Here at Adrenaline Coasters, we are of course coaster enthusiasts, but the Halloween season is a busy time of year for us as well. During the month of October, we travel all over to different haunted attractions, scream parks, and theme park Halloween events to get our fright on! There's nothing better than a night full of coasters and chainsaw wielding freaks chasing you down!
2017 Haunt Visits:
- Six Flags New England Fright Fest
- Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest
- Haunted Graveyard Lake Compounce
- Dorney Park Haunt
- Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses
- Trail of Terror Wallingford, CT
- Fright Haven Stratford, CT
- Dark Manor Versailles, CT
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses:
All I have to say for Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is WOW! As always, what an incredible job done by one of the world's top scream parks! From the detail in the sets, the acting, the storylines, the atmosphere, and the customer service, this place is nothing short of spectacular! Also, not to mention that their hayride was the best I've ever been on! It's no wonder why "H5" is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in America by the Travel Channel's "America Haunts", Hauntworld.com, and a number of reputable news stations. First, your journey at Headless Horseman will take you along a second to none hayride, which has a different fantastic storyline each year. This year's was "The Resurrection". Next, you will make your way through a number of haunted houses, and a corn maze. This year's haunts were The Lunar Motel, Glutton's Diner and Slaughterhouse, The Horseman's Tomb, The Evil Reaping Dark Harvest Corn Maze, Nightshade Nursery and Greenhouse, Dr. Dark's Black Spider Circus Sideshow, The Feeding Painkiller, and Two Raven's Manor. Each and every one of these attractions will have you convened that the horrific scenes you are approaching are actually real. Not many haunted attractions have that effect. If you're looking for a top notch haunted attraction to visit this Halloween season, look no further than the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses!
The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce:
The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce is currently one of America's largest haunted attractions. It is an outdoor haunted attraction located at Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, Connecticut. It takes approximately fourty-five minutes to walk through, and features over twenty-two different highly detailed scenes/houses. Throughout this labyrinth of terror you will find many highly detailed scenes such as a graveyard, saw-mill, jungle, butcher shop, and a zombie hospital! Boasting over one hundred-sixty actors fear-thirsty actors, this is one nightmare of a haunt that you will not want to miss. Also, the proceeds go towards diabetes research, a very good cause. Not only is there the graveyard, but you have the rest of Lake Compounce to enjoy beneath the moonlight. The entire park is decorated in a spooky fashion to keep you on edge whether you're waiting on line for the graveyard, heading over to the world famous Boulder Dash, or just enjoying some fried dough. From the second you walk through the fog filled park entrance tunnel, to the second that you are chased out of the park by a chainsaw wielding psycho, Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard is sure to not disappoint!
The Trail of Terror Wallingford, CT:
The Trail of Terror, located in Wallingford, CT is my number one haunted attraction that I have been to
to date, and the one word I would use to describe it is "incredible". The detail that goes into the countless amount of scenes, the nearly professional acting, the spooky atmosphere,the length, and overall effort that is put into this hour long, terrifying journey through the woods is unmatched by any other haunt in New England. The Trail will take you through over twenty different Hollywood quality scenes/houses throughout your journey. However, I am going to keep those a surprise for you! All I will say is that they cause you to forget that you are walking through a haunted trail. They make you feel as though you have wandered off into your worst nightmares, while being taunted by the freakiest ghouls and monsters you've ever seen. The Trail of Terror has over 200 volunteer actors each night, and all of the proceeds go to charities and organizations that are geared towards good causes in Connecticut. Since the Trail's beginning, over twenty years ago, they have donated over one million dollars to charities. Unlike most haunted attractions, 70 percent of the Trail changes each season, keeping guests always on edge, not knowing what to expect. The Trail's staff puts unbelievable amounts of effort into putting on this incredible show each season, and the quality of this top notch haunt truly does show it. Whether you're waiting on line, in the bathrooms, or walking back to your car, you are never safe. The trail's actors are relentless. You will hear chainsaws, screams, and even shotguns going off while there. Also, starting next Halloween season, the Trail of Terror will be opening a second haunted house, located in Meriden, CT. It will be called The Armory of Darkness, and will take place in the eerie, creepy, old Meriden Armory. You won't want to miss out on it!
