Visibility / Location:
The haunted house is located on a side street that was closed to traffic during the event. They had plenty of lit signage and props outside for us to recognize that it was a haunted house. Parking was available at a public park a couple of blocks away and there were hayrides being offered to guests between the parking lot and the show. There were signs at the parking lot, as well.
There was a cemetery display with fun names on the headstones near the waiting area. We saw a couple of costumed characters roaming around and scaring guests. They had music playing in the waiting area, as well. At the park where the parking lot was, there were also tables and concessions so visitors could get a snack while they waited.
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LPR Score = 2.567
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We did not run into any other groups and no one caught up with us. They did a great job of separating guests.
We got the rules of the house in a pretty room that had skeletons and coffins coming out of the walls and was lit colorfully. We walked down the path and found a possum and some farmer characters. As we walked by, they did a good job at startling us. We walked by a hearse, a cemetery and up to a doctor who was guarding the entrance to another portion of the haunt. He let us in and we immediately found a squishy floor and more characters that did a good job of startling us. We walked through an industrial medical lab, a dirty bathroom, and a beautiful witchy living room. We walked into a cave and into a sewer scene. There was a neat effect here that made the ceiling look like it was glowing. We found a demonic funeral scene and a room where it looked like their fog was changing colors. The clowns in this scene were very energetic.
We parked in town upon our arrival, so we missed the hayride to the haunt from the park. We decided to take the hayride through town to see what it was about and we were glad we did. We first stopped at the park to drop visitors off and pick new visitors up, and then the ride went through town where some of the houses were decked out nicely for the holiday. The ride also went through the cemetery, which was a pleasant surprise. It was a dark, chilly night and the ride through town and the cemetery was a nice, relaxing break from the norm.
We really enjoyed our visit to Downs Haunted House. The actors all did a great job of startling us and entertaining us. Their show is put together very well and there are a lot of different scenes packed into their walls. We saw a couple of effects that I hadn't seen done elsewhere that I was really impressed by. This was my first visit to Downs Haunted House and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this small-town production. I would recommend their show and I am looking forward to the opportunity to visit again!
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