Visibility / Location:
We arrived by GPS, but once you get close it's easy to find. Found on a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere you will see a lit sign near the entrance along with a field light illumining the ticket booth and snack shop, just behind that an emergency vehicle (owned by the haunt) with it's lights on.
Parking was in an open area adjacent to the haunt entrance and ticket booth. We went in the middle of the month and it was almost about half full, there were very few guests so I'm guessing this is combined parking with staff. It's a nice sized parcel. I don't know how full it gets Halloween week.
Waiting in the queue line there was no wait entertainment other than the rules scribbled out on the entire front wall next to the entrance. The Gatekeeper kind of disappeared behind the door as we approached. It was not till they were ready, then they opened the door and asked us go on in. There was a hand sticking out from the side behind the door. Once we got through the doorway I noticed it was the ticket taker behind a cell like opening requesting our tickets.
**Note: they are part of the State Line Haunts which offer a $2 discount when you present a ticket from a participating attraction.
LPR Score = 4.316
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The evening we went it was pouring, the rain had stopped when we arrived so there no other guests with us when we went in. Either people were waiting in their cars or more had arrived after us because we heard others screaming later maybe about half way through (not the actors) so it seems like there was a good flow of the place.
As we entered the first part I was really impressed with the concept. Our path was somewhat skinny and low ceilings which really was a first. My guess they might have been maybe six and a half feet tall, so that can add a little more terror if someone is truly claustrophobic. Where most all haunts have a high or no ceiling. Here we traversed the halls of the mental ward, doctors office and butcher. Actors were in cells wanting to get out or needing help. After visiting this section we experienced an outdoor area, these type of haunts are a favorite of mine. The haunted woods almost looked "hokey" with lit up bones and less scary decor. As we walked just into the area a panda bear around the corner was waving at us. Well, first impressions can be deceiving, and no spoilers here so we continued on to another building...
The next structure is more like a shack to break things up a little. Here it was populated by a couple of clowns, warning us about a stolen severed hand. We continued and entered the second building. This was more clown themed and decorated with UV paint on the walls, various imagery on plain black walls gave you a bit of Twilight Zone meets Limbo kind of feel. Minimal yet effective. Here we came to a creepy clown that welcomed us to his maze. This maze is bittersweet. The walls were compressive and the pathways are thin. This maze is completely dark, with the exception of ambient lighting from the outside sneaking into the cracks of the outside wall, which I had to deduct some of the time during our stay, because we ended up back at the begining. We turned around at some point near the end because I had heard the pounding of another actor baiting me (with creative dialogue) just on the other side of one of the walls I was following. Somehow we ended up with the first clown who looked surprised and informed in a clown like banter that we went the wrong way and had to try again.
After the maze we were back outside again, this time avoiding the undead. There were zombies coming out from all different spots and blind turns, we even had a fast moving one whiz by us at close proximity a few times. This outdoor graveyard / crypt scene was decorated pretty well and really captured the ambiance. There was only one thing that kind of killed it and it was the chatter of a staff members radio. but other than that it was a fantastic section to experience.
Back inside one last time we came across multiple other scenes broken up by long corridors. Many of them, with the exception of the morgue, were all behind walls with a cutout about four feet high. actors did a good job popping out of no where and at a fast pace with great timing. It felt like they were on display more like a museum exhibition. They were closed off sets, some of which had Plexiglas or chicken wire covering the opening. At some point they did come out behind you when you are unaware. It might have been too late or the scare was gone.
Hoppers has a long history at this location and seems to be changing it up and expanding. The pathway is long and well worth the money. It is mostly all actor driven in makeup which keeps a nice constant feel to it. Major props to the zombie infested woods. This area had scares coming from every angle and was fully populated with the right amount of actors.
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