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    Terror Behind the Walls 2018 Haunt Review

    Haunt:  Terror Behind the Walls

    Location: Philadelphia, PA

    Date: October, 2018

    Price: $45 GA / $65 VIP

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    Attractions:

    In the heart of the city of Brotherly Love, Eastern State Penitentiary has become a staple in the North East haunt scene. Having one of the most unique and creepy settings of all the haunts we’ve ever attended, this decommissioned prison transforms into an amusement park of horror. Once inside the prison walls, guests are led through a series of six haunted walkthroughs.

    The haunted attractions include:

      • Lockdown
      • Machine Shop
      • Infirmary
      • Blood Yard
      • Quarantine 4d
      • Breakout

    Spookiness:

    terror lockchixIn the roughly 60 minutes we spent walking through Terror Behind the Walls, we rarely were startled by what the walkthrough had up its sleeve. As a pillar in the haunt community, this attraction suffers from the sheer amount of guests. As a result, our group was constantly stumbling upon the group ahead of us. Normally we’d slow down our pace and let them move ahead, but with how busy Eastern State Penn is, there was always another group right on our tail. Each of the six attractions had a line to enter which helped this slightly, but each time we entered, the problem would arise again within five to ten minutes inside the haunt.

    On a positive note, their detail to set design and actor interaction was top notch. Each of their six walkthroughs felt unique & had portions where the set left our group astonished. Another aspect that’s worth noting is there touch policy. Wearing the glow-stick around your neck not only allows for the actors to touch you, but they have the ability to pull you from your group for something more intimately scarey. This happened to us several times and certainly added to our experience.

    Verdict:

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    Spooky season can be a busy and expensive time of the year. Is Terror Behind the Walls worth the price of admission? We aren’t so sure about that. Behind it’s venue’s ambiance & sheer size, this haunted attraction did not live up to its reputation. If anything, attend this haunt on a weekday night or early in the season where the crowds don’t overwhelm the attractions themselves.

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    13th Hour 2018 Haunt Review

     

    Haunt: 13th Hour

    Location: Wharton, NJ

    Date: October, 2018

    Price: $35 GA / $50 VIP

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    Attractions:

    Tucked away in an unsuspecting industrial complex in North Jersey lies 13th Hour. Boasting five 60-minute escape rooms that run year-round as well as a seasonal haunt, this location has crafted a world around the infamous Hayden Family to provide hours worth of scares. Special to October, their escape rooms even have sinister actors within them to heighten their scare factor!

    The haunted attractions include:

    • Two Floors of Fear – Journey back to the Hayden family residence and discover why they were not to be messed with
    • Dark Side Maze – Travel through the pitch black maze. But be warned – you are not alone

    Spookiness:

    13th Hour’s narrative is based around a murderous family who disappeared after a hurricane ravaged New Jersey. Two Floors of Fear has interwoven this story into the attraction which escalated quite nicely as guests traveled further inside the Hayden Compound. Each actor interaction furthered the narrative & provided a bevy of jump scares. For such a long haunt, 13th Hour did a great job of breaking it up into sections to prevent groups from clumping together in the walkthrough. We appreciate this greatly & feel like this can make or break most haunted houses.

    New for 2018, 13th Hour has added a dark maze. We’ve experienced dark mazes previously that felt like touch tunnels without much rhyme or reason. This was not the case. From the get go, each guest was given a glow stick necklace as a light source. However, after what we experienced, this wasn’t for guest use at all. This twenty minute blind walkthrough was disorienting, frantic, and creepy. By far one of our favorite attractions of the 2018 season.

    Verdict:

    The trip we took to 13th Hour last Sunday was absolutely worth it. We took on their “Dungeon” escape room, (review coming soon!) and braved both of their haunted attractions. We simply cannot wait to go back to take on their four other escapes.

    Additionally, they do a great job bringing the carnival atmosphere to an industrial complex parking lot. From monster selfie stations to boardwalk games to vendors selling themed treats – there’s enough to do even for the scaredy cats.

     

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    Field of Terror 2018 Haunt Review

     

    Haunt: Field of Terror

    Location: East Windsor, NJ

    Date: October, 2018

    Price: $40 GA / $65 VIP

     

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    Attractions:

    Field of Terror provides a setting ideal for a night a spooky activities. Based in a rural neighborhood of New Jersey, even the car ride to the haunts was creepy. After parking the car in a dark field, our group began to approach the bellowing screams. Instead of giving out tickets, the Field of Terror staff handed us colored tokens for each of their four attractions.

    The haunted attractions include:

    • Killer Kornfield – A lengthy trip through a spooky corn maze
    • Hayride to Terror Town – A journey on the back of a tractor to places you’ll never forget
    • House of Insanity – A disorientingly loud and bright walkthrough with full actor contact
    • The Unknown Barn – A dark & eerie experience through a haunted barn

    Spookiness:

    Between the four haunted attractions, some definitely felt spookier than others. While we felt that the hayride was more suitable for families and young children, the two haunted houses better achieved the a disorienting mess that we had hoped for. The Unknown Barn and House of Insanity felt very similar outside of the fact that the latter was full contact. Each had excellent use of lighting and smoke to disorient guests as they braced for their next jumpscare. Both ranged between 15-20 minutes of constant scares.

