I'm not the biggest fan of haunted mazes/places or freaky clowns or really anything to do with Halloween. This year we had our first Halloween party, I actually spent some money on a costume, and decided to conquer my fear of haunted things by going to Great America's Halloween Haunt. I think it's a good thing to scare yourself and challenge your idea of comfort every once in a while.
The price of admission was $32 and you had full access to the park from 7p-12a. Our friends were fully aware of my fears (I had confessed to them that as a child I was afraid of clowns, mall Santa Clauses and those stuffed animals that walk around amusement parks, and those were the nice ones! Yes, I know I'm weird!) so they decided to start with the less scary and go from there.
Club Blood had a decent sized line. The performers were decent and the make-up was well done. A few of them jumped out at me and it was a little scary- though I didn't show any fear. Apparently, if you react, they will follow you. They had some zombie (?) go-go dancers and that may have been cool but, they could never be go go dancers anywhere, dead or alive and that part was rushed since it was next to the exit. Might have been cool if it was an actual club. Good start because it wasn't scary. At. All.
Slaughterhouse: by far, the scariest one for me. The performers make-up was really well. A couple of them saw through my fake smiles and followed me through two rooms, RIGHT AT MY SHOULDER. I fake laughed, kind of a high pitched giggle, and this zombie took his ax, swung it above my head into the wall and let out a deep, loud HA HA HA. Ohmigodpleasedon'tletmepeemypantsandgetkilledbysomehiddenpsycho! In one part they put you through an inflated tube of a tunnel that barely let you through. I think at this time I was grabbing onto F's belt and silently (hopefully) praying that it would end soon.
Toy: pretty dull, not really scary and kinda corny. They had a couple of good scenes where these little kids (I wish they could be real kids instead of teenagers) behind a glass wall playing with something bloody. Other than that, nothing to note and I was grateful to get my bearings back after Slaughterhouse. It would definitely have been scarier with real kids but, I'm sure that violates child labor laws!
Cornstalkers: Really decent corn maze. I think that they did the best job with costumes because they really looked like cornstalks. I could hardly see where they were hiding and when they would jump out, so that was cool. They did a great job with the fog as well and in one part, you had to hold onto the person in front of you so you wouldn't get lost. Well, maybe you don't have to but, I felt the need ;p
Werewolf: Meh. Nothing special. They just walk around and shake a fence or two or bang on the walls. But, by this point, that's pretty boring. There was a guy with a chainsaw but, I heard it more than I saw it. I'd miss this one if I were you.
CARNevil: I have to just give this to you as I heard it. This was the clown one and in front of it there were a ton of all types of clowns in fake fog that would just jump out or follow you. I said, yeah....um no. Not going into this one, sorry. F said, so you're going to wait out here by yourself in fake fog with a bunch of clowns. Yes, I can see them coming and I think I learned how to fake it well enough by now. Thank GOD! Because they had a wall of clown heads and sold $1 3D glasses which made the maze super freaky. The gang loved it and thought it was the best of the park.
Was I mad I missed it? No. I was looking for an exit, suddenly a clown horn goes off in my face, I turn and see a clown THISCLOSE to my face. So, I smile and said hi. The next one snuck up on me and screamed at me to KISS MY BABY (which was a doll's head on a stick). So, no I'm not sorry and I think I conquered my fear of the clown!
If you want to go, here's some tips for you:
Buy your tickets at Costco ($25) or online (special discounts). Or else, pay anywhere from $32-$40 at the gate.
Don't go on the last weekend of October- super long lines, young punks drinking and puking everywhere and gang members or at least believable wannabes. Go on a weekday mid-October to take full advantage of it.
Park either across the street in the corporate complex or on the side street right before GA. Otherwise, prepare to pay $12.
Give yourself plenty of space or walk in front of your friends if you want a scarier experience.
Spend the buck for the 3D glasses in CARNevil.
Put all cash/IDs/phones in your pockets. Leave the purses at home.
Leave the cameras at home. They won't let you take pictures in the mazes.
Overall, it was entertaining. I wish we could've gotten there earlier because I wanted to go on rides. We couldn't because it was so packed.
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