Since Survival at Fort Dread kind of snuck up on the haunted attraction radar, I wasn't sure what to expect. There wasn't much hype or advertisement, and I was hoping to come across a hidden gem. Unfortunately that wasn't the case at this event.
First off, as soon as I arrived at the Haunted Trails parking lot, I wasn't sure where to go. There were signs for the haunt on the main building, but none of them gave me direction or where to purchase tickets. I had to ask around in the game center and was eventually able to purchase haunted house tickets at the concession stand. I was then instructed to go outside to a field on the Haunted Trails grounds, with several inflatable bouncy houses and slides. There was a ticket booth right there, and I inquired as to where the haunted house was. The girl in the booth pointed me to a pathway made out of orange construction fencing.
I followed this, and it stopped at an inflatable structure I assumed was another bouncy house. A worker who was standing near this structure informed me that this was the haunted house. He gave me a brief overview of the rules, and let me inside.
The haunt consisted of a few zigzag paths in complete darkness, separated by inflatable ghosts attached to the ceiling. These were the only sections that had any type of lighting. The actors in the house relied on popping out and screaming, but since it was so dark, I could not physically see any of them. I wish there was more to say about the house portion, but that's all that was there. Note that it was also completely inflatable.
After exiting the haunted house, you are left in an open field, with no barricades or signs directing you where to go next, but I saw accent lighting a distance away, so I followed that. When I was able to find the entrance to the trail, I was excited to see that it was moderately detailed. There was a campsite scene first, featuring a victim screaming for help from inside the tent. Afterwards you go on a short walk through a dark trail lit with accent lighting and few detailed scenes. Some of the scenes were a human bbq, giant spider layer, and hanging body bags. The actors on the trail relied on growling and following us through to the end of the trail, somewhat like a gathering hoard of zombies.
All in all, I wasn't thoroughly impressed with many aspects of Survival
at Fort Dread. The inflatable haunt didn't have anything to speak of beside a few inflatable ghosts. The trail had relatively detailed scenes in a spooky atmosphere, and if it was done correctly, could have been a decent show. But the lack of enthusiasm from the actors, along with the inflatable haunt and brief amount of time spent in each attraction, makes this event's $10 price tag a bit steep. Due to the low scare factor, this haunt would be appropriate for kids.
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