From the outside, the building looks like an old-fashioned funhouse; showcasing a painted stone facade and an iconic skull head hovering over the entrance. With that in mind, the haunt started off much like I expected; with dark hallways and black walls and an actress taunting us. She followed us through several scenes and made names for us that stuck with us the whole way through. A few minutes in, I was surprised that we were still finding scenes and scares. The further we got into the attraction, the more elaborate the show became.
The scenes were set up behind walls that had wide openings in them, so we could peak in. This style of room left lots of opportunities for actors to find hiding places. We passed by a plethora of different scenes; mostly rooms that can be found in a typical house. I was truly impressed with their spider room and the actress therein; the sensory startles near the spider room were outstanding. There were several attacks on our senses as we made our way through the halls and by the rooms. Spider webs, tricks of light, loud noises, and eerie voices had us all on edge.
Even farther into the haunt, we came to a doorway that led outside and we thought it might be the end. After a few scares outside, we were led back into the building for even more. We crept through some catacombs and we shuffled through a very dark and claustrophobic maze that had us confused and disoriented. After a second outside scare area, we found a couple of scary clowns that had to hold us back from a group of teenagers that had caught up to us and ran past us screaming. Which, by the way, I have never experienced that scenario inside of an attraction, and I have been to a few dozen. That's a true testament to the work of the actors and scenes inside of this event. They scared this group so much that they caught up to us and they were long gone by the time we found the exit. Well done, Hoppers crew. That was hysterical to witness.
When we finally reached the end, we were so incredibly pleased with the show that we had just experienced. The building was much larger than we assumed, the scenes and the lighting were attractive to the eye, and the acting was very well done. Hoppers Haunted House is like a spooky hidden treasure tucked away on the outskirts of Rockford. The show is suitable for a diverse crowd. My teenage daughter (who usually doesn't like haunted houses) and my friend and I (who are haunted house snobs) thoroughly enjoyed our time at Hoppers Haunted House and we are already talking about going back next year.
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