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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by MotelSixx View Post
    My worst experience was being part of the 1st group to walk through a haunt, and there was an actor that was walking toward the group proclaiming that he was in the group ahead of us, and lost his group, can he join ours?.... hmmmm this may work on future groups, but the FIRST group come on.
    Best exerience was a mistake. Walking a haunt in Canada, where you follow a red light on the wall that leads you. We got to the Michaels Myers 'room', which was pitch black, and the Halloween theme bouncing of the walls at 40 decibals. Red light kept cutting out, so we kept running circles around the place, it was pitch black and we were lost. After close to 5 minutes, a stagehand had to guide us out. The anticipation of Michael Myers coming out at any corner was scarier than ever encountering him.
    That's a shame about the actor's timing, because that's a great idea!

    By any chance, was the red light haunt in Niagara Falls, just off the main drag? It sounds like one my husband visited many years ago which he described as being dark except for a red light.

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    My peeve is the overuse of anything in the houses.
    After 2nd banged trash can or plywood panel, my dog doesn't even jump anymore. Times it by 6 bangers, in 5 houses and whoohoo we're having fun now...
    Ditto with jumping out and yelling.
    Too dark for people to see anything interesting (or too cheap to have anything interesting), hang 20 bags of rags from the ceiling of the path to walk into, that should panic anyone.
    More than 2 drop panels in a house and I say they are charging too much for admission.
    I have a camera that doesn't require flash to get an okay picture in low light. I found some of the houses were decorated nicely, but we couldn't see it while in them. Pictures told us later what we had been unable to see. Part of this comes from bright lights at the entrance to the house.
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  3. #33
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    @ Minakitty I am pretty sure they are talking about clifton hill in the falls. its been a while since I have been to the canadian side of the falls

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    I went to a haunt a few years back and the last room had 2 gas chainsaws going,inside the building! We could barely breath because of the exhaust fumes. A different haunt we go to every year the person at the end of the line asked us how we liked it. I told her that it was to dark. The scenery and props they had were good but you couln't see good enough. The following year it was lit a lot better. She listened to our complaint and done something about it, which I thought was cool.

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    My pet peeve has always been the haunts that mistake 'startled' for 'scared'. You wanna jump out at me from behind the corner? Sure, you might startle me for a second but then what? Someone else jumps out? Sorry, but it's already getting old. If you really want to scare me, convince me that really is a corpse walking around, or an evil spirit is lurking and poised to strike, whatever.

    Playing music at dance club volumes with constant over the top yelling and jumping out just isn't scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k k View Post
    oh what a great thread. I absolutely can't stand chainsaws, they are so played out and so loud - i have hearing loss and tinnitus and the last thing i need is a dude with a chainsaw 3 feet from my ears. when you operate a chainsaw you're supposed to wear hearing protection, that's the primary reason i wear earplugs to haunted houses, but i really wish i didn't have to
    This exactly. I have tinnitus as well but I'm on the opposite end as you. I had my hearing checked and the doctor told me I have the hearing of 5 year old LOL So loud noises really seem to bother me a bit more from time to time. I have absolutely grown to hate the chainsaws. I find them useless. Too loud and not scary. I run from them because I don't want the noise near my ears not because they are actually scaring me. In the past I have not worn my earplugs to a Haunt but this year, if I go to one, I definitely will. I doubt we will go to a commercial haunt this year though as the prices are crazy.

    I guess that would be my biggest peeve ... the steadily increasing prices. The four main haunts around me, which all have good reputations, have become quite pricey. Price ranges from $25.00 to $39.00. Guess we'll be passing on those this year.

    I would love to go to haunted corn maze but don't know of any around my way ( lower Dutchess county NY ).

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    I hate those corridors where you have to squeeze between two air-filled walls of canvas/nylon type stuff. It's not scary, and it's just gross. I don't want to push my face through dirty canvas after who knows how many people carrying who knows what germs. One time I went through one on a rainy night, and part of it was WET! Yuck.
    Maybe it was interesting the first time, but now EVERY SINGLE haunted house has one of those.

    I don't mind dark areas as long as it's not the whole haunted house and as long as there is something going on. I've been to some haunted houses with a long dark maze or corridor where there is nothing happening. Or maybe they have some threads hanging down every once in a while, or a few "corpses" hanging from the ceiling that you have to walk through, but no actors, no animatronics or anything happening. It's just boring.

    I guess I've been lucky that I never went through one with a "conga line", they always take one group at a time or maybe two groups if they are very small groups.

    I don't have a problem with a chainsaw if it's used in an interesting way, but it seems like all the haunted houses now have a guy chasing you out the door with one at the end. I do not find that scary at all, and I just walk out at a normal pace.


    Quote Originally Posted by Halloween Scream View Post
    No mystery, and I wasn't scared once, well once, when I was walking between mazes through fake fog so thick I smashed into another guest and thought I broke my nose.
    I went to a haunted house like that once. The first segment of it was a fog-filled maze. They had green lights so the fog was green, but it was so thick you could put up your hand and not see it. We got lost in there for a while because we just could not figure out where we were supposed to go. And it wasn't a scary sort of 'lost', it was a boring sort because they had no actors or sounds or anything, just the fog and IIRC annoying loud music.
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    I LOVE haunted attractions and try to go to as many as I can.

    One thing that stands out to me isn't something the haunt is doing, but the customers:
    You're in line and right ahead of you is a group that decided to bring their 1 and 3 year old children, whom of course are totally unhappy.
    WHY?!?!

    It kinda ruins the fun a little bit for me to see these little kids possibly getting Halloween spoiled for them for years
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    ok so all said what they didnt like, what DO you like, what do you think startles you the best?.........i'd like to see the feedback....

    i think you need to build suspense and disorientate the visitors,then do your scare...and it can be as simple as being in a hallway and the lighting goes pitch black....

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    Quote Originally Posted by screamqueen2012 View Post
    ok so all said what they didnt like, what DO you like, what do you think startles you the best?.........i'd like to see the feedback....
    Maybe start another thread for that?
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