The Dark Manor Haunted House Versailles, CT:
The Dark Manor Haunted House, located in Versailles, CT is consistently ranked among the top haunted houses in Connecticut. The rankings don't lie, because this place surely did not disappoint! At Dark Manor, you will get to experience three different haunts all for one great price. First you will find yourself wandering the creaky hallways and corridors of the manor, filled with the undead residents that are awaiting you. Next, you will head off into the graveyard, where you will find creeps and chainsaw wielding freaks stalking your every move. Next, you will head into the basement of the Manor, known as the Catacombs! The three will add up to a total of about a 25 minute walk. Dark Manor has a fantastic mixture of impressive animatronic props and live actors who do a great job of convincing the patrons that what they see before their eyes is actually real. The main thing that really stood out to me at Dark Manor was their jump-scare factor. I don't remember being able to take five steps without another scare-actor in my face, causing me to nearly jump out of my skin. Dark Manor consistently updates their scares, and improves year after year to maintain their claim to fame as one of Connecticut's top haunts!
Six Flags New England Fright Fest:
For my first time at Six Flags New England's Fright Fest, I was very impressed! first of all, the parks overall appearance for the event really set the creepy, eerie, Halloween spirit. There were a solid amount of very actors, with great costumes/make-up spread throughout the park's scare zones. This year's scare zones were the Main Street Graveyard, Tombstone TerrorTory, Carnevil (New for 2017), Undead Alley, and the Demon District. These scare zones were all very well themed, low lit, and fog filled. The actors really did put forth great amounts of effort to scare you. It wasn't anything near a simple "boo". Also, not to mention, there were chainsaw freaks running around EVERYWHERE! Next, let's talk about the mazes/trails. This season, there were five of them. Four out of the five were located in the picnic grove, and the fifth one, Midnight Mansion, was located inside of the Houdini building in Crack Axle Canyon. This year's mazes, in order from best to weakest were Aftermath Zombies Revenge, Forgotten Laboratory (New for 2017), Midnight Mansion, Wicked Woods, and Slasher Cricus 3D. These mazes were all very well put together, themed, and set up with actors, however, they were not "Hollywood quality". The only thing is that it would have been nice to see a few more actors in both Aftermath Zombies Revenge and Wicked Woods. They also do a fantastic job at spacing out the groups, so everyone isn't practically bunched up inside of the mazes. Each maze took about 5 to 10 minutes to walk through, and the lines for each of them were not too bad either. I really liked the variety of haunts that they had. They had spooky trails in the woods, a 3D clown haunt, and a classic manor themed haunt. I definitely feel as though their goal is to touch on everyone's fears, and they definitely succeeded! Riding all of the rides and coasters such as Wicked Cyclone, Superman, and Goliath was very enjoyable as well!
Review coming soon!
Review coming soon!
Fright Haven Stratford, CT:
Fright Haven is known as Connecticut's largest, and greatest indoor haunted attraction, and that is no exaggeration! Fright Haven is a massive 30 minute walkthrough haunted house, with three different terrifying themed areas that are filled with top notch actors. These three areas are Dead End Manor, Frightmare Fear Institute, and Carnival 3D. All of the scenes in these themed areas are incredibly detailed, and look like they belong in horror movies! Also, what differentiates Fright Haven from many of the other haunts in the surrounding areas is that it is all indoors, which allows them to pull off things, and use other tactics that certain outdoor haunts cannot. The intimidating actors will come as far as cornering you, nose to nose, causing you to cower in fear. The many animatronics you will encounter are also Hollywood quality, and will have your jaw dropping! Afraid of waiting in line for a little bit? Fright Haven's queue line has plenty of props, effects, and actors to entertain you throughout your wait. This then leads me to the staff, who were all amazing. Also, not to mention... do you have a fear of chainsaw wielding freaks chasing you down? Well, be ready!Every single staff member was so nice, welcoming, and dedicated to making your Fright Haven experience among the top haunted experiences in Connecticut! You really can tell how much work goes into this place, and it surely does show!