    That being said, Killer Kornfield was the true star of our evening at Field of Terror. This corn maze felt like it went on and on. Each scare uniquely varied from the next one. Traveling through a dilapidated boat to school buses full of zombies – scares were thrown at us from all angles. The only downside to this attraction was that we frequently caught up to the group ahead of us which is understandable for a walkthrough as lengthy as this one is.

    Verdict:

    While the overall experience at Field of Terror felt uneven, we greatly enjoyed our time at their establishment. If anything, the Killer Kornfield is a must do for the 2018 Halloween season. It’s vast layout and range of scares was one of the most memorable corn mazes we’ve experienced to date.

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    Brighton Asylum 2018 Haunt Review

     

    Haunt: Brighton Asylum

    Location: Passiac, NJ

    Date: September, 2018

    Price: $35.99 GA / $65.99 VIP

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    Attractions:

    Brighton Asylum offers a wide variety of activities that go well beyond their haunted walkthroughs. In addition to the haunts, the venue boasts two 60-minute escape adventures as well as two quicker 5-minute escape experiences.

    The full scope of haunted attractions include:

    • The Tunnel – Travel through elevator shafts formerly used to move the worst inmates
    • The Brighton Asylum – Explore the halls of the old asylum
    • The Bleeding Grounds – Visit the staff quarters of this decommissioned asylum.
    Spookiness:

    For a couple years now, Brighton Asylum has been one of our group’s go-to haunted attractions in New Jersey. Brighton has maintained a level of hauntedness achieved by very few attractions in this area. Their use of narrative, driven by set pieces and actor interaction, is more evident than most haunted houses we’ve visited. Every year they do a great job re-configuring guests travels through the asylum, while adding more scares with each annual visit. This keeps things varied and dynamic enough to keep us going back.

    Additionally, glow-stick necklaces are given out to guests that don’t mind a little contact during their stay. We appreciate the ability to have this as an option.

    New for 2018:

    For those who make it through the asylum, “The Bleeding Grounds” provide even more of a scare for 2018. Located on the 2nd floor, travel through the staff quarters of this spooky establishment & find out why this area finally allows for visitors.

     

    Verdict:

    While Brighton might not be the scariest attraction we’ve experienced, it is certainly worth its weight in screams. Between the three haunted walkthroughs, Brighton Asylum provides roughly an hour of terror for guests making it absolutely worth the admission price.

    For more 2018 Haunt Reviews, click here!

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    New Hope Haunted Train Review

    Location: New Hope, PA
    Date: October, 2017
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Price: $49 per ticket

     

    Each October, we put on our best autumn scarves and trek out to New Hope, PA for a day’s worth of seasonal activities. In 2017, we were excited to tack on a spookier experience to the trip with New Hope & Ivyland Railroad’s Haunted Halloween Train.

    new hope trainWith most of the town already transformed for the season through the decor of mums, pumpkins, and cobwebs on each corner, the train station was no different. As darkness fell, we arrived at the platform to find the scene set through different colored lighting amid life-sized skeletons and spiders. We purchased our tickets for our ride on the vintage locomotive through someone dressed up and already in character. Instead of tickets, we were given corpse tags.

    new hope trainOnce on the train, we were able to find our seats, purchase drinks, and get settled in as we braced ourselves for what was sure to be a trip out of the ordinary. As our journey began, the lights dimmed and flickered to darkness. Before we knew it, our train we riddled with creatures crawling, climbing, and creeping their way through the aisles and seats to interact with us. While the experience was not over-the-top scary, there were enough startling moments to get a good rise out of us and the entire ambiance really nailed a sort of creepy-fun Halloween experience.

    The trip built up to a moment where our train stopped as we came upon a scene of a man flipping an explosive switch to have us sent back to the station. The effects here were great and it was an awesome climax to our journey.

    As we arrived back at the station, we were funneled through one exit where the final surprise of the experience was a blacklight clown room complete with 3-D glasses.

    Once we made it through, we found ourselves where our night had began. We had survived.

    Verdict:

    While not a very scary haunt, this experience was enjoyable as it perfected a fun and creepy Halloween vibe. Between the decor and ambiance, the vintage train, and the actors in character and in costume, it felt like a classic haunted house! Being able to board the train in a town with so many other fall activities and given the chance to order some cocktails on our trip were definite pluses.

    New for 2018:

    This year’s experience has switched gears a bit theme-wise with “The Undead Speakeasy & Bootlegger Express”. Boasting an “undead gang serving up the deadliest embalming cocktails in town”, you’re warned that the crew does not take kindly to outside guests. The experience runs on select dates from 10/11 through Halloween.

