Welcome back everyone to HH365! As you can tell from the title, Our 2020 Haunt Reviews have begun! Like every year we started the year off on the right foot at Field Of Screams located in Mountville, PA just a few steps from Lancaster PA. There is a reason we visit Field of Screams first every year. And they continued the Tradition on a very very High Note!
Field of Screams is always on our Radar for all of the advancements they make from season to season. This year was no different. Just the fact that they were able to do what they did during a Pandemic is almost impossible. Our hats go off to the Ownership and Team for the spectacular work they put in this off season. Enough Bait, let's just jump into the review!
Before we start getting into the Attractions and everything Field of Screams has to offer. We want to take a minute to really reflect on what Covid-19 did to our Favorite Haunted Attractions. And how some Haunted Attractions punched Corona in the face and made people feel safe. There will be some Haunts that do that and others that will feel suspect. This will be a tough year for Halloween Haunts 365 and the Haunts as it will be very difficult to fully score Attractions. We know capacity will be down, this will make it tougher to score Scare factors. We know Actor Capacity will be down to keep up with Social Distancing. This will make Actors and Scenes very difficult to score. With all that being said, we will do our best to grade everything we see and try to not let this little bugger from interfering with what we love to do. Let us get to our review!
It was very bizarre walking up to Field of Screams from the parking lot this year. We had no idea what to expect and it was about 30 degrees colder then we were used to for our Opening Night. This did not stop the anticipation in my chest as we got closer and closer. Maybe it was due to I really did not believe we would have a season? Maybe I was just so Happy to hear the screams coming from the Midway. This Season felt different, but at the same time, Field of Screams feels like home.
As we entered the Midway, we noticed what we have not seen in a few months. People having a blast. From the Shops to the games everyone was having a great time. Screaming and running from Chainsaws to eating great food and playing hellish games. Field of Screams was buzzing.
The first thing we did when we arrived is what we always do. Check out one of the Coolest Haunt Stores we have. There is always a ton of new things every year and you can deck out your whole outfit with a Field of Screams ensemble. Pretty cool. Then, like every year before this one, we headed to our first Attraction. Haunted Hayride.
WOW! This review will be hard to put into words. But let us begin! This Hayride was out of this world this year. You can instantly feel the lack of Actors from the beginning, but it did not matter. The scenes they added and the rebuilds on the existing themes were amazing. The Pig house seemed more hectic then usual with missing Actors. How do you pull this off?? The futuristic house that made its debut last season feels completely re done. A great Hi Tech theme that adds charm to this hayride. I really enjoyed the brand new Chop House theme. Maybe it was my childhood on the Boardwalk trying to win free prizes out of claw machines and this brought me back to it but that theme was fantastic. This Hayride was out of control this year and I loved every second of it. I think we may be able to stamp it Hayride of the Year already. Lets get to the scoring.
Overall: No Surprise
After the Hayride, We headed over to Frightmare Asylum.
Always one of my Favorite Attractions year after year is Frightmare Asylum. This year was even better! The changes inside may be subtle, but you can really notice it right off the bat. This Attraction even seemed longer then usual! How do you manage to make that happen in the original space! Frightmare Asylum was outstanding for 2020 again. Every turn felt new. New smells, new scenes just really felt different this time around. Let us get to the scoring!
Next up for the evening, Den of Darkness!
Always one of my Favorite Attractions every year is even better then ever! Den of Darkness attacks all of your senses at once in almost every room. From the insanity when you first walk in to the unexpected slow times. The doll room looks completely re done and even more creepy if that was even possible! This Attraction also provided the first major movie scream out of the Fiancé for the season. She would tell you to keep an eye out in a certain room but I will not give up that information. I have one major complaint about the Den of Darkness. It will not effect scoring because it is more of a personal thing for me. But! My tiptoes in the tulips song is gone. Why? I loved that creepy ass theme. It was still creepy but my personal preference would be to keep including the Tip toes song. Oh well, let us get to the scoring!
Next up! Nocturnal Wasteland.
Nocturnal Wasteland. It is hard to put into words how to explain the change over time in this Attraction. When we first started this website, we enjoyed Nocturnal Wasteland but never really loved it. If you go back to our old reviews I think this is the only Attraction at Field of Screams that we ever scored lower then a Five-Star or Five-Bloodsplat. We have been able to watch this Attraction grow through out the years and for 2020. It made it. 2018 was a big Transformation but the last two years, with the final details being worked out, Nocturnal Wasteland is now our new Favorite Attraction at Field of Screams. Our Correspondent John visited opening weekend and when he told me his favorite attraction was Nocturnal Wasteland, I stood back. I said, "you hated that Attraction". He answered with "Oh I know, but now its easily my Favorite"! The Growth of this Attraction is like nothing we have ever seen in a Haunt. Every Step was outstanding and you can easily tell the time they spent on this walk through. Nocturnal Wasteland is Easily in the running for Attraction of the Year. If anything good came from the crazy year 2020, it was Nocturnal Wastelands growth. Let us get to the scoring.
What a night! We are so thankful for the team at Field of Screams. Thank you so much for an outstanding night out to your Haunted Attraction. You Masters of Horror really out did your selves this year! Here is the Overall for Field of Screams as a Whole!
Field of Screams is a must see Haunted Attraction. It is a stop every year for us and will continue to be because they never ever disappoint. Grab your tickets online and go see them Tonight!
One more type of review that we think may be important to some people will be how they are handling the Covid Protocols. I Hate Writing this but in 2020, it seems necessary. Field of Screams did a fantastic job with the Covid Safety Precautions. Security was on top of anyone not properly wearing a mask. You could smell the Sanitization mixed in with the fog. They are doing a great job spacing people out. This Haunt is Covid Safe. As safe as something can be during 2020. Another great shoutout to the Team at Field of Screams.
That is what we have for you today. We have another review coming shortly from a Haunt we have not yet been to so that is pretty exciting. Thank you for checking out our first review of the season but make sure you keep it here to HH365.com! Where Every Day Is Haunt Season!
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