There are many activities to participate in during the month of October with all of the Halloween festivities, but one of my absolute favorites would have to be checking out the latest and greatest haunted attraction. There are a few that I visit on a regular basis, and then occasionally visit a new one if there has been enough buzz about it. I have 2 that I’ve favored for a few years with 1 new discovery and would like to share them today.
This weekend marks the ever so special Halloween Weekend! For me (and I’m sure it’s like this for the actors as well), Halloween weekend is like the Superbowl or Wrestlemania weekend for haunted houses. I’ve been to many before and during and it seems like during Halloween weekend, the scare factor is ramped up to the max! The Zombies have an extra hunger for Braaaaaiiiins, the Vampires are a little more bloody, the Werewolves are howling a little louder at the moon, and the Maniacs crank up the insanity. Sometimes, it’s just good fun to have somebody scare the pants off of you! 😀
1. The Factory of Terror (www.factoryofterror.net)
The fact that this haunt has the world record in The Guinness Book Of World Records for Longest Haunted House is reason enough to give it a look. I’ve got to be honest that this is the main reason why I was so interested in checking it out as well. Usually with something that is advertised to be MASSIVE or HUGE is alot of walking with nothing going on and/or poor quality in production. This was not the case with the FOT. There are TONS of actors throughout this haunt as well as many props including 3D Black lighting effects and a mirror maze! If you happen to need a breather during the haunt, there is a stopping point about half of the way through to rest, go to the bathroom, and purchase merchandise/refreshments. The staff were so ghoulishly kind enough to walk us through so I could snap a few pictures (the few photos you see are from the FOT). I made sure to be careful to not take TOO detailed pictures so that I don’t give any of the scares/props away so we’re good on that. In closing on this one, I have got to see it one more time and this is going to be my Saturday night fright place for Halloween weekend! I hope to see you here and be sure to say ‘hi’ if you see me there or tell them DiscoveringOhio.com sent you!
2. Dead Acres/The Haunted Hoochie (www.deadacres.com)
The name kind of lets you know what to expect from the start. This is a dirty, raunchy, graphic time with the crew from Pataskala, but is fun to the max. Word has it, they work hard to make you sick! I didn’t post any photos from this one because they are a little more on the risqué side that are alot more revealing… not something you would expect t see on a family site, eh? In all honesty though, this is my absolute favorite haunt, though. The costumes and the effects are top notch! The actors are VERY interactive with the “victims” which tends to make things a little more fun for everybody. This is one that we make sure to visit every year and I’m sure they’ll be on their baddest behavior this weekend.
3. The Ohio State Reformatory Haunted Prison Experience (www.hauntedx.com)
There is enough history in the prison alone that could make this a creepy experience, but add in the actors and the scenery that the Haunted X crew has placed in and you have an experience that nightmares are made of. You actually get to walk into the cell areas that happens to be eerily cool and dark. For me, just knowing you’re walking amongst ghosts is enough to make your skin crawl. If you’re looking for more of a real experience, then definitely check this one out!
In closing, all 3 of these haunts are worth the price of admission (ticket prices are in the $20 area). If you do decide to go, make sure that you’re a good sport and react to the actors. I simply cannot stand watching people who are cooler than words who simply will not do anything like they are to prove that they are the Brock Lesnar tough guy who isn’t afraid of the simulated horror of a haunted house. You’re there for entertainment purposes, so let the actors entertain you. Thanks for reading and I’d love to read about your experiences as well as suggestions for my 2012 Halloween Fun Run! Until next time…
Save Room 4 Love,
Brad (The Chatterbox)