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2018 Event Reviews

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Terror on the Fox

by majorXpsycho (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

Now in its 22nd season, Terror on the Fox has long been considered to be one of the top haunted attractions in Northeast Wisconsin. Although the haunted train ride and house have been a staple in Green Bay, each year they change significantly and continue to grow. They were recently acquisitioned by 13th floor entertainment (one of the more recognized names in the haunt industry) and I believe this has resulted in the tremendous growth. Last year, I felt there was too much “dead space” in the Slaughter house, but this year the Slaughter house was replaced entirely by Blackthorne cemetery. Blackthorne cemetery is a partially indoor, partially outdoor haunted attraction that mirrors a mausoleum and graveyard. Overall, this is a professional level haunted attraction and you are frightened from the moment you step on the train ride until you are running for your life to the Parking lot.

Terror on the Fox is located at the National Railroad Museum not far from the heart of Green Bay. It is a three part attraction including a long haunted train ride on an original double decker passenger train, Blackthorne Cemetery a partially indoor and outdoor haunted attraction and finally Hawthorne itself the main haunted house. The $25 tickets include all 3 attractions, but be aware the popularity of this attraction can cause lines to grow, so there is the option to purchase “fast pass” tickets for an extra $10.

New this year is the addition of the Blackthorne “cemetery” and the vision as you approach is just as grandiose as the Blackthorne house itself! We were a small group of 3 and were sent through both attractions by ourselves!! This is RARE at other attractions as typically they try to get as many people through at a time as possible. I am not sure if this is because it was a “slower night” (although it did not seem slow) or if this is a standard they are establishing for the entire year. Despite being earlier in the season, there was absolutely no lack of horrifying actors in the lines and throughout all attractions. There was never a moment throughout the cemetery that we were not being chased, followed or frightened. I typically do not frighten easy, but there were several point I let out a shriek.

The Blackthorne House is one that must be seen in person. There is never a dark “hallway” and the things that are awesome from years past they keep, while they replace everything else with something even more frightening and sometimes outright grotesque. One thing I noticed that added to the house this year was the music, I do not remember hearing it so clearly in the past, but the songs played just amplified the intensity of everything around you.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the total length of this attraction. My complaints in the past were always: a bit on the short side and the 1st attraction had too much “dead space”. This year the total length of just the cemetery and main house was over 30 minutes! A huge increase over last year and NO DEAD space (as it long boring dark hallways). A must do this year for all!

Signage / Visibility / Location


As long as you can figure out how to get to Broadway in Green Bay you can see the sign lit up in the street along with street crossing guides.
Tip: Go early, the ticket booth opens 30 minutes before they start. You can avoid longer lines and have better parking the earlier you go. It is right across the street from two hotels on Broadway in Green Bay.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Wait area is outside so be cautious of weather. Not a lot available to purchase the evening we attended. However, there were plenty of things to see and ghouls going about the lines.
Tip: When boarding the train, try to sit the closest to the exit doors (towards the middle) as you can. This is the order which you will stand in line, so if you are the first one's off you will have less time to wait.

Actors' Performance


Excellent performance by actors, never a moment they were caught off guard or out of place. Actors were flexible and engaged in some pretty interesting acts.
Tip: Actor's perform better when you get scared, refrain from rude comments and obnoxious jokes.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This is by far where TOFT surpasses others. This haunted attraction would be great even with the lights on! Scenes are very thought out, use of animatronics were limited ... but very appropriately used. The them seemed to flow nicely room to room and there were no long boring dark hallways.

Length


Length was just the right amount, took over 30 minutes just to get through the cemetery and the main house, this did not include the length of the train ride. All together, we arrive at 7:30 and left closer to 9pm.

Crowd Control


Excellent! They allowed our small group of 3 in alone and we never saw another group. We often run into the group ahead of us and end up with others, but you would have sworn we were the only ones there.

Most Memorable Moment


Our most memorable moment was an area where the laser lights are just at the right height where you can not see what lurks below. One of us even fell because they were scared. No injuries, just laughs after it was over.

Summary

Now in its 22nd season, Terror on the Fox manages to change significantly and continues to grow.

