First, just to clarify, Nightmare from North Street is not an intense haunt, so if you’re looking for that kind of scare you won’t find it here. However, for those looking for some laughs and scares, Nightmare from North Street is a good place to go.
The haunt combines an outdoor part and an indoor part, which is somewhat unusual. The outdoor part makes good use of Santa’s Village itself, as visitors are led through the winding paths of the park by a guide. Visitors get to look around at the Santa’s Village scenery, much of which hasn’t changed since the 1960’s, so anyone who grew up going to Santa’s Village will feel some nostalgia.
As visitors walk, various live actors sneak up on them from multiple hiding places. The park is large and the walkways are wide (as opposed to rooms within a haunt that are limited in size), so visitors never know where actors will come from. They can literally come from all sides, and the actors during our visit had some very clever hiding places, including inside some of the smaller kiddie rides and along the sides of buildings.
While many of the actors are younger, there performances are solid, and they attempt to unnerve visitors rather than to actually scare them. Many of the younger actors play clowns that laugh and giggle as they follow alongside the visitors. There are also a few adult actors who make their presences known by dragging pipes or banging on garbage cans. They often follow along at a slight distance behind, giving visitors that feeling that they are being watched – because they are!
Following the trail, visitors wind up at the inside portion of the haunt, which is located in a large barn at the back of the Santa’s Village property. This portion of the haunt contains numerous scenes, some short dark portions, and a variety of actors, including a rather funny guy in a skeleton mask who led visitors through a strobe light/chain link fence area. He told some terrible jokes, but he knew they were terrible (and said so) – it was quite entertaining.
Many of the scenes were the typical ones found in haunts, but a couple stood out, including a nice twist on the standard cannibal scene that featured a diner “lunch” counter in front, complete with sassy waitress and bored customers, and the “kitchen” in the back, which was the cannibal butcher shop.
As mentioned, the scares are not intense or high, but the actors do go out of their way to try to surprise visitors (which they sometimes do). The scenes are varied enough, and there are some clever setups that one doesn’t always see. Nightmare from North Street would be a good place to take younger kids, or to bring the family. It’s a fun experience that just tries to entertain, which it succeeds at.
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