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This event is out in the country, so we traveled some dark and winding roads before we found a large sign that said "Fear Fest" at the entrance. The parking lot runs parallel to the road and we found a spot almost right away. We didn't have to walk far to the easily identifiable ticket window located in one of the barns on the property. Everything was clearly marked so there was no confusion on where to go.
We attended on a Sunday night, so we didn't wait long to get into any of the three attractions. There was a hearse and a fabricated coffin vehicle on display outside, and there were some visual art pieces to check out while waiting for admittance in the two buildings. The funhouse had ambient music playing in the waiting area.
$12.00 for each attraction or $30.00 for all attractions.
Hayride: 16 Minutes
Haunted Barn: 8 Minutes
Funhouse: 12 Minutes
LPR Score = 2.761
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This event is set up so that you can choose the order in which you visit each attraction, which is nice. We waited a few minutes for enough people to get onto the hayride before we departed into the woods. With a comfortable number of people on the wagons, we weren't crowded during out trip. We waited a couple of minutes to get into the Haunted Barn, and we got in earlier than expected because the girl in front of us chickened out when it was her turn. We did not run into any other groups in there. However, we did wait a while to get into the Funhouse and we still ran into the group ahead of us.
We chose to witness the Hayride first because neither of us had ever been on a haunted hayride and we were anxious to see how they worked. The effects started almost right away; such as flame throwers shooting fire in the air and something that made the entire tractor shake. The driver took us up and down hills and through winding trails where several scenes were lit up. We passed a saw mill, a cemetery, a circus area, and other various displays. Monsters were scattered throughout the scenes and I think a couple of them even followed the tractor the entire time. While there were a lot of typical "argh" and "rah" sounds emanating from the actors, they still managed to get almost everyone to jump or scream. Where their improv skills needed work, their energy made up for. I was impressed that they followed us all over the place and jumped up and off of the trailers. The hayride really was a good, old fashioned, spooky trip through the crunching leaves on a chilly October night. I loved it!
Second, we visited the Haunted Barn. We weaved in and out of pitch black hallways and brightly colored black light rooms. The floors were uneven enough to keep us on our toes and the various turns and twists kept us disoriented. The actors were hiding in some clever spots and there were a couple of loud startles that caught both of us off guard. The inside of the silo was so enchanting; I could have stayed in there all night. Overall, the haunted barn was reminiscent of an old fashioned haunted house filled with a few newer scares hidden inside. The actors were high-powered and right on time. We enjoyed our time spent in the Haunted Barn.
Lastly, we visited the Funhouse. We entered a seance chamber where we got to choose between a fortune telling and a Ouija board session. I chose the Ouija board and asked the spirits the normal question; "Is anyone there?" The planchette, which the actress and I had, immediately moved to "yes." The actress asked if I was moving it and I said no. I was pretty sure it was all part of the act and then I asked if we were going into a good haunted house. The board said "no" and the actress seemed legitimately shocked and she joked "I don't like these ghosts now." We laughed about it, I closed the session, and I walked away wondering if she was just a really good actress or if the planchette had just moved on its own volition. Either way, it was a good show.
We walked through a couple more rooms with some neat effects before we caught up to the group ahead of us in a carnival room. There were interactive games for everyone to partake in and winners got a prize. This room was my absolute favorite because I stated "I just want to jump into the ball pit" and the host clown pretty much said "Go for it." So I did. I had a freaking blast. Thank you, awesome clown.
Again, we caught up to the group ahead of us in a wax museum scene, which was full of classic horror movie figures. The tour guide asked us trivia questions and schooled us on the history of the characters. Again, the interaction in this scene was impressive. I got to actually hug my favorite scary movie villain of all time. Life goal achieved.
The Funhouse was an interactive show that kept us smiling all the way to the exit. The Haunted Barn was an old fashioned haunted house that had us clinging to each other's shirts so we didn't get lost in the dark. And the Hayride was a festive trip through the creepy woods on a dark and chilly night. If you are looking for a spooky and traditional good time with friends or family, this would be the place to go.
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