Monday, October 25, 2010

Castle of Fear

Last night we drove to Haverhill, MA to go to the Castle of Fear at Winnekenni Castle. This is our second time going in two years and this year, it definitely out-did itself. It was raining when we went last year so we were only able to go in the castle, in the 3D tunnel, and do laser tag but this year, we were able to do so much more!

First of all, this haunted house is much more than just a haunted house, it was more like a small carnival - complete with the smell of fried dough, carnival games, and a funhouse. We went into the castle first and it felt a lot longer and scarier than it was last year. Part of the fun of the castle is the anticipation you feel in all of the attractions. There are times when it seems like nothing is going to happen and, like a good psychological thriller, you're on edge the whole time just waiting for something to happen - which, it always does and results in a lot of screaming.

We then moved on to the "Treacherous Tunnel of Terror" (the people at Castle of Fear definitely win the award for best haunted house names) which was all 3D paint and black lights that made it really hard to tell the difference between real and fake. After that, we went to "The Vile Vertex of Vertigo", which we have been on before in another haunted house but it never fails to blow our minds with how weird it makes you feel. We're not exactly sure of the names of the last thing we went on but it was the typical carnival ride: the one where you stand up, spin around super fast, get stuck to the wall, and feel like you're going to throw up. It was pretty great to get to ride a summertime staple like that at the end of October. Oh! We also got to go on a ride that we were sure only existed in the movies - you'll have to go to see what we mean.

Even though the Castle of Fear wasn't the scariest haunted house we've ever been to or the largest, it was definitely worth going to - and yes, we did get spooked more than a few times. One of our favorite things about the castle and accompanying attractions was the fact that all the people working there seemed to have a great sense of humor about what they were doing. The whole idea of a haunted house is pretty ridiculous, so hearing the people laugh at us after scaring us half to death was pretty awesome.

We would definitely recommend going to the Castle of Fear - especially as a large group or with your family. There are a lot of things to do besides just going through the haunted house(s) and little kids would probably love it!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Barrett's Haunted Mansion

On this most recent Friday haunted house trip, we went to Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA. The line to get in was SO LONG and it felt like it took forever to get inside. It wasn’t bad, though, because they played the creepy parts from a bunch of different scary movies on this huge screen hanging from the tent over the line, so it was actually kind of cool standing there and seeing all different important scenes from movies we’ve seen and some we’ve never even heard of (which reminds us that we need to see Jacob's Ladder.) It also started raining when we were waiting, but, again, they have a tent you can stand under so the weather isn't really a problem. Also, there are tons of people dressed up walking in and out of the line scaring people, which helps to pass the time.

I just want to go out on a limb and say that even though we have only been to two haunted houses so far this year, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion was definitely the best. We went there once two years ago and I can’t remember it being as good as it was this year. Of course we’re not going to tell you what the rooms are like or what happens once inside, but we will tell you that if you can only go to one haunted house, this one should be the one you go to. The only drawback was that it felt like it was a really long wait for only a few minutes of actually being inside the place. However, it was so awesome and scary inside it that we think it was worth it. You know it’s a good place when the person in your group who never gets scared actually gets scared! We like to think that, at this point, we've become pretty familiar with the typical haunted house setups and tricks (and we still love them all) but there were some things in Barrett's Haunted Mansion that we've never seen before! It was definitely worth the trip to Abington and we're sure we'll be going back again and again to see the new things they add to the "mansion."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Factory of Terror

October is finally here, which means that we have begun our annual tour of as many haunted houses as we possibly can get to before Halloween! Our first trip this year was to a place we first went to two years ago, The Factory of Terror in Fall River, MA. We didn’t go to the Factory last year, and we weren’t sure what to expect because it was the first haunted house we ever went to and it is the one that kicked off our annual tradition. We didn’t know if it would seem less scary to us now that we’ve been to so many, or if it would be exactly the same as the first time we visited it. Either way, we were excited to finally start going to haunted houses again.

We went on a Friday night and the line was long, but it moved pretty quickly. There was a video outside to hold us over before we made it inside and once we did, there was another line to wait in. However, like I said, it moved pretty quickly and before we knew it, it was our turn. We are not going to give anything away, of course, but we both got really scared and had a lot of fun when we were in the Factory. There were so many different rooms to go through and even though there were some of the same things as the last time we went, there were also so many things that were new - or maybe we just couldn't remember that well.

We would definitely suggest going to The Factory of Terror because it's really well done and is actually really scary. It's also completely indoors (except waiting in the initial line to get in) which makes it perfect for rainy and cold nights. The best part of the Factory is the last room that you'll go through - it's the perfect mix of terror and confusion that seems to last for so long but only lasts for a little while. We don't want to ruin the "surprise" but we will say that the last room made us lose all track of time and space...which was crazy and awesome.

Using The Factory of Terror as our first haunted house of the "season" was a really good idea. It's a great place to go and it somehow always manages to make us fall or bruise. Our throats also got sore from screaming, which can't be anything but a good sign. We definitely recommend checking it out.