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Please note: this review is for the 2011 season rather than the current season.

Trail Of Terror

by wm (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

It was a clear night, perfect for a nice drive to Oconto.  But this is no joy rideā€¦  it's literally a Trail of Terror.  (insert sinister music)  Situated on farmland in a heavily wooded area, it's the perfect Halloween setting in the middle of no-where.  As we drove up, we saw a crowd of people with glow necklaces being led to their doom.  Just that sight alone, in this environment, got my adrenaline going.



You walk into the ticket building and are instantly handed a glow necklace.  I'm normally against any sort of glow sticks or LED handouts at haunts, but I'm sure this helps the actors locate their customers in the extremely dark woods.  After purchasing your ticket, you are led out to a large open field.  The wait area had a nice fire and concession/merch booth, but it really could have used some music and a few actors trying to scare people.  There wasn't that big of a crowd the night we went, but the wait was about 45 minutes.  The time seemed to drag without any sort of entertainment.  Once your number is called your group is led into the woods and your adventure begins. 



One thing to note is that there is a guide who leads you through the woods.  Although this is a great idea so you don't get lost, it does take away from the 'we're in the middle of nowhere and all alone' vibe that you would get otherwise.  The guide is not one of the actors, he's strictly there to get you along the trail.



Throughout the walk, there are a series of skits performed by their actors.  Most are humorous in nature.  They make use of the darkness quite well, and the skits are paced far enough apart to keep the walk interesting.  Although I don't rate the scare factor high, they definitely make it fun and interesting!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It was pretty easy to find, right off Hwy 41 with a lit sign.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was a nice wait area with a fire and concession stand selling shirts and food.  There was a fire, but no entertainment.

Actors' Performance


Kudos to the young actors who stayed in character throughout the night!  There were plenty of actors throughout the walk.  Most of their performances were scripted, but a few ad-libbed and were very funny!

Length


The Trail itself takes about 25 minutes to a half hour.

Summary

If you're looking for a fun haunt that is light on scares, the Trail of Terror is for you.  There's a lot of great potential for it to be a SCARY haunt.

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June 2nd, 2020 2:53 p.m. CDT 11.11d