Please note: this review is for the 2014 season rather than the current season.
by wm after attending on Friday, October 24, 2014 at about 9:30 p.m.
Submitted: Saturday, October 25, 2014
I’ve heard of the Feargrounds for many years. Lot’s of hype as one of the biggest and the best in Haunted Wisconsin. This year I would finally see for myself if could deliver on the promise of fear!.
The Morgan Manor is first, and it’s impressive. It was dimly lit, but you could tell there was defiantly attention to detail. The actors are definitely seasoned. They know just when to jump out or just what to say in your ear to get a scream every time. At one point there was a huge traffic jam with both groups in front of us and behind us. People in my group were separated unwillingly for the rest of this haunt. That added to the sense of terror, but to have that many people crammed together took away from the experience. Total time for this haunt was about 30 minutes.
Carnevil is next, and it has a great 'big top' look to it. Inside are some of the creepiest clowns I’ve ever seen. They were coming out of everywhere! There were no actual walls… just the canvas sides of the tent. They really use that to their advantage as you never really know where or when they will jump out. This haunt took about 10 minutes.
Blackout is the last attraction, and the most unique. I’m not going to go into what you have to do, but trust me… you have to rely on your senses heavily. Once you think you’re done, you have one last mindbender to grasp. Blackout: it’s not just a clever name! This haunt took about 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, in all three parts of the Wisconsin Feargrounds, we were running into people from groups both in front of us and behind us. Considering this Friday night was not crazy busy, I’m scratching my head as to why this kept happening in a seasoned haunt like the Fear Grounds. There were many great scares that we did not get to enjoy because the group before us was literally 5 feet in front of us over half the time. Sometimes this happens in haunts. That's when the actors need to go out of their way to delay some groups or keep them in rooms longer to put space between their visitors.
Even with the traffic jams, we highly enjoyed the Wisconsin Feargrounds. The actors and sets are top notch! If you haven't stopped here yet, or it's been a few years, it's definately worth the trip!
<h4>Signage / Visibility / Location</h4>
<div>Super easy to find. It's huge and lighted. </div>
<h4>Wait Area / Line Entertainment</h4>
<div>The wait line is very nice and covered. They have TV’s playing difference announcements before you enter the haunt, but I couldn’t tell what they were because I couldn’t hear the audio very well. There were a few actors in the wait area that did a good job of entertaining and getting a good scare here and there. We waited for about a half hour before being escorted into a holding pen. That was freaky enough but then one actor was literally climbing on the tops of these pens and hovering over you! After about 5 minutes, we were let out and our adventure started.</div>
<div>Each actor knew their part well and went above and beyond to deliver.</div>
<h4>Sets Scenes / Props / FX</h4>
<div>This is what sets the Wisconsin Fear Grounds appart from the rest. The sets are amazing!!!</div>
<div>For all three haunts, it was about 50 minutes total. </div>
<div>The only real complaint. Improving this will make all the difference in the world.</div>
<h4>Most Memorable Moment</h4>
<div>Blackout by a mile. I personally have never experienced anything like it before. </div>
One of the biggest and the best, and it's easy to see why!