I haven't been to Green Bay Fear in a few years, and in the years I've been away they went from a haunted house to a full blown haunted event! The house that is the staple of GB Fear is now the centerpiece of a carnival-type atmosphere. There's so much to see and do, it's really something to check out. You can just attend the haunted house itself, or you can go all out and go RIP. If you purchase the RIP admission you get the following: the Fast Pass, sitting by the RIP section by the fire with hot chocolate, live music, Zombie Paintball, the Odditorium, the walk in the haunted woods, and the house itself.
I spent the first few minutes walking around to just take it all in. I was greeted by a sweet, Southern old lady that had the gift of gab. After a few minutes, I realized that this Southern Bell was not a 'she' after all. Just another night at Green Bay Fear! There are multiple creatures and characters just roaming around the grounds. A scary looking clown was fun to watch as he patiently waited by the porta pottys. He wasn't waiting to get in, he was waiting for his victims to walk out. Probably a good thing that the innocent attendees relieved themselves just seconds before!
One thing that GB Fear has always embraced, almost to a fault, is the use of black lights and day-glo colors. Zombie Paintball continues the trend, with all sorts of glow in the dark targets for you to shoot at. I'm guessing there should have been a zombie to shoot at... hence the name. But when I was there, it was only stationary targets. You only get ten shots, so make them count! This took about 5 minutes to complete. The Odditorium is like a very old side-show museum that lets you look at multiple freaks of nature such as flesh eating beetles, a mummified cat, etc... We were there for about 10 minutes.
The RIP area is a nice place to sit, drink some hot chocolate, and listen to the live band. There was even a zombie girl who twirled around balls of fire on chains. It was very entertaining to watch! How long you're in the RIP area is up to you. There's a concessions stand, a gift shop, and even a shop that makes potions! The walk in the woods had us jumping left and right. It took about 10 minutes to get through the woods, and I didn't want it to end!
Being we had the Fast Pass, I didn't expect to wait in line for the house. Truth be told, we waited about 45 minutes. I think that's the first time I ever had to wait that long with a quick pass. Those without the Fast Pass were waiting between two and three hours! It was THAT busy. By the time we made it to the entrance, they were putting multiple groups through together to cut down on the long wait in line. The first thing I noticed once in the house is their continued use of black lights and glow paint. I loved how their lighting flickered and different things would appear depending on what type of lighting was on at the time. Being there was a lot of people in our group, there were only one or two times that I jumped. The sets are very detail orientated, and each one was different from the next. I thought at one point we were done with the haunt, as we were led outside. But after following the winding trail, we were led back into the house. All in all, it took about 20 minutes to make it through the house. By the time we left, several hours had flown by!
Signage / Visibility / Location
It's easy to find GB Fear, and it's at a great location off the highway. The parking lot attendees seemed like they had their hands full this night, and didn't bother to warn us that the old entrance to the woods is no longer in use. You now enter through the back side of the building. It was a little confusing to find where to get to the entrance...
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
GB Fear actors were walking around interacting and scaring as expected. There's a lot of ground to cover, so kudos to these actors on their feet all night.
As mentioned above, it was an extremely busy night for them... and the wait to get in the main haunt was rather long.
Sets Scenes / Props / FX
The actors all did a great job. There were multiple small children acting, and they did an excellent job as well!
For the most part, there weren't any issues with crowd control until it came to the haunt itself. It's a good thing when you have that many people attending your haunt. Hopefully in the coming weeks they are able to keep the lines moving at a steady pace.
Most Memorable Moment
Within a minute of walking onto the Fear grounds, a spider-looking monster came walking up to me on 4 legs. This thing was HUGE! I don't think I've ever seen a character like that before at a haunt!!!
Hands down, the best haunt in the Green Bay area. I was pleasantly surprised with all the different things they have recently added to it. If you haven't gone yet this year, make sure you do yourself a favor and face your Fear!