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Hill Has Eyes

by BrittanyAnnBula (Junior Review Crew Member) after attending on Monday, October 1, 2018 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Upon arrival you will immediately notice changes this year and BIG changes for sure. This caused great excitement right away. I was thinking to myself this is going to better than last year was great!!

We purchased fast pass tickets since rain was in the forecast and we drove a couple hours to attend. The fast pass tickets are nice for a few reasons: 1. You may enter the haunts at your leisure. 2. There are bonfires going and if you would like to take a break in between haunts you can; without the worry you will be waiting in longer lines. Score for fast passes!! In the ticket area there is a bar and a DJ playing. That’s a nice touch especially if it is a busy night. Also, upon purchasing your tickets you must sign a waiver. I can’t believe more haunts don’t make you do this.

Haunt 1 – Top Secret Containment
This short haunt had very limited actors, but those that they had were great. They put the effort in and keep role extremely well. This haunt started the night a bit disappointed. I was hoping that the Hill has Eyes would pick it up a little bit upon exiting the first haunt only within a few minutes of starting it.

Haunt 2 – Failed Escape
The passion these actors have to make you feel like you are some where you aren’t supposed to be is exactly how you feel while you make your way through. This dark passage was full of actors and kept you on your toes. When the use of all senses gets used it makes for a great experience. The shocks, the sense of smell (maybe it was just me and the muskiness in the props because of rain) the unknown and the known makes for an exciting haunt. Not much has changed since last year overall, but the fun, excitement and dedication from the actors makes for a great time.

Haunt 3 – Hunger Hollow
As you enter the meat locker you never know what to expect. Crazy murdering husband, disturbed butcher, a crazy campground and a satanic church. I would have to say this part of my favorite haunt of them all. This haunt is the longest and the best in my opinion. It’s very dark, you walk along a dimly lit path and you go through several well put together scenes. The details that go into planning each scene is top notch. The props they have along the path make you anticipate something that isn’t there, but then boom; out of nowhere when you least expect it!

Haunt 4 – Scare Lift
To get to the last haunt you must take the ski lift to get you to the top of the hill. No scares, just your everyday ride to the top.

Haunt 5 – CarniVore
This was full of twists, turns and running into walls and dead ends. As you make your way through the carnival maze you never really know which way to go. Go left, go right, nope go straight ahead. You enter these small rooms never knowing what is right behind the curtain, be on your toes and ready for anything. The suspense that someone will be in the room as you enter is the worse. The clowns will come out of nowhere…so beware these aren’t your everyday clowns!! The music and the actors really make you feel like you are lost in the big tent! This haunt is relatively short but, packs a huge punch. This makes the night complete and a great way to finish.

Plan to spend about an hour here once you get going through the haunts on a decent night; on a busy night I wouldn’t be surprised if the lines are a couple hours long. This is an AWESOME haunt for a GREAT price.

Overall if you have been here within the last couple years I would give it a few more years before coming back. The haunts are very similar to the years past. The actors really make this haunt what it is. They keep you on your toes and really stay in roll very well. They are dedicated to making your experience great. If you never been here it’s worth the drive for sure and if you are local you need to make a visit.

If you plan of visiting this year mud boots or great shoes is highly recommended. With the large amounts of rain there was a ton of mud and slippery paths. They did a great job by putting straw down to help the path, but there are still some pretty slick spots. Kinda adds a great touch to the whole experience that wasn’t planned or hoped for.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Using a GPS will take you right to the place. Upon leaving your vehicle you may feel lost. Fortunately, there are people directing you to the tent where you can purchase your tickets.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There is a DJ, fire pits and a bar. There aren't any characters, but the fire pit and the DJ are a great touch. The bar is an added bonus to those would would like to enjoy a drink or 2.

Actors' Performance


Top notch; they are great, stay in their roles well and put a ton of effort into their performance.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The scenes are great and the details are amazing. The lights and the sounds fit perfectly to the scenes. I love the decorations and the small touches they add to some scenes to put it over the top!

Length


Once you start the haunt plan for around an hour.

Crowd Control


They have plenty of people directing and over looking the crowds.

