Saturday, October 15, 2016

[HT2016] Halfway Update for Haunt Tour 2016

Well, four weeks (technically 5) through this year's tour and things have been pretty interesting so far this year. Hit quite a few locations that I haven't been to in a few years, and even a totally new event that just started this year. All in all, the quality has been exceptional at almost every haunt that myself, and the rest of the team, has managed to get to.

It's been a crazy, nearly 2,000 mile journey across Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio so far, and while only 9 haunts have been visited, it's still be quite the adventure on a lot of levels. Sharing some of the experiences with members of the team I don't get so see much, has been a really fun thing to do as well. 

I've absolutely loved seeing all the new and creative ways that the teams behind these creations have come up with to become even more amazing than they already were. Huge love to them for keeping on what they do and coming up with such insane new things all the time.

However, that said, it's with a heavy heart that I have to say that last weekend was the last for Haunt Tour 2016. Due to circumstances out of my control, I just can't finish out the final few weeks. I may be able to get to a local place or two, but those haunts in Cincinnati, Long Island, and possibly Baltimore will have to wait for another time. I really wish it wasn't the case, but life just won't allow for such right now.

The plan at the moment is to continue working on the past reviews that I need to finish and get out and then that'll be that. With so much going on, it's really all I can do. To those haunts I have been to, thanks so much for letting me check out your awesome creations this year, and apologies for not getting the material out sooner, it is coming.

Stay tuned for more details concerning the site coming in the near future.

Friday, September 30, 2016

[HT2016] Haunt Tour 2016 Week 3 Preview!

Things are still trucking along here, and week three of Haunt Tour 2016 is upon us. This time around, headed to Philadelphia to check out Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary along with Fright Factory. Once more, I'll be joined by our review team member, +Filip Muncan for this trip and looking forward to meeting back up with him for this one.

Terror Behind the Walls has a couple of new additions for this year, and I have no clue what Fright Factory has in store for us either. There's just no knowing with those guys over there, and having been a couple years since our last visit, should be quite interesting to see what they have up their sleeves.

Why only two? Well, sometimes scheduling just doesn't work and while I did reach out to some others, I just didn't hear back in time. So, once again it'll be another double shot weekend. I'm not overly minding that so far since there's plenty of time in the season and the line up so far is looking really awesome.

As far as the other reviews that haven't been published, they are coming! This past week was really hard on me with the day job, and I just couldn't get time to finish things up to the point where they're ready to go. I'm hoping that next week I'll have the reviews from Wells Township Haunted House and Bloodview ready to go along with this weekend's.

Speaking of that, there's a lot of video that I have to get out there from events and I promise that I'll do my best to get that all edited and out sometime next week too.

For now? Hitting the road once more. So, keep it here and of course for all the live updates, you can follow us on your social network of choice. Can find that info under the About section.

Until next time...stay safe, and pleasant nightmares!

Friday, September 23, 2016

[HT2016] Haunt Tour 2016 Week 2 Preview!

Well, it's time to hit the road again once more after taking a weekend off. That happened for a variety of reasons, and while things aren't totally settled, I'm getting a little antsy and need to get back out there to hit a few places up. Haunts make the fox happy and that's what'll happen!

Anyway, this week, the official Week 2 of Haunt Tour 2016, finds me headed to a couple of haunts in Ohio. The first on the list is Bloodview Haunted House in Broadview Heights, just outside of Cleveland. Not only is the one of my favorite all time attractions, but they won the Best Overall Haunt award back in 2013. I can't wait to see what improvements and changes they've made since the past visit.

One big time winner would be enough for the weekend, right? Well, I thought so too until an opening appeared on the schedule and we decided to slide Wells Township Haunted House into the mix.

Last year was our first visit, and they impressed us so much that they too managed to snag the Best Overall Haunt category for 2015 tour. Craziness how that even became a thing, but it did and I'm so excited to be going back and seeing just what they've cooked up for this year.

So, while there might be a couple of other surprises that come along, those are the two haunts that I know will be hit and both of them are so good they've taken top honors before. This year we'll have hit all three of the best haunts that we've visited over the past years in the first two weekends! That's just not right on so many levels, but it's soooo good.

Additionally, I'm really looking forward to having our PR manager, and scare actor, Maddie with us during the Bloodview visit too! There could be a surprise guest making it for that one as well, but I'm not 100% if they'll be able to make it. If they can? Wow. In that same light, I'm not sure if anyone will be joining me for the Wells Township trip, but I'm hoping that another haunt industry professional and close friend will be able to.

In other news, I'm still working on getting the video reviews up from Week 1, and I hope those will be out soon, just taking a bit more time than I'd like but things are settling enough to where those should be finished up and ready go in the next couple of days. There's also been some changes to the list of haunts that we're going to be hitting this year, a few notable places falling off but some really kick ass ones getting added too. I'll have more on that soon!

And there ya have it, it's another crazy 450+ mile trip over two days in search of the insanity and there's a lot that I'm looking forward to capturing on this one, just what that is? Well, you'll have to stay tuned. Right now it's time to hit the road, just remember...

Sweet Screams and Pleasant Nightmares!

[Haunt Review] Field of Screams Serves Up Four Times the Insanity for 2016

Another of the Haunt Tour week one visits, and this one was during the Field of Screams hospitality and media night. What does that mean? Well, as far as the main show goes, not much was different, as it was a regular night of operation, and we just got a little extra pampering. That said, the quartet of attractions offered is definitely one of the most insane that we've had the pleasure to experience.

I don't just say that cause they fed us and gave us cold drinks on a night where it felt like our skin was melting off either, there's a ton of things going on here and so much that's so wrong, but so right that it would be insane to call it any other way. Sure, a couple of things didn't hit the mark fully, but overall? Really have a hard time not having fun here.
  • Date Visited: 9/10/16
  • Review Team: +Kitsune Hazard, +Filip Muncan 
  • Rating: Really Damn Good
  • Recommendation: Definitely worth the trip out there if you're within the Philly area, you won't be disappointed.
  • Likes: Den of Darkness and Frightmare are just amazing and totally in your face, love the actors and how insane it is to get through them.
  • Dislikes: Wish there was less dead space in Nocturnal Wasteland, so much potential that just seems to be wasted.
  • Pro-Tip: The later in the season you go, the more tempting those VIP passes will become, truly can be a life saver. Also, there's a lot of physicality here so be prepared to crawl, climb, and slink through all kinds of tight places!
  • Video Review: COMING SOON 
Disclaimer: We did make our visit this year during the Media and Hospitality night, which gave us some pretty cool perks and of course free entry. That, as always, did not influence any of the views or opinions that shape our reviews.

So, with all of that out of the way, let's get down to business.