Visibility / Location:
We used GPS to find the location. The attraction is located at the Santa Fe Landscaping and nursery. It stands alone in the middle of fields and there are no other properties around. They have large liquid storage containers all lit up on the inside and lights on the border of their entrance so it was easy to find and large flagged parking lot.
When you arrive and purchase your ticket at the inside office they direct you around the corner where you give your name and party size. Here is where they separate and place groups on a demand basis. There are two attractions The Zombie paintball hunt which is on a trailer and the Haunted Trail. Here you wait for your name to be called, while in the background music playing fitting of the Halloween season. To keep warm during chilly evenings there is a large fire pit, and a smaller one off to the side.
There are a few actors roaming the area like a well casted Frankenstein's monster and a sickly woman pushing around an old lady which provides a scare. There are a few photo ops in the area, goats to feed, and a small concessions booth. There is a corn cannon station where you can shoot corn cobs at targets at $1 per cob.
$15 - Haunted Terror Trail
$22 - Zombie Paintball Safari
$8 - Shooting Gallery (80 paintballs)
$43 - Zombie Paintball, Extra Paintballs, Terror Trail, and Shooting Gallery
$39 - Zombie Paintball, Extra Paintballs and Terror Trail.
$35 - Zombie Paintball and Terror Trail
They also offer group rates of 14 people or more
$19 - Zombie Paintball only
$23 - Zombie Paintball and Haunted trail
$37 - Zombie Paintball, Extra Paintballs, and Haunted Trail
Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.
LPR Score = 1.459
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Crowd control was provided by their guides, which lead you into and around the trail by light of their lantern. There was a group ahead of us but there was never a clash due to the controlled pace that was set.
We were led by our guide, the path was outlined by the rope light on the ground we first met with an impressive airplane crash scene, with a very effective jump scare. the actor all bloodied up from his injuries.
There to seemed to be a scene of a maniac cereal killer who keeps his victims close by. As we walked the path there is fencing shrouded in scrim so not to give too much away as you walk. The surrounding path has ambient lighting and scenic lighting so everything was lit well and all actors can be seen in just the right amount of light.
An oddly placed bed with a sleeping demon in the trail was just enough to loose your guard and kind of wonder WTF? This expected scare triggered amazingly well so I suppose it works. We came across a few clowns with a nicely done scare in plain sight. These are the most memorable.
Our guide stopped for the moment in front of a cabinet. So we're like "Ummmm.... ok.." we were presently surprised that that cabinet opened to reveal a laser swamp inside, and once again a well placed scare, (actually better than some big budget pro haunts) so nice job on this one. Around the corner a pig headed man had invited us "for dinner" so this can be taken any way you want, but I'm sure it's not the pleasant way you hoped. Walking to the butcher scene / chainsaw alley was another nice surprise to have in the middle of the experience and not at the end like most haunts. Both the butcher and pigface would walk slowly behind us for a bit till we turned a corner.
There were some other minor scenes in there mostly static small displays like the play area which helped break up the fencing laden pathway. Overall almost all the actors were wearing masks, unfortunately some of them did not fit to well on them which I believe were mostly children / teens. Their dialogue was non existent or limited to a few words which being repeated multiple times as we walked started to take us out of the experience. The scares and maze was more than I expected from visiting other trails or outdoor haunts and was impressed for my first time visit.
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