Please note: this review is for the 2012 season rather than the current season.
by HocusPocus after attending on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at about 5 p.m.
Submitted: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Looking for a haunted house that’s actually in a house? Look no further than the Hartford Jaycees Haunted House! The venue for this haunt epitomizes Halloween for me as it came complete with a terrifying tour through the woods and a creepy old 3 story house. The outdoor portion of this haunt took my group approximately 5 minutes to traverse and featured several spooky sets along the way along with a few classic scares. Be sure to keep your guard up at all times during the wooded tour as there are interesting distractions along the way that will momentarily grab your attention so that the real scare can catch you off guard. While the outdoor experience was more of a scare if you dare to walk-through variety the indoor experience was an interactive one featuring rooms with costumed actors that did an exceptional job of both entertaining me with their skits and creeping me out. The tour of the house started on the 3rd floor balcony and wound down through the house until it spit me out through a cellar door. The rooms and hallways throughout the house were absolutely crammed pack full of ghoulish goodies. Be sure to always look up, down and all around to ensure you catch all the great scares! (Particularly in the stairwells) All the sets were elaborately detailed with many them containing hidden room exits and secret passage ways between the rooms. Animatronics and special effects were plentiful and provided for some very unique visually stimulating experiences. Just about every room (…if not all…) contained an animatronic scare in it. The indoor portion of our tour took approximately 15 minutes to complete….for a total tour time of 20 minutes. This ranks the Hartford Jaycees Haunted House as the longest of the 8 haunted house tours I’ve taken this year!
he Hartford Jaycees Haunted House provides an exceptional balance of scares, ghoulishly gratifying visual treats and interactive entertainment making this haunt a fun Halloween destination for both kids and adults alike. The indoor waiting area complete with concession stand and movie room make this a howling good time regardless of the weather.