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!