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Please note: this review is for the 2015 season rather than the current season.
Submitted: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Thousands of visitors travel to Northern Wisconsin every year for the breathtaking views of the trees changing colors. However, travel up a desolate road not far from Hwy 41 in Oconto, and you will find something else in the woods that will take your breath away!
Located only 20 minutes north of Green Bay, your fears of what lurks in the woods, becomes real at the Trail of Terror, known as the longest haunted woods in Wisconsin. It wasn't until we traveled 2 miles on a small rural road that we saw the sign for the Trail of Terror glowing in the distance. We had not even parked our car, and ghouls were already on us! We found our way to the ticket booth by following the large glowing light of the bonfire. There is one option for purchasing tickets and you are given a glowing necklace (so the ghouls can track you) and a keepsake wristband that states "your tears bring us joy". There is no standing in a long line at this haunt, you can purchase several goodies from hot cocoa to nacho's while you warm yourself by the bonfire. While waiting for your name to be called, ghouls will stalk you and blood curdling screams can be heard coming from deep within the woods. The fear builds while you listen to the victims who have gone before you. Our name was finally called and we were joined with two other small groups along with a few "tour guides".
The moment you walk into the woods, the ghouls are are grasping for you and they try to warn you not to continue. Suddenly, a loud "bang" makes everyone jump and seek escape. The lengthy trail is only lit by a few flaming torches along the path, so there is no way to predict where the ghouls are lurking. Around several bends your group is sent without a guide into a horror filled scene.
The "minds" behind the Trail of Terror want you to feel frighteningly uncomfortable and they make certain that if the woods alone do not "terrorize" you, one of the many scenes or ghouls will! All of the ghouls were full of blood curdling energy and they will touch you, and I don't just mean a small "tap" on the shoulder. If you think you can hide behind someone and remain safe, you are wrong! At 30 minutes long, you begin to wonder if the horror will ever end. Just when we thought we were safe inside our vehicle, the horror continued! Since there are not multiple attractions at the Trail of Terror, all of the creativity and energy is focused on making the Haunted Woods a true masterpiece.