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2017 The Morgue - CLOSED Event Reviews


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Please note: this review is for the 2017 season rather than the current season.

The Morgue - CLOSED

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

The Morgue has been around long enough now that it's become a staple haunt in Northeast Wisconsin. One would assume that an old school, homemade haunt could not compete against the large, corporate haunts that are always advertised as 'the best'. Well... that will teach you to assume!

I've been to the Morgue at least a dozen times. The first several years it was the best kept secret in the Green Bay area. Most experiences were great, and a few were mediocre. For a while it seemed as though this haunt was stuck in a rut. It's been several years since I've last visited. Would this trip renew my love affair with the Morgue?

I’m thrilled to say that the Morgue did not disappoint! It’s everything that it was in the past with some great additions. The staples of the Morgue are still there: The ominous walk in the woods, the great wait area with a huge bonfire, and the unique ending. So what's different? Since I've last attended, a lot!

This haunt always starts off with a nice walk through the woods. One change that I noticed as soon as I drove in was the structure that you have to walk into to start your journey. Music was blaring, and several ominous figures hung out above the entrance. I assumed they would be moving to the music like they do at other haunts. These two gents did nothing of the sort! They just hung over you. Looking down on you as you waited and ultimately walked under them. Sometimes pointing, but mostly just staring you down. Kinda creepy! Once in the woods you start your dark journey to the bonfire that awaits. The woods seemed a little under staffed, but the those ghouls were excellent. This haunt can lay claim to the darkest woods walk by far!

After waiting by their fire and having a treat from the snack bar, it was our turn to make our way up to the house. Once you’re near the entrance, there’s was about a 10 minute wait to get in the front door. This is subtle, but brilliant. It gives you time to look around at the great props that they have out. It also gives you time to think about what you’re about to encounter. Once in the front door, you’re greeted by the Morgue Witch. Another staple of the community! She plays a quick video regarding the haunt as her white eyes stare into those that dare look back. Then, it’s time to begin your journey as you enter the elevator.

I’m not sure if the elevator was going up or down, but it sure was a rocky ride! As we exited the elevator it was complete darkness. This haunt is not for the faint at heart. It’s part obstacle course, part haunted house! Much of it is DARK. Each room was different from the last. There’s plenty of opportunities for them to scare the pants off you, and that’s just what they did.

Signage / Visibility / Location


It's very easy to find, with a big lit-up sign in front of the haunt. Lot's of parking in a open field.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The Morgue has one of the best wait areas in Wisconsin! There's a huge bonfire for those chilly nights, and a great concession area for food and drinks. No waiting in line here, they call you up to the haunt by groups 4. No waiting in line means you can go by the fire, the food stand, or anywhere else when you're waiting! They also have a fun live 'video game' you can play that triggers a scare upon an unknowing participant making their way through the Morgue! I did not see any actors in the wait area, but they did play videos/music on the side of building for those waiting.

Actors' Performance


They all did a great job this year!!! These are volunteers, and my hats off to them. Some jumped out right at the right time, others waited for you to pass before they made their move. Some screamed at us, others whispered in our ears. A haunt is only as good as their actors, and everyone went all out.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Many rooms were dark, but the rooms we could see were impressive. Rooms that I remember from previous visits, but are very impressive, are the funeral parlor and the kitchen! One thing to remember is that this is a HOMEMADE haunt. There were a few places where we tripped over things. Some spaces were very tight. A few times, we had no clue which direction to go. Like any haunted house, use caution but have fun!

Length


It took us about 25 minutes to make our way through the Morgue.

Crowd Control


They do a GREAT job at crowd control. Everything seems to be timed out perfect the way they call groups up.

Most Memorable Moment


There was a room that was so creative, I've never seen it before in a haunt. We walked from a very dark (pitch black) room into a room that was the exact opposite. So bright that we were squinting! The room was covered in a heavy, thick fog. The contrast was amazing. What awaits you in the fog? You’ll have to find out for yourself!

Summary

I have a soft spot for the Morgue. It's an old school haunt with homemade props and costumes. It's dark, spooky and creative. The price is old school as well! Cost of admission is a fraction of what you’d pay at some of the other local haunts. Checking out this haunt is a no-brainer, even zombies would agree!

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