Visibility / Location:
It was easy enough to find with GPS. The Halls of Madness is out in the country, which is a great setting for a haunted attraction like this. Near the entrance, there was an illuminated sign with red rotating light on top. As customers pulled into the driveway, they were directed by parking attendants with flashlights.
There was a character or two near the queue line, as well as a hearse with flashing lights from the inside. The naturally creepy ambience of the remote country locale added to the atmosphere. Also, the screams in the distance helped get customers in the mood for the event to come.
$10 slaughter farm , $7 Lucille's playground. Combo pass for both haunts $15
Free. With parking attendants.
Lucille's Playground: 7 Minutes
Slaughter Farm: 10 Minutes
LPR Score = 3.967
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This was done very well. They spaced out customers appropriately. We didn't run into or see any other groups.
This year the Halls of Madness was split into two different attractions. The main haunted house was called "Slaughter Farm" and the second, smaller attraction was "Lucille's Playground".
The first attraction that we were directed to was Lucille's Playground, which was directly inspired by the hit television series "The Walking Dead". In one of the first scenes, my group was greeted by a prominent character from the show. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't describe in detail what happened next. Let's just say that it was a very interactive and immersive scene for my group. From there, we continued on through numerous twisting paths in the woods, where we encountered a horde of zombies. One of them even crawled out of a shallow grave to attack us!
Slaughter Farm was the larger and more elaborate of the two haunts. This attraction also took advantage of the natural wooded backdrop, but it had a different theme. Instead of a zombie apocalypse, I would have to describe it as having a backwoods "Deliverance" type of feel.
As we walked along, we were kept on track by ropes that bordered the path, as well as makeshift walls created from pallets and pieces of plywood. The layout was such that the actors could follow us through without being seen, giving them ample opportunity to attack.
Along the trail, we periodically encountered small structures with narrow openings. Built from pallets and scraps of wood, some of these structures were like mini-scenes while others were merely tight hallways with sharp turns. Regardless, every time we walked through one of them, there was a surprise scare of some sort.
The attraction featured a cast of different characters including dark creatures in long trench coats and a variety of clowns. Some of the actors were interactive & funny, while some of the others were more menacing.
Overall I really enjoyed my visit to the Halls of Madness. It was very entertaining with some great scare spots. Be sure to check this one out this October!
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