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Please note: this review is for the 2016 season rather than the current season.

Abandoned Haunted House Complex

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 7, 2016 at about 10:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Here it is, my yearly review of the Abandoned Haunted House Complex! A favorite year in and year out, I've attended and reviewed every year since it's inception. I've been marking the calendar for a year now, waiting and anticipating this season because I knew that brand new for this year they are introducing a haunted corn maze called Stalker! The best haunt in the area is adding an awesome corn maze?!?! It doesn't get any better than that! Well, we arrived at Abandoned and obviously got tickets to all three attractions. Oh, did I forget to mention that Abandoned has THREE attractions in one location? Well it does, two indoor and the aforementioned outdoor corn haunt.

Stalker
We were advised that we’d better check out Stalker first, as that one closes before the indoor haunts. Great, that’s what I was looking forward to; let’s get it done with right away! Stalker was, well, unsatisfying. It pains me so to write that, but it is true. The whole maze is pathways leading to little indoor staging areas. You’d walk a bit through the corn, then you enter a scene inside a built up shack. The scenes were great, but the walk through the corn was just plain boring. I don’t know if it was an off day, but I can count on one hand the number of times something jumped out of the corn at us. This was just disappointing; I was really looking forward to being spooked in the fields, not shacks. I really hope my experience is not typical, there is so much potential and I’m looking forward to the future and what they can do with this area.

Hysteria & Ambush
The indoor haunts were once again second to none. Both haunts must be purchased together, as one house leads right into the next, there is no separate wait line to get into each haunt. Both Hysteria and Ambush are classic long maze style haunts with amazing detail and sensory overloading effects. Both haunts are dark, and feature some amazing actors jumping out at you at just the right time. There are a few sections where interactions happen with actors. Some of the sets and props in these haunts are jaw dropping. I found myself asking myself “How did they get this in here?” and “How did they make that?” Abandoned once again steals the show with their attention to detail!

Signage / Visibility / Location


You can't miss it! Spot lights illuminate the sky, and it's unmissable from I94, as it's right on the frontage road.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is outdoors, so the night sky adds to the experience. Ghouls roam the premises keeping you entertained along with their giant movie screen showing videos.

Actors' Performance


The best in the business! No character breaking at the haunt!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Again, this place is the creme dela creme! No expense was spared in putting this haunt together!

Length


Stalker: 20 minutes
Hysteria & Ambush: 30 minutes

Crowd Control


The lines are well maintained, no issues.

Most Memorable Moment


Still that moment when I see that they got that one thing in there, and I can't believe it! Such a great scene/prop! (You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it!)

Summary

Year in and year out Abandoned proves to be the best haunt in the area. I would bet it's one of the best in the country. It's obvious that this place is run by people that love what they do, it shows all over their product. If you're planning on going to one haunt this season, you should make sure this is the one!

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December 13th, 2019 2:32 a.m. CST 11.0