Wow. I can’t believe I have to add another haunt to my already long list of haunts to do yearly. But hey, the more, the merrier. I loved my time at the park, and the event felt like there was a lot of love behind several of the attractions. I don’t think I got scared once, but that’s the result of multiple HOS events, six nights at HHN, multiple SCarowinds trips, and a handful of local haunts. Eventually, you become immune to it all.
Blood on the Bayou- What I could see looked amazing. However, the house was very dark and foggy, so many of the obviously extravagant sets were totally lost. We did this one twice after dark and still couldn’t see anything—still a pretty great house.
Condemned- Beautiful sets and actors who were dedicated to their roles and storytelling. Not much more to say here. It’s a spectacular attraction.
Trick or Treat- Again, gorgeous sets and costumes. The actors also did a great job of telling the story. I will say this one is not scary in the slightest, and I didn’t love that on my second run that, there were literally five actors in the first room alone while other rooms were completely empty.
Cornstalkers- Kudos to KD for sticking with the scarecrow bit. SCarowinds had three iterations of this maze and only ever staffed it with actors in bloody overalls….every.single.year. The sets were pretty impressive as well. I will say the costumes felt a little repetitive, but that’s a little nit-picky to me.
GrimmWoods- Uber creepy atmosphere. The lights and sounds alone make this one stand out from the rest. The actors did a fantastic job with the storytelling, but I guess that’s a common theme at this event.
21- Big yikes. Doors, elevators, and phobias don’t scream “21st Anniversary Celebration,” but okay. This house sticks out like a sore thumb for all the wrong reasons. No detailed sets. No coherent story and almost no actors. I don’t understand why parks can’t realize phobia anthology houses don’t work cause each phobia gets only a second to do its thing before it’s gone. I mean dolls, clowns, doctors, and now bugs, thanks HHN have proven that phobias can have solo houses and be great. Also, why is every single room so friggin wide in this house? Is it a cost-cutting measure to make the house shorter? I just felt so disconnected from everything around me in this one.
I skipped the shows to take in as much from the houses and zones as possible. I’m not sure if it has been mentioned, but the fast/fright lane is advertised as unlimited access to rides and one-time access to each house, but in reality, it was unlimited to both. We skipped long lines all day/night and only for $80 apiece. Pretty solid deal in my book.