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Google Maps is very accurate getting you to Fright Night in Forest City. It's a very small town and the only parking is street side parking. Even though Forest City is literally in the middle of nowhere, it's fairly easy to find. From just about any town, the drive to the haunt seems to add to the creepiness because there isn't much out there other than darkness. Even the friends that followed us there, thought we were taking them to some secluded area to face a violent death. It definitely added to the scare factor. They do have two locations for the 4 haunts, so if you stop at the wrong one they will send you over to the other where the ticket booth is. There really aren't any signs that say that. (Side note* Google Maps leads you to the correct location, but the direction we come from passes the other location and one might think that's where they need to start, but there is absolutely no parking at this location.)
While you're waiting for the shuttle to take you to the Skinner House, the Butcher is sure to send lots of chills down your spine. He's a big guy with a big knife. If you show any signs of fear, he's definitely going to make sure he haunts your dreams that night! They have some creepy music playing to add to the ambiance. At the Church, is the Witches Brew Cafe with tons of yummy treats and meals. Located within the cafe is a scary movie museum with some pretty cool memorabilia. At the Skinner House, there is a bonfire to keep warm while waiting and Jojo the clown will teach you how to twerk! There is also a food truck, but it wasn't open while we were there. I was a little disappointed to find out that they didn't have a photographer there this year, taking group photos and putting them on scary backgrounds.
$20 for 4 attractions
Camp Crystal Lake: 6 Minutes
The Trail / The Swamp: 6 Minutes
Skinner Barn: 4.5 Minutes
Dark Festival: 10 Minutes
LPR Score = 4.373
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It was opening weekend so there wasn't a very large crowd and we never ran into any other groups while in the haunts.
The night we went was armband night, so we were able to pay $20 to go through all 4 haunts as many times as we wanted. We enjoyed them all so much, we stayed til closing time to go through them as much as we could. This year they have shuttles to take you from one location to the other, which was a little disappointing from the previous years using a hayrack ride. We found out that the city put a stop to the hayrack. The Mayor of Forest City was even driving the shuttle. All the haunts were completely torn down and reconstructed this year. And they did a great job. Fright Night doesn't use all the crazy animatronics and digital effects like some of the modern haunted houses. They use good old fashioned scare tactics and people. The actors always do a phenomenal job of scaring the pants off of anyone they come into contact with. When you purchase your ticket, they will give you a sheet to pick your favorite haunt and favorite actors. Mostly all the actors are young and they give the winners awards. The haunt is a non-profit organization that benefits various youth programs and food banks in the area. They never disappoint and are definitely worth the drive to the middle of nowhere. They continue to improve year after year and I'm very excited to see what they will have in store for next year.
Camp Crystal Lake - This haunt is located next to the Church, which is the same area the ticket booth is in. We didn't stand in line very long at all. When you first go in, its pitch black and you have to feel your way through. Then you get to watch Jason Voorhees attack some victims. The actor that played Jason is very dead-on, no pun intended. He's big, scary and wielding a big knife. The victim attacks were very realistic and scary. I wish there would've been a little more activity going on in this haunt with Jason coming after the patrons versus us just watching him attack other people. But it was still very realistic and scary.
The Trail/Swamp - Short wait time in line and they had some very sneaky and scary characters in this one. Beware of the cuddly bunny in this one! My favorite parts are the ground changes, one minute you're walking on the normal grass and the next you're stepping in the swamp and you never know or can see where it is.
Skinner Barn - The best part about these old-fashioned haunts is being able to tell them the name of the most scared person in your group and they really give them something to be scared of. You hear creepy voices coming from everywhere screaming your name and saying they are coming to get you. There is a 10 foot tall creature that really can make you drop to your knees when he confronts you. You'll be ready to run out the exit on this haunt!
3D Dark Carnival - This is my favorite haunt at Fright Night. This year there were no 3D glasses given out, but with all the bright paint and black lights, the glasses weren't missed. Clowns. More Clowns. Clowns everywhere. Mr. Tickles stands in the darkness and all you can see is his outline. Until you get closer. All the actors in this haunt do an amazing job of throwing you off so you aren't sure where to turn or what door to go in. Then comes the 3D vortex. We were told that a man actually made this in his garage, though you would never know. It was very well constructed and you need to hold on tight or you will lose your balance, very awesome addition! Just about everyone I watched exit this haunt, ran out of it.
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