Please note: this review is for the 2013 season rather than the current season.
Submitted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I must be honest, when I learned that I would be reviewing a brand new haunt, I was a little concerned. It usually takes a few years for a haunt to hit its stride, so as you can guess, I went into The Haunt & Field of Terror with low expectations. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! Right away we were greeted by some of the most pleasant staff members of any haunt. We bought our tickets from the concessions area, which thankfully was selling some much-needed hot chocolate, and headed to to many fires that were there to warm you up. We warmed our bones beside the fire and then we were off! The Haunt & Field of Terror has two main attractions, a haunted house, and a haunted hayride. We opted for the house first, because the hay wagon was full at the time.
My biggest complaint with The Haunt & Field of Terror is the waiting. We waited in a short line for way too long. The time between groups was just too much. It was a cold night, so the wait was worse than it should be, but this is Wisconsin, and I was prepared for that! Once we got into the haunt I was surprised at how well it was put together. The haunt was a good mix of live actors, above average animatronics and still scenes. You can tell the Haunt did their homework, which I later learned was a good deal of on the fly suggestions, to make the house very entertaining. The actors in the house portion were fantastic. This is yet another area that can be lacking in first year haunts. Without the experience of auditioning actors, you can almost guarantee lazy, non-committed actors, but these guys and girls played their parts well, and made me jump quite a few times! My next issue with The Haunt & Field of Terror is the end was very anticlimactic. I'll explain why, but am going to remain vague, as I don't want to ruin anything for anyone. The big finish was played out for everyone in line to see, several times before you even enter the haunt. I would suggest that the folks at The Haunt & Field of Terror stop that ending from reaching the outside waiting area. We knew it was coming, and walked right past it, not surprised or startled at all. It would have been good, if we weren't anticipating it. In all, the house portion was better than average and I commend the people at The Haunt & Field of Terror for putting a good first year haunt on.
After the house, we walked over to the haunted hayride, and waited for the wagon to return. We were on pretty quick, but were sitting there idle for a good 20 minutes. I am not sure if the driver was on break, using one of the port-a-johns, or what, but we sat on the cold wagon, with exhaust blowing in our faces, and waited. After all that, the ride was just okay. Again, it was a colder than usual night, so it was less enjoyable than it could have been. The ride takes you through cornfields with scenes every so often. The scenes weren't much to speak of, but the actors out there were great fun. Not much acting took place, just a lot of jumping onto the sides of the wagon, and growling, but considering the cold weather, these guys were top notch! Hats off to them and their commitment to spooking! The ride seemed redundant after a while, as each scene wasn't too much different from the last one, it was the zombies and ghouls that made this ride worth it. They could have skipped the scenes all together and taken you on a dark ride through the fields and it would have possibly been more scary. The ride took about 20 minutes to complete.
In all, I give The Haunt & Field of Terror a good rating. Good upstart haunts are few and far between, The Haunt & Field of Terror showed me that they have all the potential in the world to grow and become one of southeastern Wisconsin's premier haunts. I can't wait to see what they do next year!