Visibility / Location:
Getting there was easy via Google Maps. We didn't experience any road signs but as you drive down the country road you can see a well-lit area with 3 carnival rides. When turning off the road you go down a gravel path with two scary props marking its entrance. We were in a low riding car and the fresh gravel was a little rough. After the path you enter a grass parking lot. Keeping the wet weather in mind, there was fresh hay laid down.
Walking to the event from the parking lot we didn't see a specific entrance. We walked into the ride area and saw a ticket booth we mistakenly took for the place to purchase tickets to get into the tent and the haunt event. We bought our carnival ride tickets there. I loved the carnival rides as they had ride operators pestering their "marks". One of the Ride Operators had fun scaring people about their safety and he would even get in a separate pod of the attraction, posing as a patron and would scream and shake the cage he was in. I was told by someone he likes to wear a clown mask to add to his fun. After this we wandered into an open tent. At the entrance you could see a face painter, food and a man selling T-Shirts for the haunted event. The back area is set up for events such as a band (I was told that at some point there will be a magician). We did not go when an act was playing. We didn't see signs for where you to purchase tickets. We went to a table by one exit of the enclosed tent. You purchased tickets and were able to purchase merchandise as well. After paying for your tickets you entered an open line and were directed to go to the ticket taking tent that was located in the back of the outside area. The line was outlined with department store mannequins and cation tape. As we waited we could hear the rides and some patrons outside of the line area, there was no music as there was no band booked for the weekday. The creepy mood escalated by the people riding the rides.
Haunt - $20
Hayride - $15
We walked through the haunt twice:
1st walk-through was 23.5 minutes
2nd walk-through was 13 minutes
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LPR Score = 3.723
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Due to the layout, we ended up running into other groups.
We had an interesting experience and walked through the attraction twice.
The first walk-through:
You entered an open area that is crowded by giant monkeys running around in the designated scene. We were lead into maze like hallways by these monkeys. Making our way through the paths, we entered different scenes. When you exited this layout you came out of an open cemetery and entered a decorated building. There was a cave area that blew me away with the creativity. It felt very realistic. At some point we entered another hallway like structure. The monkeys were there again but this time my brother and I got separated by the actors. I kept walking and found areas that I already walked through and got turned around by actors. There was a hallway that I went by a couple times that used a great effect with lights and smoke machines. I ended up running into another group who was also turned around. We both went our separate ways at that point, neither party knew the way. After a bit I ended up walking out of the fire exit by mistake and ended up back at the waiting area. I asked an employee about my position and she was unable to direct me on the right course. I went back into the event from the fire exit and ran into personnel who happily led me in the correct direction. I ended up passing the monkeys that I no longer trusted. I ended up unaccompanied as I made my way through the last part of the haunt. There was a scene with a cranky, diseased old man and a couple henchmen. With me being lost there was a lot of missed scares from the actors. I exited the haunt and missed an outside section in which I was able to go back through and fight off the monkeys while an actor held them off for me. After I was reunited with my brother we exited and walked past the carnival area and a gentleman on a cart that was in good spirits asked us to go through again. We did not mention our experience and definitely wanted a round two.
The second walk-through:
The beginning area was void of actors. I was able to take my time for a bit, there were areas in which actors tried to misdirect you again but I knew my way a little better. At one point we were in a hallway where 7+ actors had us in between them, both groups blocking the way and telling us to go in different directions. I did not like this as I knew not all of the actors belonged in that area (the makeup and costumes gave it away). The cave theme was cool to walk through again. As we walked through many actors were not prepared or masked. Some groups were talking and didn't realize we were patrons. I entered a small area that I believe I missed the first time. There was a skeleton girl who likes to pace around and give you a nice jump scare. The ending with the cranky man was strong and the red lighting added to the aggressive room.
Before we left we rode on a carnival ride. This place has a lot of potential and had a mixture of themes. I felt like there was a lack of management when it came to the younger actors. I will be back again to see how things progress.
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