First off, although Frightmare is billed as a haunted house, it is more of a carnival funhouse than a typical haunt. In fact, it is held in an old carnival-style funhouse ride, of the type that one used to see at state fairs or carnivals in the 1970’s. The inside is decorated in neon colors that glow in the dark, and has several old-fashioned props that jump out at visitors. Thus, if you’re looking for serious scares, you won’t find them here, but that doesn’t mean that the haunt is not entertaining.
Frightmare changes the theme of the haunt every year and this year’s theme was “Twisted Tales”, which was a spin on various fairy tales and children’s stories. Inside there were scenes from Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, and others, as well as more generic scenes such as a doll room and a butcher shop.
The length and the layout of the haunt remain basically the same from year to year, but the props are sometimes shuffled around and made into different things. As mentioned, some of these pop out at visitors, but others are simply static, so the scare level is somewhat low.
There are also numerous actors inside the haunt that augment various scenes and pop out at visitors. Most are younger actors in makeup or masks as opposed to detailed prosthetics. Performances vary from clever to disinterested, and during this visit there were a couple of actors just standing around with their masks off. One even spoke with us to complain about the music he had to listen to over and over.
Overall, there is not a lot to see at Frightmare, but depending on the theme in a particular year, and depending on the number and quality of the actors it can be a fun experience. Again, not a scary one (except perhaps for younger children), but an enjoyable one. Quality does vary from year to year, though, and this year the quality was not the best.
Additionally, the $12 price for a 7 minute haunt is a bit steep, although there is a $2 off coupon on the haunt website, which brings the price down to $10. As mentioned, the quality does vary, sometimes on each visit, so one night may be better than another. Just remember when visiting that Frightmare is more on the “fun” side rather than the “scary” side so you know what kinds of things to expect.
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