While attending The Haunt Show in St. Louis I was able to catch the bus tour to Fearfest and Necropolis Haunted Houses.
The evening did not start out well, a blunder with the meal order and an accident on the highway turned the trip into a 3 1/2 hour ordeal.
Necropolis was set up with a video out front chronicling the haunts history, nice with the 45-minute wait we encountered. Once inside there was another staging area with the specter haunting the place, and then another section with multiple ways to enter the haunt, managed by a disturbing clown. These three areas combined felt as if it took forever to access the haunt. The haunt was well staffed with enthusiastic actors that DID touch you. One part you needed to slither on the floor to access the crawl space to get through. The claustrophobic ending was sweet. This haunt raise the question….to touch or not to touch. I would be interested in finding out if there is a higher percentage of an actor being accosted with this practice.
At FearFest the staging area was lined with outdoor heaters, something MUCH appreciated on this cold March night. “Granny” verbally abused us while waiting to be ushered into the haunt. The door attendant instructed use to step inside and place one hand on the coffin, after doing so a short video set the scene for the carnage inside and a trap door open to allow us access. Twist & turns abound filled with plenty of scares. After leaving, we entered the Medical building where two Russian nurses set the story. The sets were expertly crafted and actors never breaking character.
Now it was back to the bus for the two ½-hour ride back to St. Louis.
Attending these bus tours is always an adventure….sometimes scarier than the haunts themselves.