The Niles crew did a
great job setting up this event (as usual). Even the walk from the midway
area to the Haunted House was impressive. Along this
dark winding path, you encounter many spooky scenes, eerie lighting
effects and lots of fog. With the multiple routes through
this attraction, you can go through many times and still see something new each
time. The affordable $4.00 admission for return trips through
the haunted house made it affordable to go through more than
once. I really enjoyed the scenes related to their new
theme "Pirates of the Scaribean". The
main scene related to the theme had everything from pirate
characters and barrels of "rum" to the ship's steering
and pirate flags, to simulate the deck of a
pirate ship. This scene was nicely detailed and very well
done. I enjoyed the scenes were the actors interacted with
the crowd. In some scenes, there was
no obvious exit and patrons couldn't continue until an effect
had been triggered. This way, patrons couldn't miss key special
effects and animatronics. It's refreshing to see a haunted attraction focus
on production value and a patron's enjoyment of the show,
instead of just being concerned with throughput.
Hayride is definitely entertaining and is a little tamer than
the Niles Haunted House, making it appropriate for Halloween
fans of all ages. Some of their best scenes remained from last
year's show. They also constructed new scenes this year (over 20 scenes total).
They constructed various themes like "Rippo" The
World's Largest Gorilla, the Cemetery, Indian Burial Grounds,
Earl's Eel Farm, etc. Most of the scenes had actors and/or
animated special effects. One of the scenes even hurled a
"body" at the customers on the hayrack! Throughout the
journey, there was a coordinated soundtrack and live announcer
to provide a story line for all the scenes.
Grim's Scary Tales is just as the name implies, a haunted
attraction with a fairy tale theme. Inside were various
take offs of many popular children's fairy tales... with a scary
twist. Inside this attraction you will find twisted
versions of fairy tales like the 3 Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty
and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. This isn't just
a leisurely stroll through the Enchanted Forest. You will
be confronted with some scary characters and a few surprises
along the way.
This attraction is filled with various spooky themes. You
through fog filled rooms, illuminated only by Tiki Torches and
you will also encounter rooms with various other themes, to keep
There were a few scenes with some great creepy fluorescent
"glowing" artwork with creepy spiders, a boiler room with barrels and a
glowing side show theme featuring creepy characters like evil
clowns, "Squid Boy", "Gorgo the Giant
Gorilla" and more.
This was really great! Sean's humorous dialog and
interaction with the crowd really made for an entertaining
show. With the
professional lighting sequences and synchronized music soundtrack,
they really put
together a professional production. Sean
performed several "supernatural" illusions. The
table levitation was remarkable and his other illusions were
equally as impressive. One of his tricks involved an audience
member picking a card, then placing it back in the middle of the
deck. The deck of cards was then placed on the ground and the
deck cut itself, revealing the same card the audience
member had picked! I don't want to give away too much of the
show, but it was a really amazing!
This huge outdoor maze really kept me guessing. Just when
I thought I knew where I was going, I hit another dead
end! There were a couple different sections of the maze,
the last of which being the most confusing. Many of the
had curtains hanging across them, but so did some of the walls.
This forced you to feel your way around to see if you were
walking into an opening or another wall . At one point,
you even had to crawl through
the back of a hearse to choose which direction you wanted to
go. I enjoyed the Field of Screams last year, but with
this years' enhancements, it was even more enjoyable! For
the time spent making your way through the maze, the
low admission price definitely made this attraction a great deal!
I have nothing but good things to say about the Niles Haunted
House Scream Park.
They provide some great entertainment at an affordable
price, while maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere. With
their multiple attractions and various midway activities, they
have something for everyone. I highly recommend this attraction.
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