2021 Field of Screams Review With Grin!
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1. Fright Haven
Welcome back to Halloween Haunts 365.com! Today we start our 2021 Haunt Tour with our first review coming out of Fright Haven.
Fright Haven is a Non-Profit Indoor Haunted Attraction located in Stratford, Connecticut. Proceeds from the Attraction go right back into the Community. If you are in the area, or feel like a road trip. Head on up there and know it is for a good cause. The picture above was borrowed from their website. We will yell at our Review Team for the missed picture immediately. We have only been threatening to fire him for the past six years. Maybe this is the year..... Anyway. This review comes from our Correspondent out in the field. John. Let us see what John thought of Fright Haven for the First Review of the Season!
Welcome to the first review of Haunt season 2021!!! This trip over to Fright Haven was an extremely last-minute decision to visit since it’s one of the first few Haunts to open early. So, we took the three-hour drive to Connecticut, and it was worth it.
This year, Fright Haven added a new attraction named Witching hour which (no pun intended) was a lot better than the carnival attraction they had the year prior. Tickets here are $25 which honestly is very good for a Three Attraction Haunt, now let’s get into the attractions.
The next Attraction up is Wasteland. This attraction picks up right after Psycho Ward 13 ends and just like that one Wasteland is the same attraction as it was last year with some updated scenes and props. I do like this Attraction a lot more than the last one since this segment was a little longer and livelier. Wasteland is an Apocalypse based house and once again the main thing that really stuck with me is the Actors, they really took the throne this year. I would say walking through the attraction was about a 5–7-minute experience and it was worth it, I loved it. We think the props could use a little work in certain areas of this House. Overall, we enjoyed this walk through. Let us get to the scoring!
The new and last attraction that they have to offer is called Witching hour. This Attraction is about a family getting cursed by witches after a family moved into the witches’ home. Now this Attraction I really liked due to the fact that actors were allowed to touch you and it was their new Attraction. The lighting was perfect, but it was still easy to miss somethings cause of the lighting. The one thing that was lacking was the Actors, I remember only seeing a handful of them, but I would like to point the one actor out that followed me and my group from the start to the end of the attraction. He was really good for a few scares out of one of my friends. This attraction felt kind of long. Let us get to the scoring.
#2 Field of Screams
Welcome back to another edition of HH365! Today we have our second Haunt Review of the 2021 Season. We want to start of by thanking Field of Screams for the Hospitality shown to our group at their 2021 Media Night. The Field of Screams Media Night always kicks off our Haunt Tour every year.
This season marks Field of Screams 29th Season of Haunting. Located in Mountville, PA. Field of Scream always delivers. This is more then just a Haunted Attraction. This is a complete night our for the Family and the Hardcore Haunt Enthusiast. The team truly gives off a Family feel as you watch them interact with each other and the crowd. You can literally feel the love they all have for what they do and all their teammates and fans.
After that Amazing Hayride, we headed on over to Frightmare Asylum.
We are going to be honest with our fans for a minute. I can not sit here and tell you that Haunts all change so significantly year after year. A lot of them do not. There are some that we do not hit every season for this reason. One of the reasons why we always kick off our season off at Field of Screams is because you can instantly notice every change and how much work and time they pour into their Attractions. They went so hard on Frightmare Asylum that I would guestimate that 30 to 40 percent of that Haunt I did not recognize from March. With this being my 7th time through Frightmare Asylum and that much stands out as new to me. It is truly a testament to the team at FOS. It shows that they bank on change and upgrades to keep their Attractions fresh every year to keep that return customer. The freshness we see at FOS helps us get excited to go to more Haunts and see what others have added or changed. FOS shows the community that you do not have to rebuild or add an entire Attraction to make a difference every year. Lighting, slight prop move, Slight Actor blind changes can make a whole room of a walk through feel different. We do want to shout out an Actress inside. She was a "Nurse" holding a stapler trying to stitch you up after seeing the doctor. Her laugh was awesome and really added to the scene. Let us get to the scoring for Frightmare Asylum which could make it to the Finals for Attraction of the Year!
After Frightmare Asylum we headed towards Den of Darkness, I was super excited about this one this year.
During the offseason, I enjoy reaching out to Haunt Owners and finding out if there is any news they want to share of any tidbits coming up for their Upcoming season. I received an email from FOS talking heavily about deep changes to Den of Darkness. We were not disappointed! It is my opinion that Den of Darkness is one of the most detailed Attraction I have ever walked through. They had so many different scenes and props that really made me stop and check it out deeper while holding up the line. The changes to Den of Darkness really made it pop into my mind for my favorite of the night. This Attraction we feel is a must see Attraction for the 2021 season. Let us get to the scoring for the New and Improved Den of Darkness.
After being blown away by Den of Darkness, we almost forgot we have another Attraction to go through. We headed over to Nocturnal Wasteland.
It is no secret to anyone that follows our Reviews, I am not the biggest fan of Nocturnal Wasteland. Well, that quote is a thing of the past. I am saving my favorite Attraction for the YouTube/Podcast review coming. I will throw this little piece in though, Nocturnal Wasteland is very much in the running for my Favorite Attraction at FOS for 2021. As well as Attraction of the Year from HH365! WOW! I really cannot pin down what changes changed my mind but I really loved every second I was in there this season. You will literally not believe where you end up while walking this Outdoor Trail. Even with the Tesla Coil off, ::cough::::cough::. hmmm excuse me. Even with my favorite part of that Attraction not activated, I really enjoyed all that it had to offer. The only thing I will give up is to hold on in the last scene. I almost went down with my bigger frame. But! This Attraction was outstanding this year and it is tempting to go through again. Let us get to the Scoring for yet again another entry into Attraction of the year for HH365!