Most Memorable Moment


The sinking ground where we almost biffed it, the vortex tunnel when we were trapped or the shocking experience of the narrow hallway!

Summary

Overall always a great haunt, but not much has changed from last year. The price for this length of a haunt is great. Rumors have it a new haunt is coming so we shall wait and see. They are also talking about big changes since people are getting tired of stale haunts year after year. That is a great sign that they are listening to their customers!!

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Hill Has Eyes

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

I decided to check out Hill Has Eyes this year. It has been three years since I last reviewed this haunt, and was eager to see what they have done to change it up. I am going to preface this review by stating that if you visit Hill Has Eyes make sure you pay attention to the weather. I bought VIP tickets ahead of time, without looking at the weather, this was my biggest mistake! As soon as I pulled away from my house the rain started! The problem with buying your Hill Has Eyes tickets online is they are only valid that day. The majority of Hill Has Eye is outdoors, on a hill, walking on dirt trails. On any other night I would have loved this, but that night it was cold, rainy, and VERY slick due to all the mud you walk through. Of course this isn't the fault of the haunt, it's my fault for not checking the weather. I will say, if you are headed to Hill Has Eyes, wear shoes you don't care about, but make sure they have good grip!

This year Hill Has Eyes made a few changes. We arrived at the haunt and headed to the ticketing/waiting tent. The parking lot is quite a distance from the tent, and we were left on our own to try to figure out how we get from point A to point B. Well, we accidentally chose the path that led us to point C! We ended up at some bar, I'm still not sure where we went wrong, but we weren't the only ones to make this mistake. We decided to follow some people that at least looked like they knew where they were going, and finally we made it to the tent. I guess my second biggest mistake of the night was assuming it was going to be super busy like three years ago, so I bought VIP tickets ahead of time. Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was because it was so early in the season, but there wasn't very many people there waiting to get in. While you're waiting in line to get to the cashier, you have to sign a waiver. Please note, I never felt in danger while walking through the haunts (other than the muddy trails, and almost falling a few times!), I think these waivers are strictly for liability reasons. The waiting area is pretty great, there are no actors, but there is a DJ and a full bar for visitors. Because I was there as a reviewer I didn't visit the bar, thus I don't know how prices are. Three years ago I inquired, and beers were $3, so expect to pay at least that. Because we were VIP we were able to leave the waiting area right away and head towards the first haunt of four, "Containment". Three years ago the first haunt was called "Hooded", which was great, but they've unfortunately done away with that portion.

"Containment" was definitely my least favorite section of Hill Has Eyes. It was kind of short and too well lit. The theme was Military vs Hillbilly, with a few men in ghillie suits, and doctors. I think they were going for a contagion thing, but it was lost on me. Like I said, this section was short, and not that scary, we made it through in a matter of minutes and exited to an area with a bonfire and some porta potties. Luckily there were a few workers by the bonfire, as we started towards what we thought was the next haunt, we were redirected to the correct haunt, "Failed Escape".

If you read my review of Hill Has Eyes from three years ago, then just know, I could copy and pasted what I wrote then and it would still apply. Nothing really has changed in that three years. This haunt still has a backwoods theme, and freaks a plenty. Though this haunt was too familiar, the actors in this area were top notch. Again I was with a friend who teaches in the area, so a couple actors recognized him and broke character to greet him, however a couple used it as part of their act, calling him out at times! "Failed Escape" was significantly longer than "Containment", and a lot darker, which is always a plus! My favorite part of this haunt was a very short walkway that had strings hanging down. Sounds benign, but those strings give you a tiny zap if your skin touched them! I mentioned these shocking strings in my review a few years ago, but I stated that I couldn't tell if they were zapping us or giving us a prick. This year it was obvious, these things were zapping! It didn't hurt, but it was definitely a weird feeling, I love a haunt that makes me uncomfortable! We once again made it all the way through and exited at the bonfire. Next stop, "Hunger Hollow".

