Wicked Witch of the Midwest
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I used my GPS to get to this haunt so I was able to find it with no problems. There was a sign at the entrance that helped as well. The parking lot was easy to navigate and was right outside the front door. We parked quickly and found the entrance inside easily.
This year QC Haunted Forest really outdid themselves with their waiting area. When we first walked into the building there was a bar that sold drinks and popcorn. We grabbed some popcorn for while we were waiting and then walked back to the ticket area. There was scary music and loud thunder noises in this area that actually made me jump a few times. There was also a fog machine that made this area look even creepier! I also saw a photo booth when I was there but I didn't see anyone using it, probably because we had gotten there right when the haunt opened for the night.
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LPR Score = 4.201
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This was my only complaint with the entire haunt. When we got off the hayrack that brought us to the forest, the person that was at the entrance told us all to just go on through. He didn't break us off into the groups that we came with which meant that about 10 of us would all be going through at the same time. I was in the back of the line with my nephew and we are on the slower side, so we saw all of the scares before we even got to them! I ended up telling my nephew to just slow down so we wouldn't keep having all of the scares spoiled for us and by the time we reached the middle of the haunt we were alone and able to enjoy it.
After we purchased our tickets, we walked into an area that had a mad scientist. He led us into a small room with a tv screen that explained that we were in an experimental zone with wild animals and humans. Then, sirens started blaring and a garage door opened up revealing a hayrack that would lead us to the forest. Everyone got on it and we took about a 2 and a half minute ride to the entrance of the forest.
When we got to the forest, there were tiki torches lighting the path towards the entrance. When we got to the entrance, there was a man that explained the rules to us and then told us to just go on through. Every single person that had been on the hayrack had to go in at once. I had a group of 3 people and we decided to try and hang back somewhat so the scares wouldn't be ruined for us. It is just too hard to try to scare every single person when there are over 10 people going through the haunt at once.
The haunt was very spaced out with a lot of walking. Because of so many people walking through the haunt at once, my group missed out on many of the beginning scares because the actors were resetting when we walked through that area. Once we were able to break away from the rest of the group, the actors scared us really well! There was someone with a chainsaw that kept chasing after us and at one point he ran so close to us I thought he was going to knock me down with his chainsaw. We also entered an area that was zombie territory. My nephew loves zombies so he was excited for this part. The one zombie that was there did a great job of scaring him.
There was also a section with clowns and we had to pick between three doors. We chose the wrong one at first and one of the clowns helped us find our way out. Once we got past that part we entered an area that had people walking around in hazmat suits telling us to turn back because we didn't have our gear on. A few feet later was a mutated human creature that got all 3 of us in the group to jump! Then we went through another maze at the end with some very talented actors that made me scream. Once we reached the end, we hiked up a small incline and the hayrack was there to take us back to the building.
Overall, I thought QC Haunted Forest definitely did a great job in terms of wait entertainment and setting the mood to go out into the forest. The forest itself was also very well done and the actors got some great scares out of me. If the groups were spaced out better I think this could be an amazing attraction.
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