That wraps up our Attraction reviews for Field of Screams in 2021. We took a couple more pictures we want to share to show the Quality of this Haunt. Check them out and we will get to the FOS 2021 Final Score!
The final rating for Field of Screams 2021:
Field of Screams hit the biggest homerun we have seen in a while. It will take a massive undertaking to beat out what we got to see this season out of one of the best Haunted Attractions in the Country. Right now, FOS is the leader in the club house for all of our Awards for the season. This season is young, But it will take a Monumental show to break them out of Haunt of the Year 2021!
This review will look a little different from most of ours from the past. The staff at Reapers held a "No Photo" request of all the Media and we are more then happy to comply. They gave us amazing access to their Media Gallery to maybe even make it prettier! Now! On to the meat! Dead Meat!
Reapers Revenge invited us out to their 2021 Media Day. We were given an outstanding Behind the Scenes look into the magic that makes Reapers Revenge a World Class Haunted Attraction. It was a Fantastic day for us at HH365 as we were able to learn a ton and got to mingle with some of the Owners and Leadership team that really goes out of their way for their team and fans every year. A quick thank you to you all for some great insight into what it takes to build a Top Tier Haunt and what it takes to keep it running Year after Year.
Like we mentioned earlier, this will look a little different. We will usually post a picture of the entrance and then get into the review. We have a picture of all of the Attractions Reapers has to offer and then we will go into the reviews!
This year, Maybe it is too early in the season but Frightland had a different feel to it. A lot was missing. From missing rides to missing food games. Frightland seemed really empty for 2021. This could all just be a result of it being so early in the season as they had only opened the night before our visit. But at HH365, we report what we see. And that is what we clearly saw. Let us get to the 8 Attractions that Frightland has to offer.
TEMECULA TERROR 2021
Temecula has been a haven for attractions for many years and most notably for their coveted wineries. Located in the Inland Empire and sprawling with hillsides laced with windy roads, Temecula created an ideal palette for this year’s freshest horror attraction: Temecula Terror 2021.
Going in blindly to something new was exciting. Having no previous history or expectations, as well as venturing into territory that was more rural than most haunts I’ve experienced in the past, added to my anticipation.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by hosts at the check-in stand, who then guided me into a cemented tunnel of green lights and smoke. It was considered the entrance to Temecula Terror and I was so intrigued as to what was at the end of that cryptic tunnel. As I walked inside the tunnel, I was met with a sprinting character who appeared to be jester and clown-like. I already loved the mystery coupled with a jumpscare entrance prior to even entering the haunt. Definitely a nice touch!
Once at the end of the tunnel, I was able to grasp the layout and explore a bit prior to the official “opening” of the mazes and haunt attraction. To the right were vendor tents/booths, a stand and repeat sign that showcased the Temecula Terror logo for an optimal photo, food stands, as well as a single carnival ride. On the flip side was the entract to the hauntland, as well as three bars for cocktails. The most eye-catching part of the entrance was the giant devil with his mouth open as the gateway to enter and the signage that read: “Enter Here/Enter At Your Own Risk.” The art for the sign had a vintage carnival appeal and immediately piqued my curiosity.
Before the mazes/haunts opened, I ventured around to check out the vendors. Unfortunately, the vendors didn’t quite seem to meet the initial feel for a Halloween/haunt attraction and just seemed irrelevant. There was so much focus on contemporary/bohemian fashion/jewelry, which didn’t quite seem to fit the overall theme. However, there were food and drink vendors that more than made up for this, as there was a fun selection of tasty options.
There were a few core areas to snag a tasty drink, but the VIP Bar was definitely my favorite for premiere libations. Whiskey and rum were some of the strongsuited drinks, which were doppled with dry ice adding to a spooky vibe and almost cauldron-like.
Welcome back to another review for the 2021 season! This past Weekend we took a trip over to Jackson, NJ to go check out Nightmare at gravity hill and it was worth the trip. Tickets will run you $35 for the 45 minute trail and it was worth every dollar. Express passes will cost you $50, now let’s get into the attraction.
You start off by walking through a ghost town and it was honestly impressive how well the town looked and the actors were pretty good in this segment. One thing I noticed about this place is that a good part of it is walking along paths with black tarps but all the scenes your able to walk through and interact with is amazing. The Freddy Kruger scene and the theater scene are hands down my favorite, not to give too much away for the theater scene but the showing of jaws is the best showing of a movie ever. The Freddy scene was good but the 2 actors for the scene really brought the area alive. Besides that, your journey will take you through a voodoo shack, a butchery, and a decently sized cemetery. The things that really stuck with me was the scene, and actors just due to the fact that they went all out for the scenes and the actors were energetic and ruthless which really gave the place another bonus points in my book. The length was good as well it’s truly a 45 minute trail.
I definitely will be coming back here again to see what they improve on and add. For my first time here, this place made me want to come back next year. Thank you for reading!!!!!
Welcome back to another review for the 2021 season! This past Weekend we took a trip over to Maryland to go check out Bennetts Curse! It is one massive Attraction split into 4 different segments which are Inferno 3D, Underworld, Ravenbrook Asylum, and Legends of Halloween. Now one thing that had me scratching my head is how are you going to have a 3D haunt but charge people for the 3D glasses? The queue line was actually interesting it was a lot of neon paint. Now let’s get into the attractions…
What a Fantastic 2021. We look forward to growing with all of the Haunts in 2022. Stay Tuned to Halloween Haunts 365.com. Where every day is Haunt Season!