"Hunger Hollow" is another section that was there three years ago, and yet another section that I could have copy and pasted my review from my last visit. The theme still centers around a butcher shop that's using, wait for it... human meat! Nothing new here, really. Again the actors were awesome, I just wanted a different experience. Aside from the butcher stuff there is more back woods hillbillies and creeps. This section of Hill Has Eyes leads you to a satanic church that was pretty great! I enjoyed "Hunger Hollow", it was long and like I said, the actors did a fantastic job! As you reach the end of this section you make your way down a path that leads you to the ski lift, or "Scare Lift". The ski lift takes you to the final haunt, "CARNIvore". The ski lift was a little disappointing. The last time I was at Hill Has Eyes there were actors in clown suits on some of the other lift chairs that would shout at you and squirt you with squirt guns, this time, no actors at all, just a leisurely ride on a wet ski lift! Once you hit the top you make your way to "CARNIvore"

As you could have guessed, "CARNIvore" is a carnival themed haunt. This was arguably my favorite section of Hill Has Eyes. This haunt was not as long as the previous two, but I do love a carnival theme! The climax of this section is a VERY long maze that is almost exhausting! There is a spinning vortex that is always fun and disorienting, with an actress that was very good. The last time I was at Hill Has Eyes, the end of "CARNIvore" included a human puppet show. That was a real awesome way to end the experience, but for some reason they no longer do the show, I was a little disappointed. Again, the actors were top notch, and the whole experience, even without the puppet show, was great!

In all I thought Hill Has Eyes was okay. They didn't change much, and the things that did change, like the removal of the "hooded" section and the human puppet show, was a little disappointing. The actors in all four sections were excellent, and the bang for your buck, length wise is bar none, the best in the area. If you have never been to this haunt, I highly recommend it, if you have been to Hill Has Eyes in the past, well, you might be upset about the lack of change, theme wise. I'll go back in another three years, hopefully it'll be revamped a bit.

Signage / Visibility / Location


If you're using GPS, Hill Has Eyes is pretty easy to find. If you come from south, you might get told to exit on Rawson, which takes you to the road that Hill Has Eyes is on, only that road is closed! I had to turn around and ignore my GPS until is redirected me to another way in. The road you take is very dark, I had a hard time seeing where I was supposed to turn, but I made it!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The waiting area, though lacking actors, is great. There is a DJ spinning tunes, and a full bar (if you need to calm those nerves!).

Actors' Performance


From start to finish, the actors were awesome! I went with a friend that teaches in the area, so through him I learned that a lot of these actors are high school kids, they did a great job!!!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Hill Has Eyes is mostly walking through the woods, but the sets and props they have are great. Nothing really sees cheap or out of place. They really do a good job decorating for this haunt!

Length


This is were the ticket price makes sense. With the VIP tickets we were in and out in about 45 minutes, without I'd expect to spend upwards of 90 minutes. Compared to most haunts, this is the best haunt when considering price vs time in haunt.

Crowd Control


There were plenty of employees there to help out when needed.

Most Memorable Moment


Definitely the shocking walkway!

Summary

As a returning visitor, Hill Has Eyes was just okay. They didn't change much, and the elimination of some parts was a little disappointing. The actors were all excellent, and value of this haunt is amazing when you consider how long you are actually in the haunt. If you have never been to this haunt, I highly recommend it, if you have been to Hill Has Eyes in the past, well, you might be upset about the lack of change, theme wise.

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The Dark Side Haunted Adventure

by fallguy24 after attending on Friday, September 28, 2018 at about 7:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Low Fear Factor: Medium

Review

Ahhh, the Dark Side, I have had such a love/ hate relationship with this place through the years. Some years it's great, other years its bad. I go to easily 8-10 haunts a year and brought along 3 people who have never been there before, so let's get to it.

So they advertise 7 attractions now, it's a little misleading as the newest attraction is still broke down from last year when it was down. The ticket booth even said it was operational, this should've been a warning to the night that follows. Started out with the The Descent, a haunt that resembles a mine shaft, it's a short little fun haunt with a variety of scares and interactions.

