Massacre Mansion Haunted House:
establish the mood before you even entered the attraction, there
was a detailed castle facade that was accented with spooky
colored lighting. At the very top of the castle stood a
dragon prop that actually breathed fire. Upon entering the
haunted house, patrons had to traverse several scenes of
assorted themes, most of which were well detailed. I liked
the cave area with textured walls. Imbedded in the walls
were large stones that glowed under black light. Near the
end of the cave was a large animated bat with glowing eyes that
swooped down on the crowd. The picture hallway featured
visions of evil characters, along with a surprise or two.
In the dentist scene, a victim was strapped into the dentists'
chair, being tortured by the evil dentist. Other scenes
included an electrocution, toxic waste accident and a detailed
study. One of their effects I
enjoyed was called "claustrophobia". This was a pair of inflated
air bags that patrons had to squeeze their way through. It
really did give you a claustrophobic feeling!
Most haunted houses have a
spinning vortex tunnel, but this attraction had two, placed
back-to-back. Since both vortexes were spinning in
opposite directions, that really kept patrons off balance.
Throughout most of the
scenes, the actors were on target. Everyone stayed in
character. Some of them were more passive, while other
actors actively approached patrons, jumping out to get a scare.
To compliment the cast of actors, there were some nice high-end
animatronic props throughout the haunted house.
Haunted Express was a creepy hayrack ride through the woods.
The trip on the Haunted Express began as the hayrack entered the
graveyard, passing between two large stone pillars. From
there, it continued along a twisting path in the woods, were
scenes of assorted themes were set up. Some of the more
memorable areas included the electrocution, the UFO landing and
the detailed Egyptian scene. In many of the areas, actors
played out their parts, while others converged on the hayrack to
scare the patrons. Along with
the actors, there were also several animatronic props. My
favorite was the realistic Tyrannosaurus head with realistic
movements and sound effects. It seemed to be a crowd
favorite too, as that single animation
seemed to get the biggest
reaction from the people on the hayrack.
of Terror was also set in the woods; however, this was no
hayrack ride. Patrons had to walk through the dark woods,
making their way through by following the path laid-out by rope
stretched along both sides of the trail.
The tour began as patrons entered a Phantom of the Opera scene,
with the Phantom sitting at the organ and a great music
soundtrack playing in the background. Along the trail,
there were scenes set up with assorted themes. To enter
the Circus of Terror, patrons had to walk into a huge clown
mouth. Inside was some clown artwork on the walls that
glowed under black light, along with a couple of clown
characters who taunted patrons as they walked through. One
memorable scene featured an evil Santa Claus and another had an
evil Easter Bunny. I also enjoyed the pirate scene with
the huge wooden pirate ship and pier, with stacks of old wooden
barrels. With the various scenes, actors interacting with
the patrons and animatronics props, it was a very creepy walk
through the woods.
Kudos to the Spider Hill
group. They really put together a great event. This
attraction was a great value, especially for patrons who
purchased wrist bands, which allowed them to go through each
event an unlimited number of times in a single evening.
With all of the different activities and entertainment
available, Spider Hill has something for everyone. It's a
great family-friendly event and one that I highly recommend.
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