Visibility / Location:
As I was driving along the main road, I saw a small sign stuck into the ground that read "Haunted Factory Parking". I could have easily missed it, had I not been looking for it. Larger signage that is more brightly lit would help tremendously with visibility. The building is also set back off the road quite a distance, which made it difficult to see in the dark; however, they did have a floodlight on and an emergency vehicle near the entrance with flashing lights, to help get your attention.
This event was held inside a towering old brick building. Originally a manufacturing plant for Heinz, Quaker Oats and General Foods, it has now been transformed into a haunted attraction to entertain the masses. Just the sight of this old, decrepit structure was enough to get my blood pumping. The wait entertainment, although minimal, continued once I was inside. The waiting room walls were adorned with evil clown artwork, which was glowing brightly under blacklight. In addition to that, there was a clown character who would occasionally walk the queue line area entertaining patrons.
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LPR Score = 4.550
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They spaced out customers appropriately. I didn't run into or see any other groups, although I did hear a few distant screams, as I walked through.
This event was held inside an old & decrepit brick factory building, which is the perfect backdrop for a haunted house. Throughout the attraction, they effectively used the natural elements of the building, with basic scenery added, to enhance the creepy atmosphere. To make the walk-through even more unnerving was the fact that there really wasn't much for lighting inside the attraction. All customers had to light the way was a single glow stick.
The tour began with my group climbing up a few flights of stairs, following a glowing trail of splatters on the steps. In the distance, there was an eerie clanking sound that got louder as we approached. In a small empty room, there was a silhouetted character swinging a real axe. As we watched, he chopped up glow sticks that were spread out all over the floor. He heard us, then looked up with a scowl and charged in our direction. His performance was quite unnerving.
From that point on, there were a number of simple scenes that customers had to make their way through. At various areas inside the haunted house, we had to go up and down more flights of stairs. Uncostumed security personnel were stationed at the bottom of each flight and while I realize this was required for safety purposes, it detracted from the mood that had previously been set in the attraction.
There were a few times when I walked into small rooms off the main path only to find that they were completely empty, with no actors present. Not sure if that was by design, but it was a bit confusing.
Anyway, the various scenes inside the house included a spider hallway, a small cemetery and a white strobe light maze. A couple of the more elaborate scenes were the corn maze and the asylum.
The "corn maze" was a fog-filled twisting path constructed of upright pallets. Real corn stalks were attached to the pallets to make it appear that you were walking through an indoor corn maze. Kudos to the designers for their ingenuity. As we walked through this area, a couple of actors "stalked" us from beginning to end.
The most elaborate area was the "Oak Hills Asylum". In addition to a creepy bathroom, the main portion of the asylum featured a long dimly-lit hallway, bordered by rows of cells. Behind one of the sets of bars was girl in a long white gown, who was babbling incoherent phrases and riddles. At the end of the hallway was another "resident" in a blood splattered white shirt who walked toward us, brandishing a large knife. I don't want to ruin anything, so I'll just say that the scene had a surprise ending that really took me off guard.
The creepiest area in the haunted house required no set dressing at all. It was a boiler room with large tanks and pipes that stretched out in all directions. The floor was wet and dripping water could be heard in the distance. It was a tight fit and I had to duck down in a couple of areas. At one point, I wondered if I had strayed off the normal customer path. I realized I had gone in the right direction when an actor stated, "you're almost done..." Unfortunately the ending was rather uneventful. Customers merely exited and continued down a very long walkway outside of the building that led out into the parking lot.
Overall, I had a great time going through The Haunted Factory. The creepiness of the building alone is worth the price of admission. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by. I look forward to seeing how this event evolves in the future.
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