their bodies on the ground. There was never a moment any actor was out of character, they had great follow through and managed crowd control perfectly. The costumes and makeup were above and beyond and helped complete the entire experience. I also loved that the actors didn't only go after one person in the group, they had no favorites ... everyone got scared!
Sets Scenes / Props / FX
From start to finish there is not a single area that hasn't been decorated in great detail. The fluidity from room to room was perfect and the 3d effect is definitely their forte. Most haunts that do a 3d effect focus on just the fluorescent colors, but FEAR combines detailed sets with just the right amount of luminescence to help compliment the overall effect.
The walk on the trail leading up to the house/vip area lasted about 12 minutes. The house lasted around 25 minutes (perhaps longer), at one point you are led outside and then redirected back into the haunt for MORE scares!
Crowd control was great, the actors entertained you while they made sure you never ran into another group.
In conclusion all I have to say is that Green Bay Fear is a must see this year and if you like being entertained and scared then you can not afford to miss Fear this year!