I LOVED this one! We started out going into A Prairie Lodge to buy our tickets. That building is where the bar and bounce houses are. There was food available for purchase at the bar.
Once you buy tickets, you exit the building and turn right. There is a sign that points to the path to follow to get to the hay rack ride. It is a long trail between a couple of corn fields that takes you to a waiting area with picnic tables and a canopy.
A worker came up and greeted everyone and told us we could all load up for the hay rack ride. We climbed up a ladder attached to the trailer and took a seat on the wooden benches. We were given instructions to keep all body parts inside of the railing at all times and then we were off. We took a bumpy ride on a rough path and up and down some hills. We were dropped off near the entrance of the haunted forest.
There was a campfire, tiki torches and picnic tables. We walked up and entered a black plastic tent where another worker sat and talked to everyone until it was our turn to go in. She told my group of three and another group of three to go together. The other group said we could go in the front so we took our places and entered the forest.
Tiki torches and rope clearly marked the trail. It was NOT flat. There are a lot of uphill/downhill sections. There were rocks, leaves and what I'm assuming were acorns or something on the ground. Make sure you are wearing your walking shoes. Most of it was outside but there were some makeshift buildings along the way that were covered in black plastic.
There were all sorts of actors portraying different characters. There were generic characters as well as some actors playing characters from IT, Friday the 13th, Saw and The Ring. There were A LOT of actors with chainsaws. The actors focused mostly on the kids in our groups. I'm not convinced that the haunted forest is for all ages. Between all the walking and the scare factor being on the higher end I don't recommend this for little, little kids. I had a 12 y/o (almost 13) in my group and he had fun. There were kids younger than him and one adult in our groups who were scared and screaming almost the whole way through. The little kids would probably do better just hanging out inside and playing in the bounce houses.
When we got done walking through the forest we waited for just a few minutes before loading up on a different hay rack. An actor followed the scared adult aboard and gave her one last scare. He got out just before they put the ladder up. As we started to drive away he jumped up on the outside of the rails and rode along for a few minutes. We were taken to the parking lot and dropped off.
QC Haunted Forest is a blast and I highly recommend checking it out! There is some room for improvement in crowd control. Since my group was in the front the whole time it was fine. We offered to switch places with a group that had a very scared kid with them but they weren't sure that the front would be any better than the middle so they stayed where they were. The actors seemed to be doing a great job of entertaining the whole group regardless of how big it ended up becoming. Between the bar, the bounce houses and the haunted forest there is something for everyone and for all ages. It's fun for the whole family!
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