Next was the hayride part of the journey, I have always told people that this was the main attraction of this place and the main reason to visit this haunt. This is where things got interesting, they cue their hayride to a soundtrack, that wasn't working at all. We probably drove a good 5 minutes with absolutely nothing to look at. Then we got stuck in the mud. The driver ran off and did not say a word to anybody, 30 minutes later he came back and told us another wagon was coming. 15 minutes go by and we finally see the new wagon come. I understand that things happen, but when their is no communication with your guests for 30 minutes stuck on a 40 degree night outside, that is poor customer service. A lady seated behind me even called their phone while we were stuck and the guy that answered had no idea they were even open that night. So we finally get going again and they had only 3 set pieces up this year (usually at least 7 or so from years past), and all of the special effects were not working. Very disappointing.

The next part was a haunted trail which was easily the best part, really an improvement over years past. Actors did a great job and it was quite long.

This little maze area was next, it was basically walking through doors until you found the one that went to the next area. Hardly can consider this an attraction.

The corn maze was next. Wasn't set up as a maze this year, more of a guided path through a cornfield with 2 actors in it.

The final part was the greenhouse haunted house, they should just redo this whole part, it's very lame, very short, and there was 1 actor inside. You basically look at plants as you go through. It has always been the weakest part of this haunt, and is a downer to end this huge scream park with.

Summary

The good- Actors did a great job, the haunted trail, we got a refund for being stranded.

The bad- The greenhouse, the maze, hayride(even without the mud incident), poor customer communication, train still isn't working after a year, yet they advertise it.

Overall it was a big letdown this year and I will probably take this off my rotation in the future until I hear better things again. Don't go if there is any rain at all during the week.

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Abandoned Haunted House Complex

by PaigeBerrier (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at about 7 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Abandoned was my first haunt of the season this year, and as always, it’s an amazing choice – this multi-haunt complex is consistently one of Wisconsin’s absolute bests! I know it’s the haunt I look forward to the most, because it is always so long, so detailed, and of course, so scary!

We arrived on opening night around 8:30PM, and having purchased our tickets + fastpass we were able to quickly get our physical tickets. Although it wasn’t a super crowded night, fastpasses at Abandoned are always a good idea, and the staff is awesome about making sure those who purchase them are able to very quickly enter the haunts. I would definitely recommend a fastpass for any Friday or Saturday night – you won’t regret it!

HYSTERIA –
Loud, aggressive, and dark, this haunt is my favorite from the complex. Several new scenes were featured including a cave and some scary voodoo-like props. In particular we enjoyed the distorted reality brought on by streams of lasers and smoke, and actors hiding in unexpected and down below places. Lots of awesome jump scares and acting in this haunt!

AMBUSH –
Tight walkways, twisting corridors and a constantly changing path are the hallmarks of this particular house. Beginning with some aggressive nuns, we were taken through several scenes, including an intensely creepy hospital (my favorite every year!). With such a long, intricate haunt there is something to scare everyone, although I did feel there could have been a few more actors down some of those tight hallways.

STALKER CORNFIELD –
This haunt is well thought out, with small interior scenes interrupting the eerily shifting and swaying corn. I thought these scenes were pretty unique, making topics that wouldn’t normally be scary (such as chickens and bees) into something out of a horror movie. One of my favorite elements of this haunt is watching an actor simply disappear into the corn – the anticipation of this haunt is really what makes it scary!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very visible from the highway, with lots of guides for parking and a clear ticket line. Very well organize and professional (as always)!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


N/A for us with fastpass (we zoomed through the lines!), but I did see plenty of actors wandering around entertaining the crowd.

Actors' Performance


Lots of great jump scares, a few humorous moments (which are always appreciated), and some people who understood the scariness that can come from silence. However, I did feel there could have been a little more actors in the haunts overall.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Absolutely amazing. This haunt is so intricate and detailed, with dozens of different scenes to capture any conceivable fear. Each year I am more and more impressed with the level of detail and creativity in the set design of the haunt.

Length


Each haunt takes 20 or more minutes to go through, so it’s nice and long!

Crowd Control


Very professional and well done; with staff extremely visible and law enforcement on hand.

Most Memorable Moment


I really enjoyed a particular subway car scene – no spoilers though!

Summary

Abandoned is a bargain with 3 intricate, heart-stopping haunts that will capture anyone’s worst fears. One of Wisconsin’s most legendary haunted houses; an absolute must go for anyone who is looking for a truly awesome, SCARY night!

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