|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: The haunt was easy to find via google maps. There was a small popup tent with a sign out in front, and a parking lot across the street with halogen work lights illuminating the lot.
Wait Entertainment: Once you get your tickets and enter the 'real' line, there are a few few actors walking around and a video looping showing the 'history' of the haunt and it's location.
Length of Event: The haunt took our group of 4 about 15 minutes to complete.
Actor Performance: The first half of the haunt had actors who seemed almost lackluster in their performance - most of the actors in the first half relied on props/noisemakers/stalking for their scares.
I think the actors in the second half really made the event worthwhile. The 'wheel chair girl' and the little girls towards the end who wanted to be 'friends' were really good at their bits and seemed really into the spirit of the haunt.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Groups were allowed into the haunt based on the number in your group. Our group had 4 people in it and it seemed to be a good number of people in the group.
About 3/4 of the way through the haunt, a group of 2 caught up to our group and joined us for the remainder of the haunt. I don't think we were taking an usually long amount of time, so I can only assume the 2 ran through the haunt until we stopped them.
Appropriate Ages: Some areas of the haunt were rather graphic, and the actors at times were in-your-face trying to intimidate you. I'd say ages 14+
Props / Special FX: Props were used throughout - standard haunt items ( chainsaws/blades/noisemakers/pneumatics) were used. There were a few videos on display in some of the rooms, and the lighting/mood of some of the rooms was done really well.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make up were nicely done, but there were a number of actors in static masks ( masks that didn't move when the actors spoke ).
Summary: We originally had gone to the haunt Saturday night ( 10-15 ) around the middle of the night got in line. We waited approx 45 minutes before we got to the ticket counter, at which point we asked how long it was to the actual haunt. The wait was well over an hour and a half so we left and came back on Sunday night. I'm not complaining here on the long waits - that was to be expected as we get closer to Halloween, we just didn't have enough time to wait that long.
Sunday night ( 10-16 ) we arrived at 7 and there was a line already in place. It took about 20 minutes to get our tickets, then around another 10-15 minutes to get to the haunt entrance.
The entrance to the haunt was done really nicely - you watch a short video of a group entering the haunt with expected haunt results, then you are rushed into the haunt itself. The first half consisted of winding hallways/rooms that was nicely laid out, but lacking in any real scares. Maybe it was due to it being a Sunday and they were short staffed, but most of the rooms in the first half of the haunt had props in place, but no actors to use them.
Things improved in the second half of the haunt. Without giving too much away, the second half starts around the morgue area and there's a nice shock in the morgue by an actor. Leaving the morgue, you go through a 'tunnel' that's approx 4.5' high and winds through the dark. I'm 6'2" and kept banging my head on low hanging objects every so often in the tunnel, but it was a nice touch.
Just for sheer creepy factory, the best room in the haunt was in the basement. You go down a flight of stairs and enter a dimly lit hall way leading to a series of tiled rooms. The effects and lighting in the area, as well as the great creepy feeling of just being in the that part of the building itself really sold that room.
In one room an actor breaks up your group and allows 2 at a time ( it's easier for the ghouls to eat smaller portions ) to enter a maze. The maze was really well done with what looked like pallets as the walls which allowed you to kinda-not really look through them and did a great job of confusing you.
There's a hallway with cages and little girls that was done really well. In this area I think the little actors did a great job - scares by actors, I think this was one of the better places in the haunt.
Aside from the lack of actors at the start, my only real complaint is that the haunt ends rather abruptly. You exit a maze and go down a fully lit stairwell out onto the street - everyone in my group was kinda like 'Ok... it just ended?'
The haunt location itself, used to be a casket factory, so knowing that going in certainly adds to the creepy factor. The interior of the building ( not the sets or anything created for the haunt ) was really neat and gave off this great creepy vibe that stayed with you the entire haunt. It's just one of those buildings that you look at from the street and go 'yea, that's a haunted building.'
Overall it was a decent haunted house. Had we stayed on Saturday, I think the performances of the actors might have been better and the rooms might have actual performers in them, but on our trip, the second half of the haunt made up for the first. If you go, try and get there early in the night as the line moves slowly and the wait can be a long one.