Please note: this review is for the 2014 season rather than the current season.
Submitted: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Green Bay Fear has been around long enough now where people pretty much know what they are going to get. In the recent years they've changed it up to where it's just as much of a twisted carnival and freaky side show as it is a haunted house. Walking up to the entrance and ticket booth is impressive, with their stone pillars lit up and big top atmosphere just beyond. Once on their grounds, it's almost a 'choose your own adventure' depending on where you want to go. Off to the left is the VIP area with a nice big bonfire and a local band braving the elements for your entertainment. Straight ahead is the very funny yet slightly unnerving Baron Von Geiger as the self proclaimed 'World's Strangest Strongman'. Right next to the baron is Mr. Jingles' Funhouse and next to that is the Odditorium. Off to your right is the Hillbilly Hallow Haunted Woods and then finally the haunted house itself. Oh yeah, there's also a Voodoo gift shop and food galore. Whew! You definitely get your money's worth at GB Fear, but certain events are only for the RIP (VIP upgrade). General admission will get you the haunted woods, the house, and all the fun happening in the courtyard.
The woods was particularly chilling on this dark and windy night. They do a great job of using lighted areas vs. pitch black where you strain to see your hands in front of your face. Being this was a Thursday, the woods was not as populated as it should have been. I'm sure on a hopping weekend they have it packed with all sorts of creatures. With that said, the actors that were in the woods were superb. It was a nice mix of scary and downright funny. One section had me a little disorientated being surrounded by Christmas trees, presents and tinsel. For me, the WORST part of Fall is knowing that Winter is right around the corner... and I was taken aback by what I was seeing. Then a young girl wearing pig-tails and footie pajamas came skipping by yelling 'NO MORE CHRISTMAS'! It gave a good laugh, and I couldn't agree more. So I skipped away with her.
The house has a grand entrance that's impressive as you walk up the steps and enter its wide doors. There are twists and turns throughout with great lighting and lots of glowing neon. You can purchase 3D glasses to really make the neon pop, but you don't need them to enjoy it. Although there were a few times I really jumped, most of the house was light on actors and more fun than scary. And that's ok, because the focus at Green Bay Fear is entertainment with some scares along the way. You can definitely make an entire night here!