Please note: this review is for the 2011 season rather than the current season.
by wm (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at about 2 p.m.
Submitted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
It was a clear night, perfect for a nice drive to Oconto. But this is no joy ride… 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!