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Please note: this review is for the 2013 season rather than the current season.

Mars Haunted House - CLOSED-

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 11, 2013 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

The Mars Haunted House has become my traditional first haunt of the year. The anticipation and energy outside Mars helps set the tone to
this haunt, and the Halloween season. Located on historic Mitchell you wait outside next to old buildings and hear about how what makes this haunt special; is it’s actually in a haunted building. The line entertainment is some of the best you can find. You’ll see a few creepy people, seeking out the meek and giving a good scare. Sometimes making them cringe or even run away. Which makes the entertaining wait go by fast.

Entering the old building really gives you the perfect uneasy feeling of entering a place inhabited by bad spirits. Mars starts you off in a dark room where you hear the story of the souls who haunt the building, continuing to set the tone. You’re sent down dark hallways and corridors making you feel lost and at the hands of the haunt. You come across some goulish scenes that are wonderfully created. The actors, for the most part jump out, yell or scream to give you a fright for the majority of the haunt. The actors gain intensity as you go through and interact more with dialog. The last few frights we encountered were amazingly acted. One girl was perfectly made up, energetic and pulled some ability that rivaled any actor I’ve encountered before. Her appearance came at a perfect time in a dizzying display of flashing lights and a maze of white bloody stained sheets. Leaving you with a pounding heart as you exit. Overall I once again enjoyed my Mars visit. It’s a unique setting, feel and a perfect way to kick off your Halloween season.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Easy to locate with a hearse used for signage. The line of people is always a dead give away you're in the right spot. 

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting area is outside on the sidewalk, so dress appropriately. The entertainment is great with various actors tormenting guests as you wait. 

Actors' Performance


For the most part I thought it was basic, with just yells or screams to make you jump. Though there was more interaction later as you went through and some good actors. The makeup and dialog was fantastic. 

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets you come across were wonderfully detailed and creepy. There's dark hallways to feel around and navigate. Some strobe lighting affect to disorient you. 

Length


Took about 10 minutes to walk through. 

Crowd Control


An opening narration starts off the haunt and works as a great crowd control. We could hear other haunt goers but never caught up to anyone. 

Most Memorable Moment


The part I remember most is the creepy actress we encountered that had some excellent wall climbing ability. 

Summary

This is one of my local favorites since the whole overall experience from moment you arrive is unique and fun. It isn't the scariest haunt I've been at, but it does give you the creeps. I've never left disappointed and will attend next year.

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October 26th, 2020 8:29 a.m. CDT 12.12