For the first time in the four years I have attended Fright Night, the haunted church and the haunted house were both closed by order of the Fire Marshall. We were informed of this at the ticket counter. Knowing two of their most popular attractions were closed, I wondered how they were going to make up for it. Only one attraction (Alley of the Dolls) is located at the same location as where you purchase your tickets. When we went to get in line for this we were told to come back as the kids were being given a break. You must take a “hayrack” (aka trailer) ride over to the other side of town to visit the other attractions. En route, we were entertained by a boisterous, facially disfigured gal on the hunt for a new husband.
Trail of Terror/Zombie Laser Tag:
This is a new type of attraction for Fright Night. The two of us waited in line for almost 5 minutes though no one else seemed to be there. We did get to be privy to a rather personal conversation between the lady who punched our tickets and another volunteer.
Horror movie favorites are found here like Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, etc. There was a Salem Witch scene that I enjoyed that I wish was played on a bit more. I was confused when to use my laser gun. The scenes are random with a few zombies thrown in the mix for you to shoot at occasionally. Medium scare factor.
Barn of Madness and Mayhem:
This is right next to the Trail of Terror. It was also the shortest of all the attractions clocking in at 3 minutes. This attraction did have Michael Myers who is always a sure thing at freaking people out. And the actor who portrayed him did a great job. Overall though, it was just too short to really impress. Medium scare factor.
This is one of two attractions at Fright Night that really deserves some recognition. This is a 3D attraction (my first ever) and it did not disappoint. While our time in this attraction clocked in at 9 minutes, this may have been because the night was slow enough that Stinky Pinky and Mr. Tickles were able to really give us some extra special attention. While the jump out and scare me tactics are fun, I am a huge believer in great actors creating a great experience. Stinky Pinky (a transvestite clown) was our guide through the Carnival and absolutely made my night. Mr. Tickles is a man of few words, but good luck being prepared for him. Dark Carnival does a great job at throwing you off your game. You never know exactly where to go or what to do. The 3D effects are fun, but this attraction will owe its popularity and success to its actors. High scare factor.
Alley of the Dolls:
After taking the hayrack ride back to the main area, we were finally able to visit this haunt. I am going to admit that knowing this attraction was filled with kids I was not expecting….well….anything. Maybe feeling annoyed. Maybe being put off that these children were supposed to scare me. I.Was.Wrong.
You start by going through a short maze. At one point, we had to walk through two extremely foul smelling mattresses. Awesome! I guarantee having to deal with that will send many a patron into a small meltdown.
Then you come up to the Dolls. Perhaps growing up in Forest City and being a part of this community event is creating a breeding ground for the State of Illinois’ scariest kid actors. They controlled their haunt like seasoned professionals. Being asked by these masked Dolls to cover our eyes to “play a game” even sent a creepy shiver down my spine. Then they separated us. I was completely alone with 4 of these Dolls. I’m not the same person. Alley of the Dolls sets a very high bar. High scare factor.
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