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    Top 10 Most Anticipated Haunts of 2018

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    This fall, if you are looking for guidance as to where to find the best haunts and top scares, look no further. Below is your skeleton key to unlock our top ten most anticipated Halloween attractions. Not only does this list highlight the must-hit stops, but we will be updating it along the way as we traverse these this season.

    Bane Haunted House

    Address: 630 W Mount Pleasant Ave Livingston, New Jersey 07039

    Cost: $28 GA / $48 VIP

    Attractions: Haunted House & Escape Rooms

    Why We Are Excited: Bane takes the haunted walkthrough to the next level by playing on guests’ fears of being seperated, placed in confined spaces, and traveling in the darkness. Expect to traverse through handfuls of different sets and worlds while being forced to interact with (and sometimes escape) some boogeymen along the way. This experience allows for groups up to 3 to enter at the single time. But be warned, you might just do a portion of the haunt alone!

    Night of Terror at Creamy Acres

    Address: 448 Lincoln Mill Rd Mullica Hill, New Jersey 08062

    Cost: $35 GA / $60 VIP

    Attractions: Haunted Hayride, Haunted Corn Maze & 2 Haunted Houses

    Why We Are Excited: Night of Terror serves up both quality and quantity. The ratio of value to low price of admission is absurd at this haunt. Boasting several haunted houses and a haunted corn maze, the real star of the night is their hayride. The level of detail in their set pieces, actor makeup, as well as their use of animatronics is by far the best in the area. It’s become a staple to our spooky season as we’ve been attending it for years.

    13th Hour Haunted House

    Address: 105 West Dewey Ave Wharton, NJ

    Cost: $35 GA

    Attractions: 2 Floor Haunted House, 1 Dark Maze & 5 Escape Rooms

    Why We Are Excited: In the past, their highlight included a two-story haunted house, however, 13th Hour has taken thing to the next level by adding a dark maze which they’ve woven a narrative into. Paired with their set of five varied escape rooms, 13th Hour is certainly worth a day’s visit.

    Read our Review here!

    Brighton Asylum

    Address: 2 Brighton Ave Passaic, New Jersey 07055

    Cost: $35.99 GA / $65.99 VIP

    Attractions: 3 Haunted Houses & 2 Escape Rooms

    Why We Are Excited: Set in a creepy warehouse, Brighton Asylum is consistent with their level of horror. New to 2018, they’ve added The Bleeding Grounds portion to their repertoire. The LockChix are very excited to find out what’s next inside the Asylum.

    Read our Review here!

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Address: 2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia PA 19130

    Cost: $45 GA / $65 VIP

    Attractions: 6 Haunted Attractions

    Why We Are Excited: This haunted walkthrough is based within the remains of the Eastern State Penitentiary. With such a spooky setting, we are excited to see if this notorious haunt can live up to the hype.

    Read our Review here!

    Frightland

    Address: 309 Port Penn Road Middletown, DE 19709

    Cost: $40 GA / $60 VIP

    Attractions: 8 Haunted Attractions

    Why We Are Excited: A little ways away, Frightland promises to deliver some serious scares in some serious amounts. From attractions that range from Zombie Prison to Ravenwood Cemetery, the LockChix will find out if these frights are worth the trip.

    Scary Rotten Farms

    Address: 151 Brick Blvd., Brick Township, NJ 08723

    Cost: $40 GA / $50 VIP

    Attractions: 3 Haunted Attractions

    Why We Are Excited: Boasting a new Twisted Tales haunt, Scary Rotten Farms provides a multitude of frights for 2018. We are especially excited for what their “Blood Nights” have in store later in the month.

    Bates Motel

    Address: 1835 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342

    Cost: $40 GA / $70 VIP

    Attractions: 1 Haunted Hayride, 1 Haunted Corn Maze and 1 Haunted House

    Why We Are Excited: Based just outside of Philadelphia, Bates Motel boasts 3 haunted attractions that are sure to startle its victims. We are very excited to see just how scary their famous hayride is!

    Nightmare at Gravity Falls

    Address: 1005 Farmingdale Rd. Jackson, NJ

    Cost: $25 GA / $35 VIP

    Attractions: Haunted Walkthrough

    Why We Are Excited: This outdoor haunt promises a 35 minute experience for the reasonable price of just $25. New for 2018, they’ve added an Asylum scene which is sure to shake guests to their core.

    Field of Terror

    Address: 831 Windsor Perrineville Rd East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

    Cost: $40 GA / $65 VIP

    Attractions: 1 Haunted Hayride, 1 Haunted Corn Maze & 2 Haunted Houses

    Why We Are Excited: Field of Terror provides a varied array of haunts that appeal to most thrill-seekers. New to 2018, there is the Circus of Terror Paintball Wagon Hunt for those who want to shoot some monsters.

    Read